It’s that time of year.
Christmas is fast rolling around and the panic buying begins.
The good news is, if your friend or family member loves hiking or climbing, there is an endless list of things that they may want.
You could get them some boots or a jacket but the best gifts are often the things that they wouldn’t ever buy for themselves.
So don’t wait until Christmas Eve and waste money on something they don’t need.
Below we’ve pulled together a range of present ideas, suitable for Christmas, birthdays or one-off celebrations.
Regardless of your budget or the recipient, there’s something in here for everyone.
Special Gifts for a Special Someone
After a long day on the trails, massage guns are the ideal tool for post-workout recovery.
They help to soothe sore muscles, promote blood flow and flush out a build-up of toxins from the tissues cause by exercise.
For anyone who regularly hits the gym, does a lot of hill walking, or is just getting used to putting their body through its paces; a massage gun can be a key piece of equipment to keep muscles feeling in great shape.
The Hoposo Massage Gun has six different massage heads to get right to the sore spots of different groups of muscles.
The round head is for large muscles such as the quads and glutes, there is a U shaped head that can soothe the neck, both sides of the spine, and Achilles tendons, and other heads offer just the right shape and sizes for other muscles around the body.
Check out our guide to the best massage guns on the market
On camping trips, a log or tree stump can often become the go-to seat, but nothing gives provides the much-needed support and comfort after a day of activities quite like a chair.
But are you sick of your partner complaining as they get in and out of a crappy old camp chair?
This Asteri option is unique in its design and goes above and beyond your average camp chair.
Wide armrests, cup holder, a mesh storage bag and the reclining design all come together for outstanding comfort and ease of use.
But what truly sets it apart is the section at the bottom that can be clipped on to become a footrest or taken off to be used as a detachable side table.
Being able to adjust the height of the back and add a footrest means that the chair more than meets the requirements of different people.
So whoever the recipient of this gift is, they’ll be one happy camper.
Check out our guide to the best camping chairs on the market
Bluetooth speakers are portable, convenient and allow you to take music with you as you venture off into the great outdoors.
The best news is that your bank account needn’t be overflowing to get your hands on a decent speaker.
The UE Boom 2 is completely outstanding. Whether you want to use it indoors, outdoors, loud or quiet, or accidentally drop it in the sea – it will perform.
It’s portable but not flimsy, easy to use but not too basic, and performs well indoors and outdoors at all volumes.
Its mesh wrap around is porous but highly waterproof and durable, and its cylindrical design allows for an incredible 360-degree sound delivery.
The Boom 2 can be used to take hands-free calls, be submerged in water up to a meter deep for 30 minutes and now boasts tap controls.
Simply pick up the speaker and tap it – handy when everyone’s phones are in the bottom of a backpack or buried in a tent.
Check out our guide to the best portable speakers on the market
If your friends and family often head off to remote locations on their holidays, trying to describe some of what they saw, but failing to convey the sheer beauty and magnitude.
Why not get them quality travel camera?
Luckily, having a strict budget no longer means that you have to settle for amateur quality footage.
The Apeman A100 is one of our favourite action cameras – with electronic image stabilisation (EIS), WiFi control and comes with a generous bunch of accessories.
The camera comes with two rechargeable batteries and an external charger, as well as a protective case. This case is impact-resistant and waterproof up to 40 metres.
A bonus is that when connected to a PC it will work as a webcam, which is extremely handy in times of social distancing and working from home.
Check out our guide to the best value action cameras on the market
The idea behind a multi-tool is simple: always be prepared.
The name says it all – multi-tools incorporate multiple pieces of equipment in a compact, packable device.
Whether it is a screwdriver, knife, saw, pair of pliers or just a bottle opener that’s needed, it’s your one-stop-shop for any task.
Affordable, easy to use and packing in an impressive 12 tools, this Gerber multi-tool is a survival device (and also a lot of fun to play with).
Users have access to needle nose pliers, both fine-edge and serrated knives, a saw, a Phillips screwdriver, small and medium flat drivers, a lanyard ring, a bottle opener, a can opener, scissors and wire cutters.
External components are easily accessed and the spring-loaded jaw provides simplifies one-handed use.
A fun bonus is the Priorities of Survival pocket guide, which offers survival basics designed to help keep you alive until you can be rescued.
Check out our guide to the best multi tools on the market
As one of the ultimate adventure accessories, binoculars make a fantastic gift.
For hikers, bird-watchers, stargazers or any outdoors enthusiast, this is a piece of gear that is as fun as it is practical.
Nikon’s Aculon binoculars are impressive in terms of specs but won’t blow your budget.
