Apparently, I am hard to buy for. I don't think I am but I have been told that I am by multiple people. So, here is my helpful personal list of what to buy a hunter for Christmas or Hanukkah or Festivis.
1. Books. My suggestions this year are:
Meat Eater by Steven Rinella. I asked Santa for it and I am pretty sure its wrapped and waiting under my tree. I have not read it, but I did read American Buffalo and it was fantastic!
Suddenly the Cider Didn't Taste so Good by John Ford. John is a former Game Warden who tells wonderful Maine stories of the adventures, animals and people he encounters. Light hearted and a quick read.
Tales from Misery Ridge by Paul Fornier. Paul was a Maine Guide and worked for Inland Fisheries before he retired. He tells great stories of the people and places he traveled to around Maine.
Anything but cotton. If you can find women's wool pants, without the weird stitching around the knees that will make me scratch when I sit down, then let me know! I have tried on many pants and they either don't fit right or they have the weird knee stitching that rubs just above my knee. And since I sit for hours on end, I look more like the Michelin man than I do a hunter, and need layers that will keep me from sweating and warm for hours. I wear some of this and some of this with monkey thumbs.
Knife sharpener and a good knife.
I won this sharpener from Work Shop and OBN. I am going to wrap it up, give it to Dad and then we can use it and I will blog about how awesome it (hopefully is). It came with a cool t-shirt and a bunch of stickers with knife quotes on them. I will have examples in my review.
4. Above all, I buy my Dad and my Father-in-Law their hunting licenses. The first time I did this for my FIL, it blew his mind. He had no idea how I was able to get his MOSES ID number and renew the license (secret: I called IFW, gave them all of his bio information and they helped me get the number. I renewed online and have the confirmation sent to my email so I can reference it every year now. I'm sneaky!)