Top 10 Holiday Gift Ideas for Gourmet Hikers

December 4, 2018

Are you still looking for holiday gift ideas for your favorite gourmet hiker? Don’t look any further, check out this top 10 holiday gift ideas under 35$.

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Cooking Stuff


A combination of fork and spoon to save on weight and space. A favorite of many hikers! The titanium sporks tend to be more resistant and last longer than the plastic ones.

GoToob Containers

The GoToob travel bottles are great when trying to limit weight on packpacking trips. Allow you to bring small amounts of your favorite condiments.

Small Nalgene bottles kit

Nalgene offers another good idea to store condiments, oil, soap and other liquids while backpacking.

Food Stuff

Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

Is it not special to receive a homemade holiday gift? This homemade hot chocolate recipe doesn’t require crafty skills and is simply delicious. Get creative and add dried orange zest, cinnamon or cardamon to make deluxe versions.

Instant Coffee packages

Instant coffee can be both convenient and delicious in the backcountry. The best instant coffee out there is definitely made by Starbucks

Energy Bars

Hikers consume so many bars while backpacking, there is nothing like tasting new varieties. In general, the higher in calories they are, the better it is. If your favorite gourmet hiker hasn’t tried the RxBar Real Food Protein Bars before, now is the time to give them this opportunity!

Hydration Stuff


The LifeStraw is lightweight, easy to use and convenient to filter water in the backcountry, this is a great addition to anyone’s hiking kit.


Cheap, small and sooo convenient as a backup for other water filtration methods, the Aquatabs can make a difference between getting sick and remaining healthy on trips.

Nalgene Bottles

The Nalgene wide mouth water bottles are definitely the best bottles for hiking as they are resistant to both heat and impact. Can be used to measure liquids when cooking as well. You just never have enough.

Other “nice-to-have”

Snow Peak Mini Lantern

Great when you have to cook in the dark or the play cards at night. Compact and lightweight, this Snow Peak mini lantern is a great addition to gourmet backpacking kit.

Still looking for gift ideas?

Why not offering the gift of time? Either by offering your help to make homemade backpacking meals, to coordinate trail resupplies or to dehydrate a bunch of food.

I wish a happy holiday season to everyone!

Gen Masson, MSc, RD, CSSD

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