Looking for a useful gift to buy a campervan owner?
You might be stumped at first about what to get someone who is clearly choosing to downsize and live a simpler life on the road as the last thing they need is more clutter! But fear not, there are still plenty of practical and thoughtful gifts your campervan owners would love to receive.
Whether they are full-time living on wheels or enjoy the occasional vacation in a motorhome, our collection of campervan owner gifts ideas for 2022 has a little something for everyone that loves the van life.
Types of Campervan Presents
There are several types of gifts you could look for, from funny campervan gifts to practical campervan accesories. In this gift inspiration guide, we’re going to look at three broad categories of campervan owner gifts:
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Let’s take a look at each as you pull together the perfect ideas for your loved ones.
Practical Gifts For Campers
A practical gift has a specific use that campers will need daily or will definitely want on hand for those “just in case” occasions. Right on the top of your list of campervan gift ideas, look out for:
Portable LED Lantern
Many campers have been caught out on the road without a flashlight or lantern at some point. This gift is not only an essential camping tool but also something that can help them navigate any dark spaces inside their campervan. As a bonus this flashlight can double as a fan, making it a super-practical campervan gift!
Insulated Window Covers
Most campers won’t admit that they feel too cold or too hot in their trailers. However, this gets old real quick after spending all day great outdoors.
Insulated window covers will help them adjust the temperature inside their campervan by blocking out sunlight in summer and keeping warm during the cold months, allowing them to sleep better at night.
Swiss Army knife
So much more than just a knife! Every adventurer knows how crucial it is to have a pocketknife handy on camping adventures. Each tool has its unique purpose, and campervan owners are sure to need at least one of these in their van at all times!
One of the essential things for any campervan owner is to have emergency kits on-hand at all times. They should have a larger one somewhere in their campervan and a smaller first aid kit in their day pack.
The more you can help them be prepared, the less time they’ll spend worrying about emergencies that could happen when they’re out on the road.
A Tool Kit
Every home needs a tool kit for those running repairs and handy work; homes on wheels are absolutely no exception!
Your new camper will certainly appreciate a brand new tool kit filled with all the essential everyday tools they could need, or an experienced camper might appreciate a brand new toolbox for storing all the supplies they’ve been building up on their van adventure.
If your campervan lover does a lot on the open road, then they might like to have a dashcam in their vehicle. It’s something they can use on every single journey, and it will remind them of how much you care about their safety.
A set of walkie-talkies is a fun but practical addition to any road trip! Super useful if your campervan owner will be traveling in a convoy with other families.
They’re also useful around camp too. If kids want to wander off and explore nearby, it’s a great way to ensure your group can be tracked down without the need for cell phones.
300W Car Power Inverter
This is the perfect gift idea for someone who spends a lot of time on the road and runs their laptop and other things off the battery.
If your loved one doesn’t already have an inverter, then they can use this to charge up all of their devices on the go.
Hydro Flask Insulated Can
If your loved one is the type who likes to take a picnic with them on their journey, then you can’t go wrong with a hydro flask. These cups keep drinks cold for 24 hours and hot beverages warm for up to 6 hours.
Microfiber Bath Towel
Looking for a practical campervan gift, you know your loved one will need to use daily? You can’t get much more practical than a portable towel. Microfiber dries much quicker than traditional heavy cotton towels, so makes the perfect choice for a camper.
An Outdoor Shower
What if there are no showers nearby? Cue the portable shower! Life on the road doesn’t mean you have to live with a shower in a can every day; treat your camper to proper running water that can even heat to 113°F when left in the sun.
Any campervan owner who has spent good lengths of time living in their van will attest to how handy it can be to carry a portable drill with you.
Sure they need a little bit of that precious packing space, but they’re also a super practical gift idea for campers they’ll truly thank you for, from running repairs to setting up more complex camp structures.
LifeStraw Go Water
LifeStraw Go Water Bottles are arguably one of the best water bottles for travelers. If your campervan friend finds they are staying somewhere without potable water or out on day hikes and need to collect water from streams, the LifeStraw comes with a built-in membrane microfilter to banish impurities and improve the taste.
Scrubba Portable Wash Bag
The slightly less glamorous side of van life; the washing still needs to be done! If your camper is not regularly staying at campsites with laundry facilities, the perfect solution to keep clothing clean on the move is a Scrubba portable wash bag.
