Part 1: 15 Hiking and Backpacking Holiday Gift Ideas

   15 Great Holiday Gift Ideas for Hikers and Backpackers  | The holiday's are fast approaching and so we decided to put together a gift guide based on products that I love. These gifts are perfect for the hiker and backpacker in your life, or even for yourself. From sleeping pads to gear patches, these are all great products that I can personally vouch for. You won't go wrong with any of these gifts, I love them! Happy Holidays! |

Hey there! This is part 1 of a 2 part series. In a couple of days I will also release 15 of my favorite Climbing Holiday Gift Ideas. Since we do a lot of both activities, I decided to split them up.

My family always tells me that I'm the hardest person to shop for because they don't know what someone who hikes or climbs would want for Christmas. I, on the other hand, think I'm the easiest person to shop for since you could get me a box a cliff bars or climbing chalk and I would be beyond happy. 

But for those of you who struggle with what to get your hiking friend or relative (or perhaps you are writing a list for yourself to send to relatives), below are a list of 15 of my favorite hiking and backpacking gift ideas. It doesn't have to be expensive to make us happy. Keep it simple. Less is more in my opinion. Unless its less of climbing or hiking... then more is more... but i digress. All of the items listed below I own myself, so all recommendations come user tested and approved!


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1. Goodr Sunglasses: I originally bought these glasses last year when I got into trail running. I couldn't find a pair of glasses that were comfortable and would stay on my face when I was running. These finally did the trick, and now I love wearing them hiking too! They come in a bunch of great color options and the best part... they are only $25! Winning.

2. Gear Aid Tenacious Tape Gear Patches for Fabric Repair: Sometimes it's hard to let go of that perfect down jacket or hardshell that you love, but rips are inevitable in the outdoor world. I love this tape for patching up my favorite gear so that I can keep on wearing it. Also, I think it's great if people continue to try re-using their gear instead of automatically buying something new. This tape works great, and comes in some fun shapes too. I've patched up my mountaineering hardshell pants in several areas with this tape when I've gotten rips from my crampons.

3. Garmin Vívoactive HR GPS Smart Watch: I've mentioned this before on my gear page, but it's worth mentioning again. I bought this watch in 2016 when I started running more, but I've been attached to it ever since. I wear it pretty much everyday. I was looking for a good athletic, heart rate watch with GPS that didn't look 100% manly. Some of the models out there are super cool, but they are huge. This was the perfect mix of good technology and slimmer profile. I love this thing now.

4. The Tentlab The Deuce of Spades Backcountry Potty Trowel: Nobody likes to talk about it, but to be a responsible outdoorsman/woman you need to bury your human waste. The Deuce of Spades Trowel is a fantastic lightweight option. When I went backpacking with my friends in Tuolumne a couple of months ago, all of my friend's trowel handles broke except for mine! Winning again.

5. Book - Lighten Up!: A Complete Handbook For Light And Ultralight Backpacking: This is a great short little book, great for anyone who wants to learn some practical ways to become more ultralight in their backpacking methods. Light loads mean we can handle longer distances more effortlessly. 


6. Therm-A-Rest NeoAir XTherm Sleeping Pad: I've mentioned this before on my gear page, but it's worth mentioning again. I've gone through a lot of sleeping pads in my day, and this one is by far my favorite. It meets all of my criteria. It's light weight and easy to pack. Its super comfortable (no body parts touch the ground), and its warm! When camping in the cold, this sleeping pad does great to keep you warm. It is a touch noisy, but that doesn't really bother me. After a long day I'm ready to pass out on this thing.

7. Book - Skratch Labs Feed Zone Portables Cookbook: Unless I am backpacking for a long time, I like to make a lot of our own food to pack on trips. Sometimes its hard to come up with easy portable but good fuel meals to make, but this book has some great options! Definitely recommend for any athlete.

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8. GSI Outdoors - Microlite 500 Flip, Vacuum Bottle: If you like to enjoy a warm coffee or tea when you are out backpacking or hiking, this is a great "ultra-light" thermos that holds heat for up to 8 hours!

9. Joshua Tree Lip Balm: Love this stuff. All organic with SPF 15.

10. Book - Training for the New Alpinism: A Manual for the Climber as Athlete: This book is a beast load of information if you are looking to up your training game. If you really want to understand how training your body works for outdoor climbing, hiking, and mountaineering, this is by far one of the most extensive books I've read. It comes with training plans and everything. You can even buy an additional log book to go with it. 


11. Good To-Go Dehydrated Dinners: Any backpacker would love a box filled with these dehydrated dinners! This is my favorite brand of dehydrated dinners and they come in a bunch of delicious options such as Pad Thai and Thai Curry and Herbed Mushroom Risotto and Indian Vegetable Korma just to name a few...

12. SteriPen Adventurer Opti UV Water Purifier: I've mentioned this before on my gear page, but it's worth mentioning again. When I go backpacking I usually have 1-2 forms of filtering water. I like to have a pump filter (like Katadyn Hiker Pro Microfilter) and I like to have a SteriPen. I chose to list the SteriPen here because it's a good option if you want something lightweight and quick to filter water with. It works nicely too for snow camping or mountaineering when you have to melt snow and there is nothing there to pump filter. Also, we found the steripen handy to carry with us when we traveled to South Africa. We weren't sure how the tap water was in the Rocklands, so we ended up using a SteriPen just for backup.  

13. Drawn to High Places 2018 Calendar: I love Nikki Frumkin's watercolors! I follow her on Instagram (@drawntohighplaces) and have fallen in love with her style of painting. It's gotten me interested in learning how to watercolor myself. I bought a few supplies earlier this year.. still working on my skills though (ha!). I ordered this calendar for 2018 not that long ago too because it's just so beautiful. I just wish she would paint one of some of California peaks and parks.. Maybe next year Nikki?

14. Stanley Stainless Steel Shots + Flask Gift Set: I love the Stanley products. We use our flask a lot when we want to relax outdoors after a long day. I even recently wrote a post on 3 Warm Winter Boozy Drinks that you can make on your next outdoor adventure.

15. Book - Wild: Cherly Strayed is an incredible writer. I had no idea until I read her book Wild this year. She takes you on her incredible story and journey on the Pacific Coast Trail and what lead her there. I definitely recommend the read.


Hope your Christmas shopping goes painlessly, so you can spend more time doing what you love!



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