As an avid camper, I’ve gotten my fair share of starry-night-under-the-sky-themed gifts over the years. They’ve ranged from wonderful, permanent additions to my camping bag—like the Snow Peak mugs I never knew I needed—to well-intentioned but never-used (um, thanks for travel-sized toilet paper, Mom??).
If you’re shopping for someone who loves to go camping, they likely already have (and love) their core items (sleeping bag, sleeping pad, tent, stove, and chairs) and it’s best to avoid gifting these unless they’ve hinted otherwise. Instead, consider giving them a fun—yet practical—extra with these 26 camping gift ideas they’ll actually use.
1. Teva ReEmber Camp Shoes
Buy now: $80, teva.com; rei.com
Comfortable, cushy, and easy to slip on/off, the Teva ReEmber Moc is the ideal shoe for lounging around the campfire. I love the sleeping-bag-meets-slipper design as well as the collapsible heel that lets you wear them as either a snug sneaker or chill clog, depending on your mood.
2. Snow Peak Zip-Up Hoodie
Buy now: $240, snowpeak.com
Snow Peak’s Flexible Insulated Zip-Up Hoodie is a cozy camp-ready jacket that’s surprisingly warm considering how lightweight it is. It also has a water-repellent finish, hood, and multiple pockets, lending it a little extra practicality in the great outdoors. Minimalist in design, this monochromatic, unisex hoodie is also stylish enough to wear round town (a rarity among outdoor apparel) and a go-to of mine for both camping and travel.
3. Patagonia Range Earflap Cap
Buy now: $55, patagonia.com
The new Patagonia Range Earflap Cap comes in three different colors, but I personally love the dark natural style. Its fleece-covered top is both cozy and a fun play on Patagonia’s iconic jackets. With a short brim that provides sun protection and earflaps that can be worn up or down depending on the temperature, it’s a versatile hat for all types of outdoor conditions.
4. Merino Wool Socks by Tough Cutie
Buy now: $25, toughcutie.com
When it comes to gift giving, socks may not have the best reputation. But maybe that’s because grandma never chose to buy a high-quality merino wool pair, like the ones from Tough Cutie, a Black woman–owned apparel brand. Since they’re made of merino wool (widely considered the best material for hiking and outdoors socks), these socks are odor-resistant, soft, and cushy. They also magically keep feet warm in cool weather but cool when things heat up.
Camp food and drink
5. The Campout Cookbook by Marnie Hanel and Jen Stevenson
Buy now: $19, bookshop.org
The Campout Cookbook will easily become any camp cook’s favorite new book. Inspired by nights outdoors, it features creative recipes like green chile and cheese cast-iron cornbread, bootstrap bibimbap, and over a dozen s’mores ideas that’ll break you out of your basic chocolate-graham-cracker-and-marshmallow rut, all alongside delightful illustrations, stories, and camping tips.
6. Patagonia Provisions 2-Day Camp Meal Kit
Buy now: $85, patagoniaprovisions.com
Even if you’re shopping for someone who already has all the gear they need, food is one item they’ll always have to re-up on. Help them simplify their next campout menu with the ultra-healthy, sustainably sourced Patagonia Provisions 2-Day Camp Meal Kit. With three pouched lunch/dinner meals, three tins of seafood, one box of lightly smoked salmon, two breakfast pouches, dried mangoes, and jerky made from an invasive deer species, this kit has everything they’ll need to feed two people for two days—and it’s tasty too.
7. 1927 S’mores Kit
Buy now: $27, 1927smores.com; etsy.com
Founded by husband and wife duo James and Elise Kelly, the Portland-based 1927 S’mores Company specializes in artisanal versions of your favorite campout dessert. While you can get them fresh at its cabin-themed shop in Portland, the super giftable s’mores kits can be shipped anywhere in the United States. For flavors, choose from pumpkin spice, salted caramel, cocoa espresso, moose tracks, or original, which is a simple, upleveled take on the classic.
