Our Gift Suggestions for the RVer on Your List...
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Happy Holidays!!! If you are reading this page, you probably have at least one RVer or camper on your shopping list. We've put together a list of 20 items in various price ranges that we use and like in an effort to make your shopping a little bit easier this Season. These are a few suggestions. For more, please visit our complete Amazon Storefront.
Gift Ideas Under $10
A great way to introduce someone to outdoor cooking or to share recipes that are tried and true. We picked up our copy of this cookbook several years ago at one of the state parks. It features camp cooking recipes from National Forest Service Agents and their families, as well as historic photos from the National Forests and stories from the field. This is truly a unique cookbook. You'll want to run right out to the forest to start cooking!
A classic, fun, family game that's easy to carry whereever your adventures take you! We've been playing UNO on camping trips for decades. This version is the same UNO you love from the original game, but themed to fun outdoor adventures. Whether you have 2 people or 10, UNO is a fun choice (and it barely takes up any room in the RV!)
Gift Ideas Under $25
How cute are these camping towels?! OK... so we don't personally own these, but they are way to perfect for RV life to ignore, don't you think? The set comes with two cotton towels that are machine washable and screaming for an RV home. We might just have to add these to our wish list! :)
Do you know someone who would like to get into cast iron cooking? It's a fun and very versatile way of cooking that works great outside or in the RV. This 8" cast iron skillet is a great entry into cast iron cooking or a nice addition to any RVer's kitchenware. The small size takes up less room than the larger skillets (and weighs less). This skillet comes with a silicone handle for easy handling. Lodge cast iron is made in the USA and is built to last a lifetime.
Another classic game that we love! This travel version of Yahtzee is themed to our National Parks, featuring animals, monuments, forests, rivers... Just like the UNO game above, it's the same dice game you've always enjoyed but with an outdoors twist and sized for easy travel! We play our dice games using a Wooden Dice Tray with Felt Lining
to keep the dice from rolling off the table.
For the historian or Texas State Park lover on your list, this is the story of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and the impact that their work in the 1930s and early 1940s has made on Texas and the United States, particularly our Texas State Parks. When we share some of the history of the state parks with you in our videos, often that information comes (at least in part) from this book. It includes both general history of the CCC in Texas as well as a few details and photos from each Texas State Park that they helped to build.
One of the things we get asked about the most! A sticker map is a fun way to track where you've camped in your RV or visited during your travels. We add a state to our map after we spend at least one night in that state in our RV, but you can make up whatever rules suit you! This is a permanent sticker made of vinyl. Ours is displayed on the end of our slide so that it is visible when we are set up and the slides are out. We just ordered one for this RV. In our last motorhome, this sticker map withstood four years of sliding in and out, sun, wind, rain, cold and heat and still looked new with no peeling or fading. They also make a Canadian Province Sticker Map
for those folks traveling north.
Gift Ideas for $50 and Under
We have heard GREAT things about Harvest Hosts over the years and are super excited to be new members! The program allows RVers to stay overnight at super cool places like wineries, breweries, museums and farms without a nightly camping fee (please be a good guest and purchase something from the business while you are there). It offers a wealth of unique camping experiences for less than $50 per year. Prices are going up at the beginning of 2019, but you can lock in today's prices if you sign up before that. Bonus: if you use one of our links to purchase a Harvest Hosts membership and use the promo code HHFRIENDS, you save 10% off the annual membership (even in the future!).
Another organization that we've heard great things about (and that we are new members of). Boondockers Welcome matches RVers with private property owners who offer free overnight RV parking. Many of the hosts are RVers themselves. It's a nice way to find a free place to park for the night and maybe meet some new folks at the same time!
Melamine dishes are perfect for RV life. They are lightweight, easy to clean and sturdy. This set is different from our pattern, featuring brightly colored campers and tents. The set comes with 4 bowls, 4 salad plates and 4 dinner plates. Our melamine dishes are the Brightly Colored Floral Pattern by Laurie Gates
. They are extremely durable, lightweight and easy to clean. Perfect for eating indoors or outdoors!
A very comfortable chair for relaxing around the campsite. This recliner folds up for storage and is made of a powder-coated steel frame and durable outdoor fabric. The pillow can be adjusted up or down, or removed completely. This particular model is a little bit better than the version we have because it can be locked into place in any position.
We have owned 2 of these CampGuard Lanterns for several years now. We really like them. In fact, we like them so much that when we downsized, we sold all of our other camping lanterns! These lanterns run off of D batteries and have two brightness settings with efficient LED lights. But the most unique feature is the motion sensor. On the motion setting, the light will automatically come on if anyone or anything from the size of a raccoon or larger enters it's 360 degree perimeter area. It will turn itself off when it stops sensing motion. This makes it great for seeing late night campsite visitors or securing your RV. It also has an alarm setting with an audible alarm when something enters the perimeter if you want extra security.
