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Over 35 Christmas Gifts for the Rugged Man

Posted by on November 16, 2014

Alright, ladies, I’m sure many of you are right there with me. Christmas is coming, and what on earth are we supposed to by for our Rugged Man Homesteaders? Is it just me, or are guys hard to shop for? (Or is it just that they go shop for themselves the month and days before Christmas? Stop that!)

35 Christmas Gifts for the Rugged Man - IdlewildAlaska

After asking the hubby and getting the typical, “I dunno”  response of what he wants for Christmas, I decided to look whats cool on the all-knowing internet for help.

It did me very little good.

I can guarantee my rugged homesteader man does NOT want ties (which he doesn’t wear), cuff links (which he doesn’t wear), or a shaving kit with a nice shaving bowl (he’s not shaving that beard anytime soon, and I don’t want him to!). So I asked my fellow homesteaders. They came up with some great ideas! So here’s a great list of…

Over 35 Christmas Gifts for the Rugged Man

Wood working tools, big or small such as a table saw, a nice hammer, the Bosch RA1181 router table is one of the best, or a new tool belt (If you’re not sure what your guy would want, hint around or take him to a hardware store and watch to see what he drools over.)

Heavy duty and/ or insulated work gloves

Insulated coveralls for working and/ or hunting

What to Buy Your Guy for Christmas - IdlewildAlaska

Smart Wool socks (I live in my Smartwool all winter!)


Fleece lined work pants

Insulated rubber boots (Like Bogs. LOVE my Bogs!)

Bogs Footwear (Weyco)

Anything flannel

A dehydrator

Heavy duty vacuum sealer

Pressure canner

Christmas Gifts for Men - IdlewildAlaska

Cast iron cookware

Grinder/ sausage maker

Bar-B-Que Grill

Heavy duty thermos

To-Go coffee mug (Have you seen these one’s from REI? They’re amazing! They hold up to almost anything!)

Gift cards to Lowes, Home Depot, Menards, Bass Pro Shop, Gander Mountain, etc.

Gander Mountain

Tools, whether garden or mechanical

Heavy duty machete

An ax for getting to work on the wood pile.

The best dart board for him and his buddies.

Cant hook

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Skidding tongs

Alaskan Mill MK III (This just may be on my Christmas list too…)

Christmas Gifts Men Want - IdlewildAlaska

Chainsaw, or if he already has one, new chains or a sharpener from the would be great stocking stuffers! Here’s a little tip, if your man loves wood working, it goes without saying that wood watches would be interesting for him.

Hunting gear

Ammunition (Not sure what to get? Take a pic with your phone of ammo boxes he already has or the gun itself. The guys at the counter will usually be happy to help you get the right stuff!)

Fishing Gear (A great tip- if you’re not sure what to get him, check his tackle box and see what he has and is getting worn out!)

Pocket knife


Hunting knife

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This way-cool Gerber Hunting Myth Hatchet (Not only is it a hatchet, it can be used to skin out a moose too!)

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Bungee cords or tie-down straps

Beard oil or soap – Who needs a Wahl shaving kit!

Cornhuskers Hand Lotion

Gifts for Guys - IdlewildAlaska

Specialty coffee

Tickets to a local sports team or concert

Musical instrument- If there’s something he’s always wanted to learn, new guitar strings, harmonicas, etc.

Golf or other sport accessories

And you’re probably pretty safe with anything related to bacon…

Some are more practical gifts that may even bounce back to you, for example if you give your man a chainsaw mill, he might make you some shelves, you see where we’re going here. Many of these would work as stocking stuffers too! Great for Father’s Day too! Need some more ideas? Check out Pantry Paratus’ online store! is also another great place to look too or if that’s too girly.

What are your favorite Christmas Gifts for the Rugged Man?

I’ve got a gift guide for those tough homesteading ladies too!

Looking for more ideas? Check out the 2015 Trayer Wilderness Gift Giving Guide!

Trayer Wilderness 2015 Gift Giving Guide

Thanks to …

Survival At Home

Letters From Sunnybrook

J&J Acres

Tenth Acre Farm

Common Sense Homesteading

Pantry Paratus

The Untrained Housewife

Country Living Family

Homestead Chronicles

Mom Prepares

Lonestar Farmstead

Rural Economist

Daddykirbs Farm

Spring Mountain Living

Imagin Acres

Pasture Deficit Disorder

Alderman Farms

Simple Life Mom

Heather’s Wannabe Homestead

Single Sustainable Mom

Bean and Bee

Countrified Hicks

…for all the great ideas!

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18 Responses to Over 35 Christmas Gifts for the Rugged Man

  1. Mark

    All great gifts except the hand crank grinder. That is a cruel and unusual punishment. Imagine grinding up a whole moose using one. Me and my brothers had to keep switching out every few minutes. Hours and hours of pure misery. It’ll be fun they said.

    • Idlewildak

      The hubby just bought himself one. He had ground pork to make Italian sausage, and then used the kitchenaide with grinder attachment for the second batch. He prefers using the hand crank for stuffing the sausage casings 🙂

  2. Brandon

    I love the bacon comment. Literally made me lol. Great list. I would not be disappointed with a single item on the list. Great job!

  3. Misty Nicole Overstreet-Roberts (The Lady Prefers To Save)

    What a great tip! Hello, my name is Misty, from The LadyPrefers2Save at, and I’m one of the new co-hosts for the Merry Monday Linky Party! I wanted to write and thank you for linking up to this weeks Merry Monday party, as well as to let you know that your post will be linked to the Merry Monday Pinterest board, as well my social media accounts. I would love to have you also stop by my blog as well! Thanks for linking up at the Merry Monday’s Linky Party this week, and I hope to see you linking up next week as well. Have an awesome week!

  4. Cathy

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful gift list with Share It One More Time. Cathy

  5. Jenna @ A Savory Feast

    These have my brother’s name written all over them! I get him plaid flannel shirts a lot, he loves them and wears them all the time.

  6. Terri Presser

    Thanks for this great post and for the fantastic ideas, just loved it. Thanks for sharing at Good Morning Mondays. Blessings

  7. JES

    All excellent gift ideas for rugged men that my hubby would also approve of 🙂 Thanks for sharing it with us on the Art of Home-Making Mondays! I would also add a buckle knife. He can’t live without that (it is his favorite toy, I mean “tool”)! See link below (and I am not affiliated with them in any way but every rugged man would love this!)

    Have a wonderful weekend ~ JES

  8. Tammy Trayer

    Thanks SO SO much for sharing our Trayer Wilderness Gift Guide!! Blessings my dear friend!

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