A 2018 Gift Guide For Rugged (Yet Refined) Outdoorsmen
As an outdoorswoman myself, who is married to the ultimate outdoorsman and preparedness guru - I can tell you a thousand unique gifts for the outdoorsy fellow in your life.
So let's pick out a good gift for that man in your life - friend, husband, boyfriend, father - a gift that will make him shake his head and sincerely say, "Wow!.... Thank you!"
I've made sure to include a variety of price points to fit any budget, while not skimping on value. Rest assured, these are all high-quality, top of the line, outdoors products and any avid outdoorsman would agree. You won't see any products below that we ourselves don't own and love.
Now let's get shopping! (Isn't gift-giving fun!?)
A 2018 GIFT GUIDE FOR THE OUTDOORSMAN IN YOUR LIFE
Fjallraven pants are the pants in our household (worn on husband in photo above).
Two key points of Fjallraven pants: they are durable and great for the outdoors, and they look good! I don't think I've seen anyone not look good in Fjallraven pants come to think of it. The cut is very flattering for all body types.
These pants are wind and water-resistant, and reinforced with Fjallraven's cornerstone G-1000 material. A true necessity for anyone who spends time adventuring in the mountains and forests.
Husband quote: "The Vidda Pro Trousers are lightweight and durable, cool in the summertime but wind-blocking for winter, perfect over a base layer when it gets cold. Lots of pockets and even a pocket inside of a pocket that's wallet-sized!
They look sharp - I can be out in the wilderness chopping firewood and building fires and then walk straight out and look presentable enough to go to dinner with my wife."
The Swedes know what they're doing when it comes to outdoors apparel.
If you walked up and touched Moose Creek shirts in a shop, you'd think the price tag would read somewhere between $50-$100.
These shirts are sturdy and warm, look great on men, and very affordable. It doesn't get much better. Husband has a few of these in his wardrobe and wears the heck out of them.
You can't be a serious outdoorsman and not have a good bushcraft knife. Here are the ones we use and recommend:
Cold Steel GI Tanto Knife - Husband quote: "One of the better knives I've owned. At roughly $30, I can't imagine a better knife with such a reasonable price point. I've beat the living hell out of this knife and the only thing it's developed is character."
MoraKniv Bushcraft Carbon Steel Survival Knife (w/ Fire Starter & Sheath) - This is the knife I carry, recommended to me by the bushcraft community at large. Once again, the Swedes making quality outdoors gear.
Condor Bushlore Survival Knife - The first knife I ever owned and also recommended by the bushcraft community. A solid full tang wooden handle, and a gorgeous leather sheath. Dependable and beautiful.
Very cushiony for covering lots of terrain comfortably, these mountaineering socks are a heavy winter sock. Cozy and sturdy.
Men and their bags.
My husband has a ton of bags tucked away and chock full of wilderness gear, outdoor necessities, and just-in-case equipment.
A good packpack is the cornerstone of a man's outdoor equipment. The Fjallraven Rucksack, Abisko Friluft Pack, and the Ovik pack are three different sizes to choose from if you want to buy the outdoorsman in your life a good pack that he can rely on.
Any true outdoorsman is familiar with and inspired by the story of Dick Proenneke.
He documented his time spent in the remote interior of Alaska as he expertly built a log cabin by hand and explored the pristine wilderness around him.
Once or twice a month I’ll put Alone in the Wilderness Part 1 and Part 2 into my laptop and let them play as I go about my day. This is a gift he will really appreciate and cherish.
And if you want more ideas of films he might enjoy, check out: Our 6 Favorite Off-Grid & Wilderness Living Documentaries.
Oh my. Is this stuff delicious!
It smells like all of the best parts of the northern boreal forest plus some spices thrown in for warmth - they really captured something with this scent. On top of it all, their products are natural and non-toxic.
One of the most crucial items for any person who spends a considerable amount of time outdoors - hunting, hiking, working, anything.
If you visit this blog regularly, you'll remember how I went on and on about my Muck Boots allowing me to have a great time on the wet and muddy 6-mile hike we took on the Olympic Peninsula.
You can stomp right through water, mud, snow drifts, and other obstacles without missing a beat.
The Arctic Sport Boot is probably the best all-around option for men. We swear by them here!
Update! The Arctic Pro Sport is now available with an Arctic Grip Vibram sole - we have a pair on order right now!
The best cold weather boot is now going to have a slip-proof Vibram sole?! It doesn’t get much better.
Inspirational reads for when you're stuck indoors.
Browse our Bookshelf for more good book recommendations.
Seat covers with separate pockets including: a compass pocket, phone pocket, storage pocket, toolkit pocket, flashlight pocket, first aid pocket, and a larger storage pocket (of course, the pockets can be used as you deem best suited). Wow, that was a lot of pocket talk!
Aren’t these cool though?!
Not only are these gloves solid and reputable, they look nice too.
Cowhide and goatskin have been used for decades to keep hands warm in rough outdoor conditions. The removable wool liner allows for variation in temperature and makes drying out the gloves much easier if needed.
More Swedish goodness!
The old-fashioned camp mugs are back in style in a big way, most of them with woodsy adventure designs that make us outdoor folks giddy envisioning sipping something delicious and hot beside a campfire at night.
There are several to choose from, but you can’t go wrong with this Happy Camper mug!
And last, but certainly not least...
A trusted companion of any outdoorsman is, no doubt, his axe. From building shelters to building fires, a good axe is paramount to anyone who spends time in the woods.
We have two trusted axes, and in our opinion - there's none better if you're serious about your axe.
The Gransfors Bruks Outdoor Axe - with a hickory handle, a nice leather sheath, good for chopping and splitting and can even be used as a knife, I don't think many people will argue against this renown axe company.
But we also love Wetterlings Outdoor Axe Knife - another high-quality reliable brand when it comes to axes, with a hand-forged high-carbon steel head, this axe keeps a razor sharp edge (so could double as a shaving tool in dire circumstances, heh!).
If you need more ideas, let us know. These are just a few cream of the crop items guaranteed to make the recipient beam with joy.
You did good :)
Until next time ~
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