Did you wait until the last minute to start Christmas shopping for the hunter in your life? No worries, we here at Northeast Hunting know how hectic the holidays can be and we’re here to help.

Here is a list of five great gift ideas for the hunter in your life:

Make it personal — What says Merry Christmas better than personalizing the blade of a hunting knife for your favorite outdoors enthusiast? While there are a slew of personalization services available through engravers and keepsake companies, we here at Northeast Hunting suggest you check out Rapid River Knifeworks. The folks over there not only make a great knife with a slew of varieties, blades and handles available, but they will also personalize the knife for free. That’s right, for free. So you not only get a great blade, but you get to make it one-of-a-kind for the same price. At the same time, we’ll throw in a bonus suggestion by saying that if your hunter already has a favorite knife, you should consider getting them a great knife sharpener. This Warthog sharpener is one of the best in the business because it’s a diamond sharpener and it is hands free. That’s hard to beat.

Keep them dry — There are few things that are as uncomfortable as wet feet stuck inside a hunting or hiking boot. That’s why waterproof socks that actually feel comfortable are such a prized possession. And the best in the business? In our opinion, it’s SealSkinz and their ChillBlocker Waterproof Socks. These things are just about as technologically advanced as your typical cell phone these days as they not only manage to be waterproof, but they are warm and they are comfortable. The price tag of $55 seems steep, but these are durable and your hunter’s feet will never be able to thank you enough.

The best in the business — We have a lot of scopes, ranging from Leupold to BSA to Redfield and even a Simmons. Our favorite? Nikon, hands down. This relative newcomer to the rifle scope industry is already leaping out as one of the front runners thanks to their experience making professional camera optics. If the hunter in your family is looking for a new scope, then you really can’t go wrong with a Nikon. Check out our review of the Coyote Special here.

These boots were made for walking… and hunting — If Santa were going to bring us anything special this year, we’d be asking for these Elk Tracker 860 boots from Irish Setter (owned by Red Wing boots). These things are made of outstanding leather with great stitching. Top that with some of the best cleats on the market designed specifically for gripping changing terrain and you have yourself a winner. The boots break in fast and nice, making them comfortable at a record pace, and they come complete with “scent ban,” which helps keep your foot smell on your foot and not wafting to the nostril of the animals you’re hunting.

Let’s not forget the reading hunter — Of course just because you’re hunting for a gift for a hunter, that doesn’t mean it has to be all about hunting. How about something that plays on your hunter’s intelligence? Then reading is what we suggest for you. First, sign them up for the Northeast Hunting email subscriber’s list. It’s free and our posts are always fun and informative. If that’s just not what you’re looking for, then may we suggest the book The Other Side of Eden: Hunters, Farmers, and the Shaping of the World. The book basically gives us a glimpse into the world’s vanishing hunter-gatherer cultures. It spans from the high Arctic to the Kalahari and shows a world that many of us aren’t even aware still exists. It really shows the roots of where our sport of hunting evolved from, and the necessity of it still today for these cultures. It’s a fun read.

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