The 37 Best Gifts For Walkers Beyond Walking Shoes

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Are you looking for unique gifts for walkers that go beyond walking shoes and Nordic walking sticks? Then you came to the right place! We spent hours gathering the best gifts for people who walk. Whether they’re a seasoned hiker or just enjoy taking leisurely strolls, we’ve got you covered.

In this post, we’ve rounded up a list of 37 must-have walkers gifts that are sure to put a spring in their step. From handy gadgets to cute accessories, these gift ideas will show your favorite walker that you support their healthy habits and love their happy feet!

Are you short on time? Check out the editor’s top three gifts for people who walk by budget.

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#1 Foot massager

Elektronic foot massager
Elektronic foot massager

If you are looking for a way to treat walkers (and their feet) after a long hike, this electronic foot massager is one of the best walking gift ideas. It uses heat and two intensity levels to reduce muscle tension and soreness of the feet.

And if you need gifts for walkers who travel a lot, the foldable massage mat might be a better alternative.


#2 Touchscreen gloves

Warm touchscreen gloves
Warm touchscreen gloves

These warm touchscreen gloves are great gifts for walkers and runners during the cold winter and autumn days.

I probably don’t even have to explain why they’re so useful. But the fact that you can still use your phone while also keeping your hands warm is one of the greatest innovations for all walkers and phone addicts.


#3 Walking tours

Church with people walking in front
Walking tour in Krakow

Obviously, I couldn’t write a guide to the best gifts for walkers (who also love to travel) without including the number one gift!

Which is a walking tour of course.

Viator literally offers over 100,000 walking tours across the world (and no, that’s not a typo, it’s 5 zeros), so I am sure you will be able to find one of a place they’ll love!


#4 Comfortable shoes

Black Skechers sneaker shoe
Skechers shoes

I know I said I would give you a list of gifts for people who like to walk beyond shoes. And I promise the other 36 gift ideas are not shoes.

However, shoes are a great example of useful walker gifts, so I just had to include them on this list.

Now, there’s a whole range of shoes you can choose from. I did not opt for those heavy hiking shoes. Instead, I chose comfy, yet fashionable shoes, such as these Skechers. Though feel free to pick any design you like on Amazon.

Personally, I am a big fan of Skechers for walking shoes. They are pretty much the only shoes I wear since I broke my back four years ago.

Skechers are my standard travel shoes nowadays

#5 Sport watches

Smartwatch
Smartwatch

Watches with GPS trackers are great walking gear gifts for people who are obsessed with keeping track of their records. Check out all smartwatches on Amazon, or go for this smartwatch by Garmin.

I know that smartwatches are not the cheapest walking gifts. So an alternative could be the Fitbit, which is still a bit pricy, but way cheaper than the smartwatches and it still keeps track of the distance covered.


#6 Practical walking clothes

Walking gifts: pants
Photo courtesy of The North Face

Another example of a practical gift for walkers is clothing.

Alright, I know not it’s not the most exciting or unique gift. But hey, you actually took the time to find something walkers will use, which actually makes this a super sweet and thoughtful gift!

Personally, I am a fan of The North Face for outdoor, hiking, and walking clothes, so definitely check them out.

But of course, you can find practical walking clothes on Amazon too.


#7 Sport hydration bags

Sports hydration bag
Sports hydration bag

I’ve shared this hydration backpack before when I talked about the best cycling gifts. And I personally use them for running too, but they also work great as gifts for people who walk.


#8 Rainjackets

Man wearing rain jacket
Photo courtesy of The North Face

I know I mentioned clothes as walkers’ gifts before, but I just felt like a rain jacket is such essential walking gear, that I had to make a separate item for them.

The North Face is still one of my favorite brands, which is why I included this men’s rain jacket.

However, I do understand that this might not be within everyone’s budget. And that is why I also included this cheaper rain jacket by Columbia which you can buy on Amazon.


#9 Headphones

Beat ear buds in a case
Beats Fit Pro

Who doesn’t love a long walk while listening to a good book, a podcast, or music?

My personal favorites? Beats Fit Pro!

In my experience, the Beats Fit Pro is a fantastic option for those who struggle with discomfort from traditional headphones and earbuds during longer periods of wear (like me). After testing various brands and styles, the flexible earpiece of the Beats Pro has been a game-changer for me.

I simply place it in my ear when I’m on the move to ensure a secure fit, but remove it when sitting to avoid any unnecessary pressure on my ears. Thanks to this design, I can now wear my headphones for hours straight without any discomfort.


#10 Audible subscription

A photo of promoting the gift of audible
Photo courtesy of Amazon

Are you struggling to find the perfect gift for people who love walking?

Well, worry no more, because an Audible subscription is the way to go! Your friend will have access to a vast library of audiobooks to keep them entertained during their walks. They might even learn something new along the way! It’s the perfect present to show your friend that you care about their hobbies and want to make their walks more enjoyable.

For music fans, check out #13.


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#11 Walking bags

Waist walking bag with a water bottle
Waist bag

Walking bags are awesome gifts for walking enthusiasts because they’re made for people who love taking long walks (no shirt Sherlock).

