For Father’s Day, outdoor gear is the ideal gift, because you know he’ll both want it and use it.
Sure, you could go with the traditional tie, the latest bestseller or a tech gadget that’s likely over his head. But if your dad is an outdoorsman, wouldn’t you think he’d rather have something of value, especially to his time spent hunting, fishing or shooting?
If you’re anything like me, your dad playing a pivotal role in your interest and passion in the outdoors, so return the favor with something that’s not only useful, but will remind both of you how important family really is.
View the slideshow to see 20 different ideas, and check out what Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shops have on sale for Father’s Day while you’re there.
The Alaskan Guide Series Vanguard Rubber-Handled Knife from Buck and Cabela’s is made from S30V steel, and finds a healthy balance of edge retention, flexibility and hardness (59-61 Rockwell).
If you want to get your dad a knife that looks as good as it performs, this is a good choice.
Father’s Day always helps bring in the new summer season, and what dad doesn’t like to get behind the grill now and again?
Check out the Char-Broil 6-Burner Gas Grill and give him the heavy duty grilling machine he’s always been looking for.
If your dad’s going to wear Crocs, they might as well be Off Road Camo Outdoor Clogs.
They’ve got a thicker and stronger sole, so you actually could give them a bit of a test in some mud and muck.
The Fish Eagle Tournament II Spinning Reel from Cabela’s brings a lot of the expected features from higher end reels, and packs them into a reasonably priced package.
If your dad needs a second reel, or maybe one to reintroduce the joys of fishing to him, get your hands on this one while the deal still lasts.
You can’t go wrong with a good looking RedHead Poplin Plaid Woven Shirt, because the old man will appreciate the classic, comfortable fit. Plus, it has such a nice price you’ll have money left over to grab one more thing for him.
Get a hold of the Bass Pro Shops® Micro Lite Graphite Spinning Rod for a similar deal; a feature-packed fishing accessory without the reflective price.
You can actually use the rod as a fly or spinning rod, and a rod sock and carry case are included.
If your dad is into camping, this Dome Tent with a Screen Porch is a pretty awesome idea.
It’s 9′ x 7′ x 5′, and fits four people. The roomy and durable interior is well ventilated and has an easy in, easy out zippered door.
Now that the mosquitoes have shown up in full force, Realtree’s ThermaCELL Mosquito Repellent appliance could be the ticket to annoyance-free outings. Whether your dad is setting up in a swamp hunting squirrels, or on the banks casting for bass, mosquitoes won’t be a problem anymore.
The Lost Lake Open Front Float Tube from White River Fly Shop delivers quality performance and durability for a reasonable price. Easy storage and transportation, plus inflation simplicity, makes this a no-brainer for helping dad get to the fish he wants to catch.
The Copper River Spinning Rod will work for just about anything from trout to walleye, and its IM6 graphite construction gives it good backbone while retaining lightweight capabilities. Add durable aluminum-oxide guides, high-density EVA fore grip and split-grip rear handle, and you’ve got a great gift for dad.
Make sure your dad can express his love for the outdoors each time he gets behind the wheel with this RedHead Steering Wheel Cover. Realtree AP camo adds a durable, protective and eye-catching feature to any car’s accessories.
You’ve got a ton of color combo choices with the Outfitter Series Care-Free Cotton Plaid Shirt, and you’ll definitely be able to pick one your old man will like. Even if he’s a little clumsy, you won’t have to worry about dad spilling anything on the shirt. because it has a hi-tech Nano-Tex™ stain releasing finish.
There’s no doubting Buck’s number one selling sheath knife would make a good Father’s Day gift. That knife just happens to be the 119 Special, which has a six inch clip-point blade. It’s easily one of the highest-rated items Buck makes, so if in doubt about purchasing a quality knife, let this one make its way to the top of the list.
To reiterate, getting dad an outdoor-themed gift doesn’t have to mean you get him something he can only use in the field. An Oil-Tanned Leather Shotgun Shell Wallet from Cabela’s fits into that category. 12-gauge shotgun shell brass adds a unique touch, and there are several models to choose from.
Knives are indeed a great gift idea for Father’s Day, because you know he’ll get plenty of use out of it. If you get the Plain Edge Tenacious G-10 Folding Knife from Spyderco, you’ll be making a wise choice. The leaf-shaped stainless steel blade has been ground flat from its spine to its cutting edge, producing some superior cutting technology. You can even adjust the liner lock and pocket clip for total customization.
Kershaw has always generated well-put-together knives, and the Brawler Folding Knife is no exception. The knife tip is extra thick for ultimate piercing power, and the SpeedSafe assisted opening makes for easy one-handed operation.
Some may be taken aback by the price of the Streamlight WayPoint Spotlight, but as the saying goes, buy expensive and cry once, buy cheap and cry all the time. Three settings make this high-powered LED light versatile, plus a cushioned handle and integrated stand make it easy to use.
If a one-piece knife just won’t do, get your dad the SOG Preparedness Kit, and all-in-one package for any use you can come up with. It comes with a lightweight and durable knife, a 214-lumen flashlight and a PowerDuo knife and tool combo.
Four lighting modes make the Cabela’s Alaskan Guide Series QUL Headlamps by Princeton Tec a must-have for any hunting, camping or hiking dad. Lightweight and fully adjustable, the headlamp even has a battery meter to let you know when you’re running low on charge.
The job’s not done once you bring the meat home, so get your dad a great smoker to create some delicious meals. With the Masterbuilt Sportsman Elite Window Smoker, he’ll get a remote-controlled smoker with plenty of room for hams, ribs, salmon or more. A built-in probe displays the internal temperature of meats, and the window and internal light will give him a good view without having to open the door.