Make sure they stay a happy camper with these camping gift ideas that will help them enjoy their time in the great outdoors to the fullest.
My Top Gift Choice For Campers
Once you've been bitten by the camping bug, there can be no turning back.
Because getting out into nature feels so good and grounds you, which is fantastic for your mind, body, and spirit.
As you can leave the noise and distractions of the city behind and enjoy the peace, quiet, and tranquility of the great outdoors instead.
So a camping trip can be the ideal way to slow down, relax, and refresh yourself from the stresses of modern life.
And it's also great for spending quality time with your friends and family too, as you'll make memories sitting around a campfire, swapping stories, fishing, hiking, and sharing tents in all weathers.
So, why not help an outdoorsy friend to become an even happier camper by getting them a gift they will find useful on their camping trips?
As the following list of gifts for people who love camping will all go some way to making the whole experience better and more enjoyable.
1. A Good Quality Tent To Shelter In
The first thing any camper needs is a good tent to sleep in.
As the quality of the tent you use plays a big part in how much you end up enjoying the camping experience.
Because if you have a small, cramped, and cheap tent, then it can turn a camper's milk sour in no time.
As they can feel claustrophobic inside it, have no faith in it's ability to withstand any wind and rain, and end up dreading returning to it each night.
So, if you know a camper whose tent has seen better days, then the ideal gift for them would be to upgrade it to a better one.
And one that would be an upgrade on most tents is the Rei Co-op base camp 4 tent.
As this one sleeps up to 4 people, is made of the highest quality, and is dome-shaped, meaning it feels really spacious inside, yet stays stable even in high winds.
And with the exterior polyester rainfly cover, they'll be able to stay dry in wet conditions too.
There are also 2 roof vents that will let in some fresh air and help to reduce any condensation and smells, and many pockets and hang loops inside so they can keep their gear well organised.
2. A Warm And Comfortable Sleeping Bag
Once a camper has their tent sorted out, the next thing they need to do is find themselves a warm and comfortable sleeping bag.
Because the quality of their sleep will be a major factor in whether their camping experience turns out to be a good one or not.
And there's nothing worse than waking up in the middle of the night feeling freezing cold and uncomfortable.
So, a great gift idea for campers is to get them the Kelty Galactic down 30 sleeping bag.
As this is a comfy, puffy, down-filled, insulated sleeping bag that is brilliant for retaining heat on even the coldest of nights.
And it rolls up to be super compact and lightweight, which means it's easy to carry around with them.
Plus you can also buy two of these bags and zip them together, if you want to create a bigger sleeping bag that you can share with your partner.
And then you can find more fun ways to keep warm during the night!
3. An Inflatable Sleeping Pad For More Comfort
No matter how good a camper's tent and sleeping bag are, it can still be difficult to get a good night's sleep when laying on hard ground.
So, the answer to this is to use a sleeping pad on the floor of their tent.
These are inflatable mattresses that are perfect for camping, as they deflate down so you can fold them up and store them in your backpack or car easily.
And they provide you with the softness and comfort you need to forget your surroundings and get into a deep and restorative sleep.
So, for a good one check out the Therm-A-Rest Neoair Xlite sleeping pad.
As this is a really comfortable 2.5" mattress that can be inflated in less than 2 minutes, and it has an anti-slip fabric which means they won't end up slipping and sliding around the tent during the night.
And it's good for retaining body heat and keeping them warm as they sleep too.
4. A Camping Pillow To Rest Their Head On
Last but not least, a camper is going to need a decent camping pillow to rest their head on during the night.
As while they could just pack a pillow from home, that's not really practical for camping.
Because they'll need one that's not going to slip, is going to be resistant to the weather, and will compress down to fit inside their pack.
And a good choice for this that makes for a lovely gift is the Coop Home Goods adjustable camping pillow.
As it's a really comfortable and high quality pillow that is filled with pieces of shredded memory foam, and they can add or remove pieces of foam to change the height and shape of it.
So, they'll get a pillow that fits their head and favoured sleeping position perfectly.
And it comes with a water resistant sack that compresses it down to half it's size for easy storage, while also keeping it safe and dry in bad weather conditions.
So, as a camping and travel pillow, this one has everything they'll need.
5. A Comfortable Camp Chair To Relax In
Every camper will want a comfortable camp chair to sit in to read, relax, and drink their morning coffee or evening beer.
So why not treat them to a really good one as a gift, such as the GCI outdoor freestyle chair.
