Surely no one needs to be reminded that now the time is close — really close! And I can only imagine that there remains plenty of folks out there who are still scratching their heads over what to present as a gift to a friend or loved one.
The good news is that if the person on your gift-list happens to be a sportsman, there are countless arrays of items in all price ranges that would certainly be welcomed by anyone who enjoys hunting or fishing.
If you’re not one yourself, buying for a sportsman might seem like a daunting task. Fortunately, choosing the right gift for a sportsman may not be as difficult as some might think, particularly if the giver is able to consider the basic needs of the recipient.
By this I mean the obvious items a sportsperson would need for a typical outing. For instance, anyone that has a waterfowl hunter on their list should know that their winter passion has them outside at all hours of the day and night huddled in duck blinds and on boats in bitter cold and often miserable weather. Besides trying to whack a duck or two, they spend a lot of effort trying to stay warm and comfortable.
While it might be too much of a task for someone to figure out what type of waterproof parka, waders, gloves or even hat that a particular hunter might prefer, warm undergarments like insulated vests or shirts, long-underwear and quality socks might be great ideas.
There are also a number of timeless items that traditionally make for excellent gifts. Take a knife for instance; all hunters need one for field-dressing everything from deer to rabbits. With minimal care, a quality hunting knife will last a lifetime and might be passed on through family generations.
How about a good thermos, a quality flashlight, a decent cooler, a set of binoculars, a camera, an electric boot and glove dryer, hand-warmer packets, or how about framing a old hunting photo? There are a lot of common sense items that can be purchased for a hunter that don’t require the giver to know a lot about hunting.
All this also holds true for those who find themselves shopping for someone who likes to fish.
Sometimes just by looking at the equipment a fisherman has been using may provide gift-giving ideas. Is the angler’s landing net getting a bit torn-up? Do they have a good quality fillet knife? How about a decent first-aid kit for the boat or truck, or a quality set of rain gear (jacket and bibs), fishing pliers, good sunglasses, or fishing shirts or pants? It may seem like a strange time to be buying fishing equipment, but this time of the year a lot of top quality fishing stuff can be found on sale by retailers who really want to move leftover merchandise before the 2017 products start arriving.
Which leads me to a final point, which is where to shop for hunting or fishing gifts. While some might think that the big discount or catalog stores would be the place to get the best deals for sporting gifts, I would have to suggest otherwise and recommend that shoppers first check out their local tackle shops, sporting goods and even hardware stores.
Shoppers at the big chain stores are going to have to contend with all the feeding frenzy that goes along with that environment this time of the year. Clerks in the big stores are going to be so busy dealing with the masses that they won’t likely be in a position to spend 20 or more minutes with a someone who needs help choosing the right hunting knife for their spouse.
By sticking to the basics, buying for a sportsman should be as easy as it gets — because we always seem to need (or at least want) so much.