Christmas brings issues for the gift-idea challenged among us. The politically incorrect way of saying that: folks like me who don’t have a flying f**k of an idea what to buy for people lucky enough to be on our gift lists. But take heart young Jedi – or dude who typically leaves his Christmas shopping until December 24. These 7 gifts for hikers are all under $25.
They’re practical too, as in, the person who gets them will actually use these gifts – assuming they’re in to the great outdoors. Thank me later. These gifts for hikers may save your bacon, make the recipient happy (shocker, huh?), and blaze happy trails for the hikers on your ‘Christmas gift list’ in 2018.
Note: all these gifts for hikers are at REI.com. But fear not, thou hardy Canadians. You can likely buy the same products at Mountain Equipment Co-op – and one right here on AbenakiExtreme.com.
HydraPak: Seeker 3L Collapsible Water Container
The Rule of 3s: You can go 3 minutes without air, 3 hours without heat, 3 days without water and 3 weeks without food. The HydraPack Seeker 3L Collapsible Water Container can help with the third requirement.
SmartWool: PhD Outdoor Light Crew Socks (Men’s)
Ever worn Merino Wool? Here’s another one: ever walked 10 miles? Then you know how easily blisters can form. The SmartWool socks are some of the most comfortable out there and have you (well, your feet) covered on the roughest of trails.
GU Energy Snacks and Drinks
A man’s gotta eat. OK, so do women. The GU Snacks and Drinks have a bit of every thing: preworkout, hydration, I just got my ass chased by a bear and now I’m f**kng winded. Well OK, I made that last one up, but peruse their many products and you’ll find gifts for hikers they’re sure to love. The GU Energy StroopWafel gets high reviews and clocks in at a budget-friendly $22.50.
Bonus points: You said ‘StroopWafel’!!
YETI Lowball Vacuum Tumbler (10 fl.oz)
The campfire beckons with the YETI Lowball Vacuum Tumbler. So does a swig of Jack Daniels. Hey, I ain’t here to judge. I’m just making a list of gifts for hikers under $25. The YETI Lowball Vacuum Tumbler fills that role nicely and won’t give your gift recipient a metallic taste as he chugs his…um…well, whatever.
I have no clue how anyone can get out of bed without at least two coffees in the morning. Instant Coffee doesn’t qualify – get’em some Kuju Coffee and give your loved one the joy (requirement) of a decent buzz on the trailhead. At $2.50 per serving, you can afford it.
Price: $2.50 per serving (I just said that!)
UCO Titan Stormproof Match Kit
Remember that Rule of 3s? Heat is the second. Ask an experienced hiker who’s been cold and hungry and it’s the cold that really sucks. Slip the UCO Titan Stormproof Match Kit in their stocking to keep them warm no matter what Mother Nature has in store for them. Heck, buy this AND the KUJU Coffee. It’s Christmas guy – show a little love.
BUFF Original Multifunctional Headwear
Speaking of Mother Nature, she can break a real, uh, Witch, at times, be it sun, winter, mosquitoes or anything else she’s nasty enough to throw at you. BUFF Original Multifunctional Headwear can be used in 13 different configurations to protect your head and face. Wear it as a bandana or to hold your ponytail. Take your pick, it’s got you covered – literally.
Bonus: Abenaki Cross Trainer bamboo t shirt
OK, so this is a list of seven gifts for hikers under $25. But I’d be remiss not to finish this post without the Abenaki Cross Trainer bamboo t shirt. As that implies, it’s 95% bamboo (ever worn that??) which is light-weight and doesn’t take much space in a backpack. It’s odor-resistant too, and moisture-wicking, which makes it perfect for sweat-stained hikers who need something comfortable when the trails get choppy.