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The 17 Best Camping Gifts

These 17 gifts are sure to please the camper in your life. If you can’t get them the great outdoors, these will have to do.


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.

Buy Now: $40

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.

Buy Now: $18

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.

Buy Now: $13+

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.

Buy Now: $19

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.

Buy Now: $22

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.

Buy Now: $29

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.

Buy Now: $58

MSR MiniWorks EX Microfilter

Some campsites only offer water of questionable drinkability. For those times, MSR’s MiniWorks EX Microfilter is a reliable backup.

Buy Now: $90

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.

Buy Now: $140

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.

Buy Now: $190

Biolite FirePit

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.

Buy Now: $200

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.

Buy Now: $270

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.

Buy Now: $300

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.

Buy Now: $350

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.

Buy Now: $355

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.

Buy Now: $64

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.

Buy Now: $15

Holiday Gift Guide 2018

Don’t know what to get the people on your list? We’ve got you covered with our holiday gift guide.

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