Awesome Budget Christmas Gift Ideas for Hikers, Campers, and Travelers
Are you on a quest to find the perfect Christmas gift for your hiking/camping/traveling loved ones that doesn't drain your bank account? You are in the right place! Below you will find budget Christmas gift ideas for all the outdoorsy types!
It might feel a bit intimidating at first to pick something from the thousands of possible items, especially if you are not a hiker yourself. But don't worry! Hikers and travelers love practical things to add to their (probably already big) gear collection.
Believe me, there is no such a thing as too much gear! Most of the items below can work also as the perfect Christmas stocking stuffers or the daily Hanukkah "gelt" gifts! Rejoice!
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All the items below are hand-picked and below $30/£25. If you are looking for something more substantial you can check this awesome list of hiking & camping gift ideas.
At the end, I also added some less practical and more fun gadgets travel-themed. We love to show our love for the Great Outdoors also at home! I hope you find what you are looking for!
Oh, and don't feel bad for getting yourself a gift from the list - who knows us better than ourselves, right? Enjoy!
Budget Christmas Gift Ideas Under $30: Clothing for Hiking & Camping
You might think that giving pieces of clothing is not really "gifty" but be assured - every hiker appreciates them! We love shiny new buffs, socks, and tees! :)
BUFF - 12in1 original headware
Oh, the amazing Buff! In every possible color and design, will make every hiker happier. I own four buffs (2x original and 2x merino) and wouldn't mind getting another one. It's small, light and fits in every backpack. I can't imagine anyone not being happy with a buff, it's the perfect budget gift idea!
The wooly sister of the original Buff :) Same genius, different fabric.
Bridgedale Coolmax liner
I know, I know... socks don't exactly scream "sexy" as a gift. But believe me - every hiker will appreciate this gift! Those liners are life savers! Or rather - feet savers. Necessary first layer to avoid blisters. They are thin and breathable, wicking away any moisture.
Smartwool trekking socks
Now that we established that buying socks for a gift is no shame, we can bring another pair. This time - the second layer which is made of a mixture of different kind of woolen fibers. I absolutely love them and can wholeheartedly recommend them.
Shinymod sun protection sleeves
Hikes often take hours in very sunny and hot climates. Simply using creams with filters might be not enough. Those sleeves (or gloves) not only protect from the UV but also from the heat itself.
Icebreaker Merino Beanie
Small, light and will fit everywhere providing warmth for cool mornings hikes or windy walks by the sea. It fits in any backpack or jacket's pocket.
Trailheads Running Gloves
Perfect for running and for hiking. Thin and stretchy, they are the perfect protection on a windy hike.
The North Face Breakaway Cap
A light-weight and quick drying cap that's perfect for any hike or outdoor adventure. It's a great protection for hot days but also on a rainy hike to keep your face dry.
Outdoor Research Solar Roller Hat
Very light and fast drying, wicking any moisture away from your skin. It provides high sun protection (UV30) and keeps your head cool on a hot day.
Who is it for? Hikers and travelers, especially those who are sensitive to the sun and who spend a lot of time in hot climates.
Budget Christmas Gift Ideas under $30: Hiking & Camping Gear
This section is rich with ideas! So many cool gadgets out there to make hiking and travel safer and more fun... but how many can you find with a budget under $30/£25? Let me help you a bit :)
Sea to Summit DryLite Towel
A towel, huh? But it's not your old boring towel! This is a modern, light, and extremely fast drying travel towel! :) No one is taking cotton ones anymore - they are big, heavy and take forever to dry. It's good to have one used as a towel and a smaller one to use around the camp - as a kitchen towel or to dry condensation from a tent.
MSR Groundhog Tent Stake Kit
Most of the stakes that accompany tents are somewhat flimsy and heavy. They also tend to disappear. Every camper will appreciate a set or two of those awesome stakes. They are light and very tough.
MSR Piezo Igniter
This is such a cool little gadget! Much more reliable than an ordinary firelighter. A good addition to any camping and hiking gear pack.
Suunto A-30 L Compass
What would be a travel gift guide without a compass, right? A must for every hiker and camper.
Sea to Summit ultra-sil dry sacks
Believe me, there is no such thing as too many dry bags. I have them in every possible color and size. They are light, durable and waterproof. For clothes, food, camera, electronics, documents, first aid kit... you name it.
Adventure Medical Kit (No.9)
This is a must for every traveler. In particular hikers and campers have to have a First Aid kit on them. This one is light and made with hikers in mind. Take care of the safety of your loved one!
Sea to Summit Wilderness Wash
This is all-in-one liquid for travelers. It's a soap, shampoo and even dishes washing liquid! It's biodegradable and concentrated. When every ounce counts this is a great option. I've been using it during my hikes and love it! The bigger bottle is only 100ml (3.3 oz) so perfect for a carry-on!