The rubber armour provides shock-resistance and a firm, comfortable grip. The sleek design is comfortable to hold, to view and has good eye relief.
Not only will they be able to spot wildlife in the distance, multilayer-coated lenses for brighter, sharper images.
These binoculars weigh in at under a kilogram, have turn-and-slide rubber eyecups and come in varying zooms and focal lengths.
Check out our guide to the best binoculars on the market
Treat someone this Christmas to a touch of comfort on their next hike.
Imagine kicking back in a hammock by a pristine alpine lake or swaying suspended between trees on a starry night.
It’s hard to describe a better feeling.
And there are some amazing hammocks out there that are super comfortable but will do the best job in terms of keeping the user suspended of damp, rocky, bug-ridden floors.
This Easthills Outdoors Explorer hammock comes decked out with a removable mosquito net and tree straps included.
Designed for comfort it can actually fit two people in and holds up to 315 kilograms.
Crafted from high-strength, breathable 210T Taffeta parachute with triple stitch edge seams. The ultra-fine mesh on top provides insect protection as well as ventilation.
Other bonuses are the two-metre waterproof rain fly, attached stuff sack, phone pocket, double-side SBS zippers and internal hanging loops.
Forget the Budget – Go Big or Go Home
Most hikers have got navigation down. They know their way around a map and compass but there are limitations to this old school method.
Not least because it can be downright boring, not to mention a nightmare in the rain.
GPS devices are infinitely better than even top-end phones in terms of mapping and accuracy, triangulating your movements using an array of satellite systems.
Many outdoor GPS units have started to become ‘multi-activity’, making them versatile devices that can be used for hiking, cycling, climbing, geocaching and even fishing.
The Montana 680 has a 10.2-centimetre outdoor-optimised, dual orientation touchscreen, improved readability under any light conditions, big data fields, and clearly visible map features.
If you know a hiker that loves their stats, this is the present for them.
The Garmin Montana 680 features a barometric altimeter, digital compass, sun and moon information, hunting/fishing calendar, tide tables and turn-by-turn navigation.
This device is a fast receiver with excellent reception, connecting in to GLONASS and GPS networks with WAAS compatibility.
For cheaper units, take a look at other GPS handheld units.
A two-way radio can be a life-saving device that adventurists don’t typically dare to treat themselves to.
This is because the best of them can be pretty dear, as they provide more than just communication within a group, with add-ons including weather alerts and emergency features.
This Midland G18 two-way radio is a semi-professional walkie talkie that can communicate at distances of up to 10 to 12 kilometres, depending on line of sight.
Additional functions include FM Radio, Scrambler and Compander, as well as voice command and battery saving mode.
Compact and durable, the waterproof aluminium chassis protects against dust, shock and immersion in water of up to a metre for 30 minutes.
All in all it’s a tough piece of kit that is a great outdoors toy but could be a lifesaver if push came to shove.
Whilst the average person might be lining up for the latest Apple Watch, Samsung Galaxy Watch or Michael Kors Access, outdoors enthusiasts need something a bit more stats-driven.
For anyone who loves the wild, a good smart watch is a vital part of kit that can not only improve performance but potentially also get them home faster and safer.
The Fenix 6s Pro is built for performance with a sophisticated design that as rugged as it is beautiful.
The device boasts multiple global navigation satellite system (GPS GLONASS and Galileo) support and built-in sensors for three-axis compass gyroscope and barometric altimeter.
Does your loved one enjoy snow sports as much as they do hiking? The watch has preloaded TOPO ski maps for over 2000 ski resorts worldwide.
Advanced training features include PacePro for grade-adjusted pace guidance throughout their hike plus environmentally adjusted VO2 max and training status estimates.
Along with all your standout readouts, other highlights include an always-on two-inch sunlight-readable display, enhanced wrist heart rate, pulse ox, a battery that lasts up to 12 days and Garmin Pay Contactless payments.
Take a look at some other smart watches that are popular with hikers this year.
Stocking Fillers and Budget Presents
Everyone needs a hand keeping track of upcoming training days, hikes and climbs, as well as day to day life.
Inspire a bit of wanderlust with a 2021 calendar that reminds them of the incredible nature and scenery out there.
This calendar shows off 12 iconic landscapes from different national parks across the USA.
This will be just the ticket for getting them back into planning mode during those dreary winter months.
Not that they’ll need any encouragement to book a ticket once borders open again!
For something a bit more retro, opt for this calendar that is full of vintage national park posters.
Once they’re finished, your friends or family will be able to tear them out and pop them on the walls as artwork.
