55 Best Gift Ideas for Outdoorsmen

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If you’re looking for gift ideas for outdoorsmen, these gifts will keep him safe and comfortable in the wild.

There are many different types of outdoorsy guys! Some men like to get away and hike for a few hours before heading home to a warm shower and a comfy bed. Others dream of weeklong backpacking treks or kayaking trips over whitewater rapids.

Whether you’re shopping for an occasional outdoorsman or a serious man of the wilderness, we’ve rounded up dozens of gift ideas to make his adventures more fun! From safety gear like first aid kits and lights to comfort items like air mattresses to various ways to make delicious coffee – there’s something for every outdoorsman on this list!


55 Cool Gift Ideas For Outdoorsmen

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Coleman Gas Camping Stove

  • Old Faithful

  • $$$$$
  • Gear

This camp stove is a classic – it’s been around forever and people love it. The two-burner propane stove has wind-blocking panels to keep your flame going, and the heat can be adjusted up and down. It’s one of the easiest propane stoves to use and is great for families or small groups.


Trekking Poles

  • Extra Legs

  • $$$$$
  • Safety, Gear

Trekking poles are a huge help for hikers and a great gift for outdoorsmen! The poles can help steady someone who is hiking on rough terrain and save the knees when he’s headed downhill. In a pinch, they can even be used as shelter supports to stay dry.


80% Merino Wool Hiking Socks

  • Protect The Tootsies

  • $$$$$
  • Clothing

Wool socks make great outdoorsman gift ideas because they continue to keep feet warm even when they get wet. These socks have extra cushioning on the footbed and will keep feet warm and dry.


Freakin’ Huge Emergency Blankets

  • Don’t Die In The Woods

  • $$$$$
  • Safety, Gear

Run-of-the-mill emergency blankets are rather small and may not even fully cover a larger outdoorsman. These emergency blankets are 23% larger than the standard, so they provide much more protection. Your boyfriend or husband will be safely outfitted with one of these blankets!


Hand & Toe Warmers

  • Warm Hands, Warm Heart

  • $$$$$
  • Perks

Hand and toe warmers are small presents that seem kind of insignificant until everyone’s standing shivering around a camp stove early in the morning, trying to get warm! They may not be necessities for a camping trip, but they make life so much more pleasant for outdoorsy guys. They can even throw a few in their sleeping bag to keep warm at night.


Granite Gear Men’s Backpack

  • Pack It Out

  • $$$$$
  • Gear

This internal frame pack holds plenty of gear and weighs just over two lbs, so it won’t weigh down the hiker. It also has external mesh pockets and is made of durable nylon. The top can be completely removed, and it has a hydration port and internal hydration sleeve.


GoPro HERO7

  • Get It On Camera

  • $$$$$
  • Perks

Adventurous men can share their exploits with everyone else by recording their travels with this GoPro! The Hero7 has excellent video stabilization, an ultra-high frame rate, and slo-mo video. It will be like you’re right there with him!


Credit Card Multitool Pocket Tool

  • MacGuyver Anything

  • $$$$$
  • Gear

This would make a great Christmas stocking stuffer or a nice birthday gift for outdoorsmen! The multitool is the size of a credit card and features a folding wallet knife, fire starter flint, a compass, an emergency whistle, and more. It’s a great addition to any survival kit.


Bozeman Camping Coffee Pot

  • Perk Up

  • $$$$$
  • Perks

Just because you’re camping doesn’t mean you have to live with no creature comforts. He can still have his delicious morning brew with this camp stove percolator. The steel pot and wood handle mean this percolator can be tossed in with all the camping gear and won’t get broken. And it will brew up a nice, strong, hot pot of coffee to help him take on a day in the outdoors!


SOTO WindMaster Backpacking Stove

  • Portable Kitchen

  • $$$$$
  • Gear

This stove is lightweight but sturdy enough to support a variety of pots you may use on it. The igniter works well and like the name implies, it functions well even in windy conditions. He’ll love taking this stove on his next backpacking trip!

