So you’ve got a walker to buy a gift for. Don’t panic. We’ve searched high and low for ideal walking and hiking gifts so you don’t have to.
In this guide you’ll find technical wear, walking fuel, apps and handy accessories. We’ve selected a range of items at different prices, so whether you’re after a big gift or a stocking filler (or secret santa present for that hiker at work) we’ve got you covered.
What does every walker need?
As the old saying goes, “there’s no such thing as bad weather, only poor clothing”. So a few key clothing items make great gifts for walkers. Warm and dry are the watchwords, especially during the colder months.
Don’t let low spirits and empty bellies get in the way of a good day out. Any walker would be happy to wake up to some high quality, great tasting adventure snacks.
Researching routes, commemorating achievements — it’s half of the fun. Inspiring and fun gifts are a great option for any walkers you know.
The best walking gifts
- Patagonia Synchilla Snap-T Pollover Fleece
- YETI Rambler 14oz Insulated Mug
- OS Maps App Subscription
- Veloforte Mixed Bars Pack
- The North Face 28L Borealis Backpack
- BAM Bamboo Walking Socks
- Veloforte Ultimo Snood
- Ocoopa Rechargeable Handwarmer
- Red Bank Festive Coffee
1. Patagonia Synchilla Snap-T Pullover Fleece
Legendary outdoor brand Patagonia know a thing or two about fleeces, and the Snap-T fleece is probably the most iconic of them all. There are multiple designs to choose from, but we love this bright retro colourway. (But we won’t judge if sensible gray is more your style…) Because it’s Patagonia, you can rest assured of excellent quality and great ethics and sustainability credentials.
Various colours and designs available.
2.YETI Rambler 14oz Insulated Mug
YETI call this “one of the toughest, most over-engineered camp mugs out there” and we’re inclined to agree. The perfect gift for a hot-drink loving hiker, especially if they’re in the habit of breaking things.
This mug is shatterproof, dishwasher safe, supremely insulated, and plenty big enough for a very large tea or coffee. Plus there are lots of colours, from an outdoorsy khaki to a can’t-lose-it pink.
Various colours and other sizes available.
3. OS Maps App Subscription Annual Premium Subscription
Ordnance Survey are the name in maps. This handy smartphone app gives instant access to complete maps of the UK to view, print or download to your device.
Use it to navigate in real time, to plan future routes and adventures or to get out of a pinch. It also has a nifty AR function which displays the name and distance of mountains, rivers and landmarks nearby.
Gifting options available.
4. Veloforte Mixed Bars Pack
Nothing will put a dampener on a hike quite like hunger. Luckily for the hiker in your life we’ve bundled all of our award-winning bars into one handy, very giftable package.
Made with 100% natural ingredients and nothing else, this pack contains all our bars — from the indulgent coffee and cocoa Mocha to the zingy and gingery Zenzero.
Natural dual-source carbs provide the perfect pick-me-up, while the Great Taste Award-winning flavours will put a smile on your face.
5. The North Face 28L Borealis Backpack
The North Face is renowned for its hardwearing adventure gear, and now also for its on-trend casualwear. This 28 litre backpack is a great example of the brand’s versatility. It’s hardy and roomy enough for a day out on the hills, with water bottle pockets, chest buckle and padded straps. It’s also a stylish choice for commuting or studying, thanks to its organisational pouches and laptop or tablet compartment. A true all-rounder for the walker in your life.
Various colours available.
6. BAM Bamboo Walking Socks
These super soft and cushioned socks are made for walking. The mix of sustainable bamboo and merino wool offers comfort and a touch of luxury to even the most rugged of hikes, and they’re also naturally moisture-wicking and odour-controlling — so everyone else will still be happy when the boots come off.
There are lots of colours to choose from, but we’re particularly fond of this bright and friendly honey yellow pair.
Various sizes and colours.
7. Veloforte Ultimo Snood
Be prepared for the outdoors with an ultra versatile snood made from premium seamless open-weave breathable fibres with Repel technology - water just runs off.
Wicks away moisture when you're hot, keeps you warm and toasty when it’s not.
8. Ocoopa Rechargeable Handwarmer
Nobody wants to cut short a walk because of cold hands. This USB-chargeable hand warmer is a great stocking filler to keep hands comfortably toasty.
It comes with adjustable heat settings, an impressive battery life and an aircraft-grade aluminium exterior — plus thousands of positive online reviews.
Various colours available.
9. Red Bank Coffee Mountain Rescue Guatemala
A good cup of coffee on a frosty walk — there’s nothing better. And this festive, affordable and ethical brew from Red Bank is a great cup. It’s responsibly sourced from a smallholding cooperative, sustainably packaged a great partner to a Veloforte bar.
Available as whole beans.
What do I get a walker who has everything?
If you’re still scratching your head thinking of a gift for the walker who truly has everything, avoid novelty gifts and try a personal touch. Find out their favourite route and find a way to commemorate it — perhaps with a framed map. Or start a hiking journal, filling in your previous adventures together and gifting to them to do the rest.
Choosing the perfect hiking gift
We know that choosing a gift can be daunting — luckily all the gifts above are only a click away. Remember to think about sizing, and what kind of colours they normally enjoy. It’s also worth thinking about what kind of walker they are — a gentle weekend stroller or a hardcore mountaineer — and choose accordingly.
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