Updated Nov 24, 2022 at 9:00 am
Hunting is hard, but hunting for hunters is easy with these gifts for hunters. I have used my years of hunting experience to bring you gear that any angler will appreciate and that fits almost any budget. These gift ideas for hunters range from gear designed to keep hunters warm to gear that will last a lifetime. Here are my top gifts for hunters this holiday season.
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If you know a hunter who loves the smell of gun smoke in the morning, this is the perfect soap for them. Duke Cannon soap bars are quite large and come in outdoor scents like smoky wood, bourbon vanilla, and in this case, gun smoke.
I tested the best power banks and the model that won the best overall was the 10,000mAh Anker Powercore Slim. It will fully charge the phone twice and is the perfect size to keep in your pocket or backpack. At just under $25, it’s a great value, too.
By the time Christmas rolls around, deer season is on its way out and hunters are turning their eyes towards the Turkish Spring. Whether you’re shopping for a seasoned turkey hunter or someone new to dog hunting, a great gift is always a turkey call. Woodhaven makes lovely custom calls, but one of the best things to give as a gift is a Cluck ‘n Purr Pot because it’s a call that a turkey hunter likely won’t get and will easily use to call shy toms.
I love hunting gear that you can use in the field and in everyday life, and the Kuiu Gila LS Hoodie fits that role perfectly. I used the Gila Hoodie while hunting, competitive archery, and at the beach for sun protection this summer and then used it for early fall hunting. The UPF 50+ rating kept my skin from burning, and the sweat-wicking material kept me comfortable in 90 percent humidity.
When the hunters aren’t out in the woods, it’s still a good idea to wear technical clothing made by big brands. The Canyon Shirt Jacket is a light jacket from a premium hunting apparel company that’s perfect for wearing to dinner or just around town. It’s a great gift because it’s something that hunters wouldn’t necessarily buy for themselves, but would love to own and treasure.
If you look at books available at major retailers, you won’t find many options for kids who love hunting and fishing. This is what inspired the author, Josh Ismail, to write a series of children’s books for families in the great outdoors. Deer Hunting with Dad follows a young hunter’s hunting journey with Dad and is both educational and entertaining. You’ll also find turkey hunting and cat hunting in the same series. At under $15, these books make a great gift for new parents or kids who love the outdoors.
One of the best pocket knives, the Benchmade Bugout makes a great gift for hunters. The knife is available in tons of colors and material options, making the price vary from about $150 to $550. You can also order a custom one with different color, pattern, and knob handles. Whether you choose the $150 version or the $550 titanium and super steel offering, you’ll be giving someone a knife that they’ll have for the rest of their lives and carry around every day, as well as on their outdoor adventures. Now that’s a great and memorable gift.
Like a pocket knife, flashlights are used all year round by hunters. From finding the way to a hunting spot to taking the dogs for a walk, flashlights are used by hunters all year round. Streamlight Wedge is one of the best flashlights for everyday carry. Featuring a slim design to carry in a pocket, it’s super bright and rechargeable, it’s everything a hunter needs in a good flashlight.
The O.L The team has been testing power plants for outdoor use for a while now and we’ve been consistently impressed with how well the Jackery models perform. They are easy to use, reliable, and use the most common (and therefore interchangeable) cables from other brands. During long-term and cold-weather testing, we were also impressed with how well it charged. Their Explorer 300 model is a great choice for hunters looking for an extra boost of power to stock in their truck or base camp. Its 293Wh (watt-hours) is more than enough to keep phones, cameras, and even laptops charged for days, while still being light enough and small enough not to overwhelm the rest of your pack. Pair with the Jackery SolarSaga 100 (one of our favorite solar panels for camping) for continuous off-grid power.
Ground venison is one of the most versatile and delicious ways to process venison. Let me tell you that in my experience, hand blender attachments or a stand mixer don’t work as well and are more work than they’re worth. A powerful unit like the Capella Heavy Duty Meat Grinder is the perfect solution and is also a sausage filler and jerky gun. If you know a hunter who loves to treat their own meat, this is a great gift and will likely result in thank you gifts in the form of sausage, bacon, or ground beef.
Outdoor Life recently completed testing the best cellular tracking cameras and the Moultrie Mobile Edge won the Best for the Money award. For $100, you get a camera that sends high-quality images remotely to the owner’s phone, and it works on spotty cell service. Trail cameras are fun and useful tools for hunters and every deer hunter needs at least one in their arsenal.
I’ve tested all of the best crossbows this year, and the best crossbow for the money was the Centerpoint Wrath 430. It has great accuracy and technology for under $1,000. I completely understand that the price is still steep, but in my experience, cheap braces will leave you wanting.
I’ve tested the best recurve bows this year and the best for beginners is the Samick Sage. At around $150, it delivers a lot of performance for the money. As the archer gets older, it becomes easier for them to buy new bow tips to increase the draw weight.
Here’s another selection from our Outdoor Life Gear Test. Turkey hunters need a jacket to hold their calls at the ready, carry their turkeys out of the woods, and give them a comfortable seat to wait for the hanging tom. We picked the Redhead Classic II as the best turkey jacket for the money because of its rich feature set and sub-$50 price tag.
Yes, that’s another pick from our outdoor life gear test—the best duck calls. Here’s what author, Joe Genzel, has to say about the field-proven Hybrid Double-Shot: The Hybrid Double-Shot is a $65 call built by duck and goose champ Field Hudnall and his brother Clay—a tough price to beat if you’re connected Beginner or intermediate looking for affordability. The mouthpiece is Osage, so you get the soft sounds of a woodpecker call. But the attachment is polymer, which adds a little bit of bulk when you need to reach for long ducks.
Few gifts are as iconic as the Daisy Red Ryder and it remains the best gift for young hunters learning the basics of marksmanship and gun safety.
Hunters love nice binoculars. We covet them, they are important tools, yet it’s hard to splurge on a quality set. If you want to give a gift that a hunter will use and love, get them one of the best binoculars, the Maven B.6. If you want to know more, read our full review of these amazing binoculars.
From cowboys to three-day marchers, Ariat is known for its equestrian clothing. But they do make comfortable and capable outdoor shoes. One of their best for hunting is the Farmland Hiking Boots, which are great for sneaking up a tree, day hiking, or picking up a Christmas tree. It’s also waterproof, so when the snow starts to fly, you’ll still use it often. These versatile shoes are available in sizes 6 to 13 and in medium or wide widths
Heirloom Quality Gear: Buy handy gifts for hunters
The above products are great, but if you want a really special gift that’s both functional and sentimental, consider buying from a local maker. You likely have dedicated knife makers, leather workers, and woodworkers in your area that would make a memorable gift. These heirloom gifts don’t have to be expensive either. For example, a local knife maker to me, Join or Die Knives, makes a knife that costs $150. If you don’t have a maker in your area, there are plenty who sell their wares online, such as WoodHaven Custom Calls who will put a picture under their call glass. When you go with a handmade product, you get a sentimental gift that the owner will cherish and use forever.
All of the above equipment is one size fits all and plenty of them will come in handy in the woods and around the house. For more gift ideas, check out Cabela’s and Bass Pro’s Black Friday Deals for gifts for the anglers in your life at discount prices.