Discover the perfect gifts for motorhomers this Christmas!
The festive season fast approaches and if you’re looking for that special gift for the motorhomer in your life (novelty mug, anyone?) it can feel difficult knowing where to start
Well, we’d recommend right here.
We’ve made getting ready for Christmas easier with our gift guide for outdoorsy people, including the best gear and apparel that we’ve reviewed this year and some products that easily make onto it our wish lists, courtesy of What Motorhome Editor, Peter Vaughan, and MMM Deputy Editor, Rachel Scholes.
From high-performance e-bikes to a motorhome-ready portable oven, these are the gifts that will help make Christmas in 2023 unforgettable!
Best reviewed gear in 2023: Remoska Prima 4-litre
How many times have you looked at a campervan, or even some European motorhomes, and thought ’that would be my perfect vehicle, if only it had an oven’? Well, the answer may be a lot simpler than you thought, with no hacking about of the cabinets to squeeze one in or compromise at mealtimes.
The Remoska Prima looks a bit like a saucepan with a glass window in its lid; actually, it’s an electric oven that can sit on your countertop as and when required. It can be used for baking, roasting, grilling and more and it comes in 2-litre or 4-litre sizes (we have the larger one).
The Remoska’s rugged design looks like it won’t mind being stuffed into a locker or garage until you need it, but the proof of this particular pudding is in the cooking. We haven’t tried baking a cake (many Remoska users say they have), but instead the sort of quick and easy grub that you want on the go. Jacket potatoes and a frozen pizza were prepared every bit as well as at home and there’s no long (time and energy wasting) wait for the Remoska to heat up.
So, don’t worry if the campervan or motorhome you own, or want to buy, doesn’t have an oven; just get a Remoska – it even now comes with a three-year guarantee.
Buy it here: Remoska Prima 4-litre
Best reviewed apparel in 2023: Keela Smirr Poncho
(Photo from Keela)
Ponchos have a bit of a bad reputation – most people think about disposable plastic macs (maybe some of you still have the MMM-branded ones we gave away nearly two decades ago). However, this Smirr version from Keela is here to set the record straight.
It’s handy as it packs away quite small into a dedicated bag, so you can keep it in a backpack or bag and simply throw it on when the heavens open. It also takes up much less space in the motorhome than a standard waterproof. It’s a tight fit in the bag though.
The neck has press-stud type buttons to make donning it easier and it’s a really good length. If you are a keen cyclist there are also internal straps to secure to handlebars, meaning it’s less likely to blow up when pedalling. There’s also a belt loop at the back, but I challenge anyone to do this without looking idiotic.
The key issue we found is that there’s no elasticated hood; to stop this falling down in the wind, our reviewer had to hold with one hand, and ended up with a river of water down the arm.
It does, however, come in very bright shades with interesting names; we had Highland Coo/Loch Depths (orange and grey), but might have been tempted by the yellow and grey combo of Timorous Beastie and Par for the Gorse, or you can have blue (Wee Dook) or green (Where’s Nessie?).
According to Keela, the name comes from the word smur, which translates to fine/drizzly rain. The only thing we would have to add is that we’re not sure about the etymology of the Keela brand name – answers on a postcard…
Buy it here: Keela Smirr Poncho
On our wish list: Daan Tech Bob dishwasher
(Photo from Daan Tech)
My Christmas wish list this year includes a Bob, a tabletop portable dishwasher from France. I’m surrounded by naysayers as I type this, with echoes or ‘how much washing up do you generate in a campervan?’ and ‘don’t be so lazy, it doesn’t take long to wash up a couple of dishes’. But I counter back with, ‘I don’t go on holiday to do the washing up. Life’s too short’. However, saying that, if you’d miss catching up with the daily campsite gossip columnists at the washing-up sinks, stop reading now.
On the other hand, if you, like us, think holiday time is too precious for the mere mundane, then taking a dishwasher away in the campervan is surely a good idea. The great thing with Bob is that it was designed for tiny Parisian flats with little or no kitchen, so it's perfect for the campervan or motorhome.
Simply fill the water tanks, plug in and off you go. Obviously, unless you have a wonderful lithium battery/inverter set-up, you’ll need to be plugged into the mains on the campsite. But we were very excited to see RP Motorhomes listing it as an option for its models – vindication, we think. And it really means that a dishwasher is no longer the preserve of million-pound motorhomes.
The fact that it’s pretty easy on the eye, with super retro styling doesn’t hurt either. The price may put some off, starting at £319.90, excluding VAT – as the company is in France you’ll have to pay the tax to the carrier before you receive your Bob, which is a little frustrating.
Choose between a white or black body, and then there are various free shades (all the colours of the rainbow and more) for the front, but you can also opt (at a cost) for matt black or white or a metallic finish.
Buy it here: Daan Tech Bob dishwasher
EnviroRides Ezi Stow
(Photo from EnviroRides)
E-bikes have to be possibly one of the hottest motorhome topics for 2023. As well as choosing the bike itself, there’s all sorts of considerations regarding charging on board and maintenance, so keep an eye out next month (January 2024) for our comprehensive advice feature in MMM.
However, back to the accessory in question and here we’ve picked the Ezi Stow model from EnviroRides. That’s because not everyone has a large under-bed storage area capable of taking full-sized bikes, or maybe you don’t want a rack cluttering up the rear and extending the length.