As this chair is super comfortable to sit in, with it's spring rockers that rock backwards and forwards to help them relax.
And there are padded armrests for extra comfort, along with a drinks holder where they can put their beverages.
It also folds away flat and is super lightweight, so is easy for them to take on camping trips.
6. A Camping Lantern To Light Up A Camp At Night
One of my favourite things about camping is how dark it gets at night.
As not only does this illuminate the stars in the sky, giving you a magical view, it also helps you get a great night's sleep, tuning your body clock into the rhythm of nature.
However, this darkness can also be a pain when you have to get up in the middle of the night, or want to stay up later with your friends.
So, this is where a camping lantern such as the Coleman twin LED camping lantern can prove invaluable and makes for a great camping gift idea.
As this one has LED bulbs that glow up to 390 lumens, which is more than enough to illuminate their campsite.
And there's a dimmer switch if they want to soften the light and create a more mellow atmosphere.
While the lantern itself is ideal for camping as it's weather resistant, so can be used in windy and rainy conditions.
7. A Headlamp So They Can See Where They're Going
Another gift idea that allows campers to navigate their way in the dark is to get them a headlamp.
These are ideal to wear on to their head when setting up camp after dark, taking a toilet break in the middle of the night, or setting off on a hike before sunrise.
As not only do they light up the area in front of them, they can also keep their hands free for more important business!
So, why not get your happy camper a Black Diamond spot headlamp for their next trip.
As these headlamps fit comfortably on their head, and have LED bulbs that give out a powerful light of up to 300 lumens.
And there are multiple options with them too, including a dimmer switch, a flashing light, the ability to set the distance and reach of the light, and a red night vision mode.
So, they are really handy items to have with them on any camping trip.
8. A Tent Stake Hammer For An Easier Tent Set Up
Every camper needs a good mallet to bash in the stakes and tent pegs when setting up their tent.
And most campers use a rubber mallet for this.
However, another option that can give it a bit more welly is to use a mallet with a steel head instead.
As this stainless steel head will drive the pegs more firmly into the ground, and with far less effort on the campers part.
And one that makes a nice little stocking filler for campers is the MSR tent stake hammer.
As it's solidly built, lightweight, and also doubles up as a bottle opener.
So they can treat themselves to a well earned beer once the tent is up.
9. A Multi-Tool For Little Jobs And Minor Repairs
As well as a mallet, it's also handy to have a few tools with you when going camping.
Because you never know when you'll need a knife, or a pair of scissors, or a pair of pliers.
And this is especially the case if you combine your camping trips with a bit of hiking or mountain biking during the day too.
However, it's not practical to carry a heavy tool box around with you, so a good alternative is to get a multi-tool that can cover all the bases, yet still fit in your pocket.
And these multi-tools make fantastic gifts for campers and hikers, with a particularly good one being the Leatherman Wave Plus multi-tool.
As this contains 18 different tools in one, including wire cutters, scissors, bottle openers, pliers, serrated knives, and screwdrivers.
So, they'll never get caught short on any future camping trips with one of these in their back pocket.
10. A Compass For More Adventurous Campers
Another great gift to buy someone who likes to hike while camping is a compass.
Now for those that don't go off the beaten track this will be overkill, as the GPS on their smartphone will probably be enough to guide them to wherever they want to go.
But for those that like to venture out further into the wilderness, then a reliable and accurate compass is essential.
As it can be dangerous to get lost in certain areas as the sun goes down, or in the heat where water supplies are limited.
So, if you want to buy a gift for an adventurous camper, how about getting them the Suunto MC2G Navigator compass.
As this is a professional mirror compass that is so good it is used by the military special forces.
And it has a global balanced needle, which means they can use this compass accurately anywhere in the world.
So, they'll always be able to find their way back to camp with one of these.
11. A Gas Camping Stove For Whipping Up Hot Meals
One of the most enjoyable things about camping is cooking up a lovely meal outdoors to share with your family and friends.
And while you can make a few basic things on a campfire, to really give yourself some options you need a good camping stove.
As with one of these you can whip up all kinds of delicious meals that'll warm you all up on cold winter days.
While they are also good for boiling water and kettles for your morning tea or coffee too.
So check out the Coleman gas camping stove for a gift for campers that want to cook for themselves on camping trips.
As this one has two burners with adjustable propane heat, so they won't have to limit their cooking to one pot meals.
While the pressure regulator gives off a consistent heat that they can rely on when cooking, and the wind panels stop the flames from blowing out in windy conditions.
