So, you’re looking for gift ideas for a gun owner, whether they’re a gun-guy (or gun-gal), and you don’t know what to get.  I completely understand.  As an avid shooter myself, I’m aware that it is hard to get me a gun-related gift.

That’s why we compiled this list of the best gifts for gun lovers.

Gifts for Gun Lovers

Shooters can be particular about their shooting gear.

Without knowing which gun gift to get, you might get them the wrong thing or there’s a good chance that they might already have what you’re getting them.  Also, if you’ve already been shopping for shooting related gifts, you might have notice that some gun gear can be quite expensive.

Well, worry no more!

We’ve compiled some lists of gifts for gun enthusiasts in your life.  We’ve also categorized our firearm related gift recommendations by cost so you can find gifts for men who like guns (and women too) no matter your budget.  We’ve also categorized some gifts in this guide by the type of shooting activity.

Also, we only recommend shooting gifts that we’d buy ourselves from reputable companies with great return polices.

Now FYI, I will be using some affiliate links to various retailers, including Amazon Associate links in here. If you do decide to use them, it’s not gonna cost you a single dime more. It just helps to keep our ammo cans full so that we can keep putting out honest gun reviews for you.

Best Gifts for Gun Lovers under $25

Gun gear can get expensive, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t find affordable gifts for gun owners.

Here are some great gun owner gift ideas for under $25. Details and links below.

  • Case for Eye and Ear Protection
  • Long Range Shooting Handbook
  • Firearm Patent Wall Art
  • Bullet “Shot” Glass
  • Boresnake for Gun Cleaning
  • High Visibility Targets
  • Shotgun Shell Drink Coasters
  • Gun Shaped Ice Cube Mold
  • Children’s Firearm Safety Book
  • Tactical Gear Box Subscription
  • Revolver Cylinder Pen Holder
  • Bouncing Handgun Target
  • Nerf Blaster
  • Beard Oil and Balm

Shooters need eye and ear protection!

The number one rule for eye and ear pro is to use it… and you can’t use it if you don’t have it with you while you’re at the shooting range!  This carry case makes it easy for your shooter to go to the range without forgetting, nor damaging, their eye and ear protection.

If you’re looking for the eye and ear protection pictured in the case, they’re included in our list below!

Even if your shooter already has their own case, this is PERFECT to have as a second set to lend to someone theyre bringing to the range (maybe you since you’re buying them awesome gifts?)

The Long Range Shooting Handbook is far and away the most popular precision rifle shooting book.  But, I am a little biased because I wrote it. 🙂

It has been a #1 Bestseller on Amazon for almost 4 years straight, it has raised tens of thousands of dollars for military charities, it’s sold over 85,000 copies, and it has over 900 reviews and carries a 4.9 star rating!

The book is aimed (pun intended) at demystifying long range shooting.  Too many instructors try to explain the concepts of long range shooting and either make it sound WAY too complicated or they don’t really understand it and are just repeating what they’ve heard from someone else.

One truth about gun-guys and gun-gals… they’re ALWAYS thinking about guns and shooting. 🙂

Here’s a great gift that will make your gun lover happy that doesn’t actually have to do with shooting.

This set of four firearm patent prints are just nice enough that they might be able to sneak them into other parts of the house, but they are perfect for a gun-room/man-cave.

These prints have good reviews and come unframed. We have not personally seen these, but we included them in our list because we thought that they’d be a thoughtful gift:  Firearm Patent Prints

Don’t forget to leave enough time to get these framed or pick up your own 8×10 frames to do it yourself.

Now here’s a shot glass that’s actually a “shot” glass!

This is such a great idea as a gift for a shooter.  It will surely be a conversation piece any time it comes out.

This is a handmade glass with a REAL bullet in it.

No, it wasn’t actually shot with a gun (it would’ve shattered).  But, the glass has been indented and a real bullet has been glued in place.  This is not dishwasher safe.

There are over 700 reviews for this on Amazon and it has a 5 star rating – seems like a safe bet for a great gift.

Check out the this glass, along with other variations here: Shot Glass

To enjoy shooting it, a firearm must be cleaned and maintained properly.

Even if your shooter has a full cleaning kit, this is handy to toss in their range bag to keep with them in case it’s needed at the range.