Sawyer Mini Water Filtration System
I absolutely love my mini-Sawyer! Some kind of filtration system is not only useful (so you don't have to carry as much water) but may be essential in areas with no access to drinkable water. This one is not only small and light but also inexpensive, being the perfect budget gift idea.
GSI Outdoors Backpacker Mug
I love this mug! It's ultralight but cheap, isolated and practical. I like it so much that I even use it at work. And just recently got a new one - so I have one at work and one for hiking!
MSR Dry Line Kit
All long-distance travelers hit the moment when they run out of clean underwear ;-) This kit can be spread not only between trees but also in a hotel's bathroom. Small, light and really useful.
Platypus Soft Water Bottle
This is such a great bottle for all travelers! It's light and can be rolled and packed away when empty. And can I just say that they are also really cute looking? Just saying.
Sea to Summit iPood Trowel
Another thing from that "doesn't sound very sexy" pile ;-) but it's oh, so essential! We all need to go and doing it in the Great Outdoors is a bit tricky. This little trowel helps in digging appropriate catholes.
NIKWAX Tech Wash
All that technical gear and clothing we buy is pretty expensive. It's quite understandable that it requires special care. Any products from NIKWAX series would be good for your Outdoorsy friend - tech wash for Gore-tex jackets, Merino was for all those amazing merino tees or variety of products to clean hiking boots. Whichever you choose - your hiking and camping friends will put it to a good use! :)
Outside Magazine Subscription
This is such a great magazine, I love reading their articles, they are informative and inspiring.
Who is it good for? All nature lovers, hikers, campers and outdoorsy types.
Where do I buy it? Outside [Print + Kindle] Amazon US
Wilderness Navigation: Finding Your Way Using Map, Compass, Altimeter & GPS
It would be good to know how to use that compass, right? Navigation skills not only for beginners.
Walking the West Highland Way. Scottish Long Distance Route
Now that's a classic by Cicerone! I don't know what your loved one's plans are, but hiking the West Highland Way is always a good idea! You can also choose from tons of other great guides to fit your friend's plans and dreams.
Thru-Hiking Will Break Your Heart: An Adventure on the Pacific Crest Trail
Wonderful and inspiring account of walking the Pacific Crest Trail. A must for all hikers!
Who is it good for? Everyone who knows the hardship of a long-term travel, all who want to be inspired.
Where do I buy it? Amazon US & UK
Budget Christmas Gift Ideas under $30/£25: Travel Gadgets
Great items to make travel safer, more pleasant or fun.
Deuter Belt 1 - a Hip Bag
A nice little thing for your cell phone, wallet and keys when out and about the town. Not too big so doesn't look bulky. Made of waterproof and sturdy fabric. I have one like that and wear it every day on my commute to hold my cell phone, so I can easily listen to music on my way to work.
SKROSS Universal Adapter
That's a must for all international travelers. No one would want to get stuck in a foreign country with the wrong plug and dying cell phone! This one has all possible plugs in one box. Additionally, it has two USB charging ports. As the SKROSS one seems a much rare thing in the US, I found a similar device by a different company.
EarPlanes Ear Plugs
Those earplugs protect not only from harsh noise but also relieve air pressure discomfort during a flight.
Zero Grid Money Belt w. RFID
For when we want to be a bit more subtle with where we hid our money. This flat money belt is perfect for travel and it has additional protections to make sure your credit cards are safe.
ANKER Power Bank 10000mah
One of the lightest and smallest portable chargers, perfect to juice up a dying cell phone, camera or Kindle e-reader. Even hikers who count every ounce don't leave their house without a power bank - maps and GPS on a working cell phone can be a real lifesaver!
Rite in the Rain Notebook
This little gem (available in other color and sizes, too) lets you write in any weather - it is water, sweat, mud and, probably, blood and tears, proof. Perfect for writing down the most important thoughts and ideas, note bus schedule or emails to new friends - no matter if is pouring or if you stand right next to a gorgeous waterfall :)
Lonely Planet Ultimate Travel Coloring Book
It might not be the most practical of gifts... but come on - it is not just about serious business, right? To calm the nerves between travels, to recall visited places or dream and plan about new ones.
Scratch the World Map
What a pleasure it must be to come back from another trip and mark the visited places on a map! With every trip and hike, a little bit of the World opens for us.
We love to show our love for mountains and wild nature. Why not give this lovely pendant to your hiking friend?
Who is it good for? Mountains lovers :)
I hope you could find a nice Christmas gift for your outdoorsy loved one that doesn't break a bank.
Those low-cost Christmas gift ideas are sure to bring smiles on the recipients' faces!
Do you have any other ideas on your mind? Would you love to get something off the list? Share below!