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85 Piece Hard Shell First Aid Kit

  • Safety First

  • $$$$$
  • Safety

He’ll be prepared for minor injuries with this small first aid kit. It’s perfect for popping into a day pack for a day of hiking, fishing, or boating. The kit includes bandages, sanitizing wipes, tweezers, gloves, a whistle, and more.


Legendary Whitetails Flannel Shirt

  • Ultimate Flannel

  • $$$$$
  • Clothing

This shirt is soft, so he’ll stay comfortable while doing the outdoorsy things he loves. It comes in several colors and is available as a plaid or a solid. Because the shirt is 100% cotton, it may shrink a bit so consider that when picking a size.


Chicco SmartSupport Backpack Carrier

  • Bring Baby Along

  • $$$$$
  • Gear

Help him share his love of the outdoors with his children! This baby backpack has an adjustable seat with a 5-point harness. Fortunately, the aluminum frame is lightweight because kids are heavy enough! The pack offers lumbar support and padded shoulder and waist straps.


Buffalo Bob's Exotic Jerky Assortment

  • Snack Attack

  • $$$$$
  • Food & Drink

Send him off into the great outdoors with some hearty protein snacks that come in unusual flavors! This assortment of jerkies includes ostrich, kangaroo, elk, and alligator. He’ll get a filling snack and a unique present all at the same time!


Marmot Never Summer Sleeping Bag

  • Sleep Tight

  • $$$$$
  • Gear

This is a 0-degree sleeping bag that’s great for backpacking, biking, and other outdoor activities. A wrap-around footbox keeps feet warmer. The main zipper has an anti-snag slider and a second zipper gives extra ventilation and easy access to the bag.


Into the Wild Book

  • Read About It

  • $$$$$
  • Perks

Christopher McCandless was discovered dead by a group of hunters in a remote Alaskan area. But who was he? Why did he donate $25,000 in savings to charity and head for the wilderness? Jon Krakauer’s book looks at McCandless’s upbringing and ideas in this quintessential book about wilderness living.


Merrell Men's Waterproof Hiking Boot

  • Walk This Way

  • $$$$$
  • Clothing, Safety

Nothing will ruin a backpacking or hiking trek faster than uncomfortable hiking boots. These fix several common problems – they’re waterproof, lightweight, breathable, and have arch support. They also have an air cushion in the heel to absorb the shock from walking. Also, they are high enough to offer ankle support to prevent twisted ankles on the trail.


LifeStraw Personal Water Filter

  • Clean Water

  • $$$$$
  • Gear, Safety

These straws make great gifts for outdoorsmen because they’re the fastest, simplest way to get clean water. Simply collect water from a stream or other source, and use the straw as a regular drinking straw. The microfiltration membrane eliminates almost all waterborne bacteria and waterborne parasites.


Paracord Bracelet With Fire Starter And Whistle

  • Look Cool, Start Fires

  • $$$$$
  • Gear, Clothing

A trendy-looking bracelet with a lot of functions! This comes as a set of two bracelets with snap closures. However, they’re not just for looks – tucked into the closure are a fire starter, a compass, an emergency whistle, and more. The bracelets mean guys can save room in their pack and consult their compass easily.


Starbucks VIA Coffee

  • No Mud Coffee

  • $$$$$
  • Food & Drink, Perks

There are several ways to get a decent cup of coffee like a civilized human being while in the wild. Instant coffee is one of the simplest, and Starbucks makes some of the best-tasting instant coffee out there. He can probably even convince himself he’s drinking the real thing.

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Garmin GPS Smartwatch

  • Know Where You Are

  • $$$$$
  • Gear

This smartwatch will keep track of heart rate, respiration, and all the other health indicators people love to track with their watches. But perhaps most important in the wild, the watch has a GPS feature to help him figure out where he is and where he’s going.


Dorfman Pacific Men's Hat

  • Protect The Face

  • $$$$$
  • Clothing, Gear

A sun hat is going to be an essential piece of gear for a man spending all day outdoors! He’ll want a hat that packs down easily but covers his face, neck, shoulders, and back when it’s worn. This sun hat does all those things, plus the mesh sides provide cooling so he doesn’t overheat.


