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Outdoorsy Gifts For Men: 35 Useful Outdoorsman Gift Ideas

Outdoorsy Gifts For Men: 35 Useful Outdoorsman Gift Ideas

Do you have a man in your life who just can’t get enough of the great outdoors? Well, you have come to the right place! This 35 strong list of truly helpful outdoorsy gifts for men has been thoughtfully crafted to suit every type of adventurer. We have either used (or bought for our own outdoorsman friends!) every one of the gift ideas on this list, so we can personally guarantee those outdoorsy men of yours will be impressed.

We’re avid hikers and spend a lot of time outside enjoying mother nature at her finest. Mark uses pretty much most of this entire collection regularly during our day and multi day hikes.

The easiest way to break down a gift guide list is by price brackets, so you can easily shop within your price range. Feel free to jump to a specific section in the table of contents.

You might be interested in reading our popular guides to the best gifts for outdoorsy women and best gift ideas for avid hikers next (they are different!) to round up your holiday shopping list.

But for now, let’s get tucked into to our list of best holiday gifts for the everyday outdoorsman!

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Best Outdoorsy Gifts For Men Under $30

First on this list of best gift ideas for outdoorsy men, we chose simple but well considered options to help make his time in the wilderness more comfortable. Gifts don’t always have to be expensive to mean the most and spending time together in nature sharing his new outdoor gift might be exactly what he needs.

flask for taking a sip of whiskey around the campfire

1. Stanley Flask

We love this 8-ounce lightweight flask for so many reasons. Whiskey around the campfire anyone?! It will fit perfectly in a pocket which makes it great for any occasion. There is no chance of losing the cap either because it is permanently connected (Mark lost the cap on his old flask so this is essential). Stanley also offers a lifetime warranty on all their products to give you piece of mind.  

Buy on: Amazon | Stanley | Backcountry

buffs are excellent gift ideas for men who spend a lot of time in the great outdoors

2. Buff

Buffs are one of the most versatile pieces of gear we own. They can be worn so many different ways and are the best kept secret for sun protection. We like CoolNet UV+ because their products are made out of 95% recycled polyester and available in several different colors. 

Buy on: Amazon | REI | Backcountry

carhartt warm hat for men who spend a lot of time in harsh outdoor environments

3. Carhartt Hat

Carhartt hats have become both a fashion and functional item. They come in various colors and will keep your outdoorsman’s head warm when he is on his next cold weather adventure. Or better yet, steal it for yourself and up your insta game!

Buy on: Amazon

REI membership gift card suits all outdoorsy types

4. REI Membership

Becoming a member of the REI community means sharing a passion with others who love the outdoors, while also scoring great deals on expensive gear. A membership will give your outdoorsy man an automatic 10% off every purchase and access to the used gear trade-in program.

Buy an REI Membership Here

classic gift for outdoors men hiking socks of merino wool

5. Hiking Socks

We have two favorite brands of hiking socks. Both options are made from the best material for hiking – Merino wool. Smartwool is a lighter thinner sock better suited for everyday use. Darn Tough socks have a much higher density and tend to be more absorbent which make them great for longer hikes. Depending on the activity type of your outdoorsy men, one style might be more suitable for him.

Buy Smartwool on: Amazon | REI | Backcountry

Buy Darn Tough on: Amazon | REI | Backcountry

hikers will find this lifestraw a perfect gift for filtering water

6. Filtration Straw

This is one of the best items we own. LifeStraw can filter up to 1,000 gallons of water that is safe to drink. It is 99% effective in removing bacteria, parasites and microplastics. Whether using this for a multi-day hike or just for emergency use at the campground, this straw will certainly give your outdoorsman peace of mind.

Buy on: Amazon | REI

binoculars are the perfect gift for an outdoorsman who likes wildlife

7. Folding Waterproof Binoculars

If your man likes to spend his time in the wilderness, these binoculars will be the perfect addition to his outdoor arsenal. They will provide 25x magnification with a 25mm objective lens and a wide field of view. Adjustable eye cups even provide space for those who wear glasses. The perfect gift for wildlife lovers.

