50 Perfect Gifts for Gun Lovers
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Gift-giving can be one of the most nerve-wracking and dreadful seasonal activities, especially when on the prowl for gifts for gun lovers.
Sure, your lovable gun nut may insist they’re easy to shop for — but we all know they’re not.
There’s just a ton of details involved if you want to get it right — shopping for holsters requires you to know which gun they own to ensure proper fit, you’ll need to know the belt size they use or clothing sizes, maybe even the bullet grain they prefer for their ammunition or just the caliber bullet they use.
Even if you can’t get them to circle something in your holiday Cabela’s ad, you can still get your gun lover something they’ll appreciate, and with this absurdly deep list of gift ideas for gun lovers we’ve made it super easy to shop for the shooter in your life.
We’ve got insider recommendations of no-fail gifts for gun lovers of all types, from pistol-packing folks to rifle enthusiasts, essential everyday carry items, and even ideas for those picky competitive shooters that like their things just so.
Gift some 2A joy this year with one of these fantastic, American Firearms-approved gifts for gun lovers—none of which is a package of socks.
In This Article
Gifts for Pistol Fans
Below is my list of no-fail gifts for pistol fans in 2021. Anyone with a handgun would be happy to have one of these under the tree.
If there’s one gift that works for any occasion, it’s the good ‘ol magazine. There really is no such thing as too many magazines.
All gun owners should have at least five magazines per pistol they own. If you know they already have a collection of magazines, a fantastic gift would be magazine extensions or base pads.
Base pads can increase capacity and add extra length to the end of the grip, which aids in establishing a better grip on smaller-framed pistols like subcompact guns.
They also come in loads of colors, so you can personalize the gift with their favorite color and even take them to a local engraving shop and personalize them with initials, a name, or even a meaningful or funny phrase.
I don’t think it’s hyperbolic to say that every pistol owner in the world should also own a Uplula speed loader.
Thumb-loading magazines takes eons — not to mention it can be a challenge to fully load a magazine when the spring tension gets too great.
A speed loader takes all the work out of it for you and your thumb — making reloading magazines a breeze.
These easily attach to a backpack or range mag, making it super easy to transport and find quickly.
Stock firearms are the tube socks of guns, and they rarely include a comfortable grip that fits the owner’s hand. Take the 1911 — it’s one of the most popular pistols made, and often manufactured with removable grip panels you can take off and customize for a reason: the stock ones kinda suck (almost as bad as stock 1911 mags, but don’t get me started.)
Aftermarket grip panels for 1911s can be both better ergonomically and quite beautiful — made with wood, white pearl, stainless steel, plastic, rubber, G-10 phenolic material, and many others, adding an updated or personal aesthetic to their favorite piece.
Revolvers are similar in that there are tons of aftermarket grips available in a variety of materials. Revolver grips can also include sleeves and complete rubber grips designed with finger grooves for a more custom, full grip on even smaller revolvers.
Rubber sleeves from manufacturers like ERGO and Hogue easily slip on over the factory frame and make for a more comfortable shooting experience for the wheelgun fanatic in your life.
Don’t let the simplicity of this gift deter you — there is no such thing as too many targets. I mean, shooters literally destroy these in the process of enjoying their guns.
The sheer variety of targets can make this gift even more fun.
Sight-in targets are essential for sighting in a mounted red dot optic or iron sights on a pistol. Shoot-N-C targets make it easy to see your hits at a distance with their neon “splash” looking hits on a dark target.
For pistol enthusiasts who may want to try out competitive shooting, a mix of USPSA, IPSC, and even GSSF style cardboard targets may be the perfect motivation and encouragement they need to train for their first competition.
If you’ve got a private range or property, consider purchasing more reactive targets like hanging steel, static steel plates, popper plates, or even .22lr specific spinner targets. The movement and dynamic nature of reactive steel targets can make shooting even more fun.
In short — don’t overlook targets as a unique gifting opportunity.
Slide cover plate
An easy gift for your pistol lover is a slide cover plate, which adds durability and a custom touch to any pistol.
Many companies make these in various colors and with designs such as an American flag or punisher skull.
You could even buy a plain cover plate and have it engraved with something truly unique like the initials of the recipient.
