20 gift ideas for campers

Yurt, gifts for campers

Wondering what to buy someone who loves travel but can’t at the moment? Here are some gift ideas for campers and travellers that they can look forward to using next summer.

After a lifetime of camping, these are our most treasured finds that we no longer travel without – our essential non-essentials. 

Gift ideas for campers categories

Setting up camp

Give your pitch a mini-makeover for more of a festival vibe with the campers’ gifts of mystical blue fire, a twinkling of fairy lighting and sunny summer bunting.

Blue fire

Want a blue campfire? Or maybe green? Sprinkle on a sachet of Mystical Fire to create your own world of wizardry. 

Top tip – wait until you’ve finished BBQing your food on it first, as blue chemicals are not known for their health-giving properties. And don’t leave empty packets in your pockets unless you want a matching blue coat.

For more top tips on hosting a family beach bonfire, check out Million Miler Mom’s handy guide.

Details of gift ideas for campers 1 - Mystical Fire

Cost

£10 for a pack of 8

Where can I buy this gift idea for campers?

My sister used to have to ship it from Canada, but luckily for you Amazon now deliver.

Things to think about

One sachet lasts for about 30 minutes, so pack a few for the weekend.

Fairy Lights

Transform your dusk-dark tent frontage into a twinkling festival of light with a battery powered string of fairy lights.  Also handy for finding your way back to your tent after a loo trip in the dark.

Details of gift ideas for campers 2 - Fairy lights

Cost

From about £5

Where can I buy this gift idea for campers?

Any supermarket or Wilksons will do. Here’s one on Amazon

Things to think about

Make sure you select outdoor lights.

Plastic coated wires are easier to untangle.

Go for the longest one you can find.

Plug ins are brighter and last longer if you have a hook up. (I’ve yet to find a solar powered set that light up.)

Bunting!

Add a festival vibe to your campsite territory by stringing it with bunting. Instant party.

Warn children/drunk adults that you are doing this to avoid garrotting incidents as they run past.

Details of gift ideas for campers 3 - Bunting

Cost

This cloth set is about 20m long and cost about £20.

Where can I buy this gift idea for campers?

I bought mine in Frome. Always good to buy it from somewhere you had a lovely holiday! As a gift, I like this one on Amazon.

Things to think about

Cloth is not so good if you are expecting rain. Think about a waterproof plastic one.

Don’t go for the cheapest or you may have to thread it yourself. Took me about 2 hours for my garden set!

Al Fresco dining

Camping goblets

Glasses are a travelling disaster, but prosecco/beer from a plastic cup never tastes that great.

Instead, invest in an unbreakable but lightweight shiny silver or copper camping goblet and become a king of the road.

In the UK these are great as they chill your drink in the evening as the temperature drops so double as a  drinks fridge.

Details of gift ideas for campers 4 - Camping Goblets

Cost

From about £15 for 2

Where can I buy this gift idea for campers?

Here’s a link to a shiny set.

Things to think about

The stem of the wine glass variety is very tippable. If you are not using a camping table you may be better off with a tumbler/tankard design. Some of them come with lids. 

Portable milk frother

Taking this to a caravan or a tent with a hook up has transformed our drab flat whites into Costa-esque lattes.

 Use a bit of Azera Nescafe coffee and you’d never know you were drinking instant.

Details of gift ideas for campers 5 - Aerocino

Cost

£15 – £50

Where can I buy this gift idea for campers?

The real deal from Nespresso cost about £50, but you can buy one which looks almost exactly the same from Aldi for £20. 

Things to think about

Red, white or black?

MASSIVE marshmallows

Go large with the smores with some comedy over-sized marshmallows.

Details of gift ideas for campers 6 - Marshmallows

Cost

£6.20 for half a kilo.

Where can I buy this gift idea for campers?

In supermarkets or online here.

Things to think about

Not for vegetarians (sadly I have yet to find supersized veggie ones).

Camping clothes

Waterproof socks

Miracle feet-saving devices to stave off the cold and  wet. I cannot sing their praises highly enough. Who knew you could buy such a thing? For about £20 water simply does not get through, even if it gets in your shoes. 

Details of gift ideas for campers 7 - Waterproof socks

Cost

About £20

Where can I buy this gift idea for campers?

