People passionate about hiking might seem easy to shop for when the holidays roll around. As a year-long activity, it stands to reason there would be no shortage of things to buy. The challenge is buying the right gear and accessories. Depending on the type of hike planned and the time of year they venture out, the equipment can be highly specialized. Plus, hikers committed to the sport have particular tastes, making it a harder pastime to supplement.

If hiking-focused gifts are the intended direction, it’s a good idea to aim for general-purpose hiking presents that any hiker would be happy to receive as a gift. Avoid items requiring precise measurements or large-ticket items not explicitly requested.


One idea is giving the gift of discovery. Hiking fans have a love of nature and a quest for adventure. With an America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass, over 2,000 federal recreation locations become instantly accessible. A pass grants drivers and passengers access, admission, and daily usage prices to national parks, monuments, forests, and grasslands.


While on a hike, one thing that is impossible to control is the weather. Having all-purpose clothing is a game-changer. The Sahara Shade Hoodie is a hooded, long-sleeved sun clothing that feels like a t-shirt but provides UPF 50+ sun protection. This shirt is ideal for warm-weather trekking due to its moisture-wicking and breathable fabric. When it comes time to keep feet warm and dry, wool socks are the ideal hiking gift. It’s a safe bet that any hiker on your list will joyfully accept them. 


Even amateur hikers can enhance their trekking experience with a pair of binoculars. Viewing animals from a distance can make people more aware of their surroundings. It also adds an extra layer of safety. If you know people who appreciate wilderness hiking, Garmen makes an ideal present that receives GPS navigation, route tracking, and satellite 2-way messaging. In case of an incident, users can contact people by SMS or quickly request SOS assistance. If you know anyone who has been lugging around an old first aid kit for a few years, it may be time to start with some fresh supplies. At least a small first-aid kit should accompany every walk. 

Almost any natural water source may be converted into clean, pure drinking water with water filter bottles. The newest iteration of this invention means the filter never has to be back-flushed, and it takes up very little room when not in use.