35+ Unique Camping Gift Ideas and Gadgets

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What do you get someone who loves camping? An amazing and unique camping gift of course! We spend a countless amount of days outside, in that time we’ve accumulated some cool camping gear that we absolutely love.

It’s that time of year where we know we need to share all these amazing camping gift ideas so anyone can up their wilderness game.

Camp equipment here ranges from fireplaces, portable espresso, Bluetooth speakers, waterproof matches, and natural cling wrap. In no particular order, let’s share some awesome camping gift ideas to help you decide on the perfect present for your favorite outdoor lover.

Unique Camping Gift Ideas

Our Favorite Unique Camping Gift Ideas


1.) Wacaco Nanospresso Maker ($65)


Wacaco Minipresso Cool Camping Gear

If you’re anything like us, chances are you’re pretty much a zombie before you’ve had your morning coffee. There’s nothing any amount of open-air and beautiful scenery can do to stop your crazy sleepiness.

Solution: a portable espresso maker. This thing is genius, pocket-sized, and even though it’s pricey, coffee fiends will not care at all. You’ll be packing up your tent in a fraction of the time after using this cool camping gear product.

Wacaco Nanospresso Maker on Amazon


2.) Snow Peak Folding Coffee Pour Over ($30)


Snow Peak Folding Coffee Pour Over Cool Camping Gear

But if you’re more about the traditional methods of making coffee, forget the electronic gadgets and go for the Coffee Drip by Snow Peak. Part of the new Field Barista line by stylish Japanese outdoors brand Snow Peak (also including the Kettle and Coffee Grinder), the Coffee Drip disassembles into six pieces and comes with a handy bag to carry it around in. A cool way to get a caffeine fix for coffee aficionados. 

Snow Peak Folding Coffee Pour Over


3.) GSI Camp Stove Toaster ($10)


Camp Stove Toaster Cool Camping Gear

One thing that can be pretty difficult to obtain while camping is the humble slice of toast. Toast is a piece of bread – easy, you think. No, it’s not. Before you know it, you have a square of literal charcoal on the end of a skewer. Make life easy and get the GSI Camp Toaster. It’s got neat holsters for your bread and sits on top of your butane stove, making sure the bread is not actually touching the flame. It folds away, too, making it easy to carry around.

Camp Stove Toaster on Amazon


4.) Reusable Utensils ($13)


Reusable Utensils Eco Friendly Gifts

We always keep some of these in our car, backpack, hiking or with us when we’re traveling. Single-use plastic utensils are wasteful so we take aim at reducing where we can with reusable utensils. It’s a great sustainable gift that’s inexpensive and can be used by anyone.

humangear GoBites Trio Utensil Set


5.) MR300 Mosquito Repeller ($25)


Mosquitoes. You can’t do much about them other than holing up in your tent and covering every inch of your body in clothing and/or DEET spray. One awesome way to not be bitten to death by these awful critters is to invest in a mosquito repeller, namely the MR300. Using heat, this cool camping gadget disperses repellent into the air and creates a 15-foot no-mosquito-zone around you.

MR300 Mosquito Repeller


6.) MSR Pocket Rocket Deluxe Stove ($70)


MSR Pocket Rocket Deluxe Stove

This is the latest burner from MSR who has been designing these burners for ages, and the Deluxe is their best one yet. It’s not the lightest burner on the market, but at only three ounces, it’s pretty close. It’s a significant update to the old RocketPocket 2 with new recessed burner holes, regulator, a piezoelectric lighter, and pot supports. The result is a burner that is easier to light, burns consistently, and handles wind very well that feels nothing like its predecessor.

MSR PocketRocket Deluxe on REI


7.) Portable Solar Panel ($100)


Eco Friendly Gifts

This is great for adventurers, outdoors lovers, or even beach bums as it is a portable solar panel that can charge your phone, tablet, or small devices.

It’s rugged and built for backpacking adventures so it’s made to stand up to being thrown into a dirty pack. What better eco gift than a solar panel to reduce energy consumption. It’s also a great lifeline for adventurers who like to get off the beaten path.

Goal Zero Nomad 7 Plus Solar Panel


8.) Bee’s Wrap ($19)


Bee's Wrap Sustainable Gift

Ditch the silly single-use plastic cling wrap for something that is both natural and reusable. They’re made from organic cotton, beeswax, oil, and tree resin for a fully natural product.

They work a lot like traditional cling wrap except you’ll need to warm them up in your hands to shape and stick, plus and most important they’re washable. It’s a tremendous sustainable gift and we love these ones with the bear print!

