With the Holiday season almost here, you are probably looking for some stocking stuffers or “Secret Santa” gifts. Now, if you’re purchasing stocking stuffers for the camper or hiker (and you aren’t one), you’re probably a little lost. Don’t worry, we’re here to help.
Now, you don’t want to spend a fortune on stocking stuffers, and if it is an office type “secret santa” gift, there is probably a cost limit… usually $25 or so.
To help you narrow down the right gift, we’ve put together this great list of items that won’t break the bank, but are still great for that camper or hiker on your list!
Know someone who is crazy for marshmallows or s’mores? Then this is gift for them! This marshmallow “tree” allows the holder to roast up to 10 marshmallows at a time. Made from steel with a nice rosewood stained, tapered handle. ($17 on Amazon)
No doubt, you’ve heard of the LifeStraw. This award-winning personal water filter has been used by millions around the world, and is really popular among campers, backpackers, and in locations where water quality is questionable or poor. It removes 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria (>LOG 6 reduction) and surpasses EPA standards for water filters .. and will filter up to 1000 liters of contaminated water WITHOUT iodine, chlorine, or other chemicals. All you need is the LifeStraw and you can drink directly from streams, puddles, and other water sources without getting sick. A must for any outdoor enthusiast! ($20 on Amazon)
One of the best insulated water bottles around, the HydroFlask keeps your cold stuff cold for up to 24 hours, and hot stuff hot for up to 12. Rigid, but lightweight, premium 18/8 Stainless Steel construction means that this bottle is easy to carry and free of BPA. The powder coated, matte finish doesn’t sweat, so you can always grip it easily, and the exterior comes in almost every color you can think of. Lifetime warranty on HydroFlask, and HydroFlask donates 5% back to the charity of your choosing. ($24 on Amazon)
Got a coffee lover on your list who is an avid camper or hiker? Camp coffee can either be really good.. or really bad. The Commuter Java Press from GSI makes GREAT camp coffee. This press works exactly like your French Press at home: Grind beans as coarse as possible, hot (near boiling) water over the ground beans, wait to let it brew, then plunge. This great design removes the intrusive plunger rod from the classic design, and replaces it with an inner mug, that actually creates a double wall of insulation.. keeping your coffee hot, and separated from the grounds in the bottom.
Trust me, I don’t start any day without coffee, least of all a day at camp. My Java Press is one of the first items on my list when packing up the car. ($23 on Amazon)
If you don’t want to pack a full cutlery set for hiking or camping, a spork might be the ticket as it contains the spoon, cutting edge, and fork, all in one. This spork is made of titanium, one of the toughest alloys on the planet, widely used in aircraft construction because of its lightness (17g), extreme strength, and long-lasting durability. Its high biocompatibility means that it is also safe and non-toxic/non-corrosive. ($12 on Amazon)
Forgetting to bring a towel when camping sucks, and they take up a LOT of room. This surprisingly thirsty little towel is the lightest woven fabric travel towel on the market and comes in a handy neoprene storage pouch. Dries out really quickly after use, and will even suck up more water when it is damp (rather than spreading it around). Large size is 24 x 48″ ($24 on Amazon)
With over 1,400 5 star reviews on Amazon, the reason this one is on the list is simple. Having a small, compact set of tools with you in your gear load is a no brainer, and will easily come in handy time and time again. The unit contains all the classic Swiss Army tools, including a small blade for cutting, a pair of mini scissors, a nail file with a screwdriver tip, a toothpick, tweezers, and a key ring. If you have a friend who is just starting to experience all the great things about the outdoors, this gift would be a great place to start. ($15 on Amazon)
Everyone has gotten up in the middle of the night.. but in the woods, there are so many things to trip over (rocks, stumps, guy lines.. ). Instead of fumbling, light the way with a spotlight! This Black & Decker cordless spotlight has an ultra-bright 3 Watt LED which reaches 195 lumens and lasts for up to 13 hours. It features a heavy duty rubber bezel, 3 position trigger lock and it runs on 4 AA alkaline batteries. Small, lightweight, and easy-to-use making it ideal for traveling, camping and at home. Even includes 4 alkaline batteries. ($17 on Amazon)
Survive in style! This paracord bracelet comes in a whole bunch or great colors, and provides a huge 16 feet of 350 spec paracord that can be accessed immediately (and completely disassembled in 1 minute). Also includes a fire starter buckle. Adjustable size is suitable for wrists that measure between 7-9 inches. ($10 on Amazon)
A less expensive, and much less bulky alternative to traditional dry bags, these bags are just great! Although great for camping, these bags are light enough to take backpacking, or tuck into a kayak. To use properly, begin by folding the Hypalon strip down first and be sure to have at least three rolls before closing the buckle. Tip: it is recommended that electronics or other sensitive items be “double bagged”. Keep dry! ($25 on Amazon)
Everyone should know how to use a map and compass when heading out into the backcountry. Lightweight and durable, this compass is made of scratch resistant acrylic. It employs Suunto’s two-zone system, which means it is great for reliable readings in northern hemisphere. Designed to fit in the palm of your hand, also includes a lanyard and snap lock. ($16 on Amazon)
For years, the headlamp has been a staple in the outdoor lighting industry. However, there has been an increased demand for red lighting to preserve night vision. This headlamp enables you to preserve night vision with the substitution of a Red LED for one of the white. This headlamp will turn on in the low mode of the Red LED, so you never have to accidentally blind yourself or any other people. Includes 4 AAA batteries. ($25 on Amazon)
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