- Father’s Day 2021 falls on June 20.
- Fishing, camping, biking, running, hiking – we’ve got gift ideas for all budgets and interests.
- Whether it’s your dad or just a dad you know and love, these 25 gifts are thoughtful and practical.
In the last year and a half, we all learned the value of family – both blood and chosen – better than ever before. We also learned to celebrate the good things. So this Father’s Day, which falls on June 20, is the perfect time to make dads as happy as they make you.
If the dad in your life is outdoorsy, chances are he already has a gear closet full of supplies for fishing, biking, hiking, or at the very least tailgating. Enhance his adventures with a new fly fishing vest, a stuff pouch for his bike, or new cookware for camping.
If his gear garage is full, consider other areas his day could be better, like using a therapeutic massage gun to work out the aches of adventure. Even small gestures, like a $20 lifetime membership to REI’s Co-op, will bring a smile to his face.
Looking for more gift ideas? Find unique and thoughtful gifts here, or spark some ideas within your budget with our guide to Father’s Day gifts under $100 and under $25. But if Pops loves the great outdoors, you can’t go wrong with any of the below.
Here are 25 gifts any outdoorsy dad will love:
We love a niche design, and NRS nailed it with this fishing vest. Not only does it have one zillion pockets and lashing points, but it’s designed specifically for the seats of a fishing kayak with mesh in the lower back and flotation/padding up in the shoulders. Plus it’s adjustable so will buckle for bigger guys.
A two-in-one koozie and cup
One of our favorite items from Hydro Flask, the Cooler Cup is the only camping. fishing, boating cup dad will ever need. It acts as an insulated cup for water or whiskey, or a beer bottle/White Claw koozie (whatever floats dad’s boat).
The most comfortable camp chair ever
After decades of sitting in crappy camp chairs, dad deserves a throne. With an uber-durable frame, breathable fabric that won’t tear, a sturdy design that won’t collapse when he tries to stand, and even a trusty cup holder, this camp chair is worthy of a camp king.
A leather pocket atlas
These pocket atlases include maps, travel information on some of America’s favorite outdoor spaces, and empty pages for journaling if Pops considers himself a birder or naturalist. Choose from the National Parks, Appalachian Trail, Rocky Mountains, or a World Atlas, each of which is bound in soft calfskin with acid-free pages that won’t rip on his adventures. You can even personalize it with up to 4 letters of embossing for an extra $8.
A bike stash bag
The Hoagie Hauler is the easy-access stuff bag every cyclist needs — whether on your townie, road bike, or mountain bike, this drawstring stem bag can securely fit a water bottle or stash your phone and sunscreen for a ride around town. The mesh outer pockets make for an easy quick-grab of energy bars. This small, Black-owned business out of Philly handcrafts bike bags of every size and need, and we also love its under-seat repair kits and stash bags.
A warm flannel
Because neither dads nor outdoorsmen can ever have too many flannels. We love this one from small-based Colorado company, Topo Designs, for its more unique coloring and durable construction.
A smartwatch with on-screen route navigation
The go-to smartwatch for adventure athletes, the Suunto 9 has over 80 sport modes, reliable GPS, route navigation on the watch (even sport-specific heat maps), and a battery that’ll last 25 hours with GPS running. If your dad would prefer something slimmer, check out the newly-released Suunto 9 Peak which is about two-thirds the size with all the capabilities.
A roomy, durable hammock
Give dad some R&R in the backyard or at his favorite campsite with this ripstop, DWR hammock. It can comfortably fit two people (or one dad and two little ones) with its 500-lb weight capacity.
Better camp coffee, STAT
If your pops loves his fresh cup of third-wave every morning, upgrade his camping coffee game. AeroPress is a total immersion brewing system that makes smooth, delicious coffee in under two minutes. We like this AeroPress because the storage container can double as a mug.
A rechargeable headlamp
If he doesn’t have a reliable headlamp — or worse, he’s still taking a flashlight camping — this headlamp will keep his hands free when outdoor adventures get dark. It tested as our top headlamp, and we love that the batteries are rechargable.
