Outdoorsy Gifts for Women That Hike
Do you have a girlfriend, wife, sister or friend who is obsessed with hiking, backpacking, camping and all things outdoors but have no idea what to get them as a gift? Well, I’m an outdoorsy girl myself and I’m here to help! By the time you have finished this article, you will have loads of hiking gift ideas for her that she will love!
There are loads of items that I have on my never-ending wish list which I have incorporated into the below list.
I know there is a large mix of you who are from either Canada or the USA, so I have included a link for each and the below Gift Guide is sorted by price with some items as low as $5 and others over $100.
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Gifts Under $25
Sea to Summit Alpha Light Spork – Long
I never go backpacking without one of these! A long spork is necessary for eating dehydrated backpacking meals. They are also lightweight!
GSI Infinity Backpacker Mug
Backpacking without having a hot drink to enjoy in the morning? Don’t be silly! This mug is perfect for hiking as you can tie it onto the outside of your backpack if you can’t fit it inside and it has a lid to stop spillages.
Nuun Sport Electrolyte Replacement Tablets 10 pack
Nuun Sport Electrolytes get added to your water for extra electrolytes because when you are hiking, you tend to need way more than usual! Also they are delicious! I love the Tri-Berry flavour!
As a hiker, you can never have enough dehydrated backpacking meals! I like to stock up on this at the beginning of Summer so that when the backpacking season begins, I don’t have to keep ordering more. These backpacking meals stay good for a year or so because the food is dehydrated.
First Aid Kit
Every hiker should have a first aid kit in their backpack on every hike. You never know where your adventure is going to take you.
Sun Bum Mineral SPF 50 Sunscreen
Sunscreen: A hiking necessity and Sun Bum is one of my favourites!
Insect Repellent: Also a hiking necessity. In Summer, the bugs can be fierce and there is nothing worse than being eaten alive while you are trying to enjoy a beautiful view.
Sea to Summit Wilderness Wipes – Package of 36
These are great! They are a shower in a box and a great way to stay “clean” if you are on an overnight backpacking trip.
Smartwool Light Hike Socks
I live by Smartwool for my hiking socks. They are super comfy and merino so they don’t smell easily. Smartwool socks have different cushioning amounts but I personally love the light cushions for Summer hiking.
Survive Outdoors Longer All Season Emergency Blanket
This isn’t something I take hiking with me all of the time but it’s definitely a great thing to have as part of your first aid kit if you are going on a long hike in the mountains.
A Kula Cloth is essentially used instead of toilet paper. They are antimicrobial, super absorbent and reusable.
Every girl loves a good beanie! They keep you warm but they are also so cute!
Sawyer Squeeze Water Filter System
This lightweight water filter is great for backpacking trips! This is the one I use on all of my overnight camping trips and can recommend it!
Hydro Flask Lightweight Standard-Mouth Vacuum Water Bottle
The perfect bottle to store your ice cold drink in and keep it ice cold! This bottle is 25% lighter than the original Hydro Flask so is perfect for hikers.
Osprey Hydraulics Reservoir
The Osprey Hydraulics LT Reservoir is perfect for trail runners or people who like hiking fast and don’t want to keep stopping to get their water out.
Smartwool’s Seamless Merino underwear
These are my all time favourite undies to hike in! They are seamless so don’t show under leggings and merino so perfect for backpacking trips!
Backpack Rain Cover
If she doesn’t already have a backpack rain cover, this is the perfect gift to keep her pack dry if it rains while she is out on an adventure.
Waterproof Phone Case
This is something on my own wish list because we are constantly hiking in the rain and going paddle boarding.
Gifts $50 – $100
Grayl UltraPress Water Filter and Purifier Bottle
This amazing water bottle actually has an inbuilt filter system so you don’t need to mess around with separate water filters!
National Parks Pass
For adventure and hiking-obsessed girls, I highly recommend an annual National Parks pass. You can get these in either Canada or the USA, however the US ones are much more useful because there are loads more National Parks that you can use them for. Canada tends to have a lot more Provincial Parks than National Parks unless you are heading to the Canadian Rockies where you will most likely spend a lot of time in Banff National Park, Jasper National Park and potentially the surrounding parks.