8. Wildland Coffee Bags
Buy now: $23 for a 10-pack, wildlandcoffee.co; amazon.com
Every ounce counts when prepping for backcountry camping, so most backpackers will eschew their beloved french press or pour over for a simple, lightweight packet of instant coffee. Rather than let your friends suffer with a mediocre morning brew, treat them to an actually good cup of joe with coffee from Wildland, whose compostable, tea bag–esque design requires no additional equipment. (I especially love the extra dark roast.) Still prefer traditional instant coffee? Intelligentsia makes an excellent option ($12 for a five-pack, intelligentsia.com).
Camp kitchen supplies
9. Opinel No. 10 Corkscrew Stainless Steel Folding Knife
Buy now: $36, opinel-usa.com
The camper in your life likely already has a backcountry ready knife, but do they have one that doubles as a corkscrew? I bet not. For camp chefs who love wine, consider giving them the dual-purpose Opinel No.10 Corkscrew Stainless Steel Folding Knife which, on top of being an all around great knife, has a corkscrew tucked away in the handle.
10. Lodge Camp Dutch Oven
Buy now: $54, rei.com
This petite, 12-inch, five-quart cast iron Camp Dutch Oven from Lodge will be a welcome addition to any food lover’s camp kitchen. Adventurous chefs can nestle it in the coals of a firepit to bake fresh cinnamon rolls for breakfast or a savory chili for dinner. To complete your gift, pair it with a copy of the Campout Cookbook, which includes several outdoor-friendly, dutch oven recipes. This dutch oven is available in additional sizes, ranging from 2- to 10-quarts.
11. Yeti Rambler 20 Oz. Tumbler
Buy now: $35, yeti.com; rei.com
The Yeti Rambler Tumbler is one of the best on-the-go mugs for both camping and travel. Insulated, durable, and available in a variety of colors and sizes (though I prefer the 20 ounce), it’s the ideal vessel to keep hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold while out and about.
12. VSSL Java Coffee Grinder
Buy now: $160, vsslgear.com
Making a superb cup of camp coffee starts with freshly ground beans—which is where the VSSL Java Coffee Grinder comes in. This stainless steel hand-grinder is durable, can adjust to 50 unique grind settings, and can process 20 grams of beans at a time (enough for one cup of coffee).
13. Snow Peak Field Coffee Master
Buy now: $170, snowpeak.com
Japanese outdoor brand Snow Peak is known for its stylish, food-centric gear, and the Field Coffee Master system is no exception. Made from stainless steel, this elegant system works as either a percolator or a kettle with a pour-over cone and (most importantly) makes a cup of coffee so good, even your barista would approve.
14. VSSL Flask
Buy now: $115, vsslgear.com
A fancy stocking stuffer for campers and whiskey lovers alike, the VSSL Flask comes with a four-mode LED flashlight, compass, two collapsible shot glasses, and a nine-ounce chamber to store the spirit of choice. However, if you’d like to tweak this combination, you can also build your own VSSL, choosing any color, size, end cap, and gear tins from its line to create a custom creation. The makers say all of the VSSLs are waterproof and virtually indestructible.
15. MiiR Essential Cocktail Kit
Buy now: $95 (originally $140), miir.com
There are few things classier than a well-crafted cocktail in the middle of the woods, so why not encourage your camp-loving friend to up their mixology game with the portable MiiR Essential Cocktail Kit? It includes two 10-ounce lowballs, an insulated cocktail shaker that doubles as a thermos, and a barware tool set with a bar spoon, muddler, strainer, and double-sided jigger (each is also sold separately)—a surefire formula for becoming the most popular site at camp.
Lighting and electronics
16. Balmuda Lantern
Buy now: $149, us.balmuda.com; amazon.com
From the Tokyo-based company Balmuda, this rechargeable lantern is an excellent, functional piece for camping, but it’s also stylish enough that the campers in your life will want to use it at home as well (I certainly do). I especially love that you can turn the dial to easily switch between a warm, ambient light while relaxing to a powerful, bright, white light for when you need to see what you’re doing.
