2023 Holiday Gift Guide

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posted on November 21, 2023
2023 Holiday Gift Guide

No matter your gifting needs, interests or budget, we’ve got at least one product for you. Our editors scoured the globe for the most fun, useful and well-made items, and then categorized them in a mostly logical fashion to make your holiday shopping simple. Alternatively, leave this guide out for others to see to drop a not-so-subtle hint about what you want under the tree this year.


For the Outdoors

For the Outdoors

1
| Garmont T8 Falcon Boot
Lightweight, yet supportive, these sporty boots combine the sturdiness of leather with the flexibility of nylon for an extremely comfortable fit. A soft-yet-durable sole provides a responsive feel while moving through terrain, and an inner shank adds ankle and foot support. $155; garmonttactical.com

2 | Spy Briefing Gear Survival Bucket Cover
Absolutely ingenious, the Survival Bucket Cover fits over a standard 5-gallon bucket to hold all sorts of loose items for a camping trip or any other adventure. It can even fit gun mags in slots on the outside, while tools, lights and other small items have space on the inside. You can use the bucket’s handle to carry it all. $49; spybriefinggear.com

3 | Garmin Foretrex 901 Ballistic Edition
Wearable GPS guidance that also helps with your long-range shooting? Garmin’s new Foretrex 901 Ballistic Edition GPS navigator runs on AAA batteries, passes MIL-STD-810 standard for ruggedness and can pair with your smartphone. It also offers a three-axis compass, altimeter and accelerometer, along with Applied Ballistics software. $599.99; garmin.com

4 | SOG Power Access Deluxe Multitool
Ideal for the outdoors or any place where you might have to perform any kind of maintenance, the 21 different tools on this portable multitool are the most offered on any SOG product. If you can’t fix it with this in your hand, maybe it can’t be fixed. $79.95; sogknives.com

5 | Full Forge Gear Hurricane Backpack
Outdoor enthusiast on your list? The Hurricane Backpack offers a water-resistant exterior along with MOLLE webbing that allows you to configure the pack to meet your needs. A large, internal, hydration pocket, reinforced nylon straps and two interior pockets add to the Hurricane’s utility. $59.99; fullforgegear.com

6 | Alps Mountaineering Felis 2-Person tent
Lightweight, free-standing and easy to assemble, the Felis 2-Person tent from Alps Mountaineering has another appealing facet: it’s made from 100-percent recycled polyester fabric. Half-mesh walls allow excellent airflow while a vestibule offers a place to store gear. $199.99; alpsmountaineering.com

7 | Nighthawk Custom Night Hunter
With a 4-inch-long, CPM154-steel blade, G10 scales and a Kydex sheath, this fixed-blade knife offers the same fit and finish you’d expect from a product bearing the Nighthawk Custom name. $449.99; nighthawkcustom.com

8 | Remington 30-Can Cooler Backpack
Keep your drinks and refreshments cool when you’re on the go in this soft-sided, leak-proof insulated cooler. It also has pockets on the outside to store your phone or other accessories and straps to make carrying it easy. $224.99; remingtoncoolers.com

9 | Leupold DeSoto
While it’s important to protect your precious eyesight on the range (and elsewhere), you don’t have to look like a refugee from a 1970s wood shop. Leupold’s DeSoto eye wear offers shatter resistance, polarized lenses and numerous frame and lens color options. $189.99; leupold.com


For the Home

For the Home

1
| Kitfox Design Group GWOT Throw
Available in two sizes, this blanket is festooned with pictures of some of the gear used on today’s battlefields. World War II, Vietnam and hunting-oriented versions are also available. $125; kitfoxdesigngroup.com

2 | Camp Chef Redwood
Everyone loves sitting around a campfire, but there are times and locations where traditional fires are inadvisable. The Redwood fire pit by Camp Chef is powered by propane, same as your gas grill, so it can be used in places where uncontrolled burning is a bad idea. And, it adds ambiance. $199.99; campchef.com

3 | Giant Mouse Bamboo Magnet Knife Bar
Keep your kitchen blades organized and out of the way, yet still have them close at hand with this wall-mounted magnetized blade holder that has a subtle bamboo finish. $30; giantmouse.com

4 | Federal Dog Bowl
Built of steel and with a 64-ounce capacity, the Federal dog bowl is big enough and tough enough to stand up to the appetite of your hungry, four-legged friend. Moreover, it stays in place, is easy to clean and looks pretty sharp, too. $29; federalpremium.com

