Gifts For Walkers: Top 10
Looking for the perfect gift? Walk this way... Choosing gifts for the walker in your life couldn't be simpler. From high-end gadgets to stocking-filling socks, we've got everything an avid walker could want this Christmas. Your search for the best walking gifts ends here.
A versatile, take-anywhere pack is the ideal gift for a walker. Differently-sized rucksacks are suited to different activities, so consider what kind of walking they normally do, and check out our rucksack buying guide for guidelines on which pack size to go for. Additional features to look for are a women's-specific fit, hydration compatibility and trekking pole attachments for miles of ultimate comfort and convenience.
If you're still not sure what to go for, visit us in-store for advice from our experts, and if the recipient is with you, we can fit the rucksack for free.
Walking poles make a great gift for those who love long-distance walking. Walking with poles improves your balance (especially when carrying a heavy pack), helps you to move faster and reduces pressure on your knees, particularly when moving downhill. They also mean the user can spend less time watching for uneven terrain, and more time admiring the view!
When it comes to wondering what kind of gifts walkers need, an often-overlooked accessory is a good pair of gaiters, ideal for the any-weather walker. Combined with waterproof boots, they're ideal for walks on muddy terrain or through long, wet grass, as they stop water from getting into the tops of your boots and protect your walking trousers.
Is there an area they love to walk in, or have always wanted to visit? For a really thoughtful gift, get them a map or set of maps to prepare them for exploring that area. Look for maps which come with digital versions included, so they can download it to their smartphone or tablet and always have it with them.
For the tech-loving walker who needs to know all their stats, there's no better gift than a high-tech, full-featured GPS watch. Look out for advanced GPS tech such as GLONASS (Global Navigation Satellite Systems) positioning, heart-rate monitors and different modes to suit their every adventure.
Socks are more than just a Christmas cliché - they actually make a great gift for a walker! Walking socks that aren't up to the job can make even the best boots feel uncomfortable, so choosing a great-quality pair can really make a difference. Look for socks with cushioning on the heels and balls of the feet for great support and comfort, and merino wool is a great choice for its durable and odour-resistant properties.
Gloves might not be a year-round accessory, but they are an absolute must for walkers when the temperature plummets. Look out for gloves with a warm insulating layer and a waterproof membrane, as they should keep their hands both warm and dry. Another handy feature to look out for is touchscreen compatibility so they can keep their gloves on while using their phone.
Any walker's best friend, faithful walking boots are a gift they'll love, and will last for years. It can be as simple as the newest model of their current favourite boots, but if you're going for something new, there are a few features to look out for. A waterproof membrane or lining such as GORE-TEX® will provide reliable protection from the weather, and sole technology such as Vibram will absorb impact and grip terrain to minimise fatigue and injury. We've put together some top tips for choosing the perfect walking boots to help you find them their perfect pair.
We always recommend visting us in-store for expert advice, particularly for something as individual as walking boots. Talk to our experts about the recipient's needs and activities, and if possible, get them to come in for a free boot fitting to make sure their new boots are just right. If you can't bring them in, check out our boot fitting guide for some expert advice.
Why not help keep the walker in your life stay hydrated sustainably by gifting them a water bottle, flask or bladder pack? Our hydration range allows walkers to fill up at home and re-use time after time, helping cut down the use of single-use plastic. As well as standard water bottles, you’ll find lightweight insulated options that can keep drinks hot or cold.
Another great stocking filler for an avid walker is a hat or cap. Technical beanies are ideal for walking in inclement weather, whereas caps offer protection against the sun in warmer weather.
For those who love to walk, gifts such as our top 10 certainly won't go amiss.
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