Waist bags, are great for shorter walks because they keep your hands free and give you easy access to your phone, water bottle, and snacks. For longer walks, check out the next gift.


#12 Crossbody slings

Crossbody sling bag
Crossbody sling bag

If you are looking for practical gifts for people who like walking long distances, a crossbody sling bag is the perfect gift. They distribute weight more evenly across your body, but have easier access to their pockets than backpacks do, making them great for hiking enthusiasts.


#13 Spotify premium

A sign of Spotify Premium
Photo courtesy of Spotify

If your friend is more into music instead of audiobooks, then a Spotify Premium gift is the way to go. They can finally listen to their favorite music without annoying commercials and without data. It’s the perfect gift to keep them entertained on the way.


#14 Walking-themed water bottles

Water botter with Walk
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

Walking-themed stainless steel water bottles are great gifts for someone who likes walking because, let’s be honest, walking can be thirsty work!

Plus, it’s much better for the environment to use reusable bottles rather than constantly buying plastic ones. It’s the perfect combination of practicality and fun. I quite liked the simple handwritten “walk” design, but you can find plenty of options on Zazzle.


#15 Virtual walking challenge

A photo of an app on a phone and a medal of Chichen Itza
Photo courtesy of The Conqueror

The Conquer organizes various online challenges, such as The Jesus Trail, Inca Trail, or Cities of Europe to stimulate people to walk more. Once signed up, you can track your progress in their app, learn more about your destinations, and receive a cool medal after completing the challenge.

But what’s fun about it, is that you can gift each challenge too!

So if you want to make your walking enthusiast friend’s walks even more fun a virtual challenge from The Conqueror is a great walking gift idea.

You can choose from a wide range of cool challenges and explore new parts of the world virtually. With every walk, they unlock new parts of the trail in the App and learn more about their destinations. Plus, they’ll receive a sweet medal to show off their accomplishments.


#16 Book about the Camino de Santiago

A book titled: The walk of a lifetime: 500 miles on the Camino de Santiago
The walk of a lifetime

This book covers one man’s experience of the famous Camino the Santiago. It’s a fun book to read as well as inspiring to read how a 61-year-old decided to give up his job and go for his lifetime dream.


#17 T-shirts for walkers

The best gifts for walkers: shirts with Walk On
Photo courtesy of Redbubble

If you are looking for random gift ideas for walkers these shirts by RedBubble with funny walking-related designs are great.

I quite liked this simple design that says “walk-on”. But they offer many more options.


#18 Cookbooks for walkers and runners

Cookbook for outdoor adventures
Cookbook for outdoor adventures

The dehydrator cookbook for outdoor adventurers is one of the best gifts for walkers who are also adventure seekers. It is also a great gift for camping lovers and pretty much anyone who loves the outdoors. It includes super simple meals that are nutritious, easy to make outdoors, and can be used for any type of meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, or snack).


#19 Umbrellas

Mini umbrella in many different colors
Mini umbrella

Maybe it’s because I’m Dutch and we get a lot of rain in The Netherlands. But I consider umbrellas an essential walking gear. And since this tiny umbrella basically fits in any bag, and is also strong enough to hold against strong winds, I consider it one of the best walking gear gifts on this list.


#20 Fun book for a woman who walks

3MP: The adventures of one woman's walk around the world book
3MP

This is an amazing gift for a woman who walks; a book about, you guessed it, a woman who walked around the globe. It’s a great book for leisure reading as well as for inspiration.


#21 Walking sticks

Man holding collapsible walking sticks
Walking sticks

Alright, I know I promised gifts for avid walkers that go beyond shoes and poles. But come on.

We’re talking about avid walkers here. Of course, they’re going to need walking sticks to make their hikes easier. And with these collapsible sticks, they can easily take them anywhere and tuck them away when they don’t need them.


#22 Balaclava

Facecovering mask
Facecovering mask

If you thought balaclava masks are only for skiers and snowboarders, think again. These comfy face-covering masks are perfect gifts for the walker in your life who goes out for a walk, no matter the weather. Rain or snow, they won’t be stopped. But at least you can make their walks in the snow a lot more comfortable with a balaclava.


#23 Travel mugs for walkers

Travel mug for walkers
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

Travel mugs are excellent gifts for walkers who also love coffee. With a travel mug, they can enjoy a good, warm coffee while also enjoying a beautiful walk.

Just as with water bottles, you can find plenty of cool walking-themed travel mugs on Zazzle. And if the recipient is also into Star Wars, this “take a walk on the dark side” travel mug is perfect!


#24 LED light reflective vest

LED light reflective vest
LED light vest

This led light vest is a great gift for someone who walks a lot at night. Not only will it keep them safe and sound during their nighttime strolls, but it’ll also give you peace of mind knowing that they’re not getting hit by a car or chased by a coyote. Plus, it’s rechargeable, so they can wear it over and over again without worrying about replacing batteries.


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#25 Headbands

Colorful headbands and a woman wearing a pink headband
Colorful headbands

These headbands are great walking accessories for her. Not only do they make her look cute in photos, but they also keep her hair out of her face so she can enjoy the walk and the view.