5 | MTM Case-Gard Tactical Rifle Crate
Store a rifle along with ammunition, cleaning supplies and more with the MTM Case-Gard Tactical Rifle crate. Padded space on top can accommodate a scoped rifle up to 39 inches in length, while four sections below hold everything else you need. It’s also lockable and has wheels for moving the crate around your storage area. $139.99; mtmcase-gard.com 

6 | Winchester Lighted Logo Sign
Light up a room with the LEDs hidden behind the Winchester logo on this wall-mountable sign. It’s great for the gun room, workshop, garage or anywhere else you want to show off one of America’s most iconic firearm and ammunition labels. $130; winchestergear.com

7 | Meat! Kitchen Knife Set
This six-piece set has blades ranging in size from an 8-inch chef’s knife to a 3.5-inch paring knife, so you’ll always have the right knife for the job at hand. It includes an attractive storage stand. $174.99; meatyourmaker.com

8 | Silencer Central Suppressor Bottle Opener
After the shooting is done and the guns (and suppressors) are put away, crack open a cold one with this lightweight, sturdy bottle opener in the shape of a Banish suppressor from Silencer Central. $12.99; silencercentral.com

9 | Trijicon 10-inch Metal Wall Clock  
Measuring 10 inches in diameter, this attractive timepiece is sure to hit the mark and add a touch of firearm-accessory fondness to your gun room or man cave. Battery-operated and easy to both hang and set, it will keep you on schedule while showing off your love of tactical optics. $24.99; trijicongear.com

10 | PowerTac Destroyer-X10K-G2-9,500 Lumen Search & Rescue Light
If standard flashlights seem dim, then the 9,500 lumens of the PowerTac Destroyer flashlight will not disappoint. Touted as a search and rescue tool, this flashlight will win any “my light is the brightest” contest you might possibly find yourself in. $799.95; powertac.com


For the Range and Shop

For the Range and Shop

1
| Hornady Bullet Guide Counter Mat
This sizable mat isn’t only a padded surface to prevent the marring of guns and tools; it’s also a handy, ever-present reference to Hornady’s many bullet styles. It’s ideal not only for the handloader, but also for any do-it-yourselfer or even a professional shop. $24.99; hornady.com

2 | Pyramex Venture Gear Tactical Drone 2.0
Eye protection can be inexpensive and stylish, as demonstrated by the Drone 2.0. An adjustable nosepiece aids comfort, while an anti-fog treatment on the lenses helps keep them clear, even on hot days. The glasses pass the MIL-PRF-32432 High Velocity Impact Standards, ensuring your safety on the range. $28.99; pyramex.com

3 | Springfield Armory Hellcat Pro 17-Round Magazine
No one ever complained about too much ammo, right? Springfield Armory Hellcat Pro owners can now add two more rounds to their handgun without significant bulk—whether you have the black or FDE version. $42.99; springfield-armory.com

4 | MDT Oryx Bipod
Crafted from a high-quality polymer blend, this bipod provides rigidity, strength and stability. Users can quickly stow, deploy, adjust cant tension and extend the legs using just one hand. The bipod’s rubber feet ensure a slip-free rest across a variety of surfaces, and the unit weighs a mere 11 ounces in the M-Lok version (shown). $99.95; mdttac.com

5 | XS Sights DIY Series Bundle
Comprised of XS’s R3D Night Sights and Inline Sight Pusher Kit for Glocks, this package has everything the do-it-yourselfer needs to install sights on Glock pistols. It reduces installation force by 50 percent, can install suppressor-height sights and be used with a red-dot sight in place. $269.98; xssights.com

6 | Heckler & Koch Heckler & Koch Pro Ears Gold II 30
The advanced electronics inside these earmuffs allows you to hear conversations and ambient noise around you, yet still protect your hearing from gunshots and other high volume noise spikes, demonstrating that H&K does not actually hate you. $199.99; hk-usa.com

7 | Riton 30 mm/1-inch Precision Quick Detach (QD) Scope Mount
Crafted from 6061-T6 aluminum for strength without excess weight, the mount makes it easy to quickly deploy your 30 mm or 1-inch main-tube scopes. The sturdy, one-piece unit also fits comfortably within most budgets. $139.99; ritonoptics.com

8 | Bravo Concealment Double Magazine Pouch 3.0
The latest iteration of Bravo Concealment’s Double Magazine Pouch, this one, dubbed 3.0, is offered in right-hand or ambidextrous versions. It has 1.5-inch OWB belt loops and incorporates retention adjustment, making it a great choice for use on the range or for carry with a cover garment. $38.99; bravoconcealment.com

