Essentials

The 13 Best Last-Minute Holiday Gifts for Hikers

It's not too late: Fill in the gaps on your shopping list with this BACKPACKER-tested gear from $13 to $450.

Klymit Pillow X

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You’ll never sleep on a stuff-sack of clothes again. At just under 2 ounces, there’s no reason not to bring this camp pillow on your next outing. Our editors especially loved the grooves, which kept it from sliding out from under our heads in the middle of the night. $13

Columbia Women’s Alpine Jacket

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Add this to your trail-to-town arsenal: The Alpine Jacket mixes outdoor-ready, heavyweight fleece construction with a stylish stand-up collar and beefy front snaps for a piece that’s at home anywhere. $75

Otter Box Elevation 20 Tumbler

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The stainless steel Elevation 20 keeps drinks hot in the coldest weather, and interchangeable lids (sold separately) let it transform into everything from a cocktail shaker to a French press. $30

TOPS MSK Rockies Edition 2.5

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Fixed blade knives are more versatile than folders, but they can be too big and heavy for serious backpacking. Split the difference with this lightweight model, which comes with a rust-resistant Cerakote finish and a textured Micarta handle for ease of use. $110

Stance Holiday Socks

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Bring a little holiday into your ski season with Stance’s holiday-themed socks. With reinforced toes and heels, they should last a lot longer than your tree. Starting at $14

The North Face Access Pack

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The North Face took everything it’s learned from years of making outdoor packs and applied it to this smart commuter number. Dedicated fleece-lined media pockets and a laptop pocket with water-resistant sleeve help keep your devices safe and handy. $235

Revel Day Tripper Solar Pack

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Top off your devices with the 6,000-mAh battery, then use the integrated solar panel to recharge. Bonus: a built-in 1,000-lumen light is bright enough for the darkest winter nights. $40

Icebreaker Men’s Multisport Ultralight Mini

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Getting regular old socks for Christmas: Lame. Getting these durable, do-anything wool socks (and their lifetime warranty)? Jackpot. $15

Nite Ize Radiant 100 Lantern

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The dome on this palm-size lantern squishes down for ultimate packability, and a folding carabiner lets you hang it from your tent, a tree, or anywhere else you can think of. $16

The North Face Campshire Pullover Hoodie

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Stay cozy around the campfire with this chunky half-zip fleece. Elbow patches boost durability, while a cinchable hem helps keep drafts at bay. $149

Ruffwear Approach Hiking Pack

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Let your dog carry their own weight with this practical pack. Five adjustment points and two leash attachments make it ultra-customizable for any size or shape dog. $80

Sherpa Adventure Gear Pangdey Hat

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Knitted in Nepal by small co-ops of craftswomen, these lambswool hats are lined with Polarfleece, so they stay comfortable and stand up to freezing temperatures. Bonus: for every hat sold, Sherpa Adventure Gear donates 25 cents to its charity arm, the Sherpa Adventure Gear Fund. $30

Leatherman Tread Tempo Watch

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Shopping for someone who has everything? Get them a watch that does everything. Leatherman packed a multitool’s worth of gadgets, from wrenches to a paper cutter, into the band on this rugged timepiece, which is also water-resistant to 200 meters. $450

The situation: It’s one week until Christmas, and you haven’t finished your shopping yet. Don’t panic. Instead, grab one of these 13 editor-approved items, ranging from $13 to $450.