Surprisingly, it’s very easy to buy hiking gifts for him that he will just love. It’s the nature of men to love gear and gadgets and hiking gear is the coolest.
To make your search for the perfect gift for your hiking guy, we have spit this list into categories we know your hiker will really appreciate. Just use the table of contents to jump ahead to any of these categories!
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What Makes a Perfect Hiking Present for Men?
If your guy has been hiking for awhile then gifts that upgrade his equipment are exactly what he wants. Most guys start hiking by filling their pack with whatever is handy. Over time they realize that saving a little weight with a more compact version of an item, or being more comfortable with better hiking clothes, or adding that one special item will make their hiking trips so much more joyful.
And if he has just started hiking, then you can be sure he needs absolutely everything on this list. You really can’t go wrong with any quality hiking gear as a gift. We’ve focused on quality items that hikers will use for decades specifically for this hiking gear gift list for guys.
So we’ve included all of that and more in this list. We’ve also found some really fun items well worth the chuckle. And then we threw in a few basic items that we know they will use everyday with gratitude for your thoughtfulness. To make it easy for you to get your shopping done, we included links to where you can purchase these awesome hiking gifts. In many cases these links are affiliate links which means if you make a purchase we could earn a small commission.
7 Indispensable Tools for Men who Hike
Any gift list for men who love to hike has to start with a round up of the best gear a guy could carry. This is definitely the area where you can help your favorite hiking guy level up the quality of his hiking gear. We’ve been pretty selective in this section to ensure you pick out the best of the best hiking gifts for him.
Your special guy should be prepared for everything on the trail from needing to cut branches out of the way to replacing the screw in his cook stove to starting a campfire with no matches. The Leatherman Signal Multitooldoes it all with 17 tools every hiker will use, in a very compact 7.5 oz package. It fits easily in your pocket or pack. We’ve compared all the Leatherman Multitoolshere to find the best one for hiking. (See on Amazon)
Ultralight binoculars that allow your guy to see wildlife on the next mountain peak are a great gift for men who hike. The Vortex Optics Diamondback binoculars only weigh 15 oz making them a logical addition to any hiking backpack. What we love about this particular high quality pair is that they are easy to adjust making sharing with friends a breeze. For more information on how to select binoculars, check our our article on the Best Compact Hiking Binoculars. (See on Amazon)
And if your guy is one of the emerging ultra light hikers, the Celestron Nature Monocularat only 6 ounces is amazing. The 10x zoom will bring wildlife right up close. It’s rubber coated for a secure grip and to protect it while in the pack. This is one of those hiking gifts for him that he will own for decades – it’s that cool. (See at REI Co-op)
For outdoorsy guys there is no such thing as too many flashlights. But if you want to give a hiking gift that he will use on almost every adventure, the Petzl, Active Core Headlamp is one of the best flashlights you could choose. With a powerful 450 lumens and 4 light settings he will be able to see in the most adverse conditions. It comes with rechargeable batteries that will last over 100 hours. Even better you can substitute regular batteries in a pinch so you have a back up plan! It’s super lightweight at 2.7 oz so it takes up practically no space in his backpack. For more about selecting the perfect headlamp check the Best Ultra-light Headlamps for Hiking for detailed reviews. (See on Amazon)
GPS units can get way up there in price, however we have been really happy with the Garmin eTrex 22x Hand Held GPS Unit, using it for hiking and for fishing. The smaller size at only 5 ounces is perfect for tucking into a backpack. The battery will run for 25 hours which is exactly what you need for a long weekend of hiking. (See at REI Co-op)
This 12 inch mini tripod goes on most hikes with us. It makes it so much easier to capture amazing photos of us in the wild instead of trying “extendo-arm” selfies. The legs on the UBeesize Mini Tripod bend independently in all directions so you can adjust your phone or camera for uneven surfaces. Set the tripod on a boulder or wrap it around a tree branch and your guy is all set for an epic picture. (See on Amazon)
5 Gifts for Him of Powerful Hiking Treats
What guy doesn’t like food, right? And on the trail food is even more than a fun snack. Men burn immense energy when hiking and it’s critical that they replenish those calories and electrolytes to stay healthy. Every guy should also carry a small emergency supply. From healthy snack bars to indulgent treats here are the perfect hiking gifts for him.
