By Faye M Smith
Looking for one of the best gifts for hikers? If you've got someone to buy for who loves long walks and rambling, it can be hard to know what to buy. But, don't fear – we've done all the hard work for you. As when it comes to hikers, whatever the recipient's experience level, practical is always the best choice to make. Yet that doesn't mean there can't be some "wow factor" gifts, too! These great picks are ideal for both seasoned walkers and anyone who has only just bought a pair of the best women's walking shoes and hasn't even taken them for a spin yet.
Here's our pick of the best gifts for hikers, whether they like walks in the countryside, or long urban strolls through the city...
1. Cascade Mountain Tech Trekking Poles
Best for Nordic walking fans
If the hiker in your life originally took up walking to help lose weight, then a pair of trekking poles could be the ultimate buy. That's because Nordic Walking can help tone the upper body and burn more calories. They are also great for anyone slightly unsteady on rocky or muddy terrain. These ones are our top pick because they have adjustable wrist straps, different feet, are lightweight and even come with a carry bag. A great buy that will leave a seasoned hiker very happy!
2. Turn On Sport Orienteering Compass
Best for those looking for an adventure
Hiking can be a great adventure at times, especially when you are going on routes you don't know. And while most people can use their smartphone if they get lost, there is something magical about using a compass. This one is clear to read and can be worn around the neck. It's great for Scouts or youth groups learning about orienteering. A great stocking filler.
3. Hikers And Walkers Print
Best for an eco friendly gift
Hikers need some relaxation time, too – so cheer up their home with this eco-friendly print by Alexandra Snowdon. This hand drawn print is based on a quotation by Friedrich Nietzsche. It's A4 size so should fit a number of different frames. A stunning gift.
4. Berghaus Women's Expeditor Ridge 2.0 Tech Boot
Best for a premium buy
A good pair of walking boots are vital for anyone serious about hiking, but knowing which ones to pick, especially if you are buying them for someone else, can be tricky. There are so many features to look for. From all our experience reviewing the best walking shoes, we've found Berghaus to be a brand you can really rely on. This pair is super comfortable, thanks to the Ortholite® footbed, durable and will keep feet warm.
5. B Skincare Walking Gift Pack
Best for those with aches and pains
There's nothing worse than aching limbs after a hike. So what better gift for the keen walker in your life than this foot cream and muscle rub gift set from B Skincare. Both the products are natural and made in Cornwall, they are free from palm oil and parabens, plus are suitable for vegetarians. A great gift.
6. Osprey Unisex Daylite Waist Waistpack
Best for a practical buy
There's nothing worse than having to carry things in your coat pockets or a rucksack when you're out hiking. A waistpack like this one is ideal to hold your essentials when you're on the move. This is especially important if you are walking in busy areas and need to know where your belongings are at all times. It's also great for dog walking. This one also has a scratch-free pocket to hold sunglasses. We love.
7. SmartWool Womens Hike Light Crew Socks
Best for a Secret Santa gift
Who doesn't love socks at Christmas? Especially when they are lightly cushioned ones like these, which will help hikers keep going for longer. The flat seams will ensure nothing rubs or irritates your feet, while being made of wool means they are great at sweat wicking and keeping feet warm and dry. A great buy.
8. Hot Hands Instant Hand Warmers
Best budget buy
While this may not look like a super sexy gift for someone, these will really set hearts racing! While hiking in cold weather has its benefits, cold hands are not one of them. This clever buy can be put inside your gloves or coat pockets and will warm up to make sure your hands stay toasty. They work like magic, are very handy and won't blow the budget. A must-buy for any hiker!
9. Chilly's water bottle
Best for teens
Staying hydrated is key when it comes to walking, and can ensure you keep going for longer. But forget standard water bottles – a Chilly's bottle is better than the rest. That's because they are vacuum insulated and can keep drinks cold for up to 24 hours and hot for up to 12 hours. Available in an array of bright colours and designs, teens especially will love these. Plus, the slim shape will slip into most bottle holders easily.
