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15 best gifts for walkers this year
Finding the best gifts for walkers is no easy task but thankfully, there’s a whole lot of equipment and a wealth of accessories that comes with the territory.
Buying gifts for walkers shouldn’t be a difficult task and you’ll be able to surprise even the most enthusiastic walking pro with our list of the top 15 gifts. Whether it’s a little something for Christmas, yet another birthday, a trip away or, well, just about any occasion really, you’ll be able to surprise them with a smile they’ll keep for days.
So let’s dig into it and get started with our favourite gifts for walkers this year. Hold on to your hats, it’s going to be a good one!
1. The Boot Buddy
We’re starting with one of our all-time favourite gifts for walkers – the incredibly helpful Boot Buddy.
The Boot Buddy is quite simply the ultimate shoe and boot cleaner – perfect for those muddy walks in the countryside.
As seen on Dragons Den, the portable shoe cleaner is a must-have for any serious walker. It’s a serious game changer and, thankfully, means that we don’t have to personally valet the car every 3 days!
- Great at cleaning mucky walking boots
- Can be used on bikes, football boots and more
- Compact and easy to carry
- Well-priced gift
2. Petzl Tikka Headtorch
A headtorch is a must-have for any walker not just in the darker months, but year-round.
They may be one of our hillwalking essentials, but you might be surprised to find just how few walkers have a good headtorch packed away for when they need them most.
The Petzl Tikka is one of the top head torches and has to be one of the best gifts for walkers. The headtorch comes from a reputable brand, offers plenty of light modes and doesn’t break the bank. There’s no wonder that it’s a favourite among outdoor professionals.
- 300 Lumens of brightness
- 3 Lighting levels of white light
- Red light mode
- IPX4 Weatherproof construction
3. Silva Compass Expedition 4-360
A good, high-quality compass may not be the obvious idea for a gift – but trust us, any walking fanatic will be over the moon with this simple navigation tool!
Google Maps and fancy smartwatches are only reliable to a certain point. Once the signal fades or (god forbid) the signal fades, they’re as good as useless. That’s where the ever-valuable compass comes in and well, your hiking pal is going to want a good one to rely on.
The Silva Compass Expedition 4-360 is one of the best on the market and is the clear plastic guardian of countless pro walkers and navigators in the UK. The price may come as a little bit of a surprise for a compass, but you really do get what you pay for!
- A magnifier, millimetre and inch scales
- Friction-free movement thanks to a Sapphire jewel bearing
- Romer scales: 1:40.000, 1:50.000, 1:25.000
- Luminous markings for night usage
4. Camelbak Unisex Adult eddy+ Water Bottle
Everyone should have at least one really good water bottle to call their own and they really don’t come much better than the Camelbak eddy+.
Available in a handful of different unique colours, the Camelbak eddy+ is the benchmark when it comes to a reliable water bottle. There’s no leaky tops, disappointing performance or flimsy plastic found anywhere near these – they simply ooze quality.
A good water bottle, regardless of the brand, is one of the best gifts for walkers. They’ll last a lifetime and look great doing so – we recommend the 750ml option with the eddy+ design!
- Bite valve offering 25% more flow
- Leak-proof and spill-proof design
- Great looking water bottle
- Top trusted brand
5. YUEDGE Walking Socks
Socks are a classic gift for just about anyone for any occasion. Nan’s birthday coming up? Get her some socks. Little cousin’s first day of school? Socks. So why not buy socks as a gift for walkers – everybody knows we love them.
We could talk for hours (and hours) about the top walking socks – discussing the top brands, unique fits and features of the top foot-warmers on the web. But the conclusion that we’d get to is always the same – there’s really no need to break the bank, dive too far in and cop the cutting edge socks.
Instead, we always recommend the same walking socks to 95% of walkers in the UK – the YUEDGE walking socks. These inexpensive multipacks are surprisingly some of the best we’ve slipped our feet into, outperforming big brands including Salomon, Bridgefoot and more.
- Breathable cotton blend fabric
- Perfect elasticity
- Reinforced cushioning
- Reasonable pricing
6. Garmin Fēnix 6X Pro
If you want to win the top gift award, regardless of the occasion, the Garmin Fēnix 6X Pro is 100% the way to go.
Smartwatches are becoming more and more popular and sophisticated with the tech really taking off in the right direction. The Garmin Fēnix 6X Pro is the top-level adventure watch from the brand, offering bags of great features.
There’s the ability to navigate with preloaded TopoActive Europe maps, over 2000 ski resorts mapped into the devices and a trio of navigation services (GPS, GLONASS and Galileo), minimising signal outages when wearing. It really one of the best gifts for walkers!
- Rugged design with premium materials
- Advanced training software
- Preloaded TopoActive Europe maps
- Garmin Pay support
7. Garmin Instinct Rugged Outdoor Smartwatch
The Garmin Fēnix 6X Pro might be the best you can buy, the Instinct Rugged Outdoor Smartwatch is a very close contender at less than half the price.
The Instinct Rugged Outdoor Smartwatch is much closer to the average gift price and with built-in sports apps and health monitoring, it’s an impressive bit of kit. GPS, GLON and Galileo are used once again for navigation and step counters, calorie consumption and stress management keep us updated on vital information.
Available in a dozen-or-so different colours, the smartwatch can be tailored to the style of the wearer. Black is typically our colour of choice, but Flame Red, Sunburst Yellow and Lakeside Blue all add a splash of individuality to the purposeful timepiece.
- Sport and activity tracking
- Garmin Connect app allows easy access to metrics
- GPS, GLON and Galileo navigation supported
- Reasonably priced smartwatch
8. Kahtoola Microspikes
Walking in the colder months can be a little treacherous for even the most experienced walker – that is, unless they’re sporting a pair of hiking crampons.
