You may think that buying the perfect present for an outdoorsman is a hard cookie to crack, but whether or not you’re wired in the same way, it’s actually a lot easier to buy great gifts for the more outdoorsy types than it is to buy a present for the typical person.
Why? Well, since you’re asking this question, I’m going to make the pretty safe assumption that you have absolutely no idea what lies on the market for people with interests in backpacking, camping, hiking, survival, bushcraft, and the general outdoors. The answer is plain as day to those of us who dig this kind of thing: it’s easy to shop for outdoor-lovers because there’s a goldmine of amazing stuff to buy around every corner, much of which is stuff we’ve spent countless hours ogling at already. So if you buy us pretty much any one of these cool things, it’s safe to say we’re going to be quite appreciative. Hell, even if we’ve already got the very same thing you end up buying us (unlikely, considering just how many options there are on the market), chances are we’ll appreciate the gift just as much. You don’t need more than one iPad or iPhone, but you can never have too many knives.
I’ve organized our suggestions for outdoor-dad perfect gifts into different price points for those of you who, like us, are on a budget that doesn’t just disappear during events and holidays. You might also want to check out our list of presents for gear junkies, as not all the time, but much of it, interests do overlap for those of us who like outdoors and who like helpful tech in their lives.
Or, if you’ve decided after scrolling through this list that you’d rather gift a pocket knife, head over to our list of the best folding knives by price point.
If you’ve got a higher budget, keep in mind that if you like a lot of the cheaper options, you can always bundle a number of those gifts together to make your dad a kit instead of going with a single, more expensive present. It’s why we’ve added a lot more gift ideas in the under $30 price point than anything higher. A lot less risky to grab many pieces of gear than just one piece of expensive kit that dad may not be so keen on because he has a favourite go-to bag or tent, say, already.
Outdoor Gift Ideas Under $15
1. Opinel No. 8 Pocket Knife – Great as a first knife, great as a last. Can’t go wrong with gifting this pocket knife. Reviewed here.
2. Gerber Dime Multi-Tool – One of the best multi-tools on the market keeping price point in mind.
3. SE 4-Inch Camping Cutlery Steel Detachable Knife 2 Pack – Compact and easy to stowaway, these utensils make it easy to not leave your knives, forks, and spoons at home when you’re camping.
4. Smith’s PP1 Pocket Pal Multifunction Sharpener – Keep your knives sharp, whether you’re in the field or at home. Not as great as some of the much more expensive alternatives, but one of the best handheld sharpeners around that will do just fine in a pinch, and at a very low price point.
5. Mora Companion Outdoor Survival Knife – No way it’s possible to have a list like this without mentioning this behemoth of the outdoors. Small in stature, but not versatility. If your father’s missing one of these from his collection, it’s a surefire perfect addition to his kit.
|Morakniv Companion Fixed Blade Outdoor Knife with Carbon Steel Blade, Military Green, 4.1-Inch
1,989 total customer reviews…
Outdoor Gift Ideas Under $20
1. Bahco Laplander Folding Hand Saw – Never thought I would pick a saw as a must have, but this one is a game changer. Show dad how quick it can go through a thick branch and he’ll be impressed for sure. Lightweight as hell to keep in a backpack and carry along for the ride as well. Reviewed here.
2. Unifun 10400mAh Waterproof External Battery Power Bank – In this day and age, our cellphones can be more useful than an extra knife – an external battery pack is a no brainer. One that’s waterproof? Perfect for taking to the outdoors.
|Unifun 10400mAh Waterproof External Battery Power Bank Charger with Strong LED Flashlight and Strap Hole for Tablets, Smartphones and 5V Devices
959 total customer reviews…
3. Leatherman Style CS Multi-Tool – Thomas everyday carried this one for months on his keychain. One of those things where you never know you need it until you need it. Always handy to have on you.
4. LifeStraw Personal Water Filter – Water is hella important in the outdoors, and clean, drinkable water may be hard to come by if you forget to over pack water bottles from home. This no frills water filter is lightweight, easy to wear around your neck, and pretty perfect, to say the least. Reviewed here.
5. Fenix E05 LED Flashlight – 85 lumens in a small package. Fenix is a solid company with a great reputation. Just what you want in a flashlight.
Outdoor Gift Ideas Under $30
1. Portable Parachute Nylon Fabric Travel Camping Hammock – Who doesn’t hate pesky insects? Sleeping above ground in the outdoors is prime real estate, and this is probably the easiest and quickest bedding you can rig together. Besides that, comfort is high when you’re sleeping in a hammock.
2. Fiskars X15 Chopping Axe – Fiskars is to axes as Mora is to knives. In terms of both durability and price, this piece of kit is a winner. Nothing better than a weatherproof axe, even if you’ve got a slew of wood-handle ones already.