Bee’s Wrap


9.) Pico Projector ($329)


Pico Projector Cool Camping Gear

This Pico Projector is a unique camping idea at its finest. Tiny and easy to tuck away in your bag, this is a cute bit of camping gear that’s perfect for chilling with a movie or your favorite series – or just some YouTube vids. Store whatever you want to watch on a USB drive or SD card, then plug it into the Pico AAXA P5 Projector and away you go. Good for projecting on the outer or inner side of tents. Genius idea. Rechargeable and good for 135 minutes.

Pico AAXA P5 Projector


10.) The Pint ($32)


The Pint Cool Camping Gear

Camping cups don’t get much cooler than The Pint canteen. Made by the good people at Stable Goods, this thing is a water bottle by day but converts easily into a cool looking chalice by night. Fill with beer (or whatever takes your fancy) and refresh yourself in your throne as evening falls. If you hadn’t guessed, it fits a pint of your favorite liquid.

The Pint by Stablegoods


11.) JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth Speaker ($80)


JBL Flip 4 Cool Camping Gear

Weighing just over one pound this speaker is pretty lightweight. The JBL Flip 4 is quality in just about everything. It’s durable, waterproof, and suitable for 12 hours of music. Toss it in your bag, then connect your phone via Bluetooth to have whatever awesome music as a soundtrack to your camping trip.

JBL Flip 4 on REI JBL Flip 4 on Amazon


12.) Barebones Cast Iron + Trivet Set ($120)


Barebones Cast Iron + Trivet Set  Cool Camping Gear

If you’re all about cooking when you’re camping, this super simple frypan and pot set (complete with a trivet to rest it on) is a great option. It’s a no-frills set of stuff that ain’t exactly lightweight – like, we wouldn’t suggest putting this in a backpack – but it’ll be perfect for a road trip or lakeside retreat.

JBL Flip 4 on Amazon


13.) Yeti’s Lowlands Blanket ($200)


Yeti's Lowlands Blanket Cool Camping Gear

A great multi-use we’ve taken to using in the mountains is Yeti’s Lowlands Blanket. Of course, with the Yeti names comes premium products with a high price tag. However, what you get is a blanket that’s use extends far beyond the beach. We regularly use ours in the mountains, on the cold ground, a wet riverbank fishing, or when we’re out at a friend’s lakehouse.

Yeti Lowlands Blanket


14.) BioLite Headlamp 330 ($50)


BioLite Headlamp 330

Traditional outdoor headlamps have used disposable batteries such as AAs or AAAs. Batteries require a lot of minerals and resources. A great sustainable gift would is a headlamp that is rechargeable via USB, such as the BioLite 330. If you combine this with the solar panel above a backpacker could be off the grid for ages without need for extra batteries and everyone likes a lighter pack!

BioLite HeadLamp 330


15.) Panini Press ($20)


Cool Camping Gear Panini Press

When it comes to portable pie ovens, Rome is where it’s at. Their panini press is one of the coolest camping gear products we’ve ever seen. Paninis are good for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, you can fill ‘em with whatever, and this press makes rustling up one of these awesome sandwiches a breeze.

Camp Panini Press on Amazon


16.) Camp Shelter ($200)

Cool Camping Gear Camp Shelter

You’ve got your tent set up, which is great for shelter – obviously. But if you want some shelter outside the tent, the is a great option. This will keep out the sun and the rain and is covered on one side so it’ll keep out wind, too. Makes for a perfect indoors-outdoors situation, which is what camping is all about, we say!

Camp Shelter on REI


17.) Primus Campfire Prep Set ($80)


Primus Campfire Prep Set Cool Camping Gear

By campfire giants Primus, this is a neat little set with an oak fork, spatula and spoon, a stainless steel grater, and the all-important 12cm campfire knife. It’s all rolled up in a polycotton wrap, so it’s easy to wedge it in your bag without it barely making a dent in your packing. With this set, you get to unleash your inner chef without having to use cheap plastic utensils that bend when you try to cut stuff or melt in the pan.

Primus Campfire Prep Set


18.) Camerons Tailgating Table ($45)


Camerons Tailgating Table Cool Camping Gear

This is an all-in-one snacks ‘n’ drinks bonanza, one of the coolest camping gear products we’ve seen. It may not be a utility knife or some other nifty gadget, but sometimes simple is awesome. There are drinks-holders, a central holster for all your snacks, and the lowest part is for keeping stuff as cold as can be. Perfect for sitting around a fire or rocking up at a music festival.

