The Best Gifts for Campers

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

Updated October 21, 2022

12 reviews with an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars
A couple of campers in eat s'mores.

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 we’ve rounded up our favorite gifts that are sure to get them dreaming about thawing trails, including a few beginner-friendly options for new campers and several REI Co-op Editors' Choice Awards.

 

MSR Hubba Hubba 2 Tent

Picture of a tent.

Mountain Safety Research, better known as MSR, has been making gear for the backcountry for more than 50 years, so it’s not surprising that the brand seems to have nailed camping’s trinity of comfort, durability and weight with their two-person Hubba Hubba 2 Tent. The shelter’s rectangular floor (no foot taper here), 40 inches of head room, spacious vestibules (two of them!) and overhead gear loft pockets deliver on the comfort front. And tough Easton® Syclone™ poles and reinforced patches ensure the Hubba Hubba 2 will last for years. Weighing in at under 3 pounds at its lightest, this three-season tent falls well within the lightweight realm. If your giftee prefers to go it alone, consider the Hubba Hubba 1 instead. $479.95

 

The Echo Park 20 Sleeping Bag from Big Agnes earned a top rank on our list of Best Inclusive-Size Sleeping Bags of 2022 for a reason. Well, actually, lots of reasons. The dimensions alone–a 74-inch hip girth and 6-foot-plus shoulder circumference–impressed our editors. But it was the bevy of extras that really captured their attention—like double zippers for entry on either side, a bottom sleeve to secure your Big Agnes sleeping pad (not included), hand pockets in the top corners for nesting into the bag and cold-proofing features like a collar and zipper seal, to name just a few. Snuggle up, buttercup. 

 

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 $300, 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 shelter itself boasts 53 square feet of floor area, so your pals have enough rough room to stretch out and make their space feel like home. $299.95

 

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.  

 

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. $69.95

  

Have someone on your list looking to up their car camping game? Nemo’s Stargaze Recliner Luxury Chair is just the thing. With suspended air-rocking capability, a full-recline mode (perfect for constellation peeping), padded armrests and an integrated cup holder, there’s no mystery behind how the chair got its name—or an Editor’s Choice Award. What do customers think? One five-star reviewer sums it up nicely: “[It’s] the closest thing you can get to bringing a La-Z-Boy on your camping trip.”  

 

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

 

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.)  

 

REI Co-op Roadtripper 40 Duffel

Photo of the duffel.

Whether it’s used as an overnight bag, a gym tote, or a just-in-case carry-on, duffels are downright handy. This bluesign-approved take on this must-have hauler features daisy chains on both sides (great for lashing down a spare puffy or your kid’s stuffed animal), an easy-to-grab contoured end handle and a pack-awayable shoulder strap. It also comes with a packing cube capable of stowing the duffel itself or for use as an interior (underwear?) organizer. Bonus: The recycled polyester construction is abrasion- and water-resistant. $44.95

 

Up the cozy factor of your friend's camp setup with this two-person loveseat. The double chair offers palatial seating for you and your friend (and even a medium-sized furry friend) to relax and unwind, whether you're enjoying a weekend in the wilderness or a movie night in your backyard. The chair's six legs and 15-pound steel frame make it sturdy. However, they do add some heft, so you wouldn't want to lug this far. It's a solid choice for the friend who loves car and backyard camping. 

 

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.) $69.95

 

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 ($34.95), which uses aluminum poles to hang two hammocks side by side on the same anchor points like playground swings.  

 

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

 

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 comes in a variety of sizes including kids', womens 1X-3X and men's tall.  

 

REI Co-op Cool Trail Split Pack Cooler

Photo of the REI Co-op Trail Split Pack Cooler

Gift the REI Co-op Cool Trail Split Pack Cooler to your favorite camping buddy, and you’ll never be on beverage-carrying duty again. The bottom section of this two-tier backpack features a leakproof cooler insert capable of holding 12 cans and 6 pounds of ice, so your favorite drinks remain at a drinkable temp for up to 40 hours. The upper section has enough room for the Ten Essentials and a beverage cooler (or two). Padded shoulder straps up the comfort quotient; front lash straps and external pockets add extra carrying capacity; and the recycled ripstop nylon that makes up this pack keeps waste out of landfills. $79.95

 

REI Co-op Graphic Camp Mug

Photo of two camp mugs on a table.

Help your pal stay warm on their next camping trip by gifting them a vessel for their hot beverage of choice, whether it's a warm cider, steaming cup of tea or a hot chocolate. This REI Co-op Graphic Camp Mug ticks all the boxes—it's BPA free, stainless steel and vacuum insulated to keep your drink hot (or cold) for hours. Plus, it includes a sipping lid, so you can enjoy your bevy while setting up camp or exploring the area. $19.95

 

Among outdoor aficionados, Nalgene has become nearly synonymous with “water bottle.” This wide-mouth sipper is made with Nalgene’s next-generation recycled resin, which reduces waste while remaining free from BPA, BPS and phthalates. Given these water bottles are also leakproof, dishwasher safe and guaranteed for life through Nalgene, they’re the perfect stocking stuffer for any camper. The Outdoor Afro + REI Co-op collab celebrates the beauty of Black culture, connections in nature and inclusivity.  

 

Selk'Bag Lite Recycled 6G Wearable Sleeping Bag

Woman wearing a wearable sleeping bag near a campfire.

Sure, the Lite Recycled 6G Wearable Sleeping Bag from Selk’Bag is a touch ridiculous, but that’s exactly why it’s sure to be the most talked-about present at the party! This wearable sleeping bag–complete with a hood, full sleeves, pant legs and zip-off booties–is oh-so-snuggly thanks to 150 grams of synthetic hollow-fiber insulation. It’s also uber easy to move around in and made entirely of post-consumer recycled material fibers. The Michelin Man and your Mother (Earth) would be proud. $149 

 

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