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Finding the right type of birthday gifts for outdoorsmen can be a challenge. The endless options of gear and equipment for every outdoor pursuit make finding the best birthday gifts for him that much harder. But there are plenty of useful gifts out there—you just have to look.

To save you some time and make it easier on yourself, this list of best birthday gifts for him covers many different areas of the outdoors. Many are useful in more than one outdoor-related pursuit. What better gift is something that will be used a lot?

Considerations for buying the best birthday gifts for him

It isn’t always the biggest and most expensive item that makes a great gift. Serious outdoorsmen often already have essential gear, and know what technical equipment will suit them best. But that leaves the door open for many other fun gifts. Think small, think multi-use, think different. That will lead you to the best birthday gifts for him. These suggestions may help:

Best Book Gift for Outdoorsmen: The Total Outdoorsman Manual

Tips and tricks on how to hunt, fish, camp, and survive in the outdoors. T. Edward Nickens

This 10th-anniversary edition of The Total Outdoorsman Manual is a classic for any hunter, angler, hiker, or camper. Composed of hundreds of tips and techniques from T. Edwards Nickens and the experts here at Field & Stream magazine, this book is a great addition to any outdoorsman’s library. Whether for a beginner or an expert, this manual is sure to teach anyone something new about the outdoors.

Useful Gifts for Men Who Love Hiking: LED Headlamp

Make sure the trail is visible in low-light conditions. GearLight

Searching for the best gifts for men who love to hike? Serious hikers and hunters often find themselves out there when the sun starts to set. This headlamp is lightweight, weather-resistant, and provides hand-free illumination. 

Practical Gifts for Men Who Love to Camp: Propane stove 

An essential tool for any hardcore camper. Bass Pro Shops

A piece of equipment any camper would love to have. It’s ideal for summer camping trips and comes in handy during hunting camp in the fall. It has two 11,500 BTU burners, one 5000 BTU burners, and an InstaStart electronic ignition. 

Birthday Gifts for Men Who Fish: YETI Submersible Backpack

A fully waterproof bag to make sure gear stays dry. YETI

Keeping equipment dry on fishing expeditions is always a challenge. Whether it’s wading rivers to cast to a rising trout or on the bow of a bass boat—stuff gets wet. This 100% waterproof backpack allows safe storage for electronics, gear, food, and whatever else needs to stay dry and out of the elements. Every fisherman knows how difficult it is to keep things dry on the water. This backpack changes the game and is a great birthday gift for him.

Best Gifts for Guys Who Love Kayaking: Inflatable Life Vest

A comfortable alternative to the bulky life jacket. Cabelas

This lightweight inflatable life vest gives paddlers mobility while also providing safety. Often used by bass fishermen, these inflatable life jackets can make the paddling experience 10x more comfortable. It auto-inflates when immersed and also inflates when the backup handle is pulled. It is made from 200-denier nylon ripstop fabric and has a soft neoprene neckline.

Unique Gifts for Men Who Love to Cook: Food Dehydrator

Improve wild game meals with homemade jerky. Weston

Making wild game jerky isn’t as hard as it may seem. This Weston food dehydrator is perfect for cooking jerky. The digital control panel features a 48-hour timer with auto-shutoff and an adjustable thermostat. It has 6 trays that provide 7.4 sq. ft. of drying space. 

Best Birthday Gifts for Men Who Love Their Truck: WeatherTech FloorLiner 

Strong floor liner to protect against rain, snow, mud, and other debris. WeatherTech

Outdoorsmen are constantly beating up their trucks. Heavy-duty floor liners offer protection trucks need. Whether coming off the water or out of the woods, these liners will collect any water, dirt, or debris brought into the truck. When it’s time to clean the truck, just pull the liners out and give them a quick hose down and scrub before putting them back into place.

Best Birthday Gifts for Guys Who Love Winter Sports: Merino wool base layer

Merino wool top and bottom base layers to stay warm. Icebreaker

Winter sports are one of the most difficult pursuits to dress properly for. They require enough layers to stay warm, but also a need for mobility. Icebreaker’s merino wool long sleeve shirt and leggings are perfect base layers for cold hunts and winter fishing trips. The fabric transports moisture away from the skin while trapping body heat to keep you warm.

Best Birthday Gifts for Him Under $50: Portable charger

A portable charger comes in handy in places without electricity. Anker

It’s not a conventional outdoorsman gift, but this charger is extremely useful to have on hunts, fishing trips, and hiking expeditions. Yes, the outdoors is a place to get away from technology, but being alone in a dangerous situation with a dead phone isn’t ideal. It’s durable and has a long-lasting battery. The slim design makes it easy to carry and throw in a pack.

Final considerations for buying the best birthday gift for him

Think small and look for practical clothing and gear that will serve a purpose in the field. It’s better to get something that may seem dull, like base layers or a waterproof bag, but such gifts have a way of being used—and appreciated—for a very long time.

Field and Stream is here to help you find the most useful and expert shopping recommendations for the best gift ideas. Searching for more unique gifts? Check out more gift guides here: Camping Gear & Off-Roading Gifts, Turkey Hunter’s Gift Guide, Father’s Day Gifts for Hunters and Fishers.