Last Updated on December 17, 2020
You need a thoughtful gift right now for that outdoor enthusiast on your list. For you, we’ve compiled our list highlighting the best camping gift ideas for them, for any occasion and budget. These useful presents are for both casual and more serious backcountry campers. Of course, budget is a relative term however each of our camping gift ideas are guaranteed to be appreciated.
The title of this article also mentions ideas for camping gifts; choose these or shop around for similar camping presents to the ones we suggest. Of course, adjust your budget higher or lower and use our suggestions to shop around – this article gives you plenty of ideas. Send them into the woods fully prepared!
From the beaches of Baja California, the mountains of New Mexico and the forests of Maine, we’ve spent several decades camping and know exactly what’s needed. Put these essential camping supplies on your gift list and send them out into the wilderness fully prepared.
We even have suggestions for vanlifers in this article; much of our time traveling since 2017 was spent living and camping in our Volkswagen Eurovan. See our separate article featuring more vanlife essentials that make great gifts.
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Useful Camping Gift Ideas for Everyone and Anyone
Many campers have quite similar needs, no matter which style of camping they choose. The following gift ideas suit a wide variety of folks from casual campers to hearty wilderness backpackers on the trail. Outfit that certain person on your list with these useful gifts. Do you know someone who’ll be traveling soon? If so, our article covering travel gifts has something just for them.
An included carabiner makes these perfect for hanging in the tent and offer just the right amount of light. They’re also waterproof, making them handy all around the campsite. Each package includes four battery-powered LED tent lanterns in a variety of colors. This is one of those camping gift ideas for just about anyone on your list.
Being out in the elements with valuable and delicate things makes having a waterproof gear bag important – these are the types of camping gift ideas they’ll be happy you thought of. This affordable dry bag saves the day in a pinch at the campground, on the trail or out on the water.
Some people love decorating their campsite; these battery-powered lights were made just for such folks. They’ll love the warm glow given off by this novelty string of lantern-shaped lights. Get them the perfect gift for adding a bit of ambience and style to any camping trip.
Tents get stuffy and this fan easily takes care of that problem. It also serves double-duty by providing powerful LED light in the tent as well. Useful gadgets like this make great gift ideas for all kinds of campers – consider getting them several of these to keep around the campsite.
Give that camper on your gift list free access to to over 2,000 U.S. Federal recreational areas, including national parks. They’ll also get free access to day-use areas. This doesn’t provide free camping on federal lands but in many cases those fees are reduced for passholders – see here for more details. This is one of the most thoughtful camping gift ideas on our list.
When just any old slab of wood won’t do, give them this bamboo vintage camper cutting board for slicing and dicing. That next campfire meal will instantly be brought to the next level with this gift. The hip camper or vanlifer on your list will likely use this as a charcuterie board – go on and indulge them!
This isn’t one of our most obvious camping gift ideas, but it makes a lot of sense. It’s quite simple: Folks need to easily store and stow their camping gear. They can just throw their storage trunk full of supplies into the vehicle and go. It keeps everything neat and tidy at the campsite, too. Simplicity at its very finest!
Give them a camping gift which serves a dual purpose, like this all-in-one bug zapper/lantern. They’ll want to use the bug zapper all day, however both features come in handy during the evening. They’ll also use this in the tent to get rid of any bugs before going to sleep.
Good cooks have everything needed to make a delicious meal and that includes the proper utensils – even while camping. These utensils are kept ready in a handy storage case, perfect for using at the campsite. Don’t leave them scrambling for the right gadgets and get them this gift for their next camping trip.
Don’t let the silly name of this camping gift fool you: The Chillbo Shwaggins is all about serious comfort and style. When a simple hammock just won’t cut it, campers everywhere are demanding inflatable couches to round out the perfect wilderness experience. Get them one of these and let them know you’ve though of everything.
Certain camping situations call for more serious gear and that’s why we’ve included this multi-use hammock. This is more like a hanging tent instead of a hammock; it features a rainfly and mosquito netting for extreme conditions in the wilderness. It works without the protection of the rainfly and mosquito netting, too.
