Shopping for the outdoorsman in your life who seems to have it all can feel daunting. But with innovative equipment continually debuting in stores, your job won't be that hard. First focus on his favorite form of outdoor recreation, whether that be fishing, backpacking, hunting, spelunking, rock-climbing or whatever calls to his outdoor soul, And then look for the latest technology supporting that activity. If he's a wireless-in-the-outdoors kind of guy, look for innovative gadgets that are low-tech but clever. Your sweetie will be thankful and amazed at your thoughtful gift.
Whether your outdoorsman loves to hunt, fish, hike or even look for fossils, there is a travel agency or landowner that has thought up a grand adventure just for him. A weekend of elk hunting in Montana, fishing in Alaska or bouncing along in a 1949 vintage jeep from fossil bed to fossil bed in Kansas --- gift your special someone with an experience he’ll never forget. Some adventures will cost you airfare in addition to lodging and licensing expenses, but you can likely find options closer to home. Cap off the gift with a digital camera or memory card for all those victorious moments.
As with most sports or hobbies, the buying of supplies seems never-ending. Help your hunter get started for the season with a gift basket complete with all those little items he may forget. Include things like hand and foot warmers, attractant and cover scents, warm gloves, a license or tag holder, beef jerky, energy drinks and his favorite ammo. And for sitting by the campfire on something comfortable and dry, add one those super lightweight but sturdy, fold-up, backpacker's chairs. Put it all together in a camouflage duffel bag he can reuse every season.
Electronics and special gadgets have made most outdoors sports or hobbies even more fun and productive, and a tech gift that relates to your man’s passion can make a thrilling gift. Consider a digital game or trail camera so he can see what creatures lurk around his tree stand, or a 3D fish finder for his boat that takes the guess work out of scouting out new lakes and locations. Binoculars with a digital camera lens makes bird watching or any time spent outdoors even more interesting and may inspire a new passion for wildlife photography. A hand-held GPS unit will make geocaching easier, as well as ensure that your adventurous outdoorsman can always find his way back to camp. Plus he can transfer the GPS' tracking to your computer so you can follow his journey.
If your guy loves the outdoors, but can’t seem to let go of his cell phone or laptop, a solar panel charger is the perfect gift to keep him in communication while camping or hiking. Solar panels are available on backpacks for the guy on the Adirondack trail or can be a foldout mat for around the camp.
For the traveling outdoorsman who likes to hike or camp in national parks, an annual “America the Beautiful” national parks pass will make it easy to go in and out of some of the most outstanding parks in the world. Pair up the pass with a book on the National Parks such as "National Geographic Guide to the National Parks" of the "United States by National Geographic" to help him plan his trips.