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If you are wondering what to buy someone who likes walking, or searching for those inexpensive or personalised gifts for hikers, then look no further - we've put together a selection of practical presents under £35* that any walker or hiker in the UK would like to receive.
You can create your own personalized map and upload your own title, sub-title and photograph. They come in either small A3-sized maps or the more popular more normal large maps and range from £7.99* (small) to £19.99* (large).
This bottle flask is double-walled and vacuum insulated, so keeps hot drinks hot for up to 12 hours and cold drinks cold for up to 24 hours, perfect for that cup of warming coffee or soup up on top of a hill. The flex cap has a carry strap with honeycomb insulation lock. It's also BPA and phthalate free. Available in many colours.
Very useful just to keep in the car and take on those shorter walks that involve more eating, drinking and view-admiring than actual walking.
It's fully lined, lightweight and resistant to moisture and comes in a range of colours. It has a soft polyester fleece upper side with PVC backing and has an integrated cover and shoulder strap.
If they don't have OS mapping on their phone, this is a must for any walker. There is a free version, but you can get unlimited OS Explorer and Landranger maps on any device making it easy for you to explore the great outdoors for just the price of a coffee a month. Why not buy them a 12 month subscription?
Amongst other features, premium allows access to OS Explorer and Landranger mapping, import and export routes, save maps offline, aerial 3D, and print A3/A4 maps. This is all available on your laptop/tablet as well as on your phone.
Available in various colours, the 3 heating levels rapidly warm your hand for 4-8 hours after each charge - enough for a walk on a cold winter's day or even out and about sitting watching a sporting event.
Whilst a power pack does add some additional weight, I do find it very useful to charge the mobile phone/camera/gopro, etc. on the go as all are very power-hungry especially whilst using GPS. Just remember to charge your power pack before you go!
Mine is still going strong after 3 years of continued use. Once charged (before you set out on your journey), it will charge most mobiles fully almost five times. 2 USB outputs, so you can charge 2 devices at once. Drop tested to 1 metre and comes with a travel case. I never had one up until 3 years ago... now I can't really be without it!
Alfred Wainwright is best known for his Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells, that have been many people's introduction to the Lake District. They are beautifully written and illustrated in his own hand and are a must for any walker!
This excellent value set includes all 7 books.
This lightweight, compact and bright headtorch can be used for all kinds of outdoor pursuits and even walking the dog.
It's watertight and weather resistant, and its reflective headband enhances night visibility.
This map case is waterproof for up to 10m for 30 minutes. It's made from durable nylon fabric and has a double side touch-friendly window, for easy viewing of your maps, routes etc. You could also put personal belongings in there.
It has 4 lash points, so can be worn around your neck or attached to your other walking gear.
USB rechargeable and easy-to-use LED light, built into a beanie hat. Fits most sizes, men, women and children and is available in many colours. 3 different strength light modes in one hat.
This Victorinox Swiss army multi-tool is a must for any rucksack. 14 tools including: large blade; small blade; can opener; small screwdriver; cap lifter; screwdriver; wire stripper; corkscrew; scissors and tweezers.
Stanley, the famous flask maker, have made this tough, double-walled vacuum insulated mug, so your drinks stay hotter or colder for longer. It has a secure press-fit Tritan lid to prevent splashes and is dishwasher safe. It's available in 3 colours.
Walking or hiking socks along with your walking boots are essential for comfort on your walk. Hiking socks are specially designed to keep your feet dry by wicking away sweat, are cushioned, help prevent blisters or hotspots and are much more durable than normal cotton socks.
Made from 31% wool, I've found these lightweight socks very comfy and great for summer use. They are also available in different weights.
100 walks from across the country, for a wide range of walking experience and abilities, whether for those new to country walking or seasoned ramblers. It includes easy-paces short walks, half day rambles, and more energetic and challenging full-day excursions for a total of 625 miles or richly rewarding routes.
In addition, all the routes can also be found in OS Maps online, allowing you to follow them on your mobile device or print a copy of the map to take with you. As a bonus, this book includes six months of OS Maps premium, giving access to all 607 Leisure maps - look for the instructions on the inside flap.
If you are going somewhere a bit more remote, or on long trips where you don't want to carry lots of water with you, the purifiers/tablets can make stream/river water safe for you to drink. Generally, the pen/straw type purifiers purify water quicker than the tablets, but tablets are light and very small.
This award-winning LifeStraw water filter weighs in at just 59g and can filter up to 4,000 litres of stream water. There is no aftertaste and BPA free. It uses advanced hollow fibre technology filtration that requires no chemicals. I must admit I was dubious about its claims when I first bought one, but it's now been used several times with no ill effects!
A lightweight stretch fleece glove, great for when not quite so cold or use as a liner under other gloves when very cold.
They are made from Polartec stretch fabric with silicon print stocky palms and fingers with touchscreen-friendly patches on thumb and index finger, so you can use your mobile phone without taking them off.
Choose from either stag design, cobblestones or flower pattern - all come in a gift box. Curved so easily fits into a pocket and comes with a funnel to help pour in your favorite tipple.
Great for colder weather walking or under a hood. The beanie has zoned windproof panels with fleece backing over the forehead and ears, to be breathable yet warm. Reflective side panels and recesses for eyewear.
