Sure, it’s July, almost August. Call me nuts, but this is when I start brainstorming holiday gift ideas because buying great gifts is hard. When I wait until the last minute, my gifts suck. This is for all you earlybirds out there.
Is there a camper in your life? I can guarantee your camper likes new gear and is always looking to add to the mix or upgrade some old stuff.
Try one of these ideas on for size:
1. Handmade cold weather gear. Campers can never have too much warm weather gear, and it’s even better when it’s handmade by someone you love: gloves, hats, scarves, socks. If you’re a knitter, knit your favorite camper something! Don’t knit? There’s always sewing. Whip up a flannel pillowcase or shirt, or sew some dish towels or pajamas!
2. The Perfect Campfire Grill. If your camper likes to cook on the fire ring – burgers, steaks, vegetables, fish – get them this and get ready for some raves. We use ours all the time and it’s a must-have on every trip. And it was a gift to us! Our review of The Perfect Campfire Grill.
3. Hammock Bliss. This hammock is super light and packs down to the size of a cantaloupe, making it perfect for backpackers and car campers alike. Swaying in this hammock is dreamy. Our review of Hammock Bliss.
4. Ranger Doug prints. These posters are amazingly beautiful and even more vibrant in person than they are on the website. We have one for Kings Canyon (left) in our home; my parents have Sequoia in theirs. My desk is plastered with the note cards, which get a ton of compliments. I want to cover my car in those stickers. If you know someone who’s a national park enthusiast, anything from Ranger Doug will make a great gift for them. Ranger Doug’s online store.
5. REI French Press. Making coffee outdoors is one of life’s great pleasures. It’s even better with this handy French press. Steve has one and we use it on the regular! Get the REI French press here.
6. Manual coffee mill. If you know a coffee freak who also is a coffee snob, then a manual coffee grinder might be just the thing for that perfect cup. Get it at Uncommon Goods.
7. Hanging Camp Cupboard. We hate how quickly a campsite can become a disorganized mess if you’re not on top of it. This camp cupboard keeps your picnic table from being the repository of all of your crap! Get the hanging cupboard at Cabela’s.
8. Coleman LED string lights. Because they’re adorable, duh! Get them here.
9. Bugaboo Cookset. We use and love the large Bugaboo Base Camper. (Our review here). It’s one of the best camping purchases we’ve ever made. The set looks so pretty, cleans easily, packs together neatly and goes into a nice storage bag that doubles as a washbin. We haven’t used it for dishes, but it’s good to know if we ever need to. Get the Bugaboo Base Camper here.
10. Playaboule Lighted Bocce Ball set. Camping and lighted things go hand-in-hand. It’s something fun to do after the sun goes down AND you can take cool time lapse photos. Get the lighted bocce ball set here!
11. Coleman camp oven. Baking while camping isn’t the easiest thing. It can be done, but why fuss with the campfire when you can control the heat in your very own camping oven? That folds completely flat? You know you want it! Get the camp oven here.
12. Make a gift basket. If you can’t decide on that one perfect thing for your camper, throw a bunch of perfect things into a gift basket. Things like trail mix, coffee, coffee mugs, homemade granola, nuts and even a bottle of booze will be greeted with much enthusiasm!
13. Books. The other great pleasure in life is swaying in a hammock with a good book. Why not gift your camper with books from other lovers of nature? The Journals of Lewis and Clark are a great pick. John Muir’s musings are pure poetry. Or how about a book about a hiker who trekked solo across the Pacific Crest Trail? Regina highly recommends that one.
14. Topographic water bottle. These topographic water bottles are sweet! Darren has one for Yosemite. It’s sturdy, durable and the cap locks on super tight, so that sucker isn’t going anywhere. And it’s a pretty way to show off your favorite park. Get the topographic water bottle here.
15. Cocktail kit. Drinking is an important component of camping. You’ll want alcohol to relieve the stress of getting there and setting up (Friday traffic is the WORST in Southern California), to refresh during the day and warm you up and night. Drink in style! This basic Bartending Kit is reasonably priced. Here’s a beautiful but crazy spendy kit for the person who has everything. Throw in a Rum Runner Cruise Kit (which work for their stated purpose too, by the way) or some mini bottles and you’ve just given the greatest gift ever.
If there’s a gift you’ve gotten and loved, please share! We’re always looking for cool stuff.