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2017 Gift Ideas for the Camper

December 15, 2017

Colton and I spent a ton of time in Maeve the Westy (our 1978 VW Westfalia camper van) this summer for our #VanLife adventure. I like to think I became somewhat of an expert camper during our almost three weeks on the road. This year, I wanted to share gift ideas for the campers in your life. Here are 10 products that eithe made our trip easier or we wish we would have had.

Under $20

1. This I Was Here Travel Journal is the perfect companion for any long road trip. Use it to record your favorite moments from your trip.

2. When you’re camping or living out of a van, you don’t always have a shower available. These DUDE Shower Wipes are large, thick, and help you to feel refreshed after a long day of camping. They fit perfect in a stocking.

3. Not only does this GEERTOP Tent Accessory Kit come with a hand broom, but it includes guide lines, a 16 in 1 hammer tool, and much more.

Under $40

4. A Bottle Keeper keeps your beer, Topo, and other bottled drinks cold while protecting the glass from breaking. Take this on a hike, or just sit out by the campsite.

5. Making coffee on  the road isn’t always easy, but with the Espro Travel Coffee Press, your camping friend can enjoy French pressed coffee while camping. This single-serving travel coffee press is perfect.

6. Cooking over a fire is great, but Colton and I love our Coleman Classic Propane Stove. It’s compact, so it is the perfect travel companion.

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Under $80

7. Every avid camper needs a portable hammock to set up wherever. Colton and I use ours on every trip. It’s perfect for stopping for a quick break on a long hike.

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8. When we set up our screen house, we always get a ton of compliments on it. This sturdy canopy is the perfect camping companion. It keeps the bugs out and keeps all your camping gear contained. Your camping friend will appreciate the shade it provides too.

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9. The Wonderbag is a portable slowcooker that is perfect for every camper. Eating on the road doesn’t have to be boring, and the Wonderbag can expand your usual campside menu.

10. One of the things I wish we had in our camper was a Rinse Kit Portable Sprayer. It makes showering while camping a breeze.

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Check out my other 2017 gift guides: gift ideas for foodies and gift ideas for your bestie. Don’t forget to check out some of my other gift guides, including some of Colton’s guy gift ideas from his I Mustache You guest posts.

What are your favorite camping gifts? Leave me a comment below. 


  • Beth December 15, 2017 at 8:06 am

    Fun gift ideas for campers or hikers!! I wish we did more camping!

    • Jessica December 21, 2017 at 9:55 am

      Yes! Last year was the most I have ever done, so I hope it continues this year.

  • Lindsay December 15, 2017 at 9:19 am

    AWESOME gift ideas hun!
    Ohh, isn’t a coffee press essential for camping!? It’s a must to get up and shake the groggies off!
    Our portable hammock was sooo nice after paddling all day and getting to our campsite. 🙂

    Must try and find the dude wipes.
    Have a great day and a fabulous weekend love! xo

    • Jessica December 21, 2017 at 9:56 am

      Thanks, girl! I agree…the hammocks are so nice. Those wipes were my only option at some points on our trip and I was so grateful for them. haha.

  • Sydni December 15, 2017 at 10:04 am

    My boyfriend would love everything on this gift guide!

    • Jessica December 21, 2017 at 9:57 am

      I hope you were able to find him something!

  • Larissa December 15, 2017 at 10:31 am

    I was introduced to my first hammock in college because my roommate had one, and I absolutely fell in love. They are a great way to go outside, relax, and enjoy nature. Definitely an essential for a laidback camping trip!

    • Jessica December 21, 2017 at 9:58 am

      Absolutely! We use ours in our backyard too. They are perfection for relaxing.

  • Penny Struebig December 15, 2017 at 11:24 am

    These are some awesome gift ideas! Makes me think if I had these things I would love camping.

    • Jessica December 21, 2017 at 9:59 am

      Haha. They do make camping much better for sure.

  • Kimberly December 15, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    I really need that hammock! We do lots of camping. Unfortunately we had to cut our trip very short this year due to illness but hopefully we will get back out this year for a full trip! I really love all your finds but that hammock though!!

    • Jessica December 21, 2017 at 10:00 am

      Thanks, Kimberly! I hope you get a full trip in 2018! Get yourself a hammock, girl. You won’t regret it.

  • Shann Eva December 15, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    My husband is a huge camper, and owns a VW Bus 🙂 I am definitely getting him some of those wipes! I got him the portable hammock last year, and he loves it.

    • Jessica December 21, 2017 at 10:02 am

      They are so fun, right? Yes! The wipes are great!

  • Courtney A. Casto December 15, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    These are great suggestions! I used to camp all the time but I’m afraid my camping days might be behind me. My brother and his family love to camp though and I think they could use all of this!

