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Backpacking Gear Gift Guide: 50 Gifts Under $50


Tis the season where we need to start thinking about holiday gifts for our hiking and backpacking friends and family. It’s tough to find great gifts that these picky fanatics will appreciate. Finding stocking stuffers and good gifts for outdoor lovers that cost under $50 is actually rather difficult, but you’ll find something for everyone in this list including: dog owners, beginners, scouts, dreamers, foodies, ultralight backpacking fanatics and day hikers.

  1. ENO Indoor Hammock Hanging Kit – Bring the fun inside this winter!
  2. The Deuce of Spades Ultralight Potty Trowel – Brightly colored! “Go” in style.
  3. GoPro Head Mount Strap and Clip – Attach a GoPro to your head like a headlamp.
  4. Outdoor Research Ultralight Ditty Sacks – Handy set of 3 UL stuff sacks.
  5. Quarter Zip Fleece Sweater – You can’t go wrong with a fleece!
  6. Delorme Gazetteers – Highly detailed state-wide maps for finding remote trailheads.
  7. 50th Anniversary Edition of Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills. A hiker classic!
  8. Sven Saw. Ultralight folding saw that’s real handy for cutting firewood.
  9. Tenacious Tape. The ultimate gear repair tape. A perfect stocking stuffer.
  10. MSR Pocket Rocket. Hands-down, the most popular canister stove ever made. A classic!
  11. Dr. Bronner’s Soap. A revelation if you’ve never tried it. 2 oz size for backpacking.
  12. Petzl e+Lite. 1 oz. Miniature ultralight headlamp. A design classic.
  13. Mora Blaze Orange Bushcraft Knife. Great multi-purpose outdoor knife. Hard to lose color
  14. GSI Collapsible Javadrip Coffer Maker. Cone-based coffee maker. Folds up flat.
  15. The AT Guide by David Miller. Detailed mile-by-mile guide to the Appalachian Trail, hostels and trail towns.
  16. Suunto M-3D Compass. Easy to use compass with declination adjustment.
  17. GSI Outdoors Pouch Spoon. Perfect for eating freezer bag meals. Only $2!
  18. REI Minimalist Rain Mitten. Protection from the elements when you need to hike in rain.
  19. Swiss Army Spartan Knife. You can never go wrong giving someone a Swiss Army Knife..
  20. Therm-a-Rest Z-lite Sleeping Pad. Great beginner sleeping pad! A classic.
  21. Leatherman Style CS with Scissors.  The TSA took mine away. Need a replacement!
  22. Byer Easy Traveller Hammock: Weighing just 13 oz., you can bring it on every trip.
  23. MSR Stowaway Cook Pot. High-quality cookware for family camping and backpacking with scouts.
  24. GSI Outdoors Halulite 1.1 Liter Cook Pot. Locking handle and top so you can store your stove and fuel in the pot.
  25. MPowered Solar Lantern. Outdoors or in, light up the night with this rechargeable solar lantern.
  26. Fisher Space Pen. Write anywhere, on anything.
  27. Ursack Minor. Critter proof kevlar food bag, especially good for food storage in AT shelters.
  28. REI Gift Card. It you’re clueless, give them a gift card. You can’t go wrong.
  29. Leukotape P Sportstape. Great blister prevention tape.
  30. Recipes for Adventure. Ultimate cookbook and guide to dehydrating your own food and backpacking meals.
  31. Sawyer Squeeze Water Filter: Ultralight, fast flowing water purifier. (This is not the Sawyer mini)
  32. Nalgene Travel Kit (Plastic Bottles). Great for repackaging small quantities of liquids to save pack weight.
  33. X-Shot Selfie Stick. Light and compact design. Includes iPhone and Android phone holders.
  34. Freeze Dried Fruit. Quick to re-hydrate. Antioxidant power.
  35. Sea-to-Summit X Bowl Folds flat for camping and backpacking.
  36. John Muir Trail Map-Pack: Shaded Relief Topo Maps by Tom Harrison. The preferred maps for JMT thru-hikers.
  37. Folding Camp Bucket.  Great for ferrying water to camp, and washing your face and clothes.
  38. Olicamp XTS Aluminum Pot. Very fuel-efficient ultralight pot.
  39. GoPro Chest Mount Harness. Ideal for skiing, paddling, and mountain biking.
  40. Digital Postal and Kitchen Food Scale. Take the first step in lightweight backpacking and weigh your gear.
  41. Black Diamond Spot LED Headlamp.  Great headlamp for short days and less sunlight.
  42. Jetboil Coffee Kit. French press. Super fast.
  43. Evernew Titanium Pasta Pot: Perfect for the noodle lover.
  44. Aqua Mira Water Purification drops: An ultralight backpacking standard!
  45. Outdoor Star Guide. Identify the constellations when camping.
  46. Esbit 3-Piece Camping Cookset: Nice UL cookset.
  47. Coleman Two Burner Camping Stove: For family camping. A classic.
  48. Snow Peak Mini Hozuki LED Lantern: Long burning camping lantern
  49. Mini UNO Playing Card Deck. Ultralight fun for zero days.
  50. Martha Bars. Yummy, high calorie chocolate snack bars packed with flavor and raw foods.

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  1. Another Idea for a great, lightweight game is Pocket sized Farkle. Super fun dice game. The pocket version comes in essentially a 35mm film canister. It goes on every backpacking trip with me. Weighs a couple ounces and is about $9 on Amazon.

  2. Finally realized the joke behind why #2 was that position on the list.

  3. Great list. Good to see a reference to some great outdoor guides, including Freedom of the hills.. You can also add The Complete Walker by Colin Fletcher to the list. That is another good read.

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