25 Gifts for under £25 🎁

If, like me, you are a last minute seasonal shopper, these are 25 gift suggestions under £25, for walkers of all abilities – from first timers to experienced hikers. They are all items which are in regular use in my kit.

25 Gifts
25 Gifts for walkers under £25
  • Buff – A versatile item available in a wide range of colours and designs to suit the person you are buying for
  • Head Torch – Very useful to have in your rucksack during winter walks when the days are short so you don’t get caught out
  • Gloves – Available in a huge range of colours, styles and fabrics
  • Mini Tripod – Popular items available for smartphones for those outdoor selfies
  • Drink Bottle – Possibly the most important item of kit. Available in plastic and metal
  • Flask – For that timely brew on the hills
  • Maps – One or two local maps could encourage a novice walker out on a walk
  • Waterproof Phone Case – Another increasingly popular item to protect your phone from getting wet
  • Lapel Microphone Clip – The perfect present for anyone wanting to vlog about their walks using their phone. Stops you being drowned out by wind
  • Beanie – Economical, versatile and easy to shove in your pack or your pocket when not in use
  • Compass – Another ideal gift for a newbie walker. Worth getting a decent one on a lanyard to attach it to a pack or jacket
  • Pen-knife – A good quality pen knife is a permanent part of many kit lists. Obviously it must conform to knife laws wherever you are.
  • Hand Warmers – Nice to keep hands warm at this time of year and available in a wide range of prices
  • Cheap Poles – My first set of trekking poles were pretty cheap and lasted for ages
  • Dry Bags – Always useful and available singly or in sets
  • Socks – A good outdoor shop should stock a good range of these for different times of year. Available in different sizes, colours and designs to suit the person you are buying for.
  • Outdoor Wallet – A useful gift available in synthetic or cuben to replace a bulky purse or wallet on outdoor trips
  • Head Net – An essential item in some parts of the country at certain times of year. Light and compact enough to stay in your rucksack during the summer months.
  • Gaiters – Excellent for wet and boggy terrain
  • Walking Guide Book – A good book of routes is a great present. The best ones have OS maps, are pocket sized and resilient.
  • Guided Walk – In this age of things, experiential gifts are a growth market. A good experience could be to take someone on a guided trip or walk.
  • Lunch Box – Along with the drinks bottle and flask already mentioned, a good, robust lunch box is always nice to have and can last for years.
  • Attachable Accessories – You can get great drink bottles holders and cases in cuben and gridstop fabric which attach to rucksack shoulder straps and hip belts for extra space.
  • Anemometer – There are a range of hand held anemometers available for measuring temperatures and wind speeds during a walk
  • Gift Card – Available for high street stuff, digital maps and routes on most route apps

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Sprucing things up

As I have been attempting to study for the last year, I have been unable to improve Rucksack Rose much. However now that I am back in the world, I am seeking your feedback and implementing several plans to spruce things up and show that I have been thinking about it while I was away. To keep you posted these currently include:

  • Creating fresh content
  • Refreshing all the content and some of the pictures on my blog
  • Giving more opportunities for feedback
  • Improving my existing and forthcoming videos.
  • Introducing ways to allow people to give financial support or advertise if they want
  • Re-establishing contacts and catching up on Twitter
  • Re-evaluating YouTube, Google+, Instagram and Audioboom profiles (See section at the end of this post)
  • Seeking adventure collaborators and walking companions

Feedback on any or all of these plans would be welcome so please respond to this poll, add comments or use the contact form if you have any suggestions or criticisms.

Sprucing things up

Rucksack Rose social media thoughts:

I am delighted by the popularity of some of my platforms but I recognise that some have been more successful than others. This has been due to my tendency to spread myself too thinly between different media and my lack of integration into some of my online communities. Also some social media platforms have simply fallen out of favour in the last 4 years and I try to move with the times without becoming too slavish about it. I am beginning to feel that quality is more important than quantity online which is partly why I am looking at it all afresh.

Blog – Knowing I am niche but realising that I have something worth sharing with other like minded people has been key to creating this blog and profile. I am gradually refreshing all the content and some of the poor quality, older pictures on my blog, and to actively seek feedback about the type of posts I include.

Twitter – I christened my new blog and YouTube account on Twitter. It was my first social media and has always been my most popular. Apart from the spam, I have felt a better fit with Twitter and it’s community than with Facebook (which I don’t use). I can’t see this account changing at present, although it is sometimes hard to keep up with my older followers.

YouTube – It is hard for walking videos to compete with the new generation of Red Bull™ extreme sports type videos on YouTube, so I have tried to create videos which are an antithesis to these and instead show the peacefulness and beauty of walking in wild places. I accept that the quality of my older videos isn’t good due to my poor camera and editing software. I have therefore been working through the old videos to improve their metadata and investing in new software to improve the quality of future videos.

Google + – I have not integrated very well to Google + or it’s infrastructure for various reasons, so I have not felt that I am providing a good ‘service’ to my G+ followers. I am therefore considering abandoning this profile

Instagram – I enjoyed this profile for a while and found it very moreish, but it doesn’t presently have a good interface with Twitter unless you use IFTTT. Twitter has become an increasingly visual platform but it doesn’t show pictures or even thumbnails of Instagram pictures.

Audioboom – I enjoyed producing audio content for a while, but I admit to never really understanding the conventions of AudioBoom so it has faded out to the point where I haven’t used it for some time.

Rucksack Rose – Avatars

Finishing the Pennine Way

Just a quick hello to say that I am safely back from my Pennine Way walk for Crisis UK which took 20 days and was supported by Cotswold Outdoor and Gossamer Gear. I apologise that I was unable to post to this blog during the walk but I was without phone signal, 3G or wifi for most of the route with my ineffective sim card. I have published a write-up of the walk which I hope you enjoy. You can see videos on YouTube, photos on Twitter under the hashtag #RosePW and you can donate until the end of August 2013  by texting ROSE71 £(Amount) to 70070 🙂

Thanks for supporting my Pennine Way for Crisis UK
Thanks for supporting my Pennine Way for Crisis UK

5 favourite Northumberland walks.

I am just back from a short walking holiday by car to enable me to visit some of my favourite walks and places which are difficult by public transport. Here is my list:


  1. Best hill-fort award: Yeavering Bell on the Wooler common to Yeavering Bell walk (linear)
  2. Most romantic spot award: Hethpool Linn on the Kirknewton to Hethpool Linn walk (circular)
  3. Most atmospheric place award: Castle hill fort site on the Thrunton Woods to Long Crags walk (circular)
  4. Most magical place award: Dove Crag on the Holystone, Lady’s Well & Dove Crag walk (circular)
  5. Most awesome walk award: Hethpool to the border fence (circular)

You can read the full walk reports complete with photos, maps and GPX links of the winners on my favourite Northumberland walks page.

College Burn
College Burn near Westnewton