Buy Waterproof Binoculars Here

lighters always come in handy for men who spend time outdoors

8. Zippo Lighter

Give the gift of fire with a zippo lighter. These must-have camping essentials are refillable and built for lifetime use. Zippo has built a strong reputation over the years with this “windproof” lighter because they can stay lit in the harshest of weather conditions. Choose between various colors and styles.

Buy on: Amazon | REI

repair tape for fixing all kinds of outdoors problems

9. Gear Aid Repair Tape

What happens when outdoor gear rips while camping? What if a backpack tears during a multi-day trip? This tape is exactly what you will need! It will serve as a simple fix for many problems that may arise. We always make sure we have some of this repair tape in our backpack.

Buy on: Amazon | REI

arcade belt for pants

10. Arcade Belt

Arcade belts are made with the avid outdoorsman in mind. They aim to provide support and comfort for everyday adventures. These functional lightweight belts are available in a variety of patterns and colors. Perfect for a man always on the go!

Buy on: Amazon | REI | Backcountry

Best Outdoorsy Gifts For Men $50 – $100

The next section in our outdoorsy gifts for men list will feature some outdoor clothing options as well as unique items to make his adventures even more memorable.

The right type of outdoor clothing is essential. Nothing ruins a good time quicker than the wrong types of gear. Layering properly is key for staying warm in the harsh elements.

Personally, we recommend merino wool for any type of a base layer followed by an insulated jacket to keep warm. Check out our best things to bring on a hike post for more important layering information.

national parks edition of monopoly great gift idea

11. National Park Monopoly

If your outdoorsy man loves the National Parks, let him relive each park through the timeless classic game of monopoly. This edition features 22 of the most popular parks as well as artwork from over 60 parks. The only question left now is who will win?!

Buy National Park Monopoly Here

better sweater fingerless mitten gloves perfect for photographers who spend a lot of time outdoors

12. Patagonia Better Sweater Gloves

These comfy gloves are made with 100% recycled better sweater fleece. We love the functionality these gloves offer for all types of outdoor activities. The mitten panel folds back to reveal your fingers when needed. We always use these gloves in colder weather for hiking and photography.

Buy on: Patagonia | REI | Backcountry

whiskey glasses tumblers for men

13. Fancy Whiskey Glasses

Does your man like to drink? And does he have a favorite National Park or Mountain? Give the gift of whiskey tumblers with his favorite skyline right at his fingertips. These unique glasses make for a perfect option for the man who has everything.

Buy Fancy Whiskey Glasses Here

base layer perfect for hiking and camping

14. Merino Wool Base Layer

Base layers are arguably the most important part of the layering system. Merino wool is the perfect material for a base layer because it is both breathable and offers moisture wicking properties. A base layer is a great outdoorsy gift to keep your man warm. He can never have enough base layers, trust us!

Buy on: Amazon | REI | Backcountry

thick warm jacket for cold days

15. Insulated Field Jacket

This durable double lined coat is perfect for any colder weather outdoor activity. The flannel layer can be removed easily if needed when the weather fluctuates. Six pocket options will also give your man plenty of choices for items he needs to store when on the go.

Buy an Insulated Field Jacket Here

lightweight flannel shirt gift idea for men

16. Patagonia Lightweight Flannel Shirt

This lightweight flannel shirt is made of 100% organically grown cotton. It’s incredibly comfortable and will become your mans go to shirt for everyday wear. The classic button-up style can be either dressed up or down depending on the occasion.

Buy on: Patagonia | REI | Backcountry

swiss army knife is a classic gift for the outdoorsman

17. Swiss Army Champ Knife

Swiss army knifes are practical everyday carry tools. These knives have a reputation for reliability and durability. This knife features 33 functions including a large blade, small blade, can opener, screwdriver, bottle opener and wire stripper. What else will he need?!

