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9 Great Camping Gifts – You Just Might Want To Keep For Yourself

best camping light

The Luci Outdoor Light

Lights for up to 50 hours on a single charge! The Luci Outdoor 2.0 Pro Light is a light-weight solar powered waterfproof light and can even charge your cell phone with its built-in USB port. The light is 150 lumens strong with 10 LEDs and is IP67 waterproof, so it can go about anywhere. Also has a battery level indicator so you know the charge status before you head out. Ditch the heavy battery powered lights, pack this with your gear instead – it weighs less than 6 ounces. Strap doubles as a carry handle or as a way to attach to your backpack.

best camping blanket

The Rumpl Down Blanket

Called the Cadillac of camping blankets, The Rumpl Down Blanket is filled with premium synthetic down (as found in high-end sleeping bags). It can be used anywhere but its light weight and durable 20D ripstop nylon shell and DWR shield make it perfect for camping. We like the single person size which weighs only 1.2 lbs and squishes down to about the size of a small loaf of bread. Black or dark colors give a bit of extra warmth if the sun is out. Comes with matching stuff sack. A great all around camping blanket, perfect for travel or plane too.

best camping pillow

The Therm-a-Rest Pillow

I don’t know about you, but I like a pillow when I sleep, especially after a long day of hiking. The Therm-a-Rest Pillow is made from upcycled Therm-a-Rest mattress material, so it’s very comfy – it expands to a cushy 4″ thickness. The small pillow pieces come from the mattress production process, which reduces waste. The built-in draw string makes it pack easily into itself. Machine washable, perfect for camping, car or suitcase. Makes a great gift for the camper. For us, the small is the perfect size for camping and has just the right firmness.

best camping cookbook

The Campout Cookbook

Buying a gift for a camper who cooks? The Campout Cookbook will be a hit. First, this book’s cover is a cool rubberized material. Inside, you’ll find tasty recipes for gourmet camping or “glamping”, hacks for campfire cooking in the woods or on the beach, thermos cocktails, even fun car games to play before you hit the trail. A few examples include… 12 ways to make s’mores, buttermilk skillet biscuits, and camp Jell-0 shots. The writing is funny and the illustrations are beautiful. Makes a great gift for the gourmet camper, Sprinter van chef, backyard entertainer or beach bonfire cook.

best camping firestick

Fireforks – 2 Pack

Finding a good green campfire stick is easy enough, the hard part is keeping food from slipping off the end of the stick (usually at the worst time, right when it’s golden brown). Fireforks solve that age old problem and they look cool doing it. Perfect for hotdogs, small fish, toasting two marshmallows at once, or just to use as a fire poker. We recommend you tie the two covers together with a string to keep them from getting lost. Lightweight, easy to clean and made from stainless steel to last a lifetime. As a gift, this pairs well with The Campout Cookbook referenced earlier.

best camping mug

The Yeti Rambler Tumbler

Everyone loves YETI these days – rugged, stylish and made to last a lifetime. The YETI 10 ounce Rambler has thousands of positive reviews for good reason. From coffee to cocktails, from camping to boating, this is the perfect cup size and weight, and utilizes double wall construction to keep things cold or hot. In the morning it’s the perfect camping coffee mug, in the evening it’s your icy cocktail container (with a lid to keep the bees out). Dishwasher safe, 18/8 stainless steel, no peel / no fade / no crack color coating. An awesome and practical gift for the camper.

best fire starter

The Zünden Fire Starter

Anyone can pull out a Bic lighter to get a fire going because that’s what they should do. A firestarter is a back-up, a never-fail backup. The Überleben Zünden Bushcraft Ferro Rod Fire Starter is the best of the best. Lighters eventually run out of fuel, break or get wet. That’s when the best firestarter comes into play – its thick rod of ferrocerium never stops throwing off a 5,500 degree shower of sparks to get your warm, cracklng fire started – even at altitude. Hardwood handle. Comes with a military-spec 550 paracord lanyard, a multi-tool striker with a straight-edge, tinder scraper, map scale, ruler, and a hex wrench bottle opener.

best camping chair

Chillbo Baggins Camp Lounger

Get comfy after a long hike. Enjoy your remote location in complete comfort. Watch the concert. Even float around the lake or pool! Do your research on inflatables and you’ll return to The Chillbo Shwaggins Inflatable Lounger. Easy to inflate with no pump, just two swipes in the air. Chillbo’s rugged material does not get too hot in the sun and is so tough it can support up to 440 lbs. – that could be 3 people in my book. Multiple people can sit with no problem. Fun for the beach, camp and for kids too. Uninflated it weighs only 3 pounds. Extra large side pockets holds books, beer and salted peanuts.

best camping stove

The Solo Stove Titan Combo

Want coffee? A warm meal? Hot soup? Then you gotta have a good little camp stove. For serious hikers and campers concerned with weight and mobility, The Solo Stove Titan and Pot Combo is perhaps the best out there. No need for expensive fuels in canisters, just burn twigs, leaves, and pinecones. Boils water in about 5 minutes. #1 recommended by Backpacker Magazine and other well-known survivalists. Stove and pot weigh under 3 lbs. High-quality build meant to stand up to abuse for years. Works awesome, highly recommended. A great gift for the hiker, survivalist or camper.

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