Useful and Affordable gift ideas

for backpackers

We’ve chosen some of our favorite small, lightweight, and useful gadgets and pieces of gear to include in our list of best backpacking gifts. 

A lightweight, long-lasting headlamp is essential for all hikers, backpackers, and travelers, and I’ve yet to find one as comfortable as the Biolite HeadLamp 325.

bioLite Headlamp 325

Wildland Coffee grinds freshly-roasted coffee and packs it up in a convenient bag that stays fresh for 12 months.

wildland coffee

Darn Tough Vermont socks are made here in Vermont from 100% merino wool,. They’re incredibly warm, and they come with a lifetime warranty. 

darn tough socks

Photo: Darn Tough Vermont

The teeny-tiny Aeros camp pillow by Sea to Summit packs down to fit in the palm of your hand and weighs just 2.7 ounces. It's so soft and comfy!

Aeros Camp Pillow

The Multi Towel Deluxe from REI is the perfect gift for backpackers because it dries really quickly and fits in every backpack.

Quick Dry Towel

FlipFuel is a tiny ingenious gadget that allows you to consolidate your partially full backpacking fuel canisters and recycle your empties before your camping trip.


This beautiful travel mug holds just the right amount of coffee, has a wide mouth for easy sippin’, and most importantly, it looks and feels like a real coffee mug.

Hydro flask camp mug

This little power bank comes with built-in lightning and USB-C cable, a folding wall prong. It will charge cell phones, headlamps, tablets, and cameras.

Lightweight phone charger

Read about these gifts and more in our backpacker's gift guide.


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