The best camping gifts ideas we could come up with are right here for you to steal! We know gifting isn’t the easiest and you’re just the sweetest for wanting to get a unique gift for your adventure-loving friend.
Some of these camping gift ideas are a bit personal and others are perfect for anyone. We hope this list of over 40 camping gifts is just what you need for some inspo for whatever occasion you’re shopping for.
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Camping Gift Ideas
1. Hand Warmers
Nights sitting around a campfire can be pretty chilly, but these portable hand warmers will retain their heat for up to 10 hours. There is no shaking or kneading needed, simply remove the warmer from the outer packaging and it will be toasty in around 15-30 minutes. Convenient, compact and portable, they are ideal to pack up and take on a camping adventure.
2. Rechargeable Flashlight
Every hiker needs a source of light, and it can be a nightmare when the flashlight you are carrying runs out of battery. The answer to this problem is to use a hand crank rechargeable flashlight, this one has a solar panel for charging too. Just 6 minutes of cranking can provide 1 hour of light, and the internal battery can store power for later use, so you don’t have to crank every time.
3. Multi-Tool Bracelet
There is nothing much cooler than having an assortment of tools in the form of a bracelet. The owner of this bracelet will be ready for any sort of camping emergency and includes an assortment of box wrenches, hex drives, flat and Phillips screwdrivers, cutting hook, socket drive adapter, sim card pick, carbide glass breaker, and arguably the most important tool of all, a bottle opener! The modular design means it will fit any sized wrist so you can wear it anywhere.
4. Camping Towel
Normal towels take up a lot of room, plus can be a nightmare to try and pack up when wet, especially as they take a long time to dry. Using a microfibre, fast-drying towel is a great solution, allowing you to swim an shower without worrying if your towel is going to dry before you have to pack up.
This little towel can hold up to 5 times its weight in water, yet still drys up to 10 times faster than a normal towel. Each also comes with a handy carry bag.
5. Grill Kit
Cooking enthusiasts will love this heavy-duty grill kit, making cooking on a portable grill a breeze. The kit includes a spatula, tongs, basting brush, corn holders and more, enough equipment to prepare a feast.
6. Cooking Equipment
Every camper needs something to cook their food with, and this 10 piece mess kit is everything you’ll need rolled into one. It is great for transport too, as all 10 pieces collapse into a small bundle. Campers can enjoy the great outdoors safe in the knowledge that everything needed to cook and serve a meal is ready to go.
7. Portable Camping Stove
There are several essentials when it comes to camping gear, and a camping stove is definitely one of them. Environmentally friendly with high thermal efficiency, this sturdy stove provides a stable cooking platform that distributes heat evenly. A camping stove makes a great gift for any outdoor lover.
8. Pop up Privacy Tent
Sometimes you might just need a little bit of your time, and that is where the pop-up privacy tent comes in handy. This innovative little tent can be used for a huge number of things such as a shower, toilet, changing room, rain shelter, and more, without the hassle of a long set up process.
The kit comes with everything you’ll need, such as a carry bag, mounting stakes, and an integrated bag and clothesline.
9. Camping Mattress
Sleeping on the hard ground can get pretty uncomfortable, so that’s where the inflatable camping mat comes in. It is ultra-lightweight which makes it ideal for carrying around in a backpack. You don’t even need a lot of puff to blow it up, just 10-15 breaths should do it.
10. Reusable Food Bags
Every camper needs a set of reliable storage bags. This set contains 2 large and 2 medium silicone food bags, ideal for storing food items when on the move. When finished with, simply wash it out and then use again. The bags are created with food-grade material and are leak-proof and heat and cold resistant. Plus, the hermetic airtight seal will extend the life of food.
We know this isn’t the most exciting camping gift idea but it’s essential if your camping friend wants to be eco-friendly.
11. Camping Chair
Camping doesn’t have to be an uncomfortable experience, and with this portable chair, you can have ultimate relaxation. The chair has been created with comfort in mind with a cushioned seat and a mesh cup holder – and this one even has a convenient armrest cooler! The fact that it is collapsible means it can be stored and carried easily.
12. Portable Cooler
Don’t worry about your food (or beers) getting warm when using this portable cooler. It features a 100% leakproof HydroLok Zipper and has a wide-mouth opening for easy accessibility. The shell is waterproof making it ideal for camping and other outdoor adventures.
13. Portable Shower
Heated by the sun, this lightweight portable shower makes a unique gift for those that go camping often. The shower is incredibly easy to use, and will allow an 8.5-minute shower with the nozzle fully open. A must-have on a cool morning, it can generate warm water quickly, ideal for a hiking trip, visit to the beach or a longer camping experience.
