Gifts for the Outdoorsy Cook: Ideas for Every Camper on Your List!

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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 should provide you plenty of outdoor gear inspiration.

Outdoorsy people can be notoriously difficult to shop for. There’s just so much gear out there it can be impossible make sense of it. And what on earth could he / she be in interested in? That’s why we’ve broken this list down into different “genres” of campers. Once you get their style figured out, then finding the right gift is easy!

And who knows, you might even find a few items you’d like to add your own personal wish list. 😉


The Minimalist

Whether it’s backpacking or day hiking, this person has a “less is best mentality.”

National Parks Pass

Products can be useful, but meaningful experiences will last a lifetime. Purchase a National Parks Pass and go on an adventure you’ll 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.
Check price at REI.

Jetboil MiniMo

Whether you want to rapidly boil water on the trail or cook your own DIY backpacking meal, the Jetboil MiniMo is one of the most popular integrated canister stoves on the market.
Compare price: Amazon / Backcountry / REI

Lunatec Aquabot

This cap can turn any Nalgene water bottle into a pressurized shower. Just screw on the lid, pump up to pressure, and depress the button. Mist yourself off on a hot day, rinse your dishes, or even wash your hair on the trail. It’s pressurized water, wherever you go. We already ordered ours!
Check price on Amazon.

Extra Long Ultralight Spoon

Long enough to scoop up every last bite out of your Backpacker’s Pantry meal, but also has no annoying spork tines so if you want to use it to cook, it won’t scratch up your pot.
Check price on REI.

Freeze Dried Ice Cream

Even if you’re a minimalist, everyone has a little extra room for ice cream. Designed for astronauts and lightweight backpackers, this dehydrated ice cream has become a cult classic on its own. Pick up a pack and taste the sensation!
Compare prices: REI / Backcountry

How to Stay Alive in the Woods

This book teaches the survival and bushcraft skills you’ll need to stay alive in the woods.
Check price on Amazon.

Bush Craft 101

A New York Times best seller, this books is an introductory course into the disappearing art of backcountry bushcraft.
Check price on Amazon.


The Maximalist

The Inspector Gadget of camping, this person always has the newest and coolest gear.

Power Practical Sparkr

This plasma arc lighter is hands down the coolest way to light a fire. Using a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, it generates an electrical arc that is 100% windproof. It comes with an integrated flashlight and lantern, so you can offer somebody a “light” in every sense of the word.
Check price on Amazon.

Portable Shower

This rechargeable outdoor shower solution offers on-demand pressurized water wherever you are. It’s perfect for camping, boating, beach-going, or even washing the dog. Just place the pump in a bucket of water and out comes a pressurized stream of water from the handheld showerhead. This would make doing dishes at the campsite a breeze!
Check price on Amazon.

Oxx Coffee Maker

Did somebody on your list recently throw their Keurig out the window? (Maybe a bag of coal is in order?) But to prevent future coffee disruption, this virtually indestructible coffee maker might be just what they need! Crushproof, spill proof, impact and water resistant, this coffee maker produces a great cup of coffee at the push of a button. Make sure you throw in a reuseable K-cup, too!
Check price on Amazon.

Biolite BaseCamp w/ Pizza Dome

Quick and easy pizza, now available at a campsite near you. The Biolite Basecamp Stove is a super versatile cooking platform on its own, but with the Pizza Dome attachment, you can turn your campsite into an outdoor pizzeria.
*BioLite is currently offering 20% off ALL their products through Monday, November 28, 2017!*

Yeti Rambler Tumblers

Whether you want to keep your morning coffee hot or your evening cocktail cold, these insulated Yeti Ramblers are a great all day drinking companion.
Compare prices: REI / Yeti

Collapsible Sink Bucket

Turns into a bucket when you need it, lies flat when you don’t. When we’re camping, we use these collapsible buckets as sinks, water carriers, and storage containers.
Check price on Amazon.

Roast ‘em Marshmallow Sticks

For those serious about roasting the perfect marshmallows, these telescoping roasting sticks are the best. They rotate with just a twist of your thumb, so you can get every angle from the comfort of your camp chair.
Check price on Amazon.

GoSun Solar Oven

No fuel or electricity required! The GoSun Solar Oven uses the power of the sun to rapidly heat an insulated compartment. Even on a cloudy day, meals can be quickly prepared in under 20 minutes. Perfect for sausages, kebabs, and baked potatoes. This solar oven is perfect for camping, tailgating, beach going, and boating.
Check price on Amazon.


The Grill Master

Tender of the flames, producer of delicious grilled meats, this person lives to keep everyone well-fed.

Grill Armor Gloves

These gloves have made a huge difference for us. Working with over the fire, our hands used to be covered in minor burns. These gloves prevent all of that and give us the confidence and dexterity to cook over the heat.
Check price on Amazon.

Collapsible Chimney + Grill

This collapsible device is perfect for the grill master who is tight on space. It can be used as chimney starter for charcoal or as small portable grill. Perfect for BBQs, camping, or tailgating.
Check price on Amazon.

Rome Pie Iron

The original pie iron since 1964 and loved by camp cookers across the country. The rugged cast iron clam-shell design encloses your food, allowing you to place it directly into the fire. Perfect for cooking sandwiches, meats, veggies, and desserts. This year, make him a tuna melt that will melt his heart.
Check price on Amazon.

Insta Thermometer w/ LCD Display

Put the eternal question of “Is the steak done?” to rest with an instant-read thermometer.
Check price on Amazon.

Mallmann on Fire: 100 Inspired Recipes to Grill Anytime, Anywhere

From the heart of the Argentina’s rugged Patagonia wilderness, Mallman shares some of his country’s classic “asador” recipes.
Check price on Amazon.