Big note here: the bore-snake is super handy and super fast.  It can do a great job and we swear by them.  However, it is not a replacement for a thorough barrel cleaning, especially for precision rifles.

You must ensure that you get the right size bore snake for your recipient’s firearm.  If they have a 380 or a 9mm, get a 9mm size. If they have a 40 S&W or a 10mm, get the .40 size.  And if they have a 45 ACP, get the .45 size.

There aren’t many things that are more frustrating when shooting than shooting at a target and not being able to tell where you’re hitting.

These Splatterburst Targets make it super easy to see impacts – they can also be a lot more fun to shoot!

The black on the target is like a thick paint that easily flakes off around each bullet hole to reveal the fluorescent green background.  Each target also comes with extra black circle stickers that can be used to cover previous hits to get a lot more use out of the target.

These should be part of every shooter’s gear.

These drink coasters are a great (and subtle) way to help the gun-lover decorate and protect their wood surfaces from drinks at the same time!

These shotgun shell drink coasters are perfect for poker nights, get-togethers with other gun guys, or just for sitting around your house.

Coasters are about 3.5″ in diameter and other outdoor designed coasters are available.

I recently received these as a gift from someone for my birthday and they’re on my office desk right now.

Ice cube molds are popular for making unique ice cubes – especially for whiskey drinks.

Let your gun lover show off their style with handgun shaped ice cubes with this pistol-shaoped ice cube mold.

If the handguns are too complicated of a design for you, there are also ice cube molds available that make bullet shaped ice cubes.

Children’s firearm safety begins with adults – all firearms should be safely stored out of the reach of children or under the direct control of a responsible adult. This is another book of mine (I’m still biased).

There are WAY too many accidents that happen with guns that result in a child being harmed or killed.

This short book, There’s Only One You: A Firearm Safety Book for Children, is a children’s book that parents will actually want to read and that children will want to hear.

This is also a great gift for those without guns in their home because their kids need to know what to do when they encounter a firearm somewhere else.

Not sure what tactical gear to get the shooter in your life (even with this mildly awesome gun gift guide)?

Why not let the professionals pick out the gifts for you and let the person you’re shopping for get a new subscription box every month!

Battlbox puts together a box with a different theme each month and includes various peicesd of equipment.

This subscription is truly a gift that keeps on giving and they have different subscription levels available.

If your gun lover work at a desk, this revolver cylinder pen holder is a very subtle way for them to show of ftheir love of shooting and hold their pens.

To a gun person, it is very obvious that this is the cylinder of a revolver. However, for someone who isbn’t very framiliar with firearms, they may just think that this is a decorative pen holder.

Perfect gift for shooters – especially for a graduation, promotion, or some other professional purpose.

If the person you’re shopping for likes to shoot handguns and wants to work on their speed and accuracy, this bouncing handgun target is a must-have gift.

The target is made out of a very dense rubber that “self-heals” (which means the hole is still there, but it is very small). It will last a LONG time but it wil eventaully wear-out.

This target can be tossed on the ground in front of the shooter and each time the target is hit, it will bounce and jump to a new (and further) location which requires quick thinking and speed and accuracy from the shooter.

These are a very simple gift that are a lot of fun.

Ok, I can hear you now…. Aren’t Nerf blasters for kids only?

No!

If you’re getting a gift for someone who likes to shoot, guess what…they like to shoot! This will include inside as well.

These Nerf blasters are inexpensive and TONS OF FUN! I’ve used these in office settings (don’t get caught) and running around the house with my kids.

Seriously, these are tons of fun and you might want to get a pair of them (they’ll both still be under $25 total).

“Tactical beards” are popular now (especially in the veteran community).

If you’re shopping for a gun-guy with a beard, this might be a great non-gun gift to get your gun lover.

Using a quality beard oil, like Musket & Hatchet, will make his beard softer, more manageable, and fuller looking!

This company was started by two special operations veterans (me and Kyle Lamb) as a beard care company for guys that want to look good while still looking (and smelling) like guys.

Gifts for Gun Lovers under $50

Looking for something a bit nicer as a gift for your gun enthusiast?

Here are some great gun owner gift ideas for under $50. Details and links below.

