The Best Gifts for Campers

The tent-toting, backpack-wearing, ground-sleeping person in your life won’t be disappointed with any of these 18 gifts.

Updated November 9, 2021

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A couple of campers in Colorado sip hot cocoa from the REI Co-op Holiday Camp Mugs.

For some folks, wandering ridgelines, gazing at the stars and brewing cowboy coffee at sunrise are part and parcel of a normal weekend. And those adventurers—who already have a closet full of gear—are often the hardest to shop for. That’s why this holiday season, we’ve rounded up our favorite gifts that are sure to get them dreaming about thawing trails, plus a few beginner-friendly options for new campers.

 

Looking to gift a family tent this year? You cannot go wrong with our favorite for the occasion: the REI Co-op Base Camp 4. This car-camping palace serves up 60 square feet of space (or over 100 including the vestibules), which is plenty for four sleepers and a couple of pooches. It has a simple setup with color-coded poles that your giftee is sure to master on the first try, and it’s also loaded with helpful features like organization pockets, hang loops and reflective trim. $399

 

Kelty Discovery 2-Person Camp Bundle

Kelty Discovery 2-Person Camp Bundle

Think of the Kelty Discovery as one of the year’s best BOGO deals: For $250, you get two 35°F sleeping bags, two self-inflating pads and a four-person tent. So if you know a pair of first-timers, this gift nets a couple of adventurers everything they need to get started. The bags even zip together into a double-wide bed (if your pals subscribe to the sharing-is-caring mantra), and the entire bundle fits into an included duffel. $249.95

 

Maybe your giftee has borrowed your stove a time too many. Or maybe you’re hoping they’ll be inspired to wake up first to put on coffee in the morning. Whatever the reason, you can’t go wrong with a Jetboil, a perfect prezzie for a camper or a backpacker. The Flash all-in-one cooking system combines a burner and pot that will bring a liter of water to boil in roughly 3 minutes and 20 seconds (but who’s counting?). It’s easy to pack with no folding parts and a push-button igniter, so it’s always ready to go. $109.95

 

Leatherman FREE T4 Pocket Knife

Leatherman FREE T4 Pocket Knife Multi-Tool

Help your friend or loved one upgrade their Ten Essentials with a knife that’s, well, more than a knife. With spring-action scissors, a pry tool, a package opener, an awl, a bottle opener, a file, four screwdrivers and tweezers, the Free T4 from Leatherman proves useful at camp and pretty much everywhere else, too. In fact, at a mere 4.3 ounces, it might never leave your friend’s pocket at all. $59.95

 

The sleep snob in your life will rejoice over this three-season down bag—and you won’t need to break the bank to gift it. The Cosmic 20 uses premium 550-fill down insulation, which is warm enough for shoulder-season adventures and packs down small enough for backpacking. It’s roomier than many other mummy bags, so your friend won’t feel confined, and, well, we just love this thing. Sweet dreams, indeed. $129.95–$179.95

 

GCI Outdoor Pod Rocker Chair

GCI Outdoor MaxRelax Pod Rocker Chair

Turn the relaxation dial all the way up with this comfy, cozy, camp chair from GCI Outdoor. It sways backward like a rocking chair (unlike a rocking chair, it has stable legs) and features a drink holder, so your loved one will never be too far away from their hot cocoa, cocktail or (reusable) water bottle. For the tech-obsessed, that same beverage holder boasts a side phone pocket, too. The whole thing packs into an easy-to-carry bag, so your buddy can easily grab and go whenever the mountains call. $75

 

Maybe you’re the camper and you’re trying to raise up a camping partner. Maybe you’ve hit some roadblocks along the way. We think gifting the Exped MegaMat 10 will help. Less a “sleeping pad” than a “sleeping mattress,” it all but promises an incredible night’s rest, thanks to thick, plush foam that cradles the body and insulates from the cold ground. Oversize dimensions also boost overall comfort. (True, this pad tops many of our editors’ wish lists.) $229

 

Kelty Low Loveseat

Kelty Discovery Low-Love Seat

Festivals, campfires, backyard barbecues—this two-person seat can handle every outdoor occasion. (We’ve even used ours during movie nights in our living rooms.) It doesn’t quite earn the “backcountry sofa” moniker, but the Kelty Low Loveseat’s quilted, durable polyester fabric is comfy on backends and even offers some insulation. The height-adjustable armrests come complete with drink holders—perfect for maximizing comfort. The seat rolls into an included storage bag, which doubles as a firewood or gear tote. $109.95

 

