Gifts for Outdoorsy Guys
Are you struggling to figure out what to get a guy that loves hiking and camping? It can be hard to figure out especially when you think he might have everything already!
There are actually loads of extra things that a hiker can add to their kit and this guide will help give you loads of ideas on what to get your outdoorsy guy.
If all else fails, backpacking meals are actually really useful and a great gift for guys that like camping. They also last for years so there’s no rush to use them straight away.
This guide for hiking gifts for guys includes gifts under $25, gifts from $25-$50, gift from $50-$100 and gifts that are over $100.
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Gifts $100 +
Leatherman Wave + Multi-Tool
The Leatherman Wave + Multi Tool is SUCH a great gift for a guy who loves hiking and camping! It has so many different tools included which can be used when out camping or just for every day use at home.
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. Believe me, they will appreciate it!
Helinox One Umbrella
The Helinox One Umbrella is a special compact and lightweight Umbrella which is great for hiking.
A survival knife is such a useful thing to take away hiking and camping because you never know when it is going to come in handy. Any outdoorsy guy would absolutely love this as a gift!
Black Diamond Pursuit FLZ Trekking Poles
If you know that he is looking to upgrade his hiking poles or doesn’t yet have any, these trekking poles by Black Diamond are a great choice.
Helinox Chair Zero
This one has been on Dave’s wish list for ages! These chairs are lightweight and perfect for relaxing in at the top of a viewpoint or at your campsite as an alternative to a lightweight sit pad.
This smartwatch is perfect for anyone that is into fitness and training. It has amazing features like letting your body know when it is ready for that next training session, and evolving personalized daily workouts and so so so much more!
MSR Flex 4 Cookware System
This cook set is really great for longer backpacking trips or group trips if you want to share cooking equipment.
Go Pro Hero 11
Go Pros are great travel cameras because they are so tiny and the stabilisation on them is insane, making your video footage really sleek. Any outdoor obsessed guy would be over the moon to receive a Go Pro as a gift!
Patagonia Better Sweater 1/4 Zip – Mens
The Patagonia Better Sweater is a super popular fleece and for good reason! It is so cosy and great for hanging around camp at night and for throwing on at the top of a mountain to keep warm.
Scarpa Rush Trek GTX Hiking Boots – Mens
This hiking boot by Scarpa is a mixed king of boot between a trail runner and a hiking boot. The upper material is soft and flexibility to allow you to manoeuvre on the trails with ease, but the sole of the boot is nice and hard with added shock absorbers to protect you from hard and uneven ground.
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.
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. An Ursack is a must have backpacking item!
Gifts $50 – $100
ENO SingleNest Hammock
A hammock is a great gift for a guy who loves hiking because it is a luxury item that they most likely wouldn’t have yet! It is perfect for setting up for a relaxation afternoon at an epic viewpoint.
America the Beautiful Pass
For adventure and outdoorsy guys, 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 whereas the Canada parks passes are mainly used in the parks in the Canadian Rockies.
Kahtoola Micro spikes
These are SO useful! Micro spikes are for Winter hiking when there is snow and/or ice on the trail and they stop you from sliding around all over the place. You just attach them to the bottom of your regular hiking boots.
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! It makes for a great gift for a guy who love hiking!
Icebreaker Tech Lite II SS Tee
Merino is the best material you can hike in because it doesn’t smell as fast or nearly as much as cotton and it is fast drying. Hikers can never have enough merino shirts so if you can’t decide what to get him, a merino hiking tee from Icebreaker is a solid choice.
There is nothing worse than having your phone or camera run out of battery while you are on a hiking or camping trip. Having a portable battery pack is a necessity if you ask me and they make great gifts!
Outdoor Research Sunbriolet Sun Hat
The Outdoor Research Sunbriolet Sun Hat provides great sun protection and is a must have for when you are hiking with no shelter out of the trees. The neck tie is a great feature to ensure that you don’t lose your hat to the wind at an incredible viewpoint.
