Buying gifts for the hikers on your list does not need to be challenging or expensive. In fact there are many things that are affordable which almost any hiker would love.
Here are 5 gifts under $50 that will knock the socks off the lucky hiker that receives them.
1. Wapiti Woolies $50
$50 might seem like a lot for a hat but this is no ordinary hat. Wapiti Woolies are the warmest and highest quality winter hats in the world. They are commonly worn on the summits of the world’s highest mountains by elite climbers like Ed Viesturs. Additionally, each hat is custom designed and built to the customer’s specifications. This means you can choose the color and design to truly personalize your gift. If you are looking for a unique gift that will stand up to the toughest conditions on earth, this is it.
2. Gorilla Pod $20
Gorilla Pod provides a stable and packable platform for outdoor photography. It bends around trees, creates a level surface on jagged rocks and weighs almost nothing. Any hiker who does not have a Gorilla Pod probably wants one. You can buy a version of this product for SLR cameras but it will cost a little more.
3. Smartwool PHD Socks $15-24
I know that socks are the butt of every bad Christmas gift joke but these are different. PHD socks are stylish, comfortable and extremely warm. Trust me; whoever unwraps these will love them.
4. Petzl Tikka Plus 2 Headlamp $40
Every hiker needs a headlamp and you could be the person that gives it to them. I have used this headlamp for night hiking, running and backpacking and it is one of the best headlamps for the money.
5. Not Without Peril $14
This is one of the best books that has ever been written about New Hampshire’s White Mountains. Not Without Peril is a stark reminder of just how dangerous the White Mountains can be as it provides an intimate account of everyone who has died in the Whites from the 19th century to present day. You can also call it a safety device since it has scared me into being prepared for the worst each time I hike.