12 Great Gift Ideas For The Outdoorsman in Your Life

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, L
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 Deep Blue Dial Mens Watch SKX009K1
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 Backpack

Osprey Packs Farpoint 40 Travel Backpack, Jasper Red, Medium/Large

I’ve owned Osprey backpacks for many years now. I have taken them hiking or on overnight trips many times. If I go on a 1 or 2 night trip I will always just take my Osprey. They have plenty of room for about 2 or 3 nights worth of clothes in addition to some knick-knacks and my MacBook.

The above model is really well made and Osprey’s lifetime warranty is great. 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

Coleman Gas Grill | Portable Propane Grill | RoadTrip 285 Standup Grill, Black
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

Anker PowerCore 20,100mAh Portable Charger Ultra High Capacity Power Bank with 4.8A Output and PowerIQ Technology, 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 (Style 1959) Men's Hiker Hike/Trek Sock - Denim, Large
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 Men's OO9154 Half Jacket 2.0 XL Rectangular Sunglasses, Polished Black/Black Iridium Polarized, 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

WINNER OUTFITTERS Double Camping Hammock - Lightweight Nylon Portable Hammock, Best Parachute Double Hammock for Backpacking, Camping, Travel, Beach, Yard. 118"(L) x 78"(W) Camel/Charcoal
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. A drone

DJI Mini 2 – Ultralight and Foldable Drone Quadcopter, 3-Axis Gimbal with 4K Camera, 12MP Photo, 31 Mins Flight Time, OcuSync 2.0 10km HD Video Transmission, QuickShots, Gray (Renewed)
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. Perfect for anyone who likes to go hiking a lot and goes to remote locations. You can capture amazing images and video with drones that can’t be captured from the ground.

Maybe he already has an entry level drone like this and you want to upgrade him to a professional level badass drone. This drone is a great starter drone 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 Tenacious Lightweight Folding Utility Pocket Knife with 3.39" Black Stainless Steel Blade and Black FRN Handle - Everyday Carry - PlainEdge - C122PBBK
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. If you don’t see anything on here, then explore Facebook groups and communities around his favorite outdoor activities. Find out what everyone want’s for Christmas.

Good luck!

Written by OutdoorMotives

At outdoormotives.com we talk about all types of outdoor activities. We answer common questions and recommend the best products to help you enjoy the outdoors as much as possible.


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