Gift Ideas for Campers 2023

Camping gear and supplies are great gift ideas for campers during the holidays. These are gifts that can last for years, especially if you go for quality gear that can enhance a family’s experience outdoors. You can find something for everyone, whether it’s uber-functional equipment or fun extras!

Why We Buy Gifts for Campers at REI

REI has a great return policy. For non-members, there is a 90 day return window for most eligible items. Co-op members get a full year to return most gear if they aren’t completely happy with it.

And as a REI Co-op member, you get plenty of perks for a one-time fee (in addition to a one-year return windows): a member reward, free shipping, special offers, discounts on services, and much more. It really is a smart way to purchase gear, giving you space and time to make sure you’ve got no regrets.

Gift Ideas for Campers

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Gifts Ideas for Campers: Food & Drink

Everyone needs nourishment and hydration for camping adventures, but who knows if these things will last until camping season.

REI Co-op Nalgene Water Bottle, 32 oz

A great way to tote water around. We love the handle that’s easy to loop around your fingers, and that it comes in two sizes. The 16 oz REI Co-op Nalgene is perfect for little hands.

Snacks: Marshmallows, Dried Fruit, and Meat Sticks

Everyone loves snacks and these ones make perfect stocking stuffers: Hammond’s Birthday Cake Marshmallows, Hello, I’m Ugly Dried Fruit, Peach or Apricot, and Sweetwood Fatty Meat Sticks in five flavors. Choose what suits your loved one best.

Verve Instant Craft Coffee

Coffee is one of the best parts of the early morning at the campsite. Make it easy with this instant coffee, or it can be used as a quick, no-prep pick me up in the afternoon.

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Camping Gifts for Kids

It can be tough to find gear for kids. Here are few items that are useful, playful and good to add to the mix of camping and outdoor gear.

REI Co-op Kindercone Sleeping Bag

The coziest sleeping bag for my kids that’s not terribly hard on the budget. They love the colors and patterns and get excited to snuggle inside it when it’s time to head to the tent.

Sunday Afternoons Bucket Hat

A durable hat that comes in different colors and patterns – perfect for keeping the sun out little eyes.

REI Co-op Trailsmith Fleece Jacket

These fleece jackets are easy to put on and keep wearers warm. In additional to their kid’s jacket, they also have a Trailsmith Fleece Jacket for toddlers, and a Trailsmith Fleece Bunting for babies.

Camping Gifts for Women

These gifts will help the ladies stay cozy and comfortable at any campsite.

Cotopaxi Fuego Hooded Down Jacket

This jacket is cozy and colorful. It’s nice and lightweight for camping trips, but will keep you warm when the temperature drops. It comes in bright and more subdued colors.

Darn Tough Ray Day Socks

Socks are a great gift, especially when they come in colorful patterns or designs. Darn Tough socks do a job of keeping toes toasty.

goodr OG Polarized Sunglasses

Sunglasses are a must when camping and this pair of polarized sunglasses is affordable and stylish. The colors come in fun names like Sunbathing with Wizards and Flamingos on a Cruise.

Camping Gifts for Men

Make sure to gift the guys something nice for any type of camping adventure.

Cotopaxi Fuego Hooded Down Jacket

The men’s version of this jacket is also cozy and colorful. It’s lightweight, not a space hog, and keeps you warm when the sun does goes down. There are a variety of colors to try.

Darn Tough Sunset Ridge Lightweight Hiking Socks

Everyone could use another pair of socks. Get these lightweight ones that are more performance oriented. They are good for hitting the trails.

REI Co-op Camp Dreamer Slip-Ons

Get him some comfortable camp shoes to relax in after all the camp chores are done. These are perfect for lounging around the campfire.

Camp Kitchen Gift Ideas

Help your friends or family build out their camp kitchen set up to make meals even better outdoors.

YETI Tundra 45 Cooler

This cooler is an investment and rightly so. It does the job of keeping things cool regardless of length of camping trip. A smaller YETI Hopper Flip 12 Soft Cooler is also great for keeping things cool if you have less to take with you.

BioLite CampStove 2+ Complete Cook Kit

This camp stove is great for those who don’t to lug around gas. It’s fire burns from kindling found around a typical campsite. It’s fun to use and the kettle and grill work great.

