If a male friend or loved one is passionate about hiking and spending time outdoors, treat him to a pair of men's hiking shoes on the next special occasion. Depending on your budget, you can give just the gift of boots, or combine them with other complementary items to create a one-of-a-kind present.
Hiking boots and coordinating products make thoughtful gifts for a wide variety of events, including birthdays, holidays, graduations, and anniversaries. Whether the celebrant is a beginner or avid hiker, you'll brighten his day with a new pair of comfortable boots.
Before choosing the footwear, find out the recipient's exact size or the perfect fit. Make sure to include a gift receipt with the present in case he has to exchange for a different size. Also consider the climate where the friend or loved one lives and if he hikes primarily in the cooler or warmer months, as some boots feature fur or moisture-wicking materials.
Here are some hiking boot gift ideas to get you started:
1. Terrain-Specific Boots
Find out what type of hiking the recipient usually does, such as on mountains, in the desert, or in swampy terrains, to pick the best specific style. For instance, for mountain hikers and climbers, pick lightweight boots that won't weight the wearer down and that have a durable, gripping tread.
Desert hikers will appreciate boots constructed of breathable materials for a cooling effect, while wetland walkers need waterproof footwear. Make sure any pair of hiking boots has stable traction in case of rough or rocky trails.
2. Boots and Accessories
You can create a personalized gift basket featuring the hiking boots as well as convenient accessories that the recipient will need while out on the trails. One idea is to include a stainless steel bottle, which will keep water ice cold or hot beverages toasty during the fall and winter months. Choose a bottle with a handy clip so that the hiker can easily access it from his backpack.
Complement the boots with an equally comfortable pair of socks featuring a reinforced toe and heel for long-lasting durability. Customize the gift by picking a pair of socks in the recipient's favorite color, or a whimsical design. Some fun pattern ideas include dogs, cats, dinosaurs, or even food, such as candy or sushi.
Other hiking-inspired gift basket additions are a National Parks backpacker map and guide, a compass, binoculars to view wildlife, and a portable water filter.