Stocking Stuffers for Hikers, Campers, Runners, Skiers, and Bikers
GIFT IDEAS FOR ACTIVE AND OUTDOORS PEOPLE
All good gifts--no matter their size or cost--can make life a little easier, more fun, or more beautiful.
This list of stocking stuffers for hikers, campers, runners, skiers, and bikers includes our favorite outdoor gifts this year.
This list of gift ideas includes the gear we’ve personally given as gifts or presents we’ve enjoyed receiving (or would want to receive!).
Yes, a few of our recommendations may require extra “stuffing” to fit them in a stocking, but we still think these gifts are winners.
With so many options for hikers, campers, runners, skiers, and bikers, you should be able to find the perfect stocking stuffer for the outdoors person in your life.
18. SAWYER MINI WATER FILTER
A water filter is a handy gift for anyone who spends time outdoors. A water filter is a nice thing to have in a day pack, emergency bag, or to keep in the car during road trips. It’s also a great gift for the day hiker, camper, or distance cyclist who usually has all the water they need, but will want a way to treat water in case of emergency.
A few years ago, back in my corporate job, I was assigned a Secret Santa. I didn’t know the guy but knew he was into the outdoors. The Sawyer Mini Water Filter was a great gift because I knew it was a piece of gear he’d use and it fits perfectly within the Secret Santa price limit.
The Mini is a smaller, lightweight, and less expensive version of the Sawyer Squeeze, which won our Overall Best Water Filter award in our Best Water Filters and Purifiers guide. Unlike the Squeeze, the Mini comes in multiple colors and even a bulk variety pack--so you can gift a Mini to everyone in the family!
May 9, 2022
Outdoor Life: Do You Really Need a Water Filter for Backpacking and Mountain Hunting?
My only complaint is that eventually, backflushing won’t be enough. These can clog up after some time and no amount of back flushing will fix its low flow. I went through 2 on the AT. However, it will attach to Smart Water Bottles and most bladders!
Built for backcountry reliability and portability, the Sawyer Squeeze filter is our pick for the best portable water purifier.
The Sawyer Squeeze was (by far) the most common Pacific Crest Trail water filter this year – for the fifth year in a row. It’s a $39, 3 oz / 85 g hollow fiber filter that rids your drinking water of protozoa and bacteria (and floaties). It can be used with Sawyer bags (included with the filter) or with compatible water bottles (Smartwater is the bottle of choice for many hikers).