It seems like this year just got started and now it’s the day after Thanksgiving and it’s time to start thinking about Christmas. As I open the Clarion Ledger and peruse the many circulars with Black Friday sales, the very thought of having to figure out the right gift for everyone makes my head hurt. But fortunately for those of you with fishermen or women on your shopping list, it’s a lot easier. There’s always something new on the Christmas list of a fisherman.
I’ve never know anyone who fishes that wasn’t in the market for a new fishing rod, so that’s a great place to start your search for the perfect gift. My personal preferences in rods are Denali Rods (http://www.denalirods.com). Denali offers rods in 4 series, J2, Kovert, Rosewood and N2, and has a quality rod at a range of prices that should fit everyone’s budget. Better still, you can buy online and avoid the rush at the store.
Reels are another good choice for the avid fisherman. This is also a pretty easy item to pick out, just go look at what they’re already using and buy whatever they have the most of. Believe me, if they have more than one of a certain reel, they like it and always can use another.
If the fisherman on your list has a boat, they probably also wanting some new accessory for that boat. After all, we all know boat stands for Break Out Another Thousand. If they’re in the market for a new piece of electronics, you can’t go wrong with Lowrance (http://www.lowrance.com/en-US/). Lowrance’s Elite series starts at $99 and is available in 3, 4, 5 and 7 inch versions. They make a great addition to anyone’s boat.
Another great gift idea for your fisherman is clothing. Almost all of the boat, rod, reel, tackle and electronics companies have a online store selling their clothing. You have to ask yourself, what would the fisherman on your list prefer, another tie or that hoodie with his favorite boat brand? What will bring a bigger smile on Christmas morning, some new socks or a new life vest? Would they like a new sweater or a new rain suit? I know how I feel about all those questions and I’m pretty sure your fisherman feels the same way.
If you don’t like those ideas, don’t worry. You can always go with a gift card for your fisherman’s favorite outdoor store. Some people think gift cards don’t show any imagination or that no thought went into your gift purchase, but in the case of the fisherman or woman, I would disagree. There’s always some new bait, line or worm that they want and a gift card is like giving them a shopping spree at their favorite store. In my case, I’ve spent many a happy hours sitting there with my new gift card figuring out what I want to spend it on. I’m sure I’m not the only one.
Now that should take care of anyone on your list that fishes. I think that headache that started with the Clarion Ledger’s circulars is easing just a bit. The only problem now is figuring out what to do with the very few people on my list that don’t fish. That’s a group that I’m pretty sure I’ll never figure out!