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Best Camping Gifts to Give This Year

Last Updated on December 9, 2020 by Jody

Gift giving can be tricky, but if you're searching for the best camping gifts to give this year, Camping Tips for Everyone has you covered. 

No matter if your recipient enjoys roughing it in a backwoods tent or has all the comforts of home in an RV, these camping gifts will be appreciated and used again and again.

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Best Camping Gifts in 2019

The items that made the cut for best camping gifts to give this year are items we used and loved- a LOT– in the past 2 years.

These are items we don't leave home without, no matter if we are heading out in the RV, spending a few nights in a remote tent, or enjoying the luxury of a glamping weekend.

Camping Gifts Price Guide

$ = $20 and under
$$ = $21 – $50
$$$ = $51- $100
$$$$= over $100

Best Camping Gifts for $20 and under

Flexo-Line $

This compact, extendable clothesline has been a constant companion to our travels for a few years now. It's terrific on a campground strung between trees or RVs. 
The braided bands mean no clothespins are necessary. 

Flexo-Line clothesline for camping

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clckr Phone Grip and Stand $

Because I do a lot of active adventure, like white water rafting, horseback riding, and other activities where I am jolted and jostled, I need a phone grip that will actually let me grip my phone.

I had a ring grip for a while, but that got loose quickly and quit working as a phone stand. clckr allows me to actually grip my phone and the phone stand actually works!

CLCKR phone grip

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USA National Parks Guide by Moon $

An incredibly thorough guide to the 59 National Parks in the USA. One of the best I've found!

Read my review of the USA National Parks Guide.

USA National Parks Guide by Moon

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Camp & Cabin Cookbook $

This cookbook really helped me up my game when it came to campfire cooking. It added a huge variety to our meals and made me a bit more adventurous!

Read my review of the Camp & Cabin Cookbook.

Campfire Raspberry and Rosemary Scones | Camp and Cabin Cookbook
Campfire Raspberry and Rosemary Scones

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Venture Pal Lightweight Backpack $

We have a few of these backpacks and absolutely love them! Though they are lightweight they are incredibly strong and durable. We have taken them on day hikes filled with food and water and had no problems. The shoulder straps are comfortable and the chest strap helps keep it in place even when carrying a full bag.

Because these backpacks fold easily into their own pocket they are great to stick in a suitcase for other travel, as well. I know I am constantly in need of an additional bag after a great trip!

Venture Pal Lightweight Packable Backpack (img via Amazon.com)

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Large Road Atlas $

As you plan your vacation routes- or just check your drive- there is really nothing like having a large road atlas at your fingertips. Not only can it assist as you get off the interstates and highways, but you'll likely find some interesting spots that you wouldn't see on Google maps.

Large road atlas for RV and camping

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Camper Rehab  $

The perfect gift for the RVer who dreams of restoring a vintage Airstream- or just wants to make some updates to their existing camper or RV.

Read my full review of Camper Rehab 

Planning Camper Restoration? You need this book for vintage camper restoration and RV remodel tips. Camper Rehab book review. | RV Gear recommended by Camping Tips for Everyone

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Camping Hats $-$$

We usually pack a few different hats, depending on our outdoor activities. From visors for water sports to hats with sun protection for hikes, have a look at the hats we take camping.

Hats for camping and outdoor adventure

Best Camping Gifts under $50

Lander Cairn  $$

We love the Lander Cairn lantern for its incredible brightness. The lantern is waterproof and hangs easily by its bungee-type cord.

This lantern is rechargeable and also doubles as a USB charger for phones, two-way radios, and other small electronics.

Lander Cairn, our favorite camping lantern- 300 lumens on a snowy night
Lander Cairn, our favorite camping lantern- 300 lumens on a snowy night

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Parachute Hammock $$

You just can't beat a parachute hammock! It stores in a super tiny pouch, weighs under 4 pounds, and can go nearly anywhere! 

String this between trees or posts and enjoy relaxing outdoors! Great for kids and adults!

Parachute Hammock for camping or at home

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Men's convertible light weight pants $$

My husband doesn't go camping without his quick dry convertible pants. The cargo pockets give him room to carry small objects easily, and the pant legs, when detached, take up very little room.

Available in black, khaki, olive, and grey.

Toomett Quick Dry COnvertible Pants for camping & hiking

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More Camping & Hiking Clothing recommendations on Amazon

Best Camping Gifts under $100

Dutch Oven $$-$$$

Solid, cast iron Dutch Ovens are a camper's best friend! You can create so many tasty treats in them! (See the Camp & Cabin cookbook review above!)

When buying a Dutch Oven for camping be sure to purchase an oven with legs so you can put coals under the oven easily. 

I also recommend purchasing a few different sizes- then you can stack them and easily make an entire meal at one time!

A Dutch Oven is a campfire cook's best friend!
Meatloaf in a Dutch Oven

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See the other Campfire Cooking gear we use & love

Margaux Cargaux pants for women $$$

I love these pants so much that I own a pair in every color- and each of my daughters also own them!

With 11 pockets these are the most useful & versatile travel pants for women. I wear them all the time- from walking the dog to hiking up mountains! They can be worn long, or ruched up to a mid-calf or capri length.

I do have to note that these are not quick dry, so I don't recommend them for water activities.

ScotteVest Margaux Cargaux pants for hiking

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Best Camping Gifts over $100

Leatherman Tread Bracelet $$$$

I bought this multi-tool cuff for my husband last year. He's not a ‘jewelry guy' but this is one piece he wears constantly. (And it looks pretty sexy on a rugged guy!)

Unhooked, the cuff has a variety of wrenches, screwdrivers, a carbide glass breaker, cutting hook, bottle opener, and other handy tools. 

It's easy to remove treads to resize for any wrist.

Leatherman Tread - bracelet with 29 tools

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Essential Camping Gear
Check out my essential camping gear on Amazon

Helinox Chair Zero and Lite Cot $$$$

For backpackers who don't want to sit or sleep on the ground, Helinox Chair Zero and Lite Cot are both ultralight and easily portable.

Chair Zero weighs 1.1 lbs and compacts into a 4″x 4″x 14″ stuff sack.

ChairZero by Helinox

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Lite Cot weighs just under 3 lbs and rolls to a tight cylinder just 5″ wide and 21″ long. Assembled the cot is 73″ long (6 feet, 1 inch) and can hold 265 lbs.

Lite Cot by Helinox

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Go Pro  $$$$

Our GoPro is a constant camping companion. We take it hiking, biking, and white water rafting. Horseback riding. Zip lining. Pretty much everywhere.

The GoPro also doubles as our dash cam. The looping setting is perfect for recording miles of roadway without filling an SD card.

I have the GoPro HERO 5; but there are 3 newer versions. Any are a good choice.

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  1. This is such a great list. I love that Leatherman bracelet, and I just got the Moon guide. Camping season can’t come fast enough!

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