Best gifts for a female hiker

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Finding the perfect hiking gift for the female in your life can feel like an insurmountable task.

As a female, with thousands of hiking miles behind me, I wanted to share my top picks and put together this list of the best hiking gifts for females, whether you’re on a budget or pulling out all the stops.

In this guide you’ll find:

Female hiker at Lake Blanche

Essential hiking gear

1. Merrell Hiking Shoes

Having a solid hiking shoe is one of the most important parts of having a great experience on the trail. There’s a reason Merrell Hiking shoes are so popular, they are worth the hype! These shoes are comfy right out of the box, keep my feet dry and are light enough that I don’t get bogged down when I’m out on the trail.

Why I love these:

  • Waterproof and lightweight but strudy enough for hiking.
  • Designed to allow moisture to escape so you stay dry (ie not sweaty)
  • Designed to keep debris out of the shoe when you’re on the move. There’s nothing worse than a rock getting in your shoe.
  • Comes in several great colors.

2. Trekking Poles

My hiking kit would not be complete without a sturdy pair of trekking poles. But first, a confession. I used to be anti-trekking poles (gasp!). Wow was I wrong. Trekking poles are so handy on the trail, not only to save your knees on the downclimbs, but also to have a sturdier grip on the ground in loose rock or scree conditions. I’ve also found they help me in places that are a little dicey with steep drop offs. For some reason, trekking poles give me the confidence I need to keep going. If your loved one is afraid of heights, see if this might help! It worked for me.

Why I love these:

  • These are super lightweight and compact when collapsed.
  • Made of a high quality and durable aluminum.
  • They come with interchangeable pole accessories for various terrains and weather conditions.

3. Lifestraw Water Filter

I hope to never be in a situation where I am reliant upon a lifestraw to help me survive, but even without a life threatening situation, the lifestraw is pretty handy to have if you don’t bring enough water on a hike.

What I love:

  • It removes 99.99% of bacteria and parasites.
  • It removes microplastics from the water.
  • It can filter up to 4,000 liters of water with proper use.
  • It contains no BPA.

4. Personal Locator Beacon

This is another item I hope I never have to use, but it gives me peace of mind when I’m out in the wilderness. PLB’s are a key piece of safety equipment that everyone should have with them at all times in the wilderness. You can read more about the differences between locator beacons here.

Why I love this:

  • Works in remote areas in a largely worldwide network
  • Multi-year battery
  • No subscription fees
  • Stronger signal and utilization of COSPAS-SARSAT program (alerts are received by Mission Control Center and routed to appropriate Rescue Coordination center which is operated by the US Coast Guard). Read more here. That’s right, the military will be informed you are in distress!

Camera gear and accessories

1. Fuji XT-4

Every hiker needs a badass camera in their corner. The XT-4 is the best camera on the market for hikers. I’m biased of course because I love my Fuji! It goes everywhere with me. It’s super lightweight, takes gorgeous photos and even better videos. Many cameras on the market are too heavy for hiking or designed for either photos or videos but not both. The XT4 is great for both.

Why I love this:

  • Super lightweight for long hikes, or a day of sightseeing
  • Weather sealed and suitable for tough conditions
  • and of course it takes amazing photos!

2. Peak Design Capture Clip

There are many ways to carry a camera when you’re out hiking and none of them are perfect. After many painstaking hours of searching for the best product, I couldn’t be happier with Peak Design Clip. It securely holds my camera right on my backpack strap. The quick release button allows to me to capture those coveted photos without struggling to get my camera out of my bag quick enough. I won’t be leaving home without this any time soon.

Why I love this

  • Your camera is accessible with a quick-release button to always catch “the shot” on a moment’s notice.
  • Sturdy enough to hold over 200lbs of camera gear. Not that you’ll ever need that much if you opt for the light weight Fuji XT4 set-up.
  • Stays put whether you’re hiking on a dirt path or scrambling up a trail.

3. Peak Design Travel Tripod

I spent hours researching travel tripods before finding the Peak Design Tripod. It has everything I could ever ask for in a travel pod. It’s lightweight, super compact and comes with a built in mobile phone holder. It comes in two different designs, aluminum and carbon fiber. Peak Design offers a lifetime warranty on their products and was built through crowd funding.

Why I love this:

  • It’s lightweight, strudy and extremely compact.
  • Strudy enough to handle up to 20lbs of weight capacity.
  • It has a built in mobile phone mount.

4. Jobi Gorilla Pod

Sometimes carrying a travel tripod isn’t practical or you need a little more flexibilty than it can provide. In comes the Gorilla Pod. This handy tripod attaches to all kinds of surfaces like tree branches, fences, or even light poles. It’s also great for areas that don’t allow traditional tripods, (I’m looking at you Las Vegas Strip). This gadget doesn’t scream professional photographer and you can often get away with using it in many more places. They come in various sizes, so be sure to pick the best one for your camera and needs.

Why I love this:

  • It’s lightweight, flexible and easy to grip.
  • Compact enough to fit in a day pack.
  • Sturdy enough to handle cameras up to 6.6lbs.
  • Allows for more covert photo ops in places where traditional tripods may not be allowed.

Just for fun

1. 100 Parks, 5000 Ideas

This book is full of travel inspiration for the avid hiker. It contains 5000 ideas for the ultimate vacation ranging from hiking to biking, exploring and much more.

Why I love this:

  • The photography in the book is amazing and will help fuel your wanderlust.
  • The multitple top 10 lists are spot on.
  • There’s a great mix of must-do and off the beaten path activities to experience.

2. Hiking Mug

What’s not to love about a fun coffee mug?

Why I love this:

  • Perfect for the coffee lover or tea drinker in your life.
  • Holds 11 Oz of hot or cold beverages

3. Multi-tool carabiner

You can never have too many carabiners when you’re going hiking. This one comes in all different types and shapes.

What I love about these:

  • Made out of stainless steel construction.
  • TSA compliant for safe travel.
  • Comes with a variety of tools depending on the model such as a bottle open, ruler, flat head screwdriver and more.

4. Handwarmers

My hands are always getting cold (even in the house), so keeping them warm when I go on a hike is a must. These handwarmers are sure to keep you nice and toasty on a chilly day in the wilderness.

What I love about these:

  • The heating time last up to 14 hours!
  • There are 3 levels of heating and they are rechargeable.
  • The fit is designed to be ergonomic and pleasing to hold.

There are many gifts to choose from when looking for the best gift in your hiker’s life, but I hope you found this to be useful.

Happy hiking!