When picking a Christmas present for sportsmen and women, skip novelty finds like a camo-clad tie or bobble-head buck and invest in a gift worth giving. The perfect present is one that gets used, not one that ends up in the bottom of a drawer or, worse, on next-year's garage sale table. From stocking-sized shooting accessories to field-ready finds for the hunter, this list should kick-start the holiday shopping season and serve as inspiration for a wish list of your own.
Big Agnes Jack Rabbit SL Tent
Pay attention, campers, because if there's a Big Agnes or Large Marge in your life, there's enough room in the Big Agnes Jack Rabbit SL for both you and her. Or you and three of your thinner hunting buddies. At just a touch more than six pounds packed, this four-person tent provides 57 square feet of floor space, and the three-season design is great for backcountry elk hunts or high-country scouting missions. It sheds weight thanks to the half-mesh body, lightweight nylon shell, and rugged, yet air-light, aluminum poles. A full nylon fly stakes out to offer a 13½-square-foot vestibule for storing packs, gear, and stinky boots.
Remember that funny story about your buddy that got lost on the way to his stand? Give him a little dig while making sure it doesn't happen again by stuffing his stocking with a handy and versatile Brite-Strike Apal. The heavy-duty adhesive backing sticks on just about anything-treestands, blinds, tents, and outhouses. The bright light is visible from up to ¼ mile away and features a run time of more than 35 hours. Tactile activation button switches between steady-on and fast or slow strobe. Also great for marking blood trails or sticking to your buddy's back so you can see him next time he spends the predawn wandering the woods.
Price: $10 for 2
Bushnell Legend HD
Binoculars are kind of like women's shoes in that you're always shopping for another pair. Upgrade your old discount-store specials with a company that knows a thing or two about optics for hunters-Bushnell. Their Legend HD, like these 10x42s, is built for outdoorsmen with a lightweight, magnesium frame. Inside, the ED Prime glass features ultrawide band coating for true, high-definition viewing during the low light of prime time. The company's proprietary Rainguard HD coating on the exterior glass is ultraslick, so rain and dew rolls right off, leaving a clear, clean view of the woods.