If you have outdoor-loving people in your life you may be wondering what to buy them for their birthday or for Christmas. Gifts for campers and caravan owners can be difficult to find, especially if they seem to already have a lot of the camping equipment they need for trips away with their tent, motorhome, caravan or camper van.
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Looking for a present everyone in the family can enjoy? Check out my post about gifts for the whole family.
However, I think you’ll find some inspiration in this UK list of camping and caravan gifts.
So, what are the best camping gifts? I’m giving you suggestions for:
- gift ideas for every budget and interest
- gift experiences for caravan owners and campers
- luxury caravan gifts
- useful gifts for caravan owners and campers.
You might also like these ideas for gifts for motorhome owners.
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Budget gifts for campers and caravan owners
Looking for budget saving gifts and stocking fillers for campers? Here’s some gifts that will raise a smile:
Custom pin badges
Custom pin badges would be a creative gift to campers.
These badges can be personalized to include designs that represent the camper’s favourite activities or memorable moments from their trip, making them a unique memento of their experience.
Pin badges are also practical gifts that can be easily displayed on backpacks, hats, or jackets, allowing the camper to proudly show off their love of camping and spark conversations with other outdoor enthusiasts.
Whether it’s a thank you gift for a camping trip or a special occasion like a birthday or graduation, custom pin badges are sure to leave a lasting impression on any camper.
I love a good slogan mug and a tin one is essential when you’re camping.
This fun tin camping mug* is on Amazon.
I’m always jotting down notes on my iPhone whatever holiday we are on.
But if you or your favourite camper prefer a good old fashioned book for nature notes, sketches and memories then there’s loads available.
Various prices on Amazon*.
On the spot bite zapper
You’re a moving feast for mozzies while you’re camping. So why not give your loved one this nifty tool to tackle itchy bites while in the great outdoors. The Zap-It!* Is a small piezo device designed to zap the itch of a mosquito or insect bites with a low electrical impulse created by crystals.
No batteries are needed, it fits beautifully into your pocke, and it can be used by the whole family. It’s also reasonably priced at £6.96.
Quirky gifts for campers in 2023
Buy something a unique for the camper in your life. They’ll adore this quirky gifts:
A hammock for two
What better place to hang out when camping than a hammock slung between a couple of trees. You don’t even need to be camping; the garden will do too!
This double hammock* takes two and even comes with its own mosquito net to keep bugs at bay.
You can buy it for £23.99 from Amazon.
Wind breaks are an essential camping and caravanning accessory, but they needn’t be dull.
These windbreaks from OLPRO* will brighten any pitch.
Prices start at £55 but look out for sales.
Foodie gifts for campers
Who doesn’t love enjoying a good meal when they’re on holiday? Here’s some foodie gifts for campers to use when they are away:
A special treat
If the camper you know is a hardened pro then fill their stockings with a few camping ‘delicacies’. Ready to eat chocolate pudding will go down a treat on their next expedition.
Doesn’t it look delicious? LOL! It’s sure to raise a smile on Christmas Day.
Ready to eat chocolate pudding* costs £5.99 per sachet from Amazon.
Campingaz Party Grill
If your camping friend is more into freshly cooked meals then the Campingaz Party Grill might be up their street.
We have the 600 model which packs down into its own carry bag and can handle anything from cooked breakfasts to pizza and barbecues.
Read our full Campingaz Party Grill 600 review.
You can buy the Campingaz Party Grill* 600 for £155.91 from Amazon.
Who needs a full set of cutlery when you are traveling light? A multi-use Sporknife from True Utility is compact and durable making it the perfect utensil for camping.
You can by a sporknife on Amazon*.
Jet boil camping stove
This is a must-have for tea lovers who camp. Get your brew fast with the Flash 2.0 Camping Stove. It boils 500ml of water in 100 seconds.
Buy a Jet Boil Flash 2.0 camping stove on Amazon*.
Stackable pots and pans
A robust set of pots and pans with removable handle are ideal for camping and using in motorhomes, camper vans and caravans. It’s an essential that no camper should be without and they may welcome a new set as a practical gift.
You can buy this Tefal camping pot and pan set* with utensils on Amazon.
Camping and caravanning gifts – experiences
Gifts doesn’t always have to be stuff. In fact, we much prefer experiences to things. Here’s some gift experiences caravaners and campers can enjoy during their travels:
Wine or beer tasting
While your favourite campers are touring the countryside they can pop into a vineyard or brewery for a spot of tasting.
Experiences like this cost a wallet friendly £15 per couple and can be redeemed at more than 20 locations around the UK.
There’s lots more ideas for experiences that campers can enjoy during their trips including days out, theatre trips and on Buy a Gift*.
If you’re looking for more seasonal activities the would make for good Christmas presents then check out my Christmas days out in the UK, festive events in Cornwall and Christmas activities in Devon posts.
You might also like my post about how to be more eco friendly on holiday.
Practical gifts for campers
Buy the camper in your life something they will use again and agin. Here’s some ideas:
Picnic blanket map
Give your camper a picnic blanket that encourages their desire to explore.
Rubbastuff have a range of waterproof picnic rugs featuring UK national parks and beauty spots. They are designed to be lightweight, compact and come with their own stuff bag, meaning you can easily carry them to your favourite picnic spot.
