Anyone who has ever purchased a gift for their favorite hunter or angler knows how difficult that can be.
It’s true. We can be extremely picky about the gear we use.
Here’s a tip: If you really, really want to give someone a new deer rifle, baitcaster, or fishing electronics for Christmas, know exactly what the gift-getter wants. That might take away some of the holiday suspense, but you’ll know you got the right gift.
But if you’re into Christmas surprises and are looking for can’t-miss — and affordable — gift ideas, we have some suggestions for you.
These gifts for under $100 will be appreciated.
WORK SHARP KNIFE & TOOL SHARPENER
Sharpen every blade you own, even axes, hatchets and lawn-mower blades. The tool uses precision-angled sharpening guides to ensure you get the right edge for the right knife whenever you need.
$89.95 | WorkSharpTools.com
ONX HUNT ELITE MEMBERSHIP
There's nothing more frustrating than being out hunting in new terrain, looking down at your phone for a map, and getting nothing because you are out of cell range. One solution comes from onX, an app made for exploring. Before you go, you can create maps with the features you want, like wilderness areas, access points and satellite imagery, and then save the map to your phone. The app uses the GPS in your phone and then pinpoints your position over your saved map. It tracks you, no cell reception required, and lets you check out the area via topo maps, satellite imagery or any of the other 12 types of map layers you have downloaded. The app is free, but you'll want to add features. The Elite subscription will get you access to maps of all 50 states.
$99.99/year | Onxmaps.com
ANGLR Bullseye takes anyone’s fishing experience up a notch. This Bluetooth-enabled button attaches to a person or boat, and all it takes are one or two clicks to record an entire experience on the water—catches, weather, waypoints and more. The connected ANGLR fish tracking app lets anglers see trends in their fishing for better results. No charging is required; the battery has a two-year life.
$29.99 | Anglr.com
Columbia PFG ODX Hybrid Jacket
Tailored to anglers who want to stay dry without feeling like they’re sweltering inside a sauna, Columbia’s new fully seam-sealed, 100 percent nylon PFG ODX Hybrid Jacket features OutDRY Extreme technology—which has a tough, waterproof membrane outside and soft, wicking fabric inside.
$99 | Columbia.com
Tak Logic's Lure Lock Lure Locker
This customizable tackle system can handle storage needs from small to large. Durable, the fishing tackle boxes will also keep your hooks sharp and help you better manage your tackle. Also won Best of Category at ICAST 2018.
$15.99-$74.99 | LureLock.com
Lowrance HOOK2 Series
Auto tuning makes value-priced HOOK2 units easy to use by actively correcting sonar settings for the clearest underwater view with wide-angle Broadband Sounder, CHIRP sonar and, in select models, SideScan and DownScan Imaging. Look for sonar-only and fishfinder-chartplotter models with 4- through 12-inch displays.
Starting at $99 | Lowrance.com
Morakniv Fishing Knife Multi-Pack
The Morakniv Fishing Knife Multi-Pack is the ultimate gift for a perfect day on the water. The set includes a Fishing Comfort Fillet 155, Fishing Comfort Scaler and fine diamond sharpener to keep the knives in good repair. At just $69.99, this kit offers significant savings over the retail value, and makes the perfect addition to any angler’s collection.
$69.99 | IndustrialRev.com
Liberty Bottle from LifeSaver
The Liberty is promoted as the world’s first and only water filter bottle and inline pump filter combined, and can remove nearly 100 percent of bacteria, microbial cysts and viruses. Also comes with a 5-foot hose to pump and filter clean water from the source into additional containers.
$99.99 | IconLifeSaver.com
Reel-Flex Fillet Knives
German 4116 stainless steel gives Reel-Flex Fillets excellent edge retention and corrosion resistance. Comes in 6-, 7.5-, and 9.5-inch blades. Non-slip grip.Designed by custom knife maker Jerry Hossom.
$23.95 | OutdoorEdge.com
Plano Technical Tackle Backpack
This backpack carries all needed tackle in one hands-free, worry-free package. Features failsafe zipperless design, waterproof fabric, storage pockets, tool holder, padded shoulder straps and four 3700 StowAway boxes to keep tackle sorted and secure.
$90 | Planomolding.com
Flextone Field Hunter Ground Blind
Whitetails can be a tough to fool when it comes to camouflage and concealment. Fortunately, Flextone has a solution in their Field Hunter Blind. Tipping the scales at 9 pounds, the Field Hunter has more than enough room for two inside its hub-style frame design. The three-panel format allows for quick set-up and teardown, while offering trouble-free access.
$80 | Flextonegamecalls.com
Big River Stuttgart Megaphone Duck Call
Ridiculously far-reaching highballs. Plaintive pleading comebacks. High. Low. Big volume. Down low and quiet. The new Stuttgart Megaphone from Big River Calls does that, and a whole lot more. This attractive double reed poly-call comes finished in Mossy Oak Shadow Grass Blades. It’s a must-have on every waterfowler’s lanyard.
$45 | Flambeauoutdoors.com
Simmons Venture Binoculars
These binoculars have fully multi-coated lenses that transmit the maximum amount of light, providing great value for the price. Available in five configurations — including compact, mid-size and full-size — the optics feature rubber armor housing for protection and anti-slip grip.
$19.99 to $64.99 | Simmonsoptics.com
Plano 200 Series Gun Guard Shotgun Case
Soft-sided case holds one shotgun. Heavy-duty, 600-Denier exterior fabric. Thick, foam-padded sides. Full-length zipper. Wrap-around nylon handles. Easy packing and carrying.
$14.99 | PlanoMolding.com
Yo-Zuri 3DB Series Knuckle Bait
Instead of a traditional blade at the end of the safety-pin wire, the latest offering from Yo-Zuri has a ball there, and as the name suggests it knuckleballs erratically as it comes through the water. It retains the general look, weedlessness and easy castability of traditional spinnerbaits, but with a totally different sound profile. There’s a very high chance your gift-getter will have something nobody else has.
$7.99 | Yo-zuri.com