If you’ve hung out with women who love to hike, even just a little while, you know that they embrace fun on the trail. Sometimes they get downright silly. It shows in their amazing smiles and their playful photos! At the same time hiking women take the trail seriously. So when selecting the best hiking gifts for her, also look for gear and clothes that embrace comfort and safety when trekking through the woods or mountains.
Before we dig into the truly great list of gift ideas for hiking that the woman in your life will love, lets’ take a quick look at what makes a great hiking gift. Feel free to use the index to jump on down to the list if you are in a hurry. This post contains affiliate links to make it super easy for you to find products I have mentioned. That means that you don’t pay any extra and in some cases we could earn a small commission.
What are the Best Gifts for Hiking Women?
Well, let’s think about what is important to women who love to hike. When women are trekking they want
Clothes that are comfortable, will survive all kinds of environments and have a little bit of style. (😊 Gotta have those selfies). That simple rule applies to everything from their socks and hats to their jackets and pants.
Lady hikers want gifts that help keep them safe on the trail. Good tools that will serve many purposes.
Hiking women also like gifts that remind them of the joy they had on the trail, things like fun mugs, jewelry and books.
Hikers love to “upgrade” their gear, but often “make due” because they don’t want to spend the money. So gifts that take it up a notch are always appreciated.
Female hikers also appreciate things that save them space or weight in their backpack. When you are hiking for 8 hours, saving a pound in your pack really makes a difference in how tired you are.
What makes a BAD Hiking Gift for Her?
Generally the only bad hiking gift is one that is too cheap to stand up on the trail. Cheap jackets, socks or even a cheap pocket knife are not great hiking presents. They won’t last and will break down under the stress of a busy day of hiking.
❤❤ always think quality over quantity. For example one tiny pair of $40 merino wool panties would be loved as a Christmas present by a woman who hikes ten times more than a whole box of other gifts.
Why? Because a lady hiker will know that one pair of panties will be the most comfortable pair she has ever owned when hiking. She will know that you really thought about what would make her comfortable on a hot sweaty day on the trail when you picking out your hiking gift for her. You will be the most thoughtful gift giver ever!
Best Hiking Gifts for Her
8 Cozy Underwear & Socks Hikers Love (she’s not 10 anymore!)
As kids we hated getting underwear and socks as gifts. Little did we know that those were the best gifts ever. Especially when you are a woman who loves to hike and the best underwear for hiking can get pretty expensive. But it’s so worth it to spend the extra dollars on gift for her that will last for years and will make her hiking trips more comfortable than you can ever imagine.
I have two favorite hiking socks. The first is my Smartwool PhD Pro socks which are the best all year around. I love them with hiking boots both winter and summer as they are excellent at wicking away sweat and keeping my feet dry. They have a virtually seamless toe so no rubbing or blisters after a long day of hiking. Definitely top of the list of gifts for women hikers. You can get them in the most popular crew as pictured her or Smartwool PhD socks come in a variety of other thicknesses and heights.
And my other favorite sock, perfect for hot summer hikes, is the REI Co-op CoolMax Ultralight Hiker. Your hiking gal will love these when wearing light hiking shoes. They truly hug your feet. What better than giving your outdoors kind of gal a hug as a gift!
This is a gift that is great for the busy hiking gal who also values companies that support the environment. Boody Body Bamboo panties come in almost any style you can imagine, from boy shorts to bikini to full coverage. Bamboo is super soft and odor resistant. A little overwhelmed at the idea of buying your grown up girl panties? Check out our Guide to the Best Hiking Underwearfor Women for more info.
Well, these fun socks about hiking might not be good for actual use on the trail but they are sure fun to wear around the house or out with friends. (Cotton socks get too damp with feet sweat.)
11 Awesome Gifts for Hikers She will Cherish
Women who love the outdoors are some of the most sensitive women I know. They embrace each other as well as all that nature has to give us. So when shopping for gifts for women hikers, consider a gift that honors her sensitive nature.
The mountains inspire us to push ourselves, to take one more step to go beyond the normal and then rewards us with unbelievable views of the world. Your hiking gal will appreciate a gift like one of these inspirational mountain necklaces that reminds her during tough times that if she is able to climb mountains she can do anything. During stressful days, it will remind her of the peace she felt standing on the to of the world.
Journaling on the trail is a great way to capture memories and ideas. We love this waterproof journal because a little rain has ruined many notes we’ve made. This 120 page Rite in the Rain Journal is only 3 oz so it is easy to add to any backpack. Add a Waterproof Rite in the Rain pen to complete your gift for your hiker. Here’s several other Hiking Journal and Logs to consider as gifts for female hikers:
One of the best hiking gifts for her is this fun yet truly amazing book about reading nature’s signs. When we were in Alaska I was really intrigued with the art of reading animal droppings to see who had been in the area. In The Lost Art of Reading Nature Signs your hiker will discover nature’s way of telling us of coming weather, how to locate water and so much more.
Time to get a little sassy with your gift giving! Every serious mountain hiker knows the dangers of wildlife and takes a lot of precautions to ensure everyone is safe. However they also take a bit of risk because wildlife, especially bears, are unpredictable. This rustic 3.5 x 12 bear warning shelf sign is a bit of tongue in cheek humor for your trekking fan.
