Special Gifts for Father's Day

Posted by L. Woodrow Ross on June 7, 2022

An outdoorsman, survivalist, gardener, primitive crafts hobbyist, hunter, fisherman, Dad and Grandpa shares his advice on great Father's Day Gifts for the outdoorsy, nature-loving, sportsman in your life. Happy Father's Day, y'all!

It is that time of year when we begin to stress over the perfect gift for dad. And it might be time to think outside the box instead of settling for the traditional coffee cup emblazoned with “World’s Greatest Dad”. There are gifts that span the gamut from inexpensive to extraordinary that will ring dad’s bell on Father’s Day.

Here are a few ideas to inspire you to find that perfect gift.

Considering Dad’s Interests

In order to select a gift that will appeal to him, consider his interests. Is he:

    • Outdoors man
    • Golfer
    • Gardener
    • Artist
    • Outdoor chef
    • Woodworker
    • Photographer
    • Reader
    • Auto enthusiast

These are but a few categories, but as you can see, each provides stimulus for ideas about gifts that relate to his interests. Let’s look at a few of these and see what gifts are compatible with dad’s hobbies.

Outdoor Related Gifts

If dad is a hunter or fisherman, there are many gifts that fall into categories of inexpensive to extravagant.

A hunter would always have room for another knife, ammo, hunting apparel, etc. Buck Knives has an excellent line of knives that range from $59.99 to $184.99. If cared for properly, these may be heirlooms that will be passed down to younger generations. 


Another good idea for the deer hunting dad would be a trail camera. These are available from Dick’s Sporting Goods ranging in price from well under $100 to a little over $200. My personal favorites are Cuddebak brand cameras. These and other brands now are available with telephone linkage, allowing remote viewing of images.

Likewise, a fisherman would enjoy lures, rods and other accessories. If dad is a fly fisherman, he would likely enjoy learning to tie his own flies. If so, a fly-tying vise would be a great gift. These range from less than $20 to several hundred. For ease of use, consider a rotary vise. You can get more gift ideas for fishermen here.

If he is already a fly tyer, consider purchasing materials for tying. Some of the tools are available for prices as low as under $5. Whiting offers excellent hackle packs for $22, and full hackle may run into considerably more.


Golf Accessories

Depending on planned expenditure, you might consider golf balls, tees, gloves or a special club that dad has been eyeing. A new hat, sunglasses, golf club covers or personalized golf markers. 

Another idea is scheduling a tee time at his favorite golf course. This could be coordinated with his favorite friends to make it more special.

Outdoor Chef

Most dads enjoy cooking on the grill. This opens up a wide range of possibilities. Amazon is a good resource for many accessories that contribute to making outdoor cooking more enjoyable. Briquet starters, BBQ tools, and more offer a range of choices.

Fire Pit Ross

Many outdoor chefs enjoy cooking with cast iron cookware. It is a special kind of cooking and one that I personally enjoy. This involves the use of charcoal and cast iron.

Lodge offers a wide range of cast iron cookware. My favorite are the Dutch ovens that range from 2 quart to 10 quart and prices start at $59.95 for the 2-quart size up to $95.95 for the 10-quart size. These have the legs to support the oven over the charcoal, allowing for air circulation. They also offer Dutch ovens without legs that may be used in conventional cooking inside the home. Williams Sonoma also offers a line of Lodge cookware.

Additional Pleasing Ideas For Pop

We have only scratched the surface of ideas that would be appreciated by dad. If he is an avid reader, a favorite book that he mentioned would be in order. Also, if he is a reader as well as a woodworker, photographer or auto enthusiast, a subscription to a related magazine would be a great gift.

Painting is another interest that lends itself to a myriad of ideas for gifts. Paints, brushes, palettes, canvas and more. The possibilities are unlimited. Hobby Lobby is a good resource for painting supplies. They stock paint, canvas, sketch pads, brushes and almost anything needed for artists.

Photography is something that we all seem to dabble in today, with the use of cell phone photographic capabilities. If dad is a serious photographer, digital memory cards are a good investment for a gift. There might also be an accessory that he has mentioned.

If Dad is a gardener or homesteader, check out: Top 10 Gifts For Homesteaders And Hobby Farmers, for some unique and practical gifts he'll love.

As a closing thought, please be mindful that any gift will be appreciated, but give some thought to giving something that resonates with dad and every time he uses it, it will evoke fond memories of the giver.

L. Woodrow Ross

L. Woodrow Ross lives in upstate South Carolina with his lovely wife Margaret. He has written more than 500 newspaper articles, contributed to Rethink Rural, Carolina Sportsman, Primitive Archer, Palmetto Gills and Game and online resources. In addition, he has 38 books on Amazon Kindle: "how-to" outdoor books, a historical novel, suspense novels, a suspense novella, an Alaska travel guide, Greater Yellowstone destination guide and more. A 39th book is a work in progress and focuses on a young man’s dream of becoming a Montana rancher and includes historical references. Ross is a primitive/ survival skills instructor enjoying most things involving outdoor sports.

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