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Bushcraft and Survival Gear Gifts for the Outdoorsmen

There are many types of gifts for the bushcrafter, hiker, backpacker and over all outdoorsman. Bushcrafting is an excellent way to reconnect with nature. Getting outdoors for a hike or a weekend backpacking trip can help revitalize and clear the mind. Practicing Bushcraft can give you the proper skills to thrive in any outdoor condition. Having the right tools for this is essential. Many of these tools can also be used for general hiking and backpacking and is not just limited to bushcraft. Let’s look at some great gift ideas for the outdoorsman.

Gift Ideas for The Outdoorsman

Backpack or Rucksack

A backpack or rucksack is one of the most important items for the outdoorsman. It is used to carry all of your gear. Rucksacks are generally a more rugged and tactical style of backpack. It is preferred by many bushcrafters. You want to find a pack that will meet the needs of your trip requirements. Generally the size and comfort of a good pack is your main concern. Here are some backpacks and rucksacks gift ideas we recommend.


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Osprey Pack Kestrel 38 Backpack Review

Osprey Pack Kestrel 38 Backpack Review

view pricefull review Osprey5 Star Average Rating
Osprey Aether 70 Backpack Review

Osprey Aether 70 Backpack Review

view pricefull review Osprey5 Star Average Rating

Best Bushcraft Rucksacks

Shelter or Tent

Having a comfortable shelter or tent is vital to staying safe when outdoors. It can protect you from the elements and keep you warm. In some cases a good tarp, rope and shrubbery can work out just fine. For many, having a tent or hammock can be the best bet. Here are some tent and hammock gift ideas we recommend.

Best Bushcraft Shelters

Sleeping Bags

A good sleeping bag can keep you warm at night. If the conditions are very cold then a 0 degree sleeping back is essential. Having a warm sleeping bag can keep Hypothermia away. Sleeping bags can make an excellent gift for any outdoorsmen. Here are a few to consider.

Best Bushcraft Sleeping Bags

Fire Starting

Having the ability to start a fire can is essential to keep you warm and safe. If you don’t carry a stove to cook your meals, then a fire is critical. There are many ways one can start a fire. You can use a match or lighter. I recommend using more primitive ways like flit and steal or a ferro rod. These methods can be an effective and a sustainable way to get a fire going. These fire starting tools make great gifts or stocking stuffers. Here are some we like.

Best Bushcraft Fire Starter Kits

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Grab Life Outdoors (GLO) Ferro Rod Review

Grab Life Outdoors (GLO) Ferro Rod Review

view pricefull review The Grab Life Outdoors (GLO) Ferro Rod5 Star Average Rating
The Flint & Steel Fire Starter Kit Review

The Flint & Steel Fire Starter Kit Review

view pricefull review Flint & Steel5 Star Average Rating

Bushcraft Grill

A bushcraft grill will allow you to place a cooking pot or pan on top of some coals or a fire. It will easily fit in any pack. A bushcraft grill makes it easy to cook a piece of meat or fish and heat up a pot for some tea or coffee. It is a simple, light and an easy way to cook when outside.

Bushcraft Grill - Welded Stainless Steel High Strength Mesh (Campfire Rated) - Expedition Research LLC, USA

Blaze Bushcraft Grill

Cook Set or Pot

A cook set can make a nice gift for a backpacker or hiker. Many work in conjunction with a backpacking stove. The cook set’s we recommend are small and lightweight. The other way to cook is using a pot. A pot can come in handy when cooking over a fire. Here are some we recommend.

Best Bushcraft Cooksets


Stoves are efficient ways to cook a meal or boil some water. Many work using a small propane canister. They ignite quickly and take up very little room. Others use freely available wood as fuel. Depending on your situation it is a good idea to have both kinds. I personally carry two types of stoves in my backpack. A small portable mini backpacking stove and the Vargo wood burning stove.

Best Bushcraft Stoves


A knife should be in anyone’s pack. Knives can be used for many different applications like cutting rope or shaving wood for a fire.  Here are some knives that we recommend.

Best Bushcraft Knifes

Survival Kit

A good survival kit can be useful in many situations. All of these kits contain the basics for an emergency. Survival kits make an excellent gift for any hiker, bushcrafter or backpacker.

Bushcraft Survival Kits


A multi-tool has many benefits for the outdoorsman. Multi-tools are an all in one tool set. Many contain a knife, saw, pliers, scissors, screw drivers and can opener, which will come in handy when outdoors.

Leatherman Sidekick Multi-Tool with Black Nylon Sheath - 831428

Leatherman Sidekick Multitool

Water Filter

Water filters can provide fresh cooking and drinking water. They are easy to use and requires little maintenance. Many can remove just about all of the harmful contaminants. The hardcore bushcrafter will boil their water, but sometimes it’s just easier to use a filter.

Best Bushcraft Water Filters

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Sawyer Products Mini Water Filtration System Review

Sawyer Products Mini Water Filtration System Review

view pricefull review The Sawyer Products4.5 Star Average Rating
LifeStraw Personal Water Filter Review

LifeStraw Personal Water Filter Review

view pricefull review LifeStraw5 Star Average Rating
MSR Miniworks EX Microfilter Review

MSR Miniworks EX Microfilter Review

view pricefull review MSR4.5 Star Average Rating

Foraging Books

If you spend a lot of time outdoors, then I am sure you have seen many wild edible plants along your path. Any good bushcrafter, outdoorsmen or survivalist should be able to identify and prepare some basic wild food. Foraging is a good skill to have and learning the basics can be very easy, if you have the right book or guide. I am a avid forager and learned using foraging books for my particular region. Here are some to consider.

Survival and Bushcraft Books

Learning the skills to thrive in any outdoor condition can give you confidence. It can also keep you and the people on your trip safe. There are several books that can give you the skills to make a shelter, tie a proper knot and start a fire.  Here are some survival and Bushcraft books that will make great gifts.

First Aid Kit

A first aid kit is essential to any backpack. Having a small first aid kit can mend a cut or fight off an infection. I always keep one in my pack and have used it many times.

Adventure Medical Kits Adventure First Aid 2.0 First Aid Kit

Adventure Medical Kits Camping and Survival 2.0 First Aid Kit


Giving any one of these gifts, would make one happy outdoorsman. All of these gifts are practical for many different situations. A well rounded outdoorsman’s backpack should contain all of these items listed. It will help to prepare them for many different scenarios.

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