Gift Ideas for Walkers

What walking gifts do you want to give or receive? Walkers love gadgets that help keep them on track and gear to help keep them moving. If you are the one doing the buying, you should also be aware of some of choices you should avoid.

Gifts for Walking Women

Fitbit Alta
Fitbit Alta. Fitbit

Browse a selection of great ideas for gifts for walking women, from inexpensive to luxurious. These are gifts that can show that you support her fitness activities. In general, they aren't very romantic, so if the gift is for your wife or girlfriend, team it with something a bit more sentimental. Or, make it part of a package of items for a memorable walking vacation. The latest versions of Fitbit monitors allow interchangeable straps, and giving her an upgrade plus a variety of stylish straps can be a fun gift.

Gifts for Walking Men

Monster iSport Bluetooth Wireless In-Ear Headphones
Monster iSport Bluetooth Wireless In-Ear Headphones. Courtesy of Amazon

Browse these ideas for gifts that will help the walking man keep moving. Guys tend to like gadgets and gear. If your walking man has a competitive nature, he may want a GPS-capable Garmin or Fitbit that will accurately measure his walking speed and compare his performance with his personal best. Fitness monitors that include heart rate measurements can also show him that he's achieved his chosen fitness zone, no matter what his speed.

Active Gifts for Kids

VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX
VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX. Courtesy of Amazon

What can you give to inspire kids to be active? If it isn't fun, they won't do it. Here are gadgets and games that can make walking and physical activity fun for children age 4 and up. Some of them will get you moving, too. Children need to be active. The recommended number of pedometer steps per day for children aged 6 through 12 is 12,000 for girls and 15,000 for boys. There are pedometers designed for kids that give them fun suggestions for reaching that goal. But there are also games that encourage active play at home. While sports are a good way to encourage activity, these games and gadgets will keep them moving when they don't have access to sports.

Gifts for Camino de Santiago Pilgrims

A Pilgrim's Guide to the Camino de Santiago - John Brierley
A Pilgrim's Guide to the Camino de Santiago - John Brierley. Courtesy of Amazon

These useful items will be welcomed by people planning to walk the Camino de Santiago in Spain or a similar multi-day trek. Gear them up for training and for their journey. These items are ones they are going to need and ones that worked well in real life on the Camino.

Gifts for Wandering Grads

Victorinox Climber 2 Swiss Army Knife
Victorinox Climber 2 Swiss Army Knife. Courtesy of

This gift list was created for graduation presents for the young person who wants to go off and see the world. They can help them as they wander across the country or backpack through Europe. They can be prepared to make the most of their adventure.

Walking Gifts Under $25

FlipBelt. Courtesy of Amazon

Do you want a walking gift that won't cost an arm and a leg? Here are ideas for inexpensive gifts and stocking stuffers for under $25. They can be good gifts for exchanges at a walking club holiday party. You can also include a few in a larger gift basket for a walker.

Homemade Gifts for Walkers

Walking Memory Quilt - Patches
Walking Memory Quilt - Patches. Bea Hait

Make these gifts yourself to give to the walker in your life. For some, you will need to plan ahead as they can take months, such as making or ordering a memory quilt. Others only take a few minutes to produce and you can do it at the last minute. You'll enjoy making a custom gift that they couldn't just order online.

Small Business Finds for Walkers

Sweet Spot Skirts 1500
Sweet Spot Skirts. Wendy Bumgardner ©

Support an inventor or entrepreneur with these walking items that were found at race expos and running stores. Most were invented by a runner or walker to make their fitness pursuits easier, and they work.

Last-Minute Gifts for Walkers

Balega Hidden Contour Socks
Balega Hidden Contour Socks. Courtesy of Amazon

Are you running out of time for buying walking gifts? It's easy to procrastinate or let time get away from you. Here are last-minute ideas you can grab at the store or order online to get there on time.​​

Worst Gifts for Walkers

Running Shirt
Running Isn't Walking. Wendy Bumgardner ©

If you want to give a gift to a friend who is a fitness walker, these are items to avoid. They may seem like a good idea at first, but there are reasons why they may be bad for fitness walkers, or even insulting.

Favorite Things for Winter Walks

Snowshoeing. Westend61/Getty Images

You may like warm woolen mittens, but they aren't everyone's favorites for winter walking. Some prefer non-scratchy microfleece. Here are favorite things that you'll want to have handy when you're going on a cold weather walk.