Gift Ideas For The Outdoorsman

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Maybe it’s a friend, family member, or significant other but you’re thinking about gift ideas for the outdoorsman in your life. Maybe it’s a Christmas gift or even a birthday gift but I’ve got 12 cool ideas for you here in no particular order that most any outdoorsy type guy would relish.

Gift ideas for the outdoorsman

1. Go-Pro

GoPro HERO — Waterproof Digital Action Camera for Travel with Touch Screen 1080p HD Video 10MP Photos
Any outdoor/adventurist would find a use for this awesome little gadget that has really exploded onto the tech market and created a niche for itself in recent years. I would love to be able to record all of my adventures through the wilderness and even encounters with wildlife. It’s definitely on my list of things to own in the future.

Now if I were to get one as a gift one day that would be awesome and I could mark it off my list and start recording! It’s a well made, rough and tough, waterproof, HD, video camera that has a ton of accessories he can get for it after the fact.

2. North Face Jacket

The North Face Men's Apex Bionic 2 Jacket TNF Black Large
My favorite brand of outdoor clothing. I love my North Face jacket. It’s very comfortable and warm and I tend to take it everywhere once fall comes around. This is not a jacket for extremely cold weather. It is waterproof and helps with cold wind though. Great for Fall and cool winter days.

Amazon has the best price I’ve seen on this particular jacket. They also make this exact jacket for women so maybe you and the hubs/boyfriend could both have one?

Check out my post on men’s waterproof hiking jackets if you want some more options.

3. Seiko Diver’s Watch

Seiko Divers Automatic Blue Dial Men's Watch
Seiko makes the best watches in my opinion. This one is no exception and you do not have to be a diver to own a diver’s watch. If this Seiko is a bit out of your price range, then the Casio I link to in the next paragraph is probably right up your alley. Now a lot of guys just aren’t “watch guys” and that’s ok. I wasn’t for a long time, in which case you may want to consider something else on this list as an alternative.

Or get a more simple wristwatch. We don’t all need a fancy Apple watch that we have to charge ever damn night. I want something that is tough and I don’t have to worry about getting wet or breaking. I recently bought this Casio G-shock. When I was a kid I had one and it lasted my whole childhood. So I bought another. The style hasn’t changed at all, and neither has the quality.

4. Osprey Flapjack Backpack

Osprey Men's FlapJack Backpack, Black, One Size

I own this Osprey backpack and have had it for a couple of years now. Check out my review on it here. I have taken it hiking many times. If I go on a 1 or 2 night trip I will always just take this. It has plenty of room for about 2 or 3 nights worth of clothes in addition to some knick-knacks and my MacBook.

It is really well made and Osprey’s lifetime warranty is great. Recently, I bought another Osprey pack that isn’t on this list but it is the Viper 9 Hydration Pack. I have used the Viper 9 a lot already and love it just as much as my Flapjack all purpose pack.

I highly recommend anything from Osprey, they have great outdoor gear and backpacks. Their prices are a bit on the high end, but their products really last and you know where the extra money went when you get your pack.

5. Coleman Propane Portable Grill LXE

Coleman Propane Grill | RoadTrip LXE Portable Gas Grill
Perfect for camping or picnics, this portable grill would make a perfect gift. It folds up making it highly portable, is propane fueled so don’t worry about messy charcoal, and is pretty easy to clean. Slides right into your trunk for road trips and weekend camping excursions.

And let’s be honest, what guy who loves the outdoors, doesn’t love grilling out? Well I guess maybe a vegan or something. Even then though there are tons of veggies you could cook on here. This one would be a slam dunk in my opinion. I do not own this particular product but as a guy who loves hiking, camping and the outdoors in general, I would love to receive this as a gift.

6. Portable USB Charger

Portable Charger Anker PowerCore 20100mAh - Ultra High Capacity Power Bank with 4.8A Output, External Battery Pack for iPhone, iPad & Samsung Galaxy & More (Black)
Not a big gift but a nice little gadget to consider for someone who is out for hours at a time away from an outlet. Taking lots of pictures with a digital camera or phone can drain batteries. This little dude can fit right into a backpack and charge up an iPhone, digital camera, iPad, and many types of laptops.

I have this USB charger and have taken it to Hawaii on long day hikes, as well as to Zion National Park and the Grand Canyon. It has 3 charging ports and more than a few times me and 2 of my buds were all 3 charging our phones on this thing. In this age of electronics and rechargeable devices this can be a life saver when you are away from an outlet.

