20 Father’s Day gifts for outdoorsy dads
For the guy who would rather be camping
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In our family, the men err on the side of woodsy, so we’ve had lots of experience searching for gifts that even the most well-geared outdoorsman will love. We've searched far and wide for the best of the best tools, toys, and apparel that will serve both the consummate camper or novice outdoorsman well wherever he may wander.
1. A device to make coffee on the go
Dad’s campside coffee game is about to get a whole lot better. This go-to tool for traveling light is compact, convenient, and makes great-tasting coffee that’s every bit on par with the kind of cup you’d brew from a Keurig. All you need is hot water and some coffee grounds and within minutes Dad can enjoy a delicious cup of joe. He’ll be thrilled to ditch those instant coffee grounds and enjoy a cup of coffee that doesn’t taste like dirt.
2. Versatile shorts for the stylish adventurer
These shorts are the holy grail of style-meets-function. Made with a performance blend of organic cotton and nylon, and finished off with a “DWR coating for protection from the elements” these shorts also have a coveted “touch of stretch” as well—so Dad can play hard without having to worry about splitting seams.
These shorts move well, wash beautifully, and look way better than basic. What’s more is—for the Dad who knows that adventure can pop up when he least expects it—these shorts will keep him prepared while looking pretty stylish.
3. A protective hoodie to keep him cool
Whether he hikes, climbs, boats, or fishes, Dad will get a lot of wear out of this amazing shirt that offers sun-protection and helps keep him cool at the same time. Reviewers love the silky soft comfort of this shirt that dries quickly and offers UPF 50, so Dad won’t need to stop for a second to apply sunblock when he’d rather be bagging peaks or catching “the big one.”
4. A hammock with a conscience
Taking a load off has never been so ecologically responsible! Now Dad can comfortably kick back, and bask in knowing that the hammock he’s rocking in is doing all sorts of good. Not only is this hammock responsibly made with minimal waste in the production process, each purchase will give $10 to trail conservation efforts.
Choose Dad’s favorite long trail, including the Pacific Crest Trail, the Appalachian Trail, or the Continental Divide Trail, and know that the money you donated is doing all sorts of good for conservation—and for Dad’s sense of zen.
5. A sharp multi-tool with a whistle and a fire starter
There are few buzzkills worse than a dull knife or a dud campfire when you’re trying to enjoy a getaway in the great outdoors. This cool little multi-tool, that’s compact enough to fit in his pocket, will save Dad from the disappointment of both. This tool can sharpen a range of knives, from serrated to straight, as well as fish hooks—and it even comes with an emergency whistle.
6. An outdoor kitchen for campside cookery
For the campside gourmand: This pop-up camping kitchen gives Dad all the space he needs to get into the zone when cleaning and cooking a recent catch—or when he’s simply prepping some excellent foil dinners and s’mores. It comes with fold-out counter space and shelves to store and give easy access to everything he needs to make his culinary masterpieces.
7. A versatile pair of camp shoes
Designed by river guides in 1989, Chaco’s outdoor-tested sandals can take anything Dad can throw at them and, right now, he’ll be stylishly on-trend while maintaining his outdoorsman cred.
We love that these shoes are endlessly adjustable, to make for a perfectly customized fit. The grippy rubber soles sport some serious tread and have been optimized for wet conditions, so Dad can maintain traction whether he’s scrambling over rocks, pulling out his kayak, or chasing kids around the pool.
8. A perfectly comfy sleep mat
Dad’s certainly had his share of sleepless nights while parenting. Give him the gift of a good night’s sleep while he’s camping out. This compact and inflatable sleep mat is equally good for backpacking as it is for car camping. Its patented V-shaped sleep chambers get rave reviews for comfort and for keeping sleepers well-insulated against the cold ground, and it’s touted for being an excellent choice for side-sleepers.
9. A gift that will help him find his way
His children will always be his true north, but this compass will help keep him on course if he gets lost on the trail. This brass compass fits in his pocket or can be worn on his neck and it can be engraved not only with the saying of your choice but in the typeface and style of your choosing. We are particularly partial to the option of choosing a simple saying in your child’s handwriting.
10. A book of inspiration
Your outdoorsy dad is probably already dreaming of his next adventure. Whether it’s a trip to the Andes, a visit to the Grand Canyon, or a simple escape to the local fishing hole, this full-color coffee table book is an ultimate great escape gift. Featuring 245 different destinations, and filled with gorgeous National Geographic photography, this will give his mind the getaway it needs.
