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15 Best Outdoor Gifts of 2020

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Are you stuck searching for the perfect gift for the outdoorsman or outdoorswoman in your life? They can be some of the toughest people to buy a gift for due to the fact they normally just go out and purchase what they NEED themselves. However, they don’t always buy what they WANT. This is where you step in.

We know how hard it is to find the perfect gift for the outdoorsy, adventurous person in your life. With so much outdoor gear and items on the market – how would someone who doesn’t use them know where to start? Plus, how do you know what is useful and what’s a waste of money?

We’ve compiled a list of outdoor gear that we believe any man or woman that enjoys the outdoors and activities such as hiking, camping, backpacking, fishing, prepping and anything in between will enjoy. These aren’t just toys for survivalists anymore.

These are items that don’t require you to know what the person you’re buying for already has – they’re perfect additions to their gear collection.

Here are the Best Outdoor Gifts Our Team Found:

Gerber Downrange Tomahawk

Tomahawks have been around forever – now they’re made even stronger and sharper than before. The Gerber Downrange Tomahawk is basically 3 tools in 1. It functions as an axe, pry bar and hammer head. Tactical tomahawks have multiple uses – now they have even more. Made from strong 420HC steel; these tactical tomahawks won’t bend or break no matter how rough you are with them. You can attach it to your pack, webbing or body armor. Tactical tomahawks are designed for self-defense, chopping wood, prying, hammering and just about anything else you can think of. The Gerber Downrange Tactical Tomahawk is one of the best on the market and has been proven in some of the toughest terrains.

UCO 4-Piece Camping Mess Kit

You don’t have to be a hardcore backpacker to have a need to eat on the go. The UCO 4-Piece Camping Mess Kit comes equipped with a bowl, plate and 3-in-1 spork utensil set that will cover all of your meal needs. Perfect for camping, RVing, hiking, backpacking, scouting, day hikes and even great for the office. The bowl and plate seal airtight and the tether keeps the spork (spoon fork) secure so you don’t lose them. Made with rubberized grips; it won’t slip and you won’t drop it and spill your food. This is by far the easiest and cleanest way to keep your eating utensils together and ready to go.

Yeti Rambler 36oz. Bottle

You need to have plenty to drink wherever you go. The Yeti Rambler can hold 36i ounces of liquid and can keep your drink cold or hot as long as you need it. Designed from 18/8 stainless steel – this tumbler will last a long time and can take a beating. Perfect for that friend that is rough with their gear. The Yeti brand is trusted and proven to be one of the best in the market by adventure enthusiasts. This is a great idea for that father’s day gift for the outdoorsman in your family.

Uberleben Leicht Fire Starter Necklace

Hard to pronounce name – but highly effective fire starter necklace. Not only is it stylist and a great conversation piece; this survival necklace can save your life. You know as well as we do that you may forget your lighter and matches can get soaked – a fire starter that uses a micro ferro rod will always strike. Not only does it throw a 5,500 degree F shower of volcano hot sparks – it can do it in any type of weather. You can easily get thousands of strikes with this fire starter necklace. This is one of the best fire starter necklaces you can buy.

Read more about the Best Survival Necklaces and Lanyards you can buy!

GSI Outdoors Aluminum Glacier Backpacking Flask

Who doesn’t enjoy a few sips of strong drink when tromping around in the woods. If you’re going to drink – do so responsibly and in style with the GSI Hiking Flask. It holds 6 fl. Oz. of your favorite beverage and keeps it secure. Convenient too – you can slip it into your jacket or back pocket and no one has to know you brought the good stuff. It also comes with a lifetime guarantee from the manufacturer. This is one of the toughest and lightest hiking flasks you will find.

Read more of the Best Hiking Flasks of 2020.

Survival Kit 12-In-1

There are tons of great survival kits out there – this is one that has more of the cool stuff! The main purpose of a survival kit is to get you as prepared as it can without taking a ton of space. This kit is perfect even for people who seem to have it all, because this puts a lot of useful tools in one place so you don’t have to search. This 12-in-1 survival kit includes: Flashlight, fire starter, tactical pen, water bottle clip, survival bracelet, multi-use spork, wire saw, tactical knife, emergency blanket, credit card multi-tool, pocket bellow and waterproof case. It pretty much has everything you need to get started and to keep you well prepared.

