12 Awesome Holiday Gifts for Backpackers

12 Awesome Holiday Gifts for Backpackers

12 Awesome Holiday Gifts for Backpackers


With the holidays right around the corner, you’ll have to start thinking about gifts to get that person in your life who backpacks. It’s not an easy task; someone who backpacks often likely doesn’t have a connection to materialistic things, and getting them gear that they should really pick out themselves or they don’t already have, can be a headache at the stores. Though quite a few backpacking stores were closed this Black Friday, it’s not too late to head out and get these amazing gifts:

Mountain Hardware Dome Perignon

Mountain Hardwear Hat

With the winter cold coming, your favorite backpacker will need something to keep his or head warm in the chill. While you could just buy any hat, the Mountain Hardwear Men’s Dome Perignon is the best choice. It’s made with GT Windstopper material, and fits well enough to keep the heat in and your head comfy.

Price: $27

GoPro Hero 4 Session

GoPro Hero 4 Session

Dying to see some photos of this particular backpacker’s journeys, but he or she never takes a single one? Then get them the GoPro Hero 4 Session, and amazing camera and video camera that’s lightweight, waterproof, and easy to use. Now they’ll have the memories forever.

Price: $236

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How to S*** in the Woods

How to Shit in the Woods is essentially the backpacker’s bible, and just a great read. It covers how to be environmentally conscious while on the trail, in times where every little thing can be harmful.  It has all the answers to every question a backpacker might have, and the solution to every scenario he or she might find themselves in.

Price: $9

Space Pen Stowaway

Fisher Space Pen Stowaway

If the person you’re buying for is an avid journal writer or if they’re starting to think about recording their next backpacking trip, then encourage them with the Fisher Space Pen Stowaway. This isn’t your average pen. It uses a pressurized ink cartridge to give you the ability to write anywhere, anytime.

Price: $10.00

Field Notes Expedition

Field Notes Expedition 3Pk

Though the Fisher Space Pen can write on anything, it’s usually preferable to have a notebook. Get your lucky hiker the Field Notes Expedition 3Pk, which is eco-friendly and waterproof so that you don’t need to worry about getting your precious thoughts ruined by unpredictable weather.

Price: $9.95

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Set Mini Round Card Game

Set is a fun game that can keep you and your backpacking pals entertained for hours. If this lucky person hasn’t experienced Set yet, then play it at your holiday party, and they’ll be hooked. The Set Mini Round Card Game is a portable version of the actual game, which is perfect for bringing along on a hike. Players need to categorize images into sets, based on different criteria. It might be hard at first, but they’ll be addicted in no time.

Price: $7.99

Sparkie Fire Starter

Ultimate Survival Technologies Sparkie Fire Starter

Starting a fire while hiking is no walk in the park, and anything to make that task easier will be certainly appreciated. Thanks to new technology available these days, the Ultimate Survival Technologies Sparkie Fire Starter is a great tool to spark a fire, even in the harshest of weather conditions. It’s lightweight and compact, too, so it won’t take up much room in your bag. And, it’s cheap!

Price: $9.95

Poler Wearable Sleeping Bag

Poler Napsack Wearable Sleeping Bag

I’m sure you’ve heard all about wearables. Now you can get one for the cold mornings on the trail. The Poler Napsack Wearable Sleeping Bag is a 2-1 solution to the bulkiest gear needed for the outdoors. Here is a sleeping bag that you can wear! It’ll make those cold mornings and those late nights when you’re struggling to pitch your tent that much easier.

Price:  $129.95

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Point 6 Ski Socks

Mostly everyone can expect to get socks on Christmas, and being the giver of some awesome, warm socks for the trail will make you better than Santa Claus this year. The Point 6 Ski Socks have great features that will make you so much more comfortable, including cushions on your shin and foot, an Achilles pad cushion that will keep your heel down in your shoe, an insulated toe area, and tons of cool colors!

Price: 14.99+

Eat'n Tool

Columbia River Eat’n Tool

Even if the person you’re buying for already has some cool utensils to bring out on the trail, nothing beats the Columbia River Eat’n Tool. This handy-dandy tool isn’t just a spork that can be used to eat any time of meal, but also a screwdriver, pry tool, wrench, and bottle opener. It comes in different colors, too. Wow!

Price: $5 (price varies)



Does this person who loves backpacking also love drinking wine? It’s not always easy to bring water along the trail, but now you can solve this problem for them by getting the Wine2Go. Wine2Go is just as it sounds; it’s a BPA-free, eco-friendly foldable bottle for wine, that you can use again and again. Perfect for backpacking!

Price: $11

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Customizeable Hiking Ornaments

A backpacker always brings the outdoors home with them, in any way they can . Get them them a Cafepress customizeable hiking ornament,  so that the backpacker in your life can decorate their tree without forgetting the beauty of being on a hike (especially while they’re stuck inside all day with the crazy family!).

Price: $14.99

hanalarock I'm Hana- a freelance travel writer and teacher who currently lives in South Korea. I'm originally from New York, but have spent the last two years traveling and living abroad. My first time hiking in the US was when I traveled around the country as a teenager. Though, my first adult backpacking trip was a year ago, when I hiked from Thailand down to Singapore for a month. I'm looking forward to many more adventures in the future. Visit my site for more information.