Gifts for Concealed Carry Enthusiasts
Below is my list of gifts for concealed carry fans in 2021. If you know your recipient is someone who carries daily we’ve rounded up the kinds of gifts that will put a smile on their face this season.
Gun cleaning kit
Due to the life-saving nature of carry pistols, concealed carry guns need to be well maintained — above and beyond guns that spend their days locked away in a safe. Plus, new carry guns should always be cleaned to remove the factory build-up making a cleaning kit indispensable to the carry enthusiast.
After every practice day at the range, these guns must be field stripped, intensely cleaned, and oiled. If your loved one carries daily unwelcome visitors like sweat, debris, and lint, or other materials from clothing can — and will — get into carry guns and cause issues like rust, corrosion, or even functional issues like failure to feed.
A gun cleaning kit is a perfect gift for the concealed carry enthusiast. Make sure to purchase a universal cleaning kit or caliber-specific kit for their pistol. If it doesn’t include cleaning patches or oil, be sure to add those to your cart as well, as they’ll need it!
Hollow Point Bullets
Guns used for concealed carry need specific self-defense ammo called hollow points.
Hollow points expand on impact and are designed to stop in the attacker’s body rather than continuing through like full metal jackets and potentially injuring an innocent bystander by over-penetration. Any carry fan will appreciate a box of quality hollow points.
Ammunition is caliber specific, so be sure to purchase bullets that match the concealed carry pistol’s caliber.
Everyday carry should include more than just a firearm.
It’s essential to be prepared for any emergency situation in which you might find yourself, and a quality multi-tool will include useful items like a knife, pliers, saw blade, hex key, wire cutters or strippers, a carabiner, a bottle opener, a glass breaker, and more, helping those in your life who value being prepared stay even further ahead of the game.
Holster, Belly Band, Carry Purse
This gift may be one of the more complicated gun gifts to get right, but having a high-quality concealed carry holster, belly band, or carry purse for that pistol-packin’ momma is one of the most important considerations for anyone who carries a gun.
If you know the make and model of the firearm the person you’re buying a gift for carries, then this is easy. A few strategic questions can help you get at this — things like “what’s your favorite pistol” should get you all the information you need to get the holster right.
A good quality holster will be custom fitted and made for that specific model gun. Steer clear of any holster that is designed to fit multiple firearms as well as chintzy neoprene sleeves.
A belly band is also an excellent gift for an active person or someone who carries concealed but often wears clothing without belt loops. Belly bands can be used during workouts or runs when wearing leggings or gym shorts.
Lastly, a concealed carry purse or backpack is ideal for hiking or outdoors, or when it’s just more comforting to carry in a bag rather than on the body.
A regular purse is not a concealed carry purse. Concealed carry purses are made with specific gun-size pouches where a holster can retain a pistol just like an IWB holster and is canted for an easy draw. These are made for either left or right-handed people.
Light or Laser
Every concealed carry enthusiast should have a weapon-mounted light or combo light and laser.
In the dark — when you can’t see your target or what’s beyond it — a pistol can be next to useless, and a light plays two roles. It allows you to see an intruder and it can also temporarily blind an attacker. Something that makes it incredibly valuable for a carry fan.
A laser or light and laser combo makes it easy to point aim and determine where your shot is lined up relative to the threat — which is much more effective than trying to use your sights in the dark.
Gifts for Hunters
Below is my list of gifts for hunters in 2021. With hunters, you have an opportunity to both gift them something for their firearm and their person given hunting often takes place in cold, wet environments.
Keep ’em warm and cozy this year with something from the list below.
Any hunter will light up to find a new rifle case under the tree.
Hunters most likely have to travel distance locally, to other states, or even internationally to hunt a specific animal, and a custom, hard rifle case with shapeable foam lining will protect their prized possession while traveling to their annual hunting trek.
Consider a case that has holes for locks, supportive handles, or wheels to ease transport.
Clothing is everything when it comes to hunting. There are cool-weather clothes, warm weather options, boots, gloves, hats, bibs, and specific camo engineered to match the environment of the hunt.
Not to mention, for safety & legal compliance hunters need to wear something in a specific shade of orange — called “safety” or “blaze” orange — in most states. A blaze orange cap would be at home under any Christmas tree of mine.
