Camping Gift Ideas: Our 2016 Camping Gift Guide

Looking for gift ideas for a camper on your list? Our camping gift guide features our campsite-tested favorite outdoor gear, and the camping gifts that top our own lists this year.

Our camping gift guide features gift ideas for the favorite camper on your list

There’s just nothing like a night out under the stars. And with Georgia’s temperate climate and mild seasons, it’s a great state to camp!

We test tons of outdoor gear throughout the year, and have wrapped our favorite camping gear into our 2016 Outdoor Gift Guide to make gift giving easy for the outdoor enthusiast on your list. Find the perfect camping gift – or some new gear for your own camping adventures.

 
GSI Outdoors Halulite 2.0 L Pot

Camp Kitchen Essentials

GSI Outdoors Halulite 2.0 L Pot

Why we love it

We love cooking with the Halulite series from GSI Outdoors, and the 2.0 L Pot is a staple of our camp kitchen. The pot’s durable, uncoated, anodized aluminum construction heats up quickly and doesn’t mark or scratch. And the pot’s silicone thumb pads and integrated strainer make it easy to strain water when we’re cooking up a campsite masterpiece.

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BioLite NanoGrid Charging & Lighting System - camping gift ideas

Compact illumination + power

BioLite NanoGrid

Why we love it

Simply beautiful lighting for the campsite. The NanoGrid’s foundation is the PowerLight, a pocketable 4400 mAh rechargeable battery with a built-in lantern that throws an evenly-distributed light 360 degrees, or a concentrated light stream in torch mode. The kit also includes several SiteLights, a daisy-chained system corded lights that stretch up to 40 feet.

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REI Half Dome 4 3-Season Tent - best camping gift ideas

Spacious Shelter

REI Half Dome 4 Tent

Why we love it

It’s our home away from home when we’re sleeping under the stars. The award-winning REI Half Dome is a reliable, rain-proof, roomy shelter that’s comparatively light weight. Large, easy-open doors make entry a cinch, and a color coded pole and fastener system makes setup and tear down easy.

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Atlanta Trails T-shirts - hiking gift ideas

WEAR YOUR ATL LOVE

Atlanta Trails T-shirts

Why we love it

Help support Atlanta Trails – and show off your love of Georgia’s outdoors. The front features the Atlanta skyline, set in Georgia’s mountains, coastline and waterways, and the back features an Atlanta Trails logo. Available in 100% cotton, women’s and dry-fit styles.

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Yeti Coolers Hopper 30

Super Cool

Yeti Coolers Hopper 30

Why we love it

YETI redefines ‘keeping it cool’ with the Hopper 30, a soft-sided cooler that keeps ice frozen for days. And while this is one pricey cooler, the performance – plus a three year warranty and tough-as-nails construction – make it an awesome campsite accessory.

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REI Kingdom Table - camping gift ideas

CAMPSITE DINING

REI Kingdom Table

Why we love it

We love the REI Kingdom Table for our car camping adventures. It’s decadently large but still light enough to easily load, unload and move about the campsite. It folds up easily and stores compactly in a durable, handled duffle bag – and offers ample seating for four.

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Lander Cascade Power Bank   - backpacking gift ideas

OFF-GRID ENERGY

Lander Cascade Power Bank

Why we love it

The Lander Cascade Power Bank is sleek and efficient keeping our smartphones and gadgets powered up while on the go. Three different sizes are available, offering plenty of power for all our off-grid adventures.

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GSI Outdoors Glacier Stainless Microlite 500 - outdoor gift ideas

WARM AND WIRED

GSI Outdoors Glacier Stainless Microlite 500

Why we love it

Hot coffee for 8 hours! We’re sold. There’s nothing like an early morning drive to the mountains with a mug of coffee that stays hot for the whole trip. The new GSI Outdoors Microlite 500 provides unbelievable insulation while weighing ⅓ less and being 60% thinner than traditional vacuum bottles.

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Wander North Georgia Enamel Mug - camping gift ideas

SHOP LOCAL

Wander North Georgia Enamel Mug

Why we love it

We love the classic, retro style of these authentic enamel mugs! These handmade, durable mugs are perfect for around the house, the patio or next to the campfire.

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Black Diamond Spot Headlamp - outdoor gift ideas

LIGHT UP THE NIGHT

Black Diamond Spot Headlamp

Why we love it

Light and bright, the Black Diamond Spot Headlamp shines a 200 lumen beam. When our adventures keep us out after dark or up before sunrise, hands free illumination is a necessity and this Black Diamond Spot has us covered, with three brightness settings and a strobe feature. And it’s waterproof, too.

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Asheville Trails T-shirts - camping gift ideas

WEAR YOUR AVL LOVE

Asheville Trails T-shirts

Why we love it

Help support Asheville Trails, our newest site – and show off your love of western North Carolina’s beauty. The front features an Asheville mountainscape graphic, and the back features an Asheville Trails logo. Available in 100% cotton, women’s and dry-fit styles.

