Caution: Gift-giving to hunters and anglers is not easy. They tend to have specific preferences for equipment, and they tend to already have all of their basic equipment. As an outdoors writer and a sportsman, my advice is to forgo the surprise gift and get a detailed shopping list from either the recipient or a close fishing/hunting buddy.
To wit, a recent survey of shooting sportsmen by Southwick Associates asked the question, "What hunting or target shooting gear are you most hoping to receive this holiday season?" The answer ranking third was “No hunting/shooting gifts”.
The top choice by far in the survey was hunting apparel with 22.3 percent of respondents choosing it, followed by: Handguns (14.5), no hunting/shooting gifts (14.4), game/trail cameras (14.3), ammunition (12.4), and rangefinders (11.3).