This Snack Box by Peaceful Squirrel is the perfect way to test out a wide variety of high energy hiking snacks. Everything is in single serving sizes, so he can just grab a few for each hike and see what he loves most! Every snack in this box is high in protein and energy to ensure he can power through his hike. (See on Amazon)
What guy wouldn’t love snack bars with names like Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and Cherry Pie? Best of all they are so healthy for him. The Larabar Snack Bar Variety Packof 16 yummy bars is gluten free, dairy free and vegan. You’ll be proud that your guy packed these in his hiking backpack as a great energy source on the trail. (See on Amazon)
Not only is this a delectable gift, it is extremely convenient! Each pack of Justin’s Honey Almond Butter is a single 32g serving. Even though it is easy to spread on an apple or bun, I’m pretty sure your guy is going to suck this delicious energy boost right out of the pack. (See on Amazon)
OMG, can you imagine starting your day sitting on the side of a mountain sipping on a hot cup of coffee? What makes these individual packs of coffee from Starbucks special is that it they make instant coffee taste amazing in the way only Starbucks could. The sealed individual packs will keep the coffee fresh even in the heaviest rain. The single serving size makes it easy for your guy to tuck a couple in his pack for his back country adventure. This gift is a box of 50 individual delicious coffee servings. (See on Amazon)
You can really change up his snack time when hiking with the NOKA Smoothie Pouches. The Superfood 6 Pack is 100% organic fruits and veggies in a easy squeeze snack sacks. Healthy eaters will appreciate that they are non GMO, gluten free and vegan. Oh, and did we mention they are DELICIOUS! (See on Amazon)
8 Reading and Journaling Gifts for Your Hiker
Busy men often love to embrace the quiet time after a long hike to read. It’s an indulgence they don’t have time for in their day to day, so hiking and camping create a free space for a bit of reading or journaling. Many hikers keep track of every detail of their hikes so they can share with fellow hikers. Or others just like to go back and relive their adventure by reading through their journals.
Keeping a log or a journal on the trail is a great way to capture details of your hikes. We love to go back through our hiking logs and remember special trips. You’ll love this waterproof journal because a little rain has ruined many notes. This 120 page Rite in the Rain Journal is only 3 oz so it slips right in any backpack. Don’t forget to grab a Waterproof Rite in the Rain pen to complete your gift for your hiking guy. (See on Amazon)
This natural leather journal from Etsy is the perfect hiking gift for him. It will appeal to his inner wild. You can personalize with full name, intials or maybe a special nickname. And it can be refilled so he can keep a new journal for each trip and build his library. (See on Etsy)
If he loves to read, especially on quiet nights when camping along the trail, the new Waterproof Kindle Paperwhite is just the ticket. He can hike with dozens of books at his fingertips, while only adding 6 1/2 ounces to his pack. I particularly love the no glare screen and that the battery will last weeks on a single charge. (See on Amazon)
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. Available in paperback or in Kindle version. (See on Amazon)
The ultimate Field Guide to the Art of Wilderness Survival is loaded with back country tips and survival skills every hiker needs. This is a particularly good book for someone who is just started more advanced hiking and back country adventures. It’s available in paperback of kindle versions. (See on Amazon)
An Outdoorsy Magazine Subscription
Magazines are gifts that just keep giving, your favorite man will think of you when each edition arrives! Here are 2 favorite magazine gifts for him:
Unlimited Reading. Unlimited Listening. Any Device. We just browsed through current offerings in the Kindle Unlimited subscription and found National Geographic Guide to National Parks, The Buschcraft Series, several yummy backcountry cook books and many stories of hiking adventures. Best of all the first month is free! Kindle books can be read on almost any device, including a phone, through the Kindle ap. He’ll love the easy access.
8 Gifts of The Best Hiking Clothes to Keep Him Comfy
There’s nothing more personal to a hiker than care of their feet! And talk about the ultimate Hiking Sock! Start with alpaca wool. Not only are these socks super warm and cushioning, they wick away moisture to keep your feet comfortable. These amazing socks are made by 2 Points Farm in New England from locally raised Alpaca. (See on Etsy)
No matter how many different socks we try, Smart Wool Hiking socks continue to be top of the list for comfort and quality. They are excellent at wicking away moisture to keep feet dry on the trail. And we love the invisible toe seam that doesn’t rub. These Medium Cushioned Wool Performance socks are specially designed to absorb the impact of the trail for a long day. (See on Amazon)
The gift of glove liners is so much better than another pair of gloves. Glove liners can be worn under gloves for an extra layer of insulation or worn alone during moderate weather. We love that they are more compact and can easily tuck into a pocket for unexpected cold or frosty mornings.