A waterproof, drop-proof phonecase
Whether he’s starting to get clumsy or he always has been, this waterproof, drop-proof, shock-proof case might save him a few hundred dollars or more for a phone replacement. Just don’t let him start doing the phone-in-a-beer party trick.
A waterproof fly-fishing backpack
This will take Dad and his most precious of possessions (save for, like, you) from the high seas to the High Sierra and back, dry as can be. I like this one because, if he’s a thrifty enough packer, he can latch a sleeping bag, tent, and mess kit to it for a longer overnight trek. –Owen Burke, Insider Reviews reporter
A beautoful steel pocket knife
This beauty has a 4-inch stainless steel blade and corkscrew, both of which safely fold in. Between the surprising quality and fancy fitted wooden gift box it comes in, he’ll never know it only cost $20.
A lightweight, folding kayak
If dad is dialing in his van setup, he’ll be obsessed with this origami kayak. The only thing cooler than watching it unfold into a boat is actually floating in it and realizing how secure and lightweight it is. If you want to get in on the action, check out Oru’s new tandem foldable kayak, the Haven.
A 21-tool Leatherman
It’s only so often that Leatherman updates its arsenal, and when it does, consider it high time to tell Pops to chuck that rusty old thing on the shelf for a new and improved one, your treat. With 21 different tools packed into 4.25 inches, he’ll find plenty to play with.
A cast-iron campfire cooking set
Help improve dad’s chef skills at camp with the only pans he’ll ever need: a deep dutch oven and skillet that doubles as a lid. Both made from cast iron, these pans will deliver a sear on camp brats or high-heat for one-pot slop. Plus, he can break them out at the home kitchen, too.
A soft-sided cooler backpack
Backpack coolers are ideal for hauling cold beer without tiring your shoulder or forearm. There are many great backpack coolers out there but the YETI Hopper is the cream of the crop — and the most likely to survive an arduous trek. –Owen Burke, Insider Reviews reporter
Polarized fishing glasses
Save his eyes without throwing off his fishing game. These Costa Del Mars are designed so the lenses enhance the colors of the water and still allow you to see straight through it to what’s below. Plus, they’re polarized and lightweight. Just consider buying him a Croakie too.
A non-slip-grip fillet knife
So he can stop butchering all those beautiful fish he brings home. With a no-slip grip on the handle and a 9-inch blade, this knife is ideal for delicate cutting. –Owen Burke, Insider Reviews reporter
Gourmet backpacking food
This mega sampler pack of Patagonia’s tastier, sustainable freeze-dried food will upgrade dad’s backpacking dinner parties. All the food incldued is responsibly sourced and takes just minutes to prepare.
Super cushiony running shoes
His love of running isn’t going anywhere, but his joints aren’t getting any younger. Cliftons have long been one of our top tested running shoes and the newest version, the Clifton 8s, (available for pre-order now and shipping June 1) has an even lighter, energetic midsole alongside its trademark meta-rocker shape and big cushion to dampen the impact on your knees and ankles.
A smoke-less, wood-burning fire pit
This wood burner is not only a lovely fire pit to sit around, but it also doubles as a grill. It’s small, compact size means you can easily bring it with you camping in addition to hanging out in your backyard. Most interesting, the BioLite has a unique design that utilizes a fan to minimize the amount of smoke that comes out — so all the fun of a wood campfire with none of the getting smoked out.
Read more in our guide to the best grills.
A powerful massage gun for sore muscles
There is no better gift you can give an athlete or an aging body than enhanced recovery. We love the Hyperice Hypervolt massage gun because it’s one of the most powerful and quietest massage guns on the market at half the price of leading competitors.
A hat with serious sun protection
Talk about a dad hat! This hat offers serious sun protection with UPF 25 in the sweat-wicking, quick-dry hat itself, and shades your face and neck with both the hat brim and the built-in bandana. Plus, you’re supporting a partially Black-owned business.
Beer glasses for a fish lover
If your dad reverts to stories about his proudest catch every time he kicks back with a cold one, he’ll love these fish-themed beer glasses. Choose from eight fish illustrations, including brown trout, cutthroat, and striper.