With the winter holidays coming up, it’s time to start making a gift list for your nearest and dearest. If your family and friends are hikers and love the outdoors, frankly, the list is going to be easy! Hikers can always use hiking-related presents, whether it’s new versions of old standbys or branching out into a new area.
What are the best hiking gifts? Read on.
Tents are great gifts. If your loved ones are all-weather hikers, maybe they can check it out the first weekend after the holidays! If not, they can start planning for the warmer months.
If you’re giving a tent to a beginning or intermediate-level hiker, the Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2 is a nice lightweight choice. It’s light to carry, but will easily accommodate two people. It’s easy to pitch and strike, and inviting and warm in bad weather.
If your present is for a highly experienced backpacker or thru-hiker, try the ZPacks Duplex Tent. It’s even more lightweight and fully waterproof.
Not all hiking is walking or cutting through brush. Some of the hiking experience is lazing around base camp, right? There’s no better way to enjoy nature after an active day than stringing a hammock between two trees and stretching out. Hammocks come in two sizes: for individuals and for two people.
A hammock is one of the greatest gifts you can give a hiker or any nature enthusiast. They can fold up to be roughly the size of a grapefruit in a backpack and are easy to set up.
3. Hammock Hanging Kit
Sometimes, you may want to lounge on your hammock indoors. The ENO Indoor Hammock Hanging Kit provides a way to hang your hammock from wall studs if necessary, and also, of course, lets you set it up outdoors quickly and easily.
Plus, this gift is inexpensive and can be a teaching tool for kids and newbie hikers, so they’re experienced enough to hang a hammock quickly after a day spent going uphill or down.
4. Emergency Kit
No hike should take place without a kit for emergencies. The Adventure Medical Kit SOL Origin Emergency Survival Toolkit provides a waterproof fire starter, a small compass, and a rescue whistle, all important should hikers become lost or unable to return to base camp within a reasonable time. It’s lightweight and packs up easily.
5. Solar Charger
More and more hikers are bringing their smartphones along to the wilderness, accessing maps and other important gear electronically. Whether you do or don’t, a battery charger comes in handy in the backcountry. No charger is better than a solar charger, which allows you to use the sun to get more electricity.
The Goal Zero Solar Charger weighs very little and is a compact charging system for USB. The beauty of it is you can also use it as your charging setup indoors, at home.
Thrill the hiker or outdoor enthusiastic on your list with these gifts. They’re affordable, practical and will enhance their hikes and outdoor activities for years to come.
Scott Huntington is a writer from central Pennsylvania. He enjoys working on his home and garden with his wife and 2 kids. Follow him on Twitter @SMHuntington