The Cool Camping Christmas wishlist has landed featuring the best Christmas gifts for campers and lovers of the great outdoors. We’ve scoured the shops and browsed what’s available online so you don’t have to look any further than our list of 35 Christmas camping present ideas, ideal for outdoorsy types…
From hip flasks to hammocks – plus our very own Cool Camping Gift Vouchers – we’ve come up with some fantastic camping-themed Christmas gift ideas. If you know someone who’d prefer to sip cocoa by the campfire than in front of a Christmas movie, you’ll probably be looking for something suitably outdoorsy to put under the Christmas tree. These ideas might be just what you need to put a smile on their faces.
The Intex Challenger provides an affordable, inflatable kayak ideal for those looking for something they can quickly pack up and take away with them. With paddles and pump provided, along with surprisingly comfortable seating for explorations around the UK’s canals and lakes, this is far easier to pack away than a traditional kayak and is ideal for more adventurous camping trips.
Those who appreciate a stronger tipple when camping will enjoy the STANLEY cocktail shaker set, which can swiftly transform any hour into happy hour. Its one-piece nesting system makes it a portable solution to making cocktails wherever you are, because it truly is always 5 o’clock somewhere.
You can’t go backpacking without a backpack, and it really doesn’t get much better than the Blaze 60 rucksack from Granite Gear. This 60-litre camping companion is designed to carry up to 22.7 kg, but despite this it’s still lightweight compared to similar rucksacks on the market, which also being impressively hardwearing. This is the perfect rucksack for the serious backpacker.
This handmade coffee cup with a carabiner handle is the ideal companion for camping or backpacking, allowing you to clip your mug to your rucksack and continue your adventure knowing that caffeine is always within reach. Give this to a coffee-lover as a stocking filler.
Campsites aren’t supposed to be noisy at night, but sometimes it can be difficult to cancel out the world around you and drift off to sleep. Thankfully, various noise-cancelling earbuds have popped up in recent years that block out all noise, which is perfect for the restless sleepers you know. These ‘buds from TOZO are popular and affordable, making them a great gift for anyone who has trouble sleeping.
For campers who like to be pampered, lunch has never looked better than when stored in this tweed hamper. Featuring all the cutlery (and bottle opener!) for two, this is a stylish gift for couples who like to go camping and glamping together, letting them enjoy their picnic and a glass of wine or two in the great outdoors.
Barbecues, street food vendors and the like can sometimes feel counter-productive when camping, as you counteract the exercise you get when exploring the great outdoors with unhealthy eating. This digital air fryer solves this by allowing users to cook a healthy fry-up with less oil, with 75% less fat than traditional frying methods, an easy-to-use digital and a lightweight design that ensures it can be brought along in place of your traditional portable barbecue.
For those who need something to keep them occupied after pitching their tent, these premium playing cards cater to every type of personality. Boasting a variety of designs ranging from The Beatles to pirates and beyond, these will make for a lovely stocking filler.
A warm, durable and high-quality sleeping bag is essential for seasoned campers, with the Ascent 300 being one of the best on the market. This is designed for regular outdoor use, so is the perfect present for those who regularly go camping, and while it may be on the pricey side it’s almost certainly worth it.
The music doesn’t have to stop just because you’re in the middle of nowhere. This Sony SRS-XB33 Bluetooth speaker not only boasts a whopping 24-hour battery life, but it also features a three-dimensional audio mode that is sure to please the music lovers on your Christmas list. Its waterproof, durable design also makes it ideal for those who enjoy a spot of adventure alongside their camping trip.
The recipient of this tabletop gas barbecue will surely be the talk of the campsite, offering a portable solution for grilling away from home. Its ceramic, non-stick build means you won’t have to worry about scraping sausages off the griddle, while a removable fat pan makes it easy to clean.
Add a personalised touch to a family’s camping trips with these serving trays, which wonderfully complement a family holiday by providing a place from which to serve their barbecued sausages and burgers. Handmade and available in a variety of different colours, this is great gift for those who like to go caravanning or camping together.
SA to-scale, replica of a 1965 Split Screen VW Camper Van, this is the ultimate miniature tent for your little ones. It’s in the easy pop-up style – so no pegs or complicated instructions – and comfortably accommodates up to three children. If they’re dying for you to get a cool campervan this is definitely the next best thing!
Featuring 175 carefully selected campsites, the best-selling new edition of Cool Camping Britain was released in May this year and joins the Cool Camping pantheon of guides, including Cool Camping Coast, Cool Camping France and Glamping Getaways. If you want to plan a camping adventure with your friends for next year and prefer pouring over a glossy guidebook than swiping through the internet, these gloveboxed-sized guides are sure to whet the appetite for next summer.
This all-in-one survival kit manages to pack 40 items into a small tin including fire-lighting gear, a compass, multitool and more. With so much included, owners of these tin toolkits will find packing for their next camping trip is made a whole lot easier.
Here’s one for the food connoisseurs of the camping world, or just someone who enjoys some alfresco cooking around the campfire. From spaghetti carbonara to pineapple upside-down cake, Ray Mears’ guide shows you some of the best out of the box campfire recipes, for those action-packed days when the classic barbecue meal just won’t cut it.
Ordnance Survey produces a range of trekking towels and picnic blankets featuring some of the most-loved parts of the UK; our national parks. Pick the Lake District picnic blanket for anyone who’s planning a camping trip in Cumbria in 2021 or the suitably-themed trekking towel for someone bound for the Beacons.
