Outoorsmen need gear that can take on any type of weather, that can go from outdoors to every day, and that are innovative enough to make braving the elements for the love of the great outdoors that much easier.
Which is why I’m bringing you the 19 best gift for outdoorsmen, for every budget, taste, and style. They’re all versatile enough to be used in many different scenarios: at home, camping, kayaking, hunting, and much, much more.
Here’s what takes these gifts to the next level: With these gifts, each and every time your outdoorsmen uses them, he’ll remember that you gave them.
The best jackets for an outdoorsmen are light, like the Columbia Men’s Frost-Fighter Puffer Jacket, and made from rugged, quiet fabrics. This coat comes in several colors, and because of its construction is suitable for the outdoors or every day.
The original Kershaw 1870OLBLK Knockout Folding Knife with SpeedSafe, Olive/Black continues to deliver knockout good looks and top performance. But now we’ve kicked it up a notch with an olive-green handle and black DLC-coated blade. The olive-and-black Knockout still has its namesake “knocked out” section in the handle. This knocked-out piece in the anodized aluminum frame is replaced with a stainless-steel plate to form our sub-frame lock. This steel plate moves behind the knife blade to lock it open safely and securely. Yet because only part of the knife handle or frame is steel, the Knockout can maintain a lighter fighting weight and still provide a strong lock. The result is a knife that’s big, yet lightweight enough to carry every day. The blade is a modified drop point in high-performance Sandvik 14C28N stainless steel with matte black DLC coating. The steel offers excellent corrosion resistance and hardenability, while the coating protects the blade and enhances performance. The Knockout is equipped with SpeedSafe assisted opening for smooth and easy one-handed opening. Just pull back on the built-in flipper or push on the thumbstud and the blade moves out of the handle quickly and easily. The new olive-and-black Knockout also comes with Kershaw’s deep-carry pocketclip so the knife can sit all the way down in the pocket. Even better, the handle is drilled for 4-position carry. Lightweight and versatile, this Knockout provides a new color combination that will make it an ongoing favorite. Made in the USA.
Constructed of Sandvik 14C28N Steel for strength and corrosion resistance, the Kershaw Ken Onion Black Blur Smooth Folding Knife with Speed Safe features a 3-3/8-inch smooth or serrated blade. Ideal for extreme or everyday situations, the Blur series offers power and performance. A lightweight anodized aluminum handle offers Trac-Tec inserts which provide a non-slip grip even in wet and slippery conditions. Kershaw’s SpeedSafe assisted opening system helps you to smoothly open the knife with a manual push on the blade’s thumb stud or Index-Open system. SpeedSafe’s torsion bar helps keep the knife closed, preventing it from being opened by accident. In order to open the knife, apply manual pressure to the thumb stud to overcome the resistance of the torsion bar. After the blade is out of the handle, the torsion bar moves along its track and takes over. The blade opens smoothly and locks into position, ready for use.
Base layers, such as these Duofold Men’s Mid Weight Wicking Thermal Pants give you an opportunity to surprise your outdoorsman. The best fabrics, such as merino wool wick away moisture, will keep him warm, and won’t irritate his skin. It works even when wet, and has natural anti-microbial properties that will keep his base layer smelling better than its cotton counterpart.
A heated boot dryer like the MaxxDry Boot, Shoe and Glove Dryer XL actively blows warm air to dry out your outdoorsman’s boots faster than the older Peet-style boot dryers. Why? Because the boots of hard-core outdoorsmen tend to get worn out pretty fast, so babying a pair by drying them out slowly is a waste of time. Plus, this boot dryer works with gloves, too!
The 5.11 Tactical Rush Backpack is a high-performance bag that fills multiple roles from a tactical assault backpack to a hunting backpack to an emergency go-bag that any outdoorsmen would be glad to have. Sixteen total compartments provide a wide range of storage options, each one sized for a specific use.
Additional features include an internal admin panel for organizing small accessories, a 60 oz. hydration pocket that keeps him on the move, and a fleece-lined sunglass pocket that protects his eyewear. An extensive wrap-around web platform is MOLLE and SlickStick System compatible, allowing him to customize the storage to suit his needs.
The RUSH backpack offers external compression straps, adjustable shoulder straps, and a centered sternum strap to ensure stability, and water resistant construction to keep his gear dry and secure in any climate.