We say crampons, but it’s microspikes that we need for hiking and it’s Kahtoola that make the best in the business. These winter hiking accessories are some that we recommend that every walker should have in their rucksack on a colder hike – you never know when you’re going to need them.
The Kahtoola microspikes are award-winning for a reason and are perfect for winter trail running, hiking, and ice fishing. With 12 spikes on either side, there’s more than enough grip for the bulk of winter hikes.
- 12 Stainless steel spikes per foot
- Welded chains for additional grip
- Number of sizes to fit all
- Elastomer harness for easy fitting and removal
9. Thermos Ultimate Series Flask
A thermal flask is one of the top gifts for walkers for an obvious reason – it gives the gift of endless warm cups of tea and coffee on the go!
The Thermos Ultimate Series Flask is one of the top contenders in the thermal flask industry, keeping hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold for over 24 hours. Additionally, with a stainless steel interior and exterior, the flask remains cool to the touch when using hot drinks and sweatproof with cold.
There are plenty of different thermal flasks out there and the majority of them will do the job well. However, if you’re wanting to buy the best in the business, it has to be the Thermos Ultimate. The flask has flawlessly outperformed its competitors, taking its crown as the top hot drink store on the web!
- 24-hour temperature retention
- Stainless steel dual-walled design
- Two-part stopper for smooth liquid flow
- 5-year guarantee
10. Buff Merino Wool Multi-Functional Headwear
Every walker should have a Buff – they’re quite simply one of the most versatile accessories in the outdoor arsenal.
Made from merino wool, a Buff offers an incredibly versatile piece of headwear. The simple loop of materials can be used as a neckerchief, headband, mask, hairband, beanie, bandana, wristband, balaclava, scarf, scrunchie and pirate cap. Phew.
There are countless different designs, patterns and colours available on the web – but we like to keep things nice and simple with a nice dark wool. Walkers are bound to love a Buff as a gift and you can never have too many of them!
- Made from Merino wool
- Massively versatile headwear
- Huge number of designs
- Great value gift
11. FJÄLLRÄVEN Unisex Byron Hat
A good, warm winter hat is one of the greatest gifts for walkers as those colder months are in full swing.
A genuinely comfortable, warm hat is one of life’s guilty pleasures and a fantastic example of a great gift for walkers.
FJÄLLRÄVEN make walking gear that is absolutely to die for and any walker opening a gift with that precious fox logo are sure to be elated with their gift! If a beanie isn’t quite their style, why not an FJÄLLRÄVEN cap!
- 100% Merino wool
- Double-knitted structure for additional warmth
- Top walking brand
12. Jetboil Zip Stove
One of the top accessories that we recommend for those longer walks in the countryside comes in the form of a Jetboil.
The Jetboil, in its simplest form, is a portable gas cooker that can be used to boil water on the go. The LPG-powered container is incredible for boiling water for a fresh cuppa in the hills, heating food or just about anything else that you’d like warm during a cold walk.
Just a quick note – the Jetboil does not come with the LPG fuel and the gift receiver will have to purchase these separately. Alternatively, these can be picked up on Amazon in packs of 6 for a reasonable price.
- 0.8 litres of capacity
- Liquefied Petroleum Gas fuel
- Lightweight and easy to carry
- Cost-effective portable cooker
13. Victorinox Huntsman Wood Swiss Army Pocket Knife
A Swiss Army pocket knife is a tool that, we think, every walker should have on their person for those emergency situations.
The Victorinox Huntsman Wood Swiss Army pocket knife is our favourite pick from the Victorinox range, offering the best tools for walkers and hikers in the UK.
The medium pocket knife is a top gift idea for walkers, giving them the perfect tool to carry with them whenever they’re on a hike, bike or any other adventure. There’s a total of 13 including a large blade, small blade, can opener with a small screwdriver, corkscrew, bottle opener with screwdriver, wire stripper, reamer, punch, keyring, scissors, multipurpose hook and the wood saw.
- 13 different functions (Large blade, can opener, saw blade etc.)
- Sturdy construction from a trusted brand
- Unique walnut design
- Lifetime assurance
14. Osprey Talon 22
Hiking rucksack looking like it’s seen better days? Maybe a replacement in the form of the Osprey Talon 22 is the best gift idea!
Also available in a larger 33L size, the Talon range is the benchmark in activity backpacks. Osprey quality is hard to beat and the Talon 22 is one of the best packs in the range and a perfect companion for any serious walker.
The pack is rammed full of features including the advanced AirScape technology, preventing the dreaded sweaty back. The organisation in the pack is key with a huge number of pockets and handy areas to hold everything that you need for a successful hike.
- Top-quality benchmark pack from Osprey
- Incredible organisation options
- AirScape technology
- Ergonomic harness
15. GoPro Hero 10
If you’re looking for a gift for a particularly extreme walker – think somebody who spends their weekends scaling vertical cliffs and navigating tightropes, the GoPro Hero 10 might be the best gift for them!
The latest edition of the action camera from the GoPro brand is the best yet, offering some of the best footage from the tiny cam. GoPro’s are known for their toughness and it’s a reputation that they really deserve – the camera will take all of the abuse (and more) that a typical user can throw at it.
A front-facing screen is great for users to frame their shot, check their hair and make sure they’re rolling before filming their next high-action clip. The GoPro is a little on the expensive side, so don’t forget to check the best deals at GoPro.com to avoid missing out.
- The latest edition of the top action cam
- 23-MP photos and 5.3K video resolution at 60fps
- Hypersmooth 4.0 video stabilisation
- Incredibly rugged and durable
The top gifts for walkers
There you have it, our list of the top gifts for walkers this year.
If you have any suggestions that you think we’ve missed off our list, don’t hesitate to reach out and let us know – we’re always looking for new products to write about!