From Peak Bagging to Car Camping
The 17 Best Camping Gifts
In an ideal world, the best gift for the camper would be a pristine, untouched alpine cirque surrounded by nothing but high mountain peaks and warm gentle breezes blowing through pines. But that’s pretty much impossible. The next best thing? Give them the gear they need to get there.
Pelican Go G40 Case
Protecting valuables from the elements isn’t always the easiest while camping. Thankfully, the legendary protective case company Pelican has built the Go G40 Case to do just that. The waterproof, crushproof, impact-proof and dustproof container is the ideal size for your smartphone, wallet and other essentials you want to keep secure and organized. A built-in pressure valve balances out air pressure as well. There’s not a more convenient protector case for the camper.
Beeswrap Assorted 3-Pack
Beeswrap makes environmentally friendly food wraps that will keep your food fresh without contributing more plastic to overstuffed landfills. They’re perfect for on-trail lunches.
Sea to Summit Lightweight Dry Sacks
If you like to keep your pack organized when camping, Sea to Summit’s Lightweight Dry Sacks are a must. Keep your socks in one and your baselayers in another.
Smartwool Hike Medium Crew Sock
Camping often brings fowl weather, and that can mean wet socks. But Smartwool’s Hike Medium Crew Socks will keep you warm even in wet conditions and will dry out significantly quicker than cotton once you reach camp.
Picturing America’s National Parks
For the days when the mountains feel too far away, the camper in your life will find inspiration in a book full of inspirational photos of America’s National Parks.
Black Diamond Spot Headlamp
The Spot is excellent because it’s simple, but that doesn’t mean it’s basic. The headlamp uses three AAA batteries, and it’s fully waterproof. The main light is 300 lumens, which emits a beam to a claimed range of 80 meters (about 262 feet) and is easily dimmable. There’s also a red night vision setting.
Morakniv Bushcraft Survival Blade and Fire Starter
A durable and reliable fixed blade knife is a must-have for outdoor pursuits. As is a fire starter. Morakniv combines the two in a single sleek package.
MSR MiniWorks EX Microfilter
Some campsites only offer water of questionable drinkability. For those times, MSR’s MiniWorks EX Microfilter is a reliable backup.
MSR Whisperlite Universal
MSR’s Whisperlite Universal is lightweight, easy to use and will burn just about any fuel — including canister fuel, white gas, kerosene and unleaded gasoline.
Bertucci A4-T Aero Watch
Bertucci’s watches are built for the outdoorsman. The titanium case, scratch-resistant mineral crystal and Swiss-made quartz movement make this watch nearly indestructible. Best of all? It’s a steal at less than $200.
Whether you’re car camping or huddling up in the backyard to roast some marshmallows, Biolite’s FirePit is a dependable alternative to a ring of stones. It does a fantastic job at mimicking an actual fire pit but makes it portable in a way that no other product has before.
Osprey Levity 60
When weight is a concern, Opsrey’s Levity 60 is one of the best backpacking and camping backpacks available, (we’ve given it countless awards for this reason). The pack brings the core trend of ultralight camping and backpacking gear to the masses, in an approachable and affordable package.
Yeti Hondo Base Camp Chair
While it’s certainly not the most portable or lightweight camp chair out there, Yeti’s Hondo Base Camp Chair is perfect for car camping. It’s insanely durable and is one of the comfiest chairs of its type we’ve ever sat in.
Anker Nebula Capsule
Who says you can’t enjoy a big screen movie at a backcountry campsite? Anker’s Nebula Capsule is no bigger than a soda can, runs on an internal battery and can project a screen up to 100 inches.
Western Mountaineering Caribou MF 35
Western Mountaineering makes some of the best down sleeping bags on the market, right here in the USA. The Caribou will keep you comfortable down to 35 degrees and is stuffed with 850-fill goose down.
High West Camfire Whiskey
When you’re gathered around a campfire and reflecting on a full day’s exploits, do so while drinking a whiskey that compliments the flavors of the scene.
GSI Outdoor Boulder Flask
GSI’s Boulder Flask is the perfect vessel to transport said whiskey because it’s lightweight and nearly unbreakable. Plus, it’s one of the few flasks that’s clear, so you can see when you’re starting to run low.
Don’t know what to get the people on your list? We’ve got you covered with our holiday gift guide.