3. BaoFeng UV-5R+ Dual-Band Ham Two-Way Radio – Communication meets the outdoors in this handy two-way radio. Help dad keep in touch with his fellow camp mates by getting the crew these. *Note: You need a HAM radio license to operate one of these, but if dad has one or would like to get one, these make the perfect gift.
|BaoFeng UV-5R+ Dual-Band 136-174/400-480 MHz FM Ham Two-Way Radio (Black)
1,069 total customer reviews…
4. Camping Cookware Mess Kit – Sometimes you need more than just a fire pit and some smores, especially when you’re out in the wilderness for extended periods of time. These are the perfect cookware kits for that kind of thing. Always handy to have compact gear like this when you’re hiking, backpacking, or camping.
|Camping Cookware Mess Kit Backpacking Gear & Hiking Outdoors Bug Out Bag Cooking Equipment 10 Piece Cookset | Lightweight, Compact, & Durable Pot Pan Bowls – Free Folding Spork, Nylon Bag, & Ebook
737 total customer reviews…
5. Gerber Bear Grylls Parang Machete – Whether your pa loves or hates Bear Grylls, this is a fantastic tool in its own right. Thomas has owned one since it came out and still recommends it to this day – a true blue workhorse. That being said, please note that if dad absolutely hates Bear Grylls, you will likely want to steer clear of getting this product, as many outdoorsmen have a problem getting a product with Grylls’ name on it, even if the product is phenomenal. Reviewed here.
Outdoor Gift Ideas Under $50
1. Condor E&E Bag – By far and large one of the best messenger bags on the market for the price. Durable (we’ve been using ours for years) with great versatility, this company knows what it’s doing when it comes to bags and packs. Reviewed here.
2. Ivation Battery-Powered Handheld Portable Shower – Takes the water from a bucket or sink and turns it into a stream that you can shower in. Let me tell you, this is a handy product that you can be almost sure dad doesn’t have yet. After a week in the brush, he will thank you (as will everyone else at camp).
|Ivation Battery-Powered Handheld Portable Shower – Turns Water from Bucket/Sink Into Steady, Gentle Stream – Built-In 2200mAh Rechargeable Battery
725 total customer reviews…
3. Anker 21W 2-Port USB Solar Charger – Much like the external battery pack, this is a no-brainer in 2016. Super handy for when you’re off the grid for extended periods of time and just don’t have a place to charge up in.
|Anker 21W 2-Port USB Solar Charger PowerPort Solar for iPhone 6/6 Plus, iPad Air 2/mini 3, Galaxy S6/S6 Edge and More
274 total customer reviews…
4. Buck 110 Folding Hunter Pocket Knife – Classic heirloom knife, this thing has been in production since time immemorial for a reason. Reviewed here.
|Buck Knives 110 Famous Folding Hunter Knife with Genuine Leather Sheath
1,328 total customer reviews…
5. Sawyer Personal Filter & Water Bottle – Much like the Lifestraw, this Sawyer bottle’s a water purifier/filter, but with a longer lifespan and an integrated bottle so that carrying water on you is a heck of a lot easier.
Outdoor Gift Ideas Under $100
1. Leatherman Wave Multi-Tool – Probably the most popular full sized multi-tool in the world, this thing is pretty amazing. A bit on the hefty side, but we’re sure dad won’t mind.
2. Solo Stove Lite Camping Stove – This camp stove works like a charm. Fuel efficient to the max, and little to no mess in a portable package. Why not make outdoor life easier? Reviewed here.
3. Sundome 4 Person Tent – Not everyone likes to sleep under a pile of branches, especially when it’s raining. For regulars in the outdoors, try out this highly regarded tent.
4. Leatherman Skeletool – Not as versatile as the Leatherman Wave, but much lighter, and has a very convenient pocket clip. Can replace a pocket knife considering it’s got a pretty useful knife integrated.
5. Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate Pro Survival Knife – We know, we know, another Bear Grylls branded piece of kit, but we promise you it’s solid. Besides being a knife, it’s got a firesteel, rescue whistle, hammer, and basic knife sharpener, all packed into one knife and sheath. Perfect for the survival-oriented. Again, if your dad absolutely hates Bear Grylls, steer clear to avoid a bad lecture. Otherwise, this product is a solid go. Reviewed here.
Outdoor Gift Ideas Over $100
1. 5.11 Tactical Rush 72-hour Backpack – Versatility for the tactically inclined. Not exactly a subtle pack with its MOLLE garb, but it works very well and offers infinite options. One of the most popular backpacks of its kind around.
2. Work Sharp Ken Onion Knife and Tool Sharpener – The only electric sharpener Thomas has have ever used that he trusts to not destroy the edge on his knives. It’s basically a shrunken down belt grinder.
3. Helle Temagami Carbon Fixed Blade Bushcraft Knife – Is there such a thing as the perfect bushcraft knife? No idea, but if there isn’t, this one comes very close.
4. Coleman 8-Person Red Canyon Tent – Simply enormous living capacity. Not sure if many would be happy staying in a confined space with 7 other people, but for a small family or a small crew that wants plenty of extra room? Great stuff.
|Coleman Red Canyon 8 Person Tent, Black
1,661 total customer reviews…
5. ESEE 6P Black Fixed Blade Survival Knife – We’ve never once had an ESEE product fail us, ever. American made and with an unbeatable warranty. Excellent knives for outdoorsmen.
|ESEE 6P Black Fixed Blade Knife with Desert Brown Molded Polymer Sheath
38 total customer reviews…
Other Father’s Day Gifts for Outdoors-Loving Dads?
Ever bought a gift for your outdoor-oriented dad that he really appreciated?
Are you an outdoorsman yourself who would really appreciate a specific present from your kids?
Let us know your recommendations in the comments section!