20 Camino de Santiago Gift Ideas ‘2023’

I remember when I was planning to walk my first Camino on the Camino Frances (the French route) and my wife asked me if I had any Camino de Santiago gift ideas of things I wanted.

I was lucky enough to be bought some Camino de Santiago gifts for Christmas by family and friends. (from the list of things I needed) 

It really got me in mood for this fabulous walk through Galicia to Santiago de Compostela, as well as knocking some things off the list of Camino gear I needed to get before I started.

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Camino De Santiago Gift Ideas

Do you have a walking buddy or family member thinking about doing this walk or in the camino research stage of planning? If so why not buy them a Camino de Santiago gift !

Why not bring back some amazing memories for that Pilgrim in your life that has walked the Camino before with a camino related gift. I guarantee it will make their day.

If so, check out these 20 simple Camino de Santiago Gift ideas that any Pilgrim would love to receive for Christmas, Birthday or just as a simple gift.

I have detailed within this Camino de Santiago gift guide a broad scope of gifts related to the Camino de Santiago. It includes some ‘nice to haves’ and some things I think a Pilgrim would need ahead of walking ‘the Way’.

I loved receiving gifts and when I was planning my first Camino in 2016 and my wife and family bought me lots of things I still use today when walking the Camino trail. 

After walking 5 Camino’s I know a thing of two about the Camino and these are some things that I believe all Pilgrims would love to receive.

Buen Camino

The Best Camino de Santiago Guidebook for Pilgrims

A guidebook os the perfect start for any Pilgrim and John Brierley’s ‘A Guide to the Camino de Santiago is a great place to start.

I have used this Camino guidebook on many trips on the Camino Frances and it’s really good for information, elevation profiles, history and much more.

I recommend this Camino guidebook for new Pilgrims researching and planning their first Camino.

A Pilgrim's Guide to the Camino de Santiago (Camino Francés)

St. Jean Pied de Port - Santiago de Compostela - Finisterre

  • No 1 Camino Frances rated guidebook
  • Elevation and map profiles
  • Detailed stage by stage details
  • Historical and cultural information
  • 19.9 ounces
  • 288 pages

Camino de Santiago Map

An amazing framed picture of the Camino map featuring all the long and varied routes on the Camino de Santiago. A fantastic memory inducing reminder for all Pilgrims that have walked any of the Spanish Camino’s.

Camino Map

Camino Patch (tell everyone you are a Pilgrim)

A cool Camino patch for your backpack showing the routes you have walked is a great gift for someone walking the Camino trail. Get one for each route or year you have walked The Camino de Santiago.

Editors Choice
Camino 2022 Patch (3.5 Inch) Embroidered Iron/Sew on Badge Travel Souvenir

Camino de Santiago Backpack Patch 2022

  • Patch measures: 3.5 inches / 90 mm (approx.)
  • Top quality - embroidered iron or sew patch (full application instructions included)
  • Easy iron on patch application 
  • Great size for jackets and bags - works well for backpack front and sides
  • Perfect for gifts - picking a gift can be challenging, but with this patch you cant go wrong. 

Take a course about the Camino de Santiago

UDEMY is a great place to take a course and learn about what it takes to walk the Camino de Santiago.

Learn about them here

Camino De Santiago Tote Bag

A really useful Camino Tote Bag gift for hikers, pilgrims, mom, dad, best friend, your boss and anyone that wants to walk the Camino de Santiago.

Perfect to keep in the car when you are on shopping trips.

Editors Choice
Camino de Santiago St James Way Buen Camino Hiking Spain Tote Bag

Camino de Santiago Tote Bag

  • Are you looking for an el camino de santiago gift for women or men. 
  • Amazing gift for hikers, pilgrim, mom, dad, best friend, your boss
  • 16 x 16 bag with two 14 long and 1 wide black cotton webbing strap handles.
  • Made of a lightweight, spun polyester canvas-like fabric.
  • All seams and stress points are double-stitched for durability.
  • Spot clean/dry clean only.


