Last-Minute Gift Guide for Hunting and Fishing Gear

Put off your holiday shopping? We can relate. Here are a few gift ideas to help save the day

The Browning Dark OPS HD Apex 18MP trailcamera
The Browning Dark OPS HD Apex 18MP trailcamera was one of the top selling devices of 2019.Browning

The holidays are just around the corner, and if you’ve spent more time in a treestand than you have thinking of what to give that special someone in your life, you’re probably ready to hit the panic button. Retailers are selling out of merchandise, Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals are over, and it’s a little late to start asking everyone what they want for Christmas. But don’t fret—we’re here to help.

We’ve taken a look at the most requested outdoor-related gifts this season and made a few notes. Here is a roundup of the most popular outdoor gift items from Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and the rest of 2019 combined. Take a few moments to peruse, remember to select two-day shipping or risk a late arrival, take a deep breath to relax, and enjoy what’s left of 2019 with friends and family.


LifeStraw - $12LifeStraw

No survival gift guide would be complete without a nod to LifeStraw. Since its inception, The LifeStraw has been touted as one of the best ways to filter water should you find yourself in an emergency situation. This little tube weighs just two ounces, is 9-inches long, is made from BPA-free materials, and can filter out 99.9 percent of the waterborne parasites and bacteria that can cause illness. They’re so light and easy to store, I keep one in my pack and one in each of my kids’ packs, just in case. LifeStraws make great stocking stuffers, and after testing our bathroom sinks (because mom said we couldn’t test it with toilet water), they can’t wait to use them in a real situation, though I pray they never have to.

Survival Frog Tesla Lighter

Survival Frog
Now through December 25, 2019, enter code TT50 at checkout and receive 50% off Survival Frog Tesla Lighters - $15; Reg: $30Survival Frog

Years ago, while fishing a river in early March, I took a full baptism in the drink. There was burnable wood all around, but my Bic lighter wouldn’t spark, and I had to return home early to avoid hypothermia. I learned a valuable lesson, and ever since, I always carry a windproof and waterproof lighter like Survival Frog’s Tesla. The greatest thing about the Tesla isn’t that the business end resides inside a waterproof housing, it’s that the lighter doesn’t need fuel—it produces dual electrical arcs that can light anything flammable. What’s more, it’s rechargeable and works up to 300 times on a single charge. If you’re looking for stocking stuffer ideas, look no further. Now through December 25, 2019, enter code TT50 at checkout and receive 50% off Survival Frog Tesla Lighters.

Tiny Survival Card

Tiny Survival Card
Tiny Survival Card Price - $20Amazon

One of my favorite gifts I received as a child was a survival knife replete with a hallow handle containing all sorts of survival implements like waterproof matches, fishing line and hooks, and a wire saw. I was too young to know (or care) about the quality of the blade, the weak handle, or the fact the compass in the cap never worked. With it sheathed on my hip, I was Rambo and ready to take on any trouble a pre-teen suburban green beret like myself could find. Now that I have kids, I want to foster their sense of adventure and imagination the same way my folks did, but sans the cheap Bowie-style blade. If you’re in the same boat, a Tiny Survival Card is just what Colonel Trautman ordered. About the size of a credit card and made from stainless steel, one can easily slide into wallet, or into the side pocket of a pack. In a pinch, you can detach a host of tools and implements designed to improve your situation. There’s a makeshift knife, fishhooks, sewing needles, a broadhead, saw blades, and even a spare shirt button. It may seem like a novelty, but don’t be surprised how well it works when you need it.

Life Bivy Emergency Sleeping Bag

Bivy Emergency Sleeping Bag
Bivy Emergency Sleeping Bag - $20Go Time Gear

I always throw a Life Bivy survival bag in my pack and roadside emergency kit. The sacks weigh next to nothing (4.1 ounces), but are made from amazingly resilient material that keeps out rain, snow, and wind while reflecting back 90 percent of your body head inside to keep you warm. The great thing about Life Bivy is you can also use the bag to create a shelter, it includes a survival whistle, and you can use the 550-pound paracord cinch straps to repair gear or start a fire.