  • Federal Firearms License (FFL)
  • Electronic Hearing Protection
  • Gun Values Book
  • Tactical Gear Box Subscription
  • Motorized Nerf Blaster
  • Torque Wrench for Working On Guns
  • Steel Target
  • Black Rifle Coffee

What is an FFL?  It is a license that allows someone to be a gun dealer or manufacturer.

This is a gift that will keep on giving by helping them save money on future guns and even make money by selling guns!

They can save money by buying guns straight from manufacturers/wholesalers at dealer cost, they won’t have to go down to the local gun shop for their paperwork and pay transfer fees, and they can get free shipping straight to their home.

They can make money by selling guns and they can become the go-to gun-guy or gun-gal in their shooting circle of friends.

Checkout RocketFFL if you’d like to learn more about getting an FFL.  Some helpful topics for you might be looking up FFL cost, how to get an FFL, and FFL Types.

Gun lovers need hearing protection!

Even if they have their own favorite set of ear pro, having an extra set in their range bag is SUPER helpful… especially if they ever want to take someone else shooting.

There are many types of hearing protection out there, however, our favorite type of ear pro (especially to give to new shooters who might still be learning) is electronic ear muffs.

And, the BEST electronic earmuffs are also some of the least expensive: Howard Leight Impact Sport Ear Muffs

These allow the wearer to amplify normal sounds (like talking, range instructions, etc.) and they automatically cancel out loud noises like gunfire.  I’ve used MANY of the much more expensive sets of these and nothing beats the battery life (they have an automatic shut off feature), volume, and durability of these ear muffs.

With over 7,000 reviews and a 4.5 star rating, others seem to agree with us.

If you’d like a case for these, check out our recommendations for shooter gifts under $25 above.

Here’s a great gift for men who like guns.

The Blue Book of Gun Values is a great gun-guy library addition.

Either get them the next edition (this is the 39th) for their collection or start them here and get a new one each year.

This book is a comprehensive collection of just about every production firearm available and their relative values.

Personally I’m not concerned with the values of guns, but I still love thumbing through this book to see what is available and to daydream about guns.

It’s a safe bet as a gift for a gun enthusiast that might have everything else.

Not sure what to get them? Let some pros pick out the gifts for you!

The BattlBox Basic subscription sends them a new box EVERY MONTH will cool new stuff for them.

This not only gets them more than one present (of course, it costs $49.95 every month), it also gives them something to look forward to each month and will remind them of your gift all year long!

There are larger and smaller subscriptions available and we included the next smaller box in the previous list for gun gifts under $25.

If you saw the basic Nerf blaster we listed above for gun gifts under $25, you’ll know that we think Nerf balsters are awesome gifts for gun people.

Basic Nerf blasters are simple good fun. However, if you’re shopping for someone ready to take their Nerf game up a notch, this motorized blaster is the perfect gift!

Super far flying nerf darts from a drum magazine and a MOTORIZED blasters means no need to pump/cock the action between each shot.

This Nerf gun is so awesome, it’s almost like cheating. 🙂

If the shooter you’re shopping for likes to tinker with guns, they really should have a torque wrench.

Sure, a typical screwdriver or allen wrench will work for most home-gunsmithing tasks like replacing parts or mounting scopes. However, it really is important for some firearm parts (especially scope rings and bases) to be tightened to the proper torque setting. There’s no way to get the proper torque setting without using a. troque wrench like this one.

If they’ve already got the basics this is a great gift to take their gun cleaning kit and tools to the next level.

Steel targets are the way to go!

I know, it might sound weird to encourage shooting at steel. After all, wouldn’t the bullet ricochet?  Nope!

In fact, shooting at steel targets is one of the most rewarding ways to shoot.

Steel gives you instant feedback (sight and sound) and they can last a lifetime!

If your gun lover likes to train, especially with a handgun, then please check out these steel targets – they’ll love them!

The guys at Black Rifle Coffee know a thing or two about coffee… and guns!

I’m not sure you can be a red-blooded American gun lover without having at least tried Black Rifle Coffee.

Our suggestion here is for the sampler pack of “K Cups” but there’s regular coffee available at the link below, too.

Ok, don’t tell anyone we said this, but these little replica firearms are really cool!

First thought: What? A little toy?

Second thought: I’ve got to have one (or more) of these!

Our favorite part about these little replica firearms isn’t how realistic looking htey are, it’s that some assembly is required and the parts actually work/articulate!

