From Gear To Apparel, There’s Plenty Of Gift Options For Outdoor Enthusiasts

From Gear To Apparel, There’s Plenty Of Gift Options For Outdoor Enthusiasts

Without a specific request, buying holiday gifts for anglers, hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts is notoriously difficult. Few friends and family members have thorough knowledge of a recipient’s gear inventory and often struggle to choose a gift that’s both useful and desired. Our gift recommendations, though, are guaranteed to please almost anyone on your list. You might even find a few items you’ll want to pick up for yourself.

onX Hunt App

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This app transforms Apple and Android phones into a hunting optimized GPS unit. The free service tier includes access to aerial photos and topographic maps, as well as management unit boundaries for most game species. A premium subscription adds single-state access to proprietary maps, public and private property boundaries and landowner names in available counties. Users can also download maps to the device for use in areas with poor cellular coverage. Free, $30 premium subscription

YETI Rambler Bottle

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The 18-ounce Rambler Bottle is the perfect size for daily commutes and shorter outdoor excursions. Double-wall vacuum insulation keeps coffee hot or water cold for several hours. The leak-proof cap features a comfortable 3-finger grip that makes it easy to remove the lid, and provides a convenient attachment point for a carabiner. Available in stainless steel and a variety of durable color finishes, including camo. $35

Black Diamond Spot

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This waterproof headlamp is ideal for predawn trips to the treestand, late-night campsite cooking or rigging fishing rods after dark. Several lighting modes are available for distance and close up use, along with a night-vision mode that uses a red LED. The brightness memory feature allows users to adjust light intensity then turn the light on and off without reverting back to full power. This versatile headlamp emits up to 300 lumens and operates on three AAA batteries (included). $40

PEET Original Dryer

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The PEET Dryer is not a new product, but will be appreciated by any outdoor enthusiast who doesn’t already own one. Put footwear, gloves and other gear on the drying tubes overnight to remove moisture and odor. Air drawn through the intake vents is warmed and circulated through the upright tubes to thoroughly and safely dry virtually any material. Extension tubes are also available to dry hip boots and chest waders. $50

Leatherman Wave+

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An update to a classic, best-selling multi-tool, the Wave+ now includes replaceable wire cutters and a more durable sheath. Other time-tested features remain unchanged. Each of the 18 tools locks firmly into position, and each can be deployed with one hand. Best of all, many of the tools are accessible from the outside and can be used while the frame is folded. This is a useful gift that will likely see daily service throughout the year. $100

Mud Hole Turnkey Custom Rod Building Kits

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This customizable kit includes all of the tools and supplies needed to build a high-end fishing rod. Buyers choose their rod blank, grip style and component colors. Several spinning, casting, and fly-fishing blanks are available for a variety of freshwater and saltwater fishing applications. Kits include detailed instructions for novice rod builders, and the company website provides hours of video for every phase of the project. $160 and up

Costa Del Mar Blackfin

Photo courtesy of Costa Del Mar.

Polarized sunglasses are essential for fishing, but are also beneficial for most other outdoors pursuits. Costa Blackfin frames were designed for fishing, built for all-day comfort and are available with several plastic and glass lens options. The copper-colored lenses are a versatile choice for freshwater fishing and general outdoor activities, while the Sunrise Silver Mirror lenses are an excellent low-light option. $179 and up

Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket

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This lightweight jacket is ideal for cool weather during spring and fall, or as an insulating layer during winter. The wind-blocking and water-repellent shell is made from 100-percent recycled polyester, while the PrimaLoft insulation is made from 55 percent recycled material that continues to trap heat, even when wet. The jacket compresses into a small bundle that can be stuffed into the internal chest pocket for easy packing. Available for men and women. $199

Humminbird ICE HELIX 7 G2N

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Humminbird has an ideal solution for anglers shopping for a fish finder for ice- and open-water fishing. This networkable Sonar and GPS unit includes a complete ice kit, along with a transom-mount transducer and gimbal mount for a boat. Humminbird Basemap provides contour maps for more than 10,000 lakes in the U.S., but the unit also is compatible with LakeMaster and SmartStrike map chips. Finally, the AutoChart Live tool allows anglers to record their own real-time contour maps that also capture bottom hardness and vegetation. $730

Traeger Pro Series 34 Pellet Grill Bronze

Photo courtesy of Traeger Grills.

Fill the hopper on the side of the grill with hardwood pellets, set the temperature and start cooking. The digital thermostat maintains the temperature within 15 degrees F by feeding pellets into the fire pot. Convection-style heat cooks food evenly and gives meats a delicious smoky flavor. Perfect for backyard barbecues, tailgate parties and hunting camp, the Pro Series 34 accommodates eight chickens, seven racks of ribs or 40 burgers. $900 (normally $1,000)


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