Online here, they currently cost around £20.  If you spot them in Aldi they are about £15.

Things to think about

Go for a mid-calf  length. Anything shorter and water gets in the top. Too long and they are  just annoying to pull up.

Warm waterproof "soft shell" trousers

These were a real find! They look pretty much like normal trousers but are fleece-lined to keep away the night time campfire hypothermia, and waterproof for the inevitable UK rain shower.

I wear mine for winter walks, sledging, playground duty and campfires.

Details of gift ideas for campers 8 - Soft shell trousers

Cost

£15 (child) – £100

Where can I buy this gift idea for campers?

You can get an adult pair for £20- £30 in Aldi or in the sales at Mountain Warehouse, Trespass or online from Amazon

Things to think about

Decide how cold you are going to go. If you will be wearing layers underneath them, go for a larger size. In Russia, I wore thick cords and leggings under them just to be sure (nightmare in the shops mind!)

Hooded blanket

To stop me having borrow these from fellow campers, I’ve put one on my own Christmas list. 

Wear it for sitting outside the tent on chilly nights, for warming up after the sea or for sleeping. 

Details of gift ideas for campers 9 - Hoodie blanket

Cost

About £20

Where can I buy this gift idea for campers?

Search for hoodie blanket and you can get something like this.

Things to think about

Check out the reviews. How thick you want it to be (and still be packable) and how long? Do you want to prioritize walking or leg warmth?

Go towelling of fleece depending on how much sea action you are expecting.

Dry robe

For a luxury gift item, go for a full-on Dryrobe. About one and a half times the width of a normal coat, you can tuck your arms in for warm and unseen clothes-changing. Popular with wild swimmers.

Being waterproof and fleece lined, it can also be worn as a massive coat.

We’ve only got one in our family for sharing – just get one big enough for all to borrow. One size really can fit all, as it’s like a portable tent. (2 teenage boys can still fit inside ours at the minute, and that’s a small).

Details of gift ideas for campers 10 - Dryrobe

Cost

A steep £150

Where can I buy this gift idea for campers?

The Dryrobe website. 

Things to think about

There are cheaper non-brand versions online. 

Think about sleeve length. Mid- sleeved varieties are cheaper, but I’m thinking if it’s cold enough to be wearing one, you want warm arms too.

Luggage

Dry bag

Keep your post-sea wet clothes away from your lovely warm dry ones, by stuffing them safely away into a dry bag. Go small for costumes and towels, or large for full on wetsuits. 

As a bonus feature, when used as general luggage they also keep your clothes dry if your tent springs a leak in the night (as ours does on a regular basis).

Details of gift ideas for campers 11 - Dry bag

Cost

From about £15 for a large

Where can I buy this gift idea for campers?

Here is a link to the kind of thing  you can buy at Amazon. Aldi do a good one, if you can catch it in the shops (not available online).

Things to think about

What size and strap type works for you? Over the shoulder is better for longer treks.

Technology

Portable charger

Not as fun as the others, but this gift idea for campers will save your bacon by resurrecting your phone from death if you’ve spent a day taking photos and also using google maps to find out where you are.

Also just mighty handy if you are away from a socket overnight. Never go anywhere without mine.

Details of gift ideas for campers 12 - Portable Charger

Cost

From about £10 – £35

Where can I buy this gift idea for campers?

The Anker Powercore 20100 gets good reviews

Things to think about

Low capacity power banks are smaller and cheaper, but carry less charge any may not have multiple ports.

Waterproof speaker

A brand new addition to my camping packing list but brilliant! A portable party. Go for blue tooth waterproof versions in a small packable size to connect to your phone for beach/campfire good times.

Details of gift ideas for campers 13 - Portable Speaker

Cost

From about £20 – £60

Where can I buy this gift idea for campers?

I got this one – a small, blue Sony from Curry’s.  Shop around on the internet for the best deal. 

Things to think about

Go for long battery life, waterproof and a brand you have heard of. Weigh up size versus sound quality.

Battery operated pump

Save tempers and your breath by investing in this battery powered air bed pump (also for dingys and rubber rings). It is a life and time saver!

