The Ultimate 2022 Camping & Hiking Gift GuidePublished on 11/29/2022 · 9 min readWith the holidays coming up quickly, we've got you covered when it comes to gift ideas for the campers and hikers in your life! Check out these 11 present suggestions!
Believe it or not, the holidays are right around the corner. The leaves are changing colors, the air is getting crisp, the days are getting short, and the season of gift-giving will be upon us in no time. Don’t wait until the last minute and end up scrambling to find a good gift! Instead, get your brainstorming and even some of your shopping done now! For the campers, hikers, and outdoor lovers, there are plenty of great gift ideas in a variety of price ranges. The list below outlines a few of my favorite gifts that I’ve given or received over the years that are bound to come in handy time and time again, during days and nights spent outside!
1. Rome Square Pie Iron
There’s nothing like a pudgy pie cooked over the campfire, and you can’t make a pudgy pie without a square pie iron such as the Rome Square Pie Iron. The classic pudgy pie is made with white bread, strawberry pie filling, and butter, but the variations and unique creations that can be made in a pudgy pie iron are endless! The Rome Square Pie Iron is made of cast iron so it can withstand the heat of the campfire, and the removable handles make it easy to pack up. This is the perfect gift for those who love camping, food, or both!
2. Darn Tough Hiker Micro Crew Midweight Socks
Socks are an essential item when hiking and backpacking, but not just any old socks will do. When you are walking for hours per day over uneven terrain and in challenging conditions, foot comfort is of the utmost importance. Darn Tough Hiker Micro Crew Midweight Socks for men and women are durable and comfortable socks created specifically for long days in the wilderness. Made from merino wool, Darn Tough socks are breathable and quick-drying, which prevents sweaty feet (and therefore, blisters), while still being super soft and comfortable. The mid-weight is the perfect balance of warmth on colder days and nights spent around the campfire, without being too bulky in your hiking boots. Every hiker needs a pair of Darn Tough socks, making it the perfect affordable gift to give this holiday season!
3. Ben’s Ultranet Headnet
Early summer is the perfect time to get outside and enjoy the nice weather, but it is also when the mosquitos and pesky gnats are at their worst. Protect your eyes, ears, and face from annoying bugs with Ben’s Ultranet Headnet. This is the ultimate stocking stuffer, as it costs less than $15 and is smaller than the palm of your hand. It is super lightweight and fits into just about any small pocket, making it ideal to bring anywhere. My husband is always complaining about mosquitos while we are sitting around our campfire, so I put one of these in his stocking last year and he used it all summer long! This is the perfect gift that the outdoorsy person in your life may not even know they need!
This is the perfect addition to every emergency kit! Similar to a sleeping bag but much lighter weight, a bivvy bag provides protection and warmth from the elements in a super light package. You never know when a storm or blizzard might roll in and leave you turned around or stranded on the trails for hours or even a night; being prepared with emergency gear can save your life! Made of waterproof, windproof fabric and weighing just half a pound, the AMK SOL Thermal Bivvy can easily live in your backcountry pack or day hiking backpack, ready to use when it’s needed. Give your loved ones the gift of safety on the trails the next time they venture out. Minimalist, ultralight backpackers and campers may even opt to use this as their primary sleeping bag!
After a long day of hiking, climbing, skiing, mountain biking, or whatever activity you love to do while you’re camping, there’s no better feeling than slipping your feet into a comfortable pair of slippers or shoes to relax at camp. Trust me, keeping your hiking boots on all evening just does not feel good, especially if they are wet or muddy from the day’s adventure. The North Face ThermoBall Traction Mule V for men and women are the perfect comfortable, lightweight, warm slip-on shoes to make the evening’s camp site chores comfortable on worn feet. Weighing just 16.2oz for the pair, this is my go-to “luxury item” that I never go backpacking without. Water-resistant, insulated, warm, and easy to slip on and off, The North Face really thought of everything to make these the perfect, functional outdoor slippers. And not only are they functional, but they are stylish as well, making them versatile enough to wear while out walking the dog, to the pub for apres ski/bike, or while running into your yoga class! This is not only a great gift for the outdoor lover, but for anyone with feet!