Sea to Summit Aeros Premium Pillow
Dave has one of these for backpacking and loves it! They pack down really small and are super lightweight!
Peak Design Capture 3.0 Camera Clip
For hikers who also love photography, this camera clip is a must have item! It secures onto the shoulder strap of your backpack and you can then slide your camera into it so that it’s easily accessible for taking photos while you hike.
Sawyer Squeeze Water Filter System
This lightweight water filter is great for backpacking trips! This is the one that Dave and I use on all of our overnight camping trips and can recommend it!
Headlamp – Nitecore NU25 360 Lumen USB
A headlamp should be part of any hikers adventure kit, especially if they do backpacking trips or hike for sunset or sunrise!
Aeropress Go Travel Coffee Press
If you are looking for a gift for a guy that love both hiking AND coffee, the Aeropress Go Travel Coffee Press is a great gift idea! The Aeropress brews delicious American-style coffee or espresso-style caffeine hits using a filter so you don’t get any of those yukky gritty bits in your cup!
Buff – CoolNet UV
A buff is so great and something that Dave has just invested in. The back of his neck is constantly getting burnt but now he can cover it up with the CoolNet UV Buff. It also protects you from mosquitoes AND can be used as a neck warmer at night.
Darn Tough Ultralight Hiking Socks
Like merino shirts, you can never have too many hiking socks. You can get different cushion amounts depending on the weather and personal preference.
Sea to Summit Drybag 8L
Drybags have so many uses for hiking and camping! You can use them literally as a drybag to keep your belongings dry. You can also store food in them to use at campsites that have the bear pullies because you can attached them really easily to the pulley system. We also have a drybag especially to store our camera in when it rains.
Thermacell Backpacker Mosquito Repeller
I don’t know where or when the Thermacell started being a thing but now it seems like everyone has one, including us! They actually work too! For the backpacker version, you can use the same gas canister that you use for cooking by attaching it to the Thermacell and turning it on. Then you just let it do its thing and enjoy a mosquito free environment.
Sea to Summit Extra Light Towel
An extra light towel is a great thing to have on a hiking trip if there is a lake or river along the way that you want to go for a dip in. They dry you really well and then the towels themselves dry super quickly!
Mountaineers Books How to Suffer Outside: A Beginner’s Guide to Hiking and Backpacking
This is a book full of great advice for both beginner and seasoned backpackers and hikers. It is a great gift to get a hiker for when you really don’t know what to get them.
GSI Outdoors Santoku Knife Set
This 3 knife set includes a 4″ paring knife, 6″ santoku and 6″ serrated knife, a cutting board, bottle for soap and a two sided dish cloth to keep everything tidy.
Therm-A-Rest Z-Seat SOL
These are sit pads by Thermarest, meaning you sit on them. These are our newest addition to our hiking and camping gear list and we now regret not getting them sooner! They are super lightweight and make sitting absolutely anywhere so much more comfortable.
Backpack Rain Cover
If he doesn’t already have a backpack rain cover, this is the perfect gift to keep his pack dry if it rains while he is out hiking.
Gifts Under $25
If he is hiking in the mountains, he needs a beanie! Dave not only uses a beanie to keep warm in the cool evenings while outside the tent but he also uses it to sleep in when it is extra cold.
As a hiker, you can never have enough dehydrated backpacking meals! These backpacking meals stay good for well over a year because the food is dehydrated so they make a great gift!
Nuun Sport Electrolyte Replacement Tablets 10 pack
Nuun Sport Electrolytes get added to your water for extra electrolytes because when you are hiking, you get dehydrated way more easily which can lead to cramps.
Sea to Summit Alpha Light Spork – Long
These long sporks are so necessary for eating dehydrated backpacking meals because they stop you from getting your hands dirty when you reach down further into the meal packet. They are also lightweight!
Sea to Summit Cool Grip X-Mug
This is a super lightweight mug that packs down flat. Dave is obsessed with this mug because of how cool it is. 😂
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.
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