Outdoor Paradise: The Top 10 Gift Ideas For FishersShawn
Do you have an amateur angler on your shopping list? Are you looking for the perfect gift for a fisherman in your family? If so, you came to the right place! We’re here to run down the top gift ideas for fishers, and we’ve left no stone unturned in our search for the absolute best products. Whether you’re buying for a fisherman who “has it all” or someone who just picked up their first rod last week, we have the presents you should consider. In an attempt to give you flexibility in choosing the exact models and brands, we’ve kept the list broad while still pinpointing the ideas that can make your gift sparkle. These gifts are perfect for birthdays, Christmas, or any other time a gift is called for, and they are certain to put a smile on the face of anyone who loves fishing!
Buying Your Gift: 3 Things to Consider
Buying a fishing gift that really lands takes more than a cursory trip to your nearest sporting goods store. It helps to know a bit about what kind of fishing the person does, how long they’ve been involved in the sport, and how serious they are about collecting all of the latest gear. You also have to think about how many products they already own, which is the only way you can accurately come up with a worthy addition. Here are three specific things to keep in mind when buying your gift:
Broaden Your Horizons – Some fishermen are content to sit by the ocean once a month or so, or row out to the middle of a secluded lake – just as much for the solitude and silence as for the fishing. Others are dedicated outdoorsy types who, while they love fishing, would be just as happy hiking, camping, or hunting. Those in the latter category will be open to many gifts that those in the former won’t be: Portable grills, lanterns, camping gear, and even firearm-related accessories. If you know an especially “outdoors” kind of fisherman, you can cast a wider net. So to speak.
Their Type of Fishing – Similar to the above concern, different people fish in different ways. Some are dedicated fly fishermen, while others love the thrill of the deep sea hunt. Along the same lines, some fishermen are relentlessly competitive, and they enjoy comparing catches and even entering sports tournaments to put their skills to the test. On the other hand, there are fishers who have no interest in competing; they fish only for food or (as we mentioned) for the ancillary effects of a morning spent by the water. If you know the type of fishing your gift recipient does, you can buy a gift tailored to their personality.
The Clothing Trap – Buying clothing for another person is an idea fraught with hidden dangers. Between trying to guess their style and trying to guess their size, there are a lot of opportunities to take a wrong turn. We suggest avoiding the purchase of fishing clothing unless you are very confident. By confident, we mean that the person has expressed a specific interest in a specific type of clothing. Otherwise, you risk seeing that polite look of disappointment when they open the present…and that’s just the worst!
Think Outside the (Tackle) Box
Before we get into our (much-anticipated) list of great gift ideas for fishers, let us mention one other tip. See, when buying a gift for an experienced fisherman, you may run into a common problem: They’ve already got everything they need. They have every tool in their tackle box, all the latest gadgets on their boat, and the highest-quality rods and reels on the market. How are you supposed to find something they would appreciate? Well, this is when you think outside the box. A great gift for a fisherman doesn’t necessarily have to relate directly to fishing. What about a personalized coffee mug? What about a journal that lets them record their important catches and other important data. With a bit of imagination, you can find the perfect gift for the fisherman who has it all.
Let’s jump into the list!
10 – A Fisherman’s Cooler
A cooler isn’t a necessity for a fisherman in all cases, which is actually an advantage when it comes to this entry: The chances are decent that the person on your shopping list doesn’t already have one of these bad boys. Or, if they do, the product might be more than a decade old and worse for wear. Check to see if this is the case before buying a cooler. Even if they already have a fine cooler, though, it doesn’t mean you can’t improve on it. The coolers they have on the market these days are exceptional in their quality – as good for transporting food and drinks as for keeping fresh fish on ice. And if you can find one personalized to the fisher’s identity, so much the better.
9 – A Durable Beach Cart
It’s common for anglers to head out to the shoreline with a lot of equipment. This equipment may be limited to fishing supplies: Tackle, rods, reels, bait, etc. On the other hand, it may include snacks, magazines, and other gear that fits somewhere between fishing equipment and camping supplies. The problem is, it can be challenging to haul all of this stuff from the car to the shore without multiple trips. The problem is only worse if the fisherman usually fishes by the sea, in which case there is likely to be sand and rough terrain. A durable beach cart with balloon tires can make any trek easier. Trust us: If you can find a gift that makes life easier for the fisherman in your life, you will be the hero of the day.