14. Waterproof Socks
In cold and wet weather, keeping your feet warm and dry is a must, and one of the best ways to do this is to have a good pair of socks. These waterproof but breathable socks will certainly do the job, while also being soft and comfortable. It will be your feet’s best friend during any camping trip.
15. Camping Hammock
An alternative for sleeping in a tent or RV when camping is to use a hammock. They are great for lounging around day or night, and you should be able to find somewhere to set one up pretty much anywhere.
Seeing as it is not a camping essential, many avid campers won’t invest in one, which is one of the reasons that it can make a great present. Lightweight and compact, it is ideal for travel.
16. Portable Cutlery
There are many brands that offer portable cutlery in all shapes and sizes, made with a range of materials. A set of really nice cutlery, with a nice case, could make a great hiking gift for someone who is planning on spending at an extended period of time hiking.
The cutlery can be used again and again, making eating out on the trail a much easier experience. This kit comes with a knife, fork, spoon, chopsticks, two straws, a straw cleaning brush, and a case.
17. Collapsible Sink
Sure, it is not the most glamorous of gifts, but campers will find this collapsible sink invaluable when on the road or camping for a few nights or more. Its uses are endless, from showering and washing the dishes to storage and carrying basket, it will definitely come in handy. It is made with thermoplastic rubber and folds right down for easy storage and transportation.
18. Portable Clothes Washer
For those that camp for a long period of time, a portable clothes washer could be the ideal gift. The waterproof bag was designed to allow those on the move the freedom to wash clothes on the go, no matter the location.
In addition to washing clothes, it could also be used to carry wet items, carry water or used as a dry bag. Plus it is robust, lightweight and durable, perfect for traveling.
19. Portable Clothesline
A portable clothesline can be surprisingly handy when on the road, especially if you are traveling with limited clothes and need to wash them often. It won’t take up much room in a bag, it’s strong and durable, and can be used both indoors and outdoors.
20. Inflatable Travel Pillow
In just 5 seconds, you could have a fully inflated camping pillow, meaning no more uncomfortable journeys or nights using the floor as a headrest. The pillow is ultra-light, so you will hardly notice it in your backpack.
The ergonomic design of this pillow means it offers excellent neck support and neck relaxation, plus the 100% cotton cover and extra soft fabric layer gives that additional level of comfort.
21. Sleeping Bag
Keep warm and dry after a long day of hiking with this sleeping bag. Lightweight, portable, waterproof, and with a compression sack, it is great for both new and seasoned campers. This sleeping bag has been designed for all sorts of weather, down to 20 degrees. Safe and easy to clean, it is perfect for all sorts of camping trips.
22. Portable Campfire
This is the perfect present for weekend warriors, giving them the gift of instant fire. This portable campfire is perfect for when you start to set up camp after dark, without the time to search for firewood, slipping into the wilderness dream in a matter of seconds.
The portable fire has over 3 hours of burn time, it is easy to use and reusable. Made with non-toxic recycled soy wax, it has the added benefit of being environmentally friendly.
23. Repair Tape
There are going to be times when a much loved and used tent is going to start showing signs of wear and tear. However, instead of simply throwing it away, this handy tent repair tape could be a much cheaper alternative, extending the life of the tent. Even if it will make the tent just last until the end of the camping trip, it should definitely be in the camping packing list.
24. Waterproof Speakers
There is nothing quite like sitting around the campfire with friends, listening to your favorite tunes with a beer in hand. A waterproof, portable speaker makes a great gift for anyone planning to go camping, ideal for outdoor use be it on the beach, on the side of a mountain, or in the forest. With 10 hours or more of play time, high-quality sound, and Bluetooth connectivity, it makes a fun addition to any camping kit.
25. Storm Proof Match Kit
Ensure a friend or loved one stays warm and dry even on the wettest of days with these storm proof matches. The kit includes 25 water-resistant matches, three strikers, and a waterproof case. You never know when these could come in handy and save the day!
26. Camping Kettle
Wake up in the morning and enjoy a fresh brew surrounded by wilderness with the help of this portable camping kettle. Place this kettle on the stove top and have boiling water in just 3 to 5 minutes. Weighing less than half a pound, it is pretty light, and it collapses down to 1.375 inches. It is a good choice if you know someone who’ll experience a fresh cuppa in the morning.
27. Pop up Trash Can
Ensure a friend or loved one keeps their camping space clean and tidy with a pop-up trash can. Made with heavy-duty tear-resistant polyethylene with a zipped lid, it can be used again and again.
