Camping gifts can make the perfect present for any outdoor enthusiast!
The outdoor recreation industry is always coming up with unique, convenient and sometimes wacky new gear options. And these innovations are always stepping up to solve every imaginable problem and inconvenience you might encounter on the trail and at the campsite. And plenty more that will just make our lives and adventures even more fun.
We have put together a huge, handpicked selection for you of our absolute favorite gear finds. Whether you’re searching for birthday gifts, getting ready for the holidays or even indulging in some self-shopping, we’ve got you covered for the perfect camping gifts.
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The Best Camping Gifts for the Outdoor Lover
If you have a person in your life who generally loves spending time outdoors, these gifts will add a little luxury and convenience to their next camping trip.
MarsBro Dry Bag
Nothing ruins a camping trip quicker than wet gear! Keeping dry while camping in the rain is important for your safety and enjoyment! Keep your gear completely dry no matter how wet the conditions with this backpack dry bag from MarsBro.
Wakeman Collapsible Dish Tub
Just like your sink at home but it folds up. Get all your camping dishes washed up, wash your food before meals and more. This collapsible dish tub will soon become an essential part of your camp kitchen.
Serene Life Portable Sink
Hands-free foot pump for keeping cleaning at the campground. Perfect camping gift for long stays at rustic campgrounds. Don’t ever let your camp hygiene suffer again!
GSI Outdoors Camp Cooking Utensils Pack
This utensil set comes with 24 utensils that will stay clean and organized in the portable bag. The utensils include forks, spoons, knives, spatula, whisk, cutting board, and so much more. It’s the perfect camping gift for the camp cook in your family.
Primula Coffee Brew Buddy
Everyone needs their coffee whether you’re camping or not! This classic way to make some campfire coffee will make the perfect budget camping gift for anyone on your list. The reusable coffee filter utilizes the pour over method for a delicious cup each and every time.
Igloo BMX 52 Quart
This bear-proof, critter-proof, locking cooler has a non-slip bottom. OtterBox claims that it can keep ice for up to 10 days which beats the Yeti’s claim of 7 days and the Coleman Extreme’s 5 days! The cooler is available in several sizes from 25-quart to 65-quart. Check out our best camping coolers buying guide for more of our favorite rotomolded coolers.
Camp Chef Tahoe 3-Burner Grill
This Camp Chef grill has 3 burners with fully adjustable heat-control dials, removable legs for portability and burning housing to keep the wind out. It’s especially great for large groups and is the perfect gift for the camper who loves to cook!
Check out our complete review of the Camp Chef 2 Burner Stove here.
Coghlan’s Pop-up Trash Can
No more ripped and smelly trash bags hanging off your picnic table. This portable camping trash can folds down when not in use and pops up when you need it. Interior clips secure your trash bag so it doesn’t slide down inside while exterior grommets enable you to stake this trash can down if it’s windy.
Odoland Tent Light Fan
Ever wish you could bring your ceiling fan camping with you? One issue we’ve dealt with while camping is baking in the tent at night. With a hanging light/fan you can beat the heat and get a good night’s rest!
Advanced Elements Portable Outdoor Solar Shower
This 5-gallon solar shower can be hung up near your campsite for an easy clean-up at the campsite or the beach. Our guide to camping showers lists some of our other favorite solar showers for camping!
Thermacell Radius Zone Mosquito Repeller
This little machine repels mosquitoes in a 110 square foot area without nasty odors or sprays. Just press the button and relax. One of the best ways we’ve found to keep the mosquitoes away!
Tactical Gear Emergency First Aid Kit
While it may not be an exciting camping gift, this 115-piece medical supply kit in an ultra-durable bag is definitely practical. Stash it in your glove box or throw it in your backpack, but don’t forget to also read up on wilderness first aid basics.
This stormproof match set comes with heavy-duty waterproof matches and starters that will help you get a fire going even in the dampest conditions.
A good Dutch oven is an essential camping item for easy cooking and even easier cleanup. It opens up a world of amazing cooking options while camping. Check out our complete guide to Dutch Oven Cooking!
This vacuum insulated growler keeps your drink cold for up to 24 hours.
