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Best Gifts for Campers

Find the top 10 best gifts for campers with this outdoor gift guide.


Are you looking for a gift for someone who loves camping? Has your favorite camper seen more national parks than movies? Does your camper love coffee, outdoor photography or fishing? Campers aren't hard to shop for if you've done a little research, but don't worry we have you covered.

There are a lot of awesome camping accessories and essentials that just about every camper wants or needs. A lot of camping gifts can be found online. Even if you're shopping last minute you can still score great deals on discount camping equipment. We've done research, reviewed camping gear and compiled this guide to the best gifts for campers.

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Top Gift for Campers: Eagle Nest Outfitters ProNest Hammock

© Monica Prelle

Whether you are camped in the middle of a forest or at the beach, the Eagle Nest Outfitters ProNest Hammock is the best way to relax and enjoy the scenery.

The hammock stuffs into an attached stuff sack and packs down to the size of a large grapefruit. It is extremely durable and ligthweight (awesome for backpacking). Although the Slap Strap Pro suspension straps are not included, they are a highly recommended accessory for easy hanging.

The campground views truly are better from a hammock.

Best Gift for the Backcountry Camper: Black Diamond Skylight Tent

© Black Diamond

This single-wall tent from Black Diamond is an epic lightweight mountaineering tent that stands up to rugged mountain terrain and weather.

The Black Diamond Skylight is compact and comfortable for alpine adventures for two to three people.

The three-season single/double-wall hybrid design makes the tent lightweight, but the vestibule still rolls back halfway for stargazing and ventilation.

Best Gift for the Coffee-Loving Camper: Snow Peak Café Latte Set

© Snow Peak

Nothing beats a great cup of coffee in the morning and you don't have to sacrifice the quality of your cup just because you are camping.

The Titanium Café Press from Snow Peak is small and efficient for the campground, and makes enough coffee for two people. And the titanium construction makes it lightweight, so coffee-loving-backcountry campers can take it backpacking.

This gift set also includes a Titanium Milk Foamer and carrying case creating the ultimate coffee-loving-camper gift set.

Best Gift for the Camping Chef: Coleman Fold N Go InstaStart Grill

© Coleman

The Fold N Go InstaStart Grill by Coleman is small, portable, easy to set-up and quick to get hot.

The grill is compatible with a Coleman propane cylinder and has a good range of low to high temperature settings.

This grill burns hot and is perfect for cooking hot dogs, hamburgers and barbecue chicken -- you might even be able roast marshmallows for s'mores!

Best Gift for Camping the Environmentalist: World Minded Tote Bag

© World Minded

Campers can never have too many tote bags for carrying groceries and camping supplies. This tote from World Minded has a fun design and helps the planet by reducing the use of plastic bags.

All World Minded products are made from organic cotton and every purchase gives back to humanitarian and environmental organizations.

"World Minded was created to inspire people to care for others and the planet we share." - WM

Best Gift for the Hiker: Easton Mountain ATR-80 Trekking Poles

© Jon Carlton

Camping and hiking go together like pizza and beer, so just about every camper loves to hit the trails and probably needs a new set of trekking poles.

Easton Mountain's ATR-80 Trekking Poles are compact and adjustable. The rock-lock system makes these poles fully collapsible, so you can throw them in the trunk and always have them on your hiking and camping trips.

Easton's VI-Brake anti-vibration technology make these trekking poles super comfortable for hiking because they reduce vibration allowing you to relax and enjoy the scenery from the trail -- kind of like four-wheel-drive hiking.

Best Gift for the Winter Camper: Mountain Hardwear Nitrous Down Jacket

© Jon Carlton

This 800-fill goose down, mid-weight jacket from Mountain Hardwear will keep winter campers warm and cozy while relaxing by the campfire.

The Nitrous down jacket might be the warmest layer you can find without the bulk of a heavier-weight jacket.

Because the Mountain Hardwear Nitrous Down jacket is so small, lightweight and packable, it can go anywhere on the camping trip -- stuff it in a day pack for hiking or fishing.

Best Gift for the Outdoors Photographer: LowePro Photo Sport Backpack

© LowePro

LowePro's new Photo Sport AW Series backpack is a necessary accessory for the outdoor photographer.

This dual-compartment ultra-lightweight backpack is designed for a day of shooting and adventure. Your DSLR camera is easily accessed and secure in the padded side-loading compartment.

And you don't have to leave any personal items behind; a top loading compartment fits your other gear, and whatever didn't fit inside can be attached on the outside with multiple straps.

Best Gift for the Camping Fisherman: "An Entirely Synthetic Fish"

© Anders Halverson

Anders Halverson's non-fiction tale of "how the rainbow trout beguiled America" is a fascinating read for the camping fisherman.

Rainbow trout are the most stocked fish in America and a camper's favorite fresh water sport fish. This book chronicles how and why America's streams and lakes were populated with rainbow trout.

Halverson holds a Ph.D. in ecology from Yale University; he wrote this book as a research associate at the University of Colorado’s Center of the American West with a grant from the National Science Foundation.

Best Gift for Camping Kids: Curious George Goes Camping

© Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

"George and the man with the yellow hat are going camping!"

Curious George Goes Camping is the absolute best children's book about camping. It is a fun introduction to the great outdoors for children and a fantastic story for kids who love camping. It's even a fun story to read for adults!

This book is available in classic book form in paperback and hardcover, as well as an e-book for iPad, Kindle and Google eBooks.

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