Most of us have a couple in our lives who just cannot get enough of outdoor adventures. If you have a wedding or event coming up and you need ideas, our guide to the best gifts for hiking couples can give you some inspiration.
From practical necessities to fun novelty gifts, there are options out there for all budgets.
Here are ten gifts a hiking couple will love:
What could be better than a pair of hiking sandals? If your friends love hiking in hot weather or near water, sandals are a must-have.
Sandals for hiking should have thick, protective soles with excellent grip. They should also dry really quickly, so the wearer does not have to endure the feeling of wet material on their feet all day.
If you are not sure about sizing, make sure you pick a retailer that allows refunds. Or, you can go for a gift certificate if you want them to be able to choose for themselves.
2. Hammock For Two
A hammock is the ultimate luxury choice for couples who love to go hiking and camping! Some hammocks are designed not to take up a lot of room, so they can fit into a backpack. For hiking enthusiasts who love to tackle longer trails, this is a great gift, one they will be able to use often. Plus, when they are not on the trail, they can use it at home too.
A water bottle is a must-have for any hiker. Go for a large bottle for each of them, and if you want to make it extra special, you can pick a personalized bottle with their names, a special phrase, or their wedding date (if applicable). A simple, thoughtful gift that will be used time and time again.
While many people rely on digital hiking maps, there is something special about a paper map.
If you want to go for a really special, thoughtful gift, you go for a personalized, framed hiking map. Pick a meaningful place for them, and look on websites like Etsy to have a special map made for their home. It is a nice way to celebrate their joint interests and makes for a great wedding gift.
Again, if you know your friends love to go camping or enjoy longer hikes, a double sleeping bag is a thoughtful gift they will be able to use time and time again. Look for a sleeping bag warm enough for the area they tend to hike in, but small enough to be carried with them when rolled up.
While this does not sound like the most exciting gift, a portable power bank will allow them to keep their devices charged, even on a long trail or an overnight trip. It is a practical gift that could help them to stay safe on their hiking adventures if they ever get stuck with a flat cellphone battery.
7. Subscriptions And Gift Certificates
Gift certificates for stores selling outdoor equipment are always a good choice. You could also go for a subscription box: search for ‘hiking subscription boxes’ for suggestions. A box of hiking-related tools and treats could be just the thing your friends are looking for.
You can also get them a subscription to a magazine, like Outside Magazine, or Backpacker Magazine. This is a thoughtful gift they can enjoy over a period of 6 months or a year. These magazines tend to be packed with hints, tips, and inspiration and could fuel further adventures for them both.
8. State Park And Forest Passes
State park or forest passes are a practical, but incredibly useful gift for couples who love to hike. You will be giving them the gift of new hiking adventures, a thoughtful surprise for them to enjoy together.
You can buy state passes online, or you can buy gift vouchers to allow them to choose for themselves. These start from $25, so could be a good choice if you’re on a tighter budget.
Another practical choice, a multitool for each person may help them in tricky situations. You can even have them engraved with their initials if you want to give your gift a personal touch. Look for a multitool with the following basic tools:
- Pliers (needle-nose and conventional)
- Screwdrivers (Phillips-head and flat-head)
- Wire cutters
- Small scissors
- Crescent wrench
These are basic tools to help see them through all kinds of situations, ideal if they enjoy camping too.
A compass is not just a practical gift. It is also a beautiful one! Buying a personalized, engraved compass is not just thoughtful, it is also a special gift that they can treasure forever. Again, this makes a great wedding gift for the hiking enthusiasts in your life. You can engrave the date of the wedding, the lyrics to their first dance song, or just their names.
We hope this has helped you to find the perfect gift for the hiking couple in your life!