*Some of these products were gifted to me
Once you start camping regularly, there’s not much turning back. And you end up growing your camping equipment each year. Going camping is dangerous for your bank account because you see so many ideas for camping set ups that makes you think ‘ooh that would make camping life so cool / much easier’ (*delete as required). Much is dependent on the size of your car, but even if you’ve been camping for years, there’s always new innovations in tents and camping equipment.
If you’re a camping enthusiast (or even just someone new to taking your family camping), you don’t always want to spend money on nice to have items. So why not add your camping wishlist to your Christmas list and give relatives or friends ideas of things you’d love.
I’ve pulled together a gift guide with lots of camping gift ideas, including items I’ve been sent to try out and things I’ve seen over the last year which could make great gifts for camping fans – some for stocking fillers, some for normal presents.
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Camping gift ideas
These pillows come in their own bag, and are longer than blow up pillows, so great for camping. Choose one in the colour you want (pink, blue or black), and give it to moaning tired kids on car journeys as well as using in the tent at night. I’m terrible for forgetting a pillow when I’m camping, but hopefully this would be something N would grab to take down with us as well.
Who wouldn’t want one of these multitools? They’re useful and a bit fun. Anything that combines useful tools means less chance of losing them too – we can never find a bottle opener or scissors when we need them camping, so this would be helpful in most problem camping situations (the best would be the addition of a peg hook and spray proofer).
Anything that frees up space while packing for camping is a great idea, and this lantern’s sweet – plus useful with it’s handle you can hang from the tent. It’s solar powered, so no need to worry about batteries running out.
I don’t really drink hot drinks usually, but in summer temperatures can go down in the evenings. Camping in a big family group means that often drinks are poured out for everyone, and some people don’t get to theirs before they cool down. With the Hydro flip flask, coffee stays hot for up to 6 hours, it’s BPA and Phthalate free, and you can use it for hot foods like soup because it’s stainless steel build means it doesn’t hold on to flavours
Once you’ve been camping once you realise that the tent pegs that come with tents aren’t the best. It was only 3 years down the line that I heard about rock pegs. You can get tent pegs for different types of ground, and after this year’s heatwave, the Rock Pegs I bought were brilliant. Not only are they great to knock into the ground, but they’re brightly coloured for easy viewing, and they include a peg hook for easy removal. These make great gifts – or any one of the similar boxed tent peg options.
We have a cheaper version of these, but they’re so handy to have camping. For lazing around at the campsite, in or out of the tent, or on the beach. You don’t need anything to inflate it other than either wind, or a bit of someone wafting their arms around. For handy gift wrapping, they come in their own bag
Melanine camping set
We tend to just use the boring white set that came in our picnic set, but if you’re camping with friends, they tend to all get mixed in and it’s hard to know whose plates are whose. There’s so many designs to choose from, but they can be subtle and look less like camping or picnic gear or you can go arty with more of a mondrian style set. Enamel is the alternative, but melanine has less cringe-rating with cutlery scraping on it.
These cute mugs would be a great stocking filler for men or women. No need for them to lose their mug to anyone else in the tent.
For those who want more than just a single gas stove, this is a bit of fun without having to go the whole hog with a campfire or bbq. It’s adjustable, and easy to set up, great for grilling and bbq-ing on
For easy swilling off muddy shoes and boots, or washing up single items – handy when you’ve no permanent water supply in the wilds, or just squirting the children if they’re misbehaving.
This blanket folds down to the size of a packet of crisps, but open is big enough for 4 to sit on. Use it in your tent, or outside for kids to play
If you want to treat yourself, you could do worse than buying this amazing rainbow bell tent!
Disclosure: I was sent some of these gift guide products for the purpose of this gift guide. All words and opinions are my own.