Additional ideas for hunters would be a base thermal layer long sleeve shirt to keep them warm, a simple camo tee shirt to wear during the summer, or a moisture-wicking shirt to keep sweat or water from creating a chill when in the field.
Whether the hunter in your life is an avid duck hunter, deer, elk, or any other species hunter, they need a quality pair of binoculars.
Binos need to be waterproof, use quality glass to help see distant targets clearly, and include a carrying case or strap for easy transport.
Nowadays, companies have innovated well beyond the basic binocular and offer truly useful tools like a combination binocular and rangefinder. Two gifts for the price of one!
As mentioned above, there are combo binocular/range finders, but a tremendous solo gift for a hunter is a standalone rangefinder.
If a rangefinder sounds like the right gift for your hunter, one thing to determine is the distance they scope out to — because rangefinders have limited target measuring ranges. For example, a deer stand shooting lane may stretch out to 300 yards, but an elk hunter may need to range the distance between themselves and the elk which can be much, much further than a typical deer distance.
Make sure to look for a rangefinder that surpasses the distance your gun lover needs to measure.
Rangefinders also assist in sighting scopes as well as bow sight pins, so these are helpful for a range of hunting types.
Most rifles will need to zero at 100 yards, but a good hunter will verify their data to verify shots out to 300 or even 500 yards, which rangefinders make quite simple.
Bow sights vary, but a five-pin bow sight, for example, will need to be set up for 20-60 yard shots. Each pin represents specific yardage, and there’s so little margin for error when shooting an arrow you need to ensure they’re as accurate as can be.
Scope leveling kit
An unlevel scope is as useless as having no sights at all on a hunting rifle, and while the art of perfectly mounting a scope takes time to master, the right tools take the guesswork out of it.
A scope leveling kit comes complete with tiny levels you can place on your mount and scope to ensure that scope is mounted level and the gun is level before mounting the scope.
Removing little variables like this are the key to successful hunts.
Gifts for Shotgun Fans
Below is my list of gifts for shotgun fans in 2021. Shotguns are a little different, so there’s good reason to look for something specific for the scattergun fan in your life.
I know you’ve heard this before, but there is no such thing as too many shotshells. People who shoot shotguns typically have an endless variety of ammunition types, each shotgun shell with a specific application — from turkey loads to slugs, buckshot, birdshot, and more.
Shotgun shells are caliber specific, so be sure to check if your gun owner has a 12 gauge, 10 gauge, 20 gauge, 16 gauge, etc., before loading their stocking full of the wrong kinds of shells.
If you know they use a shotgun for duck hunting, consider purchasing specific waterfowl shells that pattern optimally for duck or their typical waterfowl targets.
Shotguns are often used for home defense, so a box or two of home defense rounds or slugs are a great gift not just for them but for your protection as well.
You can’t own a shotgun without shotgun chokes. Most shotguns will come with factory chokes, but not all are of the best quality.
Shotgun chokes help control the pattern of the shot, forcing the pellets into a tighter group or spread at a distance. Whether purchased individually or as a group, the main chokes needed are cylinder, improved cylinder, modified, improved modified, and a full choke, which can often be had in a single set. No muss, no fuss.
Shotgun stock cover
As mentioned earlier, there are many uses for a shotgun, so knowing the purpose of the shotgun(s) ahead of time will determine whether or not a gun stock cover will be helpful.
Tactical shotguns used for bedside defense, as a truck gun, or for a job in protection or security should have a stock cover with side-loops to carry extra shells.
If the person you’re buying a gift for shoots cowboy action or owns more classic break-action shotguns, for example, a gun stock cover made of genuine leather can make a perfect gift.
Most leather makers can personalize leather covers with a name, family crest, or custom pattern worked into the leather.
Cheek weld pad or riser
Just like shoes or clothing, out-of-the-box shotguns may not always be a perfect fit for a person.
The rear sight of a shotgun is the shooter’s eye, and a shotgun’s stock is designed such that when a shooter makes a good, tight cheek weld on top of it, their eye aligns with the front sight to create perfect sight alignment — the kind needed to make an accurate shot.
If a shooter’s cheek weld is too far left, right, too low on the stock, or high above the stock, the “sights” can’t line up correctly, and a shot will not be accurate.