No, they don’t shoot anything but they are really fun to play with and assemble.

If you’re on a conference call with any of us, there’s a great chance that we’re playing with one of these while we’re on the phone at our desks. 🙂

We pictured the mini AK-47 here but there are many types of firearms available.

Gifts for Gun Lovers under $100

Ready to step your gift for your gun lover up a notch?

Here are some great gun gift ideas for under $100. Details and links below.

  • Gunvault Electronic Pistol Safe
  • Stopbox Lock Box
  • Home-made Handgun Frame
  • Steel Targets
  • Batlbox Subscription
  • Leatherman Multitool – Wave Plus

We take firearm safety seriously and you should too.

Your firearm should be safely stored away from children, or other unauthorized users, but it also needs to be quickly accessed in case you need it for self defense.

This is where the GunVault Electronic Combo Safe comes in. We love this safe and our team each owns at least one of these for storage around our homes.

We think that mechanical safes are better (less likely to malfunction) but this is a great combination of strength and reliability and is a great solution as an under $100 gift for gun enthusiasts.  For the absolute best pistol safe available, check out our favorite, the Fort Knox PB1.

The StopBox is a really cool handgun storage solution.

One important thing to note is that this storage box is NOT a safe – it is made out of plastic. This handgun box is not meant to keep someone from breaking into it but rather to keep unauthorized hands (kids) away from the gun while still providing super fast and reliable access to the firearm.

Seriously, the StopBox is so fast, that a shooter can open the box, retrieve their pistol and engage a target in under 2 seconds!  What the Stopbox gives up in security, it MORE than makes up for with speed, mechanical reliability and lightweight portability.

Buy on Amazon.com

Polymer 80 “Frame”

That’s right, you can get a gift for your gun lover that allows them to build their own handgun…legally!

Check out a similar idea for building their own AR-15 as item #4 in the list above.

The frame of a handgun is legally the part that is considered a firearm.  This is the base/frame to which all of the other parts are attached (kind of like the frame of a car).

You can purchase a Polymer 80 handgun frame online and have it shipped straight to your home – no FFL needed!

The gun enthusiast gift recipient finishes the “80% receiver” at home with common hand tools and then builds the handgun exactly the way they want.  This is perfectly legal for any lawful gun owner under federal law – make sure this is legal under you state laws too!

For more info, please check out our article that covers some of the technicalities/legalities of 80% firearms and it provides an ENTIRE build-list of every part/consideration that the recipient will need in order to build this into a complete firearm.

We break down budget options and our favorites – we even include a video of the finished product of building a Glock at home.

Some versions of this may sneak over $100 – please go check the current prices.

Steel targets are a great way to train.

I know, it might sound weird to encourage shooting at steel. After all, wouldn’t the bullet ricochet?  Nope!

In fact, shooting at steel targets is one of the most rewarding ways to shoot.

Steel gives you instant feedback (sight and sound) and they can last a lifetime!

If your gun lover likes to train, especially with a handgun, then please check out these steel targets – they’ll love them!

We recomend steel targets in the less expensive category of gifts above, but with a higher budget, you can get a set of steel targets.

Just like the tactical gear box subscriptions recommended in our gun gift guide above, this is the same concept from Battlbox but with even nicer things!

Let your recipient get hand-picked items every month in this pro-level tactical subscription box.

This gift isn’t directly related to guns, but we can’t think of a gun person that wouldn’t have a use for one of these!

A quality multitool (don’t get a cheap one, trust us) is very handy in a range bag, in a vehicle, on a gun bench, or even in a bug-out bag.

The Leatherman Wave is the standard multitool and this “plus” model carries even more features.

See the rest of the details on Amazon here.

Best Gifts for Gun Owners that Shoot Rifles

Rifle shooters have some particular gift needs. Most of the gifts that we recommend above are generic to all shooters – here are some gift ideas that are just for the rifle shooting crowd.

Details and links below.

  • Scope Caps
  • Long Range Beginner’s Book
  • Rifle Steel Targets
  • Rifle Sling
  • Soft Rifle Case
  • Hard case for Rifles
  • Bipod Legs
  • Sand Sock / Rear Bag

It should be a sin to have a scope on a rifle without scope caps to protect the scope’s lenses!