TheArc’teryx Rho Glove Liners are touch sensitive so it’s easy to use your electronics. Check out our complete guide to the warmest glove liners for more details. (See at REI Co-op)
Every Hiker Needs A Really Sharp Looking Hat
Every man who is hiking in the sun needs a wide brimmed hat. But seriously many of the hats that protect from the sun look rather dorky. Here’s a couple hats that don’t follow that rule and will make your guy look rather fine. These hats go well beyond fashion, the wide brims are critical to protect his face from the sun. The fabrics are SPF rated of at least 50 are designed to breath keep the head cool.
Weather on the trail can be unpredictable, cold in the morning and then blazing hot in the afternoon. That’s why Columbia’s Silver Ridge Convertible Pants are such an amazing gift for men who hike, they can just zip off the legs and spend the afternoon in comfortable shorts. The ripstop nylon is treated to provide SPF 50 protection from the sun. This great fabric will wick away sweat and breath allowing your guy to stay cool and dry all day. (See on Amazon) or (See at REI Co-Op)
What? You ask… Why sandals for hikers? Well, there are 2 really good reasons he will absolutely adore these Teva Hurricane Sport Sandals. First at the end of long day of hiking nothing feels better than to get those boots off and slide into a good quality pair of sandals. The second is there are times when hiking that you have to cross water or maybe kayak a trail section. Having a pair of quick drying sandals, like these, will let him take off his boots and still keep his feet protected. Nothing sucks more than a wet pair of socks and boots on the trail. (See on Amazon) or (See at REI Co-op)
4 Hydration Gifts that Just Might Save a Life
The biggest risk to a hiker’s health is running out of water. Dehydration causes a wide variety of health problems. However the problem is knowing how much water to carry and being able to carry that much weight. Here are some rather cool items that will support your hiker’s hydration needs.
Indvidually, these tubes of NUUN Sport Hydration Tablets would make a great stocking stuffer. Or get a multi-pak for a variety of flavors. When hot weather hiking, loss of elctrolytes can be life threatening, so every serious hiker knows to keep replenishing. Why not make it fun for him with these great flavors: Lemon-Lime, Fruit Punch, Berry and Strawberry Lemonade. These tablets turn a bottle of water into a clean ingredient sports drink, the tablets are certified gluten-free, vegan and kosher. (See at REI Co-op)
Did you know that ultraviolet (UV-C) light rays safely purifies clear water by destroying 99.99% of protozoa (including Giardia and Cryptosporidia), bacteria and even viruses. The Katadyn Steripen Ultra UV Water Purifier can be used to clean 50 liters of water per charge using UV light.It weighs less than 5 ounces and fits in the palm of your hand. When he’s on a hike in an are with access to clear water, your hiker will be able to save a lot of weight with the Steripen. (See at REI Co-op)
And my personal favorite to keep tucked in all of our backpacks is a LifeStraw Personal Water Filter. Why? Because it is an inexpensive solution to get clean water quickly. The straw only weighs about an ounce and is the size of a large pen. For the price, you can afford to tuck one in every backpack you own to ensure you are never without a back up clean water source. (See on Amazon)
This is a really cool water bottle from Katadyn in many unusual ways, but what he’ll love most is that when it’s empty it can be squished into a little ball, taking up less space in his pack. Oh, yeah… it will also ensure that he always has access to clean water when hiking. The filter removes harmful organisms like bacteria and protozoa like Giardia & Cryptosporidium from stream water. It’s also super easy to clean so it’s ready to go on the next trail. (See on Amazon) Or (See at REI Co-Op)
6 Hiking Gifts for Men that Keep Him Safe
Part of what makes hiking so tantalizing is that you are often walking into the unknown. However with the unknown comes greater chance that you will need to react to an emergency. So a gift that helps him be prepared is highly desirable. And if it is something that is well organized and compact, you win big time in these gift choices.
