Big Daddy, Pops, Father Dearest, Paternal Unit—whatever you call him, he deserves a cheesy card and a swanky, even thoughtful, gift. Our Father’s Day gift guide for the dad who likes to hunt, fish, camp, and spend time in the outdoors runs the gamut from reasonable to over-the-top righteous. And since a Field & Stream dad is the sort of person who appreciates gear that will help him do more fun stuff outside, we’ve pulled together fresh takes on time-honored items, such as knives and apparel, a cool new twist to a favorite spirit, plus enough gear bags and travel bags to haul a family’s worth of toys to the local farm pond or even overseas. Every daddy has his day, but our picks for cool stuff will keep The Man happy all year long.
No. 08 Opinel Black Oak Knife
A black-anodized blade takes this already-great knife over the edge. Opinel
The classic French folding knife gets a stunning upgrade with a black-anodized blade and locking ring and heavily veined oak handle. You can also have text, artwork, and logos laser-engraved into knife handle for a paltry sum of $6 to $10. That’s like painting flames down the side of a Bugatti—in a good way.
Tyger Forge Gator Grip Web Belt with Brass Buckle
You can never go wrong with a badass belt bucket. Tyger Forge
Pop’s pants will stay put with this belt that never gives a fraction of an inch. The buckle is 100-percent U.S.A. recycled brass, with a hand-cut figurine soldered to the front then hand-rubbed with beeswax and turpentine. The belt is ballistic nylon web strap 1.5 inches wide. Swim in it. Fish in it. Bar crawl in it. It’s the perfect summer belt.
Angel’s Envy Bourbon
Toast your dad on Father’s Day with the good stuff. Angel’s Envy
If your dad has been in the brown liquor game for a while, think of Angel’s Envy as Bourbon 2.0. Kentucky straight bourbon is aged between 4 and 6 years in charred American white oak barrels, then finished, or “double matured,” in 60-gallon ruby Port casks from Portugal. It’s been met by rave reviews, so start your hunt early.
Fishpond Green River Gear Bag
This fishing gear bag has it all—including style. Fishpond
Tackle bag design has gone on a minimalist bent, but there are still plenty of us who want outside pockets, accessory tabs, a customizable interior, and even a zip-down fly bench. This bag has it all and is jam-packed for the money. With its subdued colors and waterproof bottom, it’ll even double as a duck blind bag.
Xtratuf Ankle Deck Boot
These boots will maintain a strong grip in any amount of fish slime. Xtratuf
You get bedroom-slipper comfort and Wicked Tuna cool with this high-performance 6-inch deck boot. It’s super lightweight, made of hand-layed rubber, and built on Xtratuf’s slip-resistant, non-marking Chevron sole for sticky traction on the fish-slimiest boat.
Redington Wayward Guide Shirt
This fishing shirt has everything you want—and won’t break the bank. Redington
Imagine a good-looking high-performance fishing shirt that costs less than a decent fly line; it’s like taking a step back in time. You still get fly box-compatible zippered chest pockets, wind collar with hidden snaps, articulated construction, and a UPF 30+ sun rating. You’ll also have enough money left over for that cheesy Father’s Day card.
Big Agnes Stagecoach Rolling Duffel
This duffel will hold all of your dad’s gear for his next travel adventure. Big Agnes
Here’s what separates the Stagecoach from all of the other waterproof rolling duffels: It’s lighter, it has a full zipper so you can open it up like a burrito, and it’s built with a slick integrated shoulder harness for when you want to backpack it. And let’s be honest: In lime green, it is Big Daddy awesome.
Bote Board AeroBote Rackham
For the dad who’s been extra good—here’s his prize. Bote Board
When a hug just won’t do, step up to this inflatable, packable, tougher-than-oyster shell SUP. It’s a beast at 7 inches thick, with a 400-pound payload that can handle Dad and his favorite dog, and can be accessorized with a cooler seat, leaning post, and other-fishing friendly upgrades.