Dads are notoriously tough to shop for, so we’ve gathered our favorite outdoor and camping gifts for the outdoorsmen in your life!
We’d like to dedicate this gift list to all the outdoorsmen out there. To the fathers who enjoy a good weekend camping trip, a backyard BBQ session, or a hike through the woods.
To all the practical men, who know who they are and what they’re about. To the plaid shirt wearing, black coffee drinking, canoe-paddling, axe-swinging, Nick Offerman types…
In other words, to the fathers who are utterly impossible to buy a gift for!
Seriously, what on earth do they need? They seem to have everything they want. And every time we ask, they just wave us off and say, “Oh, you don’t need to get me anything”. Look, dad, we appreciate your low-maintenance personality. Truly, we do. But this is not helpful.
That is why we came up with this gift guide. We’ve scanned high and low to find Father’s Day gift ideas that will make the outdoorsmen in your father proud.
If your dad doesn’t have the patience for the Tinker Toys style camp chairs that are popular right now but would still appreciate a comfy camp chair, the GCI Outdoor Freestyle Rocker Chair might be the perfect gift! It folds flat for storage but doesn’t require any fussy set up, has an attached drink holder, and the smooth rocking motion is perfect for relaxing in front of the campfire.
The Traeger Ranger takes the high end performance of a full-size Traeger grill and shrinks it down into a portable, briefcase sized unit. It’s small size makes it perfect for camping trips, RV-ing, and tailgating. The Ranger grill/smoker combo is a great way for dad to take his outdoor cooking to the next level.
Enjoy a clean burning campfire right in your own backyard, but without all the smoke! The Solo Stove Bonfire is an award-winning portable wood fire pit, whose unique design allows for easy-to-light fires that are virtually smoke-free. Our friends bought one, our parents bought one, and we liked it so much we bought one too.
Teva ReEmber Mocs
If your father wears slippers around the house, then he’ll love these cozy camp slippers. The Teva ReEmber Mocs have a comfy insulated top and sturdy rubberized soles – making them perfect for hanging out around the campground. They can be worn as either a slip-on or as a shoe. I’m wearing my pair right now as I write this!
With fire bans becoming more and more common, a good portable gas grill is perhaps the best way to simulate “campfire cooking” without having an actual campfire. This Weber Q1200 is one of the best portable BBQs on the market. Just one look around any RV park and you’ll quickly see this the propane BBQ of choice.
This Black Diamond Moji Charging Station functions as a dimmable camp lantern and power station to keep USB gadgets charged. The Moji itself is USB rechargeable but also has the ability to take AA batteries in case you run out of power while off-grid. It’s a great multi-functional piece of gear!
RTIC’s Ultra-Light Cooler is 30% lighter than other hard-sided coolers while maintaining rugged durability and long-lasting ice retention that you need in an outdoor cooler. This 52 QT cooler will hold 64 drink cans and features a removable divider and basket to help keep your provisions organized.
Vests are the best! They’re the perfect way to add a little warmth without adding a lot of bulk. This Microtherm Down Vest from Eddie Bauer has been my go-to recently. Vests make great gifts because it makes sizing a little easier. Eddie Bauer also offer a wide range of sizes, including tall versions for longer torsos.
Patagonia Better Sweater Jacket
Every dad could use a nice sweater. The Patagonia Better Sweater Fleece has been my favorite for the past few years. It clean enough to wear as a jacket around town, but also can double as a mid-layer if it really gets chilly. It’s my go-to morning at the campsite sweater.
Socks. There is no simple pleasure quite like a fresh pair of socks. These Darn Tough micro crew socks are our go-to year round. Lots of fun colors, super comfy, and backed by a good-for-life warranty. We are always grateful to receive a these socks as a gift, and we’re sure your dad will be too!
If your dad spends a lot of time outside in the summer, then this lightweight Sahara Shade Hoodie is the perfect gift to keep his skin from looking like toast come August. This ultra-lightweight, breathable hoodie not only keeps you cool but the fabric is rated at UPF 50.
The Rad Wagon Cargo Bike is the electric bike equivalent of pick up truck. The bike’s elongated frame and lower center of gravity provide stable, reliable rides, even when you’re taking full advantage of the 350 lb. payload capacity. Perfect for taking a kid or two across town or for trips to the grocery store. It’s definitely a splurge of a present, but would make a great “we were already talking about getting one” Father’s Day surprise!
A pie iron is a fun gift idea for any camp chef who loves to get creative over the campfire! They are relatively inexpensive, easy to use, and they’re just a ton of fun to play around with. We’ve made pizza pockets, sandwiches, and cinnamon rolls before, but there are so many more variations to try.
This is a perfect hatchet to take on a camping trip or just to have around the house. The blade holds a really sharp edge, the handle has great anti-vibration construction and it doesn’t cost a fortune. We own this hatchet and we love it. It comes with us anytime we’re making a campfire.
You can’t have enough headlamps. By the grill, in the garage, in the glove box of the car, or with the camping gear. The hands-free directional light from a headlamp is invaluable. The BioLite HeadLamp has a much lighter and slimmer design thanks to its internal USB rechargeable lithium-ion battery.
Products can be useful, but meaningful experiences will last a lifetime. Purchase a National Parks Pass and take your Dad on an adventure that you’ll both remember. This pass gets you into every National Park & Monument, as well as National Forests, Grasslands, and plenty of other recreation sites across the country for an entire year.
What better way to put an exact dollar amount on how much you appreciate your father than a gift card. But seriously, dads can be very particular when it comes to outdoor gear, so this might be the safest way to go. But if you can, we suggest going with him and making it into an experience.