DIY Gift Basket Ideas for Backpackers

DIY Gift Basket Ideas For People Who Love to Go Backpacking!

Coming up with the perfect gift idea for someone who loves to go backpacking can be a challenge, especially if you’re not too familiar with the activity because you prefer to stay indoors and away from bears and perhaps even Bigfoot. This is why creating a backpacker-themed gift basket or box is the way to go. By packaging together several smaller backpacking related gift items, there’s a very good chance that you’ll be giving your outdoor enthusiast gift recipient something they can really use and appreciate.

Backpacker Gift Basket Ideas

If you’re having trouble coming up with ideas on what to include in your gift basket, don’t stress, we are here to help! We came up with a great a-la-carte selection of items that you can purchase directly from Amazon to build your own unique DIY gift basket for a backpacker. We’ve included highly-rated selections at various price ranges to allow you to accommodate your budget, while still allowing you to create a fun and useful gift basket your gift recipient will go nuts for (just like a squirrel) ! Of course, you don’t have to go with our selections, we are only presenting you with a few ideas for items that would make a great addition to your backpacking gift basket theme! You may be able to find some of these items at your local retailer as well.  

For your convenience, we’ve broken out the basket items by category to make it easy for you to build your DIY gift basket for backpackers. Just select one or more items from each category and add a few of your own unique touches. Within minutes, you’ll have everything you need to create a thoughtful and unique backpacker-themed gift basket.

Backpacking gift baskets make great gifts for birthdays, Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, Christmas, best friends, and more!

Let's Start Creating Your DIY Gift Basket for Backpackers!

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Begin by Selecting Some Fun Backpacking-Related Apparel & Accessories

Here are a few ideas that would be a great addition to your backpacker's gift basket!

innotree 3 Pack Men’s Full Cushioned Hiking Walking Socks, Quarter Crew Socks

Timex Men’s Expedition Acadia Full Size Watch

MYHALF Hiking Shirts Women Mountain Heartbeat T Shirt Camping Travel Graphic Casual Short Sleeve Tee Tops

Pudolla Men’s Hiking Cargo Shorts Quick Dry Outdoor Travel Shorts for Men with Multi Pocket

Life is Good Adult Chill Cap Baseball Hat

Vcansion Men’s Outdoor Lightweight Hiking Shorts

Outdoorsy Guy Definition Nature Hiking Camping Outdoor Gift T-Shirt

Camping – Tenting Campfire Camp Hiking Trekking Camping T-Shirt

YunTuo LED Beanie Hat with Light,Unisex USB Rechargeable Hands Free 4 LED Headlamp Cap Winter Knitted Night Lighted Hat Flashlight

SANTINY Women’s Hiking Cargo Shorts Quick Dry Lightweight

Columbia Men’s Silver Ridge Convertible Pants

YUEDGE Women’s Hiking Socks Performance Cushion Cotton Crew

Now Let's Add a Couple of Books!

Here are some great book ideas....

100 Parks, 5,000 Ideas: Where to Go, When to Go, What to See, What to Do Paperback

The Backpacker’s Field Manual, Revised and Updated: A Comprehensive Guide to Mastering Backcountry Skills Paperback

AWOL on the Appalachian Trail Paperback

Recipes for Adventure: Healthy, Hearty and Homemade Backpacking Recipes Paperback

America’s Great Hiking Trails: Appalachian, Pacific Crest, Continental Divide, North Country, Ice Age, Potomac Heritage, Florida, Natchez Trace, Arizona, Pacific Northwest, New England Hardcover

How to Survive Your First Trip in the Wild: Backpacking for Beginners Paperback

Lighten Up!: A Complete Handbook For Light And Ultralight Backpacking (Falcon Guide) Paperback

Hiking Through: One Man’s Journey to Peace and Freedom on the Appalachian Trail Paperback

A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail (Official Guides to the Appalachian Trail) Paperback

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail Paperback

The Trail: a novel Paperback

The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide, Second Edition: Tools and Techniques to Hit the Trail Paperback

Let's Add Some Mugs or Tumblers!

Check out these great ideas!

Life Gear Stainless Steel Double Walled Mug with Carabiner Handle – Portable Rockclimbing, Hiking, Backpacking or Camping Travel Cup 10 oz

Thermoflask Double Stainless Steel Insulated Water Bottle with Two Lids, 24 Ounce, Plum

Hydro Flask 24 oz Standard Mouth Water Bottle with Flex Cap or Flex Straw

Takeya Actives Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle with Spout Lid, 40 oz, Midnight

GRAYL GeoPress 24 oz Water Purifier Bottle – Filter for Hiking, Camping, Survival, Travel

Stanley Adventure All-in-One, Boil + Brewer French Press Coffee Maker – 32oz BPA Free

Funny Camp Mug Enamel Camping Coffee Cup Gift Hike More Stress Less

Bigfoot Search Team Tumbler Gifts for Outdoorsmen Sasquatch Coffee Travel Mug – Stainless Steel Cup 30 oz

YETI Rambler 20 oz Tumbler, Stainless Steel, Vacuum Insulated with MagSlider Lid, White

Get Lost Enamel Camper Mug, Camping Coffee Mug, Nature Outdoor Hiking Camp Lover Gift (12oz)

The Great Outdoors Enamel Campfire Coffee Mug, Mountain Hiking Adventure Camp Cup, Wildlife Nature Camping Lover Gift (12oz)

Stanley Camp Pour Over Coffee Set

Let's Add Some Energy & Nutrition for the Trek!

