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25+ Unique Gift Ideas for Campers & Hikers

by Carissa Stanz

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No matter how big or small, there’s a gift out there just waiting to light up the face of the camper in your life.

Whether you yourself are an experienced camper or everything you know about camping comes from a Bear Grylls episode, it’s helpful to have a bit of advice when you’re trying to find the perfect gift.

As avid campers, we’ve tried and tested a whole range of gear and are constantly searching for unique finds that pique the interest of like-minded outdoor enthusiasts. After scouring through all the camping must-haves and wants, as well as our personal wish lists, we narrowed it down to the best of the best.

There’s a gift for every camper on our list, from casual weekenders to avid backcountry explorers. Whether you’re looking for an affordable gift or a premium upgrade, we’ve got you covered with 26 top picks that are sure to please.

Gifts under $20

Venture Cards

camp cards

Camping and cards go hand-in-hand. Why settle for a boring deck when you can get a camp card set featuring hand-drawn designs from the talented Christian Watson?

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Food for the Sole Meal

food for the sole

Sporks and flashlights are all fine and dandy, but if you’re tired of run-of-the-mill camping gifts, then it’s time to think outside the box.

Take advice from our writer Arthur McMahon and go with some yummy provisions from Food For the Sole. The Coconut Rice and Cuban Black Beans have our mouths watering already.

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Stanley Adventure Stacking Vacuum Pint

Stanley Adventure Stacking Vacuum Pint, 16 oz

Coffee, beer, whiskey, or water, it helps to have a reusable cup around camp.

And one that can fit a whole pint? Even better.

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Sufferfest FKT Pale Ale

sufferfest FKT PALE ALE

Speaking of beer, San Francisco brewery Sufferfest Beer Company has created a beer that will not only relax you but provide much needed sustenance at the same time.

Brewed with sea salt and black currants, FKT (Fastest Known Time) mixes electrolytes with nutrients to refuel you after a long day of camping.

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Lodge Cast Iron Skillet

Lodge 12 Inch Cast Iron Skillet

No camping trip is complete without a hearty breakfast cooking up in a durable Lodge Cast Iron Skillet. Can you smell the bacon?

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Ultimate Survival Technologies FlexWare Sink

Ultimate Survival Technologies FlexWare Sink - 8

Under normal circumstances, we wouldn’t recommend gifting a dish tub. But in the case of camping, any camper would be delighted to receive this convenient collapsible 8.5-liter FlexWare Sink.

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Jackery Mini

Jackery Mini

The Jackery Mini is the smallest, most compact portable charger on the market. Breathing new life into a dead phone battery has never been easier, and you can get one full charge off this packable power bank.

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Black Diamond Moji Lantern

Black Diamond Moji Lantern

The ultralight and compact Black Diamond Moji Lantern gives you 70 hours of ambient light perfect for the campsite.

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Zippo Windproof Lighter

Zippo Windproof Lighter

Any camper who’s ever tried to light a match in the wind will be elated about this windproof lighter.

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Gifts under $50

Coffee Gator French Press

Large French Press Coffee Maker – Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel - Red, 34 ounce

If there’s no coffee, you might as well go home. Score major points with the Coffee Gator French Press. Recommended by our coffee guru and writer Mac Misseldine, this coffee maker is easy to use, keeps coffee piping hot, and produces 34-ounces in a single brew.  

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United by Blue Enamel Mug

Pitch It Enamel 12 oz

There’s something about old-school enamel mugs that make camping coffee just taste better. Especially when it’s got a fun design like this one by United By Blue.

United By Blue picks up a pound of trash for every product sold, so you’ll be doing the world a solid when you purchase one of these awesome enamel mugs.

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Coleman Gas Portable Stove

Coleman Gas Stove Portable Propane Gas Classic Camp Stove with 2 Burners

The Coleman Gas Stove is a timeless classic that’s a go-to for car camping. Featuring two burners and a hot flame, this stove makes as many meals as it does memories.

