As an avid rock climber who’s dabbled in all the styles—bouldering, rope climbing, mountaineering—I know that the right gear is key to making every experience the best (and safest) it can be. So believe me when I say: If you have a loved one who spends their weekends scaling boulders, or who just recently joined an indoor climbing gym, support their passion with a gift that’s actually useful.

Over the years, I’ve tested everything from shoes to harnesses to handy training accessories, and I’ve narrowed down my favorites. Below, you’ll find some of these tried-and-true picks, along with other expert- and SELF-editor-vetted gifts for rock climbers. Think: essential chalk bags and crash pads, along with little luxuries like nourishing creams, comfy booties, and recovery tools. These climbing gifts can help your friend train, tackle their next rock with gusto and relax at the end of a big day.

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  • REI

    Prana Graphic Chalk Bag

    This colorful chalk bag has a simple drawcord that makes it easy to open and close mid-route—with no risk of spillage.

  • Backcountry

    Scarpa Instinct VS Climbing Shoes

    These are my go-to climbing shoes because they’re versatile enough for any style of climbing and have grippy rubber soles that prevent me from slipping off teeny footholds.

    Available in sizes 5 to 9.5.