Father’s Day is June 16, 2019. Whether the outdoorsman in your life loves camping, hiking, fishing, or BBQing, these gift ideas are winners.
We searched high and low to find the best gifts for outdoorsmen. From cups to coolers, we’ve got something to wow all the hiking, camping, grilling, fishing, and all-around outdoor-loving men.
Chaco Z/Sandal: $100 and up
There’s good reason these sandals are a summer classic. The grippy rubber sole provides plenty of traction even in wet conditions, and the adjustable strap system means a perfect fit is within reach. And now you can take your gift one step further by designing a fully custom sandal in the PrintShop. Choose from available designs or upload an image and let your creative juices flow. It’s like drawing a dad a picture but way cooler and more useful.
Wraptie Tie Down Straps: $15 and up
There’s no end to the utility of these do-all straps. Easily carry firewood, tie down the canoe, or quickly lash gear to your pack. Made from recycled plastic, Wrapties are designed to work safely and securely without buckles or hooks. This means no more worrying about scratching or damaging your gear. Available in sizes from 90cm to 240cm, there’s an industrial-strength strap to suit every job. Enjoy a 15 percent off Father’s Day discount when you sign up online.
REI Camp X Chair: $40
This chair is comfortable, durable, and one of the best camping chairs of 2019. The mesh keeps it breathable in hot weather and allows it to dry very quickly. And the double cup holders keep drinks close. We find it perfect for campfire hangouts, days at the soccer field, catching an outdoor concert, or lounging in the backyard.
This GPS-compatible watch ensures dad can tackle any trail. The digital compass makes orienteering a breeze, and the real-time weather forecasting helps track incoming storms. Use the trail guidance to reach your destination, and the location memory will recall all the details later. Best of all, it works independently of a phone, and maps are still available outside of cell service. Packed full of features, this watch will take dad to the top.
Wool socks are a must for hiking and backpacking. Grab dad a pair of these do-all wool wonders and keep his feet happy on the trail. The wool blend keeps odor at bay and provides all-day comfort. And the flat-seam makes for blister-free hiking. Bottom line: these are awesome socks on the trail and off.
This lightweight cotton shirt is equally at home floating the river or grabbing dinner in the city. The breathable cotton has been pre-washed to reduce any unwanted shrinkage, and the double stitching means it will last season after season. A great companion for travel and all manner of outdoor adventures. The feather cloth shirt is lightweight, durable, and sure to become dad’s favorite button-up.
Leatherman FREE: $120
A take on the classic EDC pocket tool, the Leatherman FREE is a complete redesign 35 years in the making. As our editor noted during review, “This has all the goodies that fans of past tools appreciated, with the addition of magnets, a fancy elastomer spring, and other subtle engineering hits that make the FREE easier and more fun to use.” Every man needs a good multitool, so get dad the best.
From tongs to bike tools, the Kavu Grill Slinger provides pockets and protection for the DIY dad. Two side stash pockets and a beverage-friendly chest pocket accompany the main, spacious kangaroo pocket for added utility. Meanwhile, steel grommets and double needle-reinforced seams mean the grill master can count on this apron enduring whatever he throws at — or into — it.
Mac Ride Child Bike Seat: $199
For the mountain biker dad, the Mac Ride is amazing for combining a fun ride with quality kid time. The seat sits just above the top tube and has a non-slip material that keeps your child in place and comfortable. The foot straps are easy to adjust while on the bike for a custom fit. One of our contributors has been using it with his 2-year-old son and he loves it for commuting around town and hitting up the local trails. Best of all, both dad and kiddo really “ride” together. He reports, “Our little one is already starting to use body positioning and weight transfer during the trail rides.”
Good To-Go Dehydrated Meals: $7-14
It’s challenging to find dehydrated meals that are both healthy and truly tasty. Good To-Go meals are crafted in Maine by an award-winning and New York Times four-star-rated chef without the use of preservatives. All meals are gluten free and low sodium, and Good To-Go offers vegan and vegetarian options. Give a gift that warms the soul and brings a smile after a long day or night in the backcountry.
