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Our next gift guide features must-have apparel and gear for the hunting and fishing women on your list. When I'm shopping for apparel, I'd love to have every apparel item be women-specific — but there are still plenty of hunting and fishing brands out there who don't have women's clothes... yet. So instead, consider this is a round-up of the best hunting gifts for women and the best fishing gifts for women because they want and need the same high-quality products that exist out there for any hunter or angler. That's also exactly why you won't see any shrink-it-and-pink-it items on this list. Most brands seem to be getting away from that trend, and anything I list here is comparable in style and pattern to the men's options. I'd only consider pink camo if I was hunting in a flock of flamingos, which will presumably never be the case.
Even if the item listed isn't women-specific, there are still stellar men's layers that I love to wear, especially for outerwear. If you're shopping for a woman but buying the men's version, I recommend sizing down one size — so if the recipient is a medium in a women's jacket, she'll likely be a small in the men's. Make sense? As a general rule, hunting-specific items can be pricey, so I tried to come up with enough of a range of brands and gifts to fit any budget, hence the variety of gear and apparel listed here. Whatever you find on this list, these are some of the best hunting and fishing gifts for women I can personally vouch for. Check out the picks below:
1. For the Early Riser
You never know how convenient it is to wear a hat with a built-in light until you wear one. This beanie has four LED lights powered by batteries that are easy to change and replace, and emits up to 48 lumens — which are just enough to see what you're doing in early morning tree stands. It comes in several concealment patterns and is reasonably priced, given how warm and soft it is.
2. For the Person Always Dropping Her Binos
This binocular harness is versatile in sizing and adjustable to keep binos safe and secure. It comes with several smaller pockets for organizing and allows the hunter to keep her binos and other small items immediately at hand without too much movement to grab for them when the need arises. This is a very reasonably priced harness that will fit many sizes and dimensions of binoculars — it's a great hunting gift for women (or anyone who hunts).
3. For the Coffee Lover
YETI might be a name brand, but there's a reason these tumblers and other insulated drinkware is consistently known as the best of the best. This 20-ounce tumbler keeps your favorite hunter or fisher's drinks hot from morning through the first catch (or stalk) of the day, and come in a variety of rich colors. The "mag slide" lid is my favorite version of a YETI lid, with a magnetic slider that can be opened or closed with gloved hands.
4. For the Sun Seeker
This women-specific sun hoodie from Free Fly is buttery soft, incredibly lightweight, and provides full coverage from the sun with a deep hood and long sleeves. This fabric is UPF 50 and made from sustainably sourced bamboo fibers with polyester for durability and spandex, which also provides a comfortable amount of stretch. I've worn this shirt for multiple days in a row without it stinking, and it was beyond comfortable for days on the river.
5. For the DIY Lady
This is a compact, lightweight version of Leatherman's classic tool, with cutouts along the exterior that drop weight without sacrificing strength. I like that this has two options for clipping to clothes or a bino harness, and it's easy to operate one-handed. The seven tools include a knife, pliers, an exchangeable bit driver, bottle opener, and wire-cutters.
6. For the One with Cold Feet
Cold feet (and hands) are one of the fastest ways to send me back to the truck. These tall socks for Fieldsheer are perfect for wearing under winter boots, and are rechargeable with compact batteries that heat through a barely noticeable system under your feet. These socks are one of those items that might make someone hesitate to spring for themselves, but will soon become a must-have accessory for the coldest hunts.
7. For the Traveling Fly Fisher
Tenkara rods are lightweight and super compact, making them perfect for the traveling fly fishing enthusiast. The Sawtooth Fly Rod extends to 12 feet but collapses down just 21", and is sturdy enough to handle fish up to 18" long, with plenty of spring and play to make any day on the stream an exciting one. This fly rod travels easily and has a flexible 5:5 action for versatile days on the water.
8. For the Archery Training Fan
Increase accuracy at the range and in the field with this laser rangefinder from Bushnell. I've had several different rangefinders, and while this isn't my top-notch field version, I've used this at the archery range for years and during target practice outside. It operates in the cold and has a large objective lens with a highly accurate reading. It's a solid pick and a great hunting gift.
9. For the All-Season Hunter
This women-specific down jacket is an incredibly warm and well-fitted mid-layer that can also function as an outer layer. The Windstopper membrane provides weatherproofing (and a high degree of water-resistance), and the women's fit means it doesn't impede movement around the hips and waist. This jacket has the best combination of warmth, weight, and face fabric durability out of the down jackets I've tested this season, and it's my go-to for outdoor work and cold hunts.
10. For the Person Who Hunts As Often As Possible
A good softshell is the jacket that gets the most four-season use, and I would gift this version from KUIU to any of the women on my list. It comes in solids or their range of concealment patterns, and this jacket has a standard cut that allows for several layers underneath — along with multiple zippered, easy-access pockets. I throw this on for everything from scouting trips to walks around town and it fits true-to-size with durable, made-for-the-outdoors components.
11. For the Woman Who is Always Cold
These full-length, zippered down pants pack down small enough to be a permanent accessory in late-season hunting packs. They're packed with 850-fill treated down to protect against dampness, and have a highly water-resistant shell to keep the down safe. I wear these on their own during cold, dry days, and under a pair of rain pants if I'll be sitting on wet ground or snow. These only come in a men's version, so I recommend sizing down from the standard women's size to ensure a correct fit.