17. Black Diamond Spot 400-R Headlamp
Buy now: $65, blackdiamondequipment.com; rei.com
Although avid campers will likely already have a headlamp in their kit, many are still reliant on battery-operated headlamps. Give them an upgrade with this rechargeable option with the Black Diamond Spot 400-R Headlamp. At 400 lumens, it’s bright enough to illuminate a space even during the darkest evenings, while the red light option allows a more mellow brightness (ideal for joining campfire companions without blinding them).
18. Mpowerd Luci Solar String Lights
Buy now: $50, mpowerd.com; backcountry.com; rei.com
The MPOWERED Luci Solar String Lights are an 18-foot string of glittering LED lamps that pack into a fist-sized spool and recharge via USB (8 hours) or direct sunlight (14 hours). Out in the wild, they can be hung from trees, tents, or whatever-there-may-be to add a bit of mood lighting.
19. Anker PowerCore 20100 Portable Charger
Buy now: $50, us.anker.com
Keeping cell phones and other devices charged while camping is always a challenge. Fortunately, the Anker PowerCore 20100 is a quick and powerful portable battery that, when fully charged, can recharge an iPhone 8 almost seven times.
20. Kammok Roo Double
Buy now: $85, kammok.com; rei.com
For those who love to lounge outdoors, give the Kammok Roo Double, a durable and silky-soft hammock made from recycled materials that’s big enough for two. Add on a bolt kit ($25) and adjustable straps ($30) for an easy set up just about anywhere—whether at home or in the woods.
21. Rumpl Sherpa & NanoLoft Flame Puffy Blankets
Buy now: Sherpa, $149, rumpl.com; rei.com; NanoLoft Flame, $129, rumpl.com; rei.com
Lightweight, durable, and designed for the outdoors, Rumpl’s line of machine-washable blankets are a cozy addition to any cool night outdoors. Standout options from its line include the Sherpa Puffy Blanket, a warm, fleece-lined version of the company’s signature blanket, and the new NanoLoft Flame Puffy Blanket, which is made from a fire-resistant material that won’t collect holes from stray campfire embers.
Bags and packing
22. Matador Freerain Hip-Pack
Buy now: $60, matadorup.com
Since most women’s clothes lack decent pockets, I almost always have a hip pack strapped to me while puttering around the campground—keeping essentials like my phone, lighter, and bug spray close by. The two-liter Matador Freerain Hip Pack is one of my favorites, since it packs down super small when not in use, is waterproof, and features a simple black-and-white check pattern.
23. Parks Project Upcycled Puffy Tote
Buy now: $54, parksproject.us
Although this tote bag isn’t necessarily designed for camping, outdoor lovers will appreciate that it’s made from recycled down jackets and a part of the proceeds from each bag will be donated to vital projects in national parks around the United States. Great for everyday use and travel, this 14-inch by 15-inch bag is spacious, sturdy, and a fun-yet-minimalist addition to any wardrobe.
24. Fjällräven Tree-Kånken Backpack
Buy now: $115, rei.com
This sustainable version of the Swedish outdoor gear brand Fjällräven’s iconic Kånken backpack is made from tree-sourced lyocell material, which is excellent for day hikes and car camping trips.
Last-minute gifts and gift cards
25. National Parks Pass
Buy now: $80, usgs.gov
It’s likely that your outdoors-obsessed friend already has a National Parks Pass. The good news for last-minute gift givers? The annual pass has to be renewed each year. Simply send them a card with an IOU to renew their annual pass, which covers entrance fees at national parks and many other national public land sites.
26. HipCamp or Tentrr Gift Card to Book Campsites
Buy now: various, hipcamp.com; tentrr.com
If your loved one already has all the outdoor gear they need, consider instead a gift card to campsite booking platforms HipCamp or Tentrr. Similar to Airbnb, HipCamp is a peer-to-peer booking platform for campsites on privately owned land with sites that range from simple, bring-your-own tent spaces to rustic cabins in the woods.
Tentrr, on the other hand, is best known for its fully equipped campsites—complete with already-pitched safari tents and other camping essentials—on both private and public land, including many New York State Parks.
This story was originally published in 2021 and most recently updated on November 2, 2022 to include updated information. Lyndsey Matthews contributed to the reporting of this story.