Camerons Tailgating Table


19.) MPOWERD Luci 2.0 Solar Lantern ($20)


MPOWERD Luci Outdoor 2.0 Inflatable Solar Lantern

These sweet little solar lights are sure to be loved by anyone. MPOWERD makes small solar rechargeable lights that are great for camping, emergencies, outdoor adventures, or the backyard. However, what really makes them great is the initiative behind them that uses a portion of the profits to bring solar power to those in need around the world.

MPOWERD Luci 2.0 Solar Lantern


20.) California Cowboy Flannel ($150)


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One of the best gifts for camping is a heavy duty and high quality flannel.

If I’m camping there is at least one flannel in my bag. Flannels make for great camping and hiking clothes because they are comfortable, warm, and can be worn several times without need for a wash. Also, in the right setting, they look and feel right at home.

My favorites are from California Cowboy. California Cowboy is a small apparel store out of California producing hip, crazy comfortable, and functional clothes.

Their High Sierra shirt is made out of super soft flannel, and warm thermal lining. Plus it has all kinds of pockets to keep a phone, chapstick, or a cold beer. It’s an awesome travel gift that feels more like a jacket than your standard flannel.

California Cowboy


21.) Hydroflask Wine Tumblers ($30)


Hydroflask Wine Tumblers Cool Camping Gear

Created by Hydroflask, this cute set is perfect for wine-drinkers. Or, you know, any other liquid you want to keep cool. The jug itself is super insulated and keeps things cold for up to 24 hours, while the tumblers do their thing in a series of colors. Much better than a bag full of broken glass.

Hydroflask Wine Tumbler


22.) Yeti Tundra 65 ($349)


Yeti Tundra 65 Cool Camping Gear

Yeti is renowned for its durable coolers that keep ice for days one end. The Tundra is their flagship cooler and the 65L is the most popular size for good reason. This bit of camping gear isn’t something you’re going to be carrying, but it’s perfect for the back of the truck. Pack this holy grail of coolers with ice packs, food, and refreshments, and your camping trip will turn into a veritable banquet.

Yeti Tundra 65


23.) Scrubba Wash Bag ($50)


Scrubba Wash Bag Cool Camping Gear

No more excuses for having dirty clothes while camping. The Scrubba Wash Bag is basically a dry bag, but on the inside, it’s coated with rubber nodules; mix in some water and soap, throw in your clothes, seal the bag up, and knead the bag like dough for regular wash cycle in just a few minutes. Simple but awesome.

Scrubba Wash Bag on REI


24.) Solo Stove Bonfire Fire Pit ($300)


Solo Stove Bonfire Fire Pit Cool Camping Gear

It definitely isn’t cheap, but the Solo Stove Bonfire Fire Pit can make you feel like you’re camping anywhere. The design maximizes the efficiency of burning woods so you get a hot smoke free fire, the perfect campfire. It’s built with stainless steel and should last for years to come.

Solo Stove Bonfire Fire Pit


25.) GSI Pinnacle Camper Cookset ($140)


GSI Pinnacle Camper Cookset Cool Camping Gear

For probably the most comprehensive cooking set out there, go for the GSI Pinnacle Camper. It’s almost $140, but at that price, you get four plates, four bowls, four insulated mugs (complete with sip-it tops), and a two-liter pot with strainer lid, which nest into a generous three-liter pot and frypan with a strainer lid. It’s all about efficient space-saving with this modular, Teflon-coated extravaganza of a camper cooking set.

GSI Pinnacle Camper Cookset


26.) Joseph Joseph Wash + Drain ($20)


Joseph Joseph Wash + Drain

This isn’t the most exciting camping gift, and nobody wants to do the dishes. It’s not a fun task scrubbing dirty plates, but someone’s gotta do it. So, instead of coming up with some sort of totally inefficient makeshift way of cleaning your crockery, use this thing. It’s literally a portable sink with a plug so you can drain it easily instead of having to throw a gallon of water into the undergrowth. Best of all, leftovers get caught in the drain so you can bag them up.

Joseph Joseph Wash + Drain on Amazon


27.) Primus Aeril Campfire Grill ($100)


What more can we say other than, well if BBQ is a priority this camping gift is essential. Lugging around a whole BBQ grill with you sounds like a massive effort, but the folks at Primus have this ingenious solution for all your grilling needs. It’s a rolling grill. How does it work? Roll it out, set it up, light a fire, and the scent of sizzling meat will soon be in the air.