They fold down to next to nothing when not in use, so easy to store, and contain a flexible washboard surface to ensure clothing can still get a decent scrub on the move.
Heated Camping Chair
There are two schools of thought on camping chairs; light enough to carry in your day pack and go anywhere, or ultra deluxe and comfortable for your campsite; but why not have both?
This heated camp chair will bring your camper the comfort they deserve in their outdoor adventure with plenty of nifty storage pockets and adjustable heights (Battery packs are sold separately – see below!)
A Portable Charger
This gift is perfect and practical for every type of traveler as you never know when that little extra boost of battery power is needed, be it for all important cellphones or any of the great camping gadgets and gizmos we’ve mentioned here!
Smart Car Battery Charger
That little extra peace of mind, especially if you’re camper is one to head off the beaten track; no one wants to return to their vehicle and find themselves stranded with a dead battery.
This 6V/12V car battery charger and maintainer is one of the most practical and useful gifts you can buy for your campervan owner.
Packing cubes are one of those items that you don’t know how much you need until you have them.
Whether they’re travellers, working, or living in their campervan, people will use these to store all of their possessions neatly, perfect for keeping the campervan organized.
Now any organized camper knows you can never have enough storage space!
A hanging organizer is ideal when you have limited space in a campervan; it allows those important items needed on a regular basis to be easily grabbed without cluttering surfaces.
Portable Solar Panels
If your campervan lover is regularly off-grid, this can be one of the most thoughtful and practical gifts they can receive.
This starter solar panel kit can create up to 1000Wh per day with 5 hours of sunshine and comes with all the cables and connections your camper needs for a complete, self-sufficient setup.
An ultra-practical item for campervan owners who love to get out and explore in winter, this nifty little device easily mounts on the dash to get windows defogger in no time.
Portable Van Heater
Another must for your winter camper is a safe and effective form of heating for their campervan.
The Big Buddy from Mr Heater is an excellent choice as it has an automatic low oxygen shut-off system (ODS) and accidental tip-over safety shut-off, ideal for use in confined spaces.
Clip on Fan
At the other end of the temperature extremes, your campers will truly appreciate a source of cool air in the summer months. A rechargeable fan with 360-degree rotation would be a super handy gift for a camper.
If their camper doesn’t come fitted with a fridge, this is one seriously cool piece of kit you could gift a campervan owner.
Move over cooler boxes, this portable car fridge has dual zone fridge/freer compartments, keeping food and drinks icy cold. Available in wheeled and non-wheeled models, the BrougeRV 12 Volt Fridge is a top-of-the-range gift for a campervan owner that will last them for years to come.
Sentimental Gifts For Campers
The sentimental gift is the type of gift that tells someone, “I think about you all year long.” The best examples in this category for campervan owners include:
Cozy Throw Blanket
One of the creature comforts of your home away from home is a wonderfully soft blanket you can cuddle up with at the end of the day.
Personalized Drink Coasters
Adding a personalized touch to your loved ones’ camper, these pretty but practical drink casters can be etched with your friend’s name, details about their road trip, or add an inspiring family adventure quote for that perfect animal van accessory they’ll use again and again.
Campervan Name Vinyl Decal Sticker
Nothing can personalize a campervan like proudly displaying its name for all to see. I mean, are you even a camper if you haven’t named your van?!
This cute but inexpensive campervan gift is sure to add a magic touch to your campervan owner’s gift stocking.
Camping Journal & RV Travel Logbook
Does your campervan-lover enjoy journalling and keeping records from their adventures? This is a wonderful sentimental gift for a van-lifer.
Complete with road-tripping planning and logbook templates, they can use to record every detail from their days of adventure on the road.
A Personalized Mug
Every campervan owner will adore these durable 12oz enamel camping mugs for their morning brew.
Personalize it for your camper’s favorite color and add a meaningful message for a thoughtful camper gift this Christmas!
What about a personalized doormat for a fun gift that absolutely screams homeliness? Not only a welcome gesture to someone’s little home on wheels, but it will also get shoes rubbed clean before they go inside! A win-win campervan gift they’ll cherish!
If it’s simply a stocking filler you need for a van lifer, these adorable handmade campervan ornaments are sure to fit the bill.
You can get them personalized with the recipient’s name, or perhaps add the dates of their epic road trip as a lasting memory of their adventure on the road.
Entertaining Gifts For Campers
Your campervan owner will surely be looking for ways to stay entertained in their home away from home. Whether this be lazