Last up in this year’s Gift Guide series we have Gifts for Campers. We didn’t get to camp as much this year as we’d have liked to, and I hope to remedy that next year. Over the years we’ve built a pretty full camping kit, so I thought I’d share some of my favorites in case you have a camper on your list this year!
Stocking Stuffer Gifts for Campers
Mystical Fire packs are hands-down my absolute favorite thing about camping. We discovered these a few years ago. We were camping with friends, and two of us went to buy ice cream in the camp store. They had a box of these packets next to the cash register, so I grabbed one to see what it did. We threw it into the fire when Jimmie wasn’t looking, and for a good 15 minutes had him convinced we were wizards. They turn the flames a beautiful shade of turquoise, and last for almost 2 hours. Just don’t use them until you’re done cooking – no telling what chemicals are in here. (Sorry to ruin your dreams of turquoise marshmallows!)
I couldn’t leave the puppers out of this guide, since they camp right along with us. Our pack has matching Camping with Dogs bandanas, and wear them on every trip. We frequently get referred to as a gang when we walk through the campgrounds. We’ve even gotten our doggie friends matching bandanas so they feel like members of the gang. If you camp with your dogs, definitely take a look around the Camping for Dogs site – they have some really awesome stuff!
Gifts for Campers Under $25
Any camper will tell you – enamel mugs are kind of a camping staple. They’re functional, easy to clean, and best of all, they just look the part. This Gentlemen’s Hardware Adventure Enamel Mug ($14) is perfect for anyone who loves the outdoors. It also comes in cream.
I’ll be the first to admit, when we camp, we’re not roughing it. I insist on going where there’s electricity and a clean bathroom. But, for those of you who aren’t quite as high-maintenance, nothing beats a $16 Solar Charger. This one from Brolar (ha!) even has a built in flashlight. It’s rugged, water-resistant, and has a compass, so it’d be great for hiking too!
Who else struggles to light a fire? Anyone? No, it’s just me? Humph. It doesn’t matter how I set the thing up, I’ll have trouble lighting it. The same exact fire, Jimmie will light in seconds. These $13 Pine Firestarters just might save my life. They’re little blocks that you light and toss into the fire. Easy, right? We’ll see. I bet they’re also going to smell amazing.
Gifts for Campers under $75
Camping just wouldn’t be camping without a growler full of beer. I picked up this Stanley Growler and Tumbler Set ($65) on sale a few years ago, but I’d happily pay full price for it again. The growler keeps beer cold for hours, and it’s easy to fill – which isn’t always the case with vacuum growlers. The tumblers stay in our camping kit. I like the sleeves, because A) they’re different colored so it’s easy to keep track of which glass is yours, and B) they give me somewhere that’s not cold to hold onto. That’s important especially in cold weather camping! I suppose if you don’t like beer, you could always put soda, juice, or water in here instead.
Three words. Double. Sleeping. Bag. Even if you don’t share it with anyone, you need one. It’s like sleeping in a real bed with real sheets. More or less. And if you hate it for some reason, you can turn it into two sleeping bags. I like this Sleepingo one because it comes with pillows and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg ($58).
Splurge Gifts for Campers
You really can’t camp without a great tent (I’ve tried). Our first camping trip, we took Jimmie’s old tent. It was great for 13 year old Jimmie. Not so great for 30 year old Jimmie and 29 year old Casey. We upgraded shortly after that trip to a Coleman Evanston 4 Person tent. We loved it, but with the dogs, it was always a little cramped. Two years ago we happened upon a great deal on the Coleman WeatherMaster 10 Person, and even though it’s more space than we need, couldn’t pass it up. There’s enough room for all the dogs, our air mattress (I told you I’m high maintenance), and a table with chairs if we needed it. We’ve been in this tent in multiple thunderstorms, and its held up just fine. My only complaint is that it doesn’t have much in the way of hooks or hangers, but that’s a small price to pay. And, it takes less than 10 minutes to set up and take down. If you have a local Coleman outlet near you, check there, or it’s $170 on Amazon.
I hope you’ve enjoyed the inaugural She’s All Booked Gift Guide Series! If you missed the rest of the series, head over to Gifts for Book Lovers and Gifts for Travelers. Let me know what you thought, and what kinds of gifts you’d like to see next year!
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