Making this a gift that will make any campsite a happier place.
12. A Dutch Oven For Hearty Stews And Soups
Another nice gift idea for the campsite chef among your friends is a dutch oven.
These work like portable ovens and are especially great when they are camping in colder conditions, as they're perfect for whipping up warming stews and casseroles that nourish you from the inside out.
And they can cook them either on hot coals or as a slow cooker by hanging them over a campfire.
So, this will feel more like they're cooking real camp food than when they're using a gas stove!
And a good option to buy for someone is the Lodge deep camp dutch oven.
As these dutch ovens are made from seasoned cast iron that do a great job of cooking their food.
And they come in a variety of sizes, from 2-quarts to 10-quarts, depending on how many campers they need to cook for.
So, you can help someone get some warming and nourishing food inside them on their next cold camping trip with a gift of a dutch oven.
13. An Outdoor Kettle For Their Hot Drinks
A morning cup of tea or coffee is always a great way to start the day, especially on a campsite where you can sit and enjoy it out in the open air.
So, an outdoor kettle can be a nice gift to buy for people that like to go camping, and the one I'd recommend is the GSI outdoors halulite kettle.
As this kettle is built from an aluminum that is a great conductor of heat. while also being scratch resistant.
So, it's durable enough to be able to withstand damage and wear and tear while camping.
And it has a really cool looking classic design too, that'll look great when used on their campsite.
14. An Insulated Mug To Keep Their Drinks Hot
Once they've boiled the kettle and brewed their coffee, they're going to need a decent mug to drink it out of.
And you can't get much better when camping than the Yeti Rambler insulated coffee mug.
As this is one of the toughest mugs on the market and can survive any bumps, drops or scratches, which means it will continue to look pristine, no matter how many camping trips they take it on.
And being vacuum insulated means it'll keep their coffee hot as they drink it, which is especially important when drinking outside.
Plus it's the ideal size to hold a cup of coffee, but not so big that it'll take up too much room in their pack.
So, one of these insulated coffee mugs make a great gift for campers, and can also be used for many other purposes as well.
15. A Wide Mouth Water Bottle
It's also really handy to always have a bottle of fresh water on hand when camping, especially if you're planning to do a few day hikes while there.
So, you could also consider giving a camper a Hydroflask water bottle as a gift.
As these bottles are vacuum insulated, meaning they're great for keeping water cold throughout the day.
And they can also be used as a flask to store hot drinks too.
So, they come in handy on road trips and journeys to and from the campsite as well.
16. A Cooler Box To Keep Their Beers Cold
A good cooler box is another essential for every successful camping trip.
As this will allow a camper to keep their food fresh and ready to be cooked up into delicious meals, while also keeping their beers cold and refreshing.
So, if you want to treat a camper to a great cooler box then check out the Yeti Roadie cooler.
As these are rugged cooler boxes built especially for tough conditions, so they'll be able to survive whatever their campsite can throw at it.
And the 2 inches of permafrost insulation around the walls does a great job of stopping the ice inside from melting, so they won't leak all over the car.
Plus they are easy to carry around with the handle, and can double up as a seat when they stop for a drink or a sandwich.
17. A Portable Power Station To Keep Them Charged Up
While getting out into nature and enjoying the simpler life while camping is a great thing, having a power outlet with you is handy.
As even though you could use your time away to take a complete tech break, many campers will still want to stay connected to the outside world via their smartphones.
And it can also be nice to download some shows from Netflix onto your laptop or iPad to watch in your tent in the evenings.
Plus if you want to play some music around the campfire and don't have the guitar skills, then you're going to need your tech!
Which means a gift idea that can help a camper keep your devices charged up is to get them a portable charger, such as the Jackery portable power station.
As with two USB ports, one AC plug socket, and a car outlet charger, it's ideal for charging up their phones, laptops, and cameras.
And with a long battery life, it will have no problem keeping them all charged up on weekend camping trips.
18. A Solar Power Panel For Environmentally Friendly Charging
A more eco-friendly gift idea for an environmentally conscious camper is to get them a solar power panel for charging up their electronics.
Because as the name suggests, these are panels that generate solar power to help keep things like phones and laptops charged.
So, they are great for opening up at a campsite to generate electricity from the sun's rays.
And they will charge up their devices via USB charging ports on the back of the panels.
So, if you know a camper who would appreciate a gift like this, then get them the Big Blue 28W solar panel.
As this one has 3 USB ports to charge their devices, and can be also be strapped on to their backpacks when out walking to charge on the move.
