Camping Holiday

The best holiday gifts for campers

Although it might not exactly be getting to prime camping weather (at least, for the less adventurous among us), some are gearing up for a fall and winter of outdoor adventure or plotting ahead to spring and summer’s weekends in the great outdoors. If you have an outdoorsy person in your life, gifting them something that reminds them of nature while they’re hibernating over the winter is a great way to pass on the holiday spirit—and give them a light at the end of the bleak midwinter tunnel.

While experienced campers may pride themselves on being prepared in any circumstance, you don’t have to give a technically-focused gift like extreme weather sleeping bags for your outdoorsperson to love it. If it reminds them of a trip into the wild, they’ll probably love it.

We’ve rounded up 10 of the best gifts for campers below—read on to check out and shop our picks. 

National Park Sculpture Necklace

($60, Uncommon Goods) 

National Park Sculpture Necklace

National Park Sculpture Necklace

uncommongoods.com

$60.00


This collection of pendant necklaces features artist Grace Vanderbush’s beautiful miniature clay sculptures of US national parks on an 18-inch chain length. Pick your camper’s favorite park for a gift they’re sure to remember each time they wear it. Plus, $2 of your purchase goes straight to the National Parks Foundation, so you’re doing a bit of good with the present purchase as well. 

Stanley Classic Legendary Bottle

($40, amazon.com

Stanley Classic Vacuum Insulated Wide Mouth Bottle – BPA-Free

Stanley

amazon.com

$29.11


This iconic thermos is a classic whether your camper is on the trail or they just want a container for hot beverages while they WFH. It keeps a quarter-gallon of hot chocolate, iced tea, or uh, wine chilled or hot for up to 24 hours and features super-durable construction (18/8 stainless steel, to be exact) and a leak-proof lid for portability.  

Rumpl National Parks Puffy Outdoor Blanket

($129; Food52)

Rumpl National Parks Puffy Outdoor Blanket

Rumpl National Parks Puffy Outdoor Blanket

Rumpl

food52.com

$129.00


This sustainable blanket (it’s made from 100% recycled materials) is a stylish way to pay homage to your camper’s favorite national park, be it Joshua Tree or Grand Canyon, whether they’re on the road there or just chilling at home. The blankets roll up into their own little stuff sack too, so it’s highly portable whenever the call of the wild, uh, calls. 

YETI Hopper Backflip 24 Backpack Cooler

($299.98, amazon.com)

YETI Hopper Backflip 24 Soft Sided Cooler/Backpack, Navy

YETI

amazon.com

$299.98


If your camper is more the car-to-campsite kind of person, this backpack cooler will carry the liquid goods to their destination, all while keeping up to 20 cans with a 2:1 ice ratio cold. It’s designed to reduce freezing time and has a spot to attach the company’s bottle openers if you really want to go above and beyond, too. 

Men’s Uprisal Gravel Heather Sweatpants

($69.99, amazon.com)

Men's P-6 Label Uprisal Sweatpants

Men’s P-6 Label Uprisal Sweatpants

Patagonia

patagonia.com

$69.00


Perfect for around the campfire, these sweatpants are a gift you can feel extra-good about giving. They’re 100-percent made from recycled materials, and their manufacturer also used 95% less water and half as much CO2 as other conventional cotton sweatpants.  

Packable Hammock from Coalatree

($39.99, amazon.com)

Coalatree Grandview Packable Hammock

Coalatree

amazon.com

$39.99


The perfect accessory for any nature trip, these super-lightweight hammocks can travel with campers on any adventure (or hang out in a backyard tree at home). It packs up easily for transport and contains two ropes and carabiners so you’re all good to go—and the pattern is super eye-catching too.   

Dark Energy – Poseidon Pro 10,200 mAh Portable Charger for Most USB Enabled Devices – Black

($119.99, bestbuy.com) 

Dark Energy - Poseidon Pro 10,200 mAh Portable Charger for Most USB Enabled Devices - Black

Dark Energy – Poseidon Pro 10,200 mAh Portable Charger for Most USB Enabled Devices – Black

Dark Energy

bestbuy.com

$119.99


This portable charger for cell phones is made for long backcountry treks (the better for keeping the GPS going!) as well as any campers who combine their trips with outdoor sports. It’s drop-proof, crush-proof, and totally waterproof—it’s rated up to IP68—and certified to a military standard. 

Speaqua Speaker

($64.99, amazon.com)

Speaqua – Functionally Waterproof, Floatable, Bluetooth Speaker with Built in Internal Storage

Speaqua

amazon.com

$64.99


These waterproof speakers are great for outdoors-lovers who like to mix their camping with surfing or kayaking—or who tend to get caught out in the rain often. They come in a range of oceanic shades and have a mount for their GoPro, too. 

Puffin Wine Bag

(Regular price $21.95, puffindrinkwear.com) 

Wine Bag

Wine Bag

puffindrinkwear.com

$21.95


This sleeping bag keeps your wine chilly instead of warm—and in this case, that’s a good thing. Your favorite camper can take it with them wherever in the great outdoors they head off to next (it makes for a good way to protect the bottle, too). 

Season Three The Ultralight Hiking Boot

($395, bearaby.com) 

The Ultralight Hiking Boot

The Ultralight Hiking Boot

seasonthree.com

$395.00


Handmade in Northern Italy, these ultralight hiking and city-trekking boots are made to last and last. The company was founded by MIT grads who wanted a shoe that was waterproof and wool-lined for comfort but could look just as great in a bar as it does on a trail. A little luxe? Yeah, but practical too—just as your camper would want.