The holiday season can be the most wonderful—and challenging—time of the year. It’s not easy to find the perfect holiday gifts for friends and family members. On top of that, the never-ending shopping seriously cuts into your time for fishing and hunting. If you’d rather be outdoors than fighting your way through a crowded mall, we’ve created the perfect holiday gift guide for you. We compiled our best-selling apparel, gear, tools and equipment of 2023. These are the gifts that fishermen, beach bums, hunters and outdoor enthusiasts want this year.
Beach and Surf Fishing Carts
The beach bums and saltwater anglers on your list will be thrilled to find a surf cart under the tree this holiday season. Sea Striker’s best-selling Deluxe Surf, Pier and Beach Cart or the Surf, Pier and Beach Cart with Plastic Tires are great for hauling fishing and beach gear to the water.
Stuff the stockings with this year’s most popular sunglasses from Calcutta. Smoker Sunglasses feature polarized lenses—great for spotting fish underwater—and rubber-coated ear and temple pads for those long days outdoors. Our polarized Steelhead Sunglasses are available in a variety of lens and frame colors. Best of all, Calcutta sunglasses provide critical 100% protection from the sun’s harsh UVA and UVB rays.
Calcutta Caps and Hats
You can’t go wrong giving Calcutta hats and caps. Calcutta’s Original Logo Hats are engineered from durable fade-resistant fabric that will look just as good next holiday season. A hook-and-loop adjustable strap keeps the hat in place, while the moisture-wicking Q3 headband provides cool comfort on the hottest days. Take the style game up a notch with the Calcutta Sailfish Hat, which features a mesh back and snapback closure that’s easy to adjust.
Fishing Tools and Tackle Storage
All anglers need fishing tools, plus a way to carry and store them. A high-quality knife set is always at the top of any fisherman’s list. The Squall Torque Series Fillet Knife Kit features three knives—9" curved knife, 7" fillet knife, 6" boning knife—with comfort grips that provide a sure hold even when wet. Getting a grip on fishing rigs, lures and other tackle is much easier with help from the heavy-duty Squall Torque Series Aluminum Pliers Straight Jaw. Calcutta’s Squall Tackle Bag, with four tackle trays, external pockets and a pliers holster, keeps fishing tools and tackle neatly organized and within reach when the bite is on. If your fisherman or fisherwoman has a long walk to the water, they will appreciate the functionality, carrying capacity and padded backpack straps of the Squall Tactical Tackle Backpack.
Fishing backpacks, like this Squall Tactical model, are built specifically for fishing tackle and gear.
Insulated Drink Tumblers
Raise a holiday toast with some of the toughest drinkware around. The 20-ounce Calcutta Skull Tumbler features 18/8 stainless-steel, double-wall construction that will keep favorite beverages icy cold or steaming hot for hours. Cheers to the red, white and blue with the limited-edition Calcutta Patriotic Tumbler. Making coffee or cocktails for two is a breeze with our 10-ounce Tumbler 2-Pack, available in Light Blue or Black.
Waterproof Dry Bags
When the weather outside is frightful, help them keep their gear dry, organized and ready to go with waterproof dry bags. The Keeper Dry Waterproof Backpack Duffel features a rugged, 100% waterproof construction that protects against water, rain, snow, dirt, sand—most anything you can throw at it. Calcutta Waterproof Dry Bags are a must-have for all camping, fishing and hunting trips. These hardcore dry bags feature tough, waterproof construction combined with a dependable roll-top closure.
A cooler might not be the first thing that comes to mind when holiday shopping, but today’s advanced models make a highly useful and unforgettable gift. Calcutta’s industrial-grade Renegade 35 High-Performance Cooler features roto-molded durability and unbeatable ice retention. A 100-lumen LED light inside the drain plug makes it easy to reach for a cold one after dark. Renegade Coolers are available in additional sizes, including the Renegade 75 (75-liter capacity) and the Renegade 20 (20-liter capacity), which includes a reinforced carrying handle. The Renegade 15 Liter Soft Cooler is a versatile option that’s comfortable to carry thanks to its soft-side design and padded shoulder strap. Hardcore fishermen will welcome the hardworking Pack Fish Cooler when it’s time to bring home the day’s catch.
Calcutta Coolers make great holiday gifts—especially when filled with a favorite beverage or fishing gear.
Rod and Reel Combos
Give the thrill of fishing this holiday season. First-time and experienced anglers alike will enjoy receiving a quality rod and reel combo. Sea Striker’s BC Pier & Surf Combos are designed for non-stop saltwater action, while the Matzuo Red Series IM6 Graphite Lite Finnesse Combos combine light-bite sensitivity with a backbone stout enough to land those lunkers. The popular Ready2Fish River Just Add Bait Combo features a No Knots Fishing System that’s ideal for anyone who is new to fishing.
It’s the one shirt they’ll be happy to unwrap this year. High-performance shirts wick moisture, dry quickly and increase ventilation—all while protecting from harmful UV radiation. The built-in moisture management system of Calcutta’s Original Logo Performance Shirts keeps skin cool on hot and humid days.
Hunting and Shooting Gear
Hit the target with hunters and shooting sports buffs. From bird and small game hunting to sporting clays and five stand, hunting vests are always in season. The Dove & Small Game Hunting Vest from HQ Outfitters combines a breathable mesh construction with Mossy Oak® Break-up Country camo, making it an ideal choice for hunters. Briar thickets are no match for the canvas Upland Hunting Vest, which features an e-collar remote pocket for hunting with dogs, game bag with front access and plenty of shotshell loops. The HQ Outfitters Canvas Shotgun Case, with its classic good looks and rugged construction, protects that favorite firearm when traveling. Deer hunters will value the stealthy construction of the HQ Hunter’s Day Pack, while the HQ Archer’s Pack takes treestand hunting to a new level.
The Hunters Day Pack from HQ Outfitters features a quiet fabric that reduces noise in the woods.
Visit an Outdoor Retail Store
Need more gift ideas for the holidays? Visit your local outdoor store or bait and tackle shop. Outdoor retailers are the experts when it comes to camping, fishing, hunting and more. They will be happy to provide advice and help you find the perfect holiday gifts.More Gift Ideas:
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