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I have 25+ years of experience choosing the best gifts for gun lovers. From hunting gifts for my dad (who has everything) to tactical gifts for my husband (who also has everything), I spent many Christmases, birthdays, and Father’s Days puzzling over gift ideas until I finally created some easy strategies to find the perfect gifts.
Even if you don’t know a rifle from a revolver, these gift ideas for gun lovers will take the guesswork out of gift-giving, so you can be confident choosing the best gift for the gun lover in your life.
Table of Contents
- 1 Best gifts for gun owners
- 1.1 1. Ammo
- 1.2 2. Ammo Storage
- 1.3 3. Gun Storage / Security
- 1.4 4. High Quality and Useful Gear Every Gun Owner Should Have
- 1.5 5. Concealed Carry Gear
- 1.6 6. Deck out the Man Cave or Bar
- 1.7 6. For the Coffee Drinking Gun Enthusiast
- 1.8 7. A Subscription Box for a Gift That Keeps on Giving
- 1.9 8. For the Gun Enthusiast Who Loves to Read
- 1.10 Still not sure?
Best gifts for gun owners
Hands down, the best gift for a gun lover is ammo. Ask my husband what he wants for Christmas or his birthday and you will always hear the same answer: “Ammo”.
Buying ammunition can feel a little daunting if you’re unsure of what type he uses, but there are a few easy ways to find out. The easiest thing for me is to go to the cabinet where he stores his ammo and look through what he already has. For some reason, gun guys often keep empty ammunition boxes for a while. Check out what’s empty or almost empty (meaning he uses it often). If none seem empty or open, see which boxes don’t have dust on them, and those are the ones he uses and replaces most often (unless you’re much better at dusting than I am).
The easiest place to buy ammo online is OpticsPlanet. Their site is easy to search, their prices are always on the lower end, and shipping is usually free and fast. If you can’t find what you’re looking for there, try Brownell’s or Palmetto State Armory.
2. Ammo Storage
An overlooked gift option is Ammo Storage. This is something that you can purchase confidently, even if you aren’t sure what type of ammo they use. The options may say they are for a certain caliber, but that is just a confusing way to tell you the size of the box. In reality, they can be used pretty universally.
3. Gun Storage / Security
While we’re talking storage, a great gift for gun owners is a quick access safe. This keeps a gun close at hand for an emergency situation, but also securely stored away.
4. High Quality and Useful Gear Every Gun Owner Should Have
These are things that every gun owner should have. Most shooters will enjoy getting one of these useful gifts. Bonus: many of these are easy to buy even if you’re unsure what types of guns he owns.
This customizable gift idea is ideal if you know they shoot suppressed. Suppressors heat up quickly, especially during sustained fire. These keep the suppressor cooler and protects hands and surfaces if they come in contact with the suppressor after firing. There is a good chance he doesn’t have one yet. This is an especially nice gift if they have ordered a suppressor but are still waiting for it since that process can take up to a year!
Earmuffs like these protect his eardrums from damaging sound of gunfire while amplifying safe levels of noise (like talking) allowing him to shoot the breeze with buddies while shooting targets or hunting.
This is an awesome gift for the guy who goes to the range often. It helps speed up loading ammo into magazines and (more importantly) is a bit less painful for fingers. This option is universal for all handgun ammunition so don’t worry if you’re not sure what he uses.
This is a great gift for any gun lover, but if you are specifically looking for gifts for gun builders, consider a vise. This will help him keep his builds steady while working on them, and is even handy when doing routine cleaning and maintenance.
This is another practical gift for the gun enthusiast who has everything and is likely a nice upgrade to the mat he’s been using (and could probably use a replacement for). This large, non-slip mat has a built-in parts tray to keep everything organized.
5. Concealed Carry Gear
His primary reason for carrying is likely to protect his life and the lives of his loved ones. A gift that makes that easier and more comfortable will be greatly appreciated.
