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.
Orca Cooler: $190 and Up
Nothing screams “outdoor gift” like a burly cooler that can hold ice for days. ORCA coolers hopped on the rotomolded cooler train after YETI showed there was a huge market for solidly built coolers made for outdoor adventures. But ORCA took the idea a step further — the Nashville-based brand makes all its coolers in the USA, has virtually endless color-customization options (including team logos), and boasts the only rotomolded cooler with built-in lighting to see what you’re looking for (see our review on the ORCA Liddup here). Best of all, ORCA coolers often cost the same or less than competition.
Ounce-counters will love this knife. It clocks in at 1.2 ounces, has a wonderfully small form factor, and hardly ever needs sharpening. The ultra-high-carbon (though still stainless) ZDP-189 is 10 percent harder than most steel on the market and, as a result, almost never needs to be sharpened. If the person on your list can’t pack toothbrush handles, sharpening stones are out also of the question. And the Dragonfly II is the perfect ultralight knife.
Bring the comfort of home into the great outdoors with this chair from Kelty. Low to the ground and slightly reclined, it’s basically like camping with your favorite recliner. It weighs in at a little over 3 pounds and easily packs down into a zippered carrying case. We find it perfect for campfire hangouts, days at the soccer field, or backyard lounging.
Duke Cannon Men’s Grooming Supply Kits
For the man’s man with a sense of humor, Duke Cannon has a range of grooming essentials in a package that’s sure to make him smile. Duke Cannon’s line includes over-the-top kits like ammo boxes, oak barrels, and paint cans filled with goodies like scented soaps, aftershave, hand balm, cologne, and more. And for the holidays, the brand introduces themed sets like ugly Christmas-sweater soap and the vintage news anchor hair kit. With a range of gift sets, there’s sure to be one that fits the budget and the fella.
This versatile bag can be used for everything, including a first-aid kit, tool organizer, and the ultimate Dopp kit. Handmade in Vancouver, Wash., you can feel good knowing you’re giving a quality gift that will last. Dual zippers allow for full opening, and interior pockets keep everything perfectly organized. And with a Velcro front, you can slap on a patch of your choosing and make it a truly custom gift.
Work Sharp Outdoor: Ken Onion Edition Blade Sharpener: $125
Having a trusty knife for outdoor adventure is one thing. But keeping that knife sharp and in prime condition for years to come is the real key. Enter Work Sharp Outdoor Ken Onion Edition blade sharpener — with belts ranging from extra coarse to extra fine it can restore old, damaged blades or fine tune well-used EDCs. We’ve tried this sharpener and love it — it’s easy to use, with adjustable grit, angle, and speed to sharpen kitchen, hunting, or pocket knives (serrated too!)
Man Crates: $35-$180
Not sure exactly what type of gift to give? Go for a Man Crate. Loaded with goodies to suit his interests, there’s almost certainly something inside he’ll like. From a Whiskey Appreciation Crate to a Fajita Making Crate and a Caveman Crate for paleo dieters, there are plenty of ideas to choose from.
The Snow Peak Titanium Spork (or a set of them) can be an excellent stocking stuffer that will last forever. The Titanium Spork is available in four brightly anodized colors and represents the pinnacle in aesthetics for the most practical culinary tool ever conceived.
Designed for motorcyclists, this tool roll is built to take a beating and look good doing it. The zippered pouch keeps small parts organized, and the reinforced pockets keep everything well-ordered and accessible. While the tools pictured are not included, it’s a great choice for riders, overlanders, neat freaks, and tool-lovers of all kinds.
Keep hot liquids steamy and cold ones icy. This stainless steel insulated cup will quickly become a favorite from the morning cuppa joe to the evening beer. The stainless steel construction will stand up to years of use, and the sweat-resistant design means you don’t have to worry about wet hands or unwanted table rings. Best of all, it integrates with a variety of lids, including a shaker lid, French press lid, and thermal lid.
Kammok Roo Hammock: $69
Kammok’s Roo Hammock ran a highly successful Kickstarter, amassing a whopping $200,000 back in 2011. We’ve relaxed in one ourselves and can vouch for its lightweight yet sturdy construction.
Ridge Wallet: $65
Yeah we know, gifting a wallet may seem totally cliché, but you’ve never seen a wallet like this. Weighing in at just 2 ounces and measuring a shockingly slim 6 mm, this wallet packs everything a guy could need into a tiny, sleek package. The elastic band keeps cash secure, and the inner compartment holds up to 12 cards. Rest assured knowing your info is safe in this slim-fitting, RFID-blocking wallet.
RMU Tailgate Locker: $249
Help the mountain biker in your life get to the trail easily and securely. The Tailgate Locker slides onto the truck tailgate, protecting your paint job, while the cable lock sleeves keep bikes safe. It integrates with your backup camera, has a zippered pocket for spare parts, and even has a built-in beer cooler. We like it so much we gave it an award. Need we say more?
Crafted Traeger Cocktail Book ($20), Smoked Bloody Mary Mix ($15)
There’s no denying Traeger knows what they’re doing with meat smokers. And they’ve brought that same smoky knowledge to the world of cocktails with this set. Filled with more than 30 recipes, this book will help him become the ultimate party bartender complete with grilled garnishes and smoky mixtures. For bonus points, pick up a bottle of Bloody Mary mix and vodka, slap a hunk of meat on the grill, and enjoy a leisurely brunch together.
Kaenon Clarke Sunglasses: $179
We test a lot of sunglasses, and these are among the best. The high-quality polarized lenses are a dream, and the stylish frames easily transition from mountain missions to big city adventures.
Pursuit Series Adventure Camp: $399 and Up
Looking for a chance to get away and make some memories? The Pursuit Series could be just what you’re after. This three-day adult adventure camp offers classes, guided adventures, and the opportunity to try new gear and activities. From nighttime SUP sessions to mountain bike rides and fly fishing clinics, there’s something for everyone. Cap off the night with a delicious meal and campfire cocktail. Because there’s no better gift than spending time together.
Bear Kuma Compound Bow: $900
Ready to really wow the hunter in your life? Check out this compound bow from Bear Archery. This hybrid cam bow launches arrows at 345 feet per second while still offering a high level of forgiveness in the shot. The dual string suppressors help eliminate noise and vibration. Chock full of high-tech features, the Kuma will take your archery experience to the next level.
This do-all blanket can work as a warm-weather bivy, an extra layer on cold nights, a campfire companion, or hammock-lounging insulator. The eraLoft insulation and reflective ThermaCapture coating inside maintain loft and warmth even when wet, while the tapered shape keeps it lightweight and packable.
Gone are the days when pots and pans took up your entire bag. This set folds down flat and weighs in at a super-light 14.5 ounces. Perfect for backpacking for two, you get a collapsible 1.4-liter pot, mug, and bowl. Sea to Summit also makes an array of collapsible pots and dishes to suit your every space-saving, camp cooking need.
Redington Prowler Boot: $150
The Prowler wading boots from Redington are a great gift for fly fishermen ready to elevate their wading game. These boots combine a modern aesthetic with durability fit for a dad trying to prove he’s “still got it.” These lightweight and comfortable boots will have him making memories on the water for years to come.
Outdoorsy guys can never have too many pairs of shades, especially with polarized lenses. Made from recycled plastic and clocking in under a hundred bucks, these sunglasses from San Francisco-based Sunski perfectly blend function and style.