Around the Fire: Recipes for Inspired Grilling and Seasonal Feasting from Ox Restaurant

Take your backyard barbecue game to the next level with Around the Fire, the debut cookbook from chefs Greg Denton and Gabrielle Quiñónez Denton. These are black-belt grilling recipes—inspired by the live-fire cooking traditions of Latin America will change the way you think about and cook with fire.
Check price on Amazon.


The Cocktail Enthusiast

The life of the campsite, this person keeps the camp cocktails flowing until you throw the last log on the fire.

DrinkTanks Growler

We love filling up a growler on our way out of town and enjoy some local beer back at our site. The Drink Tank Insulated growler is the best we’ve tried. When purchased with the keg cap, you can even keep your beer carbonated all weekend long.
Check price on REI.

Opinel Knife / Corkscrew

This stainless steel Opinel knife is perfect for slicing cheese and salami as well as uncorking a bottle of Bordeaux. Whether you’re having a rustic lunch or a fancy outdoor dinner, this 2-in-1 knife has got all the important bases covered.
Check price on Amazon.

Hydroflask Wine Bottle + Cups

Camping and wine go hand in hand. But now you can ditch the breakable glass bottle use an insulated wine bottle instead. Not only is it more durable, but it can even keep your whites chilled.
Check prices at REI: Bottle / Cups or Amazon: Bottle / Cups

United By Blue Copper Shot Glasses

While our shot taking days might be behind us, United By Blue removes 1 pound of trash from our oceans for every product purchased. We’ll definitely drink to that!
Check price on Backcountry.com


The Camp Barista

Grind. Brew. Repeat. This is everyone’s favorite person in the morning.

Yeti Rambler Mug

If you’re a big coffee drinker, then you’re going to need a big mug. Holding 14 ounces (instead of the typical 12 ounces) this insulated coffee mug by Yeti is the perfect size to get your morning started right. We recently upgraded to these mugs and have not looked back!
Compare price: REI / Yeti

Aeropress

A combination of a pour over, French press, and a pneumatic press, the Aeropress is an innovative brew method that delivers incredibly rich and smooth coffee. It compresses the grounds into a small puck, making cleanup a cinch. During our yearlong road trip, this was how we made coffee every morning.
Check price on Amazon

Bripe Kit

By far the most unique way of making coffee – well, more like a shot of espresso. It basically functions like a pipe, which brews a small shot of espresso in a compartment at the end. Small, compact, and lightweight, it’s actually a pretty smart solution.
Check price on Amazon

Java Presse Hand Grinder

This might be our biggest coffee indulgence. But the reality is freshly ground beans taste so much better than stale pre-ground beans. This hand grinder powers a ceramic conical burr that can be adjusted to produce a wide range of grinds, from coarse French Press to fine Espresso Powder.
Check price on Amazon

Faberware Stove-Top Percolator

The good old-fashioned stove top percolator has been a go-to for camp coffee drinkers for generations. Perfect for brewing a big batch of morning coffee for a large group.
Check price on Amazon

Kuju Coffee

The perfect stocking stuffer! This single-serving pour over consist of a paper frame and pouch that is filled with coffee grounds. The frame is expanded and placed over the top of your cup. You then pour boiling water through the pouch-like pour over. Remove and enjoy. Founded by two Eagle Scout brothers, for every purchase of a Pocket Pour Over Kuju donates 1% of sales to the National Park Foundation.
Compare price: Backcountry / REI


The Outdoorsy Homebody

For the person who is outdoorsy is the sense in they like to drink on patios and stay at “rustic” looking AirBnb’s, or who would rather tuck into a good book inside a cozy cabin than rough it out in the backountry.

Bear Whiskey Glasses

These double exposure photography rocks glasses are incredible. Capturing the details of a pine forest in the form of a bear, we could stare at these glasses all day.
Check price on Amazon

Subscription to Adventure Journal Quarterly

A gift that keeps on giving, a subscription to Adventure Journal Quarterly gives you access to one of the best outdoor magazines. Filled with Nat Geo quality photos and the type of story-driven articles Outside used to write, this magazine in a throwback to the golden age of print. (PS: Did we mention we write the AJQ’s food column?!)
Check price at Adventure Journal

Lodge Wildlife Series Deer Cast Iron Skillet

A cast iron skillet has 101 uses, and now you can get one with a deer on the bottom of it. This would look great hung on the wall next to the stove.
Check price on REI

Teva Ember Moc

We hate having cold feet while we’re camping (or any time!). A pair of these camping slippers would make early morning and late nights a lot more enjoyable.
Check price on Zappo’s: Men’s / Women’s

Rumpl Puffy Blanket

Because you can’t really be “outdoorsy” if you don’t own a Rumpl blanket, right? JK, we don’t own one either, but they look super cozy.
Check price on Backcountry

“Let’s Adventure” Coffee Mug

Get inspired to get outside, every single morning with these “Let’s Adventure” ceramic coffee mugs. We love their whimsical illustrations!
Check price on Amazon

Fir, Pine & Spruce Candle

Bring the distinct smell of the outdoors, indoors, with this Fir, Pine & Spruce candle.
Check price on Huckberry

Solo Stove Bonfire

Whether you’re at a campsite or on your back patio, the Solo Stove Bonfire allows you to enjoy a campfire wherever you are.
Check price on REI


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2 Comments

  1. Great list! I just ordered the grill gloves for my brother-in-law. And I want everything else for me ;-)

    • We use those gloves *all* the time. We even have a pair that we keep in the house - so much easier to handle pots and baking sheets with those than with those bulky oven mitts. Hope your brother in law loves them as much as we do!

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