UPDATE: We’ve since created a brand new list of the 25 best fishing gifts for Christmas. Check it out here!
Do you ever get that feeling of anxiety not knowing what to get someone for Christmas? It doesn’t matter who you’re shopping for, you can experience it with anyone. But it’s especially hard when you’re buying for someone who loves to fish and you don’t have the first idea about good fishing gifts. So you think about getting a gift card instead or something unrelated because you don’t want to get the wrong thing. Lame! Don’t let your anxiety ruin an opportunity to get great gifts for fishermen in your life- gifts they will use and love! Fishing gifts that will make them think of you each time they use them. We want to help you pick the best gifts for fishermen without all that stress. Here is a simple to read guide for the best fishing gifts you can find, all conveniently on Amazon. We’ve included suggestions like cool fishing gifts, funny fishing gifts, unique fishing gifts, and gifts for gift givers on a budget.
Shimano Stimula 2-Piece Spin Rod | 25 Best Fishing Gifts for 2015 – List $29.99
There are many options out there to choose from, but the Shimano Stimula is a great spinning rod to give to your favorite fisherman. It’s very affordable and a quality built rod. It’s a great all around option for anglers targeting multiple species and includes aluminum oxide guides, a Shimano reel seat, custom shaped cork handle, EVA butt cap, multipurpose hook keeper, and a one year limited warranty. Keep in mind, this rod is meant for spinning reels. If you’re not sure the difference, check out our post on different reel types to familiarize yourself with the different choices out there.
Okuma Avenger ABF Graphite Bait Feeder | 25 Best Fishing Gifts for 2015 – List Varies By Size
To say we’re in love with this reel is an understatement. As we mentioned in our best spinning reels post earlier this year, we love the Okuma Avenger. It’s light, seawater proof with its graphite construction, and built with 7 ball bearings for smooth retrievals. It also includes a live baiting system that releases the drag allowing fish to run with the bait before setting the hook. They make the Avenger in several sizes depending on the anglers needs. It’s a really great reel.
Sufix 832 Advanced Superline | 25 Best Fishing Gifts for 2015 – List $29.99
Ever since I started using Sufix 832 for trout fishing, I was hooked (pun intended). Made with 8 fibers (one Gore Fiber and seven Dyneema Fibers) the 832 provides the ultimate abrasion resistance. Trademarked TGP technology enhances color retention so the line keeps its color properties longer than other brands. I use braided line exclusively now, no matter what the species I’m fishing for. Sufix 832 has been the best line I’ve ever used.
Plano 3600 Softsider X | 25 Best Fishing Gifts for 2015 – List $49.95
I’ve always used tackle boxes my entire life fishing. It wasn’t until this year that I really researched and learned about the benefits of a tackle bag. Standard tackle boxes can be great, but when you’re fishing from shore and need to move around, the box can just be bulky, clunky, and in the way. Not to mention that wonderful experience of the rod unlocking the front side latch of the box, allowing you to spill all the contents out in a completely inopportune time.
Plano makes the best tackle bag on the market today. The 3600 Softsider X is 9.5 x 17 inches and about 8 inches tall. Big enough to carry most of your tackle, but small enough to carry wherever your angler needs to be, be it large open lakeside shores or tight, confined, woodsy river banks. Either way, they have something that can hold all of their equipment and all their lures to ensure they’re ready for anything. The case is waterproof and includes a shoulder strap to make carrying even easier. And of course, with Plano being the most recognizable brand in tackle boxes, you can’t go wrong with Plano quality.
Rapala’s Fisherman Gloves | 25 Best Fishing Gifts for 2015 – List $6.75
It’s not always about line, rods, reels, and lures, when you need to buy stuff for fishing. Sometimes it’s as simple as something to wear to help protect from the sun, or keeping hands clean and cut free when dealing with fish. An item that’s growing in popularity is Rapala’s Fisherman Gloves. These gloves protect from the elements and ensure a good grip on equipment as well as the fish. These gloves will not protect from sharp edges but the latex coating will help grip a fish. Rapala’s Fisherman Gloves are made to float, so if they go overboard they should be retrievable. A great tool to have on any deck.
