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Birthday Gift Ideas for Men Who Loves The Outdoors

Austria, Tyrol, young man hiking in the mountains

Is hiking, camping, fishing or hunting the #1 one thing on your lucky recipients mind?

Well you’re in luck, because we got the perfect gift-giving guide for you!

Whether they prefer to just go on the occasional hike, plan grand camping excursions, or solitary fishing trips, I have tons of inspiration for you to really knock the next birthday gift out of the park.

Keep reading for 13 excellent birthday gift ideas for the outdoorsy man.

Let’s get into it!

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Gift him some dope personalized camping gear

You could of course also just get him any sort of gear for the outdoors, but what fun is that? Get him a monogrammed shelter, like this! Or an engraved fishing rod!

The possibilities are endless.



A man fishing

Immortalize great memories by gifting him a hiking-adventure-camping photobook for his 50th

This one is especially great if you've had the pleasure of tagging along on your recipients adventures.

Put together as many photos as you can muster from a variety of hikes and adventures. An excellent way to affordably show love and immortalize great memories.

I recommend Shutterfly to make your books.

photo book on the grass. A leather photobook on a grass with a branch of blooming cherry

Here's a unique gift idea for you: an outdoor cooking class

These are not only useful and sometimes lifesaving, but they're a ton of fun!  Regardless of your location in the world, I guarantee you that there are a vast variety of options for professional-grade classes to choose from near you.

Of course, you gotta tag along to see what all the fuss is about.

Alternatively, you can do a DIY "outdoor cooking class" - where you find a recipe, get all the ingredients, and make a little adventure out of it.

This is a gift from you, of course, so get all the ingredients and tag along! 

Cooking outdoor

He is still a young man at 50, but why not grab him a handcrafted wooden hiking stick?

Not only a useful tool to have for hikes but a beautiful heirloom that also can look great on any wall. Customize his perfect walking stick right here!

(make sure to really rub in how old he's getting when giving him the present, he'll love that).


Gift him the serenity of a true angler with a fly fishing tying kit

Get him all the stuff he needs to build his own fishing flies. Trust me, it is so much more satisfying to catch fish knowing you've built the tools of the hunt yourself.

Sort of a primal experience if you catch my drift (get it?).

Go to Orvis to browse some great kits!

Old fishing equipment with rod and lures. Fishing preparation

Help him relax with a custom-made camping hammock

Get a custom made camping hammock made exactly the way he'll like it, with his favorite colors and unique patterns that you think he'll enjoy.

You can also customize the hammocks to match the climate that he tends to adventure out in.

There are a million (maybe not that many) options to choose from, and what better way to truly personalize a gift for your lucky guy?

Check out Teton Hammocks to browse all the different options.

Young man resting in hammock, outdoor lifestyle

Fishing lure assortment is a great 50th gift idea for any angler

If your recipient enjoys fishing, you can honestly never go wrong with some more fishing lures. Make sure you know what he usually goes after, and get him an assortment of new fishing lures!

I swear to God, there are thousands of options out there. Check them out!

lot of colorful lures with the fishing rod on the wooden pier

Help him appreciate the sky with a stargazing kit for his birthday

For a lot of outdoorsy adventurers, the best part about heading out in the wild is the absence of light pollution - allowing them to truly awe in the beauty of our universe and stars.

So, to be able to fully appreciate it, we recommend getting a stargazing kit that will allow them to really understand the night sky.

Magical view of silhouettes of two men stargazing, admiring the Milky way and the blue night sky

Remind him of his favorite trail for his birthday with a custom hiking trail map

No, I don't mean a literal map they carry while hiking. Those are unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how with-the-times you are) obsolete in 2023.

Commission an artist to create a custom illustrated hiking trail map of his favorite hiking destination, dream trail, or somewhere with a memory.

Perhaps the trail he proposed to his wife? His childhood trail? Where he fell in love with the outdoors? First date?

The key to a good gift is the ability to pack as much love into it as possible.

Before you go find an artist, go check out Etsy to see if there's already a map of the trail you think he'd love!


Gift him some better-looking walls with outdoor inspired artwork

Following the same vain as the previous idea, getting some adventurous looking artwork is always a big hit amongst the outdoorsy man.

Simply go to Amazon and browse their selection -- but narrow it down if you can!

From Washington State? Get some WA-trail photos. Oregon? Same thing! Cali? So many options! Missouri?


Maybe skip this one if you're in Missouri.


Gift him the most classy and unique gift he could get with a personalized compass

Did you know you can custom order a great variety of beautiful compasses? Make your recipient feel like that really cool guy in the movies that whip out a golden compass that tells him exactly where to go.

Again, its use might not be as applicable in 2023 as it was a hundred years ago - but it can become a beautiful family heirloom. Engraved with their name, some words that are important, a date or anything else you believe they would love.

Check out more affordable options here, but if you want to go all out and create a life-long present I recommend going for real quality using The Compass Company.


Bless his taste buds with an outdoor inspired gourmet food basket

Assemble a food basket with some gourmet meats and cheeses. There are all kinds of awesome and unique flavors to be sampled out there, including meats like moose, bear, venison, boar etc.

Paired with some jams, bread, cheese and wild mushrooms? Woowiee!

You can make them yourself for the ultimate customized gift, or browse any of Completely Kentucky's gourmet baskets.

Sausages and meat products variety in a store display, closeup view

Create new memories for his birthday with a fully planned out camping trip with the squad

Plan your very own unforgettable trip to and outdoor destination he's always wanted to explore, or you think he'll enjoy. Aquire a campsite, organize some activities, grab some great food (and booze.. probably) and just let them relax and tag along for the trip.

In addition to allowing him to do something he enjoys with minimal stress, you're also showing that you care about their interests - and that is always appreciated. Bonus if you get the whole family or friend group to come!

People sitting around a campfire at night.

And there you have it! 13 Wild Birthday Gift Ideas for Men Who Loves the Outdoors

Regardless of what you end up getting him, just make sure it comes from the heart – and that you recognize their interests and passions. I’m sure he’ll appreciate it either way!

Didn’t feel like any of these recommendations quite hit the spot? No worries!

We have tons of other guides available for mens birthday gift ideas, including one for dads, the sports-obsessed, the woodworker, the chef, the man who has everything, or just some more unique ideas.

Good luck!

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