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Last-Minute Gifts for Outdoorsy Dads

Last-Minute Gifts for Outdoorsy Dads

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, GERMANY - AUGUST 19: A mountaineer father and his son is climb up to the peak of the Alpspitz mountain on August 19, 2012 near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. The German Alps especially around Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Germany's highest mountains the Zugspitze are one of Germany's most attractive destinations during the summer travel season. Currently a warm and dry weather period makes mountaineering and connected leisure activities even more appealing for domestic and foreign tourists. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images) Photo: Getty Images


My dad never wants expensive gear for Father’s Day, but he still appreciates a thoughtful gift or two. Here are six suggestions that cost $30 or less for your pragmatic, outdoorsy father or husband.  

Black Diamond Cosmo Headlamp

  Photo: Courtesy of Black Diamond

This practical, sturdy headlamp ($30) pumps out 70 lumens of light and only weighs 3.2 ounces. The four-LED lamp is surprisingly feature-rich considering its affordable price tag: it has five different light settings, and can be dimmed or brightened simply by holding a finger down on the button. 

Avex 20-ounce Highland Travel Mug

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You say cliché, I say badass. This black double-wall vacuum-sealed mug ($25) has a trigger-like button to open and seal-close the lid. You don’t have to worry about heat loss or spills if you drop the vessel. The product is also dishwasher safe.

Gerber GDC Money Clip

  Photo: Courtesy of Gerber

Yes, it’s $2 over our limit, but we couldn’t resist including this handy tool on our Father’s Day list. Gerber designed the sleek 3.6-inch money clip ($32) to hold cash and five credit cards. Plus, it comes with a built-in 1.75-inch stainless steel blade. To cut down on size, the blade features a round ring-size handle, which will give your dad enough grip to cut through cardboard.

REI Lightweight Polartec Power Dry Crew Shirt

  Photo: Courtesy of Polartec

This simple, athletic shirt ($29.50) is cut from some of the best moisture wicking synthetic fabric on the market. Not only is it a killer value, it will also help Dad fly under the radar thanks to its no-frills cut and styling. 

Eddie Bauer Travex Expedition Hanging Kit Bag

  Photo: Courtesy of Eddie Bauer

Setting aside a well stocked, ready-to-roll travel bag ($30) takes a lot of the stress out of business trips. This durable DOP kit unzips to reveal three mesh, zippered pockets that can accommodate all your dad's toiletries. Plus, the 210-denier ripstop nylon exterior is strong enough to last several seasons.

Alite Designs Clover Cook Set

  Photo: Courtesy of Alite Designs

With the Clover Cook Set ($12), Alite Designs packed three functional outdoor cooking tools into one boil-safe, compact package. A large spoon and spatula unite to form tongs, letting you ditch about 60 percent of the cooking utensils currently in your camp box.

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