The Most Awesome Products for Your Outdoorsy Man

Today, we’re taking a look at some of the best outdoor lifestyle gifts you can get your man: things he’s either always wanted, or never knew he needed, that he’ll really appreciate and thank you for every time he uses them!


First up, a great axe! Every man wants an axe, whether he says so or not. There’s no more manly tool than an axe, and nothing more primal that you can buy. He can chop firewood like a boss, and find a good place to hang it at home and inspire outlandish daydreams when he can’t be in the woods. Hults Bruk make the best axes out there right now, with Swedish steel and all-wood handles that look and feel as amazing as they swing. They’re actually a really reasonable buy, too!

Of course, he needs a good place to keep and carry all the great products you give him at holidays, so a pack is essential for any outdoorsy guy. Patagonia’s Black Hole series have the waterproof ruggedness that men really respect, and we’ve also gotten super positive man feedback on Mystery Ranch’s Big Mountain packs, which have a built in frame and space for a water pack, if that’s something he’ll use. Either way you go, a good pack is something he’ll never under appreciate.


Boots are in the same category if invaluable presents. Boots made for walking are hard to find these days, especially ones that make your man look good and are still practical. We’re loving Clark’s Padley Alp kicks, which are Gore Tex for waterproofing and have a really classy European leather look that’s rugged enough for American wilderness!


Every man thinks he’s some combination between Gordon Ramsay and Bear Grylls, so why not support his outdoor chef fantasy with a good skillet? Most skillets that are actually good to cook with don’t pack well for camping, but one really good exception is the Best Made Takedown skillet, which has a removable that makes it a cinch to get in a backpack.

Whether he uses an axe or a knife or a combination of the two, those cutting tools don’t work well if they’re not sharp! One of the best sharpeners you can get right now is made by Victorinox, aka Swiss army knife kings! It’s a pen-shaped double-featured sharpener that he can use on absolutely anything, and it fits in a tiny case that’s way more convenient than a big stone and oil set. It’s also super cheap, so you can wow him without shelling out! Definitely a great choice for a relatively new relationship that you want to build on and…sharpen!


Want to blow him out of the water? When it’s a big occasion, like an important anniversary or when you’re celebrating finally paying off the house, there are lots of chances to splurge on something big he’ll never forget, like an amazing kayak, or a camping trailer–not just any old trailer, though! High Camp Trailers are the ultimate in luxury camping experience without having anything that feels too pamper-y for your man. They’re rugged, classy, and totally loaded with everything he needs, like a bed, fan kitchen, and a dedicated ice box for drinks overlooking some craggy sunset. And yes, you’ll be able to fit in there with him just fine!

These Are the Best Kayaks Men Love

If your guy is anything like our guys, you know that what he really wants to do is get out of the house and have a wilderness adventure. Kayaks are the perfect gift to give your guy because they keep him active and tuckered out, and also give him a way to get away for the afternoon when he needs to destress and let it out on the water. We like them because there’s literally a kayak for every guy, Depending on what he wants to do with it and how good he is already.


For instance, if your guy isn’t all that athletic, and all he wants to is go fishing, that’s perfect. There are kayaks just for that! He can go fish and have his beer, but since he’s paddling out there, you don’t have to worry about him coming back with a beer belly! Fishing kayaks have room for a cooler, a folding chair, a pole, and all his gear, so he can feel all manly and come home with dinner after he spends the day on the lake finding his inner manliness in nature and sipping a cold one.

We think Malibu make the best kayak for the money if he’s going to be taking it out fishing, since they give him the most storage room and the best balance for easy paddling. They’ll run you about $1000, but think of it this way: can you really put a price on him having his man time and saving all that stress at home? Plus, if he actually brings home the bacon (or bass) like he says he will, you’ll get a good amount of that money back in free food, and all of that will make him feel more manly.


Is your guy more athletic (or are you trying to get him to be?) If so, recreational kayaks are probably more up your alley, since they’ll let him paddle around to his heart’s content without feeling bogged down by all his fishing gear and a big, bulky boat. Old Town are a great company to go with for recreational paddling. They’re slim enough to move quickly (which helps your guy feel stronger in the water), but they still have space for a couple of beers so he can reward himself once he gets to the middle of the lake.


Ocean Kayaks are a great company that make kayaks he can take out on the ocean. Because what says manliness more than sea spray in a beard as he powers through the waves and lives out every naval escapade fantasy he’s ever daydreamed about as he sat with you on the beach while you got your tan on? That’s right–nothing. Check out Ocean Kayaks if you live near to the ocean!

Of course, we’ve only been talking about kayaks as ways for your guy to get away up to now. But what about if he wants to be able to be a tour guide and show you around the water? After all, what guy doesn’t want to be in an authority position and give you paddling lessons? Yeah. None. So, if your guy wants to show off his rowing muscles, or if he’s that rare romantic type who just wants to spend some quality time with you out in the nature, tandem kayaks are a great gift that both of you will get a lot out of  (obviously, you have to sign up for the adventure too, so these ones aren’t for the faint of heart)!


We’ve had some really good experiences with Ocean Kayak’s tandems, which work well on lakes, rivers, and in the ocean. Basically, they’re great for wherever you want to take them.


Oh, and one last thing! If your guy has lots of wilderness fantasies but doesn’t actually have the truck he imagines in his head when he looks at pictures of the Rockies, inflatable kayaks are a cool option you can get that pack away really easy but also work really well as a boat on their own. We haven’t actually taken any out on the water ourselves, but you can read lots of good inflatable kayak reviews online here, and this site also has some great reviews of the other brands we’re recommending which you can find here:


So, ladies, give your guy the ultimate gift of a getaway next time you need to come through with a big one on a special occasion! He’ll reap the benefits of extra manliness feels, and you’ll reap the benefits of happy, tired out man.