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The 14 Best Outdoor Father's Day Gifts

From gadgets and sporting equipment to camping gear, here are 14 gift ideas for any dad that loves the outdoors.

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If Dad, Grandpa, or Hubby is the type who loves an outdoor adventure, shopping for Father’s Day this year could be a breeze. From sporting equipment to camping gear, our picks below go far beyond boring ties or yet another coffee mug!

We’ve got tons of tech that he can carry from the backyard to the campground, outdoor games for the whole family, and innovative ideas he’ll wish he had his whole life.

Read on for fun ideas at every price point so you can purchase the best gift for Dad and still stick to your budget.

Keter Modern Cool Bar ($79.99, originally $99.99; amazon.com)

The perfect patio table or hot tub side table, the Keter Modern Cool Bar has a 7.5-gallon hidden cooler to hold wine, beer, soda, water or soft drinks for easy and convenient entertaining. With a 40-can capacity, your beverages will stay icy cold regardless of the weather. The top can be elevated 10 inches to make the perfect hot tub side table. The weather-resistant resin construction will last for years and look great on your deck or patio.

GOSun Go PRO Camp Stove Solar Cooker ($159; amazon.com)

For the adventurous dad who prefers to entertain off-grid, the GOSUN Go PRO Camp Stove Solar Oven weighs just two pounds but can do the work of a much larger barbecue grill – all with the power of the sun.


The oven works in all seasons, as long as you can see the sun, and heats foods to a maximum temperature of 550 degrees in roughly 20 minutes. Easy to use at a campsite, on a boat, or in an RV park, the solar oven is eco-friendly, economical and fun to use. Add a carrying bag to tote the oven plus cooking utensils, foods, spices and more for the perfect all-in-one gift idea.

GOSUN Chill Solar Cooler + Solar Table 60 and PowerBank+ ($1,099; amazon.com)

Keep your food cold through the power of the sun? Yep! Pair your solar oven with a GOSUN Chill Solar Cooler that keeps food cold or frozen with no ice required! The cooler comes complete with an AC adapter and 12V power cord, for longer road trips or times when there’s not enough sun to power the cooler.

This kit also includes a Solar Table, which provides a cooking surface, plus a PowerBank+ to keep your Chill cooler cold or your solar oven cooking. You can also use the USB ports on the PowerBank+ to charge other devices.

GoSports Corn Hole Set ($124.99; amazon.com)

Corn hole is a classic beach or backyard game that’s seen a resurgence in recent years. This cornhole gift set from GoSports includes everything Dad needs for a game in the backyard, on the beach or at a campsite. With a handy, lightweight carrying case plus your choice of more than 100 bean bag color options (choose any two), this cornhole kit will provide years of enjoyment. The regulation size 4-foot by 2-foot boards are handcrafted from 100% solid wood, which you can customize by painting your own design to create an extra special Father’s Day gift.

Anything Sports Pickleball Starter Kit ($199.99; amazon.com)

Did you know that 4.8 million people in the U.S. played pickleball in 2021? That’s an increase of nearly 15% since 2022 and 21.8% growth since 2019, according to statistics from the Sports & Fitness Industry Association.

But pickleball is not just a pandemic-related phenomenon. The game was invented in 1965 by three dads whose children were looking for something different to do. And that makes a pickleball starter kit the perfect gift for a sporty dad.

This high-quality, regulation-sized Pickleball Bundle from Anything Sports is the perfectly priced gift for family fun. It includes four carbon fiber paddles, four pickleballs and a regulation sized net suitable for indoor or outdoor use. The net and paddles each come with their own carrying case making it easy to play anywhere.

Garmin inReach Explorer+ Handheld Satellite Communicator ($549.87; amazon.com)

The Garmin inReach Explorer+ handheld satellite communicator comes from a trusted name in GPS tracking and will give Dad (and you!) peace-of-mind when he’s in the woods, on the mountainside, or hiking the trails. The device provides two-way text messaging from virtually anywhere, as long as Dad has a satellite subscription. He can also use the communicator to trigger an interactive SOS to a 24/7 search and monitoring center.

