Handpicked selection of good hiking gifts for kids they will love to carry on their adventures
Our kids didn’t start off as great hikers. However, they soon became avid hiking adveturers once they got the right accessories to make their hikes more comfortable and fun!
Since that first success, we have gone on countless hikes and are enthusiastic advocates of giving kids hiking gifts so they can also enjoy the great outdoors.
This is our selection of hiking gifts for kids.
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Useful and fun hiking gifts for kids they will love
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Camelbak hydration backpack
A kids hydration backpack is probably the one items that turned the hiking experience around for us.
With their own packs, kids can have water anytime they like, without having to ask or fiddle with zips and bottles and the pack also has a small pocket for essentials, which allows them to feel independent and well geared up!
Camelcak packs come in several colors: those that are made specifically for kids are the most comfortable for them as they are designed to sit on children backs without causing strain or uncomfortable pressure points.
Silicone collapsible water bottle
If you are buying for a child who already has a favorite backpack, then you can opt for a collapsible water bottle, that they can easily fit into it.
I like this one from UncommonGoods that is BPA and odor free and packs super small.
Telescopic hiking stick
Our kids adore their trekking poles, that make hiking more fun and comfortable. The best ones to get are telescopic ones as they can be adjusted according to your child height and preferences.
They come in several colors and these ones also have their own carry bag, super handy to store when not in use. You can find price and specs here.
Spotting wildlife and the view from the top of the mountain is a large part of hiking fun and binoculars make it better!
Binoculars for kids come in all shape and sizes, some in kid-friendly colors and some in more grown up styles, and you can choose between a wide range of price options too.
This is a good paid that works for kids and adults, if they let you borrow them!
Fun, educational and truly useful, a compass is a wonderful and inexpensive hiking gift for kids. This one is bright and lightweight, it has a small magnifier, a 4inch ruler and a handy carry string.
Kids action camera
A fun way to capture the highlights of their hike it to equip your children with an action camera for kids.
Resistant, easy to use and lightweight, they are perfect for outdoor pursuits and can be used with a wide variety of mounts to suit all tastes and abilities. Have a look at price and specs of the one in the photo here.
Walkie talkies can be great fun when hiking, especially if you have hikers with different speeds who want to stay in touch along the way. We usually give one to each child and keep each sibling with an adult and the fun is guaranteed. Find price and specs here.
Nature journal for kids
Our daughter is an avid observer and collectors of leaves and a nature journal is one of her favourite companions during a hike or even a walk in the park behind our house.
A bingo game with a twist
This game me a giggle and will sure get one from the kids too – an animal poop bingo! With droppings of common and less usual animals, it is a fun, unusual but really educational gift for a kid who loves to observe natured on their hikes! Find out more here
Fun hiking lover desk organizer
A fun item to keep the adventure alive at home and make even homework, possibly, a bit more fun. Find it on UncommonGoods here.
Hiking socks for kids
Hiking socks may not strike as the most exciting hiking gift for kids unless you have a child who has experienced hiking with socks that are too thin! Good hiking socks are amazing at cushioning your step and are a perfect stocking stuffer for kids who know their hikes! Find size and style here.
Kids activity tracker
A kids activity tracker is a super easy way to motivate them to keep going! Trackers count steps and active minutes are are made to be outdoor resistant and, to an extent, waterproof should you spill water or get in a brook while hiking. You can find price and specs here.
Fun hiking coloring mug
if your kids, like mine, fond their love for hiking in national Parks, then they will love this color in National Park mug that will help them get excited and recall their achievement every time they have their breakfast! A fun and creative gift for hiking kids: find it on UncommonGoods here.
They are good quality and have a good sole for walking and they dry quickly, which makes them perfect for the accidentally on purpose fall in water! Find price and specs here or check all our recommendations for water shoes for kids here.
Hiking shoes for kids
If you are tackling more difficult terrains or even just anything beyond the local park, you may want to invest in a good pair of kids hiking shoes. These ones by Mountain Warehouse are well cushioned and come in several colors too.
A survival bracelet is a fun and useful gift for hiking kids. This one has a built I compass, fire starter, whistle and it is adjustable, so it can fit around child’s wrist.
I hope you enjoyed this selection of fun and useful hiking gifts for kids and it helped you find the perfect present!