Lenses get dirty when they are exposed to the elements and cleaning them can scratch the expensive coatings that your rifle shooter paid for. So, what;s the best way for them to clean their cope’s lenses? Don’t let them get dirty in the first place by using scope caps!

The downside to this gift is that you need to get the proper size which means that you may have to measure their scope.

However, if you use the link below to go to Brownells, you can live chat with a support tech that will be able to get you the proper size scope caps even if you only know what kind of scope they have.

You’ll need caps for both the objective and ocular lenses.

The Long Range Shooting Handbook is far and away the most popular precision rifle shooting book.  But, I am a little biased because I wrote it. 🙂

It has been a #1 Bestseller on Amazon for almost 4 years straight, it has raised tens of thousands of dollars for military charities, it’s sold over 85,000 copies, and it has over 900 reviews and carries a 4.9 star rating!

The book is aimed (pun intended) at demystifying long range shooting.  Too many instructors try to explain the concepts of long range shooting and either make it sound WAY too complicated or they don’t really understand it and are just repeating what they’ve heard from someone else.

As we’ve recommended a couple of times above, steel targets are a great way to train.

I know, it might sound weird to encourage shooting at steel. After all, wouldn’t the bullet ricochet?  Nope!

In fact, shooting at steel targets is one of the most rewarding ways to shoot.

Steel gives you instant feedback (sight and sound) and they can last a lifetime!

When you’re getting steel target for a rifle shooter, make sure you’re getting at LEAST 3/8 AR500 steel to be able to withstand the power of rifle rounds. Also, we suggest gongs over smaller targets on taller stands (rifles will knock the latter over).

EVERY rifle should have a sling!

A sling is not just a handy method to carry a rifle over a rifle shooter’s shoulder or back, it is also a shooting tool that can help stabilize the rifle to make more accurate shots.

There’s a good chance that your gun lover has a rifle without a sling on it and here’s your chance to get them one.

Unfortunately, there are too many styles and options for us to recommend any one sling over another (especially when we don’t know what kind of rifle the receipient has). However, this is why the experts at Brownells are so awesome. Follow the link below, and find a sling in your budget or live chat with their support to find the one you need.

A rifle case protects a rifle but it also can be a handy way to transport the rifle to and from the range.

This VooDoo Tactical soft rifle case is very handy because of the extra pouches and becuase its size allows the case to be used for many different types of rifles.

Also, if you get a big enough hard case, this case can be used inside of the hard case for padding and easy storage.

If your shooter is looking for extra protection for thier rifle, or if htey are going to fly on an airplane with their rifle, they’re going to need a hard rifle case.

Each rifle is a different size and might need a different case. Please use the link below and chat with the pros at Brownells to ensure that you get the correct case!

Our favorites are Pelican and Storm cases, however, they can be pricey.

 

Most rifles shooters miss a target because of improper trigger control or an unstable platform.

The trigger control is on them (they need to practice) but you can help with the stable platform!

Bipod legs are a great tool to help your rifle shooter and there are plenty of cheaper/knock-off designs but we only recommend the orginal (and best) Harris bipod legs and we’ve included the swivel model which is a nice upgrade.

In line with our #7 recommendation above, stability is key when shooting a rifle!

Whether your shooter uses bipod legs to stabilize the front of their rifle (or they use a bag), having a rear sandsock / rear bag is a SUPER handy tool for shooting accurately.

My favortie rear bag is this bag made by Wiebad. It is simple, strong, and it works really well. If you’ve seen my instructional videos, this is the bag I’m using.

Also, it comes in multiple color options.

Best Gifts for Hunters

Although many (most?) of the gifts above will also work for hunters, we thought that you might like to see some unique gifts for hunters.

Details and links below.

  • Pop-Up Hunting Blind
  • Rangefinding Binoculars
  • Auto Adjusting Riflescope
  • Replaceable Blade Hunting Knife
  • Trail Camera Card Reader
  • Fish and Game Cookbook

These pop-up hunting blinds are so simple and so effective that we think every hunter should have one!

No, they aren’t perfect for every hunting situtation but they are very handy to set up quickly and sit inside to watch for game.

They are especially handy if a hunter wants to take someone along (like a child) because they block whatever movement might occur from folks that have trouble holding still. 🙂

The Sig Kilo 3000 BDX range finding binoculars are a bit more expensive than anything else on this list but they are sure to be an amazing gift that will be talked about for a while!