Backcountry campers need to find potable water wherever they go and that often means filtering it for safe consumption. The Sawyer Mini filtration system works in a matter of moments and turns any water supply into something safe for drinking. This camping gift is just as affordable, lightweight and compact as it is essential.
Nobody wants to use a first aid kit, but it’s crucial to have everything organized when it is needed. Make sure to give them a simple first aid kit for the minor cuts, scrapes, stings and burns which happen around the campsite. This kit is lightweight and easy to pack for all sorts of outdoor adventures.
We all know that grabbing the right beer from a cooler at night requires the perfect mix of skill and finesse. Not everyone can do this properly – those folks need a cooler light to show them the way. This simple gadget is a pure life saver around the campsite and complements any cooler, no matter what it’s filled with.
Flying insects invade almost every campsite, especially when preparing food. Let ’em come for the cooking, but let ’em stick around for the fly paper. Simply unroll the sticky tape from the tube, hang it up nearby and forget all about pesky flies, gnats and biting insects. This non-toxic, odorless glue really gets the job done.
From the deserts of Baja California to the forests of Maine, temperatures drop significantly at night. Layering-up while sitting around the campfire or sleeping is critical to comfort so don’t let them go without a good set of thermal wear. Give the gift that’ll keep them warm and cozy no matter where they go.
Having to sleep on the ground makes a simple sleeping pad a great gift for campers. Look for a model that’s compact and inflates quickly and easily. We suggest this one with a built-in foot pump; it fully inflates in 30 seconds. Keep them off the cold ground with a sleeping pad and they’ll wake up refreshed for that next adventure.
You’ll likely recognize these blankets; they’re used by many people for a variety of things. Mexican blankets are also handy around the campground, so consider one of these as a gift. From a picnic blanket to wrapping up in order to keep warm, a Mexican blanket will become a camping gift they’ll use over and over.
We promise this handy pocket tool will get used beyond occasional camping trips! I’ve had mine for over 25 years and it still goes with me just about everywhere. Naturally, the Leatherman really comes in handy around the campground for all sorts of things as well so consider a gift they’ll have for life.
Some of the best camping gifts involve food preparation and cooking; this is fun and easy with the proper equipment. A self-contained kit like this features plenty of options for making a meal in minutes. A breakfast of eggs, bacon and potatoes? How about soups, stews, rice or pasta for dinner?
We’ve found Tiger Balm to be a good mosquito repellant – it smells quite good, too. This also represents a less-chemically alternative to DEET, which is also very effective (see below). A little Tiger Balm goes a long way in keeping a variety of biting insects at bay.
Let’s face it, sleeping on the ground is not for everyone. Some folks need creature comforts while camping, like a raised mattress that easily folds away while not in use. If you know someone like that, consider the types of camping gifts that’ll surround them in relative comfort and get them a Coleman cot.
We all have that serious cook on our gift list – perhaps some of them are campers too? If so, give them the ultimate gift of an oven! They’ll be able to roast and bake an amazing assortment of goodies under the stars. This propane powered oven runs on a 1 lb. to 20 lb. tank and even includes a two-burner stove.
Few things are worse than clammy cold feet around the campground – this is why we choose to wear Smartwool socks. Whether hiking, walking around town or just relaxing by the campfire, these socks simply cannot be beat for comfort, style and quality. Having said that, these make great gifts for everyone on your list.
A rugged, vacuum insulated water bottle keeps liquids hot or cold for many hours. We use these for cold water; ice cubes remain frozen in them for about 12 hours and these bottles are completely sweatproof. They’ll have plenty of cool refreshing water to take along on hikes or to enjoy while just sitting around camp.
Just fill this sealed pouch with water, put in the sun for several hours and you’re ready for a hot shower. Roughing it in the wilderness is dirty work, so get them a camping gift that’ll have ’em clean before dinner. This 5-gallon Coleman solar shower provides plenty of warm water.
Active campers need to carry around plenty of things, especially when they hit the trails to go hiking. Osprey day packs will last them for years no matter where it’s needed. This rugged day pack offers plenty of comfort and just the right amount of gear space for days of adventures.