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Top Holiday Gift Ideas for outdoorsy dudes - 2018

Dudes: a sometimes mysterious and frustrating group to shop for. Maybe he’s the kind of guy who just says “socks and underwear” when you ask him what he wants this year. Fine, get him that, we have plenty to choose from. You can always get a Gift Card and let them pick out exactly what they were hoping for, too. Our new email Gift Cards are especially handy if the guy in question is living far away, and conveniently allow you to cut out shipping time and cost! If you were hoping to get him something under the tree to unwrap that’s a little snazzier than the usual outdoorsy undergarments, have a look at these ideas we’ve put together. By the way, ship-to-store or any orders over $49 have free shipping!

1. Does he like fishing?

•    If he’s one of those guys who spends a lot of time in the boat, we have some great accessories that he’s sure to enjoy. Dudes love tools, so get him a Rapala Pedestal Tool Combo that he can mount right under the seat for easy access. If you’re worried about him falling out of the boat, get the Stohlquist Fisherman Personal Flotation Device that’s specially designed for comfort, even in the tallest seat backs found on today’s fishing boats (but still suitable for inflatables and float tubes). Looking for a big-ticket item that he’ll never see coming? Get a Cannon Magnum 10 STX Electric Downrigger and watch him jump around like a little kid when he opens it.
•    If he doesn’t have a boat, or is just more into fishing from the shoreline or riverbank, get him a fishing pack like this Fishpond Gore Range Tech Pack.
•    We have a lot of rod-and-reel combos to offer that will put some variety in his collection or replace old, worn out equipment. Abu Garcia makes the Cardinal Bruiser Spinning Rod and Reel and the Black Max LP Baitcast Combo. We also carry other great brands like Lew's American Hero Baitcast Combo, Fenwick Night Hawk Spinning Rod and Reel Combo, or the Penn Squall Level Drag Combo.

2. Knives

It’s no big secret that most guys really like knives. Outdoorsy dudes really, really, really like knives, and most of them would never leave the house without one. We have all kinds of knives for all kinds of needs, but if you’re having trouble picking something out, allow us to suggest a gift tin like this Old Timer lockback knife and keychain set.

3. Dutch ovens

Cooking with Dutch ovens is fun and more than a little addictive. If he already has a Dutch oven, like this leggy little number from Lodge, get him another one. If he has two, get him a third, and so on, and so on, until the garage is full and he has to get a storage unit. If he already has “too many” (no such thing) Dutch ovens, check out other cast iron cookware to compliment his current collection.

4. New shades

Sunglasses don’t make the man, but they sure can make him more stylish! Check out our wide variety of eyewear like the Ashdown Wood/Green or Eldo Desert Tan/Gray Sunglasses from Native.

5. GPS

Even if he claims he can navigate by the sun, stars, tree moss, dung beetle migration patterns, raw gut instinct, and pure manly intuition, he could probably use a GPS. Garmin offers a wide array of different models with all kinds of features and priced for every budget. Great deals this year include the GPSMAP 64st, or the Rino 755T 2-Way Radio/GPS Navigator with Camera and TOPO Mapping that has cool unit-to-unit communication functions. For the ultimate in backcountry GPS communication, get the new inReach Explorer®+ Satellite Communicator w/ Maps and Sensors for 100% global 2-way text messaging, location tracking and sharing, S.O.S., and more!

6. Cool watches

Want something with GPS that he can use every day? Check out everything he can do with the Garmin Fenix 5 Plus Watch or the smaller version Garmin Fenix 5S Plus Watch. Navigate with multi-network satellite reception (GPS, GLONASS, & Galileo) plus the altimeter, barometer, and compass. Track activity, workouts, and heartrate. Store up to 500 songs and listen to music without having to bring a phone along. Use the contactless payment solution to get through checkout lines without breaking stride. Pair it up with a smart device to get emails, texts, and alerts right on the watch. Oh, by the way, did we mention that it can even tell you what time it is?

7. Optics

Whether he’s a bowhunter, mid-range hunter, long-range shooter, golfer, or all of the above, he’ll love a new rangefinder. The Nikon Black Rangex 4K Laser Rangefinder can range from as little as 10 yards out to an incredible 4,000 yards, that’s over 2 miles! If he needs new binoculars and a rangefinder, why not combine both into one unit with the Vortex Fury HD 10x42 Laser Rangefinding Binocular or one of the Leica Geovid R 42 and R 56 Combination Binocular Rangefinders? He’ll be bragging them up and showing off to his buddies all year, trust us.