Fuel for the path...

Liquid I.V. Hydration Multiplier – Passion Fruit – Hydration Powder Packets | Electrolyte Drink Mix | Easy Open Single-Serving Stick | Non-GMO | 16 Sticks

GU Energy Original Sports Nutrition Energy Gel, 24-Count, Assorted Flavors

Pure Protein Bars, High Protein, Nutritious Snacks to Support Energy, Low Sugar, Gluten Free, Variety Pack, 1.76oz, 18 Pack

RXBAR, Chocolate Sea Salt, Protein Bar,High Protein Snack, Gluten Free, 1.83 Oz (Pack of 12)

Nature’s Garden Healthy Trail Mix Snack Packs – Mixed Nuts, Heart Healthy Nuts, Omega-3 Rich, Cranberries, Pumpkin Seeds, Perfect For The Entire Family – 28.8 Oz Bag (24 Individual Servings)

Bare Baked Crunchy Fruit Snack Pack, Gluten Free, Apples, Bananas, and Coconut Flavors, 0.53oz (16 Count)

Navitas Organics Superfood Power Snacks, Cacao Goji, 16 oz. Bag, 23 Servings – Organic, Non-GMO, Gluten-Free

Blue Diamond Almonds Oven Roasted Dark Chocolate Flavored Snack Nuts, 100 Calorie Packs, 32 Count, 20 Ounce (Pack of 1)

Buffalo Bills 100% Exotic Game Meat Sausage Sticks (mixed 1oz sticks – elk, venison and wild boar)

ONE Protein Bars, Gluten Free 20g Protein and Only 1g Sugar, Best Sellers Variety Pack, Best Sellers Variety Pack, 2.12 oz (12 Pack)

Tillamook Country Smoker Zero Sugar Keto Friendly Beef Jerky, Black Pepper, 2.2 Ounce

Power Up Trail Mix, Protein Packed Trail Mix, Non-GMO, Vegan, Gluten Free, Keto-Friendly, Paleo-Friendly, No Artificial Ingredients, Gourmet Nut, 14 oz Bag

Now Let's Add Some Supplies & Other Fun Stuff That Your Backpacker Might Enjoy!

Check out these great ideas...

Pankoo 16X52 Monocular Telescope, High Power Prism Compact Monoculars for Adults Kids HD Monocular Scope

Waterproof Lighter Outdoor Windproof Lighter Dual Arc Lighter Electric Lighters USB Rechargeable-Flameless-Plasma Cool Lighters for Camping,Hiking,Adventure,Survival Tactical Gear (Camouflage)

Don’t Die in The Woods – World’s Toughest Survival Bivy [with Hood Extension] Extra-Thick Emergency Sleeping Bag with Ripstop Nylon Stuff Sack – Built with Space Blanket Thermal Mylar

Camping Gear Multitool, Cool & Unique Father’s Day Gift for Men Dad Husband Boyfriend, 16-in-1 Survival Gear for Outdoor Hunting Hiking, Emergency Escape Tool with Axe, Hammer, Plier, Knife, Bottle Opener

Atomic Bear Paracord Bracelet (2 Pack) – Adjustable – Fire Starter – Loud Whistle – Perfect for Hiking, Camping, Fishing and Hunting – Black & Black+Orange

LifeStraw Personal Water Filter for Hiking, Camping, Travel, and Emergency Preparedness

Gift for Men Dad Husband Him, Survival Kit 17 in 1, Survival Gear Tool Cool Gadgets Emergency Survival Gear and Equipment Christmas Stocking Stuffers for Families Hiking Camping Adventures

Sabre Frontiersman 9.2 oz. Bear Spray, Maximum Strength 2.0% Major Capsaicinoids, Powerful 35 ft. Range Bear Deterrent, Outdoor Camping & Hiking Protection, Quick Draw Holster & Multipack Options

Oceas Outdoor Mylar Emergency Blankets – 4 Pack of Extra Large Thermal Foil Space Blankets – Designed by NASA for Camping, Hiking, and Car Use

Cooling Towels

HikeGoo Blister Prevention Cream Specifically Formulated for Feet (3 oz)

Backpacker – The Ultimate Travel Game – Fun Pocket Sized Card Game About Travelling Around The World

Hagon PRO Disposable Rain Ponchos for Adults (5 Pack)

Sun Company TempaComp – Ball Compass and Thermometer Carabiner | Hiking, Backpacking, and Camping Accessory | Clip On to Pack, Parka, or Jacket

Baskets and Fill Material

If you need baskets and fill material, we recommend heading over to your local Dollar Store if you have one in the neighborhood or within the general vicinity. You might also have some luck at Walmart or Target. Amazon also has a wide variety of baskets in various, shapes, sizes, and materials.