Camping isn’t all about the big items like camping chairs, canopies or tents. There are tons of smaller items that can fit in a Christmas stocking and make a camper’s day.
Despite campers all having their own preferences, there are universal gifts that almost all outdoor enthusiasts will find value in, such as cookware, camping pillows and accessories. These smaller, more affordable items might just end up as staples for every camping trip.
Choosing the right camping gift for a stocking stuffer can be difficult, especially if you don't partake in the hobby yourself. If you find yourself struggling to find camper gifts for a holiday stocking, there are a few things to consider:
For those who don’t have a lot of space but still want to cook, this 3-inch cast-iron pan is small and light enough to fit in a day pack. The Lodge skillet weighs just 11.5 ounces, and it comes with an all-natural vegetable oil seasoning. It’s the perfect gift for cooking small meals on the trail or at the campsite when a larger pan isn’t an option.
The wine hook takes care of the tedious issue of wine glasses not fitting inside cup holders. This wine hook will clamp onto almost any camping chair while holding your wineglass secure so you don’t need to hold it. It comes in either black or pink and weighs just a tenth of an ounce.
Yeti’s renowned Rambler mug is great for people who want to keep drinks hot or cold and like the design of a traditional coffee mug. The insulated tumbler has vacuum-sealed sides for heat retention as well as a convenient slide-on lid to ensure that no liquid spills from the top. It’s also dishwasher-safe and free of bisphenol A.
This is the same classic card game everyone has grown up playing but with a wilderness theme perfectly suited for the campground or when you are longing to get back out. They're good stocking stuffers for kids to stay entertained throughout the trip. Each Uno card has artwork showcasing beautiful landscapes or outdoor activities such as hiking, camping and fishing on it.
Despite the popularity of smartphones, notebooks are still useful and easy to toss in the pack. For people who love to write or take notes, this waterproof notebook repels water. You can write in the rain without fear of losing your work or watching your paper turn to mush. There are many color and pack options, making them great gifts for every camper.
Darn Tough is one of the most trustworthy brands in the outdoor socks industry, and their Merino Wool socks wick away sweat and dry out quicker than traditional socks. They are made in the USA and come in many colors and themes. This is a great gift for people who plan to do some hiking on their camping trip.
Longer camping trips mean changing and dealing with dirty clothes. This portable travel clothesline easily clips on trees and lets you properly hang clothes at the campsite. It weighs just 7 ounces, and it can stretch out to around 12 feet. There's no need to worry about tying knots or bringing extra clothespins with this portable clothesline.
This is the ultimate gift for people who camp in summer. Simply soak the towel in cold water, wring it, out then drape it around your neck to stay cool. This cooling towel is made of polyvinyl alcohol with evaporative technology. They are long-lasting and easy to use. The only con is that they can smell bad after using them.
Thermal neck gaiters are the perfect stocking stuffer for people who like to camp during the winter. They protect your neck, nose and ears. The outer acrylic yarn traps in heat while the inner fleece lining remains breathable. Each pack comes with two neck warmers, and there are multiple color options.
Setting up a tent or looking for something at night can be difficult, but headlamps let you see much better while freeing up your hands. This one has LED lights that can run up to 10 hours. It weighs just 3 ounces, and comes with white and red light options. The only downside to this LED headlamp is that you need to bring AAA batteries, since there is no rechargeable battery.
Propane is great for cooking, heating and other campsite use. This adapter makes refilling propane tanks simple and keeps them from ending up in landfills. Simply attach this adapter to the larger propane tank, then attach the smaller tank to the other end of the adapter. With this adapter, you never need to buy another propane tank again.
The RoverTac multi-tool comes with 14 different tools including a hammer, ax, pliers, screwdriver, bottle opener and so on. This piece of camping gear is made of durable stainless steel, and it comes in a nylon pouch that easily fits inside a bag. It has a lifetime warranty.
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