10 Gifts Under $25 for Hikers & Backpackers

Honestly, I was thinking of writing more of an article geared towards just giving an experience as a gift, but decided some of those experiences are well worth it with some of these outdoor gift ideas I have put together.  What is the goal of a gift?  To get that person excited about the adventure they may be able to use it on.  Get them excited!  One of our goals at Beyond Limits on Foot is to help people get outside more.

I’ve put together a list of items that are perfect as a gift for your hiker/backpacker friend.  I can say that this is one of the topics that I know most about being an avid hiker/backpacker.  Most of this gear I tried out or a friend of mine has and we would agree that they would be perfect gifts for your friend, partner, family, co-worker, etc.

I’m going to break the list out into 5 different areas: under $25, techies, safety, essential and fun gifts.

Either way, don’t worry about getting the wrong gift for the hiker/backpacker.  We are so into gadgets and gear and honestly sometimes don’t think of buying items on this list.  If you are on a budget, the under $25 is the best way to go.  All other areas are great gifts for us!  Have fun choosing and let’s go adventure together!

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Buff DryFlx Hat

The hat is lightweight (1.9 oz) and good for cool weather activities.  It’s reflective design makes one visible at night.

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Stanley Classic Flask

If you know your friend is a whiskey drinker or likes to have a small cocktail to keep them warm on a hike, this would be a pretty awesome gift for them.  Easy to pack and lightweight at the same time.

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UV Buff

These actually come in handy for so many other things than hiking too.  There are at least 12 ways you can wear it.  Check it out.  Also, A portion of the proceeds from the NP Collection UV Buff will be donated to the American Hiking Society by Buff Headwear.

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Darn Tough Hiking Socks

I have a few pair of these, they are the most comfortable on the trail.

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Body Glide Anti-Chafe Balm

Ever have problems with chafing on long hikes?  Don’t be embarrassed we all go through it at one point.  This is the perfect ointment/stick that can help with relief or it even not happening.  Trust me, I’ve had to use it!

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TentLab Ultralight Potty Trowel

If you have ever been backpacking, you know for sure you need one of these.

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VENTURE 4TH Microfiber Travel Towel

I would recommend this for anyone actually, even those who travel and need a light towel.  It is lightweight, which in turn is good for the hiker/backpacker.

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Therm-a-Rest Z Seat Cushion

This is a plus for anyone that goes hiking a lot; sitting on the ground all the time gets tiresome.

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Lifestraw Personal Water Filter

I was actually given this by a friend for my going away from an office, honestly I take it on every backpacking trip alongside our other main water filter.  It’s great for a quick drink while taking a break on the trail and a backup if the main filter goes bad.

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Light my Fire Titanium Spork

Titanium is huge in the community because it is so lightweight and still very durable.  Easiest way to shed some weight on the trail is buying one of these instead of carrying a spoon and a fork.

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