Taking off into nature and leaving the “real world” behind is something more and more people have turned to since COVID-19 forced us outdoors in all weather and any season. Hiking sky-rocketed during the pandemic, and it’s not showing any signs of slowing down. Camping became a logical supplement to hiking as a way to extend the hike into a (socially-distant) vacation.
While these activities may be new to some, hiking and camping have long been cherished forms of travel and leisure in the U.S. So, chances are you have a hiker or camper to shop for this holiday season. Whether they’re new to the game or seasoned pros, they’ll be thrilled to receive some thoughtfully-crafted, sustainable gear to make their next trip into the wild even more fun.
The best gifts for hikers and campers should always be practical, durable, and compact. Check out our team’s favorite products that are sure to be a hit with the camper or hiker in your life.
HYDAWAY Collapsible Insulated Bowls
Perfect for keeping food piping hot on a chilly morning at camp. These collapsible insulated bowls hold up to 1-quart of your favorite food and are ideal vessels for mixing up shareable portions. The lid is a key component that turns the bowl into a storage container, allowing you to save leftovers for later. Also comes in a 1.5 cup-size for serving individual portions or kids and pets.
Igloo Legacy Cooler
A sleek twist on a beloved original, the Igloo Legacy cooler is a 51-liter stainless steel ice chest that keeps beverages ice cold on any camping trip. Complete with bottle opener on the exterior.
HYDAWAY Bamboo Cutlery Set
Because plastic cutlery is terrible for the environment, wasteful, and largely unnecessary. Carrying your own bamboo cutlery set ensures you’ll never need to use another plastic spork again. It also makes a dent in the 40 billion plastic utensils that are used annually that end up in landfills because they are too small, lightweight, and contaminated to be recycled.
Dress-up, for drinks. Puffin Drinkwear lends a flair to any beverage with their creative koozies. We especially love The OG, a sleeping bag-shaped koozie that inspired the entire brand.
HYDAWAY Collapsible Camp Meal Kit
This is sure to be a hit with campers everywhere. Our kit includes a 1-quart collapsible insulated bowl with lid, 1.5-cup collapsible insulated bowl with lid, cutlery set, and a handy storage bag to keep everything in one place.
Destination E Bike Rack
A go-to for people who bring their bikes to the trails or campsite. The Destination E bike rack can carry up to two 70-pound bikes (either electric or standard) and comes with an expandable ramp for easy on- and off-loading. When not in use, it folds down flat against the vehicle.
HYDAWAY 25-Ounce Collapsible Water Bottle
No hiker hits the trail without a water bottle, but what about once it’s empty? These 25-oz collapsible water bottles are the perfect size and have hydration covered. Carrying around a bulky empty water bottle is never ideal, which is why hikers love that HYDAWAY bottles compress down into a 1.5” disc and can be stowed in a cargo pocket for hands-free hiking.
Staying hydrated means nothing if you don’t also stay nourished! Trail Butter blends trail mix and nut butter together to make their signature high-protein, heart-healthy trail butter. Packaged in squeezable tubes, trail butter is easily ingested on the go or added on top of fruit, crackers, bread, or oatmeal for a full meal.
Erem Desert Hiking Boots
Comfortable, breathable hiking boots for men and women that look good on the trails and in the bar you hit up afterwards. Expect compliments. ‘Nuff said.