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11 Gifts for Backpackers

Gifts for your favorite backpacker this holiday season.

We don't mean to freak you out, but the holidays are just a couple weeks away. 

Don't have a gift for the backpacker in your life yet? Don't worry, we have you covered. Here is what we'll be putting under the tree for our adventurous hiker friends and family this year.

ENO Sub6 Ultralight Hammock


Forget about bulky tents...the ENO Sub6 Ultralight hammock is a backpacker's dream. Weighing in at only 5.8 ounces, this light load is perfect for camping in the backcountry this summer.

Helinox Chair Zero


Why be uncomfortable when you're far from civilization? The Helinox Chair Zero weighs only 1.1 pounds and folds down to 4" x 4" x 14" in a stuff sack. 

Big Agnes Copper Spur 2 Platinum


This tent falls into Big Anges' "crazy light" category at 2 pounds, 5 ounces. Not everyone needs such a lightweight tent, but those who go deep into the wild will give you an extra hug for this one.

Petzl Bindi Headlamp


You never know when you're going to need a little extra light, and the Petzl Bindi headlamp delivers 200 lumens without fuss. It charges via micro-USB, too, so forget having to carry along spare batteries to keep this compact lamp going.

LifeStraw Flex with Squeeze Bottle


This ultra-light setup provides water filtration on-the-go and on the trail. The LifeStraw Flex even provides protection against heavy metals, in addition to bacteria, parasites, and other water-borne dangers.

Potable Aqua


Potable Aqua is one of those small items that can make a big difference in an emergency situation. Two tablets can treat one quart of water for bacteria, viruses, and giardia.

MSR PocketRocket 2


The MSR PocketRocket has been a staple of backpacker's gear closets for years, and an updated design in the PocketRocket 2 provides a smaller, lighter version of this well-loved classic.

SnowPeak Titanium Spork


The SnowPeak Titanium Spork is the perfect stocking stuffer for backpackers, and this year, it comes in a mix of fun colors. Lightweight and sturdy, this spork sets the standard for multi-purpose cutlery for backpackers.

GoalZero Nomad 7 Solar Panel

The GoalZero Nomad 7 may be a luxury on the trail, but it's ideal for keeping small devices charged when far from an electrical outlet. It's hard to snap a picture of that beautiful sunset when your phone is dead!

Outdoor Research Rocky Mountain Low Gaiters


Simple and durable, Outdoor Research's Rocky Mountain Low Gaiters help to keep rocks, dirt, and other blister-causing agents out of boots and shoes. They also are water-resistant and pack up small.

Marmot PreCip Eco Safari Hat


Marmot's PreCip Eco Safari hat helps to fend off the sun, rain, and everything in between with a snug fit, chinstrap, and breathable inside lining. When it's not needed, it backs up super small and stays together with a magnetic closure.

Granite Gear Crown2 38L Backpack


The Crown2 38L Backpack is a super versatile lightweight backpacking pack for shorter trips or minimalists who carry only the bare essentials on their trips. For a full review of this backpack, click here.

Cover photo by Chris Engelsman

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

Sara SheehyAdmin

Writer | Nomad