There are many different water filtration methods out there, covering a wide array of price points, time constraints, and ease of use. The Katadyn Steripen Classic 3 Ultraviolet Water Purifier is one of the easiest to use and quickest filtration systems, making it an essential tool for anybody who ventures out into the backcountry and doesn’t want to carry 10lbs worth of drinking water. Weighing just 6.3oz, the Steripen can be tucked into your pack and brought deep into the wilderness without weighing you down, and it purifies a liter of water in 90 seconds, making it ideal for both solo hikers and large groups. Even if you already have a filtration system you love, the Steripen is a great backup option since it is so light and small, making it a great gift for any backpacker or thru-hiker!
7. Sea to Summit Reactor Extreme Themo Liner
For anyone who camps during more than just one season, the Sea to Summit Reactor Extreme Thermo Liner is a must-have! Unless you have more than one sleeping bag, chances are, you are slightly uncomfortable during at least one season. If you have a sleeping bag with a higher temperature rating, you’ll be cold during the shoulder seasons, but if you have a sleeping bag with a lower temperature rating, you’ll be sweating through the night in the summer months. With this sleeping bag liner, you can use just one sleeping bag during any time of year, and on trips in various locations! It adds versatility to a warmer weather bag by adding up to 25 degrees of warmth and weighing only 13.9oz, it’s a great option for car campers and backpackers alike. And not only does it make your current bag more versatile, but it can extend the life of your sleeping bag by acting as a protective outer layer.
Everyone who spends time outside needs a solid rain jacket. Whether you’re hiking over eight hours a day in the backcountry, hitting the trails for a run or day hike, or spectating your child’s soccer game, the weather shouldn’t stop you from getting out there. The Outdoor Research Apollo Rain Jacket for men and women is a tried and true, waterproof, windproof, lightweight packable jacket that will protect you from the elements. With plenty of great design features, including pit zips for ventilation, an elastic drawcord hem, and zippered pockets, this jacket has high performance at an affordable price point. With this jacket, you’ll never again be caught unprepared when that unexpected summer storm rolls in!
9. Osprey Duro 6
This lightweight, minimalist hydration pack is designed for runners, but it is also perfect for minimalist hikers and even mountain bikers and cyclists. The Osprey Duro 6 hydration vest holds 1.5L of water and has 7 exterior pockets, so you can comfortably hold your keys, cell phone, snacks, and even a packable lightweight layer or rain jacket, all while staying hydrated! The vest fits snug to your body, so it doesn’t jostle around and disrupt your gait like many hydration belts. It’s a unique gift for runners!
The Yeti Hopper Flip 8 Cooler is the ideal size to keep your food and drinks cold on a solo outing, but with the capacity to fit 8 beer cans, it’s also large enough for a picnic lunch for two! This soft cooler is easy to carry and easy to clean, and just like all YETI products, keeps its contents cold for days! Use it as an everyday lunch box, bring it into the woods or to the beach, or to a BYOB concert or BBQ! With two larger size options and many color options, you can personalize this to the person you are gifting to.
A sleeping bag is an essential item for anyone who plans to go camping. With so many sleeping bags to choose from—various temperature ratings, fill materials, shapes, weights, and the list goes on—it’s challenging to narrow down the options. The Marmot Trestles Elite Eco 20 Sleeping Bag is a high-quality, versatile sleeping bag that would be a great gift for backpackers, car campers, festival campers, and both seasoned and novice campers alike!
With a 20-degree temperature rating, the user will be nice and toasty in overnight temps around the freezing point, but the fold-down second zipper provides plenty of ventilation for warmer nights. Synthetic materials traditionally hold up well in wet conditions, so confidently take this bag with you to the Pacific Northwest, the Himalayas, or wherever life takes you! And at just 2lbs 6oz, you really can bring it anywhere, even deep into the backcountry.
Whether the outdoor adventurers on your holiday gift list are experienced backpackers or backyard campers, there’s a gift out there for everyone who loves getting outside! Reach out to me or a Curated Camping & Hiking Expert for assistance finding any of the items mentioned above, and more! And if you’re having trouble narrowing down the options, you can still give the gift of outdoor adventure with a Curated Gift Card!