No items found.

119 Best Gifts for Hikers & Backpackers 2022 [Unique Ideas]

It’s hard to buy gifts for hikers and backpackers in 2022. 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 2022 — is split up into easy-to-navigate sections, each with its own category. 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.

So stay tuned, and I’ll help you find the perfect present for that beloved hiking or backpacking fanatic in your life. If you have questions about anything on this list, leave me a comment, and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible with my best gear nerd answers.

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.

LAST UPDATED

December 3, 2023

Written by
Photo thumbnail Blog Author

The Packable Life

Media Mentions from The Packable Life

Hello, world. I’m Noel Krasomil, the guy behind The Packable Life. I’m a trail-seeking, deal-finding, street food-devouring, blog-obsessed 30-something from Colorado, U.S.A. I have been a full-time travel writer for over a year, with no end in sight.

I created The Packable Life to inspire others to travel, hike, and blog with purpose — to grow stronger, more focused, and more inspired every day on the road. I want to challenge you to pack lighter, travel longer, hike farther, and blog smarter.

Explore More Content

Media Mentions

Sawyer has an alternative [to DEET] made with Picaridin, which works just as well without spoiling your clothes.

James Wong
Freelance Writer

Media Mentions

Zinzi Edmundson, the founder of Treehouse newsletter, who gardens in Maine, suggests spraying your shoes, especially (she uses Sawyer’s permethrin).

Laura Fenton
Contributor

Media Mentions

I carry bottles of water, but I also have a Sawyer squeeze water filter. Also, if it’s cold, make sure you sleep with your water filter in your sleeping bag, so it doesn’t freeze.

Shilletha Curtis