Best Gifts for Outdoor Lovers and Vanlifers

Best Gifts for Outdoor Lovers and Vanlifers

Last updated: 24th November 2020
Category: Van LifeGear Reviews
Tags: Gift Guides

Christmas tree, decorations and gifts in our camper van, showcasing some of the best gifts for outdoor lovers.

Looking for the perfect gift for outdoor lovers or vanlifers this Christmas? Look no further! We’ve pulled together a list of some of our favourite products, some of which we already use and others that we’d love to try. Whether you’re shopping for an adrenaline junky, a weekend adventurer or even a travelling dog, we’ve got you covered!

We’ve also included some beautiful gift ideas created or designed by vanlifers, helping you to support small businesses whilst getting an amazing unique gift for a loved one.

Browse our gift guide to pick the perfect gifts for outdoor lovers and camping enthusiasts, and make this year’s gift shopping easier than ever! Scroll for the full list of ideas or jump straight to the category you’re interested in.

Best Gifts for Outdoor Lovers

Looking for the perfect gift for outdoor lovers? These days the gadgets and gear options are pretty much never ending, so we’ve rounded up a few of our favourites. We hope it helps!

Renogy E.Tunes Solar Bluetooth Speaker

Take your music with you wherever you are with this solar powered speaker. This highly portable speaker offers 10 hours of playtime, is compact, lightweight and splash proof. What’s more, you can even charge your phone from it via the inbuilt lithium battery.

Renogy Bluetooth Speaker is the perfect gift for outdoor loversCheck the Price: Renogy or Amazon

Salomon Trailblazer Backpack

This Salomon unisex rucksack is lightweight, comfortable to wear and has a 30lt capacity. In addition, it’s compatible with water bladders making it a great option for day hikes or hours on the slopes.

Salomon Trailblazer Backpack: One of our picks for best gifts for outdoor loversCheck the Price: Salomon or Amazon

Solo Stove Ranger Fire Pit

Whether you’re on the beach, up a mountain or in your back yard, this fire pit will keep you warm and cosy! Solo Stoves feature a Signature 360° Airflow Design™ that’s incredibly efficient, thereby producing less smoke and burning everything to ash. Super portable, lightweight and perfect for gathering your friends around.

Solo Stove Fire Pit: The perfect gift for outdoor loversCheck the Price: Solo Stove or Amazon

Salomon Max Socks

Whether you’re hiking, skiing, boarding or cosying up in a sleeping bag, warm feet are an essential. These lightweight merino wool socks are warm, quick drying and stay perfectly in place. Above all, they’ll keep feet happy all day (or night!) long.Salomon socks

Check the Price: Salomon

Unigear Hammock

High on our list of perfect gifts for outdoor lovers is this lightweight, portable hammock that’s made from highly durable parachute fabric. Tree straps are included, therefore allowing you to set up your hammock with ease so you can relax and watch the world go by! Perfect for camping, hiking and travel.

Unigear hammock

Check the Price: Unigear or Amazon

Gifts for Vanlifers

We think these gifts are perfect for vanlifers and campervan enthusiasts. If you’re looking for additional practical ideas for people just starting out in their van then check out our van life essentials list too.

Wolf and Grizzly Campfire Trio

We’re hoping to get one of these for Christmas as they look genius! Consisting of a Fire Safe and grill that fold up incredibly small as well as being lightweight. Perfect when space is at a premium but you want a safe and easy way to cook outdoors. Can’t wait to give this a try!

Wolf and Grizzly Campfire TrioCheck the Price: Wolf and Grizzly

Omnia Muffin Ring

If you don’t know what an Omnia Oven is yet you’re missing out! These brilliant ovens can be used on the stove top so you can bake, roast and casserole anywhere! This muffin ring fits inside the Omnia Oven making it perfect for baking treats this winter. It’s definitely on our Christmas list!

