Maybe it’s just me, but as an outdoorsy girl, I would love nothing more than a stocking stuffed with new hiking gadgets and gear.
If you have a hiker in your house, here are 10 awesome stocking stuffers for hikers to give you some ideas to help fill theirs up.
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Stocking Stuffers For Hikers
- A solid headlamp, like the Black Diamond Spot, more light means more adventures. Also, it makes setting up camp and hanging a bear bag in the dark suck a little less. I love this headlamp because it can be set far and bright for night hiking, or wide and dim for tinkering around camp when you don’t want to blind your campmates. And it has a battery indicator that tells you when you’re low, so you don’t have to worry that it might randomly die.
- A first aid kit, if they don’t have one, or a first aid supply refill for the stuff that gets used up or expires. A first aid kit is arguably the most important piece of gear a hiker can carry, but lots of hikers skimp on this either because of weight or cost, so gift them a good one and they’ll have no excuse not to carry it!
- A pocket knife. Most thru hikers will tell you they only ever used their knife to cut cheese and open packages, so you don’t need to go too crazy here. A light, compact knife will do just wonderfully. They can also be handy to make some kindling for starting fires.
- Hand warmers. I always keep at least one of these in my first aid kit, more if I’ll be hiking in bad/cold weather. These are amazing to put in your sleeping bag with you on cold nights! Or in the inside pockets your coat or pants, if they have inside pockets.
- Travel sized Sriracha bottles. If they like hot sauce, this will be a winner. Finally an easy, lightweight way to carry some hot sauce with you on the trail. Backpacking food can be pretty good, but it’s always better with some hot sauce on there.
- Good quality hiking socks. Every hiker needs good quality wool, or synthetic blend, socks to keep their feet comfy out on the trail. If they hike regularly, they probably burn through a couple pairs of socks each year (or at least I do!) And they’re not the cheapest, although they are the best, so it’s always a treat to get some of these as a present.
- Give the gift of a Cairn subscription box. It’s a box full of a variety of outdoor goodies, delivered to their door each month – you can gift just one box, a whole year’s worth of gear boxes, or anywhere in between. Each box includes 3-6 products that include gear, apparel, trail snacks, skin care or emergency tools.
- A good emergency whistle, a crucial piece of gear in case you get lost or injured and need to call for help. Make sure they keep they’re whistle handy, not buried in their pack, and that 3 blasts in a row is the recognized emergency signal.
- An America the Beautiful National Parks Pass, it’s good for way more than just National Parks – it also covers the entrance fee for most land managed by the Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation as well. If you’ll be going to more than one park in a year, or live near a National Park, I think it’s worth it to get the annual pass.
- A lightweight, waterproof, solar charging camping lantern, (or two) these things go with me on every camping trip now! I usually bring two if I’m car camping, or just one if I’m backpacking. They aren’t bright enough to fully replace a headlamp, but I think they create a more enjoyable atmosphere for just chilling out at camp or in the tent.
Even if you’re not a hiker, you can still buy some useful stocking stuffers for hikers to support the hikers in your and enabling them to go on more adventures 😉
Still need more hiking stocking stuffer and gift ideas? Check out:
- Hiking Gifts For Men
- Hiking Gifts For Women
- 5 Winter Hiking Essentials
- Hiking With Dogs Without Going Crazy
Feel free to share any more ideas for stocking stuffers for hikers in the comments below!