Get the fur daddy (those with doggy children) in your life a present he can enjoy with his best friend. The Gnawt-a-Rock toy’s natural latex rubber design dispenses treats, massages gums, and bounces irregularly for hours of happy puppy play. Pair it with a cute card from Fido, and you’re golden.
Is dad always claiming to be an expert in “bushcraft” but fails to get a fire going? Bail him out with the UCO Behemoth Sweetfire Match Kit. The kit contains 5.5-inch-long strikable tinder sticks made from sugarcane-based materials and will burn for 15 minutes. The stormproof tip lights up consistently in driving rain, heavy winds, and falling snow and will relight even after being submerged in water. This gift set houses nine of the Behemoth Sweetfire matches in a reusable tin.
CRKT Pilar: $40
CRKT has upgraded this popular knife and managed to make it even better for everyday carrying. It feels balanced in the hand and the 2.6-inch blade has a fine tip for detail work. The stainless steel frame lock handle keeps the open blade in place. Furthermore, whether dad likes to carry his EDC knife with the blade up or down, this knife can accommodate either thanks to a reversible pocket clip.
Redington Grande Reel: $300
The Redington Grande is the perfect gift for making the next “big fish” memory. With increased backing capacity, the Grande reel provides a fully anodized, machined aluminum reel with a seal super-torque carbon drag system. It’s built to handle even the strongest fighters beneath the surface and will help dad reel in the big one.
This packable cooler keeps ice for 24 hours and can easily hold 12 cans. The waterproof, fold-t0p construction keeps ice in and air out, and the strap makes carrying a cinch. This is a must-have cooler whether you’re camping, paddling, or road-tripping. If a full backpack cooler is what you’re after, check out the IceMule Pro Cooler ($115). It has a 23 L capacity and ultra comfortable, padded straps.
The Snow Peak Titanium Spork (or a set of them) is a gift that will last forever. It’s available in four brightly anodized colors and represents the pinnacle in aesthetics for the most practical culinary tool ever conceived.
This wool shirt is built for summer. The mesh sleeves and back offer maximum ventilation, and the merino wool keeps it naturally stink-free. The Icebreaker Amplify is great option for dads who enjoy running, hiking, camping, or hanging outside during the hot summer months.
This little light is impressively tough, portable, and bright. It weighs just 2.14 ounces and pumps out 107 lumens of light. The AAA batteries are easily replaceable, and it will shine for more than 4 hours. It’s an everyday light that won’t let dad down.
Kaenon Clarke Sunglasses: $179
We test a lot of sunglasses, and these are among the best. The stylish frames easily transition from mountain missions to big city adventures. Kaenon’s unique SR-91 polarized lenses deliver crisp clarity and rugged durability in a lightweight package. And if you’re looking to get dad a pair of shades but have a smaller budget, check out the Headland Sunglasses from Sunski. They have polarized lenses and cost just $48.
Does dad love a good glass of bourbon while recounting tales of epic days outside? Then these hand-blown glasses are a great pick. Each glass has an 11.5-ounce capacity and features a topographic impression of iconic Half Dome in the base. We’ll say “cheers” to that.
Men’s Pro Wading Jacket: $349
The Orvis Pro Wading Jacket is built for anglers who don’t make compromises. Designed with the user’s comfort in mind, the Orvis Pro combines waterproof and breathable fabric built for long days chasing fins. There are plenty of pockets located in convenient places, and the rubberized tabs keep tools handy. This is an all-around great buy for your favorite angler.
UCO 4-Piece Mess Kit: $15
This is the perfect gift for campers, backpackers, or anyone who regularly eats on the go. It comes with a plate, bowl, 3-in-1 spork, and tether to secure it all together. At just 9 ounces, it won’t weigh you down and can even be thrown in the dishwasher for quick cleaning.