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Updated On: 11/27/2016 by Brian Eagen

10 Must-Have Gifts
For Hikers

Hiking is the least gear-intensive way to explore the outdoors, which makes it accessible for everyone to experience. Once you’ve gotten the hiking bug, it’s time to start investing in specialized gear which will make your experience safer and more enjoyable. Since it’s the holiday season, here are some great ideas to gift the hiker in your life or add to your own wish list.

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Badger Lip Balm

Badger Lip Balm: $6

Badger makes an excellent line of sun protection items that are made from safe and environmentally friendly materials. This 15 SPF lip balm is the perfect way to protect your lips on those hot summer afternoons, or out on those reflective ski slopes!

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REI Merino Wool Hiker II Socks

REI Merino Wool Hiker Socks: $15

A good pair of socks will keep your feet dry and blister free. Merino Wool is the best value option I've found -- it's a great blend of low cost, warm, and durable. They’ll keep your toesies happy!

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Pro Bars

Pro Bars: $17 for a Dozen

Any energy bar would make a great stocking stuffer for the hiker in your life, but I'm partial to the Probar Fuel line because of their delicious taste and healthy ingredients.

Adventure Medical First Aid Kit

First Aid Kit: $17

A lightweight first aid kit is an essential item for even short day hikes, but can often be overlooked. This simple kit will help deal with minor cuts, abrasions, and blisters.


Lifestraw: $20

This ingenious little devices will filter water straight into your mouth. It's the perfect way to treat water for one or two people on day hikes. And at 2 ounces, you'll never even know it's in your backpack until you need it. Wonderful!

Outdoor Research Sun Runner Hat

Outdoor Research Sun Runner Hat: $35

This hat is on my head almost everyday I'm outdoors (which is a lot!). It's a great sun hat with the added bonus of an optional skirt to shelter your neck and face from harmful UV rays.

REI Flash 18 Daypack

Daypack: $35 - $100

A quality daypack is the best piece of equipment you can have as a hiker. I'm partial to the REI Flash 18 (or 22), but any small capacity pack will work wonders. Check out the daypacks section of Outdoor Blueprint for more information.

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Patagonia Capilene Layer

Patagonia Capilene Layer: $35 - $65

Explore the outdoors while wearing one of the best materials. Capilene keeps you warm and dry even during high energy activities. Thickness is measured from 1 (the thinnest) to 4 (the thickest).

Kahtoola Microspikes

Kahtoola Microspikes: $65

Microspikes are a lightweight way to increase your traction on hard snow or ice. Don't let the winter weather keep you inside! Strap these onto your normal hiking shoes and you'll be ready to explore any fear of slipping or sliding.


FitBit: $130

Get an accurate read on how many steps you taken, how far you've traveled, and more with a FitBit. This wristband collects tons of interesting data while you explore the outdoors; it's a built-in accountability partner!

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