While hunting during the night is illegal in almost every state, outdoorsmen sometimes can’t contain their curiosity about all of the things that pass by their favorite spot during the night. Cue the Bushnell Equinox Z Digital Night Vision Monocular – a super cool gift for any outdoorsman/hunter. Maybe not the most practical gift on this list, but he’ll certainly get a kick out of them!
The appeal of a Rugged Phone Case is that they remind hunters and outdoorsmen of the sport that they love. With that in mind, they all need a rugged phone case – no matter what make or model of their phone – for every day use and especially for when they’re out in bad weather.
Built by a company known for quality and innovation, the Masterbuilt 30-Inch Black Electric Digital Smoker has a powder-coated steel body, and comes with 4 smoking racks that allow ample room for turkey, sausage, chicken, ham, pork, fish, jerky, vegetables, and more. It’s 100 – 275 degree thermostatically controlled smoker gets the temperature perfect every time. It features a push-button precision digital control panel and a 0-24 hour digital timer with auto shut-off. It offers a safe and convenient side-loading wood tray and has 100 percent insulation for energy efficient cooking.
The Motorola MH230R 23-Mile Range 22-Channel Two-Way Radio (Pair) is the must-have communication tool for each and every outdoor enthusiast. With a range of up to 23 miles, this radio is perfect for family and friends to stay in touch whether he’s tackling a back country trail or trying to brave a crowded shopping mall. These units don’t comes with just basic features, it comes packed with all the extras.
The ADG Sports Aluminum Two Pistol Gun Case allows your outdoorsman to safely store and transport pistols. The case is airline approved and measures 12″ x 4″ x 8.5″ and features snap-over locks for additional protection. The thick foam padding with split layers provides extra protection for his pistols and the aluminm construction is strong and lightweight.
A bright, micro LED night light powered by the INOVA microlight, the Nite Ize BugLit has legs that are Gear Tie Twist Ties that can bend and wrap all sorts of ways. This inexpensive and versatile light comes with 4 light settings: high power, low power, strobe, and signal mode.
Not only are the Alite Designs Cloverware 3-In-1 Utensils Set super affordable, they are heat resistant up to 400 degrees, so your outdoorsman can actually cook with them as well as eat! The 3 in 1 tool makes a great, usable stocking stuffer that also connects end to end to create the cool of your choice.
The YETI Rambler Tumbler is the next evolution in can insulating, hand-protecting technology. All of the powers of modern science were put into this one tumble that can keep your drink cold with its double-wall vacuum insulation and a ThermoLockTM gasket that locks in the cold. The heavy-duty stainless steel walls are sweat-proof, so you can high-five with impunity while enjoying a tasty beverage.
When all your outdoorsman wants is water, the CamelBak Hydrobak Hydration Pack should be his go-to. CamelBak’s most minimalist biking/hiking pack holds 1/5L of water, in a narrow profile that maximizes his range of motion. It is super lightweight with one small front pocket and a reflective strip for early morning and evening safety.
YETI Tundra Series Cooler is arguable the best cooler on the market – an indestructible must for any outdoosman. The cooler is all one piece, roto-molded construction, and extremely durable like a whitewater kayak. The cooler’s PermaFrost Insulation is pressure-injected, giving it excellent thermal resistance and unmatched ice retention. Every outdoosman needs one of these.
Is your outdoorsman also a foodie? The Camp Chef Italia Artisan Pizza Oven is exactly what he needs to enjoy great food and the great outdoors at the same time. The fully adjustable heat controls allow a variety of pizzas to be cooked in the oven, from frozen, to premade, to made on the spot. The ceramic stone pulls outer moisture off dough and promote perfect pizza crust, leaving the inside moist and fluffy….a must have for the outdoorsman who loves artisan foods.
Sometimes, practical gifts are the best. The Wigwam Unisex Merino Wool Comfort Hiker Crew Length Sock are just that: a practical gift any outdoorsman would practically drool over. They are made from merino wool, which won’t shrink, and keeps feet dry and comfortable.
Does you outdoosman love being as far off the grid as possible? If so, the Garmin Oregon 600 3-Inch Worldwide Handheld GPS with dual-band GPS/GLONASS satellite positioning will take him anywhere he wants to go. The unit has 3 sensors: compass, accelerometer, and barometric altimiter and ANT and Bluetooth technology that will allow him to track his route, tracks, waypoints, geocaches, custom maps, and photos between the units dual orientations (auto switching between landscape or portrait views)
Til Next Time,