20 Best gifts for new hikers

In my opinion, gifts for new hikers should be totally different from Christmas gifts and the general list of hiking gifts we have.

That is because a newbie hiker has different expectations that an already established hiker does not.

How do I mean?

A newbie hiker may not have the full gear they would need while on the trail yet. Therefore gifting them something they’d desperately need on the trail would make them the happiest person.

This is where you come in. Make them happy by giving them a gift they deeply need but don’t have at the moment.

And if you are confused about what to choose, you have nothing to worry about because that is what this article aims to solve.

Hiking Essentials

First of all, I want you to pay an attention to this.

The hiking essentials is a checklist of 10 things a newbie hiker must have before hitting the trail. Without wasting much time, let me list them out.

A newbie hiker must have at least one of each of these things; a hiking backpack, weather-appropriate clothing, hiking shoes or boots, plenty of food, plenty of water, navigation tools such as a map, knife, and first aid kit, health and hygiene, and personal items.

Therefore, our lists of gifts for new hikers would revolve around these ten essentials. Your own research would be to secretly search for what this person you are giving these gifts to is lacking.

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Hiking Backpack

Also known as hiking daypacks. Every new hiker needs this in their gear collection, whether it is going to be a quick hike or a long hike that will take weeks.

The importance of having a backpack is to carry the essential gear that is needed on the trail.

Deuter Speed Lite 20

This backpack is affordable, durable, comfortable, and lightweight. It has a capacity of 20L. However, this backpack is best for a day trip.

Deuter Air Contact

This backpack is best for long trips that span days. It’s comfortable, and well built for hikers carrying heavy loads.

Hiking Shoes or Boots

You see, hiking on the trail has everything to do with the legs. Therefore getting a hiking shoe is very crucial. It’s the first important gear decision any new hiker has to make. 

The right hiking shoe or boot has to be durable, comfortable, lightweight, and adhesive to any terrain.

Well, the difference between a hiking boot and a shoe is that a hiking boot is a more supportive footwear for ridged terrain.

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Salomon X Ultra 4 Low GTX Hiking Shoe for Men

This shoe is durable, waterproof, and comfortable with great traction.

I’m writing about this shoe because I highly recommend it for its total usefulness.

Saucony Peregrine 12 Hiking Shoe for Women

This is a women’s hiking shoe. It offers the same function, it’s lightweight, durable, and supportive and it gives a nimble feel.

This shoe is available in non-waterproof forms.

Salomon Ultra 4 Mid GTX Hiking Boot for Men

This shoe provides ankle support, it’s durable and stable. Most notable is that it’s heavier than a traditional hiking shoe however it has its use.

It also provides stability and traction.

Merrell Moab 2 Mid WP Women’s Hiking Boot

This hiking boot would make a great gift for a new hiker who has the intention of hiking with their regular shoe.

It is non-waterproof, affordable, breathable, and durable. This boot is one of the boots that many hikers wish to have in their collection of boots.

Also, they provide excellent cushioning for both long and short trips.

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Plenty Food

New hikers generally may not need plenty of food as they hike but the truth is, they definitely need it.

Freeze-dried meals are among the most popular types of meals that are available to hikers. These meals are easy to carry along, they are often times weightless and tasteful.

Of course, these types of food cannot be exactly similar to home-cooked food however they are as tasteful and nutritious.

But they often don’t come cheap.

Cuban Rice Bowl

Chicken Pho

Chicken Fajita Bowl

Breakfast Skillet

Spaghetti w/ Meat Sauce

Kale and White Bean Stew

Creme Brulee

Black Expresso Packaroons

Unstuffed Pepper w/ Ground Bison

Pad Thai


Hearty Harvest Bowl w/ Wild Boar

Zesty Zoodles in Avocado Sauce

Mesquite BBQ Seasoned Chicken w/ Beans and Rice

Chicken Teriyaki w/ Rice

Citrus Chia Morning Bowl

Butte Cacao Banana

Granola with Bananas, Almonds, and Milk

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Weather-appropriate Clothing

Sun protection clothing, sunscreen sunglasses, insulation, down jackets, rain jackets, rain pants, fleece jackets, hiking pants, hiking shorts, base layers, and hiking socks are the numerous lists of clothes a new hiker must consider.

Giving them these each would make them happy.

Rab Neutrino Pro Down Jacket for New Hikers

It basically provides warmth during cold weather conditions because of its high-tech fabric and craftsmanship.


Marmot PreCip Rain Jacket for New Hikers

It basically provides warmth and waterproofing during rainfall.


Arc’teryx Zeta SL Rain Pants for New Hikers

These pants should is needed by all outdoor persons. It performs similar functions to the jackets by providing warmth when hiking the trail during a cold season.


Columbia Steens Mountain 2.0

A fleece jacket also provides warmth during cold weather conditions. It differs from the down jacket and rain jacket in layering.


Outdoor Research Ferrosi and Prana Halle Hiking Pants

Well, the importance of having regular hiking pants is obvious.

Outdoor Research Ferrosi

Nike Dri-FIT Challenger and Nike Dri-FIT Tempo Hiking Shorts

Hiking shorts allow for free movement and cooling during hot weather conditions.


Arc’teryx Rho LT Zip Neck Base Layer for New Hiker

A base layer provides warmth just like the other outdoor clothing options I have given. However, all of them have their use case.



Farm to Feet Damascus Hiking Socks

Hiking socks are footwears that provide support, and cushioning to the feet. This is important because the legs are the most functional body part of a hiker.

Navigation Tools

GPS and GPS watches are powerful tools that every newbie hiker must have in their possession. It helps to find their way conveniently during hiking. 

In fact, this is one of the most crucial tools they should have especially if they are not familiar with the backcountry.

GPS watches are fitted with other functions such as calorie-burned measurement, heart rate monitor, and sleeping patterns.

Instead of getting a traditional GPS, you can opt for a GPS watch.

Garmin Instinct Solar GPS Watch for New Hikers

It is a solar-powered watch, user-friendly with long battery life. It is the perfect navigation tool anyone hiker will wish for.

A great alternative is the Garmin Fenix 6 Pro. However, it was very expensive.

First Aid Kit

Well, the importance of a first aid kit is very obvious. A newbie hiker would definitely need a first aid kit with the basic requirement.

General Medi Mini

It’s affordable, and lightweight, fitted with bandages, a first aid book, a tourniquet… However, it doesn’t come with meds. 

A great alternative is Adventure Medical Kits

Plenty of Water

Getting clean drinkable water is very important for all hikers including newbies. A newbie might not know this.

Taking water along is an option. However, there are times when that water might be enough hence the need for a water filter that can get rid of parasites.

Hydro Flask Standard Mouth Water Bottle

With its insulation, it keeps water cool and it’s leakproof.

Sawyer Squeeze Water Filter

This is one of the best water filters out there. 

What Next?

Choose the items you want and buy them now.

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