DoubleNest Lightweight Camping Hammock

  • Hang Ten

  • $$$$$
  • Perks

Hammocks may not be an essential piece of camping gear, but they sure are a lot of fun. Some people even prefer sleeping in them at night – no sticks or stones poking your back! This hammock weighs only 19 oz., fits two people at up to 400 lbs, and has high sides to prevent anyone falling out.


GearLight LED Head Lamp

  • Light The Way

  • $$$$$
  • Gear

If he’s up and out in the wilderness before the sun’s even up, or after the sun goes down, he’ll appreciate this headlamp! It will keep hands free to work on other things or steady himself on the trail while lighting the way as he walks or sets up camp.


Ugly Stik GX2 Spinning Fishing Rod

  • Gone Fishin’

  • $$$$$
  • Gear

If he heads to the water to fish any chance he gets, this Ugly Stik rod is a great, versatile fishing rod for him. It’s known for its strength, and it will last a good long time. It also works great for both salmon and saltwater fish, but also for fish in streams and rivers.


JBL CLIP 3 Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

  • Portable Tunes

  • $$$$$
  • Perks

Sure, there are lots of times an outdoorsman wouldn’t want a Bluetooth speaker in the wild. The whole point is to get away! But lounging next to a stream or setting up and relaxing at camp, he may want to listen to a few of his favorite tunes. This speaker comes with a clip so he can attach it to his pack or hang it from a tent pole.


MalloMe Camping Cookware Mess Kit

  • Dish It Out

  • $$$$$
  • Gear

Everyone on a camping trip needs a decent mess kit! This one is a far cry from the metal Boy Scout kits – it’s made of high-quality anodized aluminum. Food heats quickly and the dishes clean easily. The kit includes a pot, pot cover, pan, 2 bowls, a folding spork, a spoon, a wooden spatula, a cleaning sponge, and a drawstring pouch to pack everything away.


Polar Bottle Sport Insulated Water Bottle

  • Best For Biking

  • $$$$$
  • Gear

Make sure he stays hydrated on his next long-distance bike ride with this popular water bottle. It’s perfectly fitted for bike water bottle holders and holds a generous 24 ounces of liquid. The self-sealing cap means he won’t spill any precious drops and it pushes closed so it’s easy to operate one-handed.


Waterproof Matches

  • It’s Lit

  • $$$$$
  • Gear, Safety

These are one of those small gifts for outdoorsmen with a major payoff. Anyone who’s ever tried to start a campfire in the rain knows the value of waterproof matches!

Grab a few boxes for inexpensive stocking stuffers or small appreciation gifts for a Scout leader or other outdoorsy friend. They’re also a great item for the outdoorsman who has everything since they’re consumable. He can always use more!


Snowshoe Kit

  • Be Cool

  • $$$$$
  • Gear

Snowshoeing is a great way to get outdoors in winter! Outfit him with everything he needs for a snowshoeing trek with this kit. It comes with snowshoes that are easy to put on and take off with winter boots. The kit also has trekking poles and a nylon carrying bag.

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Goal Zero Yeti Portable Power Station

  • Power Up

  • $$$$$
  • Gear

Sure, everyone gets outdoors to get away from devices that need power, but there are circumstances when he might need them. He’ll be set for emergencies, or just to have a slightly more comfortable trip, with this power station. It will power most electronic devices and is small enough to be taken on a backpacking trip.


AeroPress Go Portable Travel Coffee Press

  • Drink Fancy Coffee

  • $$$$$
  • Perks, Food & Drink

Of all the ways to make coffee in the backcountry, this is one of the favorites of serious coffee connoisseurs. Each serving makes 1-3 cups of coffee that people love for its flavor and lack of bitterness that stovetop coffee can have. It can brew hot coffee or espresso in one minute and cold brew coffee in two.


TICONN Neck Gaiter

  • Multipurpose Mask

  • $$$$$
  • Clothing

Gaiters are useful for many things outdoors. He can pull it over his face or leave it around his neck for warmth. If he has longer hair, he can also push it up to use as a headband. He can even pull part of it over the back of his head to keep more of his head cool.


