Gifts For Dad: Camp Stoves to ‘Pouch Beer’

A man with a child needs gear, kid carriers, and, yes, even sometimes an “emergency beer.” Here are thirteen gifts that will put a smile on any dad’s face.

Sog PowerAssist Multi-Tool

It’s hard to find an outdoorsman who says he has too many multi-tools or knives, so they make great, long-lasting gifts. The SOG PowerAssist eliminates one annoyance of many multi-tools by making the knife blade easy to access with two assisted-opening blades. No more broken fingernails. — $119.25

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How To Stay Alive In The Woods

The classic survival manual by Bradford Angier will help dad make good decisions – or at least make informed bad ones! Hard or soft cover editions are available, both are full of survival gems. The book’s 26 black and white illustrated chapters are divided into four sections: sustenance, warmth, orientation and safety, and they are filled with tips that can save time, energy and lives. — $20

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Pat’s Backcountry Beverages Carbonator Bottle

Every dad, whether new or old, needs an emergency beer in his pack. Using Pat’s Backcountry Beverages Carbonator Bottle, you can make beer in the backcountry. Add a six pack of 50ml packets that make about 16 ounces of 5% ABV beer each, and you’ve got a great complete gift. — $30+

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Gerber Shard

This is one handy little keychain gizmo. It has seven “tools”: bottle opener, pry bar, wire stripper/puller, small and large flat head screwdriver, small phillips screwdriver, and cross driver. The sharp point of the tool is a great box cutter and handy for opening plastic packages and a lot more. — $7

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Jetboil Cooking System

Want to see a guy who feels like a stud? It’s the dude who just cooked food for his family in the wilds. One of the easiest (and often best) ways is with a stove from Jetboil. Blast water from zero to boiling in 2 minutes, 30 seconds with the Zip Cooking System. At 12 ounces, it’s light and easy to carry while backpacking. — $55-$80

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Genesis Bow Regular Model

GearJunkie founder Stephen Regenold (a dad of four) reviewed youth-oriented Genesis bows last month, which are made for target archery, not hunting. “My eight-year-old daughter took right to it,” he said. They have a unique single-cam setup with no set draw length, so kids or grownups can share the same bow. See our full review here. — $169.99

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Sport-Utility Robe

We’ve had the chance to test the Winnifred Beach Sport-Utility Bathrobe and decided it’s definitely better than terrycloth (with a price to match). Perfect for snuggle time, this robe combines the function of technical outerwear with the comfort of a bathrobe. Made from organic bamboo/cotton fleece with brushed nylon panels and four large pockets, it’s handcrafted in California. — $300-$350

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Icebreaker MerinoLoft Helix Reversible Shirt

Everyone needs a good “truck flannel” — a tough, warm shirt that you can stash in your truck and wear for everything when the temps drop. The MerinoLoft Helix is just that. We’ve tested this one and love it. It’s reversible, so it can look like a nice jacket or classy flannel. It makes a great insulating layer. It’s water repellent, stays warm when wet, and it’s a rugged, tough piece. It’s pricy, but is quite versatile. — $250

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Stihl Pro Universal Forestry Axe

This German-made axe means business. We’ve tested it out for the last six months on camping trips, while limbing trees to make chords of firewood for the fireplace, and splitting logs at home. This is one bomber, multi-use axe. It’s a bit of an all-arounder, with a shortish 27″ handle and 2.8 lb. head. It’s about as versatile as they come and with a reinforced hickory handle that should last for thousands of blows. — $100

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Thule Chariot CX 1

The price tag is steep, but this aerodynamic child carrier is outfitted with some serious hardware. Adjustable suspension and a padded, weather-blocking interior ensure the little passenger stays comfortable inside. It’s also equipped with disc brakes to lend a hand on hilly terrain. The wheel arrangements can be configured to accommodate jogging, cycling, and even cross-country skiing with conversion kits. — $1099.95

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iBert safe-T-seat Child Carrier

This bike seat allows children to stay front and center, giving dad (or mom) the ability to keep tabs with the little one, who also gets a lot better view than someone’s backside. The position up front keeps the child away from flying debris from the tires and you can install extra brackets on multiple bikes to quickly switch who is driving junior. — $109.95

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Diaper Dude

Diaper Dude offers messenger-style diaper bags that are nice to look at, durable and comfortable to wear. Most importantly, these bags won’t emasculate self-conscious dads; lots of masculine designs and color schemes (including camo) are available. You can even get the logo of more than a dozen Major League Baseball teams. — $60-$114

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Boba Kid Carrier

GearJunkie founder Stephen Regenold is about as active as a parent can get – and he has four kids. To take them along hiking, snowshoeing, or cross-country skiing the Boba carrier from Boulder, Colo., company Nap Inc. is his go-to baby carrier. “This I use a ton,” he said. It is essentially a piece of rectangular fabric with foam shoulder straps and a waist belt. — $125-$150

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