Whether you’re hiking, climbing, running or walking, it’s important to train and tone different muscles groups in your legs.
Resistance bands have quickly become a go-to item for home and travel workouts and target muscles in the glutes and hips that are underdeveloped from a sedentary or office lifestyle.
They can be looped around your ankles, shins or thighs for a huge variety of exercises.
Don’t be fooled into thinking they’re an easy option – professionals use them in Crossfit, Pilates, Yoga, HIIT, weightlifting, weight loss, physio and post-injury recovery.
Unlike standard latex bands, these bands focus on comfort and longevity – built from premium elastic, anti-slip rubber layers and rows of reinforced stitching.
Keep your friend and the planet healthy by purchasing them a reusable and purifying water bottle.
The magic straw within protects users against bacteria, parasites, microplastics, chlorine and organic chemical matter such as pesticides, herbicides and vastly improves water taste.
This LifeStraw bottle is durable and has a replaceable filter.
However, don’t splash out on spares yet as a 4,000-litre lifespan will last your hiking amigo up to five years.
Another plus for anyone with a global conscience is that for each LifeStraw product purchased, a school child in a developing community receives clean drinking water for one school year.
For other filter bottles and purifiers across a range of price points, take a look at some of the other filtered water bottles on the market.
If you’ve ever shaken or held hands with a climber you might have been struck by the state of their fingers and hands. Cracked, dry and calloused.
This all-purpose lotion bar is small but mighty and made from all-natural ingredients.
A little ClimbOn applied before and after training provides a leathery feeling and strengthens the skin.
It’s not too greasy either so they can use a smartphone shortly afterwards.
This magical cream is not just for climbers though. It helps with blisters and cuts of all types.
Sailors, rowers, hikers and cyclists would all equally benefit from having a tube of this in their kit.
Pair it with a finger file like this one from ClimbSkin for the full makeover package.
Being out in the wilderness is about getting back to basics.
And what better thing to do when there is no signal, no TV and no modern media to distract you than pull out a pack of cards.
These cards are waterproof, tear-proof and can be wiped clean after use.
They are perfect for some poker with new friends, patience by yourself or many others to keep you entertained on the trail.
No further explanation or sales pitch needed – just old school entertainment at its finest!
Forget the bulky cafetière and treat them to a lightweight brewing basket that sits inside virtually every mug.
If there’s anything worth getting out of bed for, it’s a fresh cup of coffee by the camp fire.
Made from stainless-steel micro-mesh in a heat-tolerant BPA-free, these filte
rs are durable and dishwasher-safe.
The hat of the filter helps to prevent heat loss and doubles as drip-off tray.
The basket and lid combined weigh in at just 28 grams, perfect for traveling light on the trail.
Drinking loose tea or ground coffee is also better for the environment.
Once they’ve finished their cuppa they can just tip the contents (water, leaves and grounds) out into the plants as a bit of natural fertiliser.
After a few days on the trail, the idea of super noodles for yet another dinner is not appealing.
These new Ration-X food parcels are made up of three complete, ready-to-eat, self-contained meals, put together in a light-weight, water-proof pack.
The three meals in this collection are an all-day breakfast with snacks, a chilli con carne and a vegetarian curry.
All the menus are tasty enough with very little waste leftover and a few extra treats (think biscuits, sweets, coffee powder, fruit drink powder, and chewing gum) are the cherry on top.
Not to mention the lack of dishes involved.
All of the components are pre-cooked and ready to eat, hot or cold, with each meal providing over 1200 calories to top up depleted energy reserves.
Sometimes you just can’t put a price on hot food out in the wilderness.
The self-heating main meals only require 60 millilitres of water to start the self-heating reaction and leave your food steaming hot.
Lots of hikers struggle through with decent boots but only half-average socks.
So treat your loved one to a pair (or three pairs in this case) of high-quality Merino wool socks.
The beauty of Merino is that is keeps feet warm in winter and cool on summer, is highly breathable and lasts well.
The natural fibres optimise sweat transport to keep feet fresh and dry.
Cleverly-positioned cushioning and padding reduce the risk of getting blisters, hotspots and aching parts.
These Danish Endurance socks have ventilations lanes, flat seams, padding in all the right places and are tested by the country’s Olympians. So you can be sure they’re fit for purpose.
Hiking and climbing can both be incredibly tough on the body, and muscles need a bit of care and attention at the end of it all.
Foam rolling is much more effective than just stretching as it applies pressure to pinpointed spots on muscles, tendons and ligaments, and can improve blood flow.
