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The 20 Best Father’s Day Gifts for Outdoorsy Dads

Our picks for those pops who prefer a walk in the woods to a lounge on the couch.


These days the notion of “getting out” is a lot different than it was just a few months ago. But even if the outdoorsy dad in your life isn’t going much farther than his own backyard or local park, it doesn’t mean he shouldn’t be geared up for memorable adventures. With that in mind, here are a bunch of awesome tools, toys and apparel at a range of price points, sure to serve him well anywhere he wanders.

Light My Fire FireLighting Kit

Lighters run out of fuel. Matches fail in the cold. But with this nifty set, fire will always be at his fingertips. It’s a lot more satisfying to make flames the old-fashioned way, too, with steel and sparks and tinder.

BUY NOW: $20

Whiskey Peaks Whiskey Glasses

Even far from the mountains, it’s fun to drink and daydream about scaling the highest peaks. Choose a pair of glasses featuring silhouettes of one of six iconic formations, including Everest, Kilimanjaro and Half Dome.

BUY NOW: $20+

Sunday Afternoons Sun Tripper Cap

A few smart features distinguished this cadet cap from the competition. A Velcro pocket inside stores cash or cards, the ventilation slits double as sunglasses holders, and the clamshell brim folds in the middle, making it easy to stash until needed.

BUY NOW: $23+

Darn Tough Hiker Boot Cushion Sock

Darn Tough socks come with a lifetime guarantee, so no matter how many miles he puts on this pair, it’ll last long enough for you to earn it back as a hand-me-down.

BUY NOW: $25

Patagonia Capilene Cool Daily Shirt

If Dad’s t-shirt collection only includes garments with his alma mater’s logo, he’s in dire need of an upgrade. Patagonia included 50+ UPF sun protection and odor control inside a tee that feels as good as it looks.

BUY NOW: $35

Haptic Lab Flying Martha

Kites and paper planes are so 2019.This Kickstarter-funded bamboo-and-paper ornithopter flaps its wings like a real bird, bringing smiles to children — and Dad’s inner child — in equal measure.

BUY NOW: $48

Black Diamond Storm 400 Headlamp

With a high waterproof rating and multiple light modes, the Storm 400 is capable enough for high-risk summit bids but can also help Dad see what he’s doing over the grill when cooking in the dark.

BUY NOW: $50

Chaco Chillos Slide

Chaco’s new sandals blend laid-back Birkenstock vibes with an outdoorsy flourish. Less obvious is the squishy-comfy Luvseat midsole, which makes them easy to wear all day long.

BUY NOW: $50

Hillsound BTR

There’s no better gift than comfort after a long day on the trail, and with this ultralight camping stool that packs down to the size of a water bottle, Dad can have precisely that.

BUY NOW: $55+

Zeal Drifter Polarized Sunglasses

Wanna make nature come alive? The Drifter’s ellume lenses make blues and greens pop, turning a local forest into even more of a wonderland. The style points are just a bonus.

BUY NOW: $60+

Stanley Classic Outdoor Growler Gift Set

Right now everything at Stanley is 25 percent off for Father’s Day once you add it to your cart. May we recommend this 64-ounce growler and four 12 oz. tumblers, a sharp packaged set that ensures satisfying cold beer pours at the end of the trail.

Buy Now: $80 $60

Taylor Stitch Adventure Short

Dad doesn’t have to sacrifice the crips look of his favorite khaki shorts to get the benefits of stretch and water-repellency — Taylor Stitch baked them all into its newest do-everything bottoms.

BUY NOW: $88

California Cowboy High Water Shirt

Don’t let the whimsical patterns fool you, as California Cowboy button-ups feature much more than meets the eye. The High Water boasts a soft terry-cloth lining, a beer pocket and a zippered, water-resistant dry pocket, plus a bottle opener, koozie and conversation cards.

BUY NOW: $135

Beyond K5 Modus Jacket

This lightweight hooded softshell will keep Dad dry, rain or shine, thanks to a weather-resistant exterior and a moisture-wicking, stink-fighting bamboo charcoal interior. Five external pockets plus an inside one make stashing EDC a snap.

BUY NOW: $140

Danner Caprine Low

Danner is well-known for hiking boots sturdy enough for cross-continent treks, and it leveraged that know-how to make a shoe for much shorter journeys.

BUY NOW: $140

Barebones Pulaski Axe

When a man just needs an axe, the three-pound Pulaski punches well above its weight. The 1055 carbon steel head features a rounded blade for chopping plus a horizontal mattock blade for cutting, so it can tackle loads of outdoor jobs when unleashed from its leather sheath.

BUY NOW: $142

Cotopaxi Allpa Del Dia Travel Pack

Ideal for urban, backcountry and travel use, these colorful packs feature comfortable construction, intuitive pockets and theft-proof zippers. But the real story is the synthetic fabric: sourcing from other companies large production runs makes each pack unique — and uniquely sustainable.

BUY NOW: $180

Filson x Helinox Tactical Sunset Chair

Given the support that this full-back camping chair provides (its fine print claims it can hold 320 pounds), Dad will be blown away by how little space it takes up in the car once it’s packed.

BUY NOW: $195

The James Brand Hell Gap

Dad won’t need to tote his kitchen knife set into the woods with this utility-driven fixed blade strapped to his belt. In fact, he may continue to use it for meal prep at home.

BUY NOW: $275

Yeti Hopper M30

Yeti recently updated its bag-style soft cooler with magnetic strips that make it remarkably easy to open and close, ensuring that sandwich retrieval time is kept to a strict minimum.

BUY NOW: $300

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