Omnia Muffin RingCheck the Price: BrownBird & Co or Amazon

Jackery Explorer 240 Portable Power Station

This Lithium power station is a really easy and convenient way to charge your devices whilst in your van or camping. It can be used to charge your laptop, camera, phone and even a small cool box. It’s also really easy to re-charge either by plugging in to mains, using the 12v car charger or attaching to a solar panel.Jackery Power Station

Check the Price: Jackery or Amazon

LifeStraw Water Bottle

When you’re living on the road finding clean drinking water can be a challenge. These LifeStraw water bottles let you fill up from any water source making them great for camping and hiking as well as van life. Water is filtered as you drink it to remove bacteria, parasites, micro plastics and chemicals.

Lifestraw water bottle
Check the Price: Amazon

Vanlife Diaries

This book is stuffed full of pictures and stories from nomads across the world. If you have friends or family members that are vanlifers or aspire to converting a van they’ll love this book for inspiration.

vanlife diaries book

Check the Price: Amazon

Gifts for Snow Lovers

We haven’t just trawled the web for the best gift ideas for outdoor lovers, we’ve also found some great options for snow lovers too! The skiers and snowboarders in your life are bound to love these ideas as much as we do!

Unigear 50L Ski Boot Travel Backpack

Large backpack designed to carry everything you need for skiing or snowboarding. Offers space for boots, goggles, helmet, spare clothing as well as pockets for valuables and snacks. You can also strap your skis or board on too whilst the durable and waterproof fabric will keep your gear safe.

Unigear ski boot backpack
Check the Price: Unigear or Amazon

Salomon Ivy Beanie

This cable knit beanie with faux fur pompom is the perfect choice for keeping cosy whilst playing in the snow! Whether you’re having a serious snowball fight, enjoying a winter walk or having a hot chocolate around the fire pit we think this beanie is the perfect choice!

Salomon Ivy beanie with faux fur pompom

Check the Price: Salomon or Amazon

Salomon Lo Fi Sigma Goggles

These innovative goggles feature SIGMA™ lens technology for improved colour contrast in grey and low light conditions. They also adjust to fit your face for improved comfort and offer a wider field of vision so you can see as much of the terrain as possible.Salomon ski goggles

Check the Price: Salomon

Polar Thermal Buff

Buff’s multi-functional head and neckwear is the perfect choice for winter. This thermal buff has a fleece section to really keep out the chill and is therefore ideal for snowy adventures.

Polar thermal Buff in snowflake design
Check the Price: Amazon

Portable Boot Dryers

There’s nothing worse than wet and cold ski boots in the morning! These portable boot dryers are a great option if you don’t have access to a drying room. They’re therefore perfect for winter van life as they don’t use any power and you can stick them by your heater or on the radiator in a cafe to recharge them.

Portable boot dryers
Check the Price: Amazon

Gifts for Outdoor Dogs

We couldn’t possibly compile a list of the best gift ideas for outdoor loves without including some ideas for the dogs that accompany you on their adventures. These are some of Piglet’s favourites, and let’s be honest, she always has more gifts under the tree than we do!

Ruffwear Fernie Dog Sweater

Piglet absolutely hates wearing dog coats, she refuses to move and frankly looks horrified! She really loves this jumper though and it’s the perfect thickness to give her extra warmth in the snow without overheating or being too bulky. It’s really great quality too, and don’t worry if you’re not a fan of pink, there are other colours!
Ruffwear Fernie dog jumper

Check the Price: Ruffwear or Amazon

Milk Yak Dog Chews

Himlalyan Yak Dog Chews are a totally natural dog chew that are great for entertaining your dog. Apparently they last some dogs days but Piglet usually gets through one in a couple of hours, although this is actually pretty good going as nothing else lasts her this long!

Milk yak dog chewCheck the Price: Amazon

Ruffwear Roamer Bungee Dog Lead

This is another of our favourite Ruffwear products we couldn’t live without. This lead has a stretch bungee section to allow your dog some freedom to wonder with an adjustable handle you can hold in your hand or secure around your waist to keep your hands free. It’s therefore perfect for hiking as well as securing around things whilst camping.Ruffwear roamer bungee dog lead

Check the Price: Ruffwear or Amazon

Petface Memory Foam Crate Mat

We love this crate mat. Not only is it perfect for using in our van but it’s also soft for sleeping on and the microfibre cover helps to clean the mud from Piglet’s coat and paws. Trust me, keeping the van mud free is a constant battle!