KBETHOS Boonie Hat | 25 Best Fishing Gifts for 2015 – List $10.99
Protection from the sun is vitally important. That’s why I recommend the KBETHOS Boonie hat. Completely packable, the boonie hat is a lightweight, small yet important accessory for a day out on the water. Protect your ears, your neck and your face from the sun while enjoying your favorite hobby. With ventilation side holes this hat offers breathability to keep for a cool head on a hot summer day. One size fits most, the hat includes a wide chin strap for secure traveling.
Columbia Men’s American Angler Jacket | 25 Best Fishing Gifts for 2015 – List $119.99
Battling the elements is about the last thing an angler wants to do while fishing. A good weatherproof jacket goes a long way whether one is in for a long day on the water or a short trip to the local river. Anglers will stay dry in this American Angler Jacket from Columbia. Its Omni-tech waterproof/breathable construction keeps anglers comfortable while fighting fish. It includes an adjustable storm hood to keep anglers heads dry as well. Lined with ample pocket space allows an angler to store all kinds of equipment.
GoPro Hero+ (Wi-Fi Enabled) | 25 Best Fishing Gifts for 2015 – List $159.99
For the last few years, the popularity of self produced fishing videos has exploded. You can go on YouTube and find any number of videos shot on GoPro’s and the like for just about any type of fishing. Your angler may want to start doing the same, so why not supply them with the best action camera on the market? The GoPro Hero+ shoots beautiful 1080p HD video at 60FPS. It also takes 8MP still photos in addition to time lapse and burst photos up to 5FPS. Combined with a waterproof case, this camera can be taken down to depths of 40m (131 feet), or used in the harshest of conditions. If your angler is looking to become the next YouTube star, set them up with a GoPro Hero+.
Buff Headwear | 25 Best Fishing Gifts for 2015 – List $24.60
As seen on popular shows like Survivor and just about any fishing show that originates from Florida, Buffs have become almost necessities to protect anglers faces from prolonged sun exposure. With sunlight reflecting off water, even a bimini top can’t protect everyone from those painful sunburns. The makers off the original Buff offers them in many different colors and patterns. Keep ears, neck, and face covered from the elements to stay comfortable.
Shakespeare Hide-A-Hook Kit | 25 Best Fishing Gifts for 2015 – List $17.99
If your angler is a kid wanting to learn to fish, this would be a great first fishing gift to purchase. The Hide-A-Hook system is a simple way to keep your angler and others safe while having fun fishing. The way it works is the bobbers are hollowed in the middle, allowing the hook to slide “into” its cavity while being casted. The motion of casting slides the bobber down over the hook and protects anyone from any accidents. When the bobber splashes in the water, the weight of the hook and bait simply slides to the depths while the bobber stays on the surface. When reeling in, the hook slides back into the bobber which provides weedless retrieval and minimizes any chances for tangling. The kit comes in three themes: Barbie, Cars, and Spider-Man.
Seaguar STS Salmon Fluorocarbon Leader | 25 Best Fishing Gifts for 2015 – List $19.99
Trolling on the great lakes for big king salmon is something I hope to soon do again. When I go, I know I’ll need a few things. Quality trolling rods, trolling reels, and Seaguar STS Salmon Fluorocarbon Leader. Seaguar makes some of the best Fluorocarbon in the market, and this line of leader is a perfect addition to any anglers arsenal. This line is used to connect the main line from the reel to the lure, so visibility in the water needs to be at an absolute minimum. The Seaguar STS line is practically invisible in the water giving anglers the best presentation they can have to induce a strike. Its a super tough, well constructed fluorocarbon line that is a must have for any angler.
