10 Gift Ideas For the Shooter Under $25

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Now things are going to get a bit interesting. Even just increasing the budget 150% over $10 can yield some fun trinkets. At $25, money starts to go a bit further, as there were a few items that just could not get under the $10 mark.

Now, with a slightly larger budget, Ten great gifts for less than $25 (again, in no particular order). 

 

  1. Magazines

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OK, I admit it, this was on the last list, but there are quite a few magazines that cannot come in under the $10 bag limit. AR magazines are aplenty below the price, but now you an snag at least one ammo feeder for some specialty platforms.

Good platforms now accessible include the 10/22, .308 ARs, and “fun sticks” for your Glock. 

2. MagLula

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For the pistolero, these are (insert your choice of diety here) gift to to the high-volume shooter. Compatible with a huge variety of magazines (and available for various calibers) the MagLula cuts down on significant reloading time.

I hope the guy who invented this has made his millions. The product is that worth it. 

3. Jewelry

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There are some amazing things that can be picked for the avid shooter. Bullet cases have a tendency of ending up in all sorts of cool pieces like cufflinks, necklaces, charm bracelets, etc.

The even better part? Most of it is not mass produced and comes from small dealers through Etsy and similar sites. Prices vary from the cool to the ornate.

4. Gun Tools

Yes, there are a few kits that could have been had for the $10 mark, but with tools there is a strong tendency that you get what you pay for. With 25 bucks to spare, some interesting things from Real Avid start coming into play like the one that started it all, The Gun Tool. ($24.99 retail)

Replete with 18 of the most commonly needed tools for a wide variety of firearms, its an ideal pack and forget item for the range and comes in handy when needed.

There are other options too, both from Real Avid and other companies. Small items like these also have a tendency to be heavily discounted, so pay attention to great sales!

5. Medical Kits

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Like cleaning materials, its all too common for one to head out the range without putting a thought for emergencies. Most, including myself sometimes, forget that accidents can and do happen, hence why they are called “accidents”.

Fortunately, typical medical kits have shelf-lives that can last for years. If anything, you may be giving your loved shooter something nice, but your own piece of mind.

QuickClot, tourniqets, and other kits are readily available across a wide range of prices.

6. Optics Cleaning Kits

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Who said your firearm was the only thing that was going to be the only thing that gets dirty? Yes, there is something about that gunpowder stuff that tends to cake up on metal parts, but all too often optics are missed leading to fuzzy sight pictures.

Make sure to NOT use CLP on an optic, where the glass is extremely sensitive to oils. Special kits like the one from Zeiss are an excellent choice at $14.99 which feature purpose-formulated lens cleaners to scrub and avoid leaving any residue on the objective.

7. Self-Defense Ammo

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I know more than one shooter who has not replaced their EDC ammunition in over 5 years. And while yes, that ammunition is likely going to function without issue, there is some risk that it may not. This is especially critical for those who like to chamber rounds a few times and put themselves at risk for set-back.

Most self-defense ammunition is about $20/box at a big-box or shooting store. Just make sure to ask which load your shooter uses! If they don’t know (or care) a great comparison is available from LuckyGunner. 

8. Tactical Stocking

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Yes, it is about as cliche’ as one can get, but that does not take back from the sheer awesomeness of having a tactical stocking. Models range in colors (the standard black, tan, and od), sizes, and the amount of tactical-ness (molle and D-rings) that cover them.

I’d take one (and hope my wife is reading this).

LA Police Gear has some complete with some utility pounches for $14.99

 

9. 550 Paracord. 

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Its like yarn, but for men. Great for preppers and hobbyist, this versatile string can be used to create slings, dog collars, or belts. Perhaps you could even make the sling for them? There are great tutorials out there on YouTube.

Packs of various colors are available from Amazon and plenty of other retails.

Or, pick up an item pre-made from Etsy. 

10. Gift Certificate. 

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No, this is not a cop-out. Here me out:

There are many items for shooting that easily crest the $100 mark and many shooters spend months saving up for the dream accessory or upgrade. Rather than give them something small, help them get to their dream and unlike $10, which seems small, $25 will be a larger assist.

You can pick them up just about anywhere, but you cannot go wrong with the large online retailers like Brownells, and MidwayUSA

What did we miss? Any other inspirations to share with your fellow shooters?



Nathan S.

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

Nathan can be reached at Nathan.S@TheFirearmBlog.com

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


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  • Johnathan Skidmore

    Came in because I thought that muzzle was under $25, what is it?

    • FeistyCrawfish

      Fairly certain it’s the ALG SCB

  • pun&gun

    Protip: gift cards suck. They show no more thought than cash, but they lock you into spending it wherever that card was bought.

    • Hellbilly

      Gift cards can be great in some instances. For example, if someone who doesn’t know what gun stuff I have or don’t have and wants to get me something gun related, I’d gladly take a gift card so that I can get whatever I need with it.

    • Dan

      I never have a problem with people getting me a gift card as long as it is to a place i shop at

      • Precious Roy

        That’s why I give those AmEx cards.

    • notalima

      I prefer to be given a gift card for a place I shop as I am much more like to maximize its spendability than a random relative who knows nothing about what is regular vs. sale pricing. Give me Midway, AZ, etc. gift cards all day long and thank you for them.

    • Cymond

      I think locking the recipient in to certain stores is one of the advantages. It guarantees that the college freshman really will spend the money on clothing instead of jello shots. (unless they resort to barter, of course).

  • iksnilol

    Plenty of decent/good muzzle devices that cost 25 or less.

  • Bill

    Magazines? I guess, because nothing says “I care” than giving something that the recipient probably has dozens of already. I guess I could set it aside for special shootings. Maybe those Magwrap thingies would be more unique.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Range time is good if your place offers it.

  • USMC03Vet

    No Tapco AK slant brake?!

    For shame!

  • truthsayer

    Save a little more, Costco Optical sells a lens cleaning kit, for $5 with free refills. If it good enough for your glasses, it won’t hurt your optics.