Up until very recently, hunters needed to carry a set of binoculars and a separate rangefinder in the field. It was never that big of a hassle for us until we realized how handy it was to have both crucial pieces of equipment into one device.

Not only is it easier to carry, it is way easier to use! Instead of finding an animal with 10 power binoculars and then trying to re-find the animal with a 1 or 2 power laser rangefinder, your hunter can now range the animal as they find it!

Also, these things use Sig’s BDX technology which means they can give the precise elevation and windage adjustments needed right in your scope.

Sig’s new BDX system is the next evolution of riflescope technology.

These scopes, when paired with a set of BDX range finding binoculars (above) or a much less expensive BDX rangefinder, will display a dot in the scope showing the shooter exactly where to hold for windage and elevation for that particular target. This system takes out all of the guesswork of how much to hold-over!

The technology is awesome, but be warned: these scopes are surprisingly inexpensive. This is nice for your budget but they will not compare to the quality or clarity of higher-end scopes. For example, they may not adjust as precisely, however, adjustments are needed when changing target distances because of the technology.

The BDX scope and rangefinder can be purchased as a kit here.

We’ll admit it – it took us a while to warm up to this system but now we swear by it! If you’re only going to get your hunter one thing on this list…make sure this is it.

Most of us are a bit of knife snobs – we like high quality knives and we like to sharpen and maintain them. However, when you’re in the field and trying to skin and dress an elk, even the sharpest knife might not last for the whole animal.

It is SUPER handy to just pop in a new scalpel-like blade and keep working. But be careful – these are razor sharp.

Again, these look gimmicky but they’re not. They are a must have accessory in any hunter’s pack.

If your hunter has trail cameras, there’s a good chance that they’ll want to be able to check the images and videos on the memory card without having to hike back to wherever they have a computer.

This little card reader allows them to plug it right into their phone to view the images out in the field.

This card reader is a great, and inexpensive, gift.

The MeatEater Fish and Game Cookbook made our list of Gifts for Gun Lovers in the hunter category because it is the go-to book for those that want to not only enjoy their game meat, but also ensure that their loved-ones enjoy it too!

Best Gifts for Handgun/Pistol Shooters

Honestly, most of the gifts for gun lovers above will work for handgun or pistol shooters but we know that you might want gifts geared specifically for handgun shooters so we made a special list of handgun gifts for you. We did repeat one gift from our list above, though, because we really think the electronic ear muffs are perfect for range time.

Details and links below:

  • Electronic Ear Muffs
  • Pistol Range Bag
  • Shot Timer

Gun lovers need hearing protection!

Even if they have their own favorite set of ear pro, having an extra set in their range bag is SUPER helpful… especially if they ever want to take someone else shooting.

There are many types of hearing protection out there, however, our favorite type of ear pro (especially to give to new shooters who might still be learning) is electronic ear muffs.

And, the BEST electronic earmuffs are also some of the least expensive: Howard Leight Impact Sport Ear Muffs

These allow the wearer to amplify normal sounds (like talking, range instructions, etc.) and they automatically cancel out loud noises like gunfire.  I’ve used MANY of the much more expensive sets of these and nothing beats the battery life (they have an automatic shut off feature), volume, and durability of these ear muffs.

With over 7,000 reviews and a 4.5 star rating, others seem to agree with us.

If you’d like a case for these, check out our recommendations for shooter gifts under $25 above.

Whether your pistol shooter just enjoys some time at the range or they like competing, a pistol range bag is a MUST HAVE item!

They’ll be bringing a pistol, magazines, eye and ear protection, ammo, and maybe even targets or a shot timer to the range and this bag will help them keep it all organized.

If they have a LOT of gear, this bigger (giant) range bag might be a better choice.

A quality shot timer is one of those pieces of gun gear that I had no idea I needed until I had one.

If your shooter is looking to get better at shooting (especailly for CCW, defense, or competition) then a shot timer is a great gift.

I use my shot timer for more than just pistol shooting… I use it for my rifle and shotgun shooting as well (although its MOSTLY used for pistol work). And, I even use this at home – you can use it when practicing/dry firing – they don’t have to be at the range.

 

Best Gifts for Shotgun Shooters