8 – A High-Tech Fishfinder
If there is any piece of equipment that can rightly be called a gamechanger in the world of fishing, it is the fishfinder. By the way, this is one of those gifts where it doesn’t necessarily matter if your intended recipient already has one. These products are getting better every year, and they are consistently expanding their capabilities, so a new top-of-the-line fishfinder will rarely go astray as a gift. These remarkable devices use sonar signals to peek beneath the surface of the water and find out where the fish are. This greatly reduces the amount of aimless boating, and it cuts out all of that pointless fishing one does when there is absolutely nothing below the hull. Many new fishfinders work with the help of an app and a smartphone, so spend a while reviewing all of the best models.
7 – A Bait Well
In any good-sized fishing boat, you’ll find a bait tank. These tanks hold water that fishermen use to keep their bait alive until it’s time to use them to lure in unsuspecting fish. Live bait often works much more efficiently than gummies and other synthetic substitutes, and it’s rare to see a fisherman who completely excludes it from his repertoire. If they do, it’s usually because it’s much too inconvenient to keep the bait alive on the trip. A bail well solves that problem, whether or not the fisherman has access to a boat. Portable varieties are commonly for sale, so if you know a fisher who needs a bait solution, one of these wells would make a thoughtful gift.
6 – Fishing Pliers
A fisherman is nothing without the right tools, and there are few tools more important than a good set of fishing pliers. With this tool, you have an all-in-one solution to cutting lines, removing hooks, and much more. It’s worth it to spend a little more money on this product than you might otherwise. Certainly, there are plenty of cheap fishing pliers for sale on Amazon and elsewhere, but we suggest looking at the models that cost a bit more. Those will be more durable, and considering the conditions they’ll be exposed to, that’s an important detail. As with any other product, read a wide cross-section of reviews before making your final selection.
5 – Seasoning Packs
Even the most adoring seafood lover is doubtful to get excited about a bland piece of fish. Seasoning is crucial when it comes to making fish come alive on the dinner table, a principle that goes all the way back to Bible times and beyond. Today, it’s easier than ever to find the right spices for your fish dinner, and a good seasoning pack makes for a great gift. If you’re angling (no pun intended) to get yourself invited to more fish dinners, get one of these seasoning packs and lay it on your favorite fisherman. With plenty of options ranging from Sriracha salt to lemon pepper blends, you’ll have no shortage of terrific choices.
4 – Fishing Rod Socks
This is one of those potentially-important fishing gifts that many non-anglers would be hard-pressed to think of. But fishermen will tell you that it makes a huge difference to their peace of mind; after all, no one wants to spend the first thirty minutes of their fishing expedition untangling lines. With fishing rod socks, this becomes a thing of the past. Simply slip one of these socks around the rod, and everything will stay in place – NOT get tangled up with your other rods! You can get these for a fairly low price, so if you’re shopping on a budget, this is a good option.
3 – Slate Sign
Black slate signs are all the rage these days, and it’s not difficult to understand why. These products are the perfect outdoor decoration for contemporary homes, and the slate itself is a durable and attractive material that will only add curb appeal and a welcoming spirit to your home. Because this is a piece about fishing gifts, we’ve highlighted one of our favorite slate signs: The Gone Fishing sign, complete with easy personalization. This is a great present for any occasion, but we can’t help but think it would be absolutely perfect as a housewarming gift.
2 – Portable Table
The line that separates the dedicated fisherman from the camper is a thin one. In many cases, there’s no delineation at all: The fisherman is also a camper. But whether he is or he isn’t, he’ll appreciate a nice portable camping table. It’s annoying to watch your coffee mug get mucked up with lakeside dirt or beach sand. Counter space is essential, but how do you transport a counter to the side of a lake? Well, that’s where one of these tables comes into play. Lightweight and easily portable, they can be taken along with very little extra effort on the part of the fisher. And once it’s there, it is so useful that he’ll wonder how he ever got by without it!
1 – Subscription Fishing Boxes
When you have no idea what to get for the fisherman in your life, you may want to leave it to the professionals. We’re talking about subscription fishing boxes, one of those wonderful gifts that keep on giving the whole year through – isn’t that right, Cousin Eddie? In any case, these boxes are sold by many different brands, with Mystery Tackle Box being one of the oldest and most popular varieties. Every month, the gift recipient gets a new box in the mail, stuffed with new and exciting products he can use out on the water. If you’re shopping for someone who loves gifts and surprises, this is a great way to go.