13 Superb Gifts For Hikers & Campers That Will Be Highly Appreciated (You Can Buy #5 For Me!)

We all know the feeling of when we have to buy a gift for someone and the pressure is mounting because the day is fast approaching but we still have no idea what to buy.

Well, the good news is, if your friend or loved-one is an outdoor enthusiast, finding an appropriate gift couldn’t be easier because there is so much to choose from. Please read on for my suggestions for gifts for hikers and campers that will suit any budget.

1. Columbia Men's Ascender Softshell Front-Zip Jacket

Columbia Men's Ascender Softshell Front-Zip Jacket

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When buying gifts, clothes are always appreciated, so I’m sure this softshell jacket from Columbia will go down well. It’s a jacket for mild conditions rather than anything too extreme but I think it’s just perfect for keeping you warm outside on a cool evening.

It looks really stylish and there are loads of color options so you have lots of choice to find one that they will love. It’s a pretty versatile piece of clothing and can be worn in town just as much as in the woods.

Being a softshell jacket, It will keep out light rain, stop wind and thus keep you warm around camp. A bonus is that it’s reasonably priced compared to other similar jackets by other brands and this could be a great choice of gift for the fashion-conscious camper.

2. Chaco Women's Zvolv X2 W Sandal

Chaco Women's Zvolv X2 W Sandal

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Chacos have built up a loyal following since the company was founded in 1989 and are now one of the most popular brands of outdoor sandals on the market. They are perfect for use about camp in the evening but they are also just as well suited for wearing on the trail in warmer weather.

The main design feature of Chacos is the single strap that is threaded through holes in the sandal and which holds the foot securely and comfortably in place. This model also includes the toe strap which gives extra support when out hiking on challenging trails.

These are high-quality and durable sandals that are designed to last for many years and they also look great. They are available in a number of different colors and make a great gift for a camper or a hiker who wants to look good and feel comfortable while in the woods.

3. Kindle Voyage E-reader

Kindle Voyage E-reader

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When you need to keep the weight of your pack down, it’s not practical to carry a pile of books to read. At the same time, when you’re in camp or out hiking, the battery on a tablet just won’t last long enough. That’s why a Kindle is the perfect solution for camping, hiking or general travel.

The Kindle Voyage weighs in at only around 6.5lbs but allows you to carry literally thousands of books with you so you will always be able to find something to read. Coupled with this is the fact that the battery will last for weeks so there’s no need to worry about charging.

The Kindle Voyage’s screen also adapts automatically to the light level, so when you are outdoors, it will automatically reduce power consumption to make it last even longer which is a great feature for outdoor use. An ideal gift for someone who loves to read while out camping or hiking.

4. Goal Zero 41022 Guide 10 Plus Solar Recharging Kit

Goal Zero 41022 Guide 10 Plus Solar Recharging Kit

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I have to say, when I’m out in the woods, part of the joy is switching off and disconnecting – but for some, leaving tech behind is not an option, so for those people, this solar recharging unit could be a great choice of gift.

The recharging kit is really lightweight and is very simple. As long as the sun is shining, you can use it to charge rechargeable batteries (four AA batteries are included) or to directly charge your electronic equipment via USB.

It is very light so it won’t be a problem to carry and is a good way to keep phones, tablets, headlamps and so on alive during a long stay in the woods. For those who enjoy outdoor activities but can’t bear to give up their electronic gadgets, this is a pretty nifty idea.

5. GoPro HERO5 Black

GoPro HERO5 Black

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If you really want to spoil someone, you could do much worse than to give them the latest GoPro. This tiny camera has been specially designed for outdoor activities and is perfect to take on a hiking or camping trip where keeping the weight of equipment down is vital.

As well as being very small, it is also a rugged piece of kit. It features wind noise reduction, is waterproof up to 33ft and is super-easy to use with a touchscreen display. On top of all this, it just looks so slick and sexy and whoever receives this gift will just love it!

GoPros are not cheap but if you are willing to spend the money to really treat someone special, this is an excellent choice. With a GoPro Hero5, they will be able to capture all those special moments from their camping and hiking trips to treasure forever.

6. Flash Personal Cooking System

Flash Personal Cooking System

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This is a great solution for cooking outdoors and allows you to boil a one-liter cup of water in only around two minutes. It features an adjustable burner, an efficient lighter system, a temperature indicator system and a stabilizer tripod.

This cooking system works by minimizing heat loss and maximizing efficiency so you won’t lose any time waiting for your water to boil. It also has a wind shield which means it will work well even in bad weather and is very safe as it is designed to prevent spills.

It is available in several jazzy colors which I think makes it great as a gift. Outdoor enthusiasts always appreciate something functional and practical that they will be able to use but if you can give them something that looks cool, then that’s even better.

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7. Kahtoola MICROspikes Footwear Traction

Kahtoola MICROspikes Footwear Traction

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If you’re hiking on ice, scree or mud, sometimes normal footwear just doesn’t give you enough grip. One way to solve this problem is by using removable spikes like these. Wearing a set will make walking in slippery conditions so much easier and so much more pleasurable.

They are easy to put on or remove and once attached, they will stay attached, giving you all the grip and confidence you need to enjoy your hike. With spikes fixed to your footwear, you will feel much more stable and safe.

