I love gifts! I love receiving and giving them. Now my husband is slightly more low-key about gifts than I am. But Country Boy does recognize quality. When he purchases an item or puts it on his wish list he only wants the best. After years of watching him I have come to trust his judgement. So I’m pulling together 12 hard-working gifts for the outdoor man in your life, that we have tested, to make gift giving just a little easier this season. Whether you are married to a country boy, a hunter, an outdoors man or a construction worker, your man is sure to love these durable and practical gifts!
12 Hard-Working Gifts for the Outdoor Man
These are all tried and true gifts that we have used and work as hard as your outdoor man!
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The first thing every man needs is a good light! Whether you are backpacking or checking your cows in the middle of the night you need a strong clear light.
While a headlamp is not the most elegant looking thing to wear it is so handy when you need a strong light and your hands free. Country Boy loves Cabela’s Alaskan Guide headlamp series. Most of them are adjustable and have several different lights, including a red light for walking into your tree stand on a cold morning.
We picked these Lux-Pro LED lights up one year for all the men on our list plus one for Little Red when she goes out to “tuck” the chickens in for the night with her faithful sidekick, Daisy. They are the perfect size to fit into your coat pocket or truck side door but have an extremely powerful bright light.
SuperNova 300 Ultra-Bright LED Lantern. These handy lanterns are great for having on hand whether you are experiencing a power outage or camping. Even our son who enjoys camping but not hunting was thrilled to get one of these for Christmas.
Now I’m not talking about some little pocket knife. Benchmade knifes are real quality! Hard to find an item as well made as Benchmade knifes. This is a once in lifetime gift that will be put to work for years. The blade on this knife is durable and strong enough for any job, including cutting those awful ties they put on kid’s toys so that the kid is forced to just look at the toy!!
I have to say that when I first saw my husband’s phone case, I was a little bewildered. What the heck did he need a phone case that was built like a tank? Well, I had no idea Country Boy was planning on driving over it with a truck or throwing it out of a tree while hunting. The OtterBox Defender phone case is phenomenal and built to endure all that your tough guy puts it through! And Amazon is having a great deal on them!
If your outdoor man works on a variety of job settings it is so worth buying quality gear to stay protected. There is nothing worse than sending your man out the door into freezing weather wondering if they will be stay dry and warm enough! With Cabelas Polartec Power Dry long underwear they will stay completely protected against winter conditions. It is a practical gift that they will love and use for years to come!
Country Boy has worn these Justin Original Men’s Work boots for years, both on the job and while working around the farm. Justin Boots stand up to the test, time and time again. The thick soles allow the boots to be comfortable enough to wear if he is working on concrete surfaces. And yet the boots are durable enough to handle rain and cow muck!
I was super excited when I found this Cuisinart Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill. My mom actually was the one that got us hooked on grinding coffee beans. Nothing better than the smell of freshly ground coffee beans! And this Cuisinart Supreme Grind makes the morning coffee experience even better.
A couple features that are awesome about this coffee mill is that it grinds up just the right amount of coffee beans for you when you slide the button to the amount of cups you want to brew. The Cuisinart Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill also has a storage area to hold your beans, so you can choose to fill the whole well or just enough for the next few days!
This is such a great item! Turn your favorite guy’s special moment of the year into a photo mug! I have done a mug with memorable hunting trips and good times around on the farm. I have used Wal-Mart to create the last few and have been pleased. Rather than placing the mugs in the dishwasher, I typically hand wash them to keep the photos nice and crisp.
Camping and Hunting Gear
So my husband read this great book called Backcountry Bowhunting by Cameron Haines which I think is no longer being printed, unfortunately, and Chuck Adam’s story, Life at Full Draw. Country Boy set off to take a backcountry hunting trip of a lifetime, off the grid (I chose to have a heart attack at that same time, but that is another story;). He knew he needed quality back packing gear. Badlands Backpack was the one he chose. And the backpack was perfect for hiking in the Colorado Mountains and other numerous outdoor trips. The Badlands Backpack lived up to all the positive reviews.
Thermos and Cooler
OK, so we actually haven’t tried these last two out! These are on my husband’s dream list! He has always talked about buying a YETI Tundra cooler, especially since our infamously HOT camping trip of 2011 where half our budget was spent on replacing the ice in our NON-YETI cooler!! The Yeti Tundra cooler is famous for how good a cooler it is. It does come with a pretty price tag so it is definitely a splurge item.
I didn’t even know that Yeti made thermoses til just recently. So I’m adding this YETI Rambler thermos as a more affordable option, and I don’t know many guys who like to be outside that don’t need a good thermos that works! The YETI Rambler keep things hot or cold and has great reviews so it lives up to the YETI name. I did see a review on Amazon that mentioned to only buy through Pronghorn Outfitters as they are an authorized YETI dealer.
Shopping can be fun picking out that special item for a loved one. But sometimes I can struggle to be as creative as I want to be. So I hope this inspired you and helped you out a little with your shopping this year. I love when I find a product that works, don’t you?
OK, so now it’s your turn to share. Any great finds lately for the special men in your life. Tell me about it below!!
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