An aftermarket cheek weld is a great gift to help customize a shotgun to the shooter. There are neoprene sleeve cheek welds, more permanent stick-on pads, wedges that fit certain shotgun stocks, and even adjustable cheek welds to dial in the exact height needed to be more accurate.
Front sight and rear sight upgrade
Most shotguns come with a factory bead front sight, which are easy to use and universal, which is why swapping that bead out for an upgraded front sight is the perfect gift for the shotgunner in your life.
Like pistols and rifles, there are a plethora of aftermarket sights available for shotguns.
An essential front sight for a home defense shotgun glows in the dark. Trap and skeet shooters may enjoy a fiber optic front sight, either red or green, depending on what color their eyes pick up better.
Competitive shotgunners would benefit from an upgraded front sight and a rear sight installed on their shotgun to make accurate shots using slugs or buckshot. Shotgun hunters should most definitely have a rear sight when hunting to ensure a clean kill.
Gifts for Collectors
Below is my list of gifts for shotgun fans in 2021. Shotguns are a little different, so there’s good reason to look for something specific for the scattergun fan in your life.
50 caliber bullet
If you’ve never held a real 50 cal in your hand, it’s a whopper-sized bullet, and every gun enthusiast needs to have one on their shelf.
One 50 caliber bullet costs between 3 and 9 dollars per, and while they make budget .50 cal rifles for 2-3 thousand dollars, the top models sell anywhere from 5-10 thousand dollars, before adding glass or sights.
Having the opportunity to shoot a 50 cal rifle is a rare experience that not many gun enthusiasts ever get, so an even more unique gift — beyond a real bullet — would be to find a range nearby that offers a 50 cal shooting experience and incorporate that surprise with the bullets.
We guarantee this gift will beat anything else in terms of pure pow.
Personalized engraving or serial numbered guns
Collectors are often looking for rare or unique items, and they also appreciate personalized gifts. Gun owners also tend to pass firearms that are of sentimental value or in mint condition down for generations, and engraving firearms can add a unique touch and even increase the firearm’s value.
Consider having a family crest engraved or a unique pattern designed that isn’t found off the shelf.
Serial numbers can also be customized. It’s rare to find a manufacturer that will do this but talk to your local gun shop owners to see if they have any connections that offer custom serialized firearms.
Speaking of serial numbers, an even rarer gift is sequentially serialized pistols, for example, a pair of custom 1911s made to match not only looks by serial numbers as well.
Not only does a pair of matching revolvers add value, but sequential serial numbers add even more of a unique twist — adding value for being produced at the same time as a set.
Rare guns mean more value. The only way to protect your investment is to lock it up to prevent theft.
Gun safes come in all shapes, sizes, weights, and locking mechanisms. A quality gun safe will not come cheap, but it can last generations.
Knowing the collector you’re buying a gift for is essential in picking out the right size safe. A newer collector just getting started may need a smaller safe, while a more experienced collector with dozens or hundreds of firearms may need multiple large capacity safes.
There are safes explicitly designed for long guns, handguns only, and a mix of both. You can never have too many shelves, dividers, or pockets for hanging pistols either, so those can be an excellent additional gift to include with the safe or as standalone stocking stuffers.
Collectors tend to reload their own firearms — which can be chambered in rare and obscure calibers; some no longer commercially available.
A reloading press can be a great gift to someone who collects firearms and wants to shoot the guns they own when those calibers are from decades long past.
Gun Values Book
Every collector needs the Blue Book of Gun Values even before they start collecting firearms.
It’s essential to know the value when purchasing or selling a rare firearm so you don’t overpay or undersell, and it’s always fascinating to know the market value of your collection.
Gifts for Competitive Shooters
Possibly the most challenging 2A fan to stuff a stocking for, competitive shooters can be particular. They also often have a lot of gear already, but that doesn’t mean you can’t give a winner this season.
Competitive shooters constantly have to lug around their gun, gear, ammo, along with snacks and sunscreen. A quality range bag that fits their needs is one of the best gifts you can get your competitor.
Are they primarily participating in pistol-only shooting competitions like USPSA or IDPA? A small but pocket-plentiful range bag is a good size for this person.
