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The 7 best camping gifts for outdoor enthusiasts

The most devoted campers don’t just plan their camping trips for those beautiful midsummer treks to the hills — they will camp in any weather just to get outdoors. Chances are they are gear-crazy, however, and probably have already bought everything that they could need. This makes your job 10 times harder. What do you get the camper that seems to have everything?

If you’re on the prowl for a gift for an outdoorsy person in your life — someone who loves hiking, camping, or skiing– look no further than below. Don’t worry about breaking the bank either — we’ve spent a good deal of time looking through hundreds of camping gift ideas and found some pretty unique suggestions that will help you figure out what to buy, nearly all of which are $50 or less.

Best Camping Gifts

  • Therm-a-Rest Compressible Pillow
  • Oceas Waterproof Blanket
  • Esbit Pocket Stove
  • Plow & Hearth Fatwood Fire Starter
  • Trscind Survival Gear Kit
  • BioLite Camp Stove
  • Rose Kuli 7-inch Portable Multipurpose Multitool

Therm-a-Rest Compressible Pillow

Once upon a time, sleeping in the woods was a rugged proposition that involved half-sized rolls of foam and clothes wadded into pillowcases. These days, modern innovations have brought us handy inventions like roll-ups pillows, allowing campers luxurious sleeping conditions, even in the wilderness. Therm-a-Rest’s Compressible Pillow is soft and comfy while still be fairly lightweight. The inner material is eco-sourced from upcycled foam from the company’s manufacturing, making it environmentally friendly, too.

Fully compressed using the built-in drawstring and cord the pillow fits into any backpack, but once expanded it becomes a 4-inch plush pillow that provides ample support for your head and neck. The pillow comes in multiple sizes and seven colors including amethyst, bluebird, cardinal, denim, and others.

Oceas Waterproof Blanket

Nothing is worse than a wet blanket when you’re camping, and it can happen on those most humid and damp nights (or when your tent inevitably finds a way to leak). The Oceas waterproof blanket features a fleece inner liner to keep you warm and cozy when used as a cover. And it is nice to sit on when using it as a picnic blanket. The polyester waterproof backing is coated with polyurethane to keep you dry. While it’s a large blanket measuring in at 79 by 58 inches, it still folds into a small water-resistant bag, which includes a handle for easy transport.

Buyers report that the claims of being one of the most waterproof blankets on the market aren’t just marketing, and the large size of the blanket is one of its biggest selling points. No matter whether you’re out camping or trying to stay warm and dry in the elements — we think the Oceas waterproof blanket makes a great (and inexpensive) gift.

Esbit Pocket Stove

The Esbit Pocket Stove doesn’t only make it to our list because of its great reviews on Amazon, but also because it’s super cool. The entire stove folds down to a size of just 3.9 by 3 by 0.9 inches, which is small enough to fit in your pocket. The stove is powered by small solid fuel tablets (you get six with your purchase, also available separately in 12 and 36-piece packs), which are capable of burning 12 minutes at a time, and hot enough to boil a half-liter of water in about eight minutes. You can use cups and small pots and pans on the stove thanks to two cooking positions, and all you need is a match to get things going.

Owners call it an “essential piece of gear” and praise its sturdy metal construction and ease of use. While it doesn’t produce nearly as much heat as larger stoves or outdoor grills, we see this as a good piece of kit for not only camping but day hikes where you might want to stop a minute for a nice cup of coffee in nature.

Plow & Hearth Fatwood Fire Starter

Don’t struggle to get that fire started. Fatwood is made from the innards of pine trees. It’s also extremely flammable and just two sticks of it rubbed together starts a fire. There is no flammable gas on these sticks — instead, fatwood uses the flammable properties of hardened terpene resin to create the fire. This makes fatwood use safe for both indoor and outdoor use. The best part about fatwood is it never goes bad and a small 10-pound box should last you years. Here, our pick for the best deal is Plow & Hearth’s Fatwood, one of the top-rated options on Amazon.

You can feel good about buying this Fatwood as Plow & Hearth only sources its product from naturally felled trees, meaning those that fall over due to natural causes. Each stick measures 8 inches, so you should be able to get your fire started without needing to worry about getting burned in the process (and the reviews seem to suggest you won’t get burned by a product that doesn’t work, either!)

Trscind Survival Gear Kit

You’re going to forget something on your next trip, so we think a good old fashioned survival kit is an essential piece of gear. The Trscind Survival Gear Kit includes 13 pieces in all and has just about anything we can think of that you need. The kit includes a compass, 11-in-1 multitool, wire saw, water bottle clip, emergency blanket, flintstone, survival knife, flashlight, tactical pen, whistle, and a mini light all enclosed in a sturdy black waterproof box. There’s really not much that this kit doesn’t have.

We’re also big fans of its compactness. The closed case measures 6.6 by 4.3 by 1.9 inches and weighs just over a pound, making it easy to store in your backpack without adding much weight. The blanket is waterproof and can double as shelter, and the whistle can produce up to 120dB of sound. The pen can be used to break glass in an emergency or double as a self-protection device. The knife is also sharp and durable, made out of steel, and treated to prevent rust. Buyers give the entire package and its contents high marks for durability, ensuring this is a gift they’ll be able to enjoy for years to come.

BioLite Camp Stove

The BioLite CampStove is by far our most expensive recommendation on our list this go around, but we couldn’t look past its unique features and outstanding reviews by buyers. While this is first and foremost a compact grill to cook on, it also uses the heat to generate electricity to charge a device with up to 3 watts of power from its included USB power port on its side or to further charge an internal 2,600mAh battery for later use. While you might at first think the combination of a battery and fire seems a little odd considering what we’ve always been told about mixing the two (read: don’t), each part of the stove is sufficiently separated that this won’t ever need to be something you’ll have to worry about.

The included grill top can fit up to four burgers or six hotdogs, and the entire thing is powered just by dry sticks that you should be able to find around your campsite. Also included is their kettle pot, which can double as a carrying case for the grill itself and a light that can be used to illuminate the cooking area. Buyers report that everything works as expected, with some having the grills for several years of trouble-free use. It’s a unique gift and one to consider for the most hardcore outdoor enthusiasts.

Rose Kuli 7-inch Portable Multipurpose Multitool

If you don’t want the bulk of a survival kit, and just need tools when you’re out and about, consider Rose Kuli’s 7-inch Portable Multipurpose Multitool. Among some of the more interesting tools in this particular version are the ax, saw, and hammer, but you also get some of the more typical Swiss Army knife tools such as a screwdriver, wrench, and bottle opener, too. All of Rose Kuli’s multitools are made with durable stainless steel with a non-stick coating, and the wooden handle provides a comfortable grip. A nylon case is provided for storage, which can be attached to a belt buckle.

Buyers say the tool works great for the price (less than $25), and the ax works surprisingly well. In any case, we think this is a much better buy than your typical Swiss Army knife for the camper in your life, especially since it includes some tools that many campers might find useful that they might not otherwise have in a survival kit or your everyday knife.

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