10 Great Gifts for the Camping Dad

fathers day gift guide

It’s not too early to begin prodding your dad into providing some hints about what he wants for his Birthday or another gift giving day! But he never seems to give any hints...does he?!?

The next best thing is nosing through the Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Catalogs to prospect for great ideas. Both of them are chock full of the stuff your camping dad will appreciate on “his” day. Too many choices? Well, here are some great gift ideas that will show Dad how you really feel and will remind him of your shared love of camping and all things outdoors.

tent kelty camp61. Kelty Camp Cabin 6 – Six Person Tent

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The rule in tent buying is always buy a tent twice as big as you think you’ll need. The Kelty Camp Cabin 6 tent is spacious as it is and is downright luxurious for 2-4 people. The 3-season design is extra-tall at 81 inches at the peak. Dimensions overall are 106 inches (more than 8.5 feet) x 131 inches (nearly 11 feet) by 81 inches (6.75 feet) tall. Plenty of room for gear, cots, and anything else Dad want to put inside. Go BIG in your gift for dad this Father’s Day.


screen shelter CAB2. Cabela’s Quick-Set Screen Shelter

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Whether he camps in an RV, is a wanna-be beach bum, hosts great family fishing outings, or just gathers friends and family in the backyard, a top quality screen shelter is likely near the top of his gift list! The Quick-Set Screen Shelter is big enough to cover a standard picnic table and still leave enough room to move around easily. The full dimensions are 12’6” x 12’6”x 7’10” at the center, yet it is easy to set up and take down in 60 seconds or less. 


rouge-sleep bag3. Rogue Expedition Bitterroot 0°F Sleeping Bag

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Do you know your dad’s preferences in sleeping bags? Does he like the one(s) he has? The Rogue Expedition Bitterroot Sleeping Bag is a throwback style bag – rectangular, cut with plenty of room, 10 oz. cotton canvas shell with yarn dyed cotton flannel lining. Yet the three pounds plus of 100 percent Thermolite Extra insulation provides comfort down to 0° F. This is a sleeping bag for Dad’s who feel confined and uncomfortable in mummy bags. Perfect for tent camping or rolling out at the cabin.


woodmans CAB4. Woodman’s Pal Classic Tool

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Whether he’s going on safari or just splitting some kindling sticks for the backyard firepit, Dad will appreciate the Woodman’s Pal tool. Make of 1/8-inch thick high-carbon steel, its uses around the campsite are nearly limitless. The super-sharp sickle hook cuts brush up to three inches. Comes with a sheath for protection and easy carrying


hiker boot ascend5. Ascend Traverse Waterproof Hiking Boots for Men

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How are Dad’s hiking boots looking? Are they kind of beat up? Do they offer the support he needs? If so, he’ll probably appreciate a new pair of Ascend Traverse boots. Though they are mid-priced, they are rugged and well-built to deliver the performance of boots that cost twice as much … or more. The uppers feature BONE-DRY waterproof linings. Lightweight CMEVA midsoles work with the removable, anti-fatigue PU sock liners to provide cushioning comfort and support. Available in medium and wide widths, men’s sizes 8-14.


canoe ascenddc1566. Ascend DC156 Canoe

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If a canoe shows up on Father’s Day, chances are pretty good Dad will get the hint you’d like to join him on the water. The Ascend DC156 canoe is the perfect watercraft to make that happen. It’s stable yet nimble and comes with a built-in transom ideal for an electric trolling motor if Dad prefers casting to paddling. Get your siblings together and make this a BIG Father’s Day for your deserving dad.


waterfowl drake fleece pullover7. Drake Waterfowl Camp Fleece Pullover

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Your camping dad will feel your love around him, every time he wears this warm and comfy fleece pullover. Available in chocolate or dark gray colors, this is a perfect crossover sweater – as at home carrying firewood to the cabin as it is at the coffee shop or even as casual wear at the office. On the coldest days in the woods, it can be worn as a base or mid layer and will do a great job of wicking moisture away from Dad’s skin.


fillet table8. Bass Pro Shops Folding Fillet Table


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If your dad is the practical type, he’s sure to appreciate the Bass Pro Shops Folding Fillet Table. Even if he doesn’t clean a lot of fish, this 45” long x 23 ½” wide x 37 ¼” tall table serves a wide range of purposes at the campsite. Other features include an integrated ruler and sloped drainage system.


knife ken onion sharp9. Work Sharp Ken Onion Knife and Tool Sharpener

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For the Dad who wants the very best (…and which one doesn’t?), this is THE knife sharpening system he wants. The Work Sharp sharpens any shape or type of knife blade. There is simply no better, faster, more efficient, or more precise way to sharpen knives and camping tools.


black-diamond-wool-beanie10. Black Diamond Men’s Walter Wool Beanie

1 arrow pointClick here to find the Black Diamond Men's Walter Wool Beanie at Cabela's


There is no more versatile piece of headwear for cool and cold weather camping than the pull-it-down-over-your-ears wool beanie or stocking cap. Dad may very well wear one 24-hours a day when he’s camping! Merino wool is lauded for its odor-fighting properties, warmth, and breathability. The reasons for wearing one during the day are obvious. At night, it’s the Number One thing you can do to sleep warm in a cold tent!