    • Jessica December 21, 2017 at 10:03 am

      I hope you found something fun for them.

  • Susannah December 15, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    Oooo… That hammock looks great!

    • Jessica December 21, 2017 at 10:04 am

      It is! One of my favorite parts of camping.

  • ShootingStarsMag December 15, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    Oh, those Dude Shower Wipes sound awesome. I have a friend that camps a lot so I’m sure her and her fiance would love many of these.

    • Jessica December 21, 2017 at 10:06 am

      Yes! They are so helpful and useful. 😉

  • Tonya Tardiff December 15, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    I can’t wait for Spring to roll around. This list will be used to buy some new supplies for the camping we plan on doing. We’re so excited. Thanks for sharing!

    • Jessica December 21, 2017 at 10:08 am

      Of course! I hope you found things you like.

  • Stephanie December 15, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    We used to go camping all the time when I was younger, these would have been awesome! My parents still do sometimes and we always have trouble thinking of gifts for them, I’ll have to share with my sister!

    • Jessica December 21, 2017 at 10:12 am

      Hopefully y’all found something for them.

  • Angie D. Hills December 15, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    My boys love camping & we haven’t been in awhile – these goodies look like some good items to take a look at for our next camping trip.

    • Jessica December 21, 2017 at 10:13 am

      I hope y’all get to go soon. 🙂

  • Shell December 15, 2017 at 9:43 pm

    These are fabulous gift ideas for those who love the great outdoors.Any camper would be thrilled to find these under the tree..

    • Jessica December 21, 2017 at 10:22 am

      Thank, Shell. 🙂

  • Jessica Hughes December 15, 2017 at 11:28 pm

    I just love the name of your camper van! These are really great gifts for campers. I think a screen tent is a must have for camping. I’ve never heard of the Wonderbag but that sounds like an amazing thing to have to add versatility to your meals when camping.

    • Jessica December 21, 2017 at 10:29 am

      Thank you so much. She’s so fun! We get compliments on our tent screen all the time.

  • Gayathri December 16, 2017 at 4:20 am

    These gifts sure would make do for any happy campers. These are super useful as good. as they look.

    • Jessica December 21, 2017 at 10:29 am

      Thank you. 🙂

  • Stephanie December 16, 2017 at 9:31 am

    Those Dude Shower WIpes are perfect for my husband! He’s an avid skier and rock climber! These are PERFECT to stick in his climbing bag. Thank you they are the perfect stocking stuffer- i just bought them (from your link!!)

    • Jessica December 21, 2017 at 10:31 am

      Thanks, girl! Yeah, they are perfect for that. I love that they are individually wrapped too. That makes it easy!

  • Lecy | A Simpler Grace December 16, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    These are great ideas! I love the portable hammock. I’m seeing those everywhere!

    • Jessica December 21, 2017 at 10:31 am

      They are awesome. My husband and I each have one.

  • Pam December 16, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    These are all such great gift ideas for the camper in your life! That “I Was Here” journal would definitely be a cute gift to give!

    • Jessica December 21, 2017 at 10:34 am

      Thank you, Pam. That journal is great for a traveler too.

  • Linh December 17, 2017 at 8:41 am

    I’m really into camping but preparing to go on each journey always confuses me. This post makes everything much easier now. Thanks for sharing!

    • Jessica December 21, 2017 at 10:35 am

      Awh, thank you. I am glad you found it useful.

  • Ananda December 17, 2017 at 10:09 pm

    love all your finds! we love exploring nature! need to use this list and do more camping though! =)

    • Jessica December 21, 2017 at 10:37 am

      Thank you, Amanda. There’s so many great things about camping.

  • Eloise December 17, 2017 at 10:15 pm

    I haven’t camped in a while… I tend to gravitate more to the old charming cabins… BUT I’d still love a lot of those nice gifts ; )

    • Jessica December 21, 2017 at 10:41 am

      I like cabin camping too. We always hang our hammocks outside the cabin too.

  • Deb Savage December 18, 2017 at 11:02 am

    These are some great ideas for those that love to camp. I will have to keep these in mind!

    • Jessica December 21, 2017 at 10:43 am

      Thank you, Deb!

  • Jake Ferrer December 19, 2017 at 10:45 am

    Oh these are great gift ideas! I would definitely share this to my friends.

    • Jessica December 21, 2017 at 10:45 am

      Thank you, Jake!

  • Thena Franssen December 22, 2017 at 2:11 am

    We love to camp and some of these items are a must! Great list, I’ll be looking into grabbing a couple of these fun ideas!

    • Jessica December 28, 2017 at 2:16 pm

      Thanks so much!