19. A Privacy Tent For Camp Toilets And Showering
A lack of privacy can be a big problem when you're camping with others.
As whether it is getting dressed in the morning, having a wash, or finding somewhere discreet when nature calls, having no private space can lead to awkwardness and embarrassment that you'd rather avoid.
So, a gift that could give campers the privacy they need is a privacy tent.
As these pop-up tents can be used as a changing room, shower, or a camp toilet, depending on their needs.
And a good example of this is the Green Elephant pop-up privacy tent.
As being 6' 10" tall there is plenty of room inside to manouevre around, and it's super easy to construct, as it just pops up into place by itself when you unfold it.
Plus there are handy attachments for camp life, including an opening to put a camp shower, hangers for their clothes and towels, and a toilet paper holder.
20. A Portable Pressure Shower For The Camp
Once you have your privacy tent in place, then it can be a great idea to add a portable camp shower to it.
Especially if you're camping out in the wilderness, away from any campsite showers or washing facilities.
As it's great to be able to freshen up after a day out hiking, and you can't beat a quick shower to wake you up in the mornings either.
So, giving someone a camp shower like the Nemo Helio portable pressure shower is a thoughtful gift that can keep them clean and fresh.
As this one allows them to have hot showers, as it heats the water inside using the natural sunlight.
And they come with either an 11-liter or 22-liter capacity, so they'll be plenty of water to go round.
Enough in fact for up to 5-10 minutes of showering.
Plus the water pressure from the shower nozzle is really good, so they'll get a decent burst from it.
21. A Day Backpack For Their Camping Gear
It's always handy to have a great backpack to put all your gear in when camping.
As you need one with plenty of room, but also one that can withstand the weather conditions of life in the outdoors.
And a backpack that does the job nicely and can make for a great gift is the Kelty Redwing 44 tactical backpack.
As this one is durable and weatherproof, while also having enough room inside for all your essential daily camping gear.
And it can also double up as a hiking backpack, with the compression belts and straps making it easier on the body to carry.
Plus there are plenty of zippered pockets and compartments, both inside and out, that allow you to keep everything organised and easy to access.
So, as a camping backpack this is a pretty cool one to give a camper as a gift.
22. A Lightweight Rain Jacket To Keep Them Dry
A good quality rain jacket is another camping essential.
Because the weather can be unpredictable and you never know when a storm might hit.
And the last thing you want is to end up cold and soaked through, with no way to be able to dry off properly.
So, getting a camper a lightweight rain jacket to take with them on their camping trips is a nice gift idea.
And one good option for this is the Marmot minimalist gore-tex rain jacket.
As this is a lightweight hooded jacket that is ideal for whipping out their pack when the rain starts to come down.
And being Gore-Tex means it's waterproof and can protect them from the elements, yet it still remains breathable, so they won't overheat while wearing it.
23. A Pair Of Camp Slippers
One great way of feeling more cosy and snug around camp and in your tent is by wearing a pair of camp slippers.
And these can come in really handy when you need to nip outside for something, especially when you're camping in cold weather.
So, a pair of slippers made for camping are a good gift option for a camper, with the North Face Thermoball camp slippers being a top choice.
As these are incredibly comfortable, almost feeling like you have a duvet wrapped around your foot, and they do a great job of keeping your feet warm and dry being fleece-lined.
Plus they have a durable rubber sole with a decent grip, which means they can wear them outside the tent too when they need to.
24. A Book To Increase Their Camping Skills And Knowledge
The final gift idea for campers on this list is one that can help them improve their outdoor knowledge and skills.
But it's one that is more suited to campers who like to go off the beaten track.
As the survival skills it teaches you are probably wasted in a nice campsite with electricity, showers, and an onsite mini-market!
However, more adventurous campers will love the Bushcraft 101 book.
As it's written by a survival expert and helps to give a real understanding of how you can survive out in nature.
Including information on what you need to have in your kit, how to protect yourself from the elements, where to find edible food in nature, and how to cook it.
So, if you want to help a camper stay safe on their trips into the wild, this book is a nice gift to give them.
Camping is a great activity that all the family can enjoy.
As it allows you to get out and experience nature, spend time together, and brings you a sense of peace that can provide the antidote to the stresses of modern life.
And with so many camping accessories and items you can buy that will make the whole camping experience more enjoyable, there are a wealth of gift ideas for campers to choose from.
So, I hope you've found an appropriate gift here that your outdoor loving friends and family will appreciate.