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It’s a cliché that dads are hard to shop for. But that’s because it’s true. Thankfully, you’ve got this list of 16 Father’s Day Outdoor Gifts dads actually want. Father’s Day is fast approaching, so we won’t waste your time with a lengthy history of Father’s Day and why these outdoor gifts are the best. Just skip ahead and we’re sure you’ll find something great—maybe even a gift you haven’t thought of.
This pretty much tops the list as one of the coolest Father’s Day outdoor gifts. Pun intended. Yes, they’re expensive, but he will never have to buy another cooler in his lifetime. And it works really, really well. This updated model is 10% lighter, holds 20% more, and is 30% more efficient at keeping stuff ice cold. $200
Any outdoor dad will love this new stainless steel water bottle from Hydro Flask. It’s 25% lighter than their regular bottles to help lighten the load while hiking, backpacking, and camping. Cool colors and comes in 32 oz., 24 oz., and 21 oz. sizes. $40-$50
Dad’s got a bazillion tools, but he doesn’t have this travel-friendly multitool. It’s small enough to fit on a key chain or belt loop, but still packs in 8 tools. Yep, it folds down to 2.9” long and gives you spring-action pliers, scissors, tweezers, flat head screwdriver, file, and bottle opener. I mean, c’mon! $35
With a compass, Dad will never have to ask for directions again. Not that he ever did, but now he really won’t have to. Liquid filled, adjustable bezel provides accurate readings and glow-in-the-dark orienting arrows help navigating from dusk to dawn. Sighting mirror doubles as a signal mirror in a pinch. $17
BONUS GIFT: Pair the compass with a comprehensive guide to navigating in the outdoors. The BASIC NAVIGATION POCKET GUIDE teaches how to tell time without a watch, how to navigate with a compass, and how to find your way to safety if you ever get lost. $8
A must-have for any outdoor camping adventure or road trip. This packable field shovel from S.O.L. (btw, that stands for Survive Outdoors Longer…not the other acronym) weighs less than 2 lbs. It’s made of durable carbon steel and folds down to just 10” long! $30
This is the ultimate camping hatchet. No, really. Sure, it splits wood and makes kindling like a champ. But it’s real genius is the built in bottle opener to crack open a frosty beverage at the end of a long day. Oh, and it also comes with a flint (just strike the hatchet blade against it for spark), a rope cutter, a lanyard you can use for firestarter, and 3 hex wrenches. And it’s own riveted holster. $35
This is one of our favorite daypacks simply because it’s so versatile. Fjallraven’s Ulvo 30 pack is made of waterproof Bergshell fabric with 100% recycled nylon. It’s got a roomy main compartment for everything you need on a day hike or city tour. Fit up to a 15” laptop inside the padded laptop pocket and stash essentials in the front zip pocket with an attachment loop for a bike light. $150
Help Dad be prepared for the inevitable scrapes, nicks, and cuts that are bound to happen on your next family adventure with this first aid kit. It’s packed with 105 medical and first aid items—enough to cover a family of 4 for a week—plus a Wilderness & Travel Medicine comprehensive guide! 1.4 lbs. $59
Okay, maybe this one isn’t exactly for Dad. But if you pair this first aid kit with the Mountain Explorer Kit above, it’ll give him a great opportunity to teach the kids a little first aid. Includes adhesive bandages, hand sanitizer, and antibiotic ointment. $7
Think he’d appreciate a first aid solution that’s a little smaller than the Mountain Explorer Medical Kit, but still covers the basics? Grab this compact kit that comes in a tough little tin. $10
It’s back! Wilderdad featured the Ooni gas-fired Pizza Oven in our last gift round-up for outdoor dads here >, but now we’re eyeballing the wood-fired version. This one heats up to 950 degrees in fifteen minutes and then cranks out 12” pizzas in just 60 seconds. It’s one of the most perfect Father’s Day outdoor gifts. $473
Picky Bars makes some of the best performance bars out there, and now they just raised the bar on breakfast. Performance Pancakes are made from delicious ancient grains and are high in protein (7g per serving) and low in sugar (also 7g). Pour some Drizzle on top and you’ve got a match made in heaven. By the way, Drizzle is made of almonds, cinnamon and maca, the Peruvian root with all kinds of magical health properties (look it up >). $32
Yes, it’s a non-alcoholic beer, and yes, it tastes amazing. It’s the ultimate lawn mower beer. That means dad can enjoy a mid-day brew that won’t slow him down. Perfect for camping, hiking, biking, or working around the house. This is a mixed case of 12 cans of the Run Wild IPA and the Upside Dawn Golden Ale, both made with fresh water and hops from the Northwest. Just 70 calories for the IPA and 50 calories for the Golden Ale. Real good. $28
Less of an outdoor gift for dad than simply the coolest gift you can get for him! These are 10 oz. whiskey glasses etched with a map of favorite cities across the U.S. Choose from Denver, Austin, Boston, Chicago, San Diego, New York, New Orleans, Detroit, DC, Philly, and more.
If the dad on your gift list happens to live in Fort Collins, Colorado, check out this glass etched with a map of the famous beer town.
Here’s a unique Father’s Day gift for the outdoor dad. Vintage National Park Posters! There are 36 posters to choose from with throwback art celebrating some of the most popular National Parks. There’s Arches, Bryce, Grand Canyon, Pearl Harbor, Glacier, Gettysburg, Yellowstone, Zion, and lots more. $25-$50
Dad likes to make things and he likes a good laugh. Nick Offerman, the legendarily lazy boss from Parks and Rec, covers both in his book Good Clean Fun. If you didn’t know already, Nick is a master woodworker (really!) in addition to a master actor. In this book, he delivers a crash course in woodworking and inspiration for some cool wood projects. Great for beginner woodworkers and pros alike. $22
Steve Lemig is the founder of Wilderdad. He's been a lot of things over the years. Skateboarder. Mountain biker. Climber. Snowboarder. Bike mechanic. Forest firefighter. Woodworker. Creative director. These days he's a runner, writer, husband, and father. He writes stories to empower dads and encourage them to share outdoor adventures with their kids as a tool to strengthen families and build respect for the environment. He has also been the Communications Director at Road Runner Sports for the last 13 years.