This portable dog bed is the perfect camping gift for your furry friend. It fits in a small stuff sack, is easy to clean, and a great option when you don’t want to share your sleeping mat.
Everything is becoming smart these days, why not your water bottle! This techy water bottle takes hydration to a new level. It integrates with smartwatches and notifies you when you need to drink more water.
Take this kayak with you on all of your adventures and still have plenty of room for all of your gear. New to kayak and canoe camping? Check out our complete guide to canoe and kayak camping and get started with this incredbile camping.
This lighter is small enough to fit on your keychain and is both wind and waterproof to serve you on all your travels.
This beautiful handmade ax is number one in craftsmanship and makes chopping and splitting wood an easy task.
Recline or rock in this chair that suspends you off the ground letting you take in the night sky.
What’s better than hanging in your hammock? Hanging with friends!
This unique system lets you set up two hammocks using the same anchor points so you can save space at the campsite and sleep close to your buddy.
This rugged speaker gives 360-degree sound and is a durable option for getting great outdoor sound at the campsite. Just make sure not to ruin the experience for your neighbors! 🙂
A lantern is one of the handiest tools you can bring out camping. This versatile lantern lasts up to 20 hours and each panel is fully adjustable and removable. Find the perfect langern with our complete lantern buyers guide.
These light-up tent stakes will mean no more stubbed toes or tripping over guylines in the dark.
Gift the gift of camping comfort! This camping mattress is made of high-quality memory foam. You can even stick them together to make room for bigger families.
The Best Gifts for Hikers
Hikers and day-trippers aren’t always looking for the ultra-lightweight gear that backpackers need in their camping arsenal.
But they still appreciate quality gear that will keep them happy and comfortable. These unique gifts for hikers will definitely be the talk of the trail.
Now your best hiking buddy can have his own pack on long trail walks, hikes and camping trips. Make sure to check out our complete guide to backpacking with dogs for even more dog-related camping!
This ultimately comfortable daypack is easily adjustable with plenty of great storage options and ventilation for even the warmest days on the trail.
This gift is perfect for campers, hikers, backpackers or any outdoorsman. It is a great way to get super fresh, lightweight trail food like dried fruits and jerky for your next trail adventure. A dehydrator is a great way to take fruits and vegetables camping. Check out our post on more Foods that Don’t Require Refrigeration for even more ideas.
These days most people take all their photos with their phone. The Moment telephoto lens clips right to your smartphone and is a great gift for the hiker in your life who loves photography but doesn’t want to lug a large camera on the trail.
A great pair of binoculars can be very important when finding your way on the trail and orienteering and these are crystal clear and compact enough to carry along with you.
Keep the rocks out of your trail shoes with these ankle gaiters that are lightweight, breathable and easy to get on and off.
This portable mat makes it easy to take a rest in comfort anywhere along the trail.
Trekking poles can be incredibly handy when hiking uneven trails. They also make great camping and hiking gifts! These incredibly lightweight poles are made of carbon fiber and are collapsible.
Having a good GPS can be a lifesaver when on a backpacking or camping trip. This navigation unit is an asset in the backcountry with plenty of memory for maps and a sunlight readable display.
This small stuff sack makes it easy to pack your bulky items into small spaces for traveling. See how we used our compression stuff sacks when canoeing in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in Minnesota.
These little pocket warmers will keep your hands toasty for up to 7 hours and can also charge your devices. But a hand warmer isn’t just for toasty hands. Handwarmers are great to stick in the bottom of your sleeping bag at night to keep your toes warm as well!
The Best Camping Gifts for Backpackers
Backpackers are usually all about convenience, comfort, and weight. They want to keep their packs light, their feet moving and their bodies feeling good on every trek. These gifts will give the backpacker in your life an extra edge on the trail.
This camping gift may just save someone’s life in an emergency! Drink straight from the mountain stream with this little straw that filters out all bacteria and parasites from water.
These microfiber towels make the perfect camping gift because they dry very quickly and are incredibly light; perfect for carrying on your next trek.
Think you’re tough and you’re gonna sleep on the ground? After one night, you’ll be re-thinking that sleeping strategy! Make your friends and family comfortable and get them a sleeping pad for your next camping trip! This sleeping mat is easy, comfortable and super compact.
