Camping season might be winding down, but now is the best time to pick out gear for next year! Whether you’re shopping for others or searching for a few ideas for yourself, this list will provide you plenty of outdoor and camping gifts inspiration.
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Outdoorsy people can be notoriously difficult to shop for. There’s just so much gear out there it can be impossible to make sense of it. And what on earth could they be interested in?
That’s why we’ve broken this list down into different “genres” of campers. Once you get their style figured out, finding the right gift is easy!
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This freeze-dried Neapolitan ice cream sandwich is not just a great treat to have on a camping trip. It’s a fun winter-time snack too! Especially if you want a “sort of” ice cream experience without the cold. Either way, these things have a 3-year shelf life, so yeah, no rush.
Scent is one of the senses most strongly linked to memory. So transport yourself back to lazy campfire days of summer with this Christmas Fir Campfire Incense from Juniper Ridge. Made from pure plant resins, their bamboo incense sticks burn clean with no charcoal, perfume or hidden ingredients.
When we were kids, we hated getting socks for the holidays. Now that we’re adults, we can’t get enough of them. These all-wool Darn Tough socks have been one of our go-to socks for quite a while now. Plus, they have a real deal lifetime warranty!
This is a great stocking stuffer for any backpacker in your life! The Morsel XL Spoon’s long handle combined with the rubberized squeegee spoon edge will let them scoop up every last bit of their backpacking meals(psst, get 10% off your order by using the code “FOTG10“).
Give the gift of holiday “season” this year with Jacobsen Salts (sorry, I just had to!). This Oregon based company was the first to harvest sea salt from the Pacific Northwest since Lewis & Clark. They are now world-renowned for the distinct taste and presentation of their flake and kosher sea salts. Try one of their many flavor salts like Black Garlic Salt, Ghost Chili Salt, or Cherrywood Smoked Salt.
This single-serving pour-over is perfect for tucking into a stocking and makes a great cup of coffee! Founded by two Eagle Scout brothers, for every purchase of a Pocket Pour Over, Kuju donates 1% of sales to the National Park Foundation!
These camping cocktail kits contain everything you need to make a small (or large) batch of bespoke cocktails. Each jar comes with a unique blend of dried spices, dried fruit, and cane sugar. All you need to do is add the alcohol!
Burt’s Bee’s is a classic stocking stuffer around here. But now they have a Burt’s Bee’s double pack with a chapstick and hand salve that comes in ornament shaped packaging. Something fun to hang on the tree or stuff in a stocking.
We are big fans of maple syrup, so a little sample gift pack like this one by Vermont based Runamok Maple would be a big hit with us. It contains a classic sugarmaker’s cut, ginger-root infused, bourbon barrel, and vanilla & cinnamon. Who’s ready to make pancakes!?
Gifts for the Camp Bartender
The life of the campsite, these gifts are perfect for the person who keeps the camp cocktails flowing until you throw the last log on the fire.
Perfect for camping trips, ski cabins, boating, and hiking, the Camp Cocktails cookbook is your guide to outdoor libations. Written by the co-founder of the Vikre Distillery (named the USA’s best craft distillery by USA Today), it covers all the tips and tricks for serving drinks outdoors plus dozens of drink recipes to try out!
A unique combination of utility and portability, this Folding Picnic Knife features a 4-inch half-serrated half-straight blade, corkscrew, and bottle opener. Slice bread, meats, and cheese and open a bottle of wine or beer. It gets our vote for Happy Hour MVP.
Always be prepared for a party! The Adventure Happy Hour Shaker Set includes 2 rocks glasses and a citrus reamer that nest inside the shaker. Its rugged construction means you can easily toss with the rest of the camping gear without worrying about it.
We love filling up a growler on our way out of town and enjoy some local beer back at our site. The DrinkTanks Insulated Growler is the best we’ve tried. When purchased with the keg cap, you can even keep your beer carbonated all weekend long.
These are by far the classiest looking camp flasks we’ve ever seen. If there is a special somebody in your life that enjoys a nice drink in an outdoor setting, then this gift will really show your appreciation for all the good times.
Why risk getting bacon grease all over your expensive puffy jacket, when you could be sporting this fashionable camp-style apron instead? Whether you’re grilling at home or cooking over a campfire, a rugged and durable apron is a must.
A reusable, all-natural alternative to the ubiquitous saran wrap, Bee’s Wax Wraps are great for covering leftovers, wrapping cheeses, fruits, or anything else you want to store for later. Easy to manipulate, clean, and reuse – we have started using Bee’s Wraps for everything.
