Thanksgiving leftovers are being eaten up at a rapid pace (aka I haven’t really cooked since Thanksgiving dinner HA!) and now I’m looking on to Christmas.
Listen, I want you all to know that generally, I’m the scroogiest lady in my family of origin. I have a strict “no Christmas music” policy until December and then I promptly turn it off in January. I minimally decorate the house (hello, toddlers) and every year, the shopping gets later and later.
Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Christmas and I love preparing for Christmas and the whole season and shabang. I just get overwhelmed when the season becomes exhaustive instead of intentional. Which I think is really a whole other post for a whole other day. (I’m listening to Ann Voskamp talk about The Greatest Gift and I’m like ADVENT! Preparation! Joy! Yay!)
And back in the day, I use to know just the perfect gifts for everyone. And now that my brain is a lot more like pudding than it’s ever been, I may think of a great gift idea for someone and then forget. I think that’s why I procrastinate on shopping these days – I keep hoping that the best ideas will flood back to me
So I had my very outdoorsy, beard-sporting husband for some help with this list. (I just crowd sourced gift ideas from the guy I need good ideas for….#ftw) and I wanted to share them with you. In case you’re like me in any way – outdoorsy husband. Brain as pudding. Procrastination. Or your own things.
20 Gifts for the Outdoorsy Guy
Outdoorsy guy will love the Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP) because he can explore all the nooks and crannies of the water’s edge while getting a pretty great work out. It’s also not-outdoorsy friendly if you want to give this a shot too (I was 5 months pregnant or more when we went).
This SUP is different and fun because it can be packed into a back pack and help outdoorsy guy travel far and light.
Some people think these shoes look weird. I think they are amazingly comfy. And outdoorsy guy will love feeling the bumps of the paths and use his strong feet and legs to push him forward.
4. Hiking Pack
As outdoorsy guy gets more and more into being outdoorsy guy, he’ll need a hiking pack. Whether he’s a day tripper or dreams of hiking the Appalachian Trail, he’ll need a pack to go with him.
Ground-sleeping doesn’t sound like the best way to spend an entire week. A portable hammock is a genius idea. You sling it up in between a couple trees and voila!
Some outdoorsy guys prefer tent sleeping. That’s cool. Bonus points if it’s light weight if it’s a back packing type trip.
Cast iron skillets aren’t making the trip down the Appalachian Trail but they are great for cooking outdoors. Outdoorsy guys love fire cooking.
8. Sleeping Bag
So whether it’s in a hammock or in a tent, outdoorsy guy needs to be warm. No hypothermia allowed. I love stuff sacks because you don’t have to fold a slippery sleeping bag. And make sure it’s light weight again for the pack.
Because outdoorsy guy will get thirsty out on the trail. And seriously, this is so super cool.
10. Soccer Pants
Outdoorsy guy clothes need to be light weight, fit nicely, and they easily vent at the legs for cooling. This is great for the temperature changing as hiking continues.
Again, really great and really important for temperature control and temperature changes.
Let’s face it, outdoorsy guy will need to make fire. This is practically how a caveman would do it.
No worries about batteries here. Just wind, and the light shines. Plus, in case it rains for a couple days out on the trail, it’s fairly entertaining.
14. Flannel Shirt
So if your outdoorsy guy wants people to know he’s outdoorsy without actually having to use the word “outdoorsy” then a flannel shirt is a necessity.
15. Bear Bag
I don’t know where your outdoorsy guy camps, hikes, what have you. But dude, did you know people do this where there are bears? Seriously….amazing.
Ok, so this is an entire survival kit wrapped in a paracord, hooked on a keychain. This may be smart for anyone, although, I can’t say that once I caught a fish with the fishing line that I’d know what to do with it.
17. Fly Fishing Pole
Teach a man to fish….right? Outdoorsy guys love to fish and this will take it up a notch.
18. Serrated Knife
Cutting twigs for kindling, skinning a deer – a serrated knife is a must for the outdoorsy guy.
19. Snow Shoes
Winter shouldn’t stop your outdoorsy guy from having a great adventure. So don’t let it.
Your outdoorsy guy may need help knowing what’s ok to eat while he’s out in the wild. He can learn with a sweet book like this.
What do you think outdoorsy guys are looking for?