There are many different types of campers. Some campers are true woodsmen who love to rough it. On the other end of the spectrum, a more refined form of camping occurs in a home on wheels. These campers travel around the country and while they may love the outdoors, they do not like inconvenience. They camp primarily because they travel and it is inexpensive, they like outdoor sports like biking and hiking or they simply love the camaraderie of the camping groups. You will find gifts for campers of all types online and in brick-and-mortar stores. Camping gift ideas include everything from food to gear but you have to know what your camper already has before you buy them special camping gear.
Food Gifts for Campers
Every camper needs to eat and camping gift ideas of food are always welcome. Consider giving your camper supplies that only require them to boil water. A gift box that contains instant pancake mix, macaroni with prepared cheese sauce, dried mashed potato pearls or flakes, dried soup mix and boil-in-the-bag rice make nice additions to the campfire meal and only need water to make the dish. Snacks of granola bars, trail mix and individual bags of chips, pretzels or wrapped candies also make great camping gift ideas.
Every camper needs to eat and camping gift ideas of food are always welcome.
Give your camper recipes for bake in foil dinners and a large box of aluminum foil. Some of the recipes include caramel apple bake, which uses slices of fresh apple and caramel chips with a few nuts or granola added, sliced potatoes and onions in foil, fresh fish and a lemon wedge and roasted vegetables. Collect as many recipes as possible and include them with your gift for the camper.
Marshmallows and hot dogs are camping staples, along with hamburgers; you will find these at almost every campsite. Give a basket of goods that contains plastic bottled condiments for the hamburgers and hot dogs. Add special gourmet sauces and herbal salt you find online for this collection. Create a s’mores package that includes graham crackers, chocolate bars and marshmallows to complete your gifts for campers.
Marshmallows and hot dogs are camping staples, along with hamburgers
If your camper is not necessarily the cook-outdoors type of camper, camping gift ideas can include gift certificates to restaurants near their campsite if they are regulars or a certificate to a national chain.
Gifts for Campers of Cookware
Cooking over an open fire requires special heavy duty equipment with long handles. When you shop for cooking utensils as gifts for campers, look for practical gifts first. If the person is new to camping, they probably need many different items but those seasoned veterans to camping already have the essentials. For them, your job is to find the unusual camping gift ideas.
Extra long forks for roasting marshmallows and hot dogs make cooking a safer job for children. The long handle keeps them away from the fire yet allows them to participate in the fun. Another protective gift for campers is a cast iron mitt that fits over the handle of the cast iron skillet or the hand of the cook. This specially designed mitt keeps the heat of a cast iron handle from burning the cook.
Speaking of cast iron, nothing tastes better than breakfast made in a cast iron skillet. There are cast iron pans, griddles and skillets to complete the set. Enamelware coffee pots also make great gifts for campers. If your camper is a seasoned vet, look for items he might not have. One item is a titanium cookware set and GigaPower stove. These tiny stove and cookware sets are super light for the hiker/camper that travels by foot.
Extra long forks for roasting marshmallows and hot dogs make cooking a safer job for children.
Provide a group of plastic sealed container filled with homemade goodies or individually wrapped candies and snacks. Once the campers eat the food you sent, they have the containers for the next trip.
Other Equipment Gifts for Campers
Flashlights, a hand held GPS system, folding canvas chairs and a folding table all are necessary items that a good camper should have with them. The chairs fold down to different sizes, depending on the amount of space your camper has and the type of camping he enjoys. A communication system for hikers is important and gifts for campers, which include a radio system to keep everyone connected, reduces any chances of a tragic situation. Camping gift ideas also include a self contained tool kit and a battery powered shower for those in the true back woods.
Entertaining Gifts for Campers
Camping is fun, but after a few nights the natives get restless. Include some items to keep your camper entertained. A battery powered television brings in local stations so the camper keeps up with the news. For families with children, consider a DVD player and several DVDs as a gift. You can add a pan of Jiffy Pop to complete the night at the movies under the open sky.