Buy picnic maps from Rubbastuff.
When you’ve got to go in the middle of the night you’ve got to go! A head torch is handy for those midnight dashes to the toilet block and tinkering around your pitch after dark.
This compact headtorch from Petzl is a favourite among outdoor enthusiasts. The Tikka is a classic headtorch with three lighting modes including a wide beam for proximity lighting, movement and extended distance vision.
The headtorch has a comfortable fabric strap and is ideal for campers, walkers, Scouts and Duke of Edinburgh Award participants.
Buy the Petzl Tikka head torch* on Amazon.
Winter sleeping bag
If you know someone who isn’t put off by camping in the cold then a cosy sleeping bag will help them warm at night.
Ideal for winter campers on a budget, the Vango Nitestar 450 is high quality yet affordable and designed to be used in temperatures as low as -8c.
It is also very versatile as it can be used year-round and is popular with Scouts and DofE trips. The double offset layer construction and mummy design are designed to retain your body heat and the auto locking zip stops the sleeping bag from opening in the night.
Buy the Vango Nitestar 450* on Amazon.
More sleeping bags for families
We have reviewed the Vango Roar Double and Vango Kanto Junior sleeping bags for kids, which work for both camping and touring caravan holidays. These bags are now a few seasons old but there are plenty of similar ones to pick from this year.
Buy Vango sleeping bags* from Go Outdoors.
Tent cleaning kit
Help your camping friend keep their tent or awning clean and ready for their next adventure with this cleaning kit for waterproof fabrics. This all-in-one Fabsil fabric care kit includes everything you need to care for your tent’s fabrics.
Clean and protect your tent or awning’s fabric whilst also restoring its water-resistance and UV rating.
Buy the Fabsil tent cleaning kit* on Amazon.
OS Map annual subscription
There’s no chance of getting lost during outdoor adventures with a 12 month OS Maps subscription. This gives your camper access to all OS maps for the UK on any of their digital devices.
They can either map read off their smart phone or print out hard copies.
Buy an annual subscription to OS Maps* for £28.99.
A decent cool bag is super handy for camping trips, either for packing with fresh food or frozen meals. And everyone needs somewhere to keep the beers cool!
The Red Original cool bag keeps ice frozen for days and there’s no need for it to be plugged into a battery or mains electrics.
By the Red Original cool bag* on Amazon.
We are big fans of packing cubes and are yet to find a type of holiday where they don’t work.
The camper in your life will love being able to organise their clothes and other belongings using these space-saving cubes with a mesh top panel for easy identification of contents and a webbing handle for convenient carrying.
Buy packing cubes* in various shapes and sizes on Amazon.
Luxury gifts for campers and caravan owners in 2023
If only a special treat will do, then here’s some luxury camping gift ideas:
The Garmin Fenix 6 Sapphire is a smart watch that you wont be afraid to take outdoors. Take a look at our full review of this sports watch.
Check the Garmin Fenix 6 price on Amazon*.
Another good option is the Suunto Watch.
This robust time-piece comes with tracking, route mapping, and Point of Interest Navigation with breadcrumb view in real time.
It also measures calories and paces, it can warn you about bad weather, and has up to 100 hours battery life.
It also measures calories and paces, it can warn you about bad weather, and has up to 100 hours battery life.
Buy Suunto Watch* on Amazon.
Gifts for campers who love water sports
We are huge fans of getting outdoors and seeing destinations from a different angle. Paddle boarding is one way we do this.
Here’s an awesome camping gift if you’re feeling super generous:
Compact paddle board
Red Paddle Boards have created the smallest board package in the world which packs up into a rucksack and weighs in at 8kg.
This 9’6″ board with pump, paddle, fins, leash, and bag is ideal for campers who haven’t got much room, yet wish to explore when they’ve reached their destination.
If you want to check out other Red paddle boards take a look at our review of the Ride 10’6″ and Ride 10’8″ paddle boards.
Buy board packages from Red Original.
Dryrobes aren’t just for the beach – we always pack ours for camping trips and festivals.
We have original Dryrobes but have also bought a cheaper alternative for our kids. Take a look at our review of the Moonwrap to see how they compare.
Camping gifts if you want to stay connected
Camping is a great way to slow down and disconnect. But for those times when you really need to stay in touch, here’s some tech to help:
Solar Battery Pack
Campers need never run out of phone or tablet battery as long as the sun shines with a solar battery pack. This one from BigBlue allows you to go off grid without losing charge.
Check the latest price on Amazon*.
Backpacks for campers and travellers
A backpack is a camping essential. If your camper’s rucksack is looking tired, help refresh their gear:
OLPRO 32L Daysack
The 32 litre capacity day bag has loads of room and pockets for spare clothes, drinks and snacks for the whole family.
More gifts for campers and outdoor people in 2023
If you have lots of outdoorsy people in your life you might like to check out these gift lists too:
- Best gifts for outdoor mums
- Outdoor gifts for kids
- Gifts for camper van owners
- Travel gifts for kids who have everything.
Eek! Have you left your Christmas shopping until the last minute? Don’t panic! Check out my last minute Christmas gift ideas that you can deliver in time for the big day.
Disclosure: some of the items in this post have been gifted to us. Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. They are marked with *. If you click on one of these and make a purchase I may earn some commission. This does not affect the price you pay.
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