Are you looking for a unique gift for a camper? Every year, more and more people go camping and this year the camping scene has exploded. So many more people were spending time either in RVs or camper vans, or car camping. We go camping in very remote places where until this year, we have never seen other people. Not this year though, every camping spot was packed, even in disbursed camping. Because of the pandemic, camping has become an alternative to travel and a great way to social distance.
So what type of camping gifts do you get for someone who loves camping? Get gifts that are practical, useful, and durable. You can get affordable gifts that will last forever, and they don’t have to be a big name brand or overpriced (check out these eight ways to save money on outdoor gear). I am putting together this list based on car and tent camping essentials, as well as essential outdoor gear. Besides tent camping, I have also included some great gifts for those who backpack or have camper vans, RVs, and motorhomes.
Some of the best gifts for campers are:
- Hammock Camping Essentials
- Sleeping Bags, Pads and Pillows
- Camp Stoves
- Camping Kitchen and Cookware
- Cast-iron Cookware for Camping
- Camping Cookbooks
- Camping Gear and Gadgets
- Camping Games
- Camping Gifts That Aren’t Gear
- Camping Snacks and Food
When choosing a gift for campers or any outdoorsy person, here are a few things to consider:
- Any gift, big or small, will be appreciated by an outdoorsy person
- Practical and useful items and gadgets are always good gifts
- Weight can matter
- It doesn’t have to be expensive
- Quality and durability are important, any camping gear needs to be able to hold up to abuse and natural elements
When you are looking at tents, you want to take into consideration the following:
- How many people does it need to fit?
- How easy is it to set up?
- Is it durable?
- What is the weight?
- Is it meant for snow or rain?
Because we have lots of rain and snow, we get tents that are all season, but most people don’t camp in the snow. Weight is a consideration for us because we go backpacking and do not want to have to buy a different tent just for that. My husband has a Kelty two-person tent that has lasted over twenty years and our family tent is an Alps Mountaineering four-person tent that we have had for ten years. Both are in excellent condition. Coleman is also a good brand, very affordable, and durable. With tent camping, a moisture barrier/ tent footprint is a practical item to have, to keep water from seeping underneath like during the rainy season.
Hammock Camping Essentials
Hammock camping has become very popular because it can be easier to set up, and saves weight. This is a great way to camp, especially for older kids and single people. It’s not uncommon to see multiple hammocks set up for camping whenever we camp. Some hammocks come with a complete setup including a rainfly and mosquito netting. An under quilt is also recommended to have, for more cushion and as a wind barrier.
Sleeping Bags, Pads and Pillows
Having an adequate sleep system is a must-have while camping. When choosing a sleeping bag for camping, you want to consider the following:
- Are you looking for a sleeping bag for camping, backpacking, or both?
- Does the weight of the sleeping bag matter?
- What size of a sleeping bag do you need?
- Is the sleeping bag meant for all seasons or just the summer months?
When choosing a sleeping bag you want to take into consideration size, warmth, and weight for backpacking. Unless you plan on winter camping, a good three-season bag is perfect. You can also purchase a sleeping bag liner for extra warmth which will also extend the life of your down sleeping bag. Make sure to check the temperature rating of your bag. Besides a sleeping bag, you’ll want a sleeping pad and a camping pillow.