On the Camino you will have some early morning starts, mainly to avoid the hot Spanish sun later in the afternoon.

This Pilgrim headtorch will light the way until your first Cafe Con Leche (coffee with milk) and breakfast.

That’s what I look forward to every morning when walking the camino.

Editors Choice
LED Headlamp Rechargeable Flashlight, 6000 High Lumens Bright Head Lamp for Adluts USB Head Light Ad

LED Rechargeable Head Torch

  • 4 working modes: rechargeable LED headlamp has 4 illumination modes: low, medium, high 
  • 90 degree rotatable and adjustable headbands, usb led rechargeable headlamp help you focus 
  • Rechargeable & long lasting :rechargeable headlamp flashlight uses 3 super bright LED
  • Waterproof for outdoor use, water resistant grade, waterproof components
  • One-year quality assurance, 24-month quality assurance and 60-day fully money back guarantee

Microfibre Travel Towel

I have walked the Camino de Santiago numerous times and one thing that is an essential is a good microfibre travel towel

They don’t weigh a lot and dry really quickly especially with the hot Spanish sun. 

If you want a proper towel on your Camino these aren’t for you but for Pilgrims that want to carry less and be efficient they are perfect.

Top Choice
Wise Owl Outfitters Camping Towel and Yoga Towel - Fast Drying Lightweight Microfiber Towel for Trav

Wise Owl Outfitters Camping Towel and Yoga Towel - Fast Drying Lightweight Microfiber Towel

  • Multipurpose: whether you're backpacking through the mountains or going to yoga class, our quick dry
  • Compact: lightweight and convenient, our camp towel pack down super small
  • Super soft: our fast-drying backpacking towel leaves an ultra-soft, suede feel on your skin
  • Durable: built to last, our absorbent camping towels feature interlocking stitching 
  • Colorful: with 4 vibrant colors to choose from - marine blue, royal blue, orange, and purple

I found this great gear review video on YouTube from the guys at Camping Guidance, that really gives lots of details of this and other travel towels.

Camino de Santiago Logroño Shell Necklace.

Handmade sterling silver Camino de Santiago Shell Necklace adorned with the Camino symbol from the statue in Lorgono (see the statue below)

Its a perfect gift for a loved one that has walked  and been a Pilgrim on the Camino and wants to keep those memories close.

Editors Choice
Camino de Santiago Logroño Shell Necklace

Camino de Santiago Logroño Shell Necklace

  • Handmade Sterling Silver
  • Designed from the statue in Logrono
  • Amazing Camino necklace
Logrono statue

Osprey Talon 33 Backpack

Having walked the Camino 5 times the Osprey Talon 33 backpack is my pack of choice for walking the Camino de Santiago. I highly recommend this backpack.

It delivers on comfort, pocket space as well as having an amazing walking pole stowing system which you can use on the go and is super comfortable as well.

Osprey Talon 33 Men's Hiking Backpack, black, medium/large

Osprey Talon 33 Men's Hiking Backpack, black, medium/largeTop-loader access to main compartment

  • External hydration sleeve accommodates up to a 3l reservoir (sold separately)
  • Adjustable shoulder harness to dial in perfect fit
  • Stretch mesh pockets on both sides of pack provide convenient storage for bottles and smaller items.
  • Two zippered hipbelt pockets and lidlock helmet attachment
  • Stow-on-the-go trekking pole attachment allows you to quickly attach and carry trekking poles while

Camino Buff (for those hot camino days)

Having a buff for those really hot days on the Camino trail is absolutely essential and this Camino Buff is perfect. I wear mine every day and wouldn’t be without it.

It’s also UPF 50 and 95% recycled material.

Top Choice
Buff Camino DE Santiago COOLNET UV Plus Tubular Headwear Arrow Denim

Buff Camino de Santiago COOLNET UV Plus Tubular Headwear, multifunctional: recycled, more flexible, seamless and sun protection.