28. Single-serve Brew Buddy
If you want just a warm cup of coffee, it can be a lot of effort to have to set up the stove and get the water boiling. That is where this lightweight travel coffee maker comes in. It offers a cup of coffee to any strength in as little as 30 seconds. It is fully portable and will set you up ready for another day of hiking.
29. Waterproof Dry Bag (Personal Favorite Camping Gift!)
For those planning an adventure to a beach or a lake or anywhere with water, a drybag is a must! Even a camping trip to the woods can be ruined by a sudden downpour, with food and valuables becoming soaked.
The bags come in a range of sizes depending on needs and the length of the camping trip. Keep all valuables dry and protected when on the road with this handy bag.
This camping gift can also be used for many more situations like a rainy day purse, a way to go swimming with valuables when they don’t leave their stuff on shore, and we’ve even used this as a bucket to wash clothes! Check out more waterproof bags to make sure your stuff stays safe on your adventures!
30. Folding Table
Dine al fresco in style with the help of a folding table. This compact table folds up small, ready for travel, and has an aluminum slat top and a strong steel frame.
31. Camping Light with Fan
Give someone the gift of light and a comfortable night’s sleep with this portable camping light with a combined ceiling fan. The light ensures that campers can see the campsite with ease, and the fan comes with high and low settings depending on how hot it is.
32. Solar Panel
One of the best gifts you can get a camper is a solar panel. They will come in handy on countless occasions. You can charge USB devices directly using the energy from the sun, with a power-flow indicator and detachable kickstand to give you an easy charging experience. Both novice and experienced campers will love this little gadget, even if is used for something as simple as charging a phone.
33. Park Pass
Some of the best camping experiences in the world can be had in some of USA’s national parks. A unique camping gift would be to give someone the freedom to visit and stay in these parks without having to worry about paying the park fee every time. A U.S. Park Pass is a ticket to more than 2000 federal recreation sites across the country, covering both entrance and day-use fees. It is valid for a whole 12 months, and some of the most incredible parks are included such as the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, and Zion.
34. Bear Spray
The last thing you want to see when toasting marshmallows around a campfire is a bear coming around the corner. If you have a friend or loved one going on a camping adventure in an area known for bears, look out for them and get them a bear spray, it is always better to be safe than sorry!
35. Mosquito Repellent Wristband
Although they may just be a small irritation to a non-camper, bugs have the power to ruin a whole camping trip. By providing someone with one of these mosquito repellent bracelets, you’ll ensure that the bugs are kept at bay. Made with natural oils, they are also sweatproof and waterproof.
Camping Gift Ideas: Tents
36. Lightweight Tent
Those that hike and camp don’t want to be carrying around a bulky, heavy tent. The lighter, the better. This outdoor backpacking tent easily fits two people and is extremely light. The fabric is waterproof, breathable, and tear-resistant.
37. Large Tent
Group camping can be a lot of fun, but only if everyone has their own space. This large tent can fit up to 10 people in it, and still have room to spare. The welded floors and inverted seams help to keep campers dry, and the room divider can be used for that extra little bit of privacy. With a little teamwork, it can be set up in around 20 minutes.
38. One Person Tent
Do you have a friend that is a solo camper? A solo tent could be a great camping gift, especially one that is high-quality and easy to set up. This one-person tent comes with storage pockets, stakes, and guy ropes, everything you’ll need for an easy camping experience. Easy to carry around and no fuss to set up, it is ideal for those that prefer to adventure alone.
39. Pop up Tent
Ideal for those in a rush, this pop-up tent will provide campers with a comfortable place to sleep in a matter of minutes. The tent is light and made with high-quality fabric and strong fiberglass poles. It also comes with a carry case for easy storage and transportation. With a little practice and use of the automatic design, the tent can be set up in less than a minute.
40. Screen Room Tent
Getting a tent that has a screen room on the front is perfect for bug-free lounging. The camping ‘porch’ section of the tent means you can truly enjoy the great outdoors, with all the views that it offers, without having to worry about being bitten by bugs. The large windows are good for ventilation and everything is included for tent set up that you’ll need.
41. Basic Tent
Sometimes basic is all you need. If you know someone who has just started camping or doesn’t do it too regularly, then this basic tent may just be all they need. Made with durable material, it is spacious and great for a range of occasions, whether it is for camping alone, with family, at a festival or when backpacking.
42. Teepee Tent
Maybe not the most practical of tents, owning a teepee is pretty cool! Staying in a teepee or alternative style tent is all the rage now, so this could just make a great gift for someone and will look great on the gram.
We hope you got some great camping gift inspo from our list!
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