If you are looking for some inspiration for your next walks, then this Lonely Planet book could be a good place to start. There are illustrative maps for each of the features 60 walks, which range from a couple of hours to a full day and are classed from easy to moderate or hard.
Cheap and cheerful sunglasses for those who tend to regularly lose or break them!
Currently only £15* at the time of writing with a Go Outdoors card, they are comfortable and provide UV400 protection against UVA and UVB sun rays.
Made from recycled polyester it gives soft touch comfort and UPF 50+ prorection. The warm fleece makes it ideal for colder weather conditions.
When the weather takes a turn for the worse, it's always good to know that you can keep things safe and dry in your rucksack. To do this I keep this small drysack inside my rucksack, that I keep my wallet, mobile phone and a few other bits in, so I know they are dry and easy to find.
It's 70D nylon, fully taped seams, and roll-top closure.
On any day walk you will need to drink and keep well hydrated so you will need to take a hydration bladder or water bottle with you.
Made from flexible BPA and PVC-free thermoplastic, this water bottle is lightweight and when empty can be twisted and collapsed down to a quarter of its filled size.
If the walker or hiker in your life has another favoured companion with them on their walks, then this collapsible dog bowl would be an ideal gift for them. Dogs get as thirsty as us on the walks and need to have a drink.
This bowl comes in 3 sizes (750ml, 1l and 1.5l), is collapsible and comes with a carabiner to attach it to the outside of a rucksack.
A lightweight and collapsible dog food bowl with a drawstring top that can store dry dog food for your dog. After it is emptied, it can be folded up and stuffed in a rucksack. It's ideal for longer walks, car journeys or travelling and comes in small and large versions.
There's also a handy loop to hang it from a belt, rucksack or harness.
Navigation, especially in poor visibility or in indistinct areas can be tricky, which is where a compass comes in. A compass is a must for every walker, but if you are new to them, you do need to learn how to use it.
This and previous versions of it, have been my main compass for many years - quick setting and reliable. DoE recommended product and can use up to 5000m altitude and down to -15°C. Includes built-in magnifying glass.
A useful lightweight addition to any pack. If you are stopping for a break or lunch and want to sit down, it saves you from having to sit on your pack or ending up with a wet bum. They also provide some insulation from the ground if it's cold.
Weighing only 40g, you won't notice you have it with you, but the durable, insulating foam provides a warm dry place to sit on any break.
If you get back to the car and your boots are wet and muddy, then this bag will keep your car clean until you get chance to clean the boots.
It's water resistant, can be wiped clean and with easy zip openings.
A whistle takes up no room but can be very useful in emergencies. Six short blasts on your whistle followed by a minute pause is the UK standard signal for help. In the US and some other countries, it is three blasts of about 3 seconds each.
Only 13g in weight but provides up to 128db of noise.
British mountaineer Alan Hinkes describes for the first time in one place his experiences of climbing all 14 of the peaks over 8000m: the world's highest mountains, in the Himalaya and Karakoram. Stunning photographs are included as well as reflecting on the Yorkshire childhood and first Alpine ascents that got him to his first 8000m summit attempt.
A book to challenge and inspire mountain-lovers everywhere.
They are lightweight, waterproof and windproof and help retain body heat and reduce wind chill - a useful safety addition to any rucksack. I bought one quite a few years ago that sits in the bottom of my rucksack and I'm still hoping it's something I'll never have to use.
110g - it's windproof, waterproof, taped seams and has a compact storage sack.
These North Face Etip Recycled Gloves provide warmth and dexterity with full touchscreen compatibility and a grippy silicone palm. They're made using stretchy recycled fleece that's warming, moisture-wicking and comfortable.
Reusable, leakproof cool bag lunch box. Keep your sandwiches cool whilst walking - eco-friendly lunch bag with a magnetic seal.
Many people use walking poles whilst out hiking. They are believed to have certain benefits including: helping your balance on uneven paths; protect and relieve stress on your knees, especially when walking downhill; take some weight off sore joints; improve your posture; improve power and endurance when walking uphill; tone muscles in your arms and shoulders and burn more calories as your upper body gets more of a workout.
These entry level TheFitLife hiking poles are great value, anti-shock/shock absorbing poles, with EVA foam handles and straps. Features quick lock system to easily extend or collapse poles. Various colours available.
If you are really struggling to think what to buy the walker or hiker in your life, or unsure whether they'll like what you get them... then why not get the gift of 'last resort' and get them a gift voucher or an e-gift voucher which they can receive immediately.
We've set out below a selection of walking/hiking and outdoor shops offering gift cards that I'm sure would be a welcome present... you just need to decide on how much!
This can be spent in any of their stores or online
This can be spent in any of their stores or online
e-Gift Cards can only be used for purchases on the Ordnance Survey online shop
Note from Go Outdoors website: Ultimate Gift Cards can be used in any GO Outdoors store, and can also be redeemed in participating stores from Ultimate Outdoors, Blacks, Millets, JD Sports, Scotts, and Tessuti in the UK, Northern Island and the Channel Islands. Gift Cards can also now be used to purchase goods online from JD Sports, but not from any other website.
Author: Andrew Forrest