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This is it. Christmastime. Hanukkah. Winter Solstice. Whatever you celebrate, it’s the big shebang. The great hoohaw. Yeah sure, it’s time to celebrate the end of a year and look forward to new beginnings. To bring family together. To create lifelong memories. But we all know it’s really about the gifts. Awesome, awesome gifts.
And as great as dads are, they’re the nemesis of gift-giving. They’re so damned hard to shop for with their irrational likes and dislikes. Lucky for you, we polled outdoor dads to find out what outdoor gifts they’re craving this year. We guarantee you’ll find the best outdoor gifts for dads starting with this one:
Perfect for backyard barbequing or camping in the great outdoors, this portable pizza oven is uh-mazing. Just hook it up to a regular propane tank and this thing cranks out 12” pizzas cooked at up 932 degrees in just 60 seconds. It’s a perfect outdoor gift for dad. Promise. $263
Looking for an outdoor gift for dad that’s a little more utilitarian? The Ontario Bushcraft Camp Knife is perfect. It’s a fixed blade that’s tough, sharp, and built to do anything you need. Cut veggies, split kindling for the fire, chop up meat . . . you name it. He’ll love it. $89
This is the ultimate gift for active, outdoor adventure dads. He can track road runs, trail runs, hiking, biking and more. It’s got a built-in 3-axis compass, preloaded topography maps, and 2000 ski resort maps. And that’s just for starters. $750
Got one of them bearded dads? Does he look like a scruffy nerfherder most days? Help him take it up a notch with this beard kit from the folks who know beards. This kit includes peppermint beard wash, beard conditioner, beard balm, beard oil, and a beard brush. It’s deluxe and he’ll feel like a king. $120
Let’s get down to business with this whole gifting thing and take care of dad’s business. Sure, he’s got all the tools to keep his face looking sharp. But does he have the tools to keep his privates looking tip top? Bring on the Manscaped Perfect Package 3.0 Kit with everything he needs to trim below the waist and keep it fresh. If anything, it’ll be good for a laugh! $90
Got a dad who’s more of a foodie and cares where his food comes from? Patagonia’s got you covered with this Taste of Provisions Box. Packed with 11 items, this is a box of pure deliciousness. There’s buffalo jerky, lemon pepper wild sockeye salmon, savory smoked mussels, Spanish mackerel, organic red bean chili, tasty fruit bars, and more. $75
These are some of the best stocking stuffers for any outdoor dad. You seriously can’t go wrong. These waterproof, durable, outdoor pocket guides are packed with useful info about the wilderness. He’ll learn something and they’re so easy to use that they’re perfect tools for teaching kids critical outdoor skills. 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 Get the pocket guide >
Add the Brunton Lensatic Compass and Dad will be unstoppable in the backcountry. $15 Get the compass >
Add a handy First Aid Kit Tin and he’ll be a medic ready for anything. $10 Get the first aid kit >
Primus has been making outdoor gear for over 120 years. And this steel, insulated bottle is proof of everything they’ve learned through it all. This bottle will keep hot drinks hot in the winter and cold drinks cold in the summer. It’s got a BPA-free screw-off lid, a large opening for easy cleaning, and fits most water filters. $37
Forget matches and conventional lighters. Matches get wet (and even waterproof matches aren’t 100% reliable) and conventional lighters run out of fuel. This tool needs no fuel and instantly ignites anything flammable with an electrical arc. It recharges easily with a USB charger and starts your camp fire in wind, rain, cold, and at altitude. Pure awesomeness! $25
A must for any outdoor adventure dad. Doesn’t matter if he’s a hardcore survival guy or a weekend warrior, he’ll be psyched to have this emergency bivvy. It’s reflective interior traps 90% of body heat and protects from wind, rain and snow with its waterproof/windproof outer layer. Best of all, it weighs just 4 ounces and packs smaller than a can of soda. $17
Want to be Dad’s hero? Gift him the ultimate winter jacket. Fjallraven pulled all the stops to design it. Based on the original Greenland Jacket from 1968, this one’s been updated with warmer down filling, and is water- and wind-resistant. It’ll keep him warm on the coldest days and he’ll look a little presentable in public too. $500
Duffel bags are one of the perfect gifts for any dad. And the Fjallraven Greenland Duffel might just be the best of them all. Sewn from heavy duty G-1000 canvas, this duffel will hold up to anything dad can throw at it. Perfect for the gym or a weekend getaway. It’s got an outside zip pocket and two inner mesh pockets that also zipper closed. It’s a beast. $170
Your dad’s an outdoor guy and he’s on his feet all day long. Give the gift of sweet, sweet cushion. If he’s a trail runner, great. The HOKA Speedgoat is pretty much the ultimate trail running shoe out there. But it’s also a perfect hiking shoe and everyday walking shoe. It’s packed with gobs of cushion, super grippy Vibram tread, and the upper is soft, supple, and a dream to lace up. $145
You’ve tried giving Dad gift cards for massages, but he rarely uses them. Try this instead: the Hyperice Hypervold Muscle Massager with Quiet Glide Technology. Sounds nice, right? It is. It’s like having a live-in masseuse you can call up anytime and anywhere. It vibrates 30% deeper than most massage tools to loosen stiff muscles, promote circulation, and ease away soreness. $330
We’ve all been living in our sandals this past year, and let’s face it: they stink. Especially Dad’s. Get him a fresh pair with serious style and street cred to boot. Rainbow Sandals have been handmade in California since 1974. They pretty well perfected them on the first try, so they haven’t changed much since then. Luxurious leather feels great and the soft cushion molds to your foot over time for a custom fit that lasts years and years. $65
Well, that’s it for your best outdoor gifts for dads of 2020. There are a bazillion ideas out there, but you’re sure to put a smile on Dad’s face with a gift off this list. There are probably a few gifts that are catching your eye too. Go ahead, you deserve something nice. One for dad, one for you, one for dad, one for you…that sounds about right.
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.