The tent is up and the campfire is roaring, what could be better than a relaxing evening toasting marshmallows? If your answer is a beer chilled to perfection, then the Rumpl beer blanket should be on your stocking list. You in a blanket, your beer in a blanket, pigs in blankets. It’s Christmas. We’re all in blankets!
Cornwall-based brand Finisterre take pride in turning disused plastic into new, reusable fibres for their clothing. This lightweight, retro-style fleece is made from fully recycled polyester and is a great staple for outdoor adventures. It includes a secure zipped chest pocket to keep your valuables safe while you’re exploring.
We all know about the original and award-winning LifeStraw filter, but have you seen their latest addition? Protecting against bacteria, parasites and microplastics, the LifeStraw Flex now comes with a Gravity bag which can filter a gallon of water in less than 10 minutes. It is also BPA-free and independently lab tested. Adding this slightly pricier item to your shopping bag becomes that little bit easier knowing that each purchase provides one child with one year of safe water.
This year has been a turning point in the fight against plastic waste and if you’re buying for someone who’s determined to reduce their impact on the environment then a 100% plastic-free Klean Kanteen could be the Christmas present you’ve been searching for. The new TKPro thermal canteen can keep hot drinks hot for at least 20 hours and cold ones icy cool for a staggering 75. Available in various sizes it’s as useful for camping and hiking trips as it is for the journey to work.
For campers who can’t live without strong coffee, the Nanopresso is a gift – so why not give it? This compact little coffee machine replicates espresso from the best barista as it forces boiling water through ground coffee at high pressure. It fits in the palm of your hand and is powered by you, which means it can go wherever the adventure is. It also has some handy add-ons that will make stocking fillers in future years.
You can bring a taste of the outdoors to the cocktail shaker this Christmas with this gift pack of three little bottles of Campfire Gin. These small-batch gins are produced by the Puddingstone Distillery in Hertfordshire and are said to have been dreamed up under the stars, around the campfire. That’s the spirit!
Is it a buff? Is it a neckwarmer? Peter Storm says it’s a chute. Whatever you call these hat-scarf hybrids, one thing is for sure: once you’ve put one round your neck, you’ll never want to take it off again. But hands off – this one is for the kids. As cute as it is cool, this animal-print chute has a fleece lining for extra warmth and is a versatile little stocking filler for any Cool Camping kids.
For the more serious camper, these Firepot dehydrated meals have seen a surge in popularity recently because of their great taste. They are also very affordable and lightweight. Pick up the pork spicy noodles with the Thai-inspired sauce and your camping friend will thank you later. For lightweight hiking backpacking trips and expedition camping, they’re fast becoming the food of choice.
Whether you know a wild camper or someone who simply loves hanging around on the campsite, a hammock makes for a great gift for outdoor enthusiasts. As the name suggests, the Superlight Frontline Hammock weighs very little and packs down small. It comes with an integrated mosquito net which means it works as well as a place for day-time napping as it does for nights among the trees.
Anyone who’s broken a mug while camping or wants to avoid yet more plastic crockery will appreciate some good enamelware. This cute, retro, camping-themed mug is an ideal stocking filler for any camping enthusiast, especially those who love a cup of tea or coffee at home or on the campsite. Each enamel mug is personalised with a name of your choice.
There’s no need to worry about running out of gas if you stick with a classic Ghillie Kettle. Sticks and pinecones are all the fuel that’s needed to boil up a brew the old-fashioned way with the classic Explorer Ghillie Kettle, handcrafted right here in the UK. Perfect for camping trips and bracing Boxing Day walks – just add water and a sense of adventure.
Continuing on the campervan theme, this ‘3 in 1’ Lego toy set is a great gift for anyone aged eight or older. It can be built into a car and caravan, a motorhome or a lighthouse and comes with lots of great accessories, such as a portable stove, fishing rod and a buildable kayak.
No camping kit is complete without a handy foldable light to guide you on your way. The flexible design means it’s easy to pack and it can be positioned in different ways to use as a lantern, garden lamp or a flashlight. The splashproof light also has six different colour modes, three brightness levels and a ‘candle flicker’ function to help set the atmosphere.
A pair of gloves as a Christmas gift may not win any prizes for originality but any outdoor lover will be grateful to slide their hands into these comfortable Power Stretch gloves from Rab. A “grippy” palm makes them practical for the outdoors and conductive fingertips means you can use a smartphone without risking chilblains.
You have not reached peak campervan paraphernalia ownership until you’ve hung this glitzy little campervan on the tree! A great Christmas present for any VW or campervan owner, this unique bauble from The Little Boys Room brings the camper into Christmas.
Another corker from Ordnance Survey – these custom-made OS Maps make for a unique and thoughtful gift for any outdoors lover. You can choose from a folded map with a customisable photo cover, a flat map or a framed map, so it’s a great choice whether you want a practical gift for planning a next adventure or a sentimental one that commemorates a special place.
This is the ultimate outdoor cooking machine. A pizza oven, BBQ and water heater rolled into one, Aquaforno’s latest generation can be assembled in under two minutes and packs away into a space-saving size. But best of all it cooks beautifully (for more information you can read our full review).
One present that’s sure to be appreciated by any camper is a contribution to their next camping trip. Our Cool Camping Gift Vouchers let you give just that. They’re available in a range of denominations and can be used to book stays at any one of our camping and glamping sites across the UK and France. Whether it’s shepherd’s hut stays in Scotland, pitching a tent in the Peak District or booking a bell tent in the Brecon Beacons, why not give the gift of the great outdoors this Christmas?
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