We love this fun picture frame to capture hiking memories! Especially if it’s a memory of a hike the two of you share. Just tuck in a 4×6 picture and you have a memory that might just make her cry. She can hang this or it sits easily on a bookshelf.
Don’t you just love a beautiful glass for your cocktails? This beautiful 11oz whisky glassetched with the phrase “Not all those who wander are lost” reflects the theme of hikers who like to explore, who enjoy wandering in new places.
The georgeous 7×7 painted ceramic tile is framed with a rustic holder to embrace the outdoors. It’s perfect to sit on a bookshelf or to hand in a little nook to remind your hiker of the freedom they feel when they walk into the wild.
We love our National Parks Scratch Off Map that hangs in our family room. It creates a great converstion starter when we have friends over. It’s also the perfect motivator to get out and hike in every National Park. She’ll love keeping track of her adventures!
This 15×6 Steel Word Art – Explore would be so fun to hang in her home. Exploring is definitely a life motto for hiking gals. You can hang it as naked steel or check out some of the crafty ideas on creating awesome wall art.
7 of the Coolest Gifts for Hikers who Love Gadgets
Gadgets that hikers love come in all price ranges. But the one thing they all have in common is they are small and compact so it’s easy for your hiker to carry on the trail. These are tools that bring in more fun like the Go-Pro HERO 8 camera for shooting unbelievable trail videos or the crazy bendy UBeesize tripod that let’s her get the most amazing selfies in the scariest places. Or you will find them loving tools that help keep her safer like a serious upgrade to her compass or stepping it up even more with a personal GPS.
Cell phone and camera batteries drain fast on the trail. Your hiker will love this solar charger that they can just hang off the back of their daypack. This compact BEARTWO portable solar charge is no bigger than a cell phone and during a day’s hike builds enough power to recharge your electronics. How cool is that!
Your hiker can utilize the Garmin GPSMap hand held GPS to navigate her outdoor adventure. Whether she is hiking or mountain biking, you’ll feel confident that she can explore more with this premium, rugged handheld with a 3” color display. Yes, this GPS carry’s a big price tag, but when it comes to finding your way on the trail, it’s one of those places worth investing a few extra bucks. You can’t put a price on safety.
Sometimes it take a bit of creativity to capture those crazy poses to share with your friends. That’s why I love the flexible legs on this UBeesize Tripod for Phones. Those little legs will wrap around a tree branch, how cool! At 6.4 oz it doesn’t add much weight to the pack – and so worth it to get those amazing shots. It has a universal phone mount and will also fit most digital cameras making it one of my favorite hiking gifts for her.
This will easily become one of your favorite presents for hikers. She will find this so helpful in achieving truly memorable and fun photos.
It’s time for your grown up girl to own a grown up compass. And Suunto Compasses are the best of the best. The Suunto MC-2G Global Compass is recognized for taking highly accurate and reliable directional measurements. She’ll love the luminous bezel and markings for enhanced nighttime viewing. This is the perfect hiking present for her that will take her equipment up a notch or two to a professional level.
If she likes to spend the night under the stars, then your hiking gal needs a Leatherman Sidekick Multitool. Then she can be prepared to fix anything that breaks in her camping gear. Take a look at this video to see everything that’s included. Brad carries a Leatherman on every hike and I swear I borrow it at least once per trip. She can clip right to her pack or add a Leatherman Nylon Sheath for just a few dollars more.
What could be more fun than grabbing videos of your trek? Especially the scary parts, right! GoPro Hero8 Adventure Camera let’s your gal create videos completely hands free. And it will survive even the toughest weather since it’s waterproof.
We love these super compact Celestron Hiking Binoculars. They are lightweight and will let her see for miles when she’s sitting on top of the world. They are easy to zoom in on birds and bears alike. To learn more about buying the best, check out our guide to the Best Compact Hiking Binoculars.
It’s crazy that this ultra-compact Flashlight by Fenix only weighs 2 ounces. It is very flexible with multiple brightness settings making it perfect for a camping nightlight or seeing hundreds of yards down the hiking trail! The LED flashlight is rechargeable, waterproof and drop-resistant. She’ll love taking this flashlight on her next hiking adventure. For more hiking flashlight ideas check out our Guide to Flashlights for Hiking.
Every hiker needs one of these gorgeous Kalily Colored Bandanas tucked into their pack. They are perfect for when you need a quick mask or face cover. Of course they are beautiful to pull your hair back in the heat, but also can be worn in a dozen other ways. Who hasn’t run into some dust and needed a face cover, or temps drop and want a neck gaiter? These come in assorted pattern multi-paks so you could also split up for stocking stuffers for everyone in the family!
These headbands continue to be a top choice for gift ideas for hikers.
These Super-Tough Emergency blankets fit in a package no bigger than a deck of cards. This gift comes in a 4 pack, so enough to fill 4 stockings. No one ever plans to get stuck in the woods overnight, but it happens. A emergency blanket tucked into the bottom of her pack can be a lifesaving gift.