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Black Diamond Spot325

Black Diamond Spot325 Headlamp

From dinner prep to late camp arrivals, a trusty headlamp is hands down a camping essential. For us, this means the Black Diamond Spot325. Waterproof and powerful, this headlamp has earned its place as one of the best headlamps we’ve tested over the years.

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Anker Soundcore

Anker SoundCore 2 12W Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

Get the party going with the Anker Soundcore. Waterproof and Bluetooth-ready, this portable speaker boasts a whopping 24-hours worth of tunes so you can dance from sunrise to sunset.

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Ranger Station Balsam Fir Candle

ranger station candle

The alluring smell of campfire is only a match away with the Balsam Fir Candle. Light the wick and fill your home with the intoxicating earthy-scents of Frasier Fir, balsam, pine and juniper.

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Bramble Camp Towel

Camp Towel Burnt Red

This nifty quick-drying camp towel dries off your contours and packs down super light. We’re particularly drawn to the Burnt Red pattern inspired by the Southwest.

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Hydro Flask National Parks Edition

National Park Foundation Limited Edition 21 oz Standard Mouth

From reducing single-use plastic to keeping water ice cold on a hot day, there are plenty of reason to invest in an insulated water bottle.

Thanks to the cool design and support of the National Parks Foundation, these limited edition Hydro Flasks just gave us another two reasons.

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Gifts under $100

Kelty Discovery Lowdown Chair

Kelty Discovery Lowdown Chair

The Kelty Discovery Lowdown Chair features super comfy plush fabric that’s insulated and puncture resistant. It’s also foldable, making it easy to pack and even easier to set up.

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ENO National Park Foundation DoubleNest Hammock

ENO National Park Foundation DoubleNest Hammock

Hanging around camp just got elevated to a whole new level with the Eno DoubleNest Hammock. Bonus points for the National Park Foundation Edition which donates $10 per hammock sold to preserve our grand parks.

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National Parks Pass

national parks pass

Speaking of the National Parks Foundation, a National Parks Pass is always a thoughtful gift.

Good for one year, the pass grants access to over 2,000 federally owned recreation sites including National Parks, Nationals Forests, and National Monuments.

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REI Passage 2

REI Co-op Passage 2 Tent

For the car camping couple, the REI Co-op Passage 2 Tent is a solid home away from home. This affordable tent features dual doors, storage pockets, adjustable ceiling vents, plenty of vestibule storage space, and a comfortable floor layout.

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Gifts over $200

YETI Tundra 45

YETI Tundra 45 Cooler

Every camper needs a durable cooler, and nothing says “I love you” more than a YETI Tundra 45. With incredible ice retention, bear-resistant locks, a 26-can capacity, and virtually indestructible construction, it’s a gift that will literally last a lifetime.

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Pendleton Roll-up Blanket

ROLL-UP CAMP BLANKET

For the camper who has everything, the Pendleton Roll-Up Blanket is sure to impress.

Lakeside picnic or chilly night, this wool American made adventure blanket has a removable weather-resistant waxed cotton backing and comes with a convenient carrying handle.

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Solo Stove Bonfire

solo stove solo vs bonfire
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Bring the campfire with you anywhere you go with the Solo Stove Bonfire. We’ve tried and tested this portable fire pit and we can say without a doubt it’s worth every penny.

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Traveler Guitar Camper CX-10

Camper Cx-10

The only thing missing from a campfire circle with tasty grub and a flask of whiskey being passed around is the strumming of an acoustic guitar.

For this, take our founder Dustin Christensen’s recommendation and go with this traveler guitar. It’s a compact version of a full sized acoustic guitar with the same performance, so you can pack down lighter without making a sacrifice.

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Maxtrax Recovery Boards

Maxtrax MKII Vehicle Recovery and Extraction Device for Stuck Vehicle, Orange

Maxtrax are a must for any camping trip where the going gets tough. Snow, mud, sand, or otherwise, if the road beneath you grips the wheels like quicksand, slide these puppies underneath and you’ll be free as a bird in no time.

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Gear Up!

For more recommendations on camping, take a look at the 12 Best Camping Hammocks7 Best Camping Cots, and 8 Best Portable Power Options for Camping.

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