Stay warm anywhere. This compact blanket is water resistant, sand-proof and easy to carry with you.
This tent tarp is an easy to set up, back-to-basics, outdoor sleeping apparatus.
A lightweight and compact cookware set is essential gear for any camping or backpacking lover. This compact set of cookware is made of lightweight durable aluminum and includes everything you need to get started with a camping stove, pots, silverware, plate and more.
These silicone bags make it easy for you to store your food in lightweight containers and reduce your trash impact on the trail.
The smallest Leatherman multitool in the bunch is lightweight enough to fit on your keychain and yet still has all the essential tools a camper or hiker needs.
We cannot understate the convenience of pre-packed freeze-dried meals for camping, backpacking, and other trips. They eliminate the need for extra pots, pans, and other cookware, just bring along a Jetboil (below) and you’re set. Mountain House meals are also convenient, easy to carry and will fill you up after a long day on the trail.
If you plan right, a Jetboil can be all the cooking gear you need to bring on a lightweight backpacking trip. This great little cooking system is perfect on the trail when you need something simple, durable and light.
This powerful and ultimately light titanium tool, inspired by the Japanese Hori-Hori knife can dig through roots making cat holes and setting up camp easy.
The Best Camping Gifts for Him
Men are often looking for toughness and durability, and of course good food, beer, and a warm campfire.
These camping gifts are perfect for the outdoorsman in your life!
This power pack opens up a world of possibilities for outdoor lovers. The battery has a 240W capacity and it can be chared with a solar panel, carport or ac outlet. This little generator can power coffee makers, fridges, charge cell phones, run laptops and much more. Plus it is small and light enough to take with you anywhere. To learn even more about outdoor power, read our post The Ultimate Guide To Portable Power here.
Grilling and camping go together like peanut butter and jelly! This Coleman portable grill is easier, cleaner and faster alternative to the campground charcoal grill. We’ve even put together a complete guide to camping grills to help you find the perfect camping grill for you.
This hatchet is the ultimate off-grid survival tool for your next backcountry excursion. Plus it looks awesome!
This survival multitool will help you get a roaring fire going in any situation.
Yeti has become synonymous with quality. Made by the same folks who make great coolers, this can colster will keep your cans icy till the last sip.
Sweater on the outside and fleece on the inside, this moisture-wicking pullover gives loads of cozy comfort without the bulk.
This Northface raincoat is lightweight, breathable and keeps you dry and comfortable in the rain.
The Best Camping Gifts for Her
While women and men love the outdoors just the same, sometimes they have different tastes in gear. Outdoorsy women often have a taste for rugged luxury and style. And these camping gifts fit the bill.
While not always practical for many types of camping, an air mattress is tops in comfort when you have the space to use one! This raised inflatable mattress has an extra comfy quilt top.
Camping is so relaxing and peaceful (and even romantic) that a glass of wine is often the perfect companion. This funny wine glass would be the perfect camping gift for your favorite camper.
For most people, coffee is essential, whether you’re camping or not. These great little mugs come with lids to keep bugs and debris away from your morning blend. Check out our complete guide to camping coffee to find the best ways to make a brew while enjoying nature.
These colorful neck gaiters will keep dust out of your mouth, sweat off your brow and hair off your face while you explore.
This cozy indoor/outdoor blanket will keep you toasty wherever you go and it is water resistant, lightweight and durable.
Sweater on the outside and fleece on the inside, this moisture-wicking pullover gives loads of cozy comfort without the bulk.
This raincoat is lightweight, breathable and keeps you dry and comfortable in the rain.
The Best Camping Gifts for Kids
Camping with kids creates memories that truly do last a lifetime. Sometimes a simple camping gift for the special kid in your life can help get them excited to get outdoors and go camping. And with these camping gifts for kids, you can add even more magic and wonder to your next camping excursion.
Make your campfire even more magical as this fun color packet will light up the campfire in rainbow colors.
If you’re having a campfire, odds are your kids have asked for smores. Now you can keep your kids at a safe distance from the fire but still let them enjoy roasting their own mallows.
One of the best kids games (that adults actually like) now comes in a camping version!