These go into the stockings of all our family every Christmas, not only are they great for hiking, they are perfect for any outdoor activity. Plus she can keep some in her car for roadside emergencies. Open up a 10 pack of each Yaktrax Hand Warmers and Yaktrax Toe Warmers and share the warmth!
One thing that drives me completely crazy is digging through a jumbled mess in my day pack. Your favorite hiker will really appreciate a couple brightly colored stuff sacks to sort their gear. Just reach into your pack and pull out the appropriate stuff sack and easy peasy… you have exactly what you need!
I can’t tell you how many pair of sunglasses I have lost on the trail. So I always carry a back up. These really cool Duduma Polarized Sunglasses come in 9 colors to match your awesome hiker’s personality. They are incredibly reasonably priced too!
One of the best gifts for hikers because they not only look cool but the polarized lenses protect your hiker’s eyes.
I had no idea of the value of a cooling towel until I actually overheated on a hot sunny trail. It’s like a scary out of body experience. And it’s amazing how quickly you recover by placing a wet towel around your neck! So another tip when looking for gifts women hikers will really appreciate is to look for items that have safety features in a fun way.
You can show your hiker some love with this lightweightKuen cooling towel that they can just clip to their pack. It comes in a 4 pack of assorted colors so you could easily split up for multiple stocking stuffers for hikers!
Every hiker tucks a headlamp in their pack because they all know that it’s easy to get caught up on a great hike and get back later than planned. Here’s your opportunity to give a gift that turns something ordinary, like a headlamp, into a very special gift. The Black Diamond Storm Headlamphas 3 levels of brightness, with the brightest being super-bright for full night views. It also has red, green and blue night colors so she can see easily see the stars when far away from the city without bright lights detracting from the view.
What is a PFG shirt, you ask! It’s a lightweight long sleeve shirt that protects your hiker from the sun. This women’s Columbia PFG shirt wicks away sweat to keep her cool and dry while repelling the harmful rays of the sun. I also love wearing mine when kayaking, as it is quick drying. It comes in dozens of colors.
If your hiker loves winter, then a pair of these MSR Evo Snowshoes will be a fun gift for her. Hiking in 2 foot deep snow is near impossible, but slip on snowshoes and you can go almost anywhere on the trail. Snow-shoing is an easy way to get around in the forest in the winter. What a great gift for her that she will use for decades!
Hiking in leggings has become the most comfortable way to be on the trail. But not all leggings are made the same. The Oriel Hiking Leggings by Arc’teryx are specifially designed to hold up under the rigors of the trail. And at the same time keep your gal comfortable all day. For more legging styles for your hiker, here’s our guide to the best hiking leggings for women.
5 Perfect Gifts for Trekkers to Keep Her Safe
Lifestraw Personal Water Filter
It may not be much to look at, but if your woman that hikes runs out of water on the trail this will be a lifesaver. My husband almost found out the wrong way when hiking in Glacier NP how important a back up water filter is. We love the Lifestraw Pesonal Water Filter because it is lightweight and easily tucks into the bottom of your pack. It’s one of those hiking gifts for her that you hope she never has to use. But if she does, it can be lifesaving!
Here’s a super easy way to carry 5 survival gear essentials in just one bracelet: fire starter, reliable compass, loud emergency whistle, emergency knife and 12 feet of military-grade paracord. Your hiker will find this Atomic Bear Paracord Bracelet an easy way to keep these important safety items accessible when hiking. It comes as a set of 2 and is super affordable.
One of the simplest safety device a hiker can carry on the trail is a whistle. The sound will carry far if she gets separated from her posse. This titanium emergency whistle easily attaches to a zipper on her backpack or can be worn as a necklace. The strong metal won’t tarnish or wear out, so she’ll have it forever. (Seriously order extra if you have hiking kids. No child should hike without a whistle.)
Especially designed to provide emergency care for day hikers, the Hart Outdoor Day Hike First Aid Kit is perfect to tuck into her daypack. It has supplies for 2 people for 1 day of emergency hiking needs. Best of all it’s nice and compact at less than 4 ounces.
No gift gift guide for women hikers would be complete without a playful hat! This Muryobao Sun Hat can be crushed into your hiker’s pack until needed. The wonderful wide brim protects from harmful sun rays. I particularly like the mesh layer to allow air circulation on a hot day.
Best of all this is one of the gifts for backpackers that comes in 6 bright colors!
I love going through our family dated ornaments each year. Your hiking girl will treasure this personalized hiking ornament for many years to come when you add her name and the year. You can even use the space on the stone to commemorate a special hike. And here are a few other awesome personalizeable ornamentsshe might enjoy:
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This list of the best hiking gifts for her should get you on track to have some fun with your gift-giving! You can’t go wrong with any of these whimsical gifts women hikers will truly love. Don’t forget to save this to your Pinterest gift idea board!
The Authors: Hey, we are Ladona and Brad, avid campers and hikers. We are crazy about getting outdoors every possible moment and have decades of experience exploring nature. Our current goal is to visit all 63 US National Parks and just completed #33. WooHoo! Our mission is to help you plan your own adventures and create a memories beyond your imagination!