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Hot Hands Hand Warmers– When it is really cold, it is always nice for hikers to throw 1 or 2 of these in their pockets to keep their hands warm.
Lighters– These are great for hikers to have in their backpack on any outdoor adventure. You can never have enough of these cheap lighters.
Anker Portable Charger – It is always nice to have a small, lightweight charger to keep your devices powered, and this one from Anker is small enough to not weigh you down but still give your phone a full charge.
KENTWOOL Socks– Hikers can never have enough wool socks (they are so comfy we like to use these socks every day). Buy the sock of the month and you can save an extra 20%! Plus, Kent Wool is based in and manufactured right here in the Upstate of South Carolina. Use code AMBLE18 for 15% off your order. (Please note, this code cannot be combined with other offers and expires 12/31/18.)
Luci Inflatable Solar Light– These lights are great to hang on the back of a backpack so they can charge while hiking. By the time camp is set up these lights will be fully charged and they make great lights around camp and in a tent.
Water Filter– One of the scariest things that can happen on the trail is to run out of water (speaking from experience) so it is always a good idea to carry a small water filter. This hand pump water filter from MSR is small and great for day hiking. If you have someone who loves to backpack a lot (and willing to spend a little extra $$), it is a good idea to get them a bigger backpacking water filter. We’ve been using our 6 liter Katadyn filter for over a year now and love how quickly it can fill our water bladders.
Headlamp– We always keep a headlamp in our bag when we go hiking or camping. You never know when you might need a light while out on the trail, and, unlike with a flashlight, headlamps let you go hands free.
Backpacking Pillow– Usually we are big advocates of packing light when backpacking, but a pillow is one of our favorite splurge items. Nothing beats having a nice comfy pillow to lay down on after a long day on the trail.
ENO Hammocks– ENO Hammocks are useful both on and off the trail. These are great to hang at the top of an overlook so you can soak up the views or sleep in when camping on the trail. Off the trail these are great to hang in the backyard or in a local park on a nice day.
Backpacking Stove Kit– It is always nice to have a hot meal after spending a long day on the trail, so having a good stove is a great idea. We have this same cooking kit and we absolutely love it. The dishes all fit together to save space and the MSR PocketRocket stove is one of the smallest on the market.
Cotopaxi Daypack– We use our Luzon 18L Daypack on every day hike we take. The people who make the pack are allowed to create their own color combinations, so you can purchase a pack that is truly one of a kind (or pick one of the already designed color schemes). This backpack is one our most favorite hiking items.
Cairn Subscription box– Subscription boxes are very popular right now. Who doesn’t love getting a box full of fun, unique gifts delivered to your home every month? Cairn sends you new outdoor gear monthly or quarterly to help you discover cool products and encourage you to get outside. We found so many new cool products that we use every time we go outdoors. Use code AMBLE20 to get 20% off your first box when you sign up for a monthly subscription.
GPS watch– I got my first GPS watch about 2 years ago and absolutely love it. I wear it all the time and love it’s usefulness at home and on the trail. The Garmin vívoactive 3 is the latest version of the same watch I use, and I love all the apps you can add using Garmin Connect.
CREATIVE DIY KITS
One of our favorite gifts to give people is a diy kit we made ourselves. It’s a super fun way to add some more of a personal touch to gifts and it can be pretty fun to make too. We’ve put together a few ideas of kits you can put together. Use it as a starting point or copy it completely. Either way, you’ll have fun and we think the person getting the gift will enjoy it too.
Ultralight Backpacking Kit
Ziploc Sandwich bags – part of the ultralight pillow
Stuff sack – put the sandwich bags in the stuff sack to make the pillow
Razor blades – you rarely need a full knife on the trail, razor blades are much lighter
Basic First Aid supplies (bandaids, ibuprofen, alcohol wipes, neosporin) – premade first aid kits are nice, but condensing it down to the essentials saves weight and money
Bandana – impromptu coffee filter or protection from the sun
Backpacking cocktail kit
Flask (or this flask and shot glass set would be great) – we don’t even need to explain why a flask is the most important part of this kit
Squeeze tubes for other liquids – sometimes you need more than just one liquid, so you’ll need more than one container
Cocktail Canteen – for the person who wants a fine cocktail no matter where they are
Here are a couple of recipes you could include: (use Ziploc bags inside a nalgene for cocktail ingredients)
Wilderness White Russian – Kahlua + vodka + milk (use dry whole milk powder)
Under the Sleeping Bag – Light rum + triple sec + brandy + lemon juice
Mexican hot chocolate – Tequila + hot chocolate mix + hot water + dry whole milk powder + ground cayenne pepper
Backcountry Cooking Kit
Camping Stove Kit – everything but the food
Cooking Spoon – this extra long spoon can reach into meal bags with ease
Dish Soap – you can use it as body soap too (don’t ask questions)
Backpacking Recipe Book – or you can add some Mountain House Meals