You know what they say–men are the hardest to buy for … Well, if that’s true, finding gift ideas for a gear-loving outdoorsman is like trying to hit a bulls-eye in the dark. You can’t buy them jackets because they’ve already got a closet full of them. You can’t buy them gear because they already know exactly what they want. So what can you get them that won’t immediately end up in the back of their closet, never to be seen again?
Here’s a list of 10 no-fail stocking stuffers that are sure to make the adventurous man in your life happy:
1. Wool Socks
Yes, it’s the ultimate of grandma gift ideas. But face it, every adult needs a good pair of wool socks (or 5). And wool footwear is far from boring nowadays; companies like Smartwool and Darn Tough are bursting with colorful, classic and fun designs. Darn Tough is particularly great because it’s “unconditionally guaranteed for life,“ meaning, if you wear a hole in their socks, they’ll replace your pair for free. Sounds like a challenge to me.
If you live in a cold climate, you’ve gotta get a Buff. This piece of gear is wildly versatile and surprisingly effective. Use it as a balaclava, hat, headband, nose warmer, you name it. More functional and easier to pack than a scarf, it’ll still keep your man warm on chilly bike rides or long trail runs.
3. Biodegradable Toiletries
If he’s big into backpacking, scuba diving, or bike touring, you’ll want to make sure he’s using personal care products that aren’t harmful to the environment. Some of our favorite brands, like Sea to Summit and Dr. Bronner’s All-in-One Soap, comes in travel-size amounts for convenience.
Everyone loves a good trail treat, and you can get lots of tasty options from a local grocery store or organic market. Personal favorites are Kind granola bars, Tanka buffalo snacks, and Bear Naked granola.
Is there anything nerdier than a spork? No. On the other hand, is there anything more useful? We suggest not. Swallow your pride and buy him a spork. You know he wants one.
7. Travel Containers
Sound boring? Au contraire, my friend. Every man who loves camping and backpacking wants more of these. Travel containers are perfect for packing soap, lotion, pills, sunscreen, olive oil, spices, shampoo…you name it. You can find containers like this from Nalgene, GoToob, and Eagle Creek.
8. Magazine Subscription
Give the gift that will keep on giving all year round. A subscription to an outdoors magazine not only supports the press, but will give him ideas for the next great adventure.
$30 for a water bottle may seem a little steep, but Hydroflask is worth every penny. It keeps cold things cold and hot things hot for a shockingly long time. He’ll never go back to a normal water bottle again.
10. Enso Rings
The ultimate gift for the active dude, an Enso Ring will let your man hike, climb, swim, bike, and run comfortably and safely. Made from medical grade silicone, Enso Rings are designed to keep his finger safe while being so comfortable he can hardly tell it’s there. He may never take his ring off again.
Gift Ideas for More than Just Him
If you’re thinking of getting an Enso Ring for him, you may want to buy one (or more!) for yourself. Enso Rings come in a number of styles for men and women with lots of colors to choose from. And, ranging from 11.99-39.99 for a versatile stylish gift for anyone on your list, you might as well stock up. When you buy any ring bundle, you save up to 25% off and get free U.S. shipping!