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Video: Holiday Gift Ideas for RVers
What do you get the RVer or camper on your shopping list? We've put together a list of 25+ items in various price ranges that we own, use, love and would definitely buy again to make your shopping a little bit easier this Holiday Season. These are a few suggestions. For more, please visit our complete Amazon Storefront.
These little rechargeable fans are great for providing a little bit of extra airflow (even when you are dry camping without power). We run them all night on the low setting. Their low setting is plenty of airflow, but they also have medium and high settings. Their slim and overall small design makes them easy to use just about anywhere. We bought them to make dry camping more comfortable, but we use them a lot more often than that!
Who says you can't grind your coffee beans from your RV? We found this handy manual coffee grinder a few months back and it is a great backup to our big electric burr grinder. We use this manual coffee grinder when we are camping without electricity and don't want to run the generator just to make coffee.
We've owned this little handy kettle since 2016. We bought it as an easy way to pour hot water to make hot tea, pour over coffee or oatmeal. Since then we've added an electric gooseneck kettle to our RV kitchen, but we keep this one around to use on the stove when we are conserving electricity. The small size makes this a great camping kettle.
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.
A classic game that we love! This travel version of Yahtzee is themed to our National Parks, featuring animals, monuments, forests, rivers... 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. Our previous 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. So when we added one to our current RV, we bought the exact same map, and it is holding up great as well. They also make a Canadian Province Sticker Map for those folks traveling north.
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 strongly believe in the importance of protecting our RV's water lines with a water pressure regulator. We never plug our RV into a water connection without going through a regulator. Earlier this year we replaced our basic water regulator with this one. We really like that the gauge tells us exactly how much pressure is entering the RV and that we can control that pressure directly.
We bought our Bonavita Digital Kettle at the recommendation of another RVer a couple of years ago. 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.
Moisture is not your RV's friend, but between sinks, showers, cooking (and breathing), humidity can easily build up inside an RV. Folks always talk about the humidity down here in Texas during the Summer, but it's very common for condensation to form inside the RV during the Winter. This little portable dehumidifier has really helped lower the moisture levels inside our RV. It takes up very little room, automatically shuts off when it is full and is very quiet.
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.
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!
We joined Harvest Hosts in 2018 and are really impressed by the variety of overnight options that they offer. 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 experiences. If you use one of our links to purchase a Harvest Hosts membership and use the promo code HHFRIENDS15, you'll save 15% off the annual membership.
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!
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. And this new version is even waterproof! And if you know someone who really likes to read, consider the gift that keeps on giving: a Kindle Unlimited Membership!
We have owned a FoodSaver Vacuum Sealer for well over a decade. It is a must own for us because it allows us to buy good meat in larger quantities, divide it up and then vacuum seal it to freeze. With our limited freezer space, we really pay attention to what we buy, and our FoodSaver helps our food last a lot longer without freezer burn.
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.
We've owned our Breville burr grinder for a couple of years now and this thing is a workhorse! We love grinding our coffee beans and this grinder makes it super easy and quick. It has 60 settings so that you can select exactly the right courseness for your taste without heating up the beans during the grinding process. And if you use the same kind of coffee bean every morning, you can store the beans in the sealed container on top for easy access.
Hands down one of the absolute BEST purchases we have ever made. We love our Berkey! Water is different every where we go. Sometimes it has a strange smell or an unpleasant taste. Sometimes it leave some kind of ring around the glass or has obvious particles floating around. Our Travel Berkey takes care of all of that plus, we save money and space because we no longer buy bottled water! All water that we use for drinking and cooking goes through this water filtration system first. We love it so much, we wish we had bought one years ago! If you'd like more information about the Berkey System, please take a look at our Travel Berkey Product Review.
If you have seen any of our recent Tom's Chuck Wagon Cooking Videos, then you know we absolutely LOVE our Davy Crockett Grill from Green Mountain Grills! This small pellet grill is absolutely perfect for RVers, campers, tailgaters, and anyone else who is looking for an easy way to cook outside in a small footprint. This grill fits inside our RV's outside storage bay. So far we've cooked burgers, steaks, grilled veggies, and smoked pork butt, brisket, chicken and a whole turkey on it! We could not be happier with the results.
Another one of those critical RV tools (like the water pressure regulator) that we use absolutely every time we plug our RV into power! We've seen the damage that surges, spikes and unreliable power can do to an RV. So we 100% believe in the importance of using a good surge protector. We've used this Surge Guard every time we've plugged in since 2014. It has protected us during storms and unusual power changes and has kept us from plugging our rig into power poles that weren't working properly. It looks like it's taking a while to ship right now. the Surge Guard 34950 looks like it might be the newer model. They also have a Surge Guard for 30 Amp Units.
We have used an RV specific GPS to aid our navigation since 2013. We switched to this model in mid-2019 when our original RV GPS quit receiving updates. While no GPS is full-proof, an RV GPS takes into account our height, width, length and propane. It helps us to avoid low bridges and roads that aren't suited for an RV of our size and helps us find places we might want to stop to rest or points of interest.
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 added our TireMinder Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) to our RV back in 2016. We have monitors on all of our RV and Jeep tires and it gives us great peace of mind as we are driving down the highway. This system alerts us to unusual or sudden changes in tire pressure or temperature. We always start it up and let it begin reading our tire info about 20 minutes before we plan to pull out of a campsite. It is an essential safety tool for us.
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 any of our affiliate links, you pay the same price as you would through any other transaction with that company (Amazon, Harvest Hosts, Berkey), but they will pay us a small fee. 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 We only list products that we feel good about.
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