Stanley Classic French Press, 48 oz

An on-trend french press for early morning mugs of coffee. It’s heavy duty and makes a great brew.

Gifts Ideas for Campers: Sleeping Gear

These gifts have all the makings of snuggly, warm sleeping quarters.

REI Co-op Helix Insulated Air Sleeping Pad

This insulated sleeping pad is sure to keep you warm and comfortable while snoozing in your tent.

Rumpl Original Puffy Blanket

This Artist Division version of the Rumpl Original Puffy Blanket is vibrant and so so warm. They even have a newer Nanoloft Puffy Blanket that mimics the properties of down to keep you downright toasty.

Therm-a-Rest Compressible Pillow

A cute pillow that’s easy to take along and a nice place to rest your head.

Gift Ideas for Campers: Lounging Around Camp

It’s important to have a comfy spot to call your own during a family camping trip. Check out all of the team’s favorite camp chairs.

REI Co-op Flexlite Camp Dreamer Chair

As a big fan of the original Flexlite Camp Chair, this one looks even better – perfect for stargazing. Lean your head on the headrest and take in the night sky in.

REI Co-op Kids Camp Chair

Kids love to have their own chairs and these are perfectly sized.

ENO DoubleNest Giving Back Printed Hammock

These hammocks come in fun prints. Each print helps support a specific organization and their education and/or outdoor mission.

Camping Organization Ideas

Staying organized is key for families while camping.

Kelty Chef Roll Bag

Four zippered pockets to keep all my kitchen things organized – sounds like a dream.

Nite Ize Gear Line Organization System

This is a simple way to hang and organize essential gear that can often get lost in totes, day packs, and tents.

REI Co-op Durable Stuff Sack

Get different colored stuff sacks for each kid and adult in the family to help them stay organized once they arrive at their campsite.

Gift Ideas for Campers: Lighting

Camping families need different lights for different purposes around the campsite.

Big Agnes mtnGLO Tent Camp Lights

This light is fun to look at and keeps your tent lit at just the right level – not too bright that everyone is blinded, but not too dim that you can’t read or play cards!

Nite Ize MoonLit LED Micro Lantern

This micro-lantern is helpful for moving around the campsite at night. Not too bright, but just enough to avoid any trips!

Black Diamond Cosmo 350 Headlamp

Headlamps with red light are a must for camping trips with others around. This one does the job well. You can also go for this Black Diamond Kids Wiz Headlamp to help them see after dark.

Gift Ideas for Campers: Health & Safety

Being prepared is important when you’re outdoors, even if you are car camping.

Sea to Summit Wilderness Wipes

These wipes can help kids and adults stay clean and fresh while outdoors and without running water.

SOL Scout Kit

This kit provides everything you need in case of a survival situation – it helps you stay warm and safe if things don’t go according to plan.

HART Outdoor Weekend First-Aid Kit

Everything you might need in case someone gets hurt. It’s organized, well-labeled and puts all the right supplies within reach.

Gifts for Camp Activities and Games

Adding a little extra fun to the camp experience.

Nocs Provisions Standard Issue Waterproof 10 x 25 Binoculars

These binoculars are well-designed and high-quality to help you see the sights off in the distance. Throw in a Nocs Provisions Woven Tapestry Strap to keep them secure.

Outside Inside Backyard Racket Set

A game in between camp activities is a good way to spend time together.

Campfire Stories Deck

This deck of cards is perfect for igniting new tales around a campfire. A perfect family activity pre-s’mores.

Camping Gifts Can Be Enjoyed Year Round

Camping gifts are some of the best gifts for families. Even though they might be purchased with camping in mind, they can be used for a variety of activities and in any season. They are fun to purchase, imagining how your friends and family might use them in future adventures. And they are most definitely fun to use.

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  • Whitney, originally from northern Virginia, is currently living in Flagstaff, Arizona, (with solid stints in Paris, France and Los Angeles in between). Whitney, her husband and two kids can often be found outside, taking advantage of what mountain life has to offer. Most weekends, they embark on adventures big and small - hiking, biking, camping, and snowboarding happen often. Outside of that, you can typically find her in the kitchen baking goodies or working for her brand strategy clients.

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