Don’t forget new batteries. We did. Gutted.

Details of gift ideas for campers 14 - Battery powered pump

Cost

From about £6 – £15

Where can I buy this gift idea for campers?

We have bought these from Wilkinson, Aldi, and  Amazon.

Things to think about

If you travel with a  hook up, a plug in version is more powerful. We carry both in case electricity is available.

We bought the cheapest one, but I imagine the more expensive deliver more power.

Plug in cool box

Keep your food cold for longer buy buying a cool box that plugs into your car on the journey, and then a hook up when you arrive. Godsend for a cold beer to celebrate tent construction success.

Top tip: some of them have a heater switch too. Watch out for this if you don’t want hot cheese.

Details of gift ideas for campers 15 - Plug in cooler

Cost

From about £40 – £80

Where can I buy this gift idea for campers?

Again, Aldi delivered for us but check out Amazon for bargains.

Things to think about

Think about size – do you want to be able to fit a bottle in standing up? Noise can be an issue so watch out for this in reviews. Make sure it has both kinds of input – car and mains.

For some more hi-tech traveller gift ideas, especially for those with a photographic bent, head over to BevandSham’s ideas page.

Toys

Glow sticks

Never lose children (or just big kids) in the dark again, by distributing glow-stick glasses. Also great for holiday snaps.

The linking pieces are fun for your creatives – think glow-in-the-dark sunflowers

Details of gift ideas for campers 16 - Glow Sticks

Cost

About £18 for a party bag.

Where can I buy this gift idea for campers?

Shop around but the Amazon link is here.

Things to think about

How big is your party? 

Stomp rocket

Get very competitive by leaping on a small brick-sized box of air in an attempt to shoot your rocket into the clouds. You can literally lose sight of it with the naked eye when dads get involved. Measurable distance shooting is also a game (to avoid an experience similar to paintballing, do not walk across the line of fire).

An all round winner.

Details of gift ideas for campers 17 - Stomp Rocket

Cost

About £15

Where can I buy this gift idea for campers?

Shop around but the Amazon link is here.

Things to think about

The rockets go for miles and do split after a while so invest in a pack of spares. 

Waterproof cards

If,  like me, you are partial to a bit of Gin Rummy with your camping/caravanning rhubarb gin – invest in some snazzy black and gold waterproof cards to save them from the rain and/or drink spillage.

Details of gift ideas for campers 18 - Waterproof cards

Cost

About £5 – £10

Where can I buy this gift idea for campers?

Shop around but the Amazon link is here.

Things to think about

Black or gold? Depends on the individual affection for bling

Water shooters

Simple but devastating. These can transform a lazy campers’ field into an aquatic warzone for an entire day for about £2 a head. Not just for little kids!

(Don’t forget to pack your swimmers.)

Details of gift ideas for campers 19 - Water shooters

Cost

About £5 – £10

Where can I buy this gift idea for campers?

Shop around but the Amazon link is here.

Things to think about

How many will you need? One each and a few for pals is a good ratio.

Water bombs

Again, the cheapest of party items are often the most deadly fun.

Buy a pack with a multi-fill facility. All out war or organised games are both options depending on how feral your child is (I find this increases in direct proportion with amount of time spent in the field).

Details of gift ideas for campers 20 - Water bombs

Cost

About £10 for a large bag

Where can I buy this gift idea for campers?

Shop around but the Amazon link is here.

Things to think about

Get the multi fill or the fiddling around will kill you.

Or the gift of Glamping!

Instead of a physical gift, why not give the gift of glamping itself?  I can totally recommend the fabulous yurts in Mawgan Porth. Check out my Group Accommodation post for details.

Or check out this amazing glamping site discovered by Travel Bugs.

What are your top camping items? Would love to hear about your essential non-essentials in the comments!

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11 thoughts on “20 gift ideas for campers”

  1. Love these ideas for a gift! The coloured fire is so much fun – what a great idea of a camper who has it all. And the massive marshmallows are always a must for any of my camping experiences. And the battery-operated pump is a must as well, all of these are such fantastic shouts.

  2. Great list. Those waterproof trousers look really useful, I might look into getting something like that in the future. Love the fairy lights, I can always add more fairylights to my life 🙂

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