14 of the Best Gifts for Campers

If you're looking for the perfect gift for an outdoorsy pal or loved one—or maybe even yourself!—check out this list from camping expert Amy Boissonneault!

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Finding the perfect gift is truly an art—the ultimate blend of personalized, fun, and practical. Perhaps you want to inspire a friend to join you on your next outdoor adventure, or there is an outdoorsy type in your inner circle, or maybe you drew their name for Secret Santa. Use this helpful gift giving guide for outdoorsy people to find the perfect camping gifts for anyone on your list.

1. Hammock

A red hammock strung up between two trees

A portable hammock is a simple piece of gear that feels luxurious while at camp. A double hammock, like the Eagles Nest Outfitters - DoubleNest Hammock, provides the perfect spot to nap, read, lounge, and gaze up at the trees while pondering the meaning of life. Bonus, camping hammocks pack up fairly small so you can take them to the local park or use them in your own backyard as well! A great addition to anyone’s camping gear.

2. Multitool

A multitool is a great addition to any avid outdoors-person’s gear kit. Use the knife feature to slice apples when you stop for lunch or pull it out when you’re in a pinch and have to do some emergency repairs! The Leatherman OHT is a 100% one hand operable multitool and with this in your pack, you will be ready for anything.

3. Backpacking Tent

A green tent sits on red ground with a sunset in the background

One of the most important items in a backpacker’s pack is undoubtedly their shelter. When you’re carrying your house, kitchen, and wardrobe on your back for miles on end, often while walking up a mountain, durable and lightweight gear becomes very valuable. Nemo makes some of the best backpacking tents around and the Nemo Dagger™ Ultralight Backpacking Tent is a “quintessential one-tent wonder.” It’s got all the features backpackers love without the extra weight! Lightweight, spacious, durable, simple set-up… the list goes on.

4. Comfy Camp Chair

Most campers spend a decent amount of time hanging out around the campfire and you might as well have a comfy seat to relax in. This Eagles Nest Outfitters Lounger Chair sets up and packs down quickly and is so comfy you might not want to get out of it!

5. Thermal Coffee Mug

Two arms holding red camp mugs cheers with mountains in the background
Photo by Nathan Dumlao

An absolute must for every camper. Nobody likes cold coffee (or hot chocolate)! Enamel mugs might be hip and cool but they’ll burn your fingers off and then lose heat quicker than you can say “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.” Personally, I prefer a thermal mug with a lid – the Hydro Flask 12 oz Coffee Mug is perfect. It features a durable pro-grade stainless steel construction and comes with a lifetime warranty.

6. Portable Outdoor Shower

Some of the nicer campgrounds these days have showers but lots of them do not! During longer trips, the luxury of being able to set up a camp shower can be a real treat. The Sea to Summit Pocket Shower is incredibly lightweight and packable while still being easy to use! Perfect for backpacking, cycle-touring, or the beach. Enjoy up to 8-minutes of luxury with this handy little pocket shower.

7. Sleeping Pad

A white tent with pillows and sleeping bags inside sits amongst the trees
Photo by Amy Boissonneault

A sleeping pad without enough cushioning or insulation from the ground can quickly ruin a good night's sleep. The Sea to Summit Comfort Plus - Self Inflating Mat has both areas covered and then some. This 4-season sleeping pad is three inches thick which makes for a luxurious night’s sleep—you might even forget you’re sleeping in a tent! It’s also available in a double size for couples.

8. Long Spoon

If MREs are the go-to meal source while out on the trail then a long handled spoon is just what you need. The Optimus Sliding Long Spoon is an extendable spoon which makes it perfect for MREs as well as… normal food!

9. Sleeping Bag

A woman sits wrapped in a blue sleeping bag with a green tent in the background
Photo by Oleh Slobodeniuk

The gift that will keep you wrapped in warmth while you are sleeping. For those who have a tough time getting out of bed in the morning, the Alite Sexy Hotness 2.0 Sleeping Bag unzips at the feet and arms so you can wear it right out of the tent! Keep your hands cozy in the kangaroo pocket until you are ready to truly “get out of bed”.

10. Camping Lantern

These handy little solar powered Luci EMRG lights can be clipped to the outside of a backpack to charge in the sun while hiking. The lantern provides seven hours of light and deflates to a flat, round disc for travel and storage. It barely takes up any room and is light as a feather! The only catch with solar power is that if you are in the forest the entire time or weather isn’t on your side—the battery won’t recharge. These nifty little lights are waterproof and extremely durable.

11. GPS Device

A hand holding a compass with trees and mountains in the background
Photo by Jamie Street

Navigation on the trail and in the backcountry is incredibly important. Hiking into the backcountry with a GPS device definitely offers greater peace of mind for both those on the trail and their loved ones at home. The pocket sized Garmin InReach is a compact and lightweight GPS tool that does a little bit of everything. Live weather forecasts, satellite supported messaging, SOS trigger and more—this little gadget is waterproof and the battery lasts up to 50 hours! A great gift that is useful and increases safety.

12. Camp Coffee System

If you are looking for a two part gift for the coffee loving camper in your life, this one pairs perfectly with the thermal coffee mug from earlier! The Sea to Summit X-Brew Coffee Dripper is collapsible for easy packing and has a reusable built in mesh filter. It brews up to two cups of joe at once and weighs just 2.9oz. Good coffee in camp makes for one (or in this case, two) happy camper(s)!

13. Day Hiking Pack

A blonde woman in a hat with an orange backpack walks through a field with trees and a mountain peak in the background
Photo by Holly Mandarich

A comfortable pack makes a big difference on the trail. Generally, 10-24L is ideal for day hiking; enough room to carry the 10 Essentials plus anything else you might want to pack. Osprey makes some of the best packs in the biz plus they come with their All Might Guarantee. The Stratos 24 (for men) and Sirrus 24 (for women) are highly adjustable 24L day hiking packs. One size fits all, but an adjustable torso harness enables you to achieve the perfect fit and comfort level. The integrated rain cover keeps the pack and contents dry when the weather turns for the worse.

14. Bug Proof Suit

A perfect and unique gift for the person who loves the outdoors but isn’t quite as keen about the bugs that come with it. The Simms Bugstopper Net Sombrero offers some peace from the constant motion of swatting bugs away from your face. If that’s not quite enough, outfit them in the Sea to Summit Insect Shield Bug Jacket and bug pants for full coverage protection. (And make sure you get a photo!)

Gifting one of the above items to your favorite nature-loving pal will have them itching to get out into the great outdoors for their next camping trip so they can put it to good use! Did something on this list catch your eye? Are you still feeling a little lost and need help finding the perfect gift? Click on the link to my profile below to chat with me—two heads are better than one!

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Growing up on the west coast, camping and getting outdoors in general was always (and continues to be) a priority. Whether it's skiing, hiking, camping, or something a little more off grid, it seems like we're always looking for the next adventure. I might live in the city these days but I spend the...

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