Top 10 Christmas Fishing Gifts Everybody Wants This Year

By Debbie Hanson

Dec 12, 2017

Get Christmas fishing gift ideas that friends, family will love. List of ideas, tackle, gear, fishing tools that are among the best gifts for anglers..

Finding Christmas fishing gifts that everybody wants and needs doesn't have to be a challenge. In fact, it's actually super easy to track down angling-related items that almost every single fisherperson can use. 

You better not pout, you better not cry… this list of the best gifts for fishermen and fisherwomen will help you make a few quick and smart choices.

1. Fishing Trip Coupon 


The Christmas fishing gift of a day on the water is likely to be treasured far more than anything under the tree. Since family schedules are often filled with appointments and commitments, plan a special fishing trip that you can all take together. Besides, this will give your favorite anglers something fun to look forward to once the excitement of the holidays has come and gone. 

2. Fishing-themed Ornament 

There are boatloads of fun Christmas fishing ornaments that you can find online or at your local sporting goods store. Your fishing friends may already have one or two ornaments that remind them of their favorite pastime, but it only seems right to help out by adding a new contribution to their collection. Start a Christmas fishing holiday tradition by giving a different fishing-themed ornament every year.

3. Pair of Needle Nose Pliers 

When it comes to fishing Christmas ideas, needle nose pliers are about as practical and handy as you can get. Corrosion-resistant pliers can be used for everything from quick hook removal to cutting line. Even if the angler on your holiday gift list already has a pair, a back-up pair is important and appreciated.

4. Circle Hooks 

Circle hooks are among the best gifts for fishermen and fisherwomen who fish with live baits. Not only are hooks something that anglers can always use, but using circle hooks in particular will result in a higher survival rate when practicing proper catch and release. 

5. Dry Bag


Do you ever see your friends or family members stuff their keys and wallets into a plastic sandwich bag before heading out on the water? Sandwich bags are for sandwiches! One of the best fishing Christmas gifts you can get an angler is a dry bag. Keys, wallets, cameras, cell phones… these are all items that stay safe and dry when placed in a sealed dry bag.

6. Digital Fish Scale 

Know someone who never seems to have a concrete answer when asked how much a recent catch weighed? That problem can easily be solved with the gift of a digital fish scale. A digital fish scale can make the Christmas fishing holidays a whole lot brighter because your favorite angler will know if they have a new personal best or state record!

7. Fishing Rod Rack 

Anglers need to protect their treasured fish catching tools by storing them properly. If you notice a collection of fishing rods stacked up in the corner of a friend or family member's garage, or see a few rods leaning up against a wall, it's a good indicator that a rod rack would be a welcome gift for the fishing holidays.

8. Reusable Stainless Steel Water Bottle

Help reverse the accumulation of plastic water bottles in our oceans and waterways. Encourage the fishermen and fisherwomen in your life to bring reusable stainless steel water bottles on every fishing trip. Not only are you helping the environment, your giving a loved one a great Christmas fishing gift. Go ahead and gift them one or two for the holidays this year!

9. Fishing Hat 


Even on cloudy or overcast days, you want to help keep your favorite anglers protected from UV rays by making sure they have a good fishing hat. That’s why hats have long been one of the best fishing gifts for fishermen and fisherwomen. Find a hat that will help protect their eyes and face from excess sunlight. Depending on where they fish, one that offers protection from mosquitoes and other insects will be appreciated too. 

10. Fishing Barometer 

Does your fishing gift recipient really get into the science behind high catch rates? If you know someone who is always asking questions about when to fish, a fishing barometer might be a good choice. When the barometer is the rise, they can head out on the water to see if high catch rates correlate with increasing atmospheric pressure.

Do you have other anglers on your list? Check the freshwater fishing section or saltwater fishing section to get more gear and tackle gift ideas...

Debbie Hanson
Debbie Hanson
Debbie Hanson is an award-winning outdoor writer, women’s sport fishing advocate, IGFA world record holder, and freshwater guide living in Southwest Florida. Hanson’s written work has appeared in publications such as Florida Game & Fish Magazine, BoatUS Magazine, and USA Today Hunt & Fish. To learn more about her work, visit or follow her on Instagram @shefishes2.