Smith Backdrop Sunglasses | 25 Best Fishing Gifts for 2015 – List $219.99
Sometimes anglers find themselves in spots where fishing with their electronics just isn’t feasible. Maybe in the flats on a bright, sunny day, or on the banks of a clear mountain stream, they’ll have a hard time sight fishing. Polarized sunglasses give anglers an edge in sight fishing that just can’t be matched with any other piece of equipment. The polarization takes the majority of the glare right off the surface, almost as if an angler can peek right through the water. Smith glasses makes the Backdrop which are polarized for high visibility. They’re wide lenses covering all sight lines while being stylish and light on an anglers face.
Lifeproof Waterproof Case | 25 Best Fishing Gifts for 2015 – List $39.99
With more apps developed for smartphones specifically for anglers, the use of smartphones while fishing has increased greatly. Being on the water can be risky if an anglers cell phone is not protected. Lifeproof has developed a foam exterior shell that wraps conveniently around its NUUD and FRE cases to provide additional protection for your smart devices. This foam shell keeps the device buoyant in the water in case it were to go overboard. The shell alone does not keep cell phones waterproof, however. Only coupled with the FRE case will an anglers smart phone truly be waterproof. Conveniently, even with the larger exterior shell the smart phones speakers and headphone jack are easily accessible.
Orvis Fly Box | 25 Best Fishing Gifts for 2015 – List $50.00
Orvis is one of the premier outfitters for fly fishing equipment. It just made sense to include the Orvis Fly Box as one of the 25 best fishing gifts of 2015. This box is 6″ by 3.5″ in size, perfect for easy travel to remote trout streams. The Fly Box comes standard with six large and four small compartments. Your angler can choose either foam, or foam plus compartments which provides flexibility to handle all types of flies. This high quality fly box should be standard for any fly angler looking for ultra portability.
Adidas Outdoor Men’s and Women’s Climacool Boat Lace Water Shoe | 25 Best Fishing Gifts for 2015 – List $69.95
For those anglers looking for a little more style in their water shoes, look to the Adidas Climacool Boat Lace Water Shoes. These shoes combine style and functionality at a reasonable price. Fully breathable, feet will not stay wet for long in these comfortable sneakers. With a wide range of colors, anglers can be sure to find a pair just right for them. No tie laces make these super easy to get in and out of without sacrificing comfort.
Flambeau Bucket Wrap | 25 Best Fishing Gifts for 2015 – List $28.99
For anglers accustomed to shore fishing, a bucket can be lots of things. Storage for bait, extra lures, or a cold place to store their catch. That leaves little room for the important things like lures and tools, which is where the Flambeau Bucket Wrap comes in. Fitting standard sized buckets, the Bucket Wrap adds tough nylon pockets and storage areas for all the essentials. No more will an angler have to struggle to hold on to all their equipment while walking to their remote hotspot. The Bucket Wrap also has a sewn in rod holder for portability. The Bucket Wrap is ideal for anglers who fish on piers.
Clam Chair | 25 Best Fishing Gifts for 2015 – List $79.95
Clam has been an industry leader in ice fishing products. Known for their cozy, rugged ice fishing tents, the Clam Chair is great for any angler that doesn’t use an ice tent. Collapsible to a shoulder slung softbag, the Clam Chair opens up to a stool with backrest and a fish bag. The Chair stores six rod/reel combos so an angler will never not be prepared. Weighing 12 pounds and built with a rigid steel frame, the chair is ultra portable for long use from hole to hole.
Frabill Round Thermal Tip-Up Kit | 25 Best Fishing Gifts for 2015 – List $24.99
Sticking with ice fishing, the Frabill Thermal Tip-Up Kit is a great setup. It’s ready to fish with included line, depth finder, line markers, and a Lil’ Shiner Tip-Up Light. The light goes off to indicate when the flag has been tripped. The Tip-Up is fully insulated to protect the ice hole from icing over. Equipped with dual trip settings to allow anglers to set the tension for different applications. It also has a removable spool shaft for easier cleaning and re-lubrication.