Coleman Sundome Tent

  • Great Budget Tent

  • $$$$$
  • Gear

If he’s hiking Mount Everest, this probably isn’t the tent for him. But if he’s a weekend warrior looking for a quick tent to set up Friday after work, this is perfect. It will keep him warm and dry on a fishing trip, hiking weekend, or bike trip.


Stanley Base Camp Cook Set for 4

  • Cook It Up

  • $$$$$
  • Food & Drink, Gear

This cook set comes with a pot and lid, frying pan, cutting board, spatula and serving spoon, plates, bowls, sporks, and more. He’ll have everything he needs for a camping trip with the family with this cooking set. It’s also easy to clean – a must when you don’t have a proper sink!


Lightweight Daypack

  • Day Trippin’

  • $$$$$
  • Gear

This backpack is perfect for a day hike. It’s made of tear and water-resistant nylon, with a waterproof wet pocket inside to separate wet or sweaty clothes or other items. It weighs only 0.7 pounds, and it folds in on itself to store.


Military Lensatic Sighting Compass

  • Find Your Way

  • $$$$$
  • Gear

Compasses make great outdoorsman gift ideas for guys who like to head off the beaten path. This compass is professional military-grade gear that will give accurate readings. It’s waterproof and shake-proof, and it can attach to a belt. A carrying case will protect it for years to come.


Columbia Men's Watertight Jacket

  • Stay Dry

  • $$$$$
  • Clothing

He can keep adventuring in the rain with this watertight jacket! The nylon shell repels water, even during a downpour, and the elastic at the sleeves and hem keeps any water from sneaking in. It also packs down into a pocket, so it’s easy to bring along in a backpack.


Waterproof Lighter

  • Light Anything

  • $$$$$
  • Gear

This waterproof lighter comes with a cover to protect it from the elements. It has a built-in, rechargeable battery, and it comes with a paracord lanyard for carrying. The lighter works with a simple push of a button, making it easy to start a fire.


Zology Folding Camping Chair

  • Sit Easy

  • $$$$$
  • Perks

This chair has a cooler attached, so he can load up his food and drinks, and there are several pockets for holding other essentials. He’ll love this chair for fishing, rafting, camping, and other outdoor activities.

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Ultralight Food Bag Hanging System

  • Bear Aware

  • $$$$$
  • Safety

If he’s camping in bear country, he’ll appreciate this system for hanging food and other scented items out of the reach of the animals. He just puts rocks into the bag to toss over a branch, then he can use the pulley to raise his gear out of reach.


Extra Large Merino Wool Camp Blanket

  • Stay Warm

  • $$$$$
  • Gear

Wool is a great cold weather fabric. It’s less susceptible to mold or mildew than many fabrics, keeps people warm even when it’s wet, and generally stays clean with some simple spot-cleaning. This blanket offers a great layer of warmth while he’s out fishing, stargazing, or camping. Unlike many scratchy wool blankets, this one is also surprisingly soft.


Earth Pak Waterproof Dry Bag

  • Protect The Essentials

  • $$$$$
  • Gear

Dry bags make great gifts for outdoorsmen who enjoy kayaking, canoeing, fishing, or other water activities. He can simply put his phone, wallet, even a book in the dry bag and fold over the top. The bag will protect his stuff while he’s out on the water. This bag also comes with a waterproof phone case on a lanyard, so he can keep his phone close to take pictures.


KOSIN 100 Piece Survival Gear and Equipment

  • Stay Safe

  • $$$$$
  • Gear

Get him all the emergency gear he needs, stored in one bag. This kit has emergency survival gear, medical supplies, fishing tools, and an EMT pouch. It also includes a flashlight and tactical knife. He’ll be able to handle just about any outdoor emergency with everything in this set!


Sky Genius Low Light Binoculars

  • See All The Things

  • $$$$$
  • Gear

Binoculars are great gift ideas for outdoorsmen who are hunters, birdwatchers, or just like seeing wildlife from a distance. These binocs are easy to focus and have 10x magnification. They also have an anti-slip grip to keep them from falling out of his hands.


Doukey LED Camping Light

  • Light Of Mine

  • $$$$$
  • Gear

This cute little camp light looks like a light bulb, but the LED light puts out up to 150 lumens. He can hang it inside the tent or from a tree to give himself more light in camp. It’s also durable and not easily broken.