The 13Ah lithium ion battery offers around 50 miles of pedal assistance, taking four to six hours to recharge. Other features include 20in tyres, integrated front and rear lights, pannier rack, hydraulic disc brakes, Shimano gear shifter and derailleur, and an easy-to-use display showing speed, battery, level of assistance, average speed and trip computer.
This model is a smidge over £1k at £1,099.99, and it comes with a two-year warranty and free delivery. Plus, you can spread the cost over three or four payments.
Buy it here: EnviroRides Ezi Stow
Light My Fire LunchKit
(Photo from Whitby & Co)
Whether you’re touring the open road or are in the office, lunch is one of the most exciting parts of the day – in fact, we’d go so far as saying that a good or bad lunch can make or break your day.
That’s why being prepared pays dividends and this six-piece LunchKit from Light My Fire is one of our favourite pieces of kit.
It’s built from 100% BPA-free plastic that’s both microwave and dishwasher safe, featuring tight-fitting snap-lock lids that are not only ideal for keeping food secure on the move but also double as your plates.
Available in multiple attractive colours and arriving with a spork, the LunchKit is a great gift for anyone who is regularly out and about!
Buy it here: Light My Fire LunchKit
Give the gift of MMM
A subscription to MMM makes the perfect Christmas gift. Subscribe for a friend or treat yourself and make 2024 your best year! When you subscribe to MMM you’ll be able to explore the best places with our first-hand travel guides, get the best motorhome reviews from our experts, discover the best sites, get the best technical help to look after your motorhome and a whole lot more!
When you subscribe to MMM you’ll also enjoy a wide range of subscriber-only benefits including savings of up to £120 on Warners Shows each year, free Premier Parks and Campsite Finder guides, savings on parks, insurance, ferries and more and now with What Motorhome included you are sure to get the best buying advice.
With prices to suit everyone, you can subscribe from just £12.49 and when you choose the Direct Debit option or the annual offer, you’ll also get a free box of chocolates to enjoy. So don’t miss out, subscribe now, click here or give our friendly subscription team a call on 01778 392010 and quote MMM DEC23.
Duvalay Luxury Sleeping Bag
(Photo courtesy of Duvalay)
Duvalay’s multi award-winning Luxury Sleeping Bag combines optimum sleeping comfort with incredible ease of use. It consists of a bottom pocket that houses a luxury mattress topper and a top pocket which consists of a cosy duvet.
Available in a choice of Memory Foam or FreshTec Cooling Foam, as well as the option of a summer or winter tog duvet, this innovative design is worlds away from your traditional sleeping bag. Simply unroll onto any surface in your caravan, campervan or motorhome and enjoy a restful night’s sleep on every adventure!
Buy it here: Duvalay Luxury Sleeping Bag
Tabletop Gaming Mystery Box
Motorhoming and board games go hand in hand, but there’s only so many times you can play Scrabble or Monopoly.
Get the ultimate gaming surprise with one of Tabletop Gaming's Mystery Boxes! Pick your level to suit your budget and then let Tabletop Gaming do the rest. For £29.99, you'll receive over £50 worth of goodies, including a minimum of two board games, lovingly packaged.
With no two boxes being the same, let Tabletop Gaming pick some great games for you and take the hard work out of expanding your gaming collection! You can even specify if you have any preferences or requirements at the time of purchasing your mystery box.
Buy it here: Tabletop Gaming Mystery Box
Visit a motorhome and campervan show!
Give the gift of a weekend away at one of the longest-running motorhome and campervan shows in the UK!
Hosted in Newbury, Newark, Norfolk, Malvern, Shepton Mallet and Lincoln, these shows are perfect for motorhome enthusiasts, whether you’re looking to buy a new or used model, or simply meet fellow motorhomers and enjoy superb live entertainment.
- Four nights of camping
- Four nights of free live entertainment
- Optional-extra headline show ticket
- Unlimited access into the exhibition area
- Local and national dealers showcasing new and used motorhomes and campervans
- Show-exclusive offers
- Accessories and gadgets for sale
- Daytime entertainment, including music, archery and axe throwing, and themed entertainment
- Free talks from the best guest speakers in the industry (at Newark, Malvern and Shepton)
Buy a ticket here: Warners motorhome and campervan shows
Save 50% on dog treats!
Treat your furry friend this festive period with a fantastic treats bundle from Your Dog magazine, saving 50% on its retail value!
You can get all of the below for just £17.50, with free shipping included.
- Tropiclean Pet Shampoo 355ml - £10.99 RRP
- Churu Bites - £5.25 RRP
- Petello Yak Cheese Dog Chew 75g - £6.99 RRP
- DoggyRade Prebiotic Superfood Chewies - £6.00 RRP
- Zoflora Mountain Air Large Floor Wipes - £2.50 RRP
- Forthglade Meaty Bites - £3.25 RRP
- Scooby Snacks Meaty Sticks 90g - £1.25 RRP
Buy one here: Your Dog Christmas Gift Box
Free hot chocolate with every Toast 'N' Dip order
(Photo courtesy of Toast'd)
Grab a free Hot Chocolate Kit, worth £8, with every order from Toast'd!
A Toast 'N' Dip kit is perfect for anyone who loves the outdoors, as a stocking filler, secret Santa present or just to treat your friends and family.
Each kit includes everything you need to enjoy toasting marshmallows together, indoors, outdoors or wherever the adventure takes you. They start from £8 and will be loved by everyone, young and old. Use code FREE-HOT-CHOC for a free Hot Chocolate Kit with every order!
Buy it here: Toast'd Toast 'N' Dip kit
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