The Fishing Buddy 6-Rod Holder | 25 Best Fishing Gifts for 2015 – List $149.00
This is an interesting product that makes sense for beach anglers. This rod holder mounts to a tow hitch on a vehicle and allows anglers to safely store their long shore casting rods without worry of breaking in a pickup bed or crammed in the back of the car. It’s easily mounted and very sturdy. When an angler arrives at their destination, they just unclip the holder from the mount and with the handle attached to the top of the holder, they can carry their rods conveniently to their favorite spot. Really an ingenious idea for anyone needing a safe place to store their rods while they go to the beach or drive up to the boat.
Rapala Fish’n Fillet Knife | 25 Best Fishing Gifts for 2015 – List $22.99
When an angler is ready to carve up their catch for a hearty meal, they want to make sure they have the right knife for the job. The Rapala Fish’n Fillet Knife is the most popular knife on the market and for good reason. Each Fillet knife features a full-tang Swedish stainless steel blade with the classic Rapala reinforced birch varnished handle. Included with the knife is a nice leather sheath and single-stage sharpener. Don’t waste tasty fish with a dull knife. Rapala makes the messy job of filleting an anglers catch much easier.
Legendary Whitetails Men’s Journeyman Rugged Shirt Jacket | 25 Best Fishing Gifts for 2015 – List $74.99
Is it a shirt? Is it a jacket? Does it matter? It’ll keep an angler warm when they head out on to the water in the early daylight hours. Stylish and incredibly comfortable, this flannel lined shirt jacket would make a great gift for any angler. Not so bulky like a filled jacket but not as flimsy as a windbreaker, this shirt jacket keeps anglers warm in cool mornings and late evenings. Triple stitched for durability the shirt jacket features handwarmer pockets, antique brass snaps, and a rugged wax cotton look.
Patagonia Unisex Atom Sling Backpack | 25 Best Fishing Gifts for 2015 – List $49.00
The sling backpack has grown in popularity for anglers, particularly fly anglers in remote areas, over the last few years. Patagonia is a brand known for quality outdoor products and they certainly did not fail that reputation with the Atom sling. Treated with a durable water repellent, the Patagonia Atom will withstand some of the harsher conditions an angler can encounter. A single strap makes this sling easy to maneuver around to get belongings quickly and easily. An integrated waste strap adds support for the longest hikes. 3D spacer mesh pads help wick moisture, dry quickly, and promote ventilation from the shoulder strap to the back padding.
Leatherman Wingman Multi Tool | 25 Best Fishing Gifts for 2015 – List $34.50
A high quality all in one tool that every angler should have at least one of. 13 functions make up this wonderful tool. Everything an angler needs a tool like this to do, it can. Stripping line, removing hooks, opening cans, this tool does it all. Made entirely of stainless steel, an angler would not have to worry about this rusting away.
YETI Cooler Accessories | 25 Best Fishing Gifts for 2015 – List Price Varies
YETI is THE name in fishing coolers. In addition to all the high quality coolers they make, YETI also sells accessories for every angler out there. From tumblers to can coolers, to straws and more, click on the link above to check out all the exciting accessories YETI has available.
ACR RapidDitch Express Gear Bag | 25 Best Fishing Gifts for 2015 – List $68.00
In the truest sense of the words, this ditch bag from ACR is really meant for abandoning ship. Waterproof and very rugged, this is the ideal bag to have on hand to store personal belongings and important information when on the water. An external pocket is sewn in for an EPIRB or VHF device. It floats, so in the situation where an angler must go overboard, this bright yellow bag will be extremely visible on the surface of the water. You never know when you need to ditch a boat- it’s better to be prepared than not.
You can find all of these products on Amazon for convenient, easy, and secure shopping. For more ideas, be sure to check out this page. There are some really great ideas if you haven’t found what you’re looking for here. Lures were purposely left off our list because there are just so many different varieties depending on species. We’ll cover best lures for each species in other articles on this site. Be sure to keep checking periodically.
We hope your search for the perfect gift for your angler is successful. Remember, the holiday season is not supposed to be stressful, so have fun shopping and more importantly cherish the time you spend with loved ones. Tight lines and Happy Holidays!