The device can be paired with a mobile device to access downloadable maps, full-color aerial images and more. The inReach Explorer+ also includes preloaded maps and onscreen GPS routing. If you’re looking for a more affordable alternative, check out the Garmin inReach Mini ($329.99, originally $349.99; amazon.com), a top-rated, lightweight satellite communicator with many of the same capabilities.

Fitbit Versa 3 (200.48, originally $229.99; amazon.com)

Whether he’s tracking miles on his bicycle or counting steps on the trails, Dad will love the Fitbit Versa 3. This smartwatch features a built-in GPS tracks real-time pace and distance, even if your smartphone is not within range. The PurePulse 2.0 technology tracks heart rate more accurately and you'll get six months of Fitbit Premium when you active the watch.

Magellan Outdoors XL Director’s Chair ($49.99; academy.com)

Being outdoors is not always about intense exercise or wandering the great unknown. The Magellan Outdoors XL Director’s Chair is perfect for fishing or just relaxing on the beach, at the campsite or by the lake.

With pockets to hold your phone, sunscreen, and more, plus a fold-out side table with a cup holder, this chair puts everything Dad needs right at his fingertips. The padded seat and backrest comfortably support Dad while the breathable mesh keeps him cool.

Academy Sports + Outdoors XL Sport Wagon ($129.99; academy.com)

Dad may want a wagon to tote his chair, his beverages and everything else he needs for a day at the beach or lakefront. The Academy Sports + Outdoors XL Sport Wagon is the best option. With a foldable design and plenty of storage space, this wagon is designed to be tough, durable and convenient.

It also boasts a detachable cooler that holds up to 80 cans, a storage pouch, two cup holders and hook-and-loop straps for a chair or umbrella. Ten-inch blow-molded wheels make it easy to navigate across any terrain, including rocks or sand.

LaCie Rugged Mini External Hard Drive ($169.99, originally $179.99; amazon.com)

The LaCie Rugged Mini portable 5TB hard drive is ready for Dad’s next adventure. Drop-, shock-, dust- and rain-resistant, this well-protected drive makes it easy to transfer files from a camera memory card, a laptop, netbook, desktop PC or Mac, or a mobile device via USB 3.0 or 2.0. It comes with a two-year limited warranty for peace-of-mind that Dad’s data will be safe no matter how far he travels.

Dartwood Solar Power Bank ($44.99, originally $59.69; wasserstein-home.com)

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The Dartwood 16000mAH solar power bank is rugged, convenient and energy efficient. It charges up to three devices using the USB outputs and wireless Qi charging capabilities. Perfect for camping, fishing, hiking and anywhere you may not have access to conventional power but can harness the power of the sun, the Dartwood Solar power bank is also waterproof, shockproof and dustproof. Four LED lights show the power level. You can also power up the charger via the USB-C port.

COR Surf Waterproof Duffel Bag ($52.97; amazon.com)

If Dad’s idea of outdoor fun includes plenty of time in the water, the COR Surf Waterproof Duffel Bag could be the best Father’s Day gift ever! This lightweight bag is 100% waterproof and features two compression straps on each end to keep gear safe and dry. Measuring 24 inches long by 14 inches high, the bag can store surfing or scuba diving gear or everything Dad needs for a weekend trip. The large exterior zipper pocket offers easy access to essentials while the interior pocket keeps smaller items dry and organized. With handles and a padded shoulder strap, this bag is as easy to carry as it is to pack.

Princeton Tec Helix Backcountry Rechargeable Lantern ($58.99; amazon.com)

A handy, bright lantern that provides 150 lumens of white light, dimmable down to 30 lumens, the Princeton Tec Helix Backcountry Rechargeable Lantern is perfect for camping, hiking, or just relaxing in the backyard. The lantern is rechargeable via USBand folds down for easy packing and transport.

Heat Hog Portable Propane Heater ($119.99; amazon.com)

The 9,000 BTU Heat Hot portable propane heater works with a 1-quart propane tank for hours of radiant heat. The tiltable design lets you adjust the heat angle easily, while the curved plaque provides a wider heating area than other propane heaters. The unique tank dock keeps the propane tank warm so you can use more of the propane inside. An integrated low oxygen shut off sensor offers maximum safety as well. 

Prices are accurate and items in stock at time of publishing.

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