Sea to Summit Aeros Premium Pillow
I have one of these for backpacking and it is great! They pack down really small and are super lightweight!
ENO SingleNest Hammock
A hammock is definitely more of a luxury hiking / camping item but it makes for a great gift idea because its most likely not be something you would be thinking of putting money aside for. I have always wanted one but have found that I need to spend my money on the more practical adventure gear first so haven’t gotten around to it.
Icebreaker Tech Lite II SS Tee – Womens
This is my favourite hiking t-shirt. Icebreaker makes the softest merino shirts. Merino is perfect for hiking because they don’t smell as quickly as cotton does!
Tilley T3 Wanderer Hat
A Tilley hat is another thing on my wish list. They are so cute and offer great sun protection!
Micro spikes are for Winter hiking when there is snow and/or ice on the trail. They are amazing because they stop you from slipping and falling. You just attach them to the bottom of your boots and away you go!
Peak Design Capture 3.0 Camera Clip
For hiking photographers, this camera clip is a game changer! You secure it onto the shoulder strap of your backpack and slide your camera into it so that it’s easily accessible for taking photos along the trail.
Gifts $100 +
Patagonia Better Sweater 1/4 Zip
This sweater should be a staple in every hiker girl’s wardrobe. It comes in so many different colours! I have it in Pelican and am in love.
Black Diamond Trail Trekking Poles – Pair – Women’s
Not every hiker uses hiking poles, however if you do, these are great as they are lightweight and easy to pack down.
Rumpl Puffy Blanket
These blankets are super cozy and have the prettiest designs that any outdoor adventurer will love!
Smartwool Classic Thermal Merino Base Layer Crew – Women’s
These base layers are great for hiking in the snow or low temperatures. They are also great to sleep in to keep warm.
Osprey Aura AG 65 Pack – Women’s
I have this exact same bag and it is amazing! The Osprey Aura is a backpacking bag that will work for 1-4 nights backpacking trips depending on how lightweight the rest of your gear is.
MSR PocketRocket Deluxe Stove Kit
For cooking those delicious backcountry meals and of course coffee!
Oboz Bridger Mid Waterproof Hiking Boots – Women’s
These are great hiking boots and my personal favourites! They are super sturdy with have a great sole and are waterproof.
Arc’teryx Cerium LT Hoody – Womens
This jacket is beautiful! It is so cozy, lightweight and pretty much every outdoor adventurer wants one but they do come at a price. For a cheaper puffer jacket, check out the RAB option below which is actually the jacket I currently use on all of my hikes.
Rab Microlight Alpine Jacket – Women’s
If you don’t want to completely break the bank, this RAB jacket is a great alternative to the above Arc’teryx Cerium plus it’s actually tougher than the Arc’teryx and comes in some really nice colours!
Osprey Tempest 20 Backpack
This backpack is great for those day hikes. Osprey make really comfy bags and this one adjusts to fit your torso perfectly! I have this bag for day hikes and I can confirm it is a good one.
Ursack Major XL Bear Resistant Bag
An Ursack is a lightweight sack made from bulletproof Spectra fabric to prevent bears from getting to your food. It is a great alternative to a bear cannister if you are trying to save room in your bag.
BearVault Trek Bear Canister
A Bear Canister is for storing your food in away from your tent so that bears and other rodents cannot get into your food.
Garmin InReach Mini 2
The Inreach Mini 2 is a compact satellite communicator and an amazing gift for anyone that hikes or backpacks in the backcountry away from reception.
Helinox Chair Zero
This one has been on my wish list for a while. These chairs are lightweight and perfect for relaxing in at the top of a viewpoint or at your campsite.
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💭 My Thoughts
Choosing the perfect gift for a hiker girl might have seemed intimidating at first but hopefully after reading this guide, you will have found not one but multiple gift ideas that she will love!
Go and spoil her by choosing one of these amazing adventure gifts! She will be over the moon when she opens it.
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