50 Best Backpacking Gifts Under $50


It can be difficult to pick good backpacking gifts if you’re not an expert backpacker or hiker. That’s why we’ve pulled together this list of great backpacking gifts under $50 to help you get your backpacking friends gifts that they’ll appreciate. If you want to spend more, we suggest giving them a gift card so they can pick out the gear they want.

Backpacking Gifts for $50 or less

  1. Zpacks Titanium Flask: ($49) Weighing just 3 oz, it holds 8.8 oz of liquid. Includes a titanium funnel for refills.
  2. Enlightened Equipment Rain Mitts: ($30) 3-layer waterproof breathable rain mittens.
  3. NEMO Switchback Foam Sleeping Pad: ($50) Ultracompact and Ultralight foam sleeping pad
  4. Trail Designs Caldera Cone: ($35) Ultralight stove system compatible with alcohol, wood, and solid fuels
  5. Sven Saw: ($42) Ultralight folding saw that’s handy for cutting firewood and trail maintenance. Classic design.
  6. Soto Amicus Stove and Cook Set:  ($45) Very powerful canister stove with a cook set that will hold a fuel canister.
  7. MSR Pocket Rocket 2 Canister Stove: ($45) Durable and lightweight folding canister stove. Lasts forever.
  8. Ultralight Pack Cover: ($50) Made with Dyneema, waterproof, and very lightweight. Works with all packs.
  9. Hyperlite Mountain Gear Dyneema WP Backpack Shoulder Pocket: ($40) Holds a smartphone, w/ wallet compartment. Waterproof. A backpacker favorite.
  10. Toaks Titanium Alcohol Stove: ($40) Ultralight alcohol siphon-style backpacking stove. Super easy to use.
  11. Gaia GPS Premium Subscription: ($32) One year license to the leading Smartphone navigation app. Priceless.
  12. Ultralight Packing Pods: ($50) Backpack-shaped packing organizers used to maximize backpack space
  13. Mountain Hardwear Dome Perignon Hat: ($38) Super warm, windproof, Polartec Hat. A classic!
  14. Mystery Ranch Wing Man: ($40) Accessory chest pocket compatible with all backpacks.
  15. Ripstop By the Roll Rain Skirt: ($34) Do it Yourself Kit for making an Ultralight Rain Skirt.
  16. Snow Peak Titanium Trek 700 Mug: ($45) Ultralight cook pot which doubles as a bowl and mug.
  17. QiWiz Big Dig Titanium Trowel: ($36) Handmade Ultralight poo trowel that can dig through tough soil.
  18. Emberlit FireAnt Wood Stove: ($37) Folds flat for easy storage in a backpack.
  19. Jetboil Coffee Press. ($35) Turns a Jetboil stove into a French press.

Backpacking Gifts for $25 or less

  1. Opinel No. 8 beechwood Handle Knife: ($17) Beautiful, folding French pocket knife.
  2. Swiss Army Knife Classic: ($17) Smallest Swiss Army Knife with scissors. Thin and lightweight.
  3. Knog Quokka Rechargeable Headlamp: ($25) Very cool LED headlamp with dimmable spot, wide, combo, and red modes.
  4. Tenkara Fishing Pouch: ($25) Minimalist neck pouch that holds a fly box, tippet spools, and tools.
  5. Outdoor Research ActiveIce Spectrum Sun Gloves: ($25) Cooling Gloves for hiking sun protection.
  6. NOLS Wilderness Medicine:  ($15) The best wilderness medicine guide available.
  7. Light My Fire Firesteel: ($20) Compact fire starter designed to light fires in any conditions. Last for 12,000 strikes.
  8. Snowpeak Kettle Cook Pot 1 qt: ($20) Unique stainless kettle with folding handles, fold-down bail, and spout. Perfect for use over a fire or with any type of stove.
  9. Toaks Titanium Windscreen: ($11) Super lightweight essential for alcohol and solid fuel camping stoves.
  10. Luci Lantern: ($25) Solar-powered inflatable lantern. Super lightweight. Good for emergencies too.
  11. Morsel Spork: ($13) Combination fork and spoon, with an edge that strong enough to cut. Awesome.
  12. CNOC Vecto 3L Squeezable Water Bottle: ($20) Compatible with all Sawyer filters. A backpacker favorite.
  13. Possum Down Gloves: ($25) Super warm, lightweight wool gloves from New Zealand. A cult favorite.
  14. Simple Shower: ($15) Ultralight shower kit that connects to soda bottles.
  15. Darn Tough Hiker Boot Cushion Hiking Socks: ($25) Backpackers favorite. Super durable and comfortable.
  16. Nite-Ize BugLit LED Micro flashlight: ($13) Perfect for backpacking and camping. Looks like a bug!
  17. MSR Windburner Coffee Press Kit: ($20) Got a Windburner? You can have coffee too.
  18. Kovea LPG to Isobutane Stove Adapter: ($20) Run your canister stove with propane instead of isobutane.
  19. Norwegian Kuska Mug: ($24) Hand-carved hardwood mug. Clips to your backpack. All the rage.
  20. CuloClean Portable Bidet: ($11) Sounds weirds, but it screws onto a soda bottle. Keeping clean is important on the trail.
  21. Injinji Socks: ($11) Socks with distinct toes that stop hiking blisters in their tracks.

