25 Awesome Backpacking Christmas Gifts for under $65

25 gifts

Christmas time is upon us, and while I will admit, gift-giving is not what it’s all about, it is a tradition that many people take part in. So, with this in mind, I am sure that there are some that are wondering what to get those backpackers in the family. So, I figured I would put together a list of 25 different backpacking related items that range in price from $1.50 up to $65.00 to shed some light on a few items. As well, I own (or have owned) 18 of the items on the list, and as far as the other 7 items, I myself would also like them…

  1. $1.50 Redneck Beer Cup by SNC Tool Outdoor Products.  A great price on a lightweight mug, and these are made from used Bud Light aluminum cans!
  2. $3.50 Grower’s Cup Coffee. One of the best cups of coffee I have had in the outdoors!
  3. $3.95 Pocket Profile Elevation Map. SUL weight maps that are waterproof, tear resistant and easy to use!
  4. $5.95 Hawk Vittles Meals. The best meals I have had while on the trail! Made from fresh ingredients and taste great!
  5. $7.95 EvaRest CCF Pad by Lawson Outdoor Equipment. These come in a number of sizes and thickness. These pads can be used for lots of DIY projects, frame supports in frameless packs, or to layer it over your favorite air pad in colder temps to boost the R-Value. As well, if you are hard-core, just leave the air pad behind and just use these…
  6. $9.95 Polycro Ground Cloth (Pack of 2) from Gossamer Gear. A super light, yet quite durable ground cloth.
  7. $10.50 Carbon Fiber (Sorex) Stakes (Pack of 4) from Ruta Locura. These light weight stakes have carbon fiber bodies and aluminum heads and tips. The larger surface area on these stakes work well in loose dirt.
  8. $12.95 GLine Polyester Dyneema Guyline from Lite Trail. This line is lightweight, yet stiff, which makes it easy to tie and untie knots and great for use on lightweight shelters/tarps. Plus, it is high viz orange which makes it easy to see.
  9. $14.95I Hike” book by Lawton “Disco” Grinter. Random stories from 10,000 miles of hiking. A great book. A must-read!
  10. $15.00 Rollover Stove by Smokeeater908. At only 6 grams, it is one of the lightest alcohol stoves on the market. It is a smaller stove which works well with smaller diameter cook pots and due to its design, does not require an additional pot stand.
  11. $17.00 Fosters 2 Cup Flat Bottom Cook Pot* by Zelph. These Foster’s cans have ridges pressed into the can which makes them times stronger than normal. As well, the flat bottom makes it easy to use with any stove.
  12. $19.95 Adventure Outdoor Seat by Simple Outdoor Store. A lightweight, insulated, reflective and durable pad to sit around anywhere…anytime.
  13. $20.00 Mini Atomic Stove w/ Carbon Felt by MiniBull Designs. A classic stove which works excellent with those small diameter cook pots. Also, the carbon felt inside the stove helps prevent disaster should an accidental spill happen!
  14. $24.00 GetOutThere Safety Kit by Pale Spruce. We all need at safety kit when going for a hike. This is a great kit as is, or even as a base kit to build your own from.
  15. $25.00 Titanium Windscreen by Suluk 46. A super lightweight, titanium windscreen that is tacked together to make deploying easy. Comes in 3 different sizes.
  16. $27.50 ISO-Clean Isopropyl Alcohol Stove by Flat Cat Gear. There are a number of reasons to pick up this stove…just check out all the comments here.
  17. $29.00 Titanium Cathole Trowel* by QiWiz. Dubbed as the “lightest cathole trowels on the planet.” Need I say more…
  18. $36.65 Spyderco Ladybug. There are a few different versions of this knife, however, the one I would suggest is the one with the H1 steel, which is very rust-resistant, and the bright yellow handle to make it easy to keep up with. And of course, at just over half an oz, it is also quite lightweight!
  19. $39.95 Snuggly Toes Alpaca Foot Warmers. These hand-made, alpaca foot warmer insoles are just the thing for keeping ones feet and toes warm while on the go when the mercury drops!
  20. $49.00 Crazy Warm Down Hood* by Luke’s UltraLite. A sure way to keep heat trapped around ones head and neck, and a huge compliment to a quilt user on those cold nights!
  21. $59.00 Waterproof Breathable Cuben Fiber Rain Mitts by ZPacks. These mitts are made of the thicker, more durable WP/B cuben fiber and come taped so they are ready to use from the get go!
  22. $59.85 Caldera Sidewinder System including Open Country 2 QT Pot* by Trail Designs. This system comes with everything one needs for alcohol cooking, including the pot, for one low price. The Gram Cracker stove can be purchased separately to use with this system also. (This set-up cannot be used with wood fires!)
  23. $59.99 GoLite Poncho Tarp. Lightweight, simple and multiuse, this is a prime example of an item that can be found in an “ultralight” backpackers pack.
  24. $65.00 GooseFeet Gear Down Socks by GooseFeet Gear. When regular socks just won’t keep your feet and toes warm enough, then it’s time to pull the GooseFeet Gear down socks out…and be warm!
  25. $65.00 Newt Backpack* by Mountain Laurel Designs. Forget the stocking, just pick up one of the Newt packs and stuff all the other lightweight backpacking gifts in this pack and hang it over the fireplace (unless there is a fire going…)

