51 Gift 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 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!

If you need more gift ideas, be sure to check out our outdoor gifts for women, gifts for outdoorsmen, and sustainable outdoor gifts guide, too.

💸 We know holiday shopping can put a dent in your wallet, so we teamed up with Backcountry to offer you a 15% discount on your first purchase! Use code “FRESHOFFTHEGRID” when you check out. (Exclusions apply.)


Stocking Stuffers

It’s the little things (under $25) that count!

Portable drip coffee maker

GSI Ultralight Java Drip Coffee Maker

We have been really impressed by this lightweight and compact pour over stand. It comes with a nylon reusable filter but is also compatible with paper filters as well.


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Theo Marshmallow Chocolates

Sink your sweet tooth into the ultimate s’mores experience with Theo Chocolate’s Big Daddy Marshmallow. It layers a graham-cracker crust, vanilla-infused caramel, and a fluffy marshmallow


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Astronaut Ice Cream Sandwich

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.


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Juniper Ridge Campfire Fir Incense

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.


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Darn Tough Wool Socks

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!


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Morsel XL Spoon

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“).


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Jacobsen Salts

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.


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Kuju Pocket Pourover

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!


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Lodge Cast Iron Cleaners

Know somebody who loves to use cast iron? We have found that these little scrapers make cleaning and maintaining cast iron pots and pans a breeze.


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National Park Field Notes

These handy little note pads are perfect for making grocery lists, gear checklists, or to-do lists. These National Parks notebooks are a great way to keep the taste of adventure in your pocket.


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Camp Craft Cocktails

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!


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Burt’s Bees Salve & Balm

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.


Maple syrup sampler pack

Maple Syrup Gift Pack

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.

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Camp Cocktails Cookbook

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!


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Folding Picnic Knife & Bottle Opener

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.


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Stanley Happy Hour Set

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.


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Drinktanks Growler

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.


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Yeti Wine Tumblers

Camping and wine go hand in hand. But now you can ditch the breakable stemware and use an insulated wine glass instead. Not only is it more durable, but it can even keep your whites chilled.


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High Camp Flasks

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.


Gifts for the Camp Chef

Gifts for the MVP of any camping trip, the chef! 

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Brad Leone Waxed Apron

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.


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Bee’s Wrap

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.


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Foldable Charcoal Chimney and Grill

Skip the lighter fluid and start lighting your charcoal the natural way. This foldable charcoal chimney is a compact option that’s perfect for camping. An ideal gift for anyone who loves Dutch oven cooking.


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Rome Pie Iron

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 rolls before, but there are so many more variations to try.


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Manual Knife Sharpener

A well-sharpened knife is a cook’s best friend. Keep your knives in tip-top shape while you’re camping with this small, portable, manual knife sharpener.


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Grill Armor Gloves

Safety first, even when it comes to gift-giving! Whether you’re cooking over an open fire or handling cast iron on a camp stove, we highly recommend a pair of heat resistant gloves.


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Thermapen

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. 


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Biolite Headlamp

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

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Hydro Flask Coffee Mug

We love these double-walled, insulated coffee mugs. They keep coffee at the perfect temperature all morning long!


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AeroPress Camp Coffee Maker

By far our favorite way to make coffee while camping. The Aeropress is the best way to make exceptional tasting coffee with minimal clean up afterward.


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Porlex Coffee Grinder

Coffee purists will appreciate this manual coffee grinder, allowing them to have freshly ground beans wherever they go. 


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Bozeman Percolator

This handsome stainless steel percolator is a great way to brew a lot of coffee all at once. Perfect for camping in larger groups (or those who enjoy a few cups in the morning!)


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Whole Bean Coffee

We’ve traveled all around the West and have drank a lot of local coffee. These are our favorite whole bean blends that we still find ourselves dreaming about! 


Gifts for Family Campers

Camping gifts for kids and families could use its own guide, but here are a few fun ideas that caught our eye this year!

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National Parks Pass

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.


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Deuter Kikki Kid’s Daypack

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!


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SET Card Game

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.


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Roast ‘Em Rotating Marshmallow Sticks

These extendable, rotating marshmallow sticks are the perfect way to make s’mores around the campfire.


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Black Diamond Kids Headlamp

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.

Pair of slippers

Old Friend Slippers

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!


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Marmot Roice Sweatshirt

This cozy sweatshirt is stylish enough that I wear it around town, while still being totally functional to wear at a campsite. It’s been one of my favorite wardrobe additions this year.


Folded striped blanket

Pendleton Yakima Camp Blanket

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.


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Patagonia Re-Tool Pullover Sweater

This is the sweater I reach for the most once the weather turns chilly—it is super soft and cozy, and I love the pocket detail!


Brown Blundstone boots

Blundstone Thermal Boots

Waterproof and insulated with Thinsulate and cozy sheep’s wool, the Blundstone Thermal Boots are great for wearing around town and around the campsite.


Gifts For Him – Michael’s Picks

Practical-minded, here are Michael’s gift ideas for the outdoorsy guy in your life.

Gray longsleeve shirt

Smartwool Base Layers

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.


Gray button down shirt

Patagonia Fjord Flannel

For ten years I’ve never had a flannel shirt I was happy with until I discovered Patagonia’s Fjord Flannels. Perfect fit, perfect weight, and timeless colorways.


Tan jacket

Flannel Lined Trucker Jacket

So I don’t own this jacket…yet.  But, it looks like a stellar option for a guy who needs to diversify their outerwear beyond the puffy-jacket-all-the-time look!


Pair of black gloves

Smartwool Liner Tech-Compatible Gloves

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.


Army green pants

Taylor Stitch Apres Pants

A pair of durable sweatpants are an essential part of a “camp comfy” lifestyle. Casual enough for a lazy morning around camp, but put together enough to be worn into town.


Grey sock

Fits Socks

While Darn Tough is my go-to, FITS are my splurge socks. Super comfy, perfectly stretchy. They’re wonderful. I need like 20 more pairs. 


Lems Boulder Boot

Lems Boulder Boot

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.


Sunski sunglasses

Sunski Treeline Sunglasses

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.

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    1. 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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