Backpacking Gifts for $10 or less

  1. Swiss Army Knife Replacement Tweezers: ($10) A 6-pack of Swiss Army Knife tweezers.
  2. GSI Outdoor Table Spoon: ($1) The only backpacking utensil you need. Surprisingly great.
  3. Jetboil Fuel Can Stabilizer: ($6) Prevents tip-overs. Works with any fuel canister. Totally worth the weight.
  4. Dr. Bronner’s Soap: ($4) A revelation if you’ve never tried it. The 2 oz size is perfect for backpacking.
  5. Voile Ski Straps: ($6-$10) Flexible straps that have a million and one uses for backpacking and skiing.
  6. Platypus 1L Clear Foldable Bottle: ($9) Incredibly useful and durable folding water storage bottle.
  7. An Assortment of Mini Nalgene Bottles: ($10) Perfect for repackaging lotions for backpacking.
  8. Nalgene Flask: ($9) Unbreakable. Great for sipping whiskey or cordials in camp. 12 oz.
  9. Leukotape P Sports tape: ($9) Great blister prevention tape that is popular with long-distance backpackers.
  10. Nite Ize LED Micro Lantern: ($10) Clips to a hammock ridgeline or to gear loops in a tent.
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  1. Great list Philip. Picked up a few gifts for my kids!

  2. Nice to see a few items that don’t cost $600. LOL. Thanks for keeping it real Phillip!

  3. If you read through this list thinking “Got it…Got it…Arriving tomorrow…got it…got it, tossed it…got it” – you may just be a gearhead! :)

  4. Not that Hammock Backpackers couldn’t use a lot of the items. You Totally left out any Hammock related items. Hammockers need love too Phill.

  5. I’m curious about the Kovea LPG to Isobutane Stove Adapter listed above. Would that allow me to burn propane from my Kovea Spider remote/inverted isobutane canister stove? If so, would that enable the stove to operate at lower temperatures than just turning an isobutane canister upside down? Any idea how cold it could get for this to keep working? Since propane canisters are so big and heavy, I would have in mind cold-weather car camping or low-mileage backpacking trips where weight is a less-critical issue. Thanks.

    • That’s exactly what it means. Propane will burn down to -40 below zero. An inverted isobutane canister will burn down to about 10 degrees, although you can get it down to about zero if you put it in a bowl of hot water. To be honest, I just use white gas in winter. It’s a lot lighter weight.

  6. I’ve been thinking about a rain skirt for bicycling. Bought the kit. Great list.

  7. I purchased a Morsel spork a few years ago, and it’s an amazing piece of gear. It makes getting every last little bit of food out of whatever I’m eating out of easy. I generally cold-soak my food, so getting the container clean with my spork is very helpful. (I scrape out every little bit I can, then I put a few ounces of water in the container & shake it vigorously to get out whatever’s left & drink the water. It’s a little weird, but it’s highly effective.)

    I still carry my titanium spork as a backup because it’s ridiculously lightweight and while I cannot imagine how one loses a spork I’m unwilling to risk it. (I’m not prepared to eat with a stake. Even hiker trash can have standards.)

    The Cnoc Vecto is awesome, too. Last fall, I had to draw water from a trough where the spring had stopped flowing. The water was almost chewy. I filled the Cnoc and hung it with the big opening down to allow the sediment to fall the the bottom. That enabled me to carefully squeeze the clearer water through my filter, preventing all the chunks from clogging my filter. This trip was my companion’s first-ever overnight hike. She was pretty dubious about that water, but when she was how well this set-up worked she decided I’m a genius. (She’s not wrong tho…)

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