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Holiday gifts for the outdoorsy dad

Chelsea Frisbie is currently a student at Arizona State University studying Human Communication and English Literature. She was raised in the State of New York, but believes herself to be an Arizona girl at heart. For the past few years ...

Gifts for the great outdoors

If Dad prefers to spend his time outdoors, give him a gift that will complement his love of nature. For the outdoorsy dad, everything from camping equipment to fishing gear to hiking boots could be on his wish list.

Gifts for the great outdoors

Pop-up tent

For the dad who loves to camp, give him a durable pop-up tent that he can set up in an instant. With the CampRight Pop Up Tent (Amazon, $100), there are no poles to fool around with, and the fabric is water-resistant with sealed seams. This lightweight yet durable tent is perfect for two people.

Gifts for the great outdoors

Tackle box

If Dad loves to fish, give him some new fishing equipment this holiday season. Whether he needs a new rod and reel, a pair of waders or a new tackle box, you are sure to be able to find the perfect gift. The Plano 771 Guide Series tackle system (Amazon, $60) is spacious without being too heavy. It features multiple moving sections, top access and more.

Gifts for the great outdoors

Personal Water Filter Straw

A personal water filter straw is an unusual and useful gift to give to any outdoor lover. This survival tool is a must for the dad who loves to hike in isolated locations or go out into fresh open water. Check out the Personal Water Filter Straw (Amazon, $20) for a great emergency equipment tool for the adventurous dad in your life! This straw can filter over 200 gallons of water, so he'll sure to thank you next time he forgets his water bottle!

Gifts for the great outdoors


Whether camping, hiking or traveling, anyone can use a good backpack. The High Sierra Hawk 45 frame pack (Amazon, $87) is large enough to carry all the outdoorsy dad's essentials without being so large that it's cumbersome. This durable pack comes with a limited lifetime warranty and features an adjustable harness. It has numerous pockets and compartments to hold everything from water bottles to electronics to hiking poles.

Gifts for the great outdoors

Solar-powered battery charger

If Dad loves the outdoors, but also loves his electronics, he needs a backup battery pack and charger. Check out the Voltaic Solar Converter Daypacks (Amazon, $130) with universal USB charging port for smartphones, eReaders, MP3 players and other devices. It can be charged by solar power, USB port or AC outlet. This backpack is lightweight, waterproof and useful, which makes it a great gift for any outdoor enthusiast who also likes their phone or mp3 player charged.

Gifts for the great outdoors

Survival kit

For the adventurous dad, help him be prepared with a survival kit. The Bear Grylls survival series basic kit (Amazon, $18) features a fire starter, emergency whistle, waterproof matches, snare wire and more, all tucked away in a lightweight ripstop nylon bag.

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