#26 City walking guides

New York City walking guide
New York City walking guide

What are better gifts for walkers who love city trips, than a walking guide for a city they love?

Yep, that’s right, nothing!

Amazon offers city walking guides for pretty much any major city, so definitely check that out if you know which city the recipient loves, such as Moon’s NYC walks for people who are obsessed with the Big Apple and who love to explore the city in a new way.

Oh and don’t worry if you need to find gifts for a walker who is not into city trips, check #37 for more cool walking-related travel guides.


#27 Relaxing bath salt

A can of muscle bath salt
Photo courtesy of humble love

Are you looking for gifts for moms who like to walk? Look no further than relaxing bath salt! After all those long walks, running errands, looking after their kids, cleaning up the house, and working, their legs deserve a good rest.

This unique blend of essential oils and Dead Sea salt is specifically designed to help soothe those achy muscles and tired joints. It’s like giving her a spa day in the comfort of her own home.


#28 Gifts for walkers and runners: belt

Woman wearing a running waist belt
Running waist belt

If you are looking for practical, yet inexpensive gifts for walkers and runners then this water-resistant belt to guard their phone, money, keys, and whatnot, is the perfect gift.


#29 Mindful walking guide

Guide and journal called "Afoot and lightheaded"
Afoot and lightheaded

A Foot and Mindful is more than just a mindfulness journal. It’s a guide that will help walking enthusiasts be more mindful and happy in their lives through walking.

It’s the perfect gift idea for a walker who loves meditation and spirituality too.


#30 Compass keyring

Compass keyring
Compass keyring

Are you looking for gifts for people who like to walk, but who have no sense of direction? Perhaps this compass will help them to navigate during their next walk.

Or not.

In that case, it’s still a fun gift with a wink to their terrible navigation skills ;).


#31 Walk travel journal

Travel walking journal
Travel walking journal

Travel journals are always great ideas for travelers. But if you are looking for the best gifts for walkers, then a walking journal is even better.

The walking log book helps them to keep track of all the awesome walks they’ve done, how hard it was, and whatever additional information they would like to remember from that track.

Another alternative is this daily walking journal for women in which women can keep track of all the walks they’ve completed in a year.


#32 Sunhats

Woman wearing a sunhat
Sunhat

Alright, I’ll be the first to admit that I do not like the look of these sunhats.

However.

They are super practical gifts for people who walk. And since (luckily) not everyone shares my opinion, I still included them on the list.

If you do share my opinion, you might prefer the caps that are available on Amazon too. They serve the same purpose (to protect one’s face from the sun), but just look different.


#33 Odor eliminator

Odor eliminators
Odor eliminators

If you have ever (regretfully) snuff the smell of your hiking shoes after a long hike, you will understand why these odor eliminators are awesome gift ideas for walkers.

If you don’t understand. I challenge you to go for a long walk, take off your shoes, bring them all the way up to your nose, and then take a nice and deep breath in through your nose…

I’m sure you’ll understand then.

(Don’t come complaining to me afterward though).


#34 Book about the benefits of walking

Book titled: In praise of walking
In praise of walking

Walkers probably already knew, but “In Praise of Walking” covers the science (but in a fun, low-key way) behind walking. Why it’s good for us, why we do it, and how we do it. It’s a fun book for walkers that will stimulate them to walk even more!


#35 Walking socks

Socks for walking
Socks for walking

I know, walking socks are not the most unique gifts for walkers, but they are super practical!

Plus, if you do want to add some originality to this gift, you could also opt for socks with a funny design related to walking. Such as ones that say: “You had me at hiking”.


#36 Alarm keychain

Keychain with an alarm
Keychain with an alarm

Keychains with personal safety alarms are awesome gifts for a walker. Not just for women, but for men too because they’re like a little bodyguard in their pockets! If anything sketchy happens, they can just activate the alarm and watch the bad guys scatter like pigeons while helpful strangers will come and check out the noise.

It’s a small but mighty gift that shows you care about your loved one’s safety.


#37 General walking travel guides

A book titled: Walks of a lifetime
Walks of a lifetime

Walks of a lifetime: Extraordinary hikes from around the world

This beautiful coffee table book is one of the best walkers gifts for any type of walker. It includes walks from around the world with photographs and practical information about the hikes.


A travel guide titled "Where we walk: 100 Illustrated maps of wonderful walks from around the world"
Where we walk

Where we walk: 100 Illustrated maps of wonderful walks from around the world

This is a collection of 100 illustrated maps from across the globe. The maps are drawn by artists who have shared their favorite hikes in this book.


A book titled "Outlandish: Walking Europe’s unlikely landscapes"
Outlandish

Outlandish: Walking Europe’s unlikely landscapes

As you probably already guessed, this book is a great gift for people who like to walk in Europe.


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Alright, these were my 37 awesome gifts for people who walk! I hope you found the perfect gift for your recipient. If not, check the top 3 gifts by budget.

AUTHOR

Hi, I’m Lara, a 30-year-old travel-lover (but who’s not these days?). I love reading, puzzling, world-heritage sites, researching, and making lists, which comes in quite handy when you’re making lists of travel gift ideas!