If you are looking for the perfect gift for your favorite outdoorsmen or women, we have some great suggestions for you in this guide and we will be updating it constantly as we come across awesome gift ideas out there. These gifts will appeal to fishermen, hunters, campers, hikers, and other folks that just love to adventure and spend quality time with good folks outdoors. We tried to cover a selection of gifts for outdoorsmen that would appeal to the widest community of outdoor-loving people. So browse through our list and also checkout our gifts for fishermen guide as well if you need some additional ideas.
GARMIN QUATIX 7 WATCH
Jason has worn this watch for more than a year. He can cull fish, track his kayaking, sync up the electronics on his boat, navigate with a compass and lot more with this watch. Plus he tracks all of his fitness, heart condition and more as he works out and partakes in outdoor pursuits. If your outdoorsman is a do-it all person, this is one of the nicest functional outdoor watches out there. Jason owned the Apple iWatch prior to owning this Garmin Quatix 7 and says the Garmin is far superior in many regards related to fitness and fishing.
Bajio Vega Readers Sunglasses
I’ve worn my Vega Readers now for several months in a wide variety of fishing trips. I’ve used them on big lakes, small lakes, clear streams for smallmouths, trout streams, wooded timber lakes and more. The Vega Frames are very comfortable thanks to the padded nose section and the padded ear section of the arms. While the frames offer maximum coverage area, they do not feel heavy or pinch on your head. They are very light and fit extremely well.
The readers makes fishing a lot more enjoyable for me. Tying knots gets tougher with age. And when you’re fishing a lot of finesse lures, tiny knots on tiny lures gets really cumbersome. So these new reader options from Bajio are a much welcomed relief to angler with old eyes like me.
If your outdoorsmen is serious about always being prepared, then a high quality knife is hard to beat. Benchmade makes arguably some of the nicest everyday carry knives, hunting knives and carving knives out there today. Several of us carry Benchmade Knives every day and can highly recommend them as a high-quality, special gift for any fisherman or outdoorsman. These knives are precision crafted in Oregon by expert knife crafters and sharpened to the finest edge on the strongest and longest-lasting blades you will find. Some models we would recommend would include the following:
Darn Tough Wool Socks
A good pair of wool socks is a must have for any outdoorsman to start the layering process of being outdoors. The Darn Tough Hiker Boot Mid Cushion Socks are built to help take care of feet over the most demanding trails and hikes. Featuring Darn Tough’s True Seamless design for undetectable seams, these socks avoid any bunching or slipping on your treks. These socks hit at mid-calf and sport a mid-level cushion density under the foot for cushioning when the terrain demands it. The breathable merino wool blend is cool in the summer and warm in the winter, while also delivering natural moisture-wicking and odor control performance. Fine gauge knitting used in the sock provides unprecedented durability with an ultra comfortable feel. These socks are 61 % merino wool and 36 % nylon and 3 % Lycra spandex.
Can Cooker Weekender Kit
The Can Cooker Kit offers a great way to cook hot meals on the road traveling, camping, fishing shore lunches, long weekend trips and more. So if your outdoorsman is a do-it-yourselfer and would rather make his own meals than eat out, then this is a great gift kit. This kit includes the Can Cooker jr. which is 2 gallons and can feed up to 8. It Includes a protective storage bag. CanCooker cooks with steam, creating natural convection that cooks food fast and keeps in all the flavors and nutrients. ‘Everything comes out tender, never dry! Works on any heat source – low to medium heat recommended Wide mouth design for easy access.
Thermacell Lighted Mosquito Repeller
For the backyard and beyond, the Thermacell E-series is easy to use and provides hours of scent-free, mess-free mosquito defense. It offers one of the largest area repellent zones available from a single repeller, the EL55 provides a 20-foot zone of advanced mosquito protection. Features up to a 9-hour battery. 12 hours of mosquito repellent included. Provides ambient dimmable light from 50-200 lumens to create a warm, comfy space no matter where you are. Great for trips, camping, working on your boat at night, etc.
YETI Hopper M12 Backpack Soft Cooler
This YETI cooler features a wide mouth that makes loading and unloading a breeze, plus the magnetic closure ensures this cooler stays open when you need it and delivers a leak-resistant seal with a gentle push. The 11 Liter cooler has 2 quick-release buckles to secure the fold-over top. A built-in slip pocket is great for phones, keys and wallets. The Coldcell insulation uses closed-cell foam to keep your drinks and snacks cool and fresh, while the DryHide exterior is made with high-density materials that withstand abrasion, punctures, and UV rays. This YETI cooler is treated to resist mildew so it stays in good condition for years.
GCI Outdoor SunShade Rocker Chair
At the ripe old age of 36, I can already feel the old man in me settling in. Not so much in how I feel physically— still holding out there thankfully. But when it comes to simple things done under the sun, like sitting on a beach or along side a sports field, I find myself looking for any source of shade I can find in an effort to keep my demeanor from quickly deteriorating into that of a grouchy old man. And, I’m already getting to where I like to test out those rocking chairs in front of Cracker Barrel, imagining what it would be like to sit a spell on a porch overlooking the back 40.