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Sea to Summit Thermolite Reactor Sleeping Bag Liner  - camping gift ideas

Sweet Dreams

Sea to Summit Thermolite Reactor Sleeping Bag Liner

Why we love it

For warm-weather camping we love to pack this sleeping bag liner: it provides just enough warmth and breathability to make summertime sleeping comfortable. And it’s great in cold weather, to add a little extra warmth to our winter bags – and it’s machine washable, too.

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Stanley Happy Hour 4x System - gift ideas for camping

HAPPY HOUR!

Stanley Happy Hour 4x System

Why we love it

It’s 5 o’clock somewhere, right? Campsite cocktail parties just got a lot easier with the Stanley Happy Hour 4x System featuring a martini shaker, strainer, jigger cap and 4 stainless steel rocks glasses. Everything you need for afternoon martinis by the pool, evening manhattans at the campsite, or margaritas on the deck.

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BioLite Wood Burning CampStove - camping gift ideas

Alternate fuel source + off-grid power

BioLite Wood Burning CampStove

Why we love it

The BioLite Wood Burning CampStove’s best feature: there’s no fuel to carry. The stove burns twigs and sticks found around the campsite, and the stove’s integrated fan creates an ultra-efficient (and ultra-hot) cooking flame. The stove also harnesses excess energy from the fire, routing it to a USB port for electronics recharging off the grid. We’ve loved the simplicity and ease of the BioLite CampStove, and it’s quickly become a staple in our camp bag.

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ENO SingleNest & DoubleNest Hammock - camping gift ideas

Ultimate Relaxation

ENO SingleNest & DoubleNest Hammock

Why we love it

There’s just something magical about an ENO hammock. These lightweight, easy-rig hammocks are like a portable paradise, redefining relaxation on the trail or at a campsite. They’re so comfy we don’t ever want to get out – and we bet you won’t either. (And, did you know? ENO is based in Asheville, NC!)

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Jetboil Flash Cooking System

Convenient Cooking

Jetboil Flash Cooking System

Why we love it

The Jetboil system is genius in design: an insulated mug attaches to a super high effiency stove for fast, convenient cooking and water boiling on the hiking trail. The system attaches directly to a fuel canister for quick and easy setup. And features like a built-in handle and a temperature indicator make this our favorite backpacking cooking system.

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Flowfold Zip Porter Zipper Tote Bag - Camping Gift Ideas

Ultra Light, Ultra Strong + Made in the USA

Flowfold Zip Porter Zipper Tote Bag

Why we love it

This awesome tote bag is perfect for grabbing a few items at the farmers market, toting to the campsite or packing for a day at the beach. The Zip Porter is made from ultra-tough nylon that’s weather resistant, keeping everything secure and dry inside the water-resistant zippered pockets. And, all Flowfold products are made in the USA and boast a lifetime guarantee!

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GSI Pinnacle Backpacker Cookset

Compact Kitchen

GSI Pinnacle Backpacker Cookset

Why we love it

This cookset comes equipped with a non-stick frying pan, pot strainer lid and serving bowls for cooking up just about anything tasty at camp. We had one of these sets, and loved it, but it fell victim to a trio of black bears a few years ago. For a mind-blowing dose of YUM, flip buttermilk pancakes on the fry pan on a chilly morning atop a beautiful mountain. Cover with warm maple syrup. It’s magical.

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REI Flex Lite Chair

Light Lounger

REI Flex Lite Chair

Why we love it

This lightweight backpacking and camping chair combines stability and comfort with light weight and durability. REI designed the Flex Lite to compete with the weight and comfort of name-brand lightweight backpacking chairs at a fraction of the cost. It’s our go-to chair for backpacking, camping, or in-town events.

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REI Gift Card - camping gift ideas

Let them choose!

REI Gift Card

Why we love it

What’s not to love about an REI gift card?! With a huge selection of top outdoor brands, envy-worthy gear and a staff of outdoor-loving experts, it’s like an outdoor gear paradise. Not sure what to gift this year? Let them decide!

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Friends of Georgia State Parks Pass

Year-round outdoor adventure

Friends of Georgia State Parks Membership

Why we love it

Georgia’s State Parks celebrate our state’s incredible beauty and terrain diversity. From coastal Georgia barrier islands to colorful carved canyons, and from lofty mountain peaks to the depths of waterfall-filled gorges, Georgia’s State Parks are an incredible outdoor playground. Give an annual park pass for unlimited year-round adventure.

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Make a Donation to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy

HELP MAINTAIN AND PROTECT THE AT

Make a Donation to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy

Why we love it

Help maintain and protect the trail that we all love! Make a donation to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and help support the organization tasked with the awesome responsibility of managing, maintaining and protecting the entire AT as well as stewardship of the lands and watersheds along its length.

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Make a Donation to the Georgia Conservancy

HELP CONSERVE GEORGIA’S NATURAL RESOURCES

Georgia Conservancy Gift Membership

Why we love it

Preserve the beauty and resources of our state! Give a gift membership to the Georgia Conservancy, and help protect and conserve Georgia’s natural resources. ‘Our work for land conservation, environmental advocacy, coastal protection, sustainable growth and outdoor stewardship recognizes the connection between the environment, the economy and our quality of life.’

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