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The Best Gifts for Outdoorsy Dads

From sleek trekking poles to rugged fanny packs, here are the best gifts for outdoor-loving dads
Father’s can be tough to shop for, especially if you’re looking for something for a guy who’s outdoorsy. And if you don’t know much yourself about hiking, fishing, skiing, or trail running, it can be difficult to know what’s just right. To help you out, we’ve put together a list of the best gifts for outdoorsy dads, including great ideas like backpacks, water bottles, hiking shoes, headlamps, and coffee mugs. Scroll down to find the perfect gift for the outdoorsy dad in your life.
A product shot of the Tandem Trail 22-liter backpack set against a white background.
A backpack is a great gift for an outdoorsy dad because it’s so versatile—whether he’s into hiking, camping, fishing, canoeing, or kayaking, he can throw it over his shoulder and set off on his adventures. This ultra-lightweight design makes it easy to carry and the soft straps provide comfort and support. It’s equipped with a built-in hydration compartment and reflective safety accents to make him visible at night. At 22 liters, this pack is just the right size for daytime excursions, and you can choose from four colors.

For more help picking out backpacks, check out How to Choose a Backpack. If the kids will be joining dad’s hiking adventures, Columbia Sportswear can can also help find the best backpacks for kids.
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Not only is this sleek button-down shirt lightweight and comfortable, it’s constructed with Omni-Shade™ UPF 50 fabric. That means Dad can be hiking, fishing, camping, or paddleboarding with an extra layer of sun protection. This stylish shirt also features Omni-Wick™ technology that lifts sweat from the skin to evaporate it quickly so he doesn’t feel hot and sticky. It comes in 10 colors, as well as Big and Tall sizes.
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Everybody needs fuel in the morning before their adventures. Whether it’s high-octane coffee or a refreshing cup of tea, these stainless steel mugs will help Dad kickstart the day. The high-quality cups are made with double vacuum wall insulation that keeps beverages hot for hours—and bonus: it can also keep them cold. They come in a two-pack and are also available in a “Get Lost” version that sports a tent and mountain background.
A product shot of Columbia Sportswear’s Newton Ridge Plus II waterproof hiking boot set against a white background.
If you feel like splurging on Dad, get him a pair of high-quality hiking boots. Made for rugged trails, these ultra-durable shoes are constructed with leather, suede, and mesh—an extremely tough combination, while also being lightweight and breathable. They’re waterproof on the outside, with a soft, moisture-wicking bootie inside to keep his feet cozy and dry. What’s more, the Omni-Grip™ traction gives him sure footing to navigate technical terrain.

For tips on breaking in hiking boots check out How To Break In Hiking Boots.
A product shot of Columbia Sportswear’s Men’s PFG Tamiami II long sleeve shirt set against a white background.
This moisture-wicking button-down shirt is similar to the Slack Tide Camp shirt except that it has long sleeves, offering an even greater degree of sun protection. This shirt is also made with Omni-Shade™ UPF 50 technology—the same fabric that was recently proven to work better than sunscreen. Designed with anglers in mind, it has a rod holder and several pockets to keep your hands free, while mesh vents and antimicrobial fabric also make it great for other sunny-day activities like hiking or paddleboarding. It’s available in straight sizes too, and 14 color choices.

Check out a list of some of our other favorite PFG fishing shirts.
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Nothing says “outdoorsy dad” better than a classic safari hat. Available in 11 colors, this stylish wide-brimmed floppy hat showcases UPF 50 sun protection, along with a moisture-wicking headband that absorbs sweat and reduces odor. What’s more, it even has a mesh panel to keep his head cool while he’s having fun in the sun.
A product shot of Columbia Sportswear’s Men's PFG Backcast III water shorts set against a white background.
The key to a good pair of outdoor shorts is a blend of durability and comfort. These Backcast II water shorts offer tough, quick-drying nylon that can stand up to the elements while still providing a soft, lightweight feel. Plus, they have Omni-Shade™ UPF 50 sun protection, as well as an interior mesh brief that helps them perform well in the heat. They’re available in 13 colors and Big sizing options.
A product shot of Columbia Sportswear’s double-wall vacuum bottle set against a white background.
Keep Dad hydrated while he’s enjoying the great outdoors with this sleek stainless steel water bottle. The 21-ounce bottle is made with high-quality double wall vacuum sealed construction that keeps water and other beverages ice cold for hours on end. It’s an affordable gift that he can use for virtually any outdoor activity he pursues. There’s also a BPA-free plastic version for extra budget-minded folks.
A product shot of Columbia Sportswear’s OutDry Ex 40-liter duffel bag set against a white background.
This ultra-durable, 100% waterproof duffle bag is the ultimate adventure partner. Constructed with failproof OutDry™ Extreme technology, it can be pummeled with water and will still keep Dad’s clothes and other belongings fully dry. The bag has convenient haul handles and lash points to attach webbing or gear. Best of all, this convertible bag can also be worn as a backpack with soft, padded shoulder straps that tuck into a pocket when not in use.
Need more gift ideas for an outdoorsy dad? Check out Columbia Sportswear’s selection.