There was nothing like spending time in the woods with Dad.
It seemed like he knew everything. He knew what every tree was. He could tell you where the tracks came from. He could have a fire going in the blink of an eye. If you grew up like we did, you had all this and more. Dad gave us our first knife and showed us how to use it. These are the experiences that shaped us and have kept us coming back to the forest our entire lives. Spending time in the outdoors with Dad is something that sticks with you. Sure, you might have loved your Nintendo when you were a kid, but you don’t remember it like you remember seeing a bear or a porcupine in the woods for the first time, it was all because of your outdoorsy Dad.
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The problem with shopping for Dads is that they’re so darn practical. They already have everything they need (and if you borrow it you’d better put it back where you found it). We did some digging and tried to come up with gifts that would make Dad say, “well this is interesting – where did you find it?” Whether your Dad fishes, hikes, or camps, we have something that he’ll put to use, and you can tell him that it was your idea 😉 Welcome to our Fathers Day Gift Guide!
Zebco Roam Spincast Combo
If your Dad likes to toss a line in the water from time to time he needs a reel that will be dependable for years to come. The Zebco Roam Spincast Combo
is a rugged, capable reel that will deliver thousands of casts without a problem. The internal components are the same as the trusted Zebco 33 model, so they last for many adventures. It comes with a 6′ medium power rod and 10lb line, which means that he’ll be ready for everything from panfish to northern pike.
Advanced Elements Advanced Frame Convertible Elite
There’s nothing like getting out on the water after work or on a sunny Saturday. The Advanced Elements Advanced Frame Convertible Elite
inflatable kayak might be just what he needs to make that happen more often. It’s comfortable and is actually more stable than a traditional kayak because the inflatable chambers are on the side. It can be paddled easily by one or two people and packs down to the size of a large suitcase so he can slide it right under his workbench in the garage.
GCI Outdoor Freestyle Rocker
Dads tend to get busy at the campsite so they deserve the ultimate camping chair when it’s time to relax. The GCI Outdoor Freestyle Rocker
is a folding rocking chair that he’s going to love. You know how no one gets to touch the thermostat at home? He’ll have the same rules for this chair. The mesh backrest is comfortable, and the powder coated frame supports 250 lbs. It folds flat so it’s easy to bring anywhere, and we’re pretty sure he’ll never be caught at the campsite without it!
Dometic CFX 35W Electric Cooler
Here’s one for the road warrior Dad that spends a lot of time traveling and camping remotely. The Dometic CFX 35W Electric Cooler
can be powered with AC, DC, or solar, and can get down to -7F if they wanted to use it as a freezer. It holds 47 cans and has an ultra-quiet compressor that makes for relaxing travel. We’ve used one on several trips, and really liked the battery protection system, which prevents it from completely draining your battery if you’re using it while you’re parked. Check out our review here.
Firedisc Deep 36″ Tall Portable Cooker
Does your Dad take pride in being the ultimate chef at the campsite? How about the backyard? The Firedisc Deep 36-inch Tall Portable Cooker
would take his game to the next level. From stews to burgers to fish frys, the deep 36-inch pan handles it all. It’s powder coated at 450 degrees and has an adjustable stand for uneven ground. If your Dad likes to whip up meals for a group of people, this is the cooker for him. Check out our review here.
Zebco Spyn Spinning Combo
If your Dad enjoys a full day of activities at the campsite, he’d love to add a little fishing, and the Zebco Spyn Spinning Combo
has everything he needs to get started. We’d recommend the medium-light rod with 8 lb test line. It has a 5:3:1 gear ratio so he can get more casting done in an afternoon. The natural cork handle is comfortable and has a classic look that we love. Fishing is the perfect way to round out a full day of adventure.
What’s your Dad’s favorite jam? Ring Of Fire? Taking Care Of Business? The Kicker Bullfrog BF100
waterproof speaker is the perfect size for the campsite or backyard. It sounds great but isn’t going to blow out your neighbors. He’ll love the 100ft wireless range and the IP67 waterproof rating. 360-degree sounds means that he’ll be playing air guitar in all areas of the yard (sorry you had to see that).
Do you have one of those Dads who always needs the best tool for the job? When it comes to hammering and pulling tent stakes the Nemo Meldr Hammer
is in a league of its own. It’s the most finely crafted camping hammer we’ve ever seen, and it will likely get passed down to you. Bonus – there’s a bottle opener so he can crack a cold one after camp is setup.
There’s nothing better than taking a snooze in the outdoors, and the Kammok Roo Double
is the best way to do that. It’s one of the strongest, most durable hammocks we’ve ever tested, and the Roo Double is going to give him plenty of room to stretch out. It holds up to 500 lbs and is made with 40D diamond ripstop nylon. He’ll be sawing logs in no time.
A lot of Dads love their cast iron pans. We get it – we do too. The hands-down best way we’ve found to clean them is with a chainmail scrubber
. It removes the most stuck-on bits with ease and doesn’t that beautiful patina he’s been working on for years.
A good camp kitchen utensil travel set
is nice to have at any campsite. It keeps everything in one place and makes meal prep a snap. He’ll love this 8-piece set when it comes time to whip up some grub.
Has your Dad been toting around a tattered sleeping bag for far too long? The Coleman Dunnock Cold Weather Sleeping Bag will put him back on track. The flannel lined inside is incredibly cozy and the extra weight isn’t a big deal if you’re car camping because comfort comes first. Note: we’re not responsible for the snoring.
Finally – a pair of water shoes
that Dad will actually wear. They look like a normal shoe, and they’re SO nice to have for a day at the beach. They’re quick drying, and are also handy for river fishing.
Ever watch a pair of sunglasses float to the bottom of the lake? It sucks. The Avoalre Floating Sunglasses
take care of that problem and look great. They’re a perfect addition to our Fathers Day Gift Guide.
Camping tarps are necessary on a hot day, but old plastic ones are bulky and take up too much space. The nylon Chilla Gorilla Camping Tarp
packs down small and only weighs 1.4 oz. It comes with everything you need to set it up.
No camp kitchen is complete without a dutch oven. The Lodge 5 Quart Cast Iron Dutch Oven
is perfect for everything from soups to stews to pies, and it will last 100 years if you take care of it.
Light up the night with the LuminAID Solar Inflatable Lantern.
We’ve had this on many trips and are still impressed with the brightness and lightweight. We love that you can just leave it on the picnic table to charge all day.
We get it – it’s hard to pick a t-shirt that someone else will like, but we love the look of this outdoorsy camping shirt.
It’s classic, and admit it – it’s time for him to ditch the Budweiser shirt he’s been wearing for 20 years.
Cornhole is crazy fun but the boards are a pain to travel with. The GoSports Travel Cornhole
set is easy to pack and brings hours of fun to the campsite.
Looking for a good pair of powerful binoculars without breaking the bank? The SkyGenius 10×50 Binoculars
are perfect for wildlife watching and sports games. He’ll love the wide field of view and the coated lenses.