Holiday Gifts Under Tree

Holiday time is fast approaching! Do you have some RVers on your gift-giving shopping list? Whether you’re looking to get your shopping done early or you’re drawing a blank for ideas, you’ve come to the right place. Keep reading to find a collection of great, practical ideas for the RVers in your life. If you’re on a shoe string budget, just trying to cut corners, or overwhelmed by the amount of people on your gift list this year, this list is sure to include items within your price range.

  1. Propane Firepit (Under $100)

Who can think of camping without thinking of a campfire. The two obviously go hand in hand. Our family loves the smell and experience of wood burning campfires, but for those without easy access to firewood or those who don’t prefer dealing with it, a propane fire can be a happy medium. This one gives all the warm fuzzies of a wood burning campfire with the ease of the twist of a dial. Turn the propane on and voila, it’s cozy camping in a can! I love that this fire looks nice without breaking the bank and the clamp on the lid with a carrying handle makes it so easy to transport.


Propane Firepit

Another ideal reason to use a propane fire is obviously during a burn ban. I’ve always been bummed that during the majority of the summer camping season there’s an ongoing burn ban. I’m not questioning the safety in that decision, but I’m glad for a safe alternative to wood burning that lets us bring on the campfire time!

If you’re like me, you look at these firepits and feel like “yeah, but something is missing”. It’s the “wood”. Most propane firepits are filled with rocks, which just doesn’t seem natural. Amazon has some great ceramic style logs that are super realistic. If you want to go the extra mile, consider adding this along with your gift. They’re not the cheapest, but they’re long lasting. Just remind them to keep safe transport in mind when bringing them on their vacations.

  1. Roasting Sticks (Under $5)

While they’re out at the fire, these classic Coleman roasting sticks are a must. With telescoping and rotisserie features, they can roast their “mallows” or the food of their choice without roasting their face. Cook from up to 34 inches from the fire and take it all in without taking in all the smoke too. This collapses down to 12 inches so it could also be used as a great, inexpensive stocking stuffer. Or make this a substantial gift by getting your RVer a set of 4 – still within a reasonable price range.


Coleman Roasting Sticks

  1. Campfire Popcorn Popper (Under $20)

Another fun option around the campfire is a popcorn popper. Use pre-packaged options like Jiffy Pop, with a custom holder for roasting, or get a popcorn “basket" that allows you to mix up your own creation. Such a fun, easy snack that’s perfect for eating around the campfire.

  1. Zero Gravity Chair (Under $40)

With all this time spent around the campfire, ensure they’re set up for comfort. Zero gravity chairs are a great option. They let you sit up for eating, lounge back for star gazing, etc. Plus options like this with a clip on table easily give a place to set their food, drink, phone, book, you name it. It’s right their at their finger tips.


Zero Gravity Chair

  1. Folding Side Table (Under $20)

For additional table space, this side table easily fits the bill without taking up too much storage space since it collapses down flat. Let them spread things out as they work on a relaxing project, give them extra space for outdoor cooking, or whatever they need. It’s a great addition for camping with a set up that couldn’t be easier.


Folding Side Table

  1. Insulated Travel Cup (Under $10)

On the way to or from the destination, this travel cup will keep the RVer in your life cooled and refreshed for up to 24 hours or warm and cozy for up to 8 hours. The lid secures firmly for safe travel and the spout slides over for easy use. While the trailer fridge can keep things cold throughout your trip, this cup gives that luxury for the miles between home and their destination. The first time I used this, I was amazed how long the ice lasted! It won’t disappoint.

  1. Collapsible Crate (Under $20) or Collapsible Wagon (Under $50)

When packing or unpacking the trailer, the trips back and forth can be reduced by carrying items in baskets or totes, but who wants to store extra large items. Collapsible crates like this one and this one are sturdy and prop open or collapse back down like a breeze. So helpful and easy to store between uses. Another option especially to avoid extended heavy lifting is a collapsible wagon. So versatile, with wheels big enough to be pulled over some rougher terrain. A gift like this is sure to help take a load off your RVer.

  1. Portable Charger (Under $20)

With reduced access to power or no power hook ups at all for those “dry camping”, a portable charger is sure to be a win. Whether you’re buying for techies or the nearly tech free, they can avoid draining their phone battery even if it’s just brought along for emergencies. And keep the pictures coming. Keep battery life up to capture precious memories whether power is near or far away.

  1. Outdoor blanket

A water resistant outdoor blanket is perfect for RVers with little ones as I’ve mentioned numerous times before but it’s just as good for lounging and keeping things clean as you sprawl out. Laying out to read a book, working on a sewing or craft project, whatever you do to relax an outdoor blanket is a great clean surface for any use. It wipes up easily and folds up small enough for compact storage.


Water Resistant Outdoor Blanket

  1. Pop Up Canopy (Under $30 or Under $60)

Be it rain or shine a pop-up canopy like this or this one is a great way to increase the usable covered area while camping. An RV awning is a huge blessing for campers, but a pop-up canopy can be moved around or set up wherever desired. Over a picnic table for eating, covered shelter a safe distance away from your campfire, or using away from your campsite as a shade down by the water. The campers in your life will definitely find a use and space for a pop-up canopy.


Pop-Up Canopy

Whether you’re in to RVing yourself or haven’t a clue, let these gift ideas clue you in on what to buy the campers on your holiday list this year. These practical gifts are sure to get used again and again. The phrase may not be “practical makes perfect” but in this case, it just may be the case. Select a practical gift that they will want to hang onto for years to come. Happy shopping and happy holidays!

Emily Helgeson
Author: Emily Helgeson
Emily Helgeson lives with her husband and two children in Eastern Washington. They enjoy adventuring together and are learning how to use their RV to continue this lifestyle with their growing family.

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