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Bushcraft and Survival Gear Gifts for the Outdoorsmen

Bushcraft and Survival Gear Gifts for the Outdoorsmen

There are many types of gifts for the bushcrafter, hiker, backpacker, and overall 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 are 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. Please click on the product for a full review.

Snugpak Endurance 40 Rucksack Review
Rothco Alice Pack Rucksack Review
MOLLE II Standard Pack Desert Genuine U.S. Military Review
Karrimor SF Sabre 45 Rucksack Review
G4Free 40L Sport Outdoor Military Rucksack Review
Fox Outdoor Dakota Rucksack Review
Everest Woodland Hiking Rucksack Review
Duluth Pack Wanderer Pack Review


Osprey Aether 70 Backpack Review
Osprey Pack Kestrel 38 Backpack Review

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. Please click on the product for a full review.

Alps Mountaineering Lynx 1 Tent Review
Mountainsmith Morrison 2 Person 3 Season Tent Review
MSR Hubba Hubba NX 2 Person Tent Review
Slumberjack 2 Person Trail Tent Review
Hennessy Hammock Expedition Asym Review

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. Please click on the product for a full review.

Sleeping Bags
Teton Sports TrailHead +20 Ultralight Sleeping Bag Review
Kelty Cosmic 0 Degree Down Sleeping Bag Review
Marmot Trestles 30 Synthetic Sleeping Bag Review

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 sustainable way to get a fire going. These fire-starting tools make great gifts or stocking stuffers. Here are some we like. Please click on the product for a full review.

Fire Starter Kits
Grab Life Outdoors (GLO) Ferro Rod Review
The Flint & Steel Fire Starter Kit Review

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 easy way to cook when outside.

Cook Set or Pot

A cook set can make a nice gift for a backpacker or hiker. Many works in conjunction with a backpacking stove. The cook sets we recommend are small and lightweight. The other way to cook is by using a pot. A pot can come in handy when cooking over a fire. Here are some we recommend. Please click on the product for a full review.

Zebra Loop Handle Pot Review
Snow Peak Trek 900 Titanium Cookset Review
Optimus Terra Weekend HE .95L Pot Review
GSI Outdoors Halulite Microdualist Cookset Review


Stoves are efficient ways to cook a meal or boil some water. Many works 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. Please click on the product for a full review.

Solo Stove Wood Burning Backpacking Stove Review
Vargo Titanium Hexagon Wood Stove Review
Etekcity Ultralight Outdoor Gas Stove Review
Dpower Ultralight Folding Backpacking Camping Stove Review


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. Please click on the product for a full review.

Benchmade 162 Bushcrafter Knife Review
Condor Tool and Knife Bushlore Knife Review
Hultafors Heavy Duty Knife Review
Ka-Bar Becker BK22 Companion Knife Review
Morakniv Companion Heavy Duty Knife Review
Tops Knives Brothers of Bushcraft Hunter Knife Review

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. Please click on the product for a full review.

Bushcraft Survival Kits
VSSL Survival Light Kit Review
Lifeline 29-Piece Essential Survival Can Review
Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate Survival Kit Review
Bushcraft Survival Essential Kit Review


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

Water Filter

Water filters can provide fresh cooking and drinking water. They are easy to use and require 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. Please click on the product for a full review.

Water Filtration Systems
Sawyer Products Mini Water Filtration System Review
MSR Miniworks EX Microfilter Review
LifeStraw Personal Water Filter Review

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 an avid forager and learned to use 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.


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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