We found out about this game on Twitter a couple of years ago, and we LOVE it! It is a fun family game that teaches about our National Parks in a fun way. It's appropriate for the whole family (other than young children who might like to put the pieces in their mouths), and was developed by a family who loves to visit the parks. The only downside: it takes up a fair amount of space to play, so you might want to set it up on the picnic table outside (unless you're lucky enough to have a U-shaped dinette with a larger RV table). But don't let that deter you. We love this game.
Gift Ideas Under $100
Y'all know we LOVE cooking with cast iron. And our dutch ovens are some of our favorite pieces of cast iron cookware. This particular model has feet so that coals can sit underneath it and air can flow underneath. It also has a handle that comes in handy for carrying it or hanging it over the campfire using a Lodge Dutch Oven Tripod
We may not know too much about identifying birds at this point, but we love watching birds and other wildlife while we are camping and hiking. Our Bushnell binoculars are lightweight, waterproof, fogproof and easy to use which makes them great for kayaking, hiking or just sitting around relaxing and birdwatching at camp. They're also durable. When Star was a puppy, she found the binoculars and destroyed the case they were in... but the binoculars themselves were absolutely fine, not a scratch!
We bought our Bonavita Digital Kettle at the recommendation of another RVer (Thanks Joe!). We used it in our sticks and bricks house and carried on RV trips while we were weekend RVers. And it was one of the first things that we moved into the RV permanently when we went full-time. This kettle is a great way to warm water for coffee, tea, oatmeal, hot chocolate or any thing else that you need hot water for. The gooseneck makes pouring super easy and clean, and the stainless steel construction makes it durable for travel. We love that you can set the exact temperature you want and the kettle will not only heat the water quickly, but can hold that temp for up to an hour.
Sadly, we had to sell our Kwik Set Hammock during our downsizing (we just don't have the room to carry it anymore). But we really enjoyed it while we had it. This hammock is easy to set up, is completely self-supporting so you don't need trees nearby, and folds down easily for storage. This is a comfortable, sturdy hammock with a steel frame. It comes with a carry bag and a pillow.
Gift Ideas Over $100
We bought our Camp Chef Propane Stove several years ago. We like them so much that for several years we owned two: a 2-burner like this one, and a single burner version. Because of size constraints, we've had to sell our 2-burner stove (we just don't have room to carry it), but we still have the single burner version! These legs can be removed from this stove for storage. It is easy to set up, use and clean. The 2-burner version allows you to cook two items at the same time or you can lay a large cast iron skillet across both burners. Additional accessories are also available for this stove.
We have owned our FlagPole Buddy Ladder Flag Pole Kit since 2014. It has been installed on two of our RVs and has been in all kinds of weather over the years. It is still in perfect condition! This is a durable, lightweight plastic system that is easy to install and a great way to fly your flags from your RV's ladder. Even though it says "Motorhome Flag Kit" in the Amazon description, it can be installed on any RV's ladder. The flag pole is height adjustable and can fly one or two flags at the same time. We are very happy with this system and have had no issues with it at all. We also own a Solar Powered Flag Pole Light
that sits on top of this flag pole and lights up our flags at night.
For readers who love to relax with a good book, the challenge can be how many books to travel with, which books to travel with and how much space will those books take up. The Kindle E-Reader solves those issues since they can carry all of their books in one small, lightweight device. Stacie has been reading on a Kindle Paperwhite since 2017. It is super easy to travel with and can go anywhere. It's also easy to read in all light and has a glare-free screen.
We have owned our Vitamix blender for several years now. It is one thing that we use almost every single day. This may seem like a strange item to be included in a gift idea list for RVers. But when you're RVing, it's good to have tools that can help you with multiple tasks. The Vitamix blender can make smoothies, sauces, ice cream, nut butters, soups, salsas, dips. It's a great addition to any home that wants to eat a little bit healthier.
We've owned our Hurricane Santee Kayaks for several years. They are lightweight, stable, easy to load and enjoy (even for novice kayakers like us). The open seating area makes it easier to get in and out of than some other kayaks. There is an adjustable, padded seat, a dry storage area, straps for additional storage and handles for easy carrying.
Well, that's our list this year! We hope that it helps make your shopping a little bit easier. Remember, if you make a purchase using our Amazon affiliate links, you pay the same price as you would through any other interaction with Amazon, but Amazon will pay us a small fee for suggesting the products to you. It's one way that we support our YouTube Channel and website work. Thank you for shopping with our links! For more suggestions, please visit our complete Amazon Storefront.
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