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12 Best Camping Gifts for any camper

Updated: Jul 19, 2023

When you are looking for the perfect gift your favorite outdoorsman's look no further than this post. We at long day camping love the outdoors and we hope you do as well. Take a look at our top 12 gifts for the avid camper.


Each of these outdoorsy gifts has been tested to ensure that they are both genuinely useful and authentically cool — two factors that should always go into selecting the perfect present. These are items that your favorite outdoor enthusiast will want to pack along. Never fear that they will end up collecting dust in the garage.

Let’s cut the fanfare—on to the outdoor gifts.

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Best Camp Chair

We'll start with the most popular camping chair on our list, the GCI Outdoor Freestyle Rocker Chair. This rocking chair is a great choice for any camper, as it is both comfortable and affordable. The Freestyle Rocker has a mesh backrest that keeps you cool in warm weather, and it also reclines for added comfort. It has a weight capacity of 250 pounds and can support up to 350 pounds. The Freestyle Rocker also comes with a carrying strap for easy transport.

While the Freestyle Rocker includes a handle for transportation, it is one of the heaviest options on our list and rather hefty to transport. Furthermore, numerous users have complained that after only a few uses, the rocking mechanism becomes squeaky and loud, while the spring-action mechanism appears to be less durable than the rest of the chair. But if you like the rocking functionality but want something a little different, GCI also makes a lighter kickback rocker which is a nice rocking chair. Although these are not to most portable of camp chairs they are widely loved due to the comfort and calm rocking motion. This specific camp chair rates among the best of the best when it comes to a comfortable camping chair.

Best Camping Axe

There is no camper in the world that doesn't need a kick ass axe like this one. There are a lot of axes out there, but few deliver such a high level of craftsmanship at such a reasonable price as this chopper from Gransfors Bruks. With its finely tuned head and reinforced neck, this ax is functional, elegant, and built to last.

Best Portable power station

If you are deep in the woods and looking for some power look no further than Yeti’s Goal Zero line. It’s capable of powering a slew of devices simultaneously, making it easy to maintain a tech-savvy campsite. What’s more, it’s highly durable and will last through years of outdoor enjoyment. This thing is a beast.

Everyone spending time outdoors is going to need a place to cook, whether camping, hiking, or even hanging out in the backyard. This two-burner gas stove includes a griddle for cooking breakfast, sandwiches, and much more. Wind guards prevent high winds from dousing your fire, and an integrated regulator aids in keeping the flames consistent, for the perfect cook. With 470sq inches of flat top grilling, This griddle is perfect for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Cook eggs, pancakes, Quesadillas, grilled cheese, steak, Potatoes, Teppanyaki style foods and more. Also enjoy a bottom shelf and two side shelves for food storage and prep

Let’s say that you want to bring some power to your gift recipient’s next camping trip, but the Goal Zero is a little out of your budget — never fear, this little guy from Vatid provides a more affordable alternative. While it’s not going to keep something like a mini-fridge going for long, it is more than enough power to charge up phones, laptops, flashlights, and other essential electronics.

These are some badass shoes for some people who love to get wet and wild. For those who spend a lot of time walking over slippery river rocks or slick dock or boat surfaces, these water shoes from Astral provide some of the best grip you’ll find. Their minimalist design is also light and comfortable for hot days in the great outdoors.

The perfect couples gift — or one person who really likes to spread out when they sleep. As far as double-wide sleeping bags go, this one from Kelty is as good as they get. Loaded with FEATURES for two: independent ventilation, fully removable zip off top layer, two built in blankets, two way zip foot vents, oversized Hood large enough to fit 2 standard pillows from home.

  • Cloud loft insulation: compressible, quick drying, and ultra-soft. Lightweight cloud loft fill provides warmth in three seasons under the stars with a comfortable price tag.

Mountain Hardwear makes a lot of cool camping gear, among which is this seemingly bottomless bag.

  • DURABILITY: 500D Cordura nylon fabric construction is lightweight yet highly durable and hardwearing to prevent abrasion and tearing. 100% recycled fabric interior lining

  • STORAGE COMPARTMENTS: 45L by volume pack equipped with padded, brushed tricot-lined 15" laptop compartment storage and top lid pocket for additional storage/organization

  • VERSATILITY: Adjustable carrying capabilities ; worn as a backpack with fully tuckable shoulder straps and hip belt, or carried by hand with front and rear grab handles as luggage

  • FUNCTIONAL: Features full back panel access for easy in-out packing and stand up base for easy loading and unloading

【GREAT SUPPORT & COMFORT】 High density foam has great resilience, grants you constant support, memory foam increase more wrapping feelings, brings comfort and relaxation for the body, perfect collocation between two type of foam gets your body well rested. NO MORE Back-pain or annoying Discomfort from rocky terrain from inflatable sleeping pad.

  • 【SUPERIORLY WATERPROOF & NON-SLIP】 Removable waterproof sheet is machine-washable, also the high quality water-resistance zipper promotes the performance of the pads away from water. Reduce the hazards of getting sick. Black non-slip bottom is suitable for hard floor or tiles【PORTABLE, LIGHTWEIGHT & MULTI-FUNCTION】The small single(72"x24"x2.375) is easy to roll up into a compact size: 25"x14", weight 7.7lb. Comes with a travel bag. Perfect for any outdoor activity like traveling or car camping for family, indoor use for house guest, kids play mat.

  • SPACIOUS! – The redesigned Big House has a high-volume architecture that provides a cavernous shelter built for the car-camping family or bike-riding buddies who want to stand up to change. Two large, smooth-opening doors featuring windows with two closure options: mesh only for ventilation or zip up the polyester layer for complete closure. Storm flaps on door zippers will keep you protected.

  • SHELTER MODE – Pitch it as a covered shelter using just the fly, poles and included webbing harness (without the tent body) to create a large, open shelter ideal for providing shade on hot days. Can also be set up using footprint that is sold separately in place of webbing harness.

  • FULL FEATURED –Two removable corner bin pockets are great for stashing all sorts of sundries. Also included are four interior mesh pockets and two media pockets. Gear loft loops are included in the tent and fit Square, Trapezoid, Large Trapezoid and Triangle gear lofts– sold separately. The extra-large welcome mat on the front door keeps your dirty shoes out of your tent.

Good, ready-made camping food is hard to find, but these delicious entre options deliver. Crafted by Michelin Chef Jennifer Scism, they’re available in varieties such as Thai curry, Mexican quinoa bowl, mushroom risotto, chicken pho, oatmeal, and more.

ADD WATER and in minutes enjoy a delicious meal made from clean ingredients, on or off the trail

DEHYDRATED FOOD backpacking food, camping food, hiking food, emergency food supply, survival food

LIGHTWEIGHT easy storage, similar to freeze dried food but tastes DELICIOUS!

GLUTEN FREE, low in sodium, no preservatives, made from REAL FOOD!

MADE IN USA Good To-Go meals are handmade, cooked, dehydrated and packaged in Kittery, Maine USA

Few gifts satisfy the outdoor enthusiast like a good knife, and the Endgame from the renowned manufacturer Kershaw is about as good as they come. With a ball-bearing flip-out action and supremely durable design, it is constructed for ultimate useability and will last a lifetime.

Modern design with sharp performance. The Kershaw Endgame is the total package, jam-packed with intricate design features like a series of overlays for a multi-layered appearance sure to turn heads. Made from D2 high-carbon tool steel with excellent edge retention. The stonewashed blade finish helps to hide scratches from use. The blade shape provides control during use.

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