4 Under $40: Father’s Day Gifts for the Camping Dad

Does your husband or father love to camp as much as I do? Then skip the paisley tie this Father’s Day and get him what he really wants–gear and gadgets for the great outdoors! These four great gifts for under $40 will help him step up his camping game and make his next trip even more memorable.


Fireside Friend

When I first saw the Fireside Friend at Home Depot it was love at first sight. Estwing makes beautiful tools that are forged in one piece for strength and durability. They are tools that last for generations. This one is made to split larger pieces of firewood into smaller, more burnable pieces. I have added this blue beauty to my permanent camping kit and your dad should too. After all, there’s always room for another friend around the campfire.


Image2 Krupps Coffee Grinder

If your dad loves to camp then he probably loves coffee. Help him step up his game with this stainless steel Krups coffee grinder. The single best way to improve the taste of Dad’s morning brew is to ditch the pre-ground coffee and let him grind the beans himself. This little beauty is perfect for camping because it is compact and the cord can be wrapped around the base. Since the grinder is under 30 bucks, you can throw in a bag of gourmet beans for everyone’s favorite barista.


Petzl Tikka Plus

If your dad doesn’t have a comfortable and stylish headlamp to bring to the campground then he might as well stay home. A headlamp is necessary for reading around the campfire at night and for those hands-free diaper changes in the dark at three in the morning. When equipped with a Petzl headlamp, he will no longer feel like he needs SEAL Team 6 to help him remove the enemy from his RV. In a pinch, it can also be used as an emergency night light for the kids.


darn tough

Is your dad’s sock drawer an embarrassment to the entire family? Then buy him a sweet new pair of Darn Tough hiking socks and tell him to throw away a pair of his el-cheapos. The Merino Wool is breathable, never smells, and will keep your dad’s feet cool all summer long.  Darn Tough guarantees their socks for life, so you can feel good about dropping twenty bucks for a pair. They are also super comfy! The next time dad hikes Katahdin, he will feel like he is walking on air, and will thank you with every step!


Jeremy and Stephanie Puglisi blog about camping and traveling with their three young children at livelylittlecampers.com

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