If your father likes the great outdoors, then there’s a good chance he thinks of Father’s Day as the summertime version of Christmas. An opportunity to receive that one really cool gift that he’ll use throughout the summer and show off to all his friends.
But buying outdoor gear can be pretty intimidating on its own, nevermind when you’re doing it for dad. What’s he interested in? What’s something he will like? And what will he think is just a “bunch of baloney”?
Good news! We have compiled a comprehensive list of Father’s Day gift ideas guaranteed to make the outdoorsmen in your father proud.
Gifts Under $25
Fact: all dads love Yeti products. We can’t explain it, that’s just the way it is. One of the most affordable ways to give your dad a Yeti this Father’s Day is to pick him up the 10 oz Rambler Lowball. This insulated cup is an all-day drinking companion that is equally suited for a morning cup of coffee as it is for an afternoon cocktail. Cheers, this Yeti is for you dad!
Whether he uses it to whittle the perfect s’more stick or slash open packages from Amazon like Zorro, every dad needs a good pocket knife. And nothing is as classy and timeless as a knife from Opinel. Combining a durable stainless steel blade with a beautiful olive wood handle, Opinel’s No8 knife is a highly versatile pocket knife that makes for a perfect Father’s Day Gift.
With a box of BarCountry Pocket Cocktail mix, your dad can make himself a premium cocktail no matter where he goes! Just add water, spirits, and shake. Available in Cherry Infused Old Fashioned, Coconut Lime Margarita, Bloody Caesar. Four cocktail packets come in a pack.
A little bedtime reading for the grilling aficionado father, this is the definitive guide to the concepts, methods, equipment, and accessories of barbecue and grilling. Written by the founder and editor of the world’s most popular BBQ and grilling website, AmazingRibs.com, Meathead applies the latest research to over the fire cooking.
If your dad has even a passing interest in smoking meats, this is a must have. Aaron Franklin and co-author Jordan Mackay unlock the secrets behind truly great barbecue, and share years’ worth of knowledge. Franklin Barbecue is a definitive resource for the backyard pitmaster, with chapters on building your own smoker; finding and curing the right wood; creating and tending perfect fires; and of course, cooking mind-blowing, ridiculously delicious barbecue.
This collapsible device is perfect for grill master dad who is tight on space. It can be used as chimney starter for charcoal or as small portable grill. Perfect for summer BBQs, camping, or tailgating.
Is your Dad fond of bringing alcohol into questionable appropriate venues? City parks? The beach? Then a Stanley flask is the classy way to do it.
With these Pour Over coffee pouches by Kuju your dad can make a quick cup of coffee anywhere he goes. Just unfold the basket, place over your cup, and pour hot water through. Think of it as the modern version of Instant Coffee.
Gifts Under $50
Whether your Dad likes to BBQ, tailgate, or recklessly tend the campfire with his bare hands, these heat resistant gloves are a must. Their heat resistant construction is designed to keep his hands safe up to 932 F.
Give your father the power to know whether the steak is done or on it’s way to becoming “over-done-te.” This instant read thermometer reads in 2-3 seconds, has a motion sensor backlight, and splash proof casing. Knowledge is power, and that power could be used to make perfectly cooked steaks every time!
Coffee: the best part of waking up. And one of the best ways to make it using an Aeropress Coffee Maker. Part french press, part pour over, and part pneumatic press, it’s also a lot of fun to use.
Sadly, we live in a world of hipster axes. But your dad doesn’t want a Brooklyn conceptual art project and he certainly doesn’t need an axe from a foundry in Norway that’s been in continual operations since Erik the Red. This Estwing Hatchet is a solidly built, American-made hatchet that won’t break the bank.
This rechargeable outdoor shower solution offers on-demand pressurized water wherever you are. It’s perfect for camping, boating, beach-going, or even washing the dog. Just place the pump in a bucket of water and out comes a pressurized stream of water from the handheld showerhead.
The key to delicious tasting greens is to make them brown. This Lodge carbon steel grilling pan is great for firing up vegetables on a campfire grill grate or a backyard BBQ.
This plasma arc lighter is hands down the coolest way to light a fire. Using a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, it generates an electrical arc that is 100% windproof. It comes with an integrated flashlight and lantern, so you can offer somebody a “light” in every sense of the word.
The Aquabot water bottle is perfect for cleaning off muddy boots, spraying off salt water, rinsing dishes, taking some heat off the coals, or anything else you’d want pressurized water for. Use the hand pump to pressurize, adjust the nozzle to produce anything from a fine misty to focused jet. Is there a chance your Dad might use this as a squirtgun to menace you or your siblings? Absolutely, but that’s a risk you’re going to have to take.
Gifts Under $100
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. Just one 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.
If your Dad is into local craft beers, then he will love this insulated growler by DrinkTank. Not only does it keep your beer cold without needing a cooler, but it is far more durable than its glass counterpart. Perfect for drinking in the woods (camping), in the backyard (BBQs), on a boat, or in a parking lot (tailgating).
Few fathers can resist the siren call of a good hammock. The Kammok Hammock can be strung up nearly anywhere and can provide countless hours of relaxation. On a sunny summer afternoon, there’s no place he’d rather be.
Want to put an exact dollar amount on how much your appreciate your father? Than a gift card is a great way to go. 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.