Are they a 3 gunner that needs to pack pistol, rifle, and shotgun gear? Look for larger capacity range bags with many zippered pockets or even a backpack style range bag they can carry equipment and guns in from one stage to the next.
Have a PRS or NRL22 competitor in the family? These competitors typically travel a lot lighter with less gear (the firearms in these competitions are HEAVY) with ammo, a spare magazine or two, rangefinder, Kestrel, and a shooting bag or two.
Chamber flag set (optional: personalize it)
Think of chamber flags like socks. You always need new ones, are constantly losing them, customized ones are way more fun, and they’re the perfect gift for when you don’t know what else to get.
You can buy cheaper chamber flags in bulk that fit in pistols, rifles, shotguns, or pistol caliber carbines, or you can go custom. Custom chamber flags and chamber blocks are made for caliber-specific firearms to demonstrate that the chamber is empty and allow your competitor to stand out from the crowd.
You can personalize the flags attached to the clear chamber indicator with sayings like “remove before pew pew,” “just gonna send it,” or even with a name, so if it gets lost, there’s a better chance of recovering it.
Look on Etsy.com for people that can design these for your loved one.
Competitive shooters use carrying cases for a variety of reasons. A hard case is essential for traveling on a plane. A soft case is a good idea when putting a gun in the back seat of a car or car trunk.
In some states, traveling with a firearm requires the gun to be empty, stowed in case, or at least out of sight and reach. In competitions like USPSA, PCC’s have to be stored in a gun cart muzzle down or in a cased bag only to be uncased and re-cased against a berm when the shooter is up to shoot.
Pistols in Steel Challenge, USPSA, IDPA, and other shooting disciplines must be bagged or cased if not in a holster. They can only be bagged and unbagged at safety tables or under the direction of a Range Officer.
Make sure to purchase a carrying case long enough or wide enough for the firearm(s) they will haul around.
Shot timers are used in just about every shooting sport not involving the word “pull.”
Like a number of shooting accessories, there are quite a few options, some with integrated Bluetooth technology that sends your times directly to the scoring tablet or device.
A timer showing the data between splits and transitions is also an excellent investment for the competitive shooter in your life trying to reduce wasted clock time.
Armorer tool kit
As Confucius once said “a wise competitive shooter has first to become a master armorer.” Just kidding, but it does help to know how to work on your firearms.
Basic tools are necessary to tighten anything that rattles loose, lock down an optic or scope, and even torque magazine pouches and shotgun caddies.
An armorer tool kit will include essential torque wrenches for tightening items with specific torque requirements such as scope rings, eliminating the chances of over or under tightening anything. They also can include Allen keys, screwdriver bits, and star bits, so your aspiring armorer will have everything they need at hand.
Gifts by Price Point: Under $25
Just looking for something that will fit a specific price point? No worries! We have lists of gifts in specific price ranges that will work for any gun lover.
Bullet Bottle Opener
Not only is a bottle opener a great gift for shooters, a bottle opener made out of a spent 50 cal cartridge is even better for that 2nd Amendment supporter in your life.
Bullet Ice Cubes
Life is too short to use bland ice cubes. A fun stocking stuffer gift is bullet-shaped re-freezable ice cubes that can turn any standard party drink into one with humorously deadly consequences.
Why pour your pals a standard double when you can improve that 80 proof with a real bullet tip shooting through it.
Couple this with gun-themed shot glasses and bullet ice cubes and the man cave bar will officially be complete.
Gun Craft Beer
Never heard of Gun Craft Beer? Well, it’s Freedom You Can Taste. Almost. Gun enthusiasts founded this company, and each can of beer features firearms-related content. No self-respecting beer fridge would be without it!
Gun oil and grease
Another stocking stuffer that all gun owners need is gun oil. Just like chamber flags, magazines, and shotshells, you can never have too much gun oil — it’s constantly being used, goes missing, or is simply lost.
Gun grease is also an excellent item to give for guns used in different weather conditions or for firearms that sit in a safe more often than not.
Do you even own a gun if you don’t have an American flag hanging in your man cave? This is one item every firearm owner should have proudly displayed outside or inside (or both) of their home.