10. Aennon USB Rechargeable LED Head Torch
Best for the safety conscious
If you want to walk after dusk than a head torch is essential, especially for safety. This one is great - and children will especially love it! It's lightweight to wear, ultra bright and can be recharged via USB so you don't have to worry about recharging batteries. Plus, it sits comfortably and securely on your head so won't move, even if you are going at a quick pace.
11. Matador Pocket Blanket 2.0
Best for lasting a lifetime
One of the best bits about hiking is stopping off on the way for a picnic. But no one wants to be weighed down by a heavy blanket. Step forward, the Matador. This pocket-sized pick may look tiny, but it actually unrolls to fit four people. Plus, all four corners have pockets which you can fill so the mat won't fly around in the wind. A great invention.
12. Muck Boots Women's Arctic Adventure Warm Lining Rain Boots
Best for all weathers
Does the person you're buying for often hike with their dogs or even horses? Then a boot designed to keep you warm when it's cold and muddy would be an ideal gift. Available in a range of colours these are like lightweight wellies, only much better! Insulated with a soft fleece lining, feet will stay cosy, no matter what the temperature drops to, plus the rubber outsole is great for grip. A more luxurious buy, but definitely worth it.
13. Berghaus Deluge Pro Shell Jacket
Best for staying dry
For someone who wants to walk in all weathers, this is a great buy. Fully waterproof, this has secure zip pockets and a zip fastening to keep the cold wind out. It's machine washable, so won't matter if it gets dirty. A great lightweight jacket.
14. Merrell Women's Choprock Shandals
Best for wading through water
If you know you will be hiking through streams, then it's essential to wear waterproof footwear. That's when you might want to invest in a pair of shandals - half socks, half sandals! Feet will still feel secure and won't rub, but you don't have to wear socks. They are also great for anyone hiking in very hot weather.
15. Mountain Warehouse Traveller 60 + 20L Rucksack
Best for long-distance hikers
For anyone hiking for miles and miles a day, a good quality rucksack is key. This one from Mountain Warehouse would make a great gift. Not only is it functional and secure, but it has a rain cover to protect it from the elements. And while it will carry 60 litres in total, it has a detachable day pack (20 litres) to use for all your high value items. An all-round good investment that would make a welcome gift.
16. Decathlon Camping Shelter
Best for family trips
For those who like to hike with younger children, this lightweight shelter can be the perfect solution when their legs get tired. Fully insulated, it will protect you from the sun and wind, no matter how long you need to take a break for. Great value.
17. Great British Adventure Map
Best for new hikers
Finding new routes is one of the best parts of hiking, which is why this map of the UK is such a great gift. Not only does it recommend great walking routes with superb views, but also some must-do eccentric events. A great stocking filler.
18. Wall key holder with shelf mountains
Best for those who can't always get away
Sometimes it's hard to get away (hello, pandemic!), but remembering your epic adventures can be just as good. This is a great Scandinavian-style buy which will make anyone's house look super stylish. It's available in several colourways, so you can be as creative as you like. This would be adored for years.
19. Personalised Hiking Boot Bag
Best for the hiker who has everything
There's nothing worse than coming home from a hike and leaving mud everywhere you go. This personalised hiking boot bag is such a thoughtful gift to give. You can choose a maximum of three characters to go on the front, so you'll always know whose boots are inside!
20. FOURFIT Mini 2
Best for kids
Getting children to enjoy exercise is essential, and an easy way to keep them interested in walking is with an activity tracker. Especially an activity tracker just for them. This one is great for children (ideally over 10 years), as it can track their steps, oxygen saturation, heart rate and more. It can be just the boost they need to keep them going on a walk. Easy to use, this would make an amazing Christmas gift for any youngster in the family.
21. HONOR Band 5
Best for tracking hikes
Knowing exactly how many steps you are taking when you are walking or hiking is just as motivating for adults as it is for children, especially when hiking for weight loss. But not everyone wants to spend out on an expensive model. That's why we love this pick from Honor. Not only will it not break the bank, but it's also really easy to use. The colour display can be seen clearly, and you can download the free Huawei Health App to track calories, sleep, daily activities and more. It even has a heart rate monitor. This is such great value that the lucky recipient will think you've spent three times as much! A great gift.
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