Buy on: Amazon | REI

vuori ponto mens shorts for hiking travel and outdoors

18. Vuori Ponto Shorts

These are currently Mark’s favorite shorts! Vuori has designed a perfect short for almost any occasion. These comfortable shorts are made with moisture wicking polyester and the stretch fabric ensures an active fit. The ponto shorts are available in several colors and also features a front zip pocket. It’s a bit embarrassing but Mark has almost every color.

Buy Vuori Ponto Shorts Here

night vision camera for seeing in the dark at the campground

19. Vikeri Night Vision Trail Camera

What’s better than being able to see in the dark?! This camera offers high resolution video to deliver quality images. It’s waterproof and durable so it certainly stands up to the elements. Check out the specs and the reviews for yourself!

Buy the Vikeri Night Vision Trail Camera Here

lantern to light up a tent or campfire

20. Coleman Lantern

Give the gift of light! These powerful camping lanterns emit lumens of ultra-bright light. Depending on the needs of your outdoorsy men, Coleman makes both battery powered and propane options, both perfect for a holiday gift. Each lantern easily lights with a match and the brightness can be controlled with a knob.

Buy Propane on: Amazon | REI

Buy Battery Powered on: Amazon

micro spikes for hiking in snow

21. Micro Spikes

When attached to trail running or hiking shoes, microspikes are a lifesaver when it comes to hiking in ice and snow. These spikes will provide traction on slippery surfaces and can easily fit in a backpack. If your outdoorsy man is looking for a new adventure, this might just be it!

Buy Microspikes Here

trekking poles are an easy holiday gift idea for outdoor lovers

22. Black Diamond Trekking Poles

Trekking poles help ease the pressure on your hips, knees and spine. They also provide stability when walking on rough and uneven terrain. If your man is planning some longer hikes or a multi-day hike, these will be exactly what he needs.

Buy on: Amazon | REI | Black Diamond

Best Outdoorsy Gifts For Men Over $100+

Outdoorsy gear can be expensive, but it often pays to splash out on top quality products. While the items below might be on the more pricey side, we can personally vouch for their durability and comfortability.

We have learned over the years never to skimp on outdoor gear because you do get what you pay for. Cheaper gear may work for a short term fix, but eventually you need to find a longer term solution.

The following items have been tried and tested personally over several hundred miles of hiking trails and several years of traveling the world.

patagonia raincoat for men who spend a lot of time in the great outdoors

23. Patagonia Raincoat

Let’s be honest, rain sucks. Nothing ruins time exploring natural environments faster than becoming wet and cold. So protect your outdoorsy man and give him the gift of being able to stay dry. We both have a Patagonia Raincoat that has lasted us years. These coats are made from quality breathable fabrics and it will probably be the only one you will ever buy.

Buy on: Patagonia | REI | Backcountry

duffel bag by patagonia for travel

24. Patagonia Black Hole Duffel

The ideal gift for outdoorsy men who are hard on their gear. This tough 100% polyester ripstop fabric duffel is abrasion resistant and also provides a mesh interior pocket to keep items organized, as well as a padded base to protect the contents of the bag. Perfectly suited to long weekend or overnight trips.

Buy on: Patagonia | REI | Backcountry

patagonia better sweater fleece in grey

25. Patagonia Better Sweater

If there is one item on this list you should buy, this is it. Our better sweaters (yes, we have several) have become our go to layers when hitting the great outdoors in cooler weather. We honestly never leave the house without them. The 100% recycled polyester is comfortable and breathable making them irresistible for layering around the campsite.

Buy on: Patagonia | REI | Backcountry

adidas terrex free hiker shoe awesome gift idea for outdoorsy men

26. Adidas Terrex

When Mark wears these shoes on the trail, he always gets compliments. Everyone seems to love these hybrid hiking shoes. They are great for an outdoor adventure or simply exploring a new city. They can be dressed up or dressed down. Perfect for any active outdoorsmen looking to bridge the gap between robust and flexible. Another item Mark will certainly be purchasing in another color.