A pie iron is a fun gift idea for any camp chef who loves to get creative over the campfire! They are relatively inexpensive, easy to use, and they’re just a ton of fun. We’ve made pizza pockets, sandwiches, and cinnamon rollsbefore, but there are so many more variations to try.
Why guess when the steaks are done when you can know? Using a digital instant thermometer is the easiest way to get perfectly cooked food, every time. Thermapen is the industry-leading instant-thermometer on the market. It’s the best of the best.
Whether it’s late-night grilling at home or camping out in the woods, it’s critical that you’re able to see what you’re doing. This rechargeable headlamp from BioLite is a perfect hands-free, directional light source.
Gifts for the Camp Coffee Connoisseur
Gift ideas for everyone’s favorite person in the morning
Products can be useful, but meaningful experiences will last a lifetime. Purchase a National Parks Pass and go on an adventure the whole family will remember. Just one pass gets you into every National Park & Monument, as well as National Forests, Grasslands, and plenty of other recreation sites across the country for an entire year.
This 8 liter daypack is perfect for an adventurous kid who wants to be able to carry their own snacks and light gear on a hike. They come in a number of animal-themed colors so you’re bound to find one that matches your kiddo’s personality!
The official card game of Fresh Off The Grid, we love playing SET on camping trips. It’s perfect because there are no turns and anyone can walk up and play. It’s a little hard to teach but easy to learn.
This Black Diamond headlamp was designed specifically with children in mind. It works right-side-up or down, shuts off after two hours, and has a child-safe closure and breakaway strap. Virtually kid proof!
Gifts For Her – Megan’s Picks
Notice a theme here? These are Megan’s favorite gifts for staying cozy long after the sun has set.
I hate having cold feet while we’re camping (or any time!), which is why a pair of slippers with sturdy soles are a must at the campsite. Michael bought me a pair of these Old Friend slippers for our first Valentine’s Day nearly 8 years ago and they are still going strong!
I received a Pendleton blanket a few years back and it has accompanied me on many a camping trip since. The Yakima Camp Blanket is made from a wool-cotton blend, so it carries the warmth of wool while still feeling soft.
Staying warm in the winter starts with a solid base layer. I’ve recently switched over to wearing Smartwool base layers underneath my button-down shirts and it has been nothing short of life-changing. Turns out they were right all along: layers are the answer.
While most people don’t frequently need heavy-duty arctic exploration gloves, having a pair of lightweight gloves to cut the chill can really help during the winter. These Smartwool liner gloves are perfect for early morning walks, blustery afternoon runs, or wearing under work gloves.
I’m sure other guys can relate to having a bunch of utilitarian shoes but nothing that could even remotely pass as fashionable. These Lems boots have been on my radar for a while and friends have had nothing but good things to say about them.
I have two pairs of sunglasses from Sunski and both have been fantastic. While the frame style and lens polarization are great, what is beyond incredible is the lifetime warranty. I have accidentally sat on more sunglasses in my life than I care to remember, but with Sunski, it’s covered. On that fact alone, these are going to be the only sunglasses I purchase and would recommend!
Why gift cards might be the best option
So if you’ve reached this point of the guide and you’re still scratching your head what to get, allow us to offer a suggestion: gift cards.
Buying camping gear can be really challenging. There are a lot of different product options, from different brands, with different tech specs—making it really hard to know what is the right thing to get. And, campers often have strong opinions about what they would or wouldn’t find useful. Trust us, we know—we’re those types of people!
So rather than trying to anticipate exactly what piece of equipment or clothing would be “right”, acknowledge there isn’t any way for you to truly know (aside from asking for the exact product number) and, instead, give that person the power to make their own decisions. This is the beauty and simplicity of a gift card.
Here are a few of our favorite outdoor retailers that we would recommend getting a gift card from:
REI Co-Op: The nation’s largest outdoor retailer with over 100 store-locations nationwide and an extensive online store, chances are if it’s an outdoor camping-related product, REI has it. They also have an incredible return/exchange policy, which makes them our number one pick.
Backcountry: This online outdoor retailer has an extensive selection of gear and clothing. They have a toll-free number and live chat feature, you can use to talk to one of their EXTREMELY knowledgeable customer service reps about any of their products. Perfect for anyone where going to an in-store location is not an option.
Huckberry: For the more fashion-minded individual, Huckberry offers a wide range of clothing, shoes, and some gear that have a high-end outdoor aesthetic. You won’t find super technical recreational equipment there, but if looking good outside is a priority, then Huckberry has you covered.