The 10 best gifts for hillwalkers

Assuming you can’t afford to buy them their very own mountain, what else can you get the walker in your life? Here are 10 great gift ideas for hikers. 

What do you get the hill-lover your love for Christmas, birthday or as a thanks for being awesome? If you haven’t got a clue about gear or they seem to have everything already, it can be hard to know where to start. Of course if they haven’t got it already, a subscription to Trail Magazine will provide them with mountain inspiration, gear reviews, hill hacks and skills all year round. Here are 10 more ideas... 


A skills course. One of the pricier options on the list is to get them an experience they’ll adore, remember for years and which will enable them to get out in the hills in a whole new way. Plas y Brenin in Snowdonia and Glenmore Lodge in the Cairngorms offer a variety of top-notch courses in some of the most beautiful areas of the county.  

Skills courses, POA, pyb.co.uk and glenmorelodge.co.uk 


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On most hillwalks, a person will go out, snap a series of spectacular images and then never look at them again. Get them printed up in a photo book, so the memories of their epic adventures don’t just get ignored on their phone forever. 

Photo books, from £36.99, photobox.co.uk 


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These patches, celebrating the highest, best-loved peaks in the Lake District don’t just look awesome, they also help to support the National Park with a portion of the proceeds going to charities working to maintain it.  

Patches, from £5 each, conquerlakedistrict.co.uk  


Every walker, beginner, novice, or expert, should get the gift of a subscription to Trail Magazine. Delivered to your door every month, Trail bring you the best in routes, features, advice and the best products you should invest in. A gift that keeps on giving.  

Trail Magazine subscription, from £37.60 for a year, greatmagazines.co.uk 


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Ordnance Survey will print a map centred on your location of choice, with a personalised cover. For a pricier, more elegant option you can have their favourite hill framed or printed on canvas. Lovers of history might prefer one from the turn of the 20th century too. 

Personalised Ordnance Survey map, from £16.99, ordnancesurvey.co.uk  


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Alfred Wainwright spent most of his life writing about and sketching the hills he loved and his Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells in 7 Volumes are still among the best and most beautiful you can buy. Find out their favourite area or get the whole set for a really special treat.  

Wainwright set, from £27.64, amazon.co.uk 


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This mountain t-shirt is made from 100% organic cotton and screen printed in Sheffield with the topography of Win Hill. Perfect for Peak District devotees. 

Peaks T-Shirt, £29, thelevelcollective.co.uk  


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An old school brass compass may not be much good on the hill but is bound to be treasured. K&R do some beautiful versions, which can be engraved with your own message. 

Nostalgic compasses, POA, kasper-richter.de/en 


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A hipflask filled with their favourite beverage and the rest of the bottle wrapped separately. Whisky is the traditional tipple. Hord do a selection of stainless steel flasks wrapped in cork or leather and engraved with the topography of your favourite mountain.  

Personalised hip flask, from £50, hord.co


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Half a tent. Find out what piece of kit they’ve had bookmarked for months and go in on that or buy them the whole thing, if you can afford it. Don’t know? Go fishing under the guise of wanting information for yourself or a friend/family member. 


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Whatever you get, stick it with this tape, decorated with a repeated hand-drawn ink illustration of Snowdon. 

Snowdon Washi Tape, £4, etsy.com