Outdoorsman Gift Ideas

Gift Ideas: The Outdoorsman

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Here’s for the guy who takes every available moment he can to get out there — far out there. Backpacking, hiking, camping, hunting, fishing — just beyond the line where civilization ends and the wild begins is where you’ll find him.

We just made shopping for that guy a whole lot easier. These 21 gift ideas for the outdoorsman on your list will give him the tools he needs to start fires, cook food, stay warm, gaze at the stars, and even kayak. Whether he car camps, thru-hikes or just really likes being prepared, these ideas will turn any outdoorsman into a happy outdoorsman.

BioLite Campstove 2

BioLite Campstove 2

BioLite makes some unassailably cool camp gear. This camp stove warms you and cooks your food — like a good camp stove should. It also turns its (highly-efficient) fire into usable power. Charge your phone or a camp light by burning sticks and twigs you find on site. – Buy It


 

Suunto Traverse Watch

Suunto Traverse Watch

Give this to the adventurer who you want to make sure always comes home. More than just a watch with style, the Traverse has built in GPS navigation and a 100 hour battery life. The automatic breadcrumb feature makes sure getting lost is not an option. – Buy It

Barebones Pulaski Axe

Barebones Pulaski Axe

Solid and handsome, this 2 foot axe has a hand-sharpened, 1055 high carbon steel, dual-blade head. A full steel core secures the head to pommel and tightens with a hex bolt. The guy who chops his own firewood? This is for him. – Buy It

Matador Pocket Blanket 2.0

Matador Pocket Blanket 2.0

It folds up to the size of a wallet but unfurls to a large 5 feet by 3 and a half. Waterproof, puncture resistant and with a stitched on re-folding guide, this will fast become a requisite part of any camper’s gear. – Buy It

Beach LT Foldable Kayak

Beach LT Foldable Kayak

Get your outdoorsman a boat. That fits on his back. This foldable kayak assembles with snaps and straps in just a few minutes and has a modular paddle and an optional backpack to carry it all in. Weighing in at less than 30 pounds, this makes all bodies of water kayak-able. – Buy It

Big Idea Titanium Pocket Tool

Big Idea Titanium Pocket Tool

Small, useful and made out of titanium, this is the EDC that will go everywhere and get used often. It’s just 3 inches long but packs eight tools including a screwdriver, bottle opener, mini pry bar, universal wrench and a fork. – Buy It

Kikkerland Portable BBQ Suitcase

Kikkerland Portable BBQ Suitcase

Tell the camper in your life, “I got you a suitcase,” and you might get a little side-eye. Then show him this. Stainless steel with room to cook for two, this charcoal grill is fully portable and will become an essential part of any car-camper’s gear. – Buy It

Titan Stormproof Match Kit

Titan Stormproof Match Kit

Fire can mean the difference between cold/wet and warm/dry. These matches will make sure fire is attainable in just about any condition. Twelve beefy, four inch matches are wind and waterproof, will burn up to 25 seconds and come in a floating case. – Buy It

Marmot Tungsten Tent

Marmot Tungsten Tent

Know a backpacker or two? Get them this. Weighing under 5 lbs 5 oz with the fly, the Marmot is a trail tent built for two that offers a lot of room, easy set up, a vestibule for gear storage, and doesn’t cost the same as your monthly rent. – Buy It

BioLite BaseCamp Grill

BioLite BaseCamp Grill

Another brilliant (literally, figuratively) invention from BioLite, this grill will cook a burger for eight people at a time using fallen branches and small pieces of firewood. While those burgers are getting woodfired, the grill is generating up to five watts of usable power. – Buy It

Stanley Adventure SS Flask

Stanley Adventure SS Flask

For those who consider whiskey a non-optional addition to their pack gear, perhaps you’d like to introduce them to the Adventure Flask. Made by 100+ year old Stanley, this stainless steel flask will carry 8 oz of hooch just about anywhere. – Buy It

Nordic Pocket Saw

Nordic Pocket Saw

Try bringing a chainsaw in your pack and you won’t get very far down the trail. Unless it’s this: a 25.6 inch saw made from heat-treated, high-carbon steel with double teeth on each link. Grab on to the heavy duty handles and saw through whatever needs sawing. – Buy It

The Adventure Log

The Adventure Log

Where cell reception ends, the real adventure begins. Instead of documenting with a phone, the proud owner of this American-made three-pack of 48-page notebooks will use time-honored pen on paper to chronicle the where, when and with who details of their next trip. – Buy It

Nemo Stargaze Recliner Chair

Nemo Stargaze Recliner Chair

This is a camp chair with a serious upgrade. It’s a set-it-up-anywhere camping chair that reclines, swings and holds your beer. Pick one up for the guy who likes to look at the stars, or for anyone who likes a good bit of outdoor relaxation. – Buy It

Snow Peak Field Oven

Snow Peak Field Oven

Know someone who’s a fan of the Pack & Carry Fireplace? That’s the kit that lets you have a campfire and grill just about anywhere. And this new accessory turns the grill into an oven that can reach up to 500º. Camping pizza anyone? That sounds pretty good to us. – Buy It

LifeStraw Steel Personal Water Filter

LifeStraw Steel Personal Water Filter

A backpacker can go just about anywhere, as long as there’s water. The LifeStraw weighs just 5.6 ounces and turns any water source into water that meets US EPA drinking water standards, clearing it of bacteria, protozoa and chemical matter. Drink up. – Buy It

Recon 5 Sleeping Bag

Recon 5 Sleeping Bag

Heavy duty is too light a term. Made to be unrolled anywhere, tent or no tent, this can take the punishment of boots worn inside the bag. It’s got an antibacterial silver micro fiber barrier that ups the heat retention for operations up to -4º F. – Buy It

Exotac nanoStriker XL Firestarter

Exotac nanoStriker XL

Always have a way to make fire. It’s a pretty good motto for an outdoorsman to have. This keychain striker houses a quarter inch ferrocerium and magnesium rod with a tungsten carbide striking tool that can start up to 3,000 fires. – Buy It

Boreal21 Folding Saw

Boreal21 Folding Saw

A 21 inch hacksaw that packs down small. We can think of many situations where this will come in handy. So will the explorer in your life. Automatic tensioning makes for smooth sawing and the whole thing weighs just a hair over a pound and deploys in seconds. – Buy It

ENO TechNest Hammock

ENO TechNest Hammock

If the backpacker on your list is still up in the air on the tent versus hammock debate, this might sway them in the hammock direction. The integrated carabiners make it easy to set up and since it weighs less than a pound, it’ll go anywhere there are two trees. – Buy It

Flint and Tinder Flannel-Lined Waxed Trucker Jacket

Flint and Tinder Flannel-Lined Waxed Trucker Jacket

Honestly, this is a gift for any man on your list, outdoorsman or not. Made in the US of waxed 7 oz sailcloth, it’s fully flannel-lined and only gets better with time. The style is decidedly classic with a rugged/refined look that’ll go good on just about anyone. – Buy It

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