Cleaning mats protect workbenches and tables from solvents while keeping firearms clean of any dirt, wood shavings, or dust particles on the cleaning surface.
A large cleaning mat for home use is a great gift for the home armorer, while a travel-size mat is great for a quick road cleaning session.
A unique spin on the standard cleaning mat is a one that rolls out with an integrated cleaning kit.
This ensures they never lose their cleaning tools again.
A set of Allen wrenches, star bits, and hex keys of all sizes will never go unused — and can often go missing.
Consider gifting a complete set of travel size Allen wrenches or longer, individual wrenches for reaching into an AR-15 grip screw, for example.
A muzzle brake helps manage the recoil of an AR-15 or rifle. PSA makes a great custom .223 six-port muzzle brake that will allow the rifle to shoot softer with the gas diversion it creates.
When the temperatures drop, shooting gloves are an excellent gift for a gun lover. Help your gun lover shoot all year long — and considering the holiday season typically means cold temperatures — they’ll be put to use sooner than you know it!
Gifts by Price Point: Under $100
Your loved one only gets one set of eyes and one set of ears, and once hearing loss occurs, there’s no getting it back.
A great gift for gun lovers is a quality pair of electronic hearing protection — one with ear muffs and a high decibel rating that makes it easy to hear conversations without removing the ear cup.
As with hearing protection, a premium set of range safety glasses is a wonderfully practical gift for the gun enthusiast in your life.
Be sure to shop for safety glasses with side shields which protect the sides of eyes from any shrapnel.
Gun lovers and whiskey go together like, well, gun lovers and whiskey! Not to mention those new shot glasses and frozen bullet ice cubes would be woefully incomplete without a beverage to partner with.
It’s the holidays, after all, so consider gifting an expensive(ish) whiskey to round out the seasonal celebration.
Gun mug (optional: personalize it)
Anything that keeps drinks hot or cold with even a vague reference to firearms is a great gift! Personalize your gun mug even further by engraving the gift receiver’s name or initials.
A high-quality charging handle is a simple gift that will make loading an AR-15 smoother and easier – often with a dash of customization as well.
Gifts by Price Point: Over $100
Spending over $100 on a quality knife is an investment many people won’t make for themselves but is an excellent opportunity to give a lovely gift. Every gun owner, in particular a concealed carrier, needs a high-quality steel knife.
A stainless steel folding blade makes a great pocket knife, while a fixed blade is a great non-lethal weapon option to have on you.
A wind meter gives shooters data about the current environment. Most long-range precision shooters and hunters use a Kestrel to get real-time data, including the temperature, elevation, and wind speed, to know how the environment will impact their bullet’s trajectory.
Kestrels are used by Olympic athletes, meteorologists, firefighters, and military professionals across the world, so they’re a gift that feels even higher-end than the price point.
If your loved one has been talking about wanting a new handgun, one of the best places to find one is on Guns.com.
The lightly used firearms are usually in good shape and come at a great deal on price, and there are tons of custom or upgraded pistols available so you can find something unique.
Just make sure you understand the laws of gifting a firearm, which can involve the transfer through a licensed FFL in certain states.
Every American should have a 12-gauge shotgun. They’re one of those timeless guns that can be used for self-defense, are easy to use, and fun to shoot.
Pump action, lever-action, over/under, semi-auto, and side-by-side shotguns can all make great gifts — especially if you know your recipient’s collection well and want to fill in a missing piece.
Like 12-gauge shottys, every gun enthusiast should have at least one of American’s Rifle in their safe.
They’re well over $100, but their modular nature offers an unparalleled platform for exploring the world of firearms — from building a home-defense rifle, crafting a truck gun, building a competition shooter, or just for fun at the shooting range with any number of calibers.
What About Gift Cards?
At the end of the day, if you’re just too unsure of what to buy or don’t know enough about guns or what caliber means, a gift card is a safe choice for your gun fan’s stocking.
Gun builders who want to upgrade and tweak their guns will always appreciate a gift card to Brownells.
For new firearms of all calibers, buy a gift card to shop at Palmetto State Armory and let their dreams run wild.
Sleep easy knowing we at AmericanFirearms.org have covered all the bases and made sure that no matter who the gun lover is in your life, their holiday season will be filled with joy and excitement with anything on this list.
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