11 Rugged Father’s Day Gifts for the Outdoor Dad
Some dads like to play with technology. Some dads like to watch sports. Some dads hate being cooped up inside longer than they have to, and whenever they get the chance, they head for the hills and some good open-air fun.
This post is for those outdoor dads who deserve to be celebrated this Father’s Day with new trinkets or tools that make his adventures even more exciting. Here are 11 gifts your favorite outdoor dad needs or wants for his next outside adventure.
1. Traveler’s Wallet
On trips to the grocery store (or, more likely, the sporting goods store) your dad may be perfectly comfortable toting around his bulky leather wallet, but when he heads to the outdoors, he probably would prefer something lighter and more durable. The Flowfold Trifold Wallet is made of Kevlar fiber, so it floats, and it contains 11 pockets for ID, credit cards, cash, and more.
2. Adventure Pint Glasses
There is nothing like a cool beer after a long day on the trail, and if you get your dad the Hydroflask True Pint, he can enjoy a frosty one wherever he goes. This pint glass is made of stainless steel and insulated glass, making it durable enough for adventures and soothing enough for cocktail hour.
3. Outdoor Apparel
Your dad will probably never complain about enjoying his favorite outdoor hobbies in old T-shirts and blue jeans, but that’s because he doesn’t know how much easier it is to go outside in the proper apparel. Specially designed fishing shirts are lightweight, stylish, water-resistant, and protect from UV rays. Hiking shorts contain extra pockets and loops for various tools. There are also dozens of jackets for all sorts of outdoor excursions, from wading jackets to keep him warm and dry to jogging jackets that wick sweat and hold muscles in place.
4. Fishing Subscription Box
Subscription boxes are amazing because they keep giving for months to come. You can get your dad the outdoor box of his dreams:
- Isle Box: A variety of outdoor gear that changes with the seasons
- BattlBox: Tactical and survival tools for everyday or a rainy day
- The Fly Crate: Any and all fly fishing necessities
- The Nomadik Subscription Box: Functional gear for tech-minded adventurers
5. Collapsible Cookware
Toting around cookware is usually annoying, painful, and absolutely necessary for long trips in the outdoors, so the heavy pots and pans almost always fall into your dad’s pack. You can lighten his burden with the Sea to Summit X-Series, which is made of heat-resistant silicon to save weight, space, and clean-up time.
6. Camp Stove
It’s becoming more and more taboo to light campfires in natural areas, which means your dad should seriously start thinking about buying a stove. The Biolite CampStove might be the best on the market; using just small debris, like sticks and leaves, it creates a huge flame ― and it can use the heat from the fire to charge electronics, too.
7. Gun Sock
No hunter likes to haul his firearms through the muck and mud, but zippered cases are far too bulky to manage on a hunting trip. The Gunslicker is a lightweight sleeve that protects your dad’s rifles (and rifle accessories) from the elements, and it is well within your Father’s Day budget.
8. Enhanced Earplugs
It might be hard to tell whether your dad is losing his hearing or if he is just tired of listening to you. Either way, he will benefit from some enhanced ear protection, in the form of GunSport PRO Electronic Earplugs, which cancel out sound amazingly well.
The ENO SingleNext Hammock is as comfortable as a cloud and a snap to set up. All your dad needs to do is find the perfect napping spot, whether that be in the backyard or in the great backyard.
10. Walking Sticks
It’s probably hard for your dad to admit that he’s getting older, so you shouldn’t wait for him to complain about his knees before you get him a sturdy set of trekking poles. Kaito makes some of the best anti-shock models available, including some with flashlights, compasses, thermometers, and more built-in.
11. Hands-Free Flashlight
Most outdoor activities require the use of both hands, but after it gets dark, one of those hands usually has to bold the flashlight ― unless your dad has Joby’s GorillaPod, which wraps around nearby objects and grasps lights (and cameras) tight to provide hands-free illumination.
Candy Kelleyc says
Great ideas. Outdoorsy is always hard to buy for …They either have everything or you cannot figure out what they need
Cheryl W. says
Father’s day is one of the easiest holidays to shop for. Every year we are able to find awesome, useful items for their dad. This year it is going to be a hammock. I really liked that Eagles Nest one that you posted the link to. A lot of colors to choose from and they look very soft.
Joyce McDaniel says
I like your comment on number 7. the Gunsock. My husband loves to hunt and this product would be great for him for father’s day. I like this gift a lot.
Amber Ludwig says
What a great list!! Love that Pint glass!! What is camping without a celebratory after camp set up beer?!!?
Sarah L says
Fishing Subscription Box would be a big hit with my father.
Jeanna Massman says
My son-in-law would love some of these. Thanks for the ideas! I’ll pass them on to my daughter.
lovely joy merced says
Hammock would be the perfect gift for my hubby!
Sue M. says
THese are all great ideas. The hands-free flashlight would be really nice to have; I’d get one for myself!
Sandra Watts says
I want to get a couple of the Hammocks. Great just for lounging around.
Sue E says
My guy is an outdoorsy guy!! This is a great list for him! Especially the fishing list!
I’ve got some ideas for Father’s Day now!
Christina G. says
These are all so unique and great ideas. Thanks for sharing!
Paula Hogsed says
Some great ideas. I think my hubs would enjoy the hammock 🙂
Sonya Cocherell says
These are sound great! Michael’s not an outside man though. We have him another gift perfectly picked out for him.
Sue Mullaney says
These are excellent suggestions; I’d like to get the hands-free flashlight, that would be really nice to have!
Lisa Ehrman says
I Love these ideas, because most dads love to get outdoors when they can. I especially love the hammock, because dads really need to relax.
Dustin Smith says
Thanks for the ideas!
Michelle Elizondo says
I love the gifts.
Hameed Adelabu says
Beautiful picks for the father’s day. I wish to have them all.
Enhanced earplugs are a great idea! Way to think of his well being!
my dad would tell us if you dont bring in not going home for fishing it would be you and fish
Oooh a Hammock! My dad would just love that! Father’s Day is passed now but that is something I could consider getting him for Christmas or his next birthday! 🙂
Amy Green says
Even though Father’s Day has ended, I am still taking notes from this post. My dad is totally into the outdoors and this offers up great suggestions for upcoming birthday ideas!
Ronald Gagnon says
Thanks for all the suggestions..really liked the camp stove idea…after all these years we still use fires
janet aycock says
Janice Dean says
Thanks for sharing and for the great gift ideas!
Great photo of father and son
gloria patterson says
this creek that they are sitting beside had to be a special time, that place looks so beautiful and peaceful. I picked up the walking sticks for me a few years back, they help
Judy Thomas says
I think the best gift a child can give their Dad is to really listen and find out what really interests him, then find a gift to do with that. The best gift a father can give a child is time.
Christina G. says
That father/son picture is adorable. Thanks for sharing!
What great ideas to get my hubby active
Sarah L says
That fishing box would be great for my dad.
Bridget Combs says
These are excellent ideas for Christmas as well!
vicki lorenz says
I love seeing fathers and sons, then mothers and daughters doing something such as fishing as a meaningful thing to share with our kids. It teaches many lessons. Every child needs it.