Are you still stewing about what hiking gift to get for her? If she’s into hiking, backpacking or camping, then you’re in the right place. The tricky thing about hiking gifts for her is that you don’t want to give her heavy, bulky gear she’ll never use. Below, I’ve made a list of hiking gifts and gear that I either already own and love, or would love to get as a gift!
Hiking Gear gifts for her
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A new day pack. Some girls’ closets are filled with shoes and purses – mine is filled with backpacks of every size for every occasion and yet somehow, I always want a newer, better, slightly different one! Especially if she’s new to hiking, you can’t go wrong with a good quality pack from REI, I stick with REI because they have some of the best customer service and return policy out there. Size matters – 2.5-3 liter packs are perfect for quick, local hikes, that’s just enough space to fit some water and a snack. 18-40 liter packs are great for day hikes, a slightly bigger pack is great for cold weather hiking so you can bring lots of extra layers. 50-60 liter packs are good for overnight backpacking trips but should be fitted properly for size before you purchase – so you might not want to surprise her with one of these or she’ll probably end up returning it, unless you’re replacing an old one you already know she loves.
Good hiking socks. I know they aren’t the cheapest, but they’re the best. socks. ever. Once I tried Fits Socks, I never went back. That’s all I wear every day now, not just for hiking. They actually fit all the curves and contours of your feet, toes and heels so the sock doesn’t slip and slide around or slide down in your boots.
A diva cup. Not all women will appreciate this – so use your best judgment. But I love mine! And I don’t think I ever would have bought one for myself because I was too unsure about the whole thing, but after being given one almost 3 years ago, I haven’t used disposable menstrual products since. Not only is the Diva Cup better for the environment, saves me tons of money by never having to buy pads or tampons, but I also never leak with it in which is amazing for hiking! And I don’t have to pack out used pads and tampons. It’s just a win all around.
A puffy, down coat. I love my puffy! Living at 9,000 feet in Colorado it goes with me on most hiking and camping trips cause it gets cold out here at night all year round. My biggest regret though, is not buying one with a hood – so just something to think about.
A complete camping hammock. Anyone who spends time in the woods will appreciate a hammock to chill out in, either on day hikes or to camp out in on backpacking trips. This Hennessy Hammock comes with straps, bug net and rainfly, ready to be used right away.
A pStyle. Again, not every woman will appreciate this but it is a game changer! While there are several different brands of female urination devices, every hiker survey and hiking Facebook group I’ve come across spreads resounding support for the pStyle above all others. No more taking your pack off to squat down to pee, no more peeing on your shoes or pant legs (it happens sometimes, especially when it’s dark or windy, am I right?!) These are even great for long car rides, in portapotties or public bathrooms where you don’t want to touch anything 😉
Mountain House meals. Mountain House meals are the convenience food of the backpacking world, it saves you from planning, preparing and portioning out every meal, and you can just add hot water to the pouch which means no pots to clean! I don’t recommend long distance hikers plan on these for every meal, but they are a nice treat every once in a while, or awesome for easy meals on a short weekend long backpacking trip.
DIY Pot Cozy Kit For Backpackers. This kit comes with just enough supplies for her to make herself an ultralight backpacking pot cozy to help rehydrate her food on the trail – without needing to buy all the supplies separately and in bulk.
Hiking Gifts and Accessories For Her
A buff, or a few. I love my buff and never hike without it. I usually wear it like a headband, it’s the only thing I’ve found to actually contain my crazy hair and keep it off my face. On hot days, I’ll dip it in a stream then put it back on to help cool me off a little bit. In cold weather I wear it as an extra layer around my neck, or to help keep the sun off the back of my neck too. At night, I use it as a ‘pillow case’ over my camp pillow (or bundled up clothes) to help keep backpacker funk off it.
The Kula Cloth. This reusable antimicrobial pee cloth keeps your hands dry on one side while sopping moisture into the absorbent, antimicrobial side that won’t show stains.
Take-a-wine bag. No hiker wants to carry a heavy glass bottle of wine around in their pack, and then have to carry out the empty glass bottle at the end of their trip. Transfer the wine into the lightweight, portable reusable bag, and you’re good to go! I usually take some sort of adult beverage out with me on short overnight trips, or just after a resupply in town when I was hiking on the Appalachian Trail, it’s a nice treat! Please always drink responsibly out there and watch out for dehydration.
Mpowerd Luci Solar Lantern. These ultralight camping lanterns are perfect for camping or backpacking trips. I usually only bring one backpacking and two Luci Lanterns with me when I’m car camping to help light up the campsite. The best part is there are no cords to charge anything or batteries to replace, simply set them out during the day while you’re hiking or setting up camp and then enjoy them after dark.
Patagonia Ultralight Mini Hip Pack. Because let’s face it – women’s pockets will just never live up to expectations and we just need one of these to keep our keys, phone and chapstick in.
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Hiking Hair, Don’t Care Tank Top. This racerback tank top is the perfect gift for any woman who loves to be outside in the summertime. The text on it reads: “HIKING HAIR don’t care” and was designed with love by me, Mallory.
Campfire Scented Candle. This is not your average candle, this candle is campfire scented. I can not be the only one excited about this. It’s 9 ounces of pure goodness, this soy wax candle reads: Adventure Vibes Only and is great for any outdoorsy woman to enjoy at home.
Hiking Sticker Subscription. I can’t physically mail happiness, but this is the next best thing I could think of. I design and send out newly designed, adventure-themed stickers each month to brighten up any lady’s day – and spice up her water bottles, laptop, helmets, bear canisters and more!
Hiking and Outdoorsy Book Gifts For Her
Wild by Cheryl Strayed tells one woman’s story of hiking solo more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State. She is my hiking soul sister and I highly recommend this one.
Grandma Gatewood’s Walk Emma Gatewood told her family she was going on a walk and left her small Ohio hometown with a change of clothes and less than two hundred dollars to hike the entire Appalachian Trail. Her vocal criticism of the lousy, difficult stretches led to bolstered maintenance and very likely saved the trail from extinction.
Thirst Voted 2019 Adventurer of the Year, triple crowner Heath Anderson shares her experience attempting to claim the fastest known time (unsupported) solo hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. An inspiring memoir for sure, especially for long distance runners and backpackers.
The Barefoot Sisters Southbound At the ages of twenty-five and twenty-one, Lucy and Susan Letcher set out to accomplish what thousands of people attempt each year: thru-hike the entire 2,175 miles of the Appalachian Trail. The biggest difference between most other hikers: They decided to hike the trail barefoot.
The Tenth Island Pulitzer prize winner writer and reporter Diana Marcum shares her adventurous memoir of following an unusual group of immigrants on their return to the remote Azorean Islands in the Atlantic Ocean. If you loved Eat, Pray, Love, you’ll love this book too!
The Lost Art Of Reading Nature’s Signs To help you understand nature more clearly, Gooley shares 850+ tips for forecasting, tracking, and more. Whether you’re walking in the country or city, along a coastline, or by night, this is the ultimate resource on what the land, sun, moon, stars, plants, animals, and clouds can reveal—if you only know how to look!
A Hiking Journal To record favorite memories while hiking, backpacking or traveling, with plenty of space and prompts to keep track of the locations, who was with you, as well as blank space to sketch or scrapbook in photos.
A Hiking Log Book designed to be used in conjunction with the 52-hike challenge. This is the perfect place to plan and log your hikes for the entire year. It also has journal prompts to fill in during any long breaks in the hammock or overnight hiking trips.
I hope this got your creative gift giving juices flowing and sparked the perfect hiking gift for her this year!
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