9 | Real Avid Master Gun Workstation
Whether you’re mounting a scope, cleaning a bolt-action rifle or just making an adjustment, a sturdy workstation makes a big difference. With cleaning-rod storage and space for small parts, Real Avid’s offering is a must-have for the DIYer on your holiday list. $199.99; realavid.com

10 | DuraMag AR Magazine
Lightweight and durable, these AR-15-style aluminum magazines will match perfectly with your next rifle build. They have a 30-round capacity and come anodized in an assortment of colors, or the traditional gray. $18.20; dura-mag.com

11 | Beretta Leather Shooting Gloves
When the mercury dips, protect your hands with a set of fine Italian leather gloves. Beretta’s leather gloves offer slip-resistance, breathability, flexibility and are even designed to work with the touchscreen on your smartphone. $99; beretta.com

12 | Rise Armament Range Med Kit
A compilation of all the emergency medical gear you might need in a critical situation on the range, this kit is also equipped to help alleviate minor injuries. Keeping first-aid materials with you when shooting is smart and with this kit, it’s easy, too. $239.99; risearmament.com

13 | Ballistol Wipes  
Available in a five-box set that includes 10 wipes per box, Ballistol Wipes are an environmentally friendly, multi-purpose cleaner. When used on firearms, they clean and dissolve copper fouling as well as brass and zinc residue. Since it molecularly bonds to metals, it also keeps your guns completely protected in addition to looking sharp. $25; ballistol.com

14 | LockedIn Grip Liquid Shooting Sports Chalk
Athletes from gymnasts to weightlifters and beyond use chalk to improve their grip, so why shouldn’t shooters take advantage of this proven remedy? Easy to mount on your gear thanks to the included carabiner, this chalk keeps your hands free of moisture during shooting while providing a superior grip on your firearm. $12; lockedingrip.com


For Travel

For Travel

1
| Pelican Air Travel Case
Why not give your travel essentials the same rock-solid protection you give your firearms and delicate electronics? Pelican’s Air Travel Case has two removable fabric organizers and storage built into the lid, integral TSA-approved locks and stainless steel bearing wheels for easy maneuvering through airports. $509.95; pelican.com

2 | Browning Buckmark Flag Low Back Seat Cover
Show off your love for all things gun and your patriotism with this two-piece car seat cover. The microfiber fabric is cut to fit the contours of most vehicle seats and sports the iconic Buckmark logo in red, white and blue along with accent stitching to beautify your automobile while protecting its seats. $39.99; browning.com

3 | DeSantis 1.5-inch Reversible CCW Belt
Built from two pieces of premium saddle leather with a polymer liner in-between for enhanced rigidity, this DeSantis belt offers versatility in the form of a black exterior and a brown underside. It can be easily reversed to match your outfit by using a flat-bladed screwdriver. $119.99; desantisholster.com

4 | Bradford Exchange U.S. Army Personalized Canvas Messenger Tote Bag
Proudly identifying the recipient by both name and service branch, the U.S. Army Personalized Canvas Messenger Tote Bag features a padded and adjustable shoulder strap, multiple compartments, burnished-metal hardware and faux-leather trim. Other service branches are also available. $129.95; bradfordexchange.com

5 | Timepieces International Renegade Blue Men’s Watch  
Whether in the office or on the town, the Renegade Blue Men’s Watch adds a touch of class to your ensemble. Boasting a rose gold and blue finish, three precision sub-dials adorn the face—including split second, second and minute displays. A non-slip silicone band and presentation case are included. $169; timepiecesusa.com

6 | Safariland IncogX
Designed in conjunction with Haley Strategic Partners, the IncogX might be the best appendix-carry holster in existence. Its suede-coated polymer body is extremely comfortable to wear, yet remains eminently supportive of your pistol while maintaining outstanding concealment. It is available with (shown) or without ($90 MSRP) an attached magazine carrier. $120; safariland.com

7 | Recover Tactical 20/20 Series Sling Bag
Thick interior padding, reinforced stitching and lockable zippers make this small, yet roomy, bag ideal for everyday carry. It can be worn as a sling bag or a shoulder bag, or carried by a top-handle loop or side handle like a briefcase for added versatility. $59.95; recovertactical.com

8 | Magpul DAKA Grid Organizer for Pelican Vault V730
Keep your long guns secure in the case without having to order and cut foam inserts every time you make the slightest change with Magpul’s intuitive DAKA Grid organizer. $139.95; magpul.com