Petface Memory Foam Crate Mat
Check the Price: Amazon

Ruffwear Camp Flyer Disc

This genius dog frisbee is super lightweight, flexible and puncture-proof. What’s more, flip it over and it doubles as a water bowl! Perfect if you’re hiking, camping or out in your van and space is at a premium.Ruffwear Camp Flyer

Check the Price: Ruffwear or Amazon

Gifts Created by Vanlifers

The van life community is full of incredibly talented and creative people. We could have listed hundreds of ideas within this category but we had to rein ourselves in! The best thing about buying one of these gifts? You’ll be supporting a small business and getting a truly unique gift.

VandogWanderer Art Prints

Sarah and James have a beautiful selection of art prints available, showcasing different parts of the Peak District National Park. They also do a range of van life stickers that would make perfect stocking fillers!

Art print of the Peak District
Check the Price: Etsy

ThisCabinVan Woven Bookmarks and Carved Spoons

ThisCabinVan have an Etsy store full of beautiful woven coasters and bookmarks, as well as hard carved wooden spoons. They make everything whilst travelling in their camper and use scavenged materials where possible. Every item is unique.

Spoons and woven bookmarks by ThisCabinVan

Check the Price: Etsy

BreakAwayToday Stickers

Tanja is an incredible artist who has used her talents to create a huge selection of stickers based on her van life inspired illustrations. These stickers are the perfect gift for vanlifers and camping enthusiasts. The only problem you’ll have is trying to pick which of the many great designs to go for!

BreakAwayToday Van Life Stickers

Check the Price: BreakAwayToday or Etsy

Home is Where Your Park It Magnet

We absolutely love this magnet, but granted we’re a little biased as we designed it ourselves! Made from sustainably sourced plywood with engraving at multiple depths and in the shape of a Mercedes Sprinter van. It’s therefore perfect for camper vans, RVs and vanlifers.
Home is where you park it wooden magnet

Check the Price: Van Life Magnets

Indie Projects Travel the Nordics eBook

This beautiful eBook from Bee and Theo is packed full of information including the best places to go and how to get there without breaking the bank! Filled with stunning imagery from their travels in Scandinavia, if you’re not currently planning a trip to the Nordics you will be soon!

Travel the Nordics ebookCheck the Price: Indie Projects

Gifts Under £10

Some of the best gifts for outdoor lovers and vanlifers are under £10 in cost! These items are great as stocking fillers or gifts for friends, and what’s more, many of them are good for our planet too.

Copper Fairy Lights

Battery powered copper fairy lights not only look warm and cosy but they’re a great low power option for vanlifers and campers. What’s more, they’re really easy use and don’t require any complicated electrics… perfect!

Copper fairy lights

Check the Price: Amazon

Bamboo Dish Scrub

Life on the road requires functional, durable items. If they can be eco-friendly too that’s even better! This sustainable bamboo dish scrub has a replaceable brush head and can easily loop over a tap for easy storage.

Bamboo scrubbing brush
Check the Price: Wearth

Monopoly Deal

I mean who doesn’t love a game of Monopoly?! Ok, how about one you can play in 15 minutes? Sounding better! This game is perfect whether you’re at home, gathered around a campfire or after some evening entertainment in your van.

Monopoly deal
Check the Price: Amazon

Bamboo Cutlery

Bamboo cutlery is one of the most perfect gifts for outdoor lovers and vanlifers. For example, they’re great for throwing in a backpack so you always have cutlery when you need it, and never have to use plastic throwaway options.bamboo cutlery

Check the Price: Wearth or Amazon

Travel Mug

I mean you can never have enough mugs right? Well, we think so anyway! Travel mugs are perfect gifts for outdoor lovers and vanlifers alike. For example, you can drive, walk the dog and or set off on an hike, all without missing out on a brew!

bamboo travel mugs are perfect gifts for outdoor lovers and this one with a dog design and silicone sleeve is ideal!
Check the Price: Amazon

We hope you’ve found this round up of the best gift ideas for outdoor lovers useful. Less time hunting for gifts means more time outdoors, which is always a good thing! We hope you and your loved ones have a safe and enjoyable Christmas.

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