Whether it’s Grads and Dads season, a birthday or Father’s Day, finding gifts for a Dad can be a challenge. But, fear not, I’ve pulled together a list of gifts for Dad that will make them smile.
For Dads who like to hunt, camp and hike
If you’re shopping for a Dad who is a camper, a hiker or a hunter there’s tons of great ideas out there. Here’s a few great gifts that will make everyone’s lives a little better when it’s time to go off grid. Both of our gift suggestions are safety related.
Gifts for Dad that keep him safe!
I told you this was going to be something everyone in the family would love, not just Dad! It’s almost frightening how many outdoorsmen don’t have a first aid kit that they take along for their trips. Maybe it’s because they can’t find a high-quality, compact first aid kit which is worth taking.
Well, problem solved! MyMedic creates really cool first aid products. They have a wide range of first aid products starting with super-light specialty packs that weigh next to nothing all the way up to backpacks loaded with survival gear. Here’s an example of a mid-range kit that strikes a balance between size and equipment:
A Little Bit of Everything
MyMedic’s MyFAK (AKA My First Aid Kit) would be a great addition to any hunter, hiker or camper’s gear. Weighing in at less than 3 pounds and measuring a mere 7.5″ x 6.5″ x 5″, it won’t take up too much space, either. Don’t let the compact size fool you though, there’s an incredible amount of emergency equipment in this efficient package.
Regardless of the type of outdoor activity the Dad you’re shopping for is interested in, MyMedic has a solution. And, while we know Dad will love it, Mom’s will love it too – whether they go on those trips or not!
First Aid makes sense in a so many ways. We’ve got another one for you though! Do you have a Dad or Father who goes really remote when he’s off grid? So remote that he has no cell service? You’ll love the peace of mind that this next gift has to offer!
Gifts for Dad that keep him in-touch when off-grid!
Has your husband or father ever gone hunting or camping and failed to check in? Even worse, has he gone off into the wilderness where there’s no cell service? If you answer yes to either questions, you’ll love this next one!
This is pretty amazing. Garmin makes a few products which not only help out with getting to a remote destination, but also allow Dad to communicate once he gets there – even when there’s no cell service!
Both of these Garmin products connect to the Iridium satellite network allowing several helpful features including live-location updates, weather, mapping (of course) and even two-way texting.
So, when Dad’s away with the kids, or all on his own, you can get updates on how his hunting, fishing, camping or exploring is going! And, what Dad doesn’t like a gadget!
The two products we’ve included are for slightly different kinds of outdoorsmen. The GPSMAP 66i is a handheld mapping device like a smartphone or small tablet.
For active way-finding on the ground, such as when hiking-in to a remote camp spot or when tracking game, this is the better, although pricier choice.
The inReach Explorer+ does have topographical maps (just like the 66i) but the screen is much smaller. We’ve used the inReach Explorer+ and it is fantastic. It’s more of a companion device than a mapping/routing one based on its screen size alone. That said, I’ll reiterate again, they’re both great options and it works really well!
Gifts for Dad Who Never Want to Get Stuck!
Here’s a modern-age multi-tool that will make sure Dad get’s home from wherever he’s gotten off to. This clever little device can jumpstart a dead car battery and provide emergency power for a phone, tablet or even a tire inflator (if you get a larger model like the GB150). Oh, I almost forgot – it’s a flashlight, too!
For most cards and trucks, the NOCO Boost Plus GB40 will do the trick. If it’s a car or SUV that a regular person would buy, this one will do (shown below). We also have one Boost PRO GB150 that goes on long off-grid trips where charging devices is more frequent. This is the model that is powerful enough to power a tire inflator.
In this compact little package about the size of a brick, the GB40 packs a lot of power. It is good for up to 20 jumpstarts on a single charge. And, it’s also a 100 lumen flashlight with a strobe. As far as electronics charging goes, it has a standard USB plug. For charging up the GB40 itself, use the included lighter-socket USB charger and cable.
We have one of these in each of our cars – our Dad bought them for us! They’re all from the same outfit, Noco. It’s an incredibly well thought out device that we have relied on more than once. We’ve shown our kids how to use it, too. It’s so safe, it won’t deliver power when connected wrong (if the cables are reversed or if there is a short of some kind).
Noco has been around since 1914. And, while they didn’t have a jump starter that could fit in your glovebox back then, it’s good to know they’ve been around for awhile.
Barbara is the mom behind the blog. She began writing in 2012 as the creator of Hello Life, a craft & lifestyle blog. As life evolved, and her kids became more involved in sports, she aimed to create a site that would resonate with moms like her, and in 2017 Modern Sports Mom was born. Like many of today’s mamas, she loves being creative, cooking, and fashion, and when there are a few minutes to spare, a good book. A baseball and football mom, she is fueled by her strong faith, dedication to her family, and coffee. Lots and lots of coffee! Barbara lives in California with her husband, kids, dog, and cat.