2016 Gift Guide for the Outdoorsman

December 9, 2016

I absolutely loved Amanda’s gift guide for the ‘fashion forward male,’ and asked her to do two others – suggestions for the ‘Outdoorsman’ and for all pet lovers. Her present recommendations are spot on, and I’m going to be buying my outdoorsy dad one or two of these for Christmas (so thanks, Amanda!). Keep on reading for her guide!

When thinking about the Outdoorsman, there are so many different types. There’s the hiker, camper, fisher, hunter, skiier, and many more. My hubs, Scott, and his Dad both LOVE being outdoors and I was able to pick their brains over the Thanksgiving holiday on what types of gifts they would like to receive. Whatever type of Outdoorsman you are buying for this year, you will be sure to find the perfect gift for them here. 

For hiking, this backpack is perfect. Scott already has one and it is on my Father-in-law’s wish list this year. It is comfortable to carry and provides just the right amount of organization and space to keep all the things you may need while adventuring outdoors like this small, handy LED flashlight that is crazy bright and lights up to a distance of 330 meters or this 2 liter Reservoir for staying hydrated. If you run out of water on your hike, another cool gadget to have is this personal water filter. You can take this LifeStraw and literally drink straight from a stream or river and it will filter it for you. What I like most is that for every LifeStraw purchased, a child in an underdeveloped country will receive a year of clean drinking water. If you plan on hiking for a long time, you will need some comfortable shoes to keep you going. Merrell makes wonderful hiking shoes and I especially like these because they don’t scream hiking shoe. Your Outdoorsman can wear them for their everyday activities too and they will go with almost any casual look. 

If the Outdoorsman in your life likes camping and you like “glamping,” get him this Double TentCot. It sits off of the ground so it will keep you high and dry away from all the creepy crawlers. For sleeping bags, I would recommend this one that keeps you cozy and warm and what’s even better is, if you buy two, you can zip them together to create one big sleeping bag which is perfect for snuggling! When you wake up in the morning, you can enjoy a nice cooked breakfast on this portable stove with ingredients that have been staying super cold in this Yeti cooler. I prefer this soft Yeti because it isn’t as heavy as the hard shelled ones and the top zips open to allow you to easily see and access your items. If you need to chop some firewood to keep warm, what’s more Outdoorsman-y than this Sportsman’s Axe?! This gift is a very popular one this year and any rugged man would be thrilled to receive one. Scott bought one for himself the minute he saw it in a “cool guy” magazine which meant I couldn’t get it for him (insert “rolling eyes” emoji).

Any fisherman would love the previously mentioned cooler or any Yeti cooler really and will look the part in this cute Southern Tide fishing shirt. Scott has it and I love the pattern. 

For the ski fanatic in your life, this down Patagonia jacket is water repellent, lightweight and will keep him super warm along with these waterproof Snow Boots. I am currently sitting in Scott’s down Patagonia jacket inside my house by the fire right now while I write this because our heater isn’t working and it is surprisingly cold here in Houston. 

Regardless of outdoor activity, all men love watches (at least all the men in my life do), and this Filson watch would be a great gift for the Outdoorsman because it is scratch resistant, water resistant (submersible to 200 m) and made to withstand demanding environments. This watch is great for the indoorsman too! 

Last, but not least, why not play some music during all of the fun outdoor activities?! This speaker is weatherproof and also solar powered. You can charge it the normal way with a USB, but once charged it will continue to charge itself via the sun! 

Any other neat gifts that you are planning on buying for the outdoorsy, adventure seeking men in your life this holiday season? I would love to hear!


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