These spikes are a great idea – they are light so won’t add too much extra weight to your pack and at the same time give you much more flexibility when hiking. You simply put them on when conditions require and remove when not needed. A good gift for those who hike in icy or slippery conditions.

8. SteriPEN Adventurer Opti Personal,Handheld UV Water Purifier

SteriPEN Adventurer Opti Personal,Handheld UV Water Purifier

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When buying equipment for outdoor enthusiasts one of the most important things to remember is that if something seems like a good idea but is really just a gimmicky gadget that takes up space, it probably won’t see much use.

That isn’t the case with this water purifier – it’s a great idea that is also super-useful. It works by killing harmful bacteria present in water quickly and easily using UV light. You simply place the pen in the water and wait for the treatment to finish, and the water is left harmless and ready to drink.

It is small, lightweight, easy to carry, easy to use and will also be extremely useful to anyone camping or hiking. They will no longer need to carry water or water purification tablets and they will be able to use any water they find along the way.

9. JOBY GorillaPod SLR Zoom

JOBY GorillaPod SLR Zoom

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A great gift idea for any outdoor photography enthusiast who will really appreciate this simple and effective addition to his or her equipment. When you are outside on a hike or camping, it’s not practical to carry a traditional tripod – so this is a wonderful solution.

Weighing only about half a pound and measuring less than ten inches yet providing a solid and reliable base to stand a camera on, this is a smart option for the outdoors. It is easy to maneuver, it is stable and secure and made of durable plastic that will stand up to the rigors of hiking or camping.

If you know that somebody loves taking photos but they don’t like carrying lots of heavy photography equipment on trips, this will be a gift they will appreciate. It will allow them to set up to capture perfect photos on their trips without compromising on weight.

10. Passport To Your National Parks Explorer

Passport To Your National Parks Explorer

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This is a novel idea for a gift, a “passport” to collect stamps from all the National Parks in the US. For the serious nature lover, it will be a hugely enjoyable challenge trying to visit every National Park in the country to collect the stamps required to fill this book.

It is available in three different versions, loose leaf, spiral bound and ring bound, and all three offer the same satisfaction of being able to see the number of stamps inside grow as the owner travels around the country ticking off each park one by one.

With over 400 parks in the US, this is a gift that will be kept and treasured for years to come as the owner gradually fills it with the stamps needed to complete the collection. Once complete, who wouldn’t be proud of the achievement of visiting every single one and having this book to prove it?

11. Victorinox Swiss Army SwissChamp Pocket Knife

Victorinox Swiss Army SwissChamp Pocket Knife

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This is a classic choice of gift for a camper or hiker. When in the woods or on the trail, you never know what kinds of situation will confront you but at least if you have your Swiss Army knife handy, you will have all the tools you need to be prepared.

This version features 33 functions of every description for almost any imaginable eventuality. Perhaps this version might be slightly overkill for some. Smaller and lighter versions are available so you can choose the knife most suited for the intended recipient.

When you give this gift, don’t forget to attach a coin for them to give back to you when they receive it – otherwise, according to the old superstition, the knife will cut your friendship! This aside, this is a gift of the highest quality and I’m sure anyone would be happy to receive this.

12. Vitchelo V800 Headlamp Flashlight with Red LED

Vitchelo V800 Headlamp Flashlight with Red LED

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This is a simple gift idea that will surely be appreciated. When out in the woods and away from electricity, a headlamp is such a practical solution. With one of these on your head, your hands are free to do whatever else you might need to do.

This is an inexpensive but highly useful item and is available in several different colors. Whoever receives this gift will surely think of you next time they are out in the wilderness in the darkness with your gift providing them with light.

13. Sunland Microfiber Towel Ultra Compact Absorbent and Fast Drying Travel Sports Towels

Sunland Microfiber Towel Ultra Compact Absorbent and Fast Drying Travel Sports Towels

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Another inexpensive but extremely practical gift for outdoor enthusiasts and travelers alike. This sports towel is light and folds up small, it can soak up plenty of water and dries quickly, all ideal for the requirements of outdoor use.

It is available in several colors and could be a perfect Christmas stocking-filler or a small gift for a hiker or camper you know. It is a very functional idea for a gift but at least you can be sure they will get plenty of use out of it.


I hope I have given you lots of ideas for gifts for the hikers and campers in your lives. I think one thing to remember is that outdoor equipment is very personal and before buying, you should try to understand exactly what the intended recipient needs or likes.

This means that even though I have recommended specific items in my list, you should think carefully about the person the gift is for and consider whether a similar product but with different features or in a different style might be more appropriate.​

Which gifts do you think are the most appropriate? Which gifts on the list would you most like to receive? Remember, if you want to buy me a gift, please feel free to buy me a GoPro! How about any gifts you’ve received that you didn’t like?

As always, I’d love to hear from you so please leave me a comment below – and if you enjoyed this post, please don’t forget to share with your friends!

Julie McClain

Chief editor here at Outdoorzer. I'm an outdoor lover and ever since I was a little girl, I've worked hard to learn all I could from my Dad about Camping, Hiking, RVs and surviving in the woods.

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