Can’t-go-wrong gift: a new puffy. No matter who you’re shopping for, feel good when you supply a cozy, buttery-soft REI Co-op 650 down jacket. It’s warm enough for chilly nights around the campfire but works as an everyday piece, as well. This one contains bluesign®-approved materials and insulation that meets the responsible down standard (RDS). It’s also available in a bunch of colors and on the affordable side. $99.95

 

Rumpl Original Puffy Recycled Blanket

Rumpl Original Puffy Recycled Blanket

Warm, cozy friends make the best tentmates, so do yourself a solid and gift your camping partner this quilt. It’s stuffed with insulation like a sleeping bag, making it a toastier option than a single-layer blanket. That doesn’t mean high maintenance, though. Your giftee can toss it in the washing machine and dryer, which makes a Rumpl a great option for throwing on the dirt. And at just over 2 pounds (for the one-person size), it’s easy to tote. $99–$199

 

Campers have a lot of gear, and, truth be told, some need help containing it. That’s where the Black Hole from Patagonia comes in. This one (there are more) holds 55 liters worth of stuff, so your friend can store their equipment or pack for a weekend trip. The ultraburly fabric easily handles the rigors of camping and traveling. (Some editors here have been using the same Black Hole for over a decade.) $139

 

REI Co-op Flexlite Camp Chair

REI Co-op Flexlite Camp Chair

For the friend who steals your camp chair, gift the Flexlite and a hint. This portable seat from REI Co-op is sturdy and comfortable enough for campfire lounging at a car campground or in the backyard but just small enough for backpacking service. It folds down into a neat bundle that’s 15 by 4.5 inches (or about the size of a loaf of bread) and weighs less than 2 pounds. (Or go all out with the 1-pound Flexlite Air for the hardcore backpacker in your life.) $59.95

 

The only thing better than hammocking alone is hammocking with a friend. ENO’s DoubleNest, which packs down to the size of a grapefruit, unfurls into a palatial sling for two. Its category-defining suspension system (sold separately for $29.95) is now lighter and reflective—great upgrades for taking your hammock on the go. If your friend isn’t into sharing their cocoon, look into the ENO Fuse Tandem Hammock System ($29.95), which uses aluminum poles to hang two hammocks side by side on the same anchor points like playground swings. $79.95

 

REVEL GEAR Trail Hound 30 ft. Camping Light

REVEL GEAR Trail Hound 30 ft. Camping Light

Help your buddy feel like they’ve walked onto their very own Instagram influencer shoot by giving the gift of sparkle. One hundred high-efficiency LEDs adorn this 30-foot strand, offering eight brightness settings for creating the perfect ambiance for the mood, plus six modes (solid light, fade in/out, strobe, flash and fire-crackle). At only 1.6 ounces, the REVEL GEAR Trail Hound might find its way into a backpacker’s camp setup, too. $24.95

 

Think of all the stuff your pal can stuff inside this YETI cooler: 18 cans, upright wine bottles, sammie fixings, grilling fare, whatever. When it’s not open, the Roadie 24 pulls double duty as a camp chair or foot rest. It’s built to withstand the toughest of adventures (it’s rustproof and leakproof) and virtually indestructible—for the most adventurous people in your life. Our pro tip? When you gift this, be sure to invite yourself along for its maiden voyage. $199.98

 

REI Co-op Forest Graphic Camp Mugs - Package of 2

REI Co-op Holiday Camp Mugs

You can’t clink glasses with only one cup. This twofer from REI Co-op includes a pair of BPA-free, stainless-steel, vacuum-insulated mugs with sipping lids. Individually, the mugs are $19.95, so by springing for a two-pack, you save. Cheers to sharing the love of camping (and a good deal) with friends. $34.95

 

When it comes to drinking vessels, you have approximately one million choices. Consider this fun-size bottle one in a million: Small enough to palm like a true drinking glass (and sit nicely in a cup holder), the 10-ounce Purist Maker is fully sealed with a screw top, so your giftee can toss it in their pack without fear of spilling. The handle, which nests seamlessly in the top, pops out for easy grabbing. Its stainless-steel interior is coated in a microscopic layer of glass to give your beverage the purest taste (no tinniness and no notes of last week’s coffee). Looking for something bigger? Purist also makes an 18-ouncer ($48) and a 32-ouncer ($56). $40

 

REI Co-op Siesta Hooded 25 Double Sleeping Bag

REI Co-op Siesta 30 Double Sleeping Bag

With plenty of room for a pair, this REI Co-op bag makes a great gift for a couple of friendly car campers. The polyester synthetic fill is rated to about 25°F—perfect for summer nights. Two-way zippers mean each person can ventilate as much or as little as they want from the top or the foot, or the sleepers can flip the top down like a comforter. The Siesta Hooded 25 Double also contains materials that meet the bluesign® criteria—so you can feel even better about giving it. $199

 

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