Waterproof & Windproof Thermal Gloves

  • Protect The Hands

  • $$$$$
  • Clothing

These gloves will keep him warm and are waterproof, snowproof, and windproof. They are screen-touchable so he can operate his phone, and they have reflective materials to make him easier to spot in the dark. They’re thin enough to allow him to use his hands as he needs to but very warm and insulated.


Grassman Camping Tarp

  • Stay Dry

  • $$$$$
  • Gear

Tarps are useful in a variety of situations! He can put it under his tent to ensure moisture stays out of it. He can string it up over a branch for shelter. He can use it as a windbreaker or spread it over his gear to keep it dry. This tarp is waterproof and tear-resistant and comes with its own carrying bag.


Personalized Swiss Army Knife

  • Name It

  • $$$$$
  • Gear, Safety

If he loves being outdoors and has many uses for a Swiss army knife, get him his very own with his name on it. He’ll never lose it during a group outing again! This knife has large and small blades, a can opener, screwdrivers, a bottle opener, scissors, and much more. It also comes with a lifetime warranty.


Ultralight Inflatable Sleeping Mat

  • Comfy and Cozy

  • $$$$$
  • Gear

Just because he’s sleeping on the ground doesn’t mean he has to be uncomfortable! This sleeping mat is very small and light for backpacking, but it inflates so he can sleep comfortably. The mat is designed to support all of his pressure points for a great night’s sleep.

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Plano Sportsman's Trunk

  • Stay Organized

  • $$$$$
  • Gear

If he has a lot of hunting, fishing, or camping gear, he can keep it all in this trunk. Then, when he’s ready to head out, he can simply load up the trunk and hit the road! The box is sturdy and will keep out rain and elements when it’s outside.


Unigear Wood Burning Camp Stove

  • Wood Fired Excellence

  • $$$$$
  • Gear

This camp stove is made of stainless steel and is great for backpacking. The stove folds up like a book to be stored in his pack. One added advantage is that he won’t have to carry fuel with him – he can simply collect wood at his campsite. He’ll also have a meal flavored with the taste that can only come from a wood-fired oven.


16MP Trail Camera

  • I See You

  • $$$$$
  • Gear

Trail cameras are great gift ideas for outdoorsmen who are hunters! They’re also great for people who just like to see what wild animals do when they think no one is around. This trail camera delivers clear images and audible videos and is waterproof.


2-Person Inflatable Kayak Set

  • Sail Away

  • $$$$$
  • Perks

Whether he loves to get out on the lake to fish or just enjoys quiet paddling, this kayak set makes a great outdoorsman gift idea! It comes with an adjustable, inflatable seat with a backrest, oars, and an air pump.


GearLight LED Tactical Flashlight

  • Flash People

  • $$$$$
  • Gear

This tactical flashlight gives out a powerful light for a small device! It can focus on objects up to 1,000 feet away or light up a tent at night. It just takes three AAA batteries and is water-resistant and very durable.


Outdoorsmen FAQs

What is a Survivalist?

A survivalist is a person who practices outdoor survival skills for fun. Many survivalists also practice so that if there were an emergency, they would be well-equipped to live in the wild for a long period of time.

What National Passes Should I Get an Outdoorsman?

The America the Beautiful National Parks Pass is a great pass to buy an outdoorsman. It allows them access to any national parks, forests, grasslands, monuments, wildlife refuges, and more. If he is a veteran or current military member, he is eligible for a free Interagency Annual Military Pass to access those sites.

A state parks pass for the state they live in is another good pass to buy for an outdoorsman.

How Do You Buy a Fishing License as a Gift?

The easiest way to buy a fishing license as a gift is to purchase a gift voucher for someone else. You just need to provide the name of the recipient to get a voucher. Present the voucher to your friend or loved one, and they can redeem it for a fishing license.

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Laura Falin is a freelance writer from Colorado. She worked in TV news for more than ten years, and since then has written for publications and websites including BabyCenter, Colorado Parent Magazine, and Denver Parent. She loves being outdoors and reading.