The Best Gifts For Rugged (Yet Refined) Outdoorsmen (in 2019)

 

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. Now let's get shopping!


Gifts For Outdoorsmen in 2019


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. 


Moose Creek Flannel Shirts

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.


Summer Shirt by Columbia

These shirts are not only really flattering on men, but are the perfect shirt for fishing or any outdoor activity in warm weather.

They’re breathable and lightweight and come in some great colors!




Bushcraft Knives

You can't be a serious outdoorsman and not have a good bushcraft knife.

Here are the ones we use and recommend, both at great price points:

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. 


Smartwool Hiking Socks

Very cushiony for covering lots of terrain comfortably, these mountaineering socks are a heavy winter sock. Cozy and sturdy.


Stanley French Press

You can’t beat coffee brewed in a french press.

If you’re an outdoorsman, you can still make good coffee while you’re out in the great outdoors, you just need a french press that’s a little more durable like this one by Stanley.


A Good Pack

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.

Here are three of my husband’s favorites:


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.


Olivina's Bourbon & Cedar Collection

Oh my, is this stuff delicious! 

I bought the Bourbon & Cedar Cologne and Deodorant as a birthday gift for my husband and it has remained his signature scent to this day. 

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. 


Muck Boots

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 just invested in a pair for my husband.
The best cold weather boot is now going to have a slip-proof Vibram sole?! It doesn’t get much better.


Books For Outdoorsmen

Inspirational reads for when he’s stuck indoors.


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?!


A Good Insulated Thermos

Because a man needs something durable to keep his coffee or tea in. There isn't much better than being deep in the woods and sitting down to a piping hot beverage. Stanley & Yeti are our favorite thermos' around here.


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!


My husband loves his Mountainsmith pack and wears it conveniently against his lumbar when hiking. In fact, I’d say this is the pack he always keeps on him, no matter what we’re doing. A pack like this has a variety of practical everyday uses, and it holds true to it’s reputation of being a durable and reliable pack.


A Good Camp Blanket

Mostly wool with just enough cotton to make it comfortable. With the leather carrier included, this Pendleton blanket makes a fantastic gift. 

 

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!

 


A Solid Axe

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!). 

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The classic Stormy Kromer hats have been the iconic outdoorsman hat since 1903. The red and black flannel is the trademark northern woodsman hat, in my opinion. But I do love this canvas one! They even make them for women— the Millie Kromer hat (I have this red one myself!).


A Tactical Christmas Stocking

This is a pretty great gift idea for Christmas!

Stuffed full of all kinds of useful things from a survival blanket to a flashlight and shovel.

Hang it with all the other stockings to get him super excited!


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.

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