The Best of the Outdoors in a Sock

14 of the Best Gifts for Outdoorsmen


December 17, 2018 Buying Guides : Gift Guides By

Stocking stuffers are some of the most difficult gifts to figure out, especially when you’re trying to find the perfect gift for the guy who loves to get outside. It’s hard to fit the great outdoors into a sock. But there are plenty of little gear items that you need to make getting outdoors easier and more fun. These 14 items are sure to make every outdoorsman smile.

Birdwell 311 Boardshorts

The 311 is a medium-length version of Birdwell’s iconic boardshort design that has been trusted by lifeguards and surfers since 1961. Handmade in California from SurfNyl (a durable, quick-drying proprietary fabric) with a button fly and a timelessly appealing contrast stitch, they strike the perfect balance between past and present.

Smartwool Hike Medium Crew Sock

When you think of tough socks built to bolster your feet and keep blisters at bay, Smartwool’s merino wool construction should be top of mind. The added cushioning underfoot helps each step feel better than the last, and the mid-calf height works for both trail runners and hiking boots. Plus, the sweat-wicking properties of wool are unmatched: they’ll keep your feet dry and warm no matter the temperature inside your boot.

Snow Peak Titanium Spork

While this might feel like a bit of a splurge for a spork, Snow Peak’s titanium utensil looks great and does it all. The prongs, scooped middle and crisp edges mean this is a knife, spoon and fork all in one. It’s made in Japan and built with perfection in mind, so you’ll never rebuy another spork.

Leatherman Sidekick Multitool

When venturing outdoors, you need a high-quality multitool. The Leatherman Sidekick is 14 different tools all in a 3.8-inch package. Leatherman maintains a 25-year warranty on the knives, pliers, screwdrivers, bottle and can openers, saw, file and wire cutters featured in this stainless steel tool. The compact size means it easily folds down to fit into a back or front hiking pack pocket.

Spyderco Tenacious Plain Edge Folding Knife

While a multitool is helpful for a plethora of activities, the Spyderco folding knife is best for any food cutting, whittling and more. The almost-eight inch knife folds up to just 4.45-inches and is tested tough for years of use. Whether you’re planning on starting a fire or cooking up dinner outdoors, Spyderco will help you out.

Ferrofire Fire Starter

Even if you’re the world’s best fire starter, sometimes the pros need some help. The Ferrofire survival fire starter is waterproof and uses a built-in ceramic striker that won’t dull over years of use. The aluminum body is easy to use with gloves, so no matter how cold it gets or how frozen the wood is, you’re able to stay warm and eat a tasty meal.

Loksak Aloksak Drybag

Let’s face it, sometimes the weather changes unexpectedly, and our sunny camp setup gets soaked by a passing rainstorm. The Aloksak bags are certified to keep your phones, tablets and all other technology dry, even when submerged (up to 200 feet). Never worry about humidity, sand, snow or water affecting your gear again.

BioLite SunLight

BioLite’s SunLight charges in seven hours while outdoors, or just two via a micro USB, and then you can enjoy up to 50 hours of light inside your tent, next to the fire or anywhere else you could use a bit of light. The hanging clip is ideal for use in a tent, and the built-in kickstand works great on picnic tables or the ground.

Gear Aid Tenacious Tape Mini Patches

You’ve used the same puffy down coat for years when all of a sudden you catch it on a crag and it rips. If you can’t part with it, but it needs a second life, Gear Aid tape will hold it together. Tack these on tents, rain jackets and snow gear to extend the life of some of your favorite items. It sticks to everything: nylon, polyester, vinyl, even Gore-Tex. To make each patch last longer, cut to the exact size you need and save the rest.

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Soto Pocket Torch

This pocket torch weighs just 2.4-ounces so it won’t add much to your pack and total weight of the trip, but it will give you the power to light camp stoves quickly, fires and more. While a lighter is functional, this pencil torch is an easy stocking stuffer that every guy is sure to find integral to his new outdoor EDC.

Kinco 901 Pigskin Ski Gloves

Whether you’re skiing, snowboarding, chopping wood or hiking, these waterproof leather gloves are sure to become your new staple. The durable pigskin leather will outlast your typical cowhide and fabric gloves and will keep the feeling in your fingers all day long thanks to a thermal lining.

Beyond Coastal Active Sunscreen

Sunscreen should be an essential part of your everyday skin routine, especially if you’re outside. Beyond Coastal’s SPF 34 sunscreen protects your skin for up to 80 minutes during activity. Whether you’re hopping in the ocean for a late-season surf or heading out on a trail run, this non-greasy lotion quickly dries so you can smear and go.

AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker

If you need a good cup of coffee to get you going every morning, an Aeropress is the right way to make one. From start to finish, the process takes just 60 seconds, so that you can go from grinds to brew quickly. Each brew makes about one to three cups of coffee, depending on how big your mug is. The microfilter keeps grit out of the final product and once you’re done, every piece stores in a nylon bag so you can toss it in your pack.

Good Candle x Gear Patrol Campfire Candle

For the days when it’s just not possible to get outside, strike a match and let the scent of a campfire fill your home. Each candle is hand-poured into a brown glass container that’ll burn for up to 25 hours. Close your eyes, breathe deep and imagine you’re sitting in front of a campfire — there’s no better way to relax.

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