7. Darn Tough Socks

Darn Tough Hike-Trek Merino Wool Micro Crew Cushion Sock (Pair) - L Olive
These are the best socks I have ever owned. Period. For socks, they are pretty damn pricey but they are oh so worth it. You really only need 1 or 2 pairs max and they do not need to be washed every single time you wear them, unlike other socks.

The material they are made of keeps your feet warm in the cold, and lets them breath and stay cool in the heat. These socks will not even stink after a full day of hiking! Darn Tough Socks would make a terrific stocking stuffer or secondary gift for the outdoorsman in your life.

8. Pair of Oakley Sunglasses

Oakley Mens Half Jacket 2.0 XL OO9154-05 Polarized Sunglasses 58mm, Polished Black Frame/Black Iridium Polarized Lens, 62 mm
I have owned this exact pair of Oakleys for probably the last 10 years. They are really nice glasses and have lasted a long time. I finally had to quit wearing them last year after the lenses finally were just too scuffed up to wear any longer. I’ve read that you can get replacement lenses and just pop them in place of the old ones and I will most likely do that.

The frames themselves are super tough and last forever it seems. I have dropped these dozens of times, lost them for weeks at a time on numerous occasions, and just generally been rougher than I should have with them. They always turn back up though and are super comfortable on my face. I just need to get the new lenses! Overall I would highly recommend them.

9. Nylon Portable Camping Hammock

MalloMe Double & Single Portable Camping Hammock - Parachute Lightweight Nylon with Hammok Tree Straps Set- 2 Person Equipment Kids Accessories Max 1000 lbs Breaking Capacity - Free 2 Carabiners
Great gift for a avid or occasional camper. This portable hammock can be stuffed into a small bag and kept in the trunk or even a backpack. It supports up to 500 lbs and would be great for 2 people to relax in. These remind me of the movie Avatar where they sleep in those leaves in that big tree and then wrap the sides around themselves like a cocoon.

There are straps at either end that are simply wrapped around 2 trees and that’s it. We used one of these on a recent camping trip and one of my friends ended up sleeping in it rather than in the tent! Just be sure the campsite allows for wrapping these straps around the trees, some prohibit this to protect the trees.

10. Drone with HD Camera and Altitude Hold

Drone with 1080P HD Camera for Kids & Adults, WiFi FPV RC Quadcopter with Headless Mode, Altitude Hold, One Key Take Off & Landing, 2.4Ghz 6-Axis Gyro Beginners Drone, 14 Mins Long Flight Time
I think most guys would like a drone, outdoorsy or not. They have to be flown outside though and are great for taking HD pictures and videos. If your guy goes hiking a lot and goes to remote locations and usually takes pic with his iPhone. Then let him try this out. For under $100 you really can’t go wrong here. It could even turn into a new hobby.

Maybe he already has an entry level drone like this and you want to upgrade him to a professional level badass drone. Then check out this Phantom 4 Starter Kit. I do not own the Phantom, but have flown one and have a friend that has one. They are very top of the line and can do just about anything you would expect a quality drone to do and then some.

11. Spyderco Delica 4 Flat Edge Folding Knife

Spyderco Delica 4 Lightweight Black FRN PlainEdge Folding Knife
I personally own this knife and it is without question the best pocket knife I have ever carried. Spyderco makes wonderful knifes, that come with lifetime warranties, and really withstand some heavy use. The blades are usually made with VG-10 steel and are razor sharp when they arrive. It has a handy clip on the side for your pocket which can be flipped around, depending on how he wants to carry it.

If you aren’t sure if he has a knife sharpener you may also want to grab this nice one or this cheaper one. He will probably want to use it quite a bit to test it out and it’s nice to have something to get the blade back sharp enough to shave with… not that you should!

12. Monthly Subscription Box for Outdoor Gear from Cairn

This one I have not tried but I find really cool and would love to have. You sign up for the subscription and receive a box monthly or quarterly depending on the plan. Each box contains a bunch of goodies for the outdoors lover.

So this could include a wide variety of hiking and camping gear. In my opinion would be even more awesome if you timed the arrival of the first box to arrive right around Christmas. That way he would actually be able to open the first box right there in front of you!

Wrap Up

Coming up with gift ideas for the outdoorsman doesn’t have to be hard. There are tons of good gift ideas for outdoorsy guys, a handful of which are on this list. Check out this article, gift ideas for hikers and campers for even more gift ideas.

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