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Updated Oct 27, 2022 2:27 PM
Hunting is difficult, but shopping for hunters is easy with these gifts for hunters. I’ve used my years of hunting experience to bring you gear that any hunter will appreciate and that will fit just about any budget. These gift ideas for hunters range from gear designed to keep hunters warm to gear that will last a lifetime. Here are my top gifts for hunters this holiday season.
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If you know a hunter that loves the smell of gun smoke in the morning, here’s the perfect soap for them. Duke Cannon’s bars of soap are extra large and come in outdoorsy scents like smoked wood, bourbon vanilla, and in this case, gun smoke.
I tested the best power banks and the model that won best overall was the Anker Powercore Slim 10,000 mAh. It will fully charge a phone twice and it’s the perfect size to keep in your pocket or a backpack. At just under $25 it’s also a great value.
By the time Christmas rolls around, deer season is on its way out and hunters are turning their eyes toward spring turkey. Whether you’re shopping for a seasoned turkey hunter or someone new to hunting gobblers a great gift is always a turkey call. Woodhaven makes beautiful custom calls, but one of the best to give as a gift is their Cluck ‘n Purr Pot because it’s a call that a turkey hunter likely won’t have and one they’ll readily use to call in call-shy toms .
I love hunting gear that you can use in the field and in everyday life and the Kuiu Gila LS Hoodie fits that role perfectly. I used my Gila Hoodie while fishing, competing in archery, and at the beach for sun protection this summer and then used it for early season hunting in the fall. The UPF 50+ kept my skin from burning and the sweat-wicking material kept my comfortable in 90 percent humidity.
When hunters aren’t in the woods, it’s still nice to wear technical clothing made by great brands. The Canyon Shirt Jacket is a light jacket from a premium hunting clothing company that’s perfect for wearing out to dinner or around town. It makes a great gift because it’s something a hunter wouldn’t necessarily buy for themselves, but would love to own and appreciate.
If you look at books available at major retailers, you won’t find many options for kids who like hunting and fishing. That’s what inspired author, Josh Ishmael, to write a series of kid’s books for outdoor families. Deer Hunting with Dad follows the journey of a young hunter tagging along with dad on hunt and is both educational and entertaining. You’ll also find a turkey hunting and catfishing book in the same series. At under $15, these books are a great gift for new parents or kids that love the outdoors.
The Benchmade Bugout is one of the best pocket knives, and it makes a great gift for hunters. The knife is available in a ton of colors and material options, which make the price vary from around $150 to $550. You can also order a custom one with different color handles, engraving, and handle materials. Whether you choose the $150 dollar version or the titanium and super steel $550 offering, you’re going to give someone a knife they will have for the rest of their lives and carry daily, as well as on their outdoor adventures. Now that’s a great, and memorable, gift.
Like a pocket knife, flashlights get used year round for hunters. From finding the way to a hunting spot to taking the dogs for a walk, hunters use flashlights year round. One of the best flashlights for everyday carry is the Streamlight Wedge. It has a slim profile for carrying in a pocket, it’s extremely bright, and it’s rechargeable, everything a hunter needs in a good flashlight.
Ground venison is one of the most versatile, and delicious, ways to process venison. Let me tell you that from my experience, manual or stand mixer attachments do not work well and are way more work than they’re worth. A powerful unit like Cabela’s Heavy Duty Meat Grinder is the perfect solution and it’s also a sausage stuffer and jerky gun. If you know a hunter that loves to process their own meat, this is a great gift and it’s likely to result in thank you gifts in the form of sausage, jerky, or ground meat.
Outdoor Life recently completed a test of the best cellular trail cameras and the Moultrie Mobile Edge won the best for the money award. For $100, you get a camera that remotely sends high-quality photos to the owner’s phone and it even works in spotty cell service. Trail cameras are fun and useful tools for hunters and every deer hunter needs at least one more in their arsenal.
I tested all of the best crossbows this year, and the best crossbow for the money was the Centerpoint Wrath 430. It has top-tier accuracy and technology for under $1,000. I completely understand that the price tag is still steep, but in my experience cheap crossbows will leave you wanting.
I tested the best recurve bows this year and the best for beginners is the Samick Sage. At around $150 it offers a lot of performance for the money. And as an archer progresses it’s easy for them to buy new limbs for the bow to increase their draw weight.
Here’s another pick from an Outdoor Life gear test. Turkey hunters need a vest to hold their calls at the ready, carry turkeys out of the woods, and give them a comfortable seat to wait out hung up toms. We picked the Redhead Classic II as the best turkey vest for the money because of its rich feature set and sub $50 price tag.
Yes, this is another pick from an Outdoor Life gear test—the best duck calls. Here’s what the author, Joe Genzel, had to say about the Field Proven Calls Hybrid Double: The Hybrid Double-Shot is a $65 call built by champion duck and goose caller Field Hudnall and his brother Clay—a tough price to beat if you’ re a beginner or intermediate caller looking for affordability. The mouthpiece is Osage, so you get the soft sounds of a wood call. But the insert is polymer, which adds a bit of volume when you need to reach out to tall ducks.
Few gifts are as iconic as the Daisy Red Ryder and it’s still the best gift for young hunters learning the basics of marksmanship and gun safety.
Hunters love nice binoculars. We covet them, they are important tools, and yet it’s hard to splurge on a quality set. If you want to give a gift that a hunter will use and love, then get them one of the best binoculars, the Maven B.6. If you want to learn more, read our full review of these incredible binoculars.
Heirloom-Quality Gear: Buy Handmade Gifts for Hunters
The above products are great, but if you want a truly special gift that’s functional and sentimental, consider buying from a local maker. You likely have custom knife makers, leatherworkers, and woodworkers in your area that will make an unforgettable gift. These heirloom gifts don’t necessarily have to be extremely expensive either. For example, a knife maker local to me, Join or Die Knives, makes a knife that costs $150. If you don’t have a maker in your area there are plenty that sell their goods online, like WoodHaven Custom Calls who will put a photo under the glass of their pot calls. When you go with a handmade product you are getting a sentimental gift that the owner will cherish and use forever.
All the above gear is one size fits all and much of it will be useful in the woods and around the house. For more gift ideas checkout our Black Friday deals from Cabela’s and Bass Pro to get gifts for hunters in your life at discount prices.