Gerber Dime Mini Multi-Tool

Outdoor gear only works if you have it on you when you need it. The Gerber Dime Mini Multi-Tool secures to your keychain and is always with you. It provides essential tools you are likely to use on a daily basis such as: wire cutter, needle nose spring-loaded pliers, fine edge blade, retail package opener, medium flat driver, crosshead driver, scissors, bottle opener, tweezers and file. Not bad for a keychain multi-tool! This will ensure that you or the person you are gifting it to will at least have a basic set of tools. Not just for the great outdoors – the Gerber Dime keychain multi-tool is great for office workers, police officers and firemen. Basically, anyone who needs a quick tool can benefit from this product.

Related: The 25 Best Keychain Multi-Tools + Handy Buyer’s Guide.

CRKT Minimalist Neck Knife

You need a knife with you at all times – a neck knife gives you quick access to your trusty blade. The CRKT Minimalist is one of the best neck knives on the market. It has perfect grip with the three-finger handle and the blade comes to you razor sharp. CRKT has been trusted for some time and they make the best neck knives on the market for the price. Every outdoorsman or outdoorswoman can benefit from a quality neck knife. Great for opening packages, cutting string, hiking, backpacking and anything else that requires a blade.  

Here’s an in-depth review of the CRKT Minimalist Neck Knife.

Goal Zero Yeti 400 Portable Power Station

Charge your electronics while on the go with the Goal Zero Yeti. Take it camping, RVing or wherever the road takes you. Perfect for charging small devices such as phones, tablets, cameras and laptops. Known as gas-free generators and they don’t produce noise or fumes. Perfect for small gatherings where you may want to keep your electronics fully charged.

Related: Keep the Power On With the Best Portable Solar Power Bank Chargers.

Icfun waterproof and Windproof Dual Arc Lighter

You can always use a lighter when outdoors and you need one that is waterproof and windproof. You don’t want to need a quick flame, but can’t get your cheap lighter to work due to inclement weather. The Icfun is waterproof and windproof and employs a built-in rechargeable lithium battery and is a USB rechargeable electronic lighter. You don’t need to use gas or butane to light this one. You get about 2 hours of use when fully charged. It comes with a lanyard so you can throw it around your neck and leave the house. Not just for cigarettes and cigars – this electronic lighter is also great for hiking, backpacking and camping.

Here’s a cool list of the Best Cigar Lighters Under $25.

Go Time Gear Emergency Sleeping Bag

Most people who frequent the outdoors have a sleeping bag – somewhere. It’s easy to misplace or pack your sleeping bag somewhere you can’t remember. These emergency sleeping bags are perfect to throw in your trunk or tool box and forget about it- until you need it. The best survival sleeping bags on the market can actually save your life. You never know when you will need to keep warm and dry in an emergency situation and keeping a few emergency sleeping bags on hand can make all the difference in the worlds. These come with a survival whistle built in and can serve as a survival shelter, emergency blanket and emergency bivy sack and it fits into a super small space. Made from extra-thick tear and puncture resistant material – this emergency sleeping bag will last you a long time.

Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate Knife with Serrated Edge

This is a great survival knife for those who like to spend time in the woods or just like to carry a big knife wherever they go. It falls in a great price range and has tons of essential features such as an ergonomic textured rubber grip, stainless steel pommel, fire starter, diamond knife sharpener and a nylon sheath. The blade is half serrated for extra cutting proficiency. This is a great survival knife to get someone as a gift or for yourself.

Stetson Gambler Seagrass Outdoorsman Hat

If you spend a lot of time in the outdoors – you need a good hat. Wide-brimmed hats protect you from harmful UV rays and add a certain style to your look. Pair it with a leather vest and you will look like you walked straight out of an outdoors magazine. Featuring a 3 and ¼ inch brim and gambler crown – this outdoorsman hat will look great anywhere – not just the woods.

Like stylish hats? Check out Iconic Outdoorsman Hats on a Budget!

Sawyer Hiking Water Filter

You always need water when stepping out into the great outdoors. Many people overlook water filters and forget to bring them. The Sawyer Water Filter is perfect for hiking, backpacking, camping, traveling and emergencies. You should have at least one in your bug-out bag or survival pack. We recommend keeping at least one per person in your household just in case you ever need them. These bad boys remove 99.99999% of all bacteria and 99.9999% of all protozoa. This includes salmonella, E. coli, cholera, cryptosporidium and giardia. These are extremely dangerous substances that hikers encounter on a regular basis when they refill their water bottles straight from a pond, lake or river. It’s good to keep these on hand in case you find yourself in a situation where you have run out of water or get stuck in an area longer than you intended to.

Greatest Hiking trails of the World Book

The perfect coffee table book for the outdoorsperson in your family. This book highlights the greatest hiking trails all over the world. This is a great book to start your dream hike bucket list or to just find a few amazing places to see once you’ve planned it out. The author outlines the size of the trails and the best season to hike them.

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