What sits in secrecy under a pine tree? Hunters in camo — and also the presents you give them this holiday season. Fortunately, it’s pretty easy to find gifts for hunters!
If you’re able to keep the secrets under wraps, that is. Here, we break down our favorite gifts that will bring joy and good tidings to the hunters in your life.
If you want to give a gift that will last a lifetime, this Filson bag is high on the list. A personal favorite of mine, the multiple compartments make stowing dirty boots and loose ammunition easy. Additionally, it’s just a beautiful, durable bag. The leather accents make it debonair enough for a weekend in the hills. But it’s functional and rugged for organizing hunting gear.
I’m also loving the brand’s new Rugged Twill Bandera Backpacks. They still have the cool factor of heritage Mossy Oak camo, but the price of $125 makes it more accessible for the masses.
YETI Tundra Haul: $400
The Tundra Haul is the cooler on wheels you’ve always wanted. It’s rugged, durable, and will keep things ice cold for days. The rotomolded construction and PermaFrost insulation ensure maximum cooler coldness, and the welded arm is impressively durable. But let’s talk about what you’re most excited about: the wheels.
They’re burly. They’re puncture-resistant. And they make hauling a heavy cooler solo a breeze. Get ready for freezer-filling adventures, all-day tailgate parties, and weekends outside.
This hunting sock has 94 five-star reviews. Ninety. Four. The people are talking, and they’re talking about socks. At under $30, it’s a merino wool wearer’s dream. With extra cushion, fine gauge knitting, all-weather performance, and fast-action wicking, who knew socks could be so techie?
Guaranteed for life, these merino socks are antimicrobial, which means less laundry all around. Which is something I, for one, am always into. Bring on the merino.
If I was Oprah, and I got to pick my favorite piece of gear, this would be it. The Fanatic Hoody is aptly named. I want to wear it every day of the week. And thanks to the Polygiene odor control, I basically can. But enough about me.
The Fanatic Hoody comes in both camo and black. It’s the perfect midweight layer that stands on its own or beneath outerwear without being bulky. It has a built-in face mask and mittens — yeah, I know! — a hoody-style front pocket, and body-mapped micro-grid fleece.
The Sitka Women’s Line is front and center in the industry for its depth and durability, and this piece encapsulates that wholly. And lucky for you dude hunters out there, the brand also made one for you.
Most hunters dream of getting beyond the boundaries of their home state and heading into unfamiliar territory. Gift them the opportunity of scouting all 50 states with the onX Hunt App Elite Membership.
The Elite membership allows the user to access all sorts of maps and layers across the United States. Layers include trails, recreation areas, campsites, public and private land ownership, wildlife habitat, and so much more. It works in iOs, Android, or even as a GPS chip.
A personal favorite feature is the ability to toggle between aerial and topo maps to get a good look at landscape features. And it’s simple to create waypoints, track yourself, and save maps offline. It’s the ultimate pocket tool for the outdoors-lover.
Lacrosse Footwear NWTF Grange Boots: $90-100
Turkey season is in sight once the holiday season is over. And Lacrosse’s Grange Boot is a classic to take your turkey hunter into their spring season in durable style.
I, for one, am a fan of anything that allows the hunter to indulge while also supporting conservation. And this particular model of the Grange donates part of the proceeds to the National Wild Turkey Federation. Hunters can thank the NWTF for all the incredible work they’ve done to restore wild turkeys across the United States by donning these boots. And perhaps the wearer will fill a tag in the process.
The First Lite Corrugate Guide Pant transitions easily between the normal world and pine-lined hills.
The material is a four-way stretch burly nylon with a DWR finish. Although you might call it a cargo pant, the sleek lines thumb their nose at the cargo pants of yore. It comes in seven different options, so the fit is true-to-size. The inclusive sizing is a new wave for the hunting industry. We’re stoked to this kind of movement from First Lite towards gear that works for everyone. With four colors to choose from, the guy in your life might want more than one pair in his arsenal.
Seek Outside Lil Bug Out Shelter + Vestibule: Starting at $335
Seek Outside’s Lil Big Out Shelter is a lightweight, trekking-pole-assisted setup designed with the hunter in mind. I’ve used this in the backcountry solo. I’ve also used it zipped into another Lil Bug Out to create a space worthy of two humans, a dog, and two packed backpacks.
Seek Outside does a killer job at creating gear that’s light and flexible. The Lil Bug Out sans vestibule weighs in at just 16 ounces. For the hunter that might get caught overnight, the trekking pole utility makes this a great emergency shelter if necessary.
During the buying process, you can add on carbon poles, factory seam sealing, and a stove jack for Seek Outside’s aluminum stoves. Thus, this tent extremely versatile and fitted to the needs of your hunting partner.
The biodegradable, organic soap is safe to take into the backcountry, and the packaging is legitimately beautiful. It comes in three scents, my personal favorite being the stag-decorated Fir + Sage. The soap incorporates coconut oil, olive oil, and essential oils, making it worthy of everyone in the household, from dad to mom to kiddos. At $12, it’s affordable, pretty, and easy on the conservation-minded conscience.
Benchmade’s hunting knives walk the line between your favorite everyday carry and a knife that gets it done in the field.
The Grizzly Ridge is the update to the fan favorite Grizzly Creek. The knife itself has a utilitarian vibe, with gray and orange accents. It’s heavy duty enough to get you through skinning and field dressing a deer on its own. And at 4.5 inches folded, it can easily slip into a pocket. The knife also comes with Benchmade’s Lifesharp Service, which means that a perfectly sharp blade is only a few weeks away whenever necessary.
A classic work glove is a key to any hunter’s kit. These leather gloves were developed in Jackson Hole, Wyo., by people living the mountain lifestyle.
If you’ve ever tried to use your regular ol’ leather work gloves in winter, you might have soaked them through. Give’r prevents this by waterproofing the gloves with beeswax.
You can also have these branded with your beloved’s initials to ensure their buddy doesn’t “accidentally” find them in his bag. The personalized touch adds class and the mountain vibe lends coolness to this pair of hardy work gloves.