Father’s Day Camping and Outdoor Gift Ideas
Father’s Day is just around the corner – which, if you’re reading this, means last-minute gift shopping for dear old dad. Dads can be tricky to buy for – hence all the ties and coffee mugs for sale around this time of year. But don’t worry about having to decide between a striped or paisley tie – Wandering Sasquatch has you covered with this 2016 Father’s Day Gift Guide.
We know dad’s love two things: gadgets and cooking with fire. And, since I am a new dad, I’ve earned my right to weigh in on this subject.
The Leatherman might be the original gadget for dads. Depending on which version you buy, it’ll include a knife, pliers, a screwdriver, a bottle opener, wire cutters, a hex-wrench, and if you look closely, instruction on how to fix damn near everything with it. If your dad is a tinkerer, he’ll love a Leatherman (if he doesn’t have one already). They start around $25 for the 6-tool Style and go all the way up to $220 for the 29-tool Tread bracelet (I think I have a man-crush on this bracelet). My recommendation: the Leathermsn Skeletool for $50.
Goal Zero Lighthouse 250 Lantern
You might be thinking that a lantern isn’t a very bright idea for a Father’s Day gift, but this ain’t your daddy’s lantern – or at least not yet. With output up to 250 lumens and 360-degree lighting, this battery-powered lantern might just be the most powerful lantern your dad will ever have. (For the non-lighting geeks of the world: 250 lumens = super-duper bright.) But the brightness isn’t the best part: the Goal Zero Lighthouse 250 comes with a USB port that can charge his phone, or any other gadget he’s likely to take with him camping. And with the ability to charge the battery by hand crank, this gift will never leave your dad in the dark.
Helinox Chair One
One of the best things about gadgets is their unique designs – and the Helinox Chair One is one of the best designed camp chairs I’ve ever seen. Voted the best outdoor adventure accessory at the Munich ISPO in 2013, it’s an award winning chair for dad to take a load off (nothing but the best for your dad’s bum!). This chair weighs in at just over 1.3 pounds and holds up to 265 pounds, which (unfortunately) means you’ll get to hear your dad talk about how such a lightweight chair can hold so much weight whenever someone new sees it (we dads love to spout facts like that). With a rainbow of color choices, you’ll find one that will really bring out his…uh…dadliness.
A list of gift ideas for dad just wouldn’t be complete without something that lets him grill. This heavy duty over fire camp grill is just the thing to let your dad’s imagination run wild with ideas for your next camping trip. If your dad is anything like me, he is normally the first one up camping. That means he’ll have the coffee ready and breakfast cooking by the time you get out of your sleeping bag – so this is basically a gift for yourself! The best part about this grill is the simplicity: all you need is a campfire. So no worrying about carrying propane or charcoal – just build a campfire and let dad get his grill on.
Speaking of cooking over fire, a Pie Iron is a way to let dad experiment with some new recipes. What’s a pie iron, you ask? Think if it as a combination of sandwich press, waffle maker, and cast iron skillet. I’ve had a pie iron for years and love it – melty smores dessert sandwiches is a recipe I’ve perfected over the years. These make single servings, so dad will be able to take custom orders from everyone. And no pie iron is complete without a pie iron recipe book – great for letting dad experiment.
So those are my best ideas for father’s day gifts. If your dad isn’t a gadget guy, griller, or just plain has everything he wants already, then I do have one final suggestion for you: beer. But caveat emptor: beer on Father’s Day increases the likelihood of dads telling sappy baby stories by approximately 327% – so be prepared to hear all about your potty training mishaps and first soccer goals.
Happy Father’s Day!