Fantastic Camping Gift Ideas for the Camper in Your Life

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Looking for camping gift ideas for the outdoorsy person in your life? Look no further. These gadgets come with a happy camper guarantee!

Portable Campfire

A portable campfire tops the list of quirky camping gifts. Whoever heard of such a thing?! It warms and burns for 3 – 5 hours, is easy to clean up, and is eco-friendly.

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Wine Tumbler

The stainless steel wine tumbler keeps liquids hot or cold and has a splash-proof lid. Camping without wine is just sitting in the woods!

Personalized Camping Mat

Thoughtful personalized camping gifts are a good idea too. Have you ever walked around a campground? Campers have their names on signs, mats, and flags.

Here’s an adorable camping mat, “Making memories one campsite at a time.”

An Easy-to-Setup Screenhouse

There’s nothing worse than trying to cook or eat outdoors when it’s windy, buggy, or raining. It’ll take less than a minute to set up this durable screenhouse and is big enough to go over a standard-size picnic table.


String Lights

Looking for romantic camping gifts? Let’s add some ambiance to that campsite with hanging battery-powered string lights. They are waterproof and shatterproof and incorporate a magical effect.


Folding Loveseat

More camping gift ideas for couples include a folding loveseat. Nothing like snuggling up next to a cozy fire! 


Extendable Rotating Roasting Sticks

If your friends or family camp often, they may already have roasting sticks. BUT these extendable rotating roasting sticks will make storage much easier than the old-school long metal ones. Plus, they come with a cute storage bag!


Inflatable Sleeping Pad

Why suffer from a horrible night’s sleep? Make camping in a tent a breeze with a self-inflating sleeping pad. We’ve used this a few times truck camping (before we bought our van) and even use it for an extra mattress in hotel rooms when we travel with our nephews because they hate sharing a bed now that they are getting older.

And it’s super compact and lightweight to store.


I’d Rather Be Camping Socks

I’d Rather Be Camping Socks is a funny camping gift for men or women. And the price is just right for a stocking stuffer!


Outdoor Hammock

It doesn’t get any more relaxing than swinging in a hammock and reading a book. It’s a relatively inexpensive gift for anyone who likes camping or being in the great outdoors. It’s made out of durable material, is very small for storage, and comes with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. And it’s under $30, making it one of my favorite camping gift ideas. 



Inflatable Camping Pillow

Trekology’s inflatable camping pillow is an ergonomic comfortable pillow great for camping. It’s under $20 which makes it a perfect stocking stuffer or white elephant gift.


LED Headlamp Flashlight

A headlamp is a lifesaver when out camping. It’s good for walks to the bathroom, seeing inside the tent, and/or for hikes that start early or end late. This particular one has five settings and is super comfortable.


An Outdoor Portable Kitchen

A foldable cooking station is a great tool for cooking outdoors. It extends your counter and storage space, gives you a place for your condiments and paper towels, plus has a handy hook to hang a light and a small sink to wash dishes right at your campsite.


Mini Pocket Blanket

A blanket that fits in the palm of your hand? Now that’s small! Your friend or family member can use this mini pocket blanket for a dry, clean place to sit anywhere. It’s especially nice when hiking and there’s not a great spot to sit for lunch or a break.


YETI Tundra Cooler

YETI coolers are popular because of their durability and capability to keep ice from melting. The Tundra Cooler has up to 3 inches of PermaFrost Insulation and an extra thick FatWall design is certified Bear-Resistant. It’s made of heavy-duty construction yet is extremely portable.


Portable Compact Folding Chairs

Yes, old-school chairs fold, but they are big and bulky and hard to fit when you’re packing up for an entire weekend or week-long camping trip. These are the smallest and most lightweight chairs we have seen and work perfectly with our minivan-turned-campervan setup.


LifeStraw Water Filters

If you know someone who not only camps but gets out for long hikes in the wilderness then a LifeStraw Water Filter would be a thoughtful gift. It’s an alternative to using iodine tablets to make safe drinking water.


LED Camping Lantern

This hand-size LED camping lantern is small but bright enough for a tent or to use outdoors. It has two magnets to stick to a metal surface and loops so it can also be hung. It is waterproof and rechargeable by a USB cable.


Quick-Dry Towels

We never camp without our small quick-dry towels. They fold super small plus they dry in no time and are so soft.


Daypack for Hiking

A good daypack is lightweight, durable, comfortable, and roomy. The Osprey daypack has all that and is available in a bunch of different colors.



Multi-Use Headband/Neck Gaiter/Scarf/Face Mask

These handy bandanas can be used for so many things. When it’s hot outside, we like to soak it and wear it around our neck. They can also be used as a face mask, scarf, headband, or even a beanie hat if twisted the right way.


100 Parks, 5,000 Ideas Book

National Geographic’s book, 100 Parks, 5,000 Ideas, is an expert guide on where to camp and what parks to visit in North America.


Privacy Tent

A privacy tent is good for changing, showering, or even to use as a restroom. Read about how we set up our camping toilet and tent.

This one easily pops up, is spacious, and has windows for airflow on hot summer days.


A Portable Toilet

You’ll have everyone cracking up when the gifts are open and one of them is a portable toilet. But guess what? If that person is into camping, they will be secretly jumping for joy inside.

The Luggable Loo isn’t necessarily on a luxury camping gifts list but, it is a useful companion when out in the woods.

You can see a video of our camping portable toilet and shower set up here. 


Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

A wireless portable Bluetooth speaker that is waterproof too? Now we are talking! It’s perfect for the beach, campground, or anywhere without an electrical outlet.


Do you have any other camping gift ideas? Tell us in the comments below!


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Angela E. is a travel writer from the Chicagoland area who has visited all 50 states in the US and has traveled extensively around the world. She is passionate about exploring the great outdoors and hiking in particular. Her love for nature has taken her to some of the most beautiful locations on the planet. She has written extensively about her travels on her own website, Dang Travelers, and has been published in collaboration with other travel websites and multiple visitor bureaus around the country.

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