My husband wears this belt to work almost every day and it stands up to his very physical job. It doesn’t roll over while he’s wearing it, his gear doesn’t shift, and it keeps his firearm from “printing” so others aren’t even aware he’s carrying. The best part about giving this belt as a gift, is that you don’t have to know his size.
Check out our full review of the best gun belts for concealed carry.
If you are buying for a guy that shoots competitively, trains often at the range, or carries a lot of gear with him everyday, this belt will be a luxury. My husband wears this belt at the range and says its rigid enough to keep everything in place without shifting but comfortable enough to wear while on the move. This belt was impeccably designed by guys who have been in the firearm accessories biz for a long time. It is fully handmade in the USA using top quality materials. Plus, it has a lifetime warranty.
These comfortable and breathable 100% cotton shirts are made in the USA specifically for concealed carry. They are designed to be longer than normal shirts to keep concealed weapons less detectable. Designs range from tastefully patriotic to funny and edgy. They come in sizes from XS to 3X. Plus they are really affordable.
6. Deck out the Man Cave or Bar
Cool gun gifts that can be displayed in the man cave, office, garage, game room, or bar:
These 1:3 scale die-cast metal build kits that take about 10-15 minutes to snap together. Choose from dozens of designs from AK47 rifles to pistols. Many are even customizable. The AR-15 model, for example, includes a removable magazine with 3 dummy rounds, interchangeable hand-guards, operating charging handle, functioning dust cover, rotating selector switch, removable muzzle, and stock with 3 position settings. He can even customize his model with spray paint or gaffer tape. Each model also includes a display stand to show off his build.
Unique stylized photo prints of ammo and firearms are placed together to spell out a name and then block-mounted or framed. These are made in the USA and can be shipped within 24 hours.
While this would make a cool gift for any whiskey and gun enthusiast, it would make really cool tactical groomsmen gifts. Each set comes with 2 classic lowball whiskey glasses, 6 bullet-shaped whiskey stones housed in a 6-cylinder holder, slate coasters, and stainless steel ice tongs. The whole set is housed in a military green ammo box.
6. For the Coffee Drinking Gun Enthusiast
Most gun enthusiasts who love coffee will be thrilled to receive a caffeine boost from Blackout Coffee. Known for supporting second amendment rights, our US military, and first-responders, this small company prides themselves on sourcing premium specialty-grade coffee beans for a smooth, quality sip every time. My personal favorite is Brewtal Awakening, but there are many to flavors and roasts to choose from.
7. A Subscription Box for a Gift That Keeps on Giving
BattlBox delivers a curated selection of high-quality, usable outdoor survival, camping, and EDC gear sourced from reputable and well-known brands every month. Subscribers get access to exclusive products and limited edition items that are not available to the general public, making it a unique and exciting experience for outdoor and survival enthusiasts.
This is another solid gift for outdoorsmen. This monthly box includes 4-6 outdoor items specific to the month and season including hunting, fishing, hiking, and camping items throughout the year.
Expect to receive top survival and outdoor gear for multiple outdoor activities in this practical box, curated by expert outdoorsmen. They focus on top quality and premium products so each box contains known and trusted brands. The items are great for survival situations but also practical for enjoying the outdoors while hiking, camping, or hunting. Past boxes have included emergency water filtration, fire starters, essential med gear, and solar chargers.
8. For the Gun Enthusiast Who Loves to Read
A great throwback anthology from one of the greatest outdoor writers of all time. If the person you are buying for grew up reading Outdoor Life Magazine, he will appreciate.
Guide: Hornady Reloading Manual
This is basically the bible for reloading ammunition. Chances are, they don’t own this newer edition.
If the person you are buying for loves reading but doesn’t get a lot of time to sit down and ready a physical book, get him an audible gift subscription so he can choose his own titles and listen to books while commuting or hiking.
Still not sure?
I hope by this point you have found the perfect gift for the gun enthusiast in your life, but I completely understand if you are still feeling unsure. If that’s the case, he will enjoy getting exactly what he wants with a gift card: