Christmas gift ideas for campers
Looking to treat your other half, your kids or even yourself this Christmas?
Here’s some great ideas for camping and outdoor gifts for the whole family (pets included!) picked by our own Santa
Tilley T1 Wool bucket hat
A hat’s for life, not just for Christmas, or at least this one is. With a lifetime guarantee, the T1 Wool Bucket Hat is a modern reboot of a Tilley original – made from a technical fabric that is heat reactive, water repellent and breathable. The hand-made titfers also have Tilley’s famous ‘secret’ pocket on the inside for stashing small essentials.
Leatherman Free P4 multi-tool
Every camper needs a multi-tool for all those fiddly jobs that always seem to need to be done. The Free P4 from Leatherman is a virtual toolbox in your pocket but even with a mind-boggling 21 tools, it weighs in at just 250g. The design allows one-handed access to all the utensils, with magnetic fittings to reduces friction when opening and closing.
Pocketalk S voice/text translator
Do you know someone who is planning to camp abroad with their tent in 2021? Give them this in their stocking and they can forget about having to pack umpteen phrase books – the Pocketalk S can translate 75 languages at the touch of a button, including voice conversations, menus and signs. It also comes with a free two-year mobile data plan.
Snow Peak Mini Hozuki Lantern
Snow Peak is one of the leading outdoor and camping brands in Japan, with a history that goes back more than 60 years. The first UK store opened in central London last year, stocking the company’s entire range of high-end outdoor gear and clothing. Like most of the Snow Peak collection, the Mini Hozuki Lantern is stylish but with a simple elegance; a great example of Japanese design and functionality. It is compact and versatile and features a candle mode, which flickers to mimic a candle and create a cosy atmosphere in an awning. It comes in three colours – snow (white), bark (brown) and moss (a khaki green). A powerful magnetic fastener allows you to clip it onto the awning frame or even at home. The 60 lumens light is powered by three AAA batteries which should last for at least 60 hours, even on high power. If you can’t make it to the London store there is a list of stockists on the website and, of course, you can order online.
Dex Shell Waterproof socks
Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a pair of socks to unwrap under the tree, but these are way better than the ones you got every year from your Auntie Jean. Reliable and durable feet-coverings are a must-have for outdoor pursuits and these waterproof, merino wool socks are stylish and comfortable but will keep feet warm and dry.
STG’s Amazingly Adventure-Filled Great British Map of Wonders
Britain is full of fun things to do and see with kids, from amazing animals to brilliant beaches, but it’s hard to keep track of them all. On this ginormous map, you'll find 1,000 of the most fun things to do and places to go around the country, plus great games, checklists and notes sections to fill in.
Kelty Cache Box
Small £13/medium £15/large £22
Soft on the inside but with a tough exterior, you can stash everything from sunglasses to smartphones inside the Cache Box and they’ll be well protected against impact. The boxes come in three different sizes and are ideal to store, organise and protect fragile belongings – in the tent, car or outdoors.
Helinox Seat Warmer
The ideal gift for campers who like to keep their seat warm when they sit outside under the stars, whatever the time of year or temperature. And frankly, who doesn’t like a warm seat? This waterproof cover is compatible with the Helinox range of lightweight chairs and securely attaches to the seats with a cordlock drawstring. Once attached, it provides warmth, extra cushioning, and protection from drafts, to keep the chill out during the winter months. It fits the Helinox Chair Zero, Chair One and Swivel Chair, which are all available separately, priced from £90. The Seat Warmer weighs just 530g, comes in a couple of colours – blue and black – and packs away neatly into its own compact stuff sack when not in use.
Whitby Hand Warmer
Quick and easy to operate, this neat device provides heat on the go for up to 12 hours and can be re-used around 90 times before requiring a refill. Perfect for long January walks in the country, it comes in its own protective fleece bag.
Hydro Flask Coffee Flex Sip
Enjoy a caffeine fix on-the-go without worrying about the harm you might be doing to the environment. Hydro Flask’s Coffee Flex Sip. The double-wall vacuum insulation keeps your drink piping hot for up to 12 hours or icy cold for up to 24. The new Flex Sip Lid is leakproof, easy-to-clean and comfortable to drink from.
Páramo Grid Neckwarmer
In cold or windy weather, it can be uncomfortable to have an exposed area between collar and hood or hat. The Grid Neckwarmer’s fabric makes it protective, warm, fast wicking and quick drying and you can pull it up over your mouth and nose to act as an instant face mask.
Bluetooth shower speaker
With a clever little suction cup, this water-resistant speaker can be stuck onto a suitable wall in the shower block. Doesn’t everyone harbour dreams of being the next big singing sensation while they’re washing their hair?
Robens Leaf Meal Kit
Our friends at Camping magazine voted this as one of its top products for 2020 and we can see why. Compact and cute, it’s a multifunctional product that includes: a lid that acts as both a colander and a chopping board, spoon and fork, cup and, of course, the box itself is a bowl.
Sophie Allport kid’s hats
Winter cometh! Even if it doesn’t snow, cold is guaranteed but that doesn’t mean adventures have to stop. If you’re camping in wintery weather or just heading out for a family walk, you’ll need to make sure everyone is snuggly and these hats are perfect for little ones.
Fetch bottle opener
Know a camper who loves dogs and beer? Don’t we all! This is a really cute little gadget that would be perfect for someone you would like to share a beer with this Christmas!
50 Things To Do In The Wild
This book is a great gift for all ages and features lots of top tips and skills to learn focusing on the elements – earth, air, water and fire. Anyone who loves the outdoors would be happy to find this book in their stocking. And you’ll be glad of them if you get stuck out in the wild!
Stubble adventure bag
This is pretty much the only bag you’ll ever need – there’s space to stow pretty much anything from your laptop to your shoes. Most of the components of this bag are made from recycled materials but built to deal with whatever life throws at it.
The Nature Hideaway Kit
Despite the lure of YouTube and video games, kids love being outdoors making dens and following animal trails and this kit has everything you need for a fun day out exploring nature.
If you’ve ever been to Sidmouth, chances are you’ve visited the Donkey Sanctuary – a wonderful place full of gentle creatures. Sales of this handmade bag go towards the work that takes place there so this really is the gift that gives, twice!
Dog Rain Jacket
Does your dog need a coat? Probably not! Does he want a coat? Who knows! Do you think he will look cute? Yes you do! We love this khaki bee print coat although, while it will keep his back dry, it won’t stop him walking his muddy paws all over the tent!