118 Best Gifts for Hikers & Backpackers 2020 [Unique Ideas]
It’s hard to buy gifts for hikers and backpackers in 2020. I get it.
We’re a gear-hungry bunch who spends an obscene amount of time searching for products that’ll take our trail game to the next level. Finding unique gifts for us hikers can get overwhelming because we don’t just want good gear; we want the best gear.
But don’t stress out because I’m a trail chasing, mountain climbing, ultralight backpacking gear junkie, and I’m here to help.
This hiking gift guide — updated for 2020 — is split up into 15 easy-to-navigate sections, each with its own theme. The gear, clothing, food, and other gifts on this list will be suitable for any budget, with price tags ranging anywhere between $5 and $700.
Noel’s Top Picks for Hiking & Backpacking Gifts
Minimalist Water Filter: Sawyer Squeeze
Water purification is essential in the backcountry, so the Sawyer Squeeze is a perfect present for any backpacker looking to filter water on their trip. The Squeeze weighs just over two ounces, is extremely packable, and is rated to filter over 100,000 gallons of water. It’s a staple of the backpacking community.
Health & Wellness Gifts for Hikers
Healthy Insect Repellent: Sawyer Picaridin Lotion
Mosquitos, gnats, flies, and ticks are not only incredibly annoying but can also transmit devastating diseases. This DEET-free Picaridin-based lotion is healthy, easy to apply, and will last up to 14 hours. No harm if it comes in contact with clothing or gear, either, as it dries quickly and won’t damage synthetics.
Read more of the gift guide written by Noel Krasomil here.
A 20% DEET Premium Controlled-Release Lotion will work well against mosquitoes, but Dr. Zimring says he prefers the 20% Picaridin lotion since it also protects against ticks, gnats, chiggers, and flies. (In both instances, he recommends Sawyer brand.)
Part of spending time outside means battling ticks, mosquitoes, and other biting insects. For this, Nelson swears by permethrin.
And out of the products we tested, Dr. Zeichner highly recommends Sawyer Products 20% Picaridin Insect Repellent.