Is the angler in your life hard to shop for? Then check out this list of some inexpensive stocking stuffer ideas to make the holidays easier.
Anglers can be a very tough crowd to buy gifts for. They can be picky when it comes to new gear and they can seem to already have everything.
However, there are still some great (and inexpensive) items that make perfect stocking stuffers.
So if you are struggling to come up with gift ideas this holiday season, look no further than the following list.
Rig Wrap $3.99-$22.99
Take a peek into any angler's tackle box and you are almost guaranteed to see at least one tangle of loose rigs. No matter how organized an angler tries to be, loose rigs seem to have a mind of their own and never fail to tangle. This can lead to precious fishing time being spent untangling rigs.
The Rigrap helps to solve that problem by providing a storage solution for those loose rigs. Any angler would be more than happy to pull one of them out of their stocking this holiday season.
Lure Guard $3.99
Leaving a fishing lure attached to the rod is the standard practice of many anglers. It allows for quick access to new lures when a cast must be made quickly. Plus, it is just way easier.
However, it can lead to snags both in the angler's skin and other surrounding objects. The Lure Guard provides an affordable and effective solution to this problem. Simply snap the product around any lure still attached to a rod and the hooks are safely tucked away. Grab a few for the angler in your life for the holidays.
Fishing pliers $9.99
Pliers of some sort are essential for any fishing trip. They are useful for many different things such as removing hooks from fish and closing split shot. However, most anglers tend to only have an old, and oftentimes rusty, pair of needle-nose pliers in the bottom of their boat or tackle box.
Despite the variety of nicer options on the market, most anglers would prefer spending money on new lures and the like. Fishing pliers designed with anglers in mind make a great stocking stuffer. I recommend these fishing pliers from Mustad.
Snacks are an important part of any great fishing trip and beef jerky is one of the best for the job. Easy to carry, full of energy and delicious, beef jerky is a great stocking stuffer for any angler. Just don't be surprised if it doesn't make it past Christmas morning.
Bull Frog Mosquito Coast Sunscreen $10.59
Sunscreen is yet another item that should be used by all anglers, but that many forget. Make life a little easier by sticking some sunscreen in an angler's stocking for the holidays.
While it may not be the most exciting gift ever given, they will thank you next summer when your gift saved them from the pain and discomfort brought on by a sun burn. Bull Frog Mosquito Coast Sunscreen is a great option. In addition to sun blocking, it also acts as an insect repellent.
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Rite in the Rain All-Weather Fishing Journal $8.77
Keeping a fishing journal can be a great way to remember past fishing trips and develop patterns to catch more fish. The waterproof fishing journals offered by Rite in the Rain are a great gift for any fisherman. The template printed on each page of the journal offers plenty of space to record information from every fishing trip.
An angler's hooks can quickly become dull after steady use, but most anglers neglect to sharpen them. (Learn how to sharpen hooks here.) Dull hooks can lead to more difficult hook sets and lost fish. Stick a hook sharpener, like the Lansky Multi-groove Fish Hook Sharpener for $7.55, in your favorite angler's stocking this year to help improve the chance of success on their next fishing trip. It will also give them something to do on a cold winter afternoon when fishing just isn't possible.
This may seem like an obvious stocking stuffer, but it will make any angler very thankful. Besides actually fishing, shopping for new tackle is a favorite pastime of most anglers and not having to pay for it out of their own pocket only makes it that much sweeter. Another idea is to check with your state's Division of Wildlife to see if they sell gift certificates that are redeemable for fishing license fees. Having license fees taken care of is a gift any fisherman will truly appreciate.
Every holiday season, novelty gifts start to appear in most stores. Fishing gifts are no exception as sports-themed lures and other novelty fishing gear, like Beer Can Bobbers, begin to populate the shelves. While these items may not catch an angler many fish, they are definitely good for a laugh or two on Christmas morning.
Rod Glove $5.49-$6.99
Fishing tackle, including rods, lures, and other gear, can be a substantial investment for many anglers. Help your favorite angler protect their gear by including a Rod Glove in their stocking. The Rod Glove slides over an angler's fishing rod to protect them from damage and prevent them from tangling during storage and transport. You may want to buy several of these to make sure all your favorite angler's rods are protected.
Add one or more of these gifts to your shopping list this holiday season and you are sure to make the angler in your life one happy camper.