A few blasts on this whistle and your lost or hurt explorer will be quickly found. No one ever plans to get lost on the trail, but we read in the news every day of another lost hiker being injured. This little piece of insurance in the Titanium Emergency Whistle is worth carring. It can be hooked to a backpack zipper pull for worn as a necklace for easy access. (See on Amazon)
Easy to Carry and Easy to Use Tick and Mosquito Repellent
Your guy doesn’t want to carry a bulky, messy spray bottle in his pack, so a gift of an insect repellent that will easily tuck into his backpack will keep him bite free. Ticks and mosquitos can drive you crazy on the trail. And a repellent is often something you don’t think about until you actually need it. The easier it is to carry the more likely your hiker will keep it tucked into his gear. Below are 3 great choices, I know most of us would prefer to use natural repellents but when the bugs are bad you often have no choice but to step up to the more serious stuff. These all come in small, easy to pack and easy to use containers.
Ultrathon Insect Repellant is your heavy duty go to bug repellant when the bugs are super vicious, with 34% Deet and 12 hour protection. And we love the small 2 oz tube for packing.
Murphy’s Naturals Mosquito Repellent is the all natural way to protect him when hiking, a blend Castor Oil, Lemongrass Oil, Rosemary Oil, Cedarwood Oil, and Peppermint Oil. We love the easy to use balm because there is no liquid to spill in the backpack.
He’ll love this mini dispenser of Quantum Health Buzz Away Extreme Towelettes, all natural repellent that is safe for the whole family. The blend of essential oils not only keeps the bugs away it smells fresh and is safe for the environment.
These extra large emergency blankets can be the difference between hypothermia and safety if stuck in the woods overnight. They are large enough to wrap around a man to hold in heat. Or add a couple hiking poles and some tape and you have a quick rain shelter. Keep your guy safe with a fist sized Don’t Die in the Woods Emergency Blanket. They weigh less than 2 ounces so easy to tuck into his pack. (See on Amazon)
6 Inexpensive Gifts for Hikers That He Will Really Love
Sometimes we get caught up in tracking down the latest and greatest gadget which often means big bucks. But deep down hikers are pretty simple people who find joy on the trail in the small things that make a difference on the trail. Here are hiking gifts under $25 and even several present ideas that are under $10.
Who would think that something so simple would be so important on the trail? Guys use caribeaners on every trip for everything to strapping another water bottle to their pack to hanging a hammock from a tree. This 4 pack of Favofit 12KN (2697 lbs) Heavy Duty Caribeaner Clips is exactly what he needs. They are extremely strong and versitile. (See on Amazon)
The mini Victorinox Swiss Army Classic SD Pocket Knife is only 2 1/4 inches long and perfect for attaching to a backpack zipper pull. It comes with 7 tools: small blade, scissors, nail file, screwdriver 2.5 mm, key ring, toothpick and tweezers. You probably won’t build a shelter with this, but it will come in handy more often than you can imagine. From pulling out splinters to quick gear repairs your hiker will be all set. Victorinox is the original Swiss Army knife company since 1897. (See at Amazon)
It’s a jam packed emergency kit in one tiny space! The Atamic Bear Paracord Bracelets include: one bracelet : fire starter, reliable compass, loud emergency whistle, ferro rod striker and 12 feet of military-grade paracord. The bracelet easily adjust to his wrist size so he’ll have this handy on the trail. (See on Amazon)
There’s nothing worse than having to dump your pack to find something in the bottom. The Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Stuff Sacks are perfect for organizing your backpack contents. Get one for first aid, one for your food, one for your extra clothes and everything else. These stuff sacks are strong and lightweight. We love the large assortment of colors. (See at MooseJaw)
In a package smaller than a Birthday Card you’ll find everything you need to patch a burn hole, repair a leaky tent or replace a buckle. The Gear Aid Fix Anything Camp Kit includes 19 essential repair supplies that just might save the day. (See at REI Co-op)
This all in one tool let’s your guy eat with real utensils on the trail instead of his fingers like a cave man. The knife conveniently tucks inside the spork of the Ka-Bar Tactical Spork Tool. Made of sturdy polymer plastic material, this tool is highly durable. It weighs next to nothing, and the small 7″ length make it an easy tool to tuck into a backpack. (See on Amazon)
11 Funny Hiking Gifts for Men
Here’s some Tshirts that will just make him bust out with a big laugh.
Does one of these remind you of the hiking man in your life? Then it’s the best gift for him, right!
What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger… Except Bears Will Kill You (See on Amazon)
You’re favorite guy is going to love one of these hiking gifts for him. Hikers are all about getting outdoors and into nature. So with that in mind you will succeed in surprising him with a special hiking present.