• Hannah Smentkowski

The 10 Perfect Holiday Gifts that Hikers Actually Want!

Updated: Dec 16, 2021

Hannah Unbound hiking in the snow in Colorado during the holidays

Finding the right gift for the outdoorsy person in your life can be extremely difficult, especially if they're like me and already own almost every possible piece of gear they can find. The best route to go for these kinds of hikers is to get them the kind of gift that they might not have even thought about for themselves! Something that will make their hiking experience better while also being useful in their travels.

I also share a few charities I greatly admire and ways to give back and honor your nature-loving friends and family this holiday season. So if you're ready to start looking at ways to make your hiking friends geek out this holiday, then let's dive in!


(Disclosure: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links and if you go through them to make a purchase I will earn a small commission at zero extra cost to you. I link to these companies and their products because of their quality and not because of the commission. Thank you!)


Table of Contents:

1. Osprey Hikelite Hiking Backpack

2. Smart Wool

3. First Aid Supplies

4. Rumple Outdoor Blankets

5. Repair Supplies

6. Nature Filed Guides

7. Landscape Photography

8. Gear Cleaning Supplies

9. Donate to Charity

10. Gift Cards


1. Osprey Hikelite Hiking Backpack

Osprey Hikelite hiking backpack 26 liter

While a hiking bag may seem like the most obvious purchase, I want to make sure you understand why I'm recommending this bag in particular. The Osprey Hikelite bag is one of the most lightweight options around and I think it's the best option for either a first-time bag or upgrading from your first bag.

Hannah Unbound hiking with an Osprey Hikelite 26 liter hiking bag

It comes in two sizes, the 18L, and 26L, so if you know someone looking to grab a slightly larger bag so they can start to carry more layers, first aid, trekking poles, or food on their hikes, this bag is a great choice.

Not to mention, this bag has an actual back suspension with their air space technology, making this bag so comfortable to the hiker without hurting their back. With this bag being crazy light for long trips, a reasonable price for its quality, and enough space to carry anything you need, I feel like this bag is a no-brainer. (I've been loving mine for the last two years if that helps).



2. Smart Wool

Smart wool leggings and a pair of blue wool socks

Especially during these colder times of the year, wool under layers are the best way to stay warm outdoors. And while there are tons of different wool companies out there there is nothing quite like Smart Wool. Being one of the first companies to start using 100% Merino wool for their products, Smart Wool makes some of the most comfortable and reliable clothes in the biz.

It's well known around the hiking community that having great socks is not a luxury but a necessity! Getting socks (or long johns) for Christmas is a hiker's dream! And if they are legitimate Smart Wool, then you will be known as the coolest gift giver ever, seriously!



3. First Aid Supplies

A water tight first aid kit full of supplies

This is something that traditionally would be a super strange gift to give, but first aid is something that often gets looked over by many hikers even though these items can save their life! While most people will already have their own first aid, what they don't know is that a lot of their products can expire, like pain killers and antihistamines. Plus, they're probably out of all of the very popular items they use all the time when hiking.

Probably the best first aid item to get a hiker is moleskin! This handy band-aid is extra thick to cover blisters on your feet allowing someone to keep on hiking even when their feet are telling them to stop.

While most first aid kits are full of all of the essentials, sometimes it's helpful to grab some extra supplies that aren't typically in these kits. Such as: clotting sponges, venom removal, splints, tick remover, hydration tablets, poison ivy wash, emergency blanket, and wilderness first-aid guide book. You can never really have too many first aid supplies.



4. Rumple Outdoor Blankets

Women holding onto a blanket outdoors

This may sound really weird but to an avid camper, a nice outdoor blanket is a dream item! I don't even own one of these fancy blankets yet because honestly, the price is a little steep for me, but I've always wanted one! I just imagine waking up from my tent to the cold morning and pulling out of my sleeping bag and wrapping up in my cozy blanket. Or even around the campfire in the 2 person blanket, sitting next to my dog all cozied up.

Rumple is the top-of-the-line supplier for outdoor blankets. Their original synthetic and Nanoloft blankets are made with 100% post-consumer recycled materials. They also have an ultralight down blanket that has an outer material that keeps it safe from water scratches and debris, which is super important when it comes to outdoor gear.

While these blankets may seem a bit extra, I believe anyone who enjoys time in the outdoors will love how warm, comfy and stylish these blankets are.