Anyone who has a backpacker to buy Christmas gifts for this holiday season should consider themselves lucky. There are so many wonderful gifts available and many of them are reasonably priced. Shopping can be a huge pain, and I’ve been on a huge Amazon kick lately as it keeps me away from the Christmas shopping crowds and having to listen to Christmas songs on repeat.
Here are 5 of the best backpacker gift ideas that can be purchased for under $50:
LifeStraw Personal Water Filter
Backpackers always have a difficult time either determining how much water to take on their hike. Fresh clean water isn’t always easy to come by, however if you’re willing to drink pond water you greatly increase your opportunities at water. The LifeStraw Personal Water Filter is a handy little item that only weighs a couple of ounces and can easily fit in any backpack. The LifeStraw will filter up to 1,000 liters of contaminated water while removing a minimum of 99.9% of waterborne bacteria and 99.9% of waterborne protozoan parasites. Every backpacker can have access to safe drinking water at any time with this water filter. No risk of Cryptosporidium and Giardia intestinalis, two fairly common parasites you can come across when you drink water that’s been contaminated with animal poo. I’ll be doing a full review on this product down the road. Stay tuned!
Buy the Lifestraw on Amazon
TOMSHOO Outdoor Camping Hiking Cookware with Mini Camping Piezoelectric Ignition Stove
The name might be a mouthful, but the size of this pot, pan and stove is perfect for a backpacker. The TOMSHOO Cookware & Stove combo is a perfect example of high quality camping product design. Both the pot and pan are made from anodized aluminum, while the stove is made from aluminum alloy and stainless steel, ensuring these guys aren’t going to weigh you down in a big hike. All of these items together weigh approximately 16 ounces and can be conveniently stored in a mesh bag inside a backpack.
Buy the TOMSHOO Camping Cookware & Igition Stove on Amazon
Boruit LED Headlamp Rechargeable Waterproof Head Flashlight Lamp with Cree XM-L T6+2R2
The Boruit LED headlamp is made from aluminum alloy, so it is very durable and the waterproof design makes it perfect for backpacking in the rain or the snow. There are four different modes on this headlamp and a backpacker can choose from low, middle, or high LED beams or the strobe light. Included with the headlamp are a USB line, a charger, two rechargeable lithium ion batteries and one car charger. This one is a bigger model ensuring it’s good for more than just looking for items burried in your backpack. Perfect for those who receive the call of nature in the middle of the night while camping, or for anyone hiking until later in the evening. They’re a must have for backpackers!
Buy the Boruit LED Headlamp on Amazon
Carson Triple LED BookBrite Book Light
Every backpacker needs a book light that is lightweight and doesn’t take up a lot of space. This book light will attach to any book or magazine and the lamp head can be adjusted to swivel to any space on the page. The LED light is very bright, which makes it perfect for reading after dark. Book Lights are cheap, the perfect stocking stuffer, and if you know a backpacker who protests ebook readers like me, they’re essential for squeeze in a few chapters before bed.
Buy this book light on Amazon
VicTsing Lens Kits for iPhones and other Smartphones
The VicTsing Phone Camera Lenses are a wonderful choice for any backpacker who loves to take pictures while out on the trail. These lenses attach to almost every smartphone and ensures a high-quality image every time. The lenses have an anti-slip design to keep the lenses attached to the phone and can be adjusted to the correct spot easily. These lenses can be used for both the front or back cameras, so #selfies that are taken with amazing backgrounds will also be of high-quality.
Buy the VicTsing Lens Kit on Amazon
Got any other awesome backpacker friendly gifts? Comment below!
Giving gifts to a backpacker is quite simple with these choices. All of these items are low in price and they are all things that every backpacker should have before they go out on their next journey.