If you have a friend or relative who is a keen hiker, you may be wondering what you should buy them as a gift – perhaps a gift to give as a going away present for a hiking vacation, perhaps simply for a Birthday or other special occasion. Here are five simple, useful, ethical and environmentally friendly gifts for hikers that those who appreciate and enjoy the great outdoors will surely love. www.travelrows.com
Home-Made Trail Mix or Energy Bars
If the keen hiker in your life is heading out on a hike and you want to give them something special and unique to show that you care, a home-made trail mix or home-made energy bars could be an ideal, personal gift. By including grains, nuts, seeds, dried fruit and perhaps some other goodies in the mix, you can keep them energized for their adventure. This is also a gift for hikers that could help preserve the environments they love to explore.
A Reusable Water Bottle
Another great gift for all hikers is a reusable water bottle. There are plenty of excellent options on the market. Those without plastic are the most environmentally friendly, and are great for those who want to cut down on plastic waste. You could also consider making the gift a more personal one by having it personalized with their name, an image that will mean something to them, or a motivational phrase, for example.
An Eco-Friendly Backpack
Almost all hikers will need a backpack, whether they are heading out for a quick morning hike, a multi-day adventure or a long-distance trail. Make sure that they have a good backpack to contain the things they need and, for extra brownie points, make it an eco-friendly one – made from organic cotton, hemp, canvas or reclaimed or recycled materials.
A Life-Straw water Purifier
When an adventurous hiker is out on the trail, one of the challenges is being able to carry enough drinking water. Hikers traveling in the wilderness or backcountry could need to be able to purify water sources that they find along the way. A Life-Straw water purifier could allow them to do just that.
A Biolite Stove
For a somewhat bigger gift, a Biolite stove could fit the bill perfectly as a gift for hikers. These small stoves run on small pieces of wood or brush, even pine cones. They are easy to use and are a great alternative to a propane/ butane stove for a hot drink or simple meal on the go. Though they may take a little longer to get going, they heat quickly. Better still, the stove will also charge up a smartphone or other small device on the trail.
Gifts for ‘ Day Hikers
If your parents, friends or beloved ones are hikers and you are looking for a gift like for Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, St. Valentines day and it should be related to hiking, trails and adventures, the easiest thing will be to customize any of the above gifts. For example, to print their name, fav things or anything else, which points to what they like.
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There are plenty more eco-friendly gifts for hikers out there. From home-made gifts to expensive tents or outdoors equipment for them to use as they explore the wonders of the natural world. Share your ideas reviews in comments.