  • Ultrastretch technology: 4-way stretch for best fit and top comfort.
  • Enjoy multifunctionality: choose your wearing style!
  • Allover pattern
  • 95% polyester, 5% elastane

Ear Plugs (for nights in an albergue)

You will definitely need some good ear plugs for those noisy nights in an Albergue on the Camino de Santiago. 

Snoring is one of the big night-time noises you will encounter when sleeping in an albergue and these pair really do the job of keeping the noise at bay.

I recommend using ear plugs in every Albergue.

Editors Choice
Loop Quiet Ear Plugs for Noise Reduction – Super Soft, Reusable Hearing Protection in Flexible Sil

Noise reduction - loop quiet earplugs

  • Reusable and durable hearing protection
  • Optimal comfort - these noise reducing earplugs come in 4 different sizes
  • Multi-purpose
  • Easy to insert & use

Walking Poles for the Camino

You will need a really good set of walking poles to walk the Camino de Santiago and these do the trick and are very lightweight as well.

They even fold up small and make transportation really easy.

Black Diamond Trail Cork Trekking Poles, Granite, One Size

Black Diamond Lightweight Hiking Poles

  • 7075 Aluminum shafts
  • Soft-touch ergonomic grip top with 100% natural cork grip
  • Fusion comfort strap for premium support
  • FlickLock adjustability
  • 4 season flex tips included
  • Usable length is 100-140cm

Multi USB Charger

Keeping your technology charged up whilst on the Camino is a must for some people and having a multi USB Charger can really help do that quickly. 

Most of the Albergues along the trail have power but sometimes not a lot of outlets. Having the ability to power multiple items from one plug is a real benefit.

I use the Camino Ninja app as well as the Brierley guidebook so having my phone charged up is a major factor in my daily Camino life. This charger helps me do that so I’m not caught without a charged phone.

Editors Choice
Multiple USB Wall Charger, [22W/4.4A] LENCENT 4 Port USB Travel Power Adapter, All in One Worldwide

Multi USB Travel Charger

  • Auto-identify technology- multi usb plug charger 
  • High-speed charging.
  • Certified safe.
  • Ideal for travel- portable sized usb plug adapter with interchangeable US/UK/EU/AUS plugs
  • What you get- 4 ports usb mains plug
  • Perfect travel USB Charger

Camino de Santiago Shell Ring

Handmade Sterling silver Camino de Santiago shell ring. The ring band is approximately 12mm (0.47″) wide with a beautiful silver shell, texture and patina.

A perfect Xmas present for the ‘Pilgrim love of your life’

Editors Choice
Camino de Santiago Shell Ring

Camino Shell Ring

  • Sterling silver Camino de Santiago shell ring.
  • Handmade.
  • The ring band is approximately 12mm (0.47")
  • Beautiful silver shell, texture and patina.

My Recommended Walking Boots

I love my Meindl walking boots especially the high ankle as I find it really supports my ankles and gives me the protection I need. 

These are one of my TOP picks for a walking boot that really delivers comfort and value.

Meindl Borneo Walking Boots

Meindl Walking Boots

  • Perfect for walkers with weak ankles
  • Waterproof
  • Iconic non-lined leather boot.
  • waxed nubuck leather uppers with leather lining for added comfort

I have used these walking boots for 5 Camino's and would not walk this pilgrimage without them.

Osprey Dry Bags for your backpack

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Multiple Designs
Osprey UltraLight 6 Dry Sack, Tropic Teal, One Size
9.6/10Our Score
  • Roll top closure is waterproof and helps compress items within the dry sack
  • Rectangular shape assists with efficient packing
  • Made from durable 40D Rip stop Nylon
  • Multiple colours
  • perfect for the walking the trail

Merino Wool Walking Socks

I always use Merino Wool walking socks to make sure I walk the Camino de Santiago as blister free as possible and these socks work for me.