Help your little ones prepare for their first camping trip with this cute book.
These portable toddler beds are easy to travel with and give your little ones a cozy place to curl up in the tent. It also makes your child feel like a big camper with their very own cot.
These learning toys will help introduce your little one to camping by using their imagination.
One of the most loved children’s characters of all time has a fun camping book for you to enjoy with your kids. Introduce your child to the adventure of camping with this classic children’s book.
Staying hydrated while hiking or camping is extremely important for kids and adults. This Camelbak pack is a great way to make sure your kids are staying safe on the trail.
This gift may be more for the parents, but it will help the littlest campers to sit independently for meals.
Kids will have fun repairing their own gear from rips and tears with this cute gear repair stick-on tape.
This playard is light to carry, incredibly easy to set up and will give your little one lots of space for independent play. Plus it comes with a detachable sunshade to give them cool.
This pop-up play seat for infants will keep your baby off the ground and entertained while you relax by the campfire.
You can attach marshmallows and hot dogs to this hilarious fishing rod inspired roaster to hold over the campfire.
Slacklines have become hugely popular in the last few years. These fun tight-ropes are a challenging activity for kids at a campsite. All you need are a couple of trees.
This kit includes binoculars, a magnifying glass, a fan, a multitool, a compass, and a flashlight. Everything your kid needs to do some outdoor exploring.
This portable hanging treehouse is perfect for kids to hideaway or cozy up with a good book when you’re camped in the woods.
The Best Gifts for RV Campers
RV campers have the luxury of being able to carry a bit more with them than car campers or backpackers. And you can easily add a bit more fun to any camper trip with these unique gifts.
Camping Pillow Covers – Decorative pillow covers with camping icons to add warmth to any camper couch.
Drink Stakes – These drink stakes allow you to keep your beverage stable and close while enjoying the newest view camping.
HitchSafe Key Vault – This little safe slides into your hitch, creating a safe place to store your keys and other small items you don’t want to carry with you.
Laundry Pod – This compact portable washing machine lets you wash a small load of clothes without venturing to a laundromat.
Bedside Caddy – When you don’t have the luxury of bedside table space, this little caddy will keep all your items organized and within reach.
Portable Trash Can – This sturdy trash can slip over your tire and keeps your bags from dragging the ground or sliding over.
Ottoman Guest Bed – Save space and still keep your guests comfy with this fold out ottoman.
Flexible Camping Mats – These camping themed mats can double as placemats and cutting boards.
Outdoor Bluetooth Wireless Speaker – Take your music wherever you go with this portable speaker that doesn’t mind the weather.
Outdoor Propane Firepit – This portable propane fire pit allows you to enjoy the ambiance of camping even where campfires are restricted.
Two-Way Radios – This set of radios can help you communicate with your travel buddies without needing data or a good signal.
Camper Welcome Mat – This welcome mat will travel with you on all your adventures.
The Best Gifts for Backpackers
The Best Gifts for Glamping
Find the Perfect Camping Gift for Your Loved One
When it comes to finding the right gifts for your friends and family, our gifts list has something for everyone. These unique camping gifts for outdoor enthusiasts cover everything from gear to clothing to tech devices and so much more.
Looking for something more specific? Our many gear buying guides can help. A few of our most popular include:
- Best Camping Lanterns
- Best Portable Power for Camping
- Best Camping Hammocks
- Best Gifts for High-Tech Campers
- Best Glamping Tents
Read our camping must-haves guide for the skinny on some of the other best camping gifts for the serious camper in your life.
And, don’t hesitate to let us know if we can help you find the perfect camping or hiking gifts for that special someone!
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Hey there, I’m Ryan, the face behind Beyond The Tent.
With decades of camping experiences, my journey into the wilderness began on the rustic trails of a farm in southern Minnesota, where my childhood was filled with explorations and camping by a picturesque river.
My family’s adventures across the United States, from the majestic Colorado mountains to the serene national parks and the pristine Boundary Waters Canoe Area of Northern Minnesota have given me a broad perspective. With each journey, whether in state parks or private encampments, and through the homely comfort of our camping trailers, we’ve amassed a trove of stories, experiences, and invaluable camping wisdom.