Buy on: Amazon | REI | Backcountry

skarab 30 backpack for hiking with hydration pack perfect gift for outdoorsmen

27. Osprey Skarab Hydration Backpack

Never skimp on a backpack! This is one of the most important pieces of outdoor gear besides your clothes. Osprey has traveled with us for years and we can back up the superior durability these products provide. The Skarab is created with the outdoorsman in mind, so you can be sure of a great fit. We love this backpack for its built in hydration sleeve so you can easily hydrate while on the go outdoors.

Buy on: Amazon | REI | Osprey

garmin venu smartwatch for outdoorsy travelers

28. Garmin Venu Watch

This might be a bit of a splurge, but we can guarantee your man will love his new watch (Mark does)! This watch is perfect for all kinds of activity from running, swimming, hiking and even golf. Yes, we said it, even golf. We won’t get into all the functions here but click on the link below to find out more!

Buy on: Amazon | REI

patagonia nano puff jacket perfect gift for outdoorsy men

29. Patagonia Nano Puff

If you haven’t already noticed, we are huge fans of Patagonia. But after trying several other brands, we found their products to consistently surpass our expectations. This Nano Puff is both extremely lightweight and warm. The best part is this jacket can compress into almost nothing when you need to pack it away.

Buy on: Patagonia | REI | Backcountry

Merrell hiking shoes for men great gift for the holidays

30. Merrell Hiking Shoes

Hiking shoes are a great option for those who hit the well developed trails in warm weather. They are smaller, lighter and more breathable compared to clunky hiking boots. You can easily pack these up in your backpack without taking up too much room. These Merrell hikers offer great traction and are meant for well-established, less rugged paths.

Buy on: Amazon | REI | Backcountry

Stocking Stuffers For Outdoorsy Men

Still looking for something special for the outdoorsman in your life? These stocking stuffer gift ideas for outdoorsy men will be sure to come in handy. Sometimes the smallest gifts are the most useful ones!

america the beautiful national parks pass perfect gift idea for the outdoorsy man

31. National Park Pass

Does your outdoorsy man love National Parks? This is the best stocking filler gift idea for outdoorsy men, period. At only $80, this pass gives unlimited entry to all US national parks for 1 full year. It is a bona fide bargain when you consider entry into each park is around $30. Read more about the America the Beautiful Pass here.

Buy On: REI | USGS Store Here

hand warmers for cold mornings

32. Hand Warmers

These hand warmers have saved us on several occasions. Weather can be unpredictable and it pays to always be prepared. If you man is always outdoors, grab him a pack of these so he can warm his hands whenever he needs.

Buy on: Amazon | REI

camp suds cleaner for camping

33. Campsuds

This all purpose biodegradable cleaner requires just a few drops. It is effective in hot, cold and even salt water. Use it for cleaning your hair or hands, dishes, clothing and pretty much anything else he may need. We love the biodegradable aspect because it is important to leave no trace.

Buy on: Amazon | REI

adventure meal in a bag

34. An Adventure Meal

These meals are perfect for campers and backpackers. They are lightweight and portable so they can be taken anywhere. Just add hot water and you have an instant meal. Be sure to check out all the flavors!

Buy on: Amazon | REI | Backcountry

pocket outdoor survival guide book for outdoorsy men

35. Pocket Outdoor Survival Guide

What is better than the gift of survival? This guide has essential knowledge for campers, hikers, canoers, anglers or anyone who would need to live through a short-time survival scenario. We like how small this guide is so we can easily pack it on trips just in case we need to refer to it. Safety should never be overlooked!

Buy the Pocket Outdoor Survival Guide Here

Bonus: Unique National Park Gift For Him

Does your outdoorsy man love the US National Parks?

Then consider the Passport Starter Kit featuring the Passport To Your National Parks® Classic Edition along with stamps, stickers and so much more.

Or maybe he would like a Passport Starter Kit for his Junior Ranger? Check out the Junior Ranger Starter Kit here.

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We hope this helped you pick out the best outdoorsy gifts for all of those adventurous men in your life!

Please let us know if you have any questions about any of the ideas listed above, we’ll be happy to help.

If you’re not exactly sure which gift your outdoorsy man would like, send him a link to this webpage and let him choose!

Happy Shopping,

Mark and Kristen

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