TOP TIP: change them twice a day to keep the moisture down and your feet dry. I take 3 pairs of merino wool socks with me on every Camino I walk.

Excellent Choice
DANISH ENDURANCE Merino Wool Hiking Socks, Thermal, for Men, Women & Kids, 3 Pack (Black/Grey, US Wo

Merino Wool Hiking Socks

  • Comfortable & dry feet: our wool hiking socks have thermoregulating merino wool
  • Support for your comfort: targeted cushioning to reduce the risk of blisters
  • Designed in denmark: our womens and mens hiking socks are designed with everest mountaineer rasmus k
  • High quality fabric: made from 30% merino wool, 36% nylon, 33% acrylic and 1% elastane.
  • Excellent customer support: we want our customers to be happy

Camino de Santiago by Moon

Camino De Santiago by Moon covering Sacred sites, Historic villages and local food and wine. 

A great read for a Pilgrim researching and getting ready to walk the Camino.

Excellent Choice
Moon Camino de Santiago: Sacred Sites, Historic Villages, Local Food & Wine (Travel Guide)

Camino de Santiago - Sacred sites, historic villages, Local food and Wine

"Moon handbooks have become known as well-written and exceptionally informative guides."―The New York Times

  • 568 pages
  • 5.05 x 0.85 x 7.75 inches
  • 1.05 pounds

Fanny Pack

On an evening Pilgrims on the Camino will leave their backpacks in their Albergue so need something light and easy to use for their valuables, passports, money, phone etc 

A good Fanny Pack is essential for any Pilgrim.

Editors Choice
The Belt of Orion Survival Gear Travel Running Belt Waist Fanny Pack Hands Free Way to Carry Sanitiz

Lightweight adjustable Fanny Pack

  • Feels like a part of you: unisex, lightweight, comfortable fanny packs for women fashionable
  • Subtle and discreet small fanny pack: wear over or under clothes. elastic straps are adjustable
  • Never lose your gear again: keeps everything accessible and your hands free. 
  • A place for everything: 9 x 4 main pouch holds all phone sizes, iphone or android. fits waist sizes 28" - 45"
  • Look good while you travel: simple design is sleek and stylish but functional.

Rain Poncho

One thing for sure is you will probably get rain as Pilgrims on the Camino. In Galicia it does rain a lot do having a good Rain Poncho is necessary to keep dry. 

I walked the Camino Ingles a couple of years ago and wore my Poncho for 5 days in a row. Luckily that doesn’t happen so often.

Multiple Designs
Rain Poncho Jacket Coat Hooded for Adults with Pockets (Black Point)
  • [portable]: color-matched storage pouch.
  • [material]:100% polyester. it is fabric, not plastic. waterproof eco-friendly, extremely water-resistant
  • [waterproof]: strong waterproof backing with heat sealed seams - polyester fabric is soft to the touch
  • [design]: extremely water-resistant, quick-drying, long body piece with a big hooded cap keeping you
  • [occasions]: the rain poncho jacket is fit for all, men / women / boys / girls / teens / adults.

Camino de Santiago Journal

When I walked the Camino Frances at the end of every day I would relax with a beer and write in my Camino journal. This the the journal I used and is fabulous especially as its my own published journal.

For each day on the Camino, you have a space to indicate the date, your location, the stage of your journey, the weather, and how you are feeling. 

Camino Frances Journal

Journal your way along The Camino Frances and capture all your memories as you walk..

  • 120 pages
  • 8.3 ounces
  • 6" x x 9"
  • lightweight


Buying a gift for your loved one or friend will show them you support them in this fabulous journey and shows you are really taking an interest. 

Hopefully my Top 20 Camino de Santiago gift ideas will do the trick and help them on their way.

Let me know how you get on and if you find any other amazing gift ideas please let me know.

Buen Camino !

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