One other item that I want to mention is the Boombot Rex Ultraportable Speaker. The Boombot Rex can connect to a number of different electronic devices via bluetooth to stream music (or even phone calls) to a rugged, waterproof, yet powerful smart speaker. For those that enjoy listening to music while in the outdoors, this may be just the ticket… As well, the Boombot Rex is actually on Kickstarter at the moment, and will run until January 12th, 2013. So, pick up one of these as a great (late) present for the backpacker in the family, and at the same time help make the creators of the Boombot Rex dream’s come true…


Thanks for reading everyone, and I hope that everyone has a safe, enjoyable and blessed Merry Christmas!


Disclaimer: I am a Gossamer Gear Trail Ambassador. I have no other affiliations with the above mentioned companies and am not obligated to write about any of them. The items on this list are items that I have either used myself, or would like to try out.

Items marked with an “*” in the above list are items that I have not owned, yet.

About Stick

My blog is essentially a record of my hiking career. Through it, I, and others, can see how I have evolved from a heavy weight backpacker, to a smarter, more efficient, lightweight backpacker. Through the use of video, still photos, and of course writing, one can see my progression, as well as check out some of the places I hike, and not to mention some cool, lightweight gear options. For me, my blog is a journal, but for others, I hope that it is an interactive learning tool to aid them in their own progression towards lightweight backpacking.
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12 Responses to 25 Awesome Backpacking Christmas Gifts for under $65

  1. Love the Fosters pot and the Bud Light mug, great finds!


  2. Cool Breeze says:

    Great suggestions stick! I recently ordered a custom made cuben fiber tarp from ZPacks.com so I ordered the #6 GG Polycryo Ground Sheet from your list to round it out! The items I already have from the list are #10 Rollover Stove (although mine is an Elite from Tinny at MiniBull Designs), #13 MBD Mini Atomic Stove w/ Carbon Felt, #17 Titanium Cathole Trowel by QiWiz (I have the BigDig) and #21 Waterproof Breathable Cuben Fiber Rain Mitts.

    Merry Christmas to you and yours and keep those great gear suggestions coming!

    -Cool Breeze-


  3. John C says:

    Great article Stick. I have some of the items already: #6 Polycro ground cloth, #18 Spyderco Ladybug (serrated version) and #24 GooseFeet Gear down socks. All great products that I can heartily recommend. I recently bought an item that could be on the list also. The Brunton OSS 10b compass for $12 at REI (1.1 0z). The reason I like it is that it is the cheapest compass I know of with a simple but effective declination adjustment, which is 13 degrees east where I live.

    Merry Christmas and happy New Year to you and your family and keep the great articles coming. You are one of my “go to” places on the internet for backpacking stuff.


    • Stick says:

      Thanks John! I actually just cut one of the GG polycro sheets in half yesterday. I am about to order a new cuben tarp from ZPacks and will use half of the sheet to lay my XLite down on under the tarp!

      I really want to get the LadyBug. What do you think of the H1 steel? And I am really not a fan of the serrated edges, but it does seem to make sense….I will think hard on it once I finally do order one for me…

      And I absolutely love my down socks…can’t say enough about them! 🙂

      My compass is a Sylvia (?) model, but I can’t say I have ever used it…I really do need to learn my map and compass skills better…

      Anyway, thanks for the kind words, and I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas too!



  4. Martin Rye says:

    Some good items there. Thanks for sharing and happy Xmas.


  5. Mark says:

    Well that just killed the better part of the afternoon – checking out almost every site. I’ve spent far too long watching stove videos – thanks a lot eh! Not to mention what my wife will say when she sees all those transactions on the paypal account *gulp* 😉
    Merry Christmas


    • Stick says:

      Haha… too funny Mark! So, what did you get?

      And a Merry Christmas to you too!



    • Mark says:

      So far just some Snuggly toes for my wife and a pet bed for the cats. I’m trying to decide on some down socks also. Not exactly cheap but I think I’m going to go with Ben’s stuff. I was also thinking of seeing if he’ll make me a copy of the Montbell UL down jacket (you have the parka version) but with a bit more insulation and maybe less weight – otherwise I really like the jacket.


    • Stick says:


      That sounds awesome. You will have to let me know what you (or your wife) thinks of the Snuggly Toes. I am still looking forward to wearing mine on my hike next month. I have used them in my house slippers some, but that doesn’t really count…

      I really like the stuff that Ben has made me. I know what you mean though about dropping the $$…but now that I have them in my hands, I am very happy I did so. That would be cool if he made you that jacket too…you will have to send me some pics! 🙂



  6. Joslyn says:

    Sweet List! I did notice that nothing that is currently on my Christmas list is on it, but if we were to mention every cool thing a backpacker could want for Christmas, we just might be here all day! 🙂


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