11. High-tech binoculars to take wherever he goes
These binoculars will help Dad keep everything in clear view. Made from Barium Crown glass, these binoculars transmit outdoor light better than roof and parro prism binoculars, making for spectacular viewing, especially when on bodies of water. These fold up compactly, are easy to grip, and are waterproof. And, as a bonus, come with a phone adaptor, so Dad can take shots and videos of faraway wildlife, so he can always bring a bit of the outdoors home with him.
12. A compact telescope for taking in the night sky
For the stargazing dad, this highly ranked telescope not only gives excellent views of the night sky, it’s easy to set up and is compact enough to take anywhere. My family has this telescope and we love it for its crisp images, its easy setup, and its adjustability. Not that we are expecting Dad to share, but this telescope can adjust down low making it a great choice for families that have little ones who are every bit as interested in looking at the stars as Dad is.
13. A headlamp to light their way
If he’s spending any amount of time outdoors, he’s going to need a light. With an excellent waterproof rating and multiple light modes, this one by Black Diamond consistently ranks high for performance. It’s lightweight, adjustable, and is just as useful for nighttime mountain descents as it is for late night reading. And if Dad’s outdoorsmanship has been limited to hangouts in the neighborhood as the sun goes down, this headlamp is highly recommended for nighttime dog walks and for cooking on a grill after dark.
14. A cool tool to get water boiling fast
Whether he wants to cook up liquid-based meals in a flash, or he just wants to get his water boiling at lightning speed for that morning coffee, JetBoil is a lightweight, ingenious tool that boils water in 60 seconds, even at subzero temperatures.
15. Glasses to toast his favorite rock formations
He may be far from the mountains, but even when he’s sitting at home—we promise you—he’s dreaming of bigger peaks. These glasses feature silhouettes of one of six iconic formations, from the Grand Canyon, to Everest, to Kilimanjaro, to Half Dome. He’ll be sipping some inspiration with these gorgeous and collectible pieces.
16. An incredible cap that’s loaded with features
This cap may look basic on the outside, but it’s filled with all sorts of impressive wow. Made from 100% nylon, this cap is virtually sweat-free and it comes with a light deflecting brim and UPF 50 to keep Dad’s noggin from burning. It’s stain- and water-resistant for added durability, and it has “clamshell technology” that allows it to fold up small enough to fit in a jacket pocket.
It also comes with cool ventilation panels that double as sunglass hooks, so Dad will never have to shed a tear over glasses that took a dive over a cliff’s edge. With so much in such a tiny package, this hat is the ultimate topper to any Father’s Day.
17. A stink-free T-shirt that looks and feels cool
You can’t go wrong with a good tee—and this might be one of the best, for avid and armchair outdoorsmen alike. This shirt is light, breathable, moisture-wicking, and it has UPF 50. Like all of Patagonia’s products these shirts are ethically made from 50 to 100% recycled materials, and are Fair Trade-certified. And, because they are made with an anti-stink technology (more formally known as HeiQ Fresh), they can easily take Dad from the mountain peak to the brew pub.
18. A portable brew pub
Who doesn’t like a cold one at the end of a long hike? Help Dad keep his brews good and frosty with this growler and glass set. This vacuum-sealed growler keeps drinks ice cold for 24 hours (or piping hot for 18). It also comes with four 12-ounce tumblers, so Dad and his friends can clink with class no matter where they are.
19. A comfy camp chair
Dad probably has his favorite chair at home—now it’s time to give him one for the campsite. This one by REI is made from highly breathable mesh and supportive webbing straps, which means it’ll keep Dad cool on hot days, it’ll let sand fall right through at the beach, and it’ll dry quickly when wet.
Reviewers even say the lightweight nature and rapid drying capabilities have made this a top choice for Grand Canyon and water rafting trips. He’ll also like the two cup holders that are just right for holding a bottle of water, a beer, or a bourbon after a long hike.
20. A splurgy water bottle
Dad has probably been drinking from the same, beat-up plastic bike bottle that he got in college. If Dad is less likely to splurge on himself, it’s time for an upgrade, with our favorite insulated water bottle.
The Yeti Rambler is easy to chug from, easy to wash, and—at a 26-ounce capacity—has enough room to accommodate “three lemonades, four mint juleps, or one long chug of water,” according to the company. Whatever Dad wants to fill it with, we can say with all certainty it will stay cold for a good 24 hours and it’ll stand up to drops with aplomb.
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