9 | Nebo Assist Air Jump Starter
Jumpstarting a dead battery is a lot easier when you don’t have to rely on a second vehicle.  Nebo’s Air Assist Jump Starter allows the independence of popping the hood, connecting the cables and reviving a dead battery wherever you are—and it can refill a flat tire and recharge your phone, too. $179.99; nebo.acgbrands.com

10 | Ontario Knife Company RAT 1 Red
A stylish, red G10 grip combined with a folding, 3.5-inch, S35VN steel blade make the RAT 1 an ideal EDC knife. It weighs a mere 4.8 ounces and sports a reversible clip. $135.95; ontarioknife.com

11 | Primary Weapons Systems 5.56 Bumper Sticker
If you have a 5.56 and PWS fan on your list, here’s a way to help them class up their ride and show their fondness for the cartridge and company. The bumper sticker is a simple and affordable way to allow any gun enthusiasts to express themselves and recognize one another. It’s also available in 7.62. $0.99; primaryweapons.com

12 | Fisher Space Pen Elite Navy Cerakote Cap-o-Matic Space Pen
Eye-catching and designed to operate in just about any conditions, the Fisher Space Pen Cap-o-Matic now comes in a variety of Cerakote-finish options, including black, brass, orange and the Navy-blue option shown here. $39; spacepen.com


Just for Fun

Just for Fun

1
| Umarex Legends M3 Grease Gun Full Auto BB Gun
While owning a genuine World War II-era M3 Grease Gun would certainly be cooler, having one you can afford to shoot more than once a decade is almost as good. Umarex’s Legend series also has pellet-firing replicas of other iconic firearms like the Broomhandle Mauser and Thompson submachine gun. $239.99; umarexusa.com

2 | Retro-Rifle Rising Palm
Looking for a way to show off your love for all things firearm in a loud, yet strikingly subtle manner? Check out the shirts from Retro-Rifle. Not only are they a great conversation piece, they also all sport fun designs featuring tastefully placed guns and are made from high-quality materials for a perfect fit. New designs drop every Tuesday and Friday, and these shirts sell out fast! $49.95; retro-rifle.com

3 | Best Cigar Prices 90+ Rated All-Star 5-Cigar Combo & Cutter
This deal for Shooting Illustrated readers is smokin’ hot. Five outstanding, premium cigars from makers like Rocky Patel, Oliva, Alec Bradley, Romeo y Julieta and Montecristo, along with a cutter for the price of basically one stick? We’ll take it. Hurry, though; the deal expires on Jan. 31, 2024. $15.99; bestcigarprices.com/NP009

4 | Gamo Three Diamond Target 
You’ll never have to leave the bench with this tough and durable airgun target. Varying target sizes put your precision-shooting skills to the test and move when hit. Thanks to a solid base, it doesn’t need to be shoved into the ground. $11.70; gamousa.com

5 | Apex Tactical AZ Nunchuks Single Point Nunchuck Set
Who doesn’t want the opportunity to injure themselves? Alternately, you can pretend you’re a member of the post-adolescent, altered Ninjitsu-practicing aquatic reptiles, or just admire the craftsmanship of this 1980s action-movie staple that you can own. $65; apextactical.com

6 | Wilson Combat Shirt, Short Sleeve, Retro, Heather Blue
Combining retro appeal with pride of ownership, this T-shirt from Wilson Combat has the same design as that worn by Bill Wilson during his competitive years. $19.11; wilsoncombat.com

7 | CRKT Onion Throwing Knives, Fixed
With axe-throwing venues all the rage these days, it’s only a matter of time before throwing knives come back in style. Beat the rush with these precision-balanced, 1050 carbon steel throwing knives that come in a set of three with a nylon sheath. $75; crkt.com

8 | Primos Hunting/Pursuit Energy drink
Since hunting usually requires participants to wake up far too early in the morning, a new partnership between Primos Hunting and Pursuit offers a line of energy drinks perfect for helping enthusiasts deal with that 4 a.m. wake-up call. Two sugar-free and two regular options are available. $8.75/4-pack; pursuitenergy.com

9 | National Rifle Association Membership
Give your friends and family the gift of freedom. Membership comes with copious benefits, including a choice of monthly magazine (we suggest Shooting Illustrated, of course) and the knowledge you’re helping to protect the rights our cherished Second Amendment protects. $45; membership.nra.org

10 | Battlebrick MRAP Army APC
There are the interlocking plastic bricks you played with as a child, and then there is this mighty machine, complete with a miniature plastic soldier in full battle gear and a rotating gun turret. Putting it together is a fun project for the whole family. $84.99; battlebrickcustoms.com

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