This Fit Nation roller is ultra-strong and has indents to really get deep into the muscles.
At 33 x 14 x 14 centimetres, it’s ideal for throwing in a bag to take with you but wide enough to effectively roll out any part of your body.
For those who want something a little less intense, try a smooth-sided roller, such as this one from Core Balance.
Give them the gift of improved vision this Christmas.
Head torches are an essential piece of kit for any outdoor adventurers, fell runners, hikers, watersports enthusiasts or weekend campers.
Not only do they help you see where you’re going, making the activity both easier and safer, but they also allow other people to see you.
These small but extremely powerful torches are mounted on a headband to improve visibility and allow the wearer to keep both hands to perform a task rather than worrying about holding a flashlight or waving around an iPhone torch.
This Ledlense head torch is relatively light, stylish and packed with high-tech features.
It offers Smart Light Technology (SLT) – including the provision of power, low power, and signal light options.
Humans need two litres of water daily just to continue functioning normally, but this number increases massively when hiking, trekking, mountaineering, cycling or running.
But the faff of constantly getting water bottles in and out of a backpack is a pain.
This is where hydration bladders come in – they help you drink water more easily, on the go.
The Osprey Hydraulics Reservoir is one of our favourite hydration bladders on the market.
The unique rigid construction helps it to stay upright when moving, the slide sealer is easy to use and and a sternum strap magnet keeps the hose from flopping about.
Osprey also manufacture a slightly cheaper version – the LT reservoir. It is inexpensive and also features a large handle and long collar for easy filling.
Books & Magazines
If you know what their hiking preferences and goals are then you could buy them a one off issue like this one about hiking with kids, or perhaps they’re trying to master thru-hiking, in which case the Backpacker Long Trails copy will be just the ticket.
Otherwise treat them to a year’s subscription so they can fill their boots with tips and tricks from experts in the hiking and trekking world.
If they’re into climbing then the aptly named Climber magazine is also a great read.
If magazines aren’t their thing, consider a novel instead.
Books are perfect to pop in a stocking or buy for someone with the hope that you might get to read it after them.
Alex Honnold’s book, Alone on the Wall, delves into seven of his most memorable ascents, and offers insight into what he is best known for – pushing the limits of free soloing far beyond anything thought humanly possible.
Perfect for climbing newbies as much as veterans of the sport, the co-author David Roberts touches on what makes Honnold tick in the face of serious risk, epic reward and grave danger.
The Push, by Tommy Caldwell shares a raw and honest recounting of the many monumental moments in his life as a climber, son, husband, and father – including his escape from Kyrgyzstani militants and his eight-year battle with the Dawn Wall (a story that has also been made into a Netflix documentary).
For hikers, there are few stories more famous than Into the Wild.
Written by Jon Krakauer, the book is about Chris McCandless, a young man who trekked deep into the Alaskan wilderness, developing an obsession with nature and surrendering all of his money and material possessions.
Unfortunately his SOS note and emaciated corpse were found months later, but this story explores the outer limits of self and enlightenment through solitude and contact with nature.
For female readers – or actually anyone for that matter – Wild: A Journey from Lost to Found is an incredible biography-turned-blockbuster.
Cheryl Strayed was painfully underprepared when she set off on her 1,100-mile solo hike along the Pacific Crest Trail as a way of dealing with her mother’s death.
This memoir has driven plenty of people to take to that very route and is completely inspirational.
A Weekend Away
What better way to spend your money than an excursion that you can partake in?
If your partner or pal loves walking, then why not treat them to a long weekend in one of the UK’s incredible national parks?
Snowdonia National Park has a rich history, from slate mining to religion and sheep farming in between.
But above and beyond, it has some truly stunning scenery. So why not try one of the incredible hotels in Snowdonia for a few days of rest and relaxation.
There are hikes of varying lengths that start right from your doorstep or are just a short ride away.
Trek, swim, climb, kayak or experience Europe’s longest zipline and massive underground trampolines nearby.
If you need a bit of extra inspiration, take a look at 10 of the best walks in Snowdonia.
You could also head to the stunning Lake District, named after the 16 glacial lakes that are nestled among its fells, moors and green valleys.
With dramatic scenery and rich lakeland history, it is as appealing to hikers and climbers as it is to culture vultures.
Some of the Lake District’s best hotels aren’t even overly pricey, yet still offer the log fires, hospitality and hearty pub grub you’ll be dreaming of for years to come.
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Charlotte walks anywhere and everywhere she can. Although she hasn’t ticked off as many official routes as she’d like, she has walked her way around large parts of Latin America, Southeast Asia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.
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