Whether the outdoorsman in your life loves camping, hiking, running, or cooking, we found the best gifts for dad.
From slippers to whiskey to fire pits, we’ve got something to wow all the dads, husbands, father figures, and outdoor-loving men out there.
This is an everyday pack that’s chock-full of features. The Atlas Tactical Backpack has hydration ports on both shoulders, multiple pockets inside the main compartment, a fleece-lined glasses compartment, and laser-cut MOLLE webbing on all sides. Created for 12-, 24-, or 72-hour missions, the backpacks are made to last, with 900-denier polyester with PVC coating for durability.Sponsored by LAPG
Give dad the warmth of a bonfire without the smoke. Meet the Solo Stove, a bonfire that uses secondary burning combustion for hotter, more efficient fire — sans smoke.
It burns off the remaining fuel suspended in the air; in essence, it burns the smoke, leaving few particulates in the air. We’ve tested it, and it really works! Your clothes won’t stink and you won’t find yourself constantly moving around to dodge the smoke.
This Carhartt layer looks to be warm and rugged. As the name implies, the lightly insulated fleece intends to block wind from blowing right through and stealing your body heat. The sherpa fleece has CORDURA overlays in key wear spots, rib-knit hem and cuffs to fight drafts, and two zip pockets for stashing gloves.Sponsored by Carhartt
These men’s slippers have a cult following — and for good reason. They’re comfortable, durable, and warm without making feet hot or clammy. The natural rubber sole provides plenty of traction, and the removable EVA footbed provides all-day comfort.
Or, if dad needs a camp slipper, there are plenty to choose from in our best slipper review.
Build dad a custom adventure kit. Each VSSL canister comprises a stack of tins containing outdoor essentials like first-aid gauze, fish hooks, waterproof matches, and other small necessities. With the Build Your Own tool, you can decide what you want to put in your container. The VSSL makes it easier to store all your items together and is compact enough to fit in a glove compartment or your pack’s water bottle pocket.
Sponsored by VSSL
Everyone outdoor-loving dad needs a powerful, portable power source. The PowerCore II was designed to quickly charge phones, tablets, and other small gadgets. With 20,000 mAh of power, the brand states it can complete 6.5 phone charges before needing a recharge. According to raving customer reviews, it recharges quickly, is small enough to pack, and is quite durable.
Say goodbye to pesky bugs! Thermacell’s repellers are all DEET-free, stink-free, and easy to use. Best of all, they really work.
If the dad in your life spends time camping, fishing, hunting, or backpacking, consider getting one of these lightweight and portable devices. Keep the campsite (or backyard) bug-free with this gadget that uses a cartridge and repellent mats to deter mosquitoes. It’s a must-have.
Like a carabiner but better, the Heroclip makes hanging gear a cinch. Use it to hang the water filter at camp, keep necessities in reach, or hang your bag at the end of the day. The possibilities are endless and the utility is top-notch.
Keep the good times rolling with this waterproof Bluetooth speaker. It pumps out tunes for 20 hours straight on a single charge. Connect multiple speakers for an all-out party.
Or, if you’re looking for something bigger and burlier, the Boombox could be the answer to your gift-giving prayers.
For the adventure-seeking beer-lover, the DrinkTanks Session Growlers let you enjoy cold, fresh beer (or any beverage of choice) on whatever expedition life throws at you. These double-walled, vacuum-insulated growlers control the temperature of your beverage and preserve carbonation. Lightweight and portable, these growlers come with a lifetime warranty.
This solar-powered string light will quickly bring a touch of ambiance to dad’s campsite or backyard. We’ve regularly used one for nearly a year, and it still works as great as it did on Day One. It lasts up to 20 hours on a single charge and easily recharges via the built-in solar panel, or with a USB. Find more of our favorite camping lights in our best lantern review.
The Nano Puff jacket is a fan favorite. It packs down small into its own side pocket, making it great for travel or throwing in your pack just in case.
As our tester wrote in our review, “The Nano Puff is a sleek-looking coat. And that sleekness helps it compress comfortably under other gear — in a backpack or as an ideal layer for winter snow sessions. In fact, it continues to get lighter: The Nano Puff has lost over one ounce since its inception.”
Cooler weather is here to stay, and that means it’s time to step up the layer game. Made with pure merino wool, this quarter-zip sweater is both warm and soft, making it perfect for distinctive looks and comfort for whatever the day brings.
If dad likes to travel, hike, and stay hydrated, this is a great gift. Simply fill, press, and drink the clean and purified water. The GRAYL GEOPRESS protects against heavy metals, chemicals, and viruses in addition to common protozoa and bacteria. And it’s among the best backpacking and travel water filters of 2020.
This is one of our favorite rain jackets. It’s lightweight and shockingly breathable for a waterproof layer. Our tester noted, “It’s the stretchiest, softest, and quietest rain jacket we tested. And with a sub-$300 price, it’s a fair bargain given the market for high-end raincoats.”
The adjustable hood fits with or without a helmet, and the zippered pockets keep essentials dry and accessible.
The bourbon lover in your life will surely appreciate this gift. With subtle notes of apple and smokey springtime goodness, it’s a complex flavor that will have the whiskey aficionado asking for more. Made in Texas, this small batch bourbon is truly special. Each year a brand new vintage is released, and revered by bourdon-fans.
Looking for a stocking-friendly bottle? Check out the Boot Flask. It’s 375 ml of Small Batch goodness that’s perfect for gifting, sharing, and sipping around the campfire.
Help dad hit the trail this season with an awesome pair of winter boots. Built to winter specs without being overbuilt, the Sawtooth II surpasses our expectations in a winter hiker. We found the Sawtooths to be comfortable right out of the box and appreciated the level of arch support.
Even during icy conditions — on and off the trail — they have excellent traction. This is at least in part to the specialized winter soles, which are infused with silica to improve grip. The Sawtooth II is a gift dad will be sure to appreciate.
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 seams make for blister-free hiking. Bottom line: These are awesome socks on the trail and off.
Simple and effective, the PM300 work light features a 360-degree swinging handle and the COAST optic that rotates its twist-focusing beam to deliver lighting flexibility. The handle doubles as a stand and has a magnetic mount and single-button control that makes it a workhorse in almost any scenario. The light is impact-resistant and weather-resistant, so it can withstand even the toughest work environments.
Everyone needs some solid cast iron cookware. This classic skillet is equally at home over the open fire as it is on the kitchen stove. It’s heavy-duty, endlessly useful, and built to last. Plus, it comes pre-seasoned, so dad can get cookin’ right away.