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Gifts For Hikers – 2020

In This Guide:

  • Under $25
  • $25 – $40
  • $50 – $100
  • Over $100

These hiking gifts are sure to put a smile on the face of anyone who loves hiking, backpacking, camping, or the outdoors. And unlike other hiking gift lists, everything on this list has been used and tested by me, a professional hiking guide. I only include hiking gifts that will be useful for someone who loves hiking, backpacking, camping, or the outdoors.

For more gift ideas, you can check out all of my top gear picks, or visit the REI Outlet website, which often has deeply discounted gear.

Here’s one last tip before I show you the gifts. I recommend buying from REI. REI offers free shipping on orders over $50, they have a great return policy, and you can get 10% back on everything for the rest of your life simply by purchasing an inexpensive REI membership.

Top 10 Gifts For Hikers

  1. National Parks Posters Deluxe 2021 Wall Calendar – $10.99 at  Amazon
  2. SOL Emergency Bivy – $16.95 at REI
  3. Celestron Nature 10 x 25 Monocular – $39.95 at REI
  4. Garmin Instinct Hiking Smartwatch – $229.99 at Amazon
  5. National Geographic Maps – from $12 at Amazon
  6. Goal Zero Crush Light Chroma Lantern – $24.95 at REI
  7. Garmin InReach Mini – $350 at REI
  8. Smokey the Bear & Other Hiking T-Shirts – from $29.95 for women and men at REI
  9. America the Beautiful National Parks Pass – $79.99 at REI
  10. Hyperlite Daybreak Backpack – $195 at the Hyperlite Store

Hiking Gifts Under $25

An inexpensive hiking gift doesn’t mean a cheap hiking gift. There are plenty of gifts that don’t cost much but are still very cool and useful. Here are the best hiking gifts for a limited budget.

"This is the easiest, lightest filter I’ve ever owned. It filters water quickly and safely. I’ve used it on many backpacking trips and it filtered water for four people in no time at all." REI Review

Water on a hike can be challenging. You can’t just drink from any mountain stream anymore, but having the small and lightweight Sawyer Squeeze Water Filter System ( REI Amazon ) solves the problem easily. The filter screws onto any Smartwater (or similar) bottle and gets out 99.99999% of all bacteria and protozoa, including salmonella, cholera, E.coli, and giardia. All you do is fill your water bottle up in any stream, lake, or even puddle, and the filter cleans it while you drink. The system also comes with attachments to hook it up to a hydration bladder (aka a Camelback).

Finish reading Cris Hazzards complete gift list here.


May 9, 2022

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Hi, I’m Cris Hazzard, aka Hiking Guy, a professional hiking guide. I created this site to share all the great hikes I do with everyone out there. This site is different in that it gives very detailed directions that even the beginning hiker can follow. I share the hiking tricks and tips that I’ve learned over the years to fast-track you into a hiking pro. And I tell you what hiking gear works and what gear doesn’t so you don’t waste your money. I depend on your support to keep this site ad and promotion free. See ya out on the trails…


Fresh drinking water is essential. This water filtration system ensures you will never run out as long as there is a nearby natural water source. It can filter out bacteria, protozoa and microplastics.

Allen Foster


Faster and more efficient than pumping or waiting for chemical treatments, the Sawyer Squeeze System offers on-the-go hydration at a good flow. This product is long-lasting, affordable, reliable, cleanable, and very user-friendly.

Alan Dixon


But Sawyer was way ahead of me — 15 years ahead, to be precise. In 2008, the brand started its Clean Water for All initiative, which provides Sawyer filters to developing countries around the world. And the company spends 90% of its profits funding it.

Shauna Farnell