Choosing gifts is rarely easy, even when you know the person well. You can’t be too generic if you want your present to have a personal touch, but it is also easy to miss if you choose something specific. Knowing one or two hobbies your receiver is pursuing will make the task easier: you can come up with more present ideas narrowing down the circle of options available. Hunting and fishing are very popular hobbies that, luckily for all gift seekers, require a great deal of equipment. The best thing about those hobbies is that you don’t need to spend a fortune on a new rifle or a specialized fishing rod. There are dozens, if not hundreds, of useful pieces of gear that might be of great help to a hunter or angler. You might overhear them saying there is something they want but don’t have spare money for the moment. Maybe there is some item that has been serving your presentee for years and needs to finally retire, giving place to a younger, upgraded version of itself. There can also be an accessory or a piece of outdoor gear that the receiver never used or even heard about, depending on how immersed in the topic they are. To put it simply, there are plenty of options for various hunting equipment and fishing gear you can give as a present. Here are some ideas for the best gifts for hunters or fishermen.
Gifts for Hunters
Hunting is a lifestyle, just like any other outdoor hobby. There are many aspects to it: preparation, tracking or waiting, making a shot, harvesting, and many others that come in between. There are items that can assist with every one of these steps or even add some new ones. Some present ideas lie on the surface, while others are less conspicuous. Here are our suggestions on hunting supplies that will make for excellent presents.
Simply indispensable for bow hunters and very useful for those hunting with firearms, a rangefinder is a tool that will work miracles for accuracy. With many hunters relying only on eye estimation to determine the distance to the target, a laser rangefinder can open a new side of a familiar hobby even to seasoned hunters. These devices come in many variations with varying features in all price ranges, so you can find both affordable and high-end models.
Collection of Waterfowl Calls
Here comes a more specific gift for waterfowl hunters, so make sure to double-check if your receiver doesn’t hunt deer or upland birds only. While no waterfowl hunter sets off on their trip without a game call, a collection of dedicated calls is bound to warm their heart. A rare hunter has more than one game call, and there are many species of duck only, not to mention all other waterfowls a hunting enthusiast can pursue. One game call won’t cover all species, but a collection of those has better chances.
Engraved Hunting Knife
An engraved hunting knife is a more versatile gift, but not one of the cheapest ones. However, that depends heavily on the engraving and the blade material. It can also be a joint gift if you want to get a one-of-a-kind hunting knife, the likes of which are no. A knife is generally useful for any outdoor enthusiast, but hunters use it more often than anyone. It’s might be one of the most obvious gift ideas for hunters, but it’s nonetheless a worthy one.
Leather Hunting Journal
For those who enjoy taking notes, a quality notebook is always a delight. For others, it will either be a reason to start taking notes (which are numerous) or a quality journal for dust-gathering. A hunting journal might contain all the events of a hunting trip, with location, quarry, and time of the year described, which will make it a text version of a photo album where all memorable hunting moments are gathered.
Gifts for Fishermen
Fishing and hunting are different in many aspects, but what they have in common is the abundance of gear options. Fishermen deal with different animals and utilize other tools than hunters, but not in any way does it affect the variety of gift options.
Collection of Lures
If you ask an angler, you’ll know there is no such thing as too many lures, only boxes too small to house all of them. There is always something new to try: a different color, a different form, or a different set of embellishments. Even if the person’s tackle box is already overflowing with lures, they are not the most durable and lasting pieces of equipment, so your gift is sure not to be put into action sooner or later.
Coastal Kitchen Utensils Set
Even if you are not too familiar with the whole kitchen industry, you probably know that there are knives for every single type of food. And that’s for a good reason. To properly cut and process a product means to preserve its form, which is one of the key elements to cooking a good dish. A set of coastal kitchen utensils is designed specifically for seafood processing, and every marine fisherman will be delighted to have one.
There is nothing like seeing a fish dangling on a hook and anticipating adding it to your catch bucket only to watch it hop off and delve into the blue depths, having taken all your anticipation with it. A cast net will ensure that none of such enjoyment-spoiling scenarios will happen to the gift receiver.
Fishermen have one advantage hunters cannot get: there is no such thing as a game finder, but there is a fish finder that won’t leave those fishes any chances to hide. It would be a shame not to take advantage of such an opportunity which would save a ton of time that could have been spent trying to catch a fish that was never there. They vary in price just like rangefinders do, so you have a huge variety to pick from.
Gifts Everyone Will Appreciate
If you don’t want to risk it or have little understanding of what a hunter or a fisherman needs, you can take a step back and choose from items that any outdoor enthusiast would be happy to get. Those are universally useful gifts for outdoorsmen.
If you want to prevent someone from getting cold feet (pun intended), heated socks are the thing to get. Honestly, the weather can be a changeable lady, and freezing feet are never a component of the most enjoyable outdoor experience. The great thing about heated socks is that they don’t work all the time, and you can simply turn them off should the weather become warmer.
Knife & Tool Sharpener
Both hunters and anglers use certain tools that are prone to become blunt sooner or later. You’d think that the first thing those people would do is restore the tools’ former sharpness, but too many continue using dull instruments because they don’t have a sharpener or have it at home and forget to once they return. A compact tool sharpener that could fit into a backpack or tackle box would be a day saver and a constant reminder of how insightful the person who gifted it was.
Water Filtration System
Without water, there is no life, no hunting, and definitely no fishing. Hunters and fishermen have to take bottled water with them, and, depending on the planned length of their trip, it could add pounds of additional weight. Be it a water bottle with a preinstalled filter, a filtering straw, or a separate water filtration system, the user of these tools will remember you every time they drink purified water right from the river or other body of water.
Can Cooler and Thermos
It’s always nice to have something cold to drink on a hot day and something warm to drink on a cold one. Since the whole sacrament of both hobbies takes place outdoors, hunters and fishermen are prone to experiencing the weather influence to a greater extent than the rest of us. Gifting them a chance to cool down or warm up once they need it is a no-brainer when it comes to presents. And you can get a can cooler or a thermos with a fitting animal print for the aesthetics.
Whatever you choose, remember that the time you spend and the effort you make while choosing a gift matter even more than the gift itself. A present is just another way to channel your affection. Every present is valuable if it’s given attention, but you won’t have to worry about it if you choose something from this list.