With Father’s Day fast approaching (Sunday, June 16th, 2013), I thought I would put together a short gift guide for the “outdoorsy” father. So, hopefully this list gives some good ideas, and, that the receiver of said gifts enjoys them!
- A Good Knife
- Every outdoorsman (or woman) needs a good knife. I would not blindly buy one if you are unsure of what Dad wants, or if he even needs one (if you have a great knife, you do not need a replacement!). Rather, consult with Dad and find out specifically what he wants. Sure, it ruins the surprise aspect, but, he will be very thankful!
- Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus
- This is a great solar charger. I own one, and use it all of the time. If at home or on the road, I leave it charging the battery pack that it comes with in the car window, or hotel room, as well as my other emergency chargers that I have. It also has loops so it can clip onto the outside of a backpack with carabiners for charging on the trail, and, because it is a shiny surface, can also be used as a signaling device if needed!
- Mountain House – Just in Case – Classic Assortment Bucket
- Containing just about all of the classic mountain house meals, and two of each, this is a bucket of 12 Mountain House meals. When doing pre-trip shopping, these are between $8-$12/each at your local outdoor retailer, so this bucket is half of the cost of all of those individually, and, always having a supply (which will last for up to 25 years), is very handy, and saves a trip to the store before a weekend backpacking trip.
- Gift Card
- Now, these are kind of generic, but, if you give an EMS, REI, Amazon, or other gift card – your pops can purchase all of the outdoor equipment he likes. Those stores are like F.A.O. Schwartz for a 6 year old for me. It’s always Christmas when I walk in there! And it’s those stores where I can get in the most amount of financial trouble in as well 🙂
- REI Down Booties
- If your Dad likes backpacking in the winter, then look no further than the REI Down Booties. These are lightweight, compressible, and inexpensive. And there is nothing better than after a long day on the trail when you get to the shelter, to shed your hiking boots, and put on some comfortable and warm booties.
Happy Father’s Day!
Love the solar panel! We’ve been looking for something like that.
I love mine… going to give it a another thorough field test on Friday, and should actually have a review of it on the site within the next couple of weeks.