I’ve done the same daydreaming a few times while walking through our local Academy Sports and Outdoors as well, popping a squat in one of the GCI Outdoor Rocker Chairs. I haven’t bought one yet, but I have found the thought of doing so hard to shake at times. And now that they have one with a built-in shade in the GCI Outdoor SunShade Rocker Chair, I may have to bite the bullet. Unless someone in my circle beats me to it, hint, hint, wink, wink. Priced at $79.99, this one would be hard to go wrong with if you’re looking for a gift for the outdoorsman in your life.
ENO JungleNest Hammock
If you’ve never kicked back in an ENO, it’s a pretty pleasant experience. It’s hard for me to pass by a hammock and not test it out. But most of the old-style, rope-net ones cut into me pretty quick. And after a few minutes I find myself ungracefully attempting to roll and climb my way out. My wife put me on the ENO deal, which is essentially a hammock made from heavy-duty but lightweight nylon material. You can stay in one of the things for hours, even sleep in it if you’d like. Especially now that they have the JungleNest version with the attachable bug net.
Compact and stow-able in 5-inch-by-10-inch pouch, this is the perfect gift for the throw-and-go person in your life. Take it to the local park or on a week-long kayak/camping trip. The bug net can be attached or removed using zippers. And though this 10-foot ENO weighs only 20 ounces, it’s rated to support 300 pounds. Priced at $109.95, this is another great gift for anyone who enjoys the outdoors, or at least everything about the outdoors but the bugs.
I’ve never been a big fan of high-dollar sneakers. I’ve walked too many miles in $60 pairs of tennis shoes to spend over a hundred on any. Or at least, I thought so. I recently went to a Hoka retailer though and they did a full scan of my feet. It was kind of sketchy and pretty cool at the same time. And this kid running the little deal named off the exact model and size that would fit my feet the best. They brought out the Hoka Clifton 9s in size 11 wide and I tried them on. And, if I don’t get these for Christmas or my birthday that’s coming up between now and then, I’m going to most likely go get them myself.
These shoes were the most comfortable pair of shoes I ever put on my feet. Firm and cushiony at the same time, super-light and with a spring to them that makes moving forward near effortless, I finally understood the hype. And as a guy who spends long hours on the front deck of a bass boat, I believe these will eliminate a lot of the fatigue I feel in my legs after a long day of fishing. The Clifton 9s were the right fit for me. Another model of Hoka other than the Cliftons may be right for you. Most Hokas range in price from about $110 to $180.
Soto Amicus Stove Cookset Combo
When talking gear for camping, kayaking and hiking, compact and functional is the combo to look for. These are two of the defining characteristics of the Soto Amicus Stove Cookset Combo. This single burned cookset weighs less than a pound and is a little smaller than a cantelope. The perfect size for stowing in your bag or boat to cook up your catch, heat a can of beans or brew a cup of coffee. The cookset includes one small pot and one large pot for cooking and serving more complex meals, and the small pot can be used as a lid for the large pot as well.
Though the pictured fuel canister and utensils must be purchased separately, they can be stored inside the pots for transport along with the included burner, making this again the epitome of a throw-and-go travel cooker. The built-in igniter also eliminates the need to keep up with a box of matches or a lighter. And this country boy is already thinking about how this deal could be used to light a campfire in a pinch— though that’s not likely recommended by the manufacturer. For $49.99, this is a great gift for the camper, hiker or kayaker in your life.
Cannondale Adventure Neo Allroad S Electric Bike
Every kid loves a bike, and every grown man is still a little kid at heart. Don’t think so? Put him on one of these bad boys and see for yourself. While this is a product that I don’t have any personal experience with, it’s another that I’ve often salivated over as I browse around an REI. I can see myself strapping an inflatable kayak on the back rack, throwing a backpack over my shoulder with my ENO and Soto Cookset and setting out on some adventure. And, with traffic getting worse and worse, this bike could scoot me around town too for a quick run to the grocery store or a work trip to write in the local coffee shop.
Priced at $2,025.00, this bad boy can go up to 28 miles per hour and has a built-in Smart Reserve battery feature. In case you bite off a little more than you can chew, there’s 5-10 miles of reserve battery to help you get back home. This eBike from Cannondale also has a hydraulic disc brake to guarantee plenty of stopping power no matter the speed or road conditions. A big ticket item no doubt, but what a gift it would be.
Gift Certificate to Bass Pro
When you can’t really determine what to get your favorite outdoorsman, sometimes it’s just easier to get them a gift certificate to one of the better outdoors pro shops like Bass Pro Shops and let them pick out a few things on their own. You can buy them in any denomination so up to you and your generosity on these.