Primus Aeril Campfire Grill


28.) UCO Stormproof Matches ($12)


Lighting a fire in damp conditions is not fun. One of the worst things about it is when matches don’t even light in the first place. Getting yourself some UCO stormproof matches, ones that light even in the wind and rain – and will even light after being submerged in water – is a no-brainer. As long as there’s phosphorus (the orange bit), these things are virtually invincible!

UCO Stormproof Matches


29.) MSR Hubba Hubba Tent ($450)


Our go to tent is our MSR Hubba Hubba 2 backpacking person tent.

The Hubba Hubba is a top seller for MSR. It’s ultralight and has a super fast setup system. This tent is waterproof and ultra durable for any mountain adventure. It’s a great size for two people and there is even extra space to move around.

REIBackcountry


30.) NeoAir Uber Lite ($100+)


Any camper will want a sleeping pad under them while they sleep. Not only is it more comfortable, but it provides insolation that one may need to stay warm. The ground gets very cold in the wilderness, even if it’s summer. Without a sleeping pad under you, your body will take in all that cold.

We travel with the new NeoAir Uber Lite. It’s good for backpacking since it only weighs 8oz and you can blow it up in under two minutes.

REIBackcountryTherm-A-Rest


31.) Compressible Pillow ($30)


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A pillow is a backpacking essential for a good night sleep in the mountains. Therm-A-Rest makes durable pillows from upcycled foam. These pillows are soft, and expand large enough for a comfortable rest.

REIBackcountryTherm-A-Rest


32.) Therm-A-Rest Sleeping Bag ($275)


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Don’t let someone go into the backcountry without a sleeping bag. Even in the summer, it gets cold at night and you’ll need a proper sleeping bag to provide you with the warmth you need. We personally have the new Vesper 20F/-6C Quilt. This is an awesome comfortable sleeping bag featuring 900-fill Nikwax Hydrophobic Down. It’s ultra light and good for overnight backpacking trips.

REIBackcountryTherm-A-Rest


33.) Water Purifier ($70)


It’s not always safe to drink water from rivers and streams. We previously used the Lifestraw Go for all those times during our travels when the water is questionable.

However, over time we became annoyed with the water bottle as the filter aged and clogged. Plus the Lifestraw leaks when it is on its side. We now switched to the Grayl Ultralight Purifier. It’s a simple design that is effective and does not leak making it a hiking essential.

Most importantly it is a purifier, not a filter. The Grayl water bottle system purifies water vs. filters which removes viruses and virtually removes all threat of waterborne illnesses. The only drawback is it costs double the Lifestraw Go.

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34.) Pack Towel ($30)


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A towel should be on everyone’s backpacking checklist who plans to spend the night outside. Not only are they good for rinsing off at night, but also for those times you want take a dip in an alpine lake!

Pack Towel


35. Z Seat ($15)


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It’s a good idea to bring a small mat to sit on during breaks if you’re in the mountains. The stone and ground can often be much colder than the air so it conducts heat and will make you cold.

A pad can serve a lot of purposes to like back rest, pillow, cooking surface, or a place to change your clothes. We bring the Z Seat on many of our backpacking trips and appreciate the comfort when we want to just relax and enjoy the view. They are light though so make sure they don’t blow away. It’s best to keep them inside your pack, instead of the outside on a windy day. This is a really inexpensive but useful camping gift to give!

Therm-A-Rest Z Mat


36.) Quick Dry Underwear ($20)


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Ex Officio makes high performance, quick-drying underwear that is antimicrobial and breathable. We don’t just use this for hiking, but also for traveling in general since I don’t always have access to a washer.

ExOfficio underwear is made to be hand-washed easily, hung up overnight, and will be good as new in the morning. Good hiking underwear is one of those backpacking supplies you should consider purchasing.

REIBackcountry


37.) Garmin In Reach ($400)


We spend a lot of time in the backcountry which means we are disconnected and far from a cell phone signal. This brings a lot of risk in case of an emergency. The Garmin Inreach allows for us to have a GPS for navigation which keeps us safely on the trail. Then should the worst ever happen we have an emergency button through Inreach that notifies search and rescue should we ping the satellite. It’s a lifesaving device, that also does nifty features like send short messages and even allow for friends and family to track your whereabouts when you’re on the trail.

GPS



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Natasha is a five-foot blonde that believes she was made short so she could fit in air, train, car, and bus seats comfortably. She believes in watching every single movie nominated for an Oscar and loves all animals. Natasha has a passion for environmentally friendly and sustainable travel. Natasha recently made a move to Canada and resides near Banff National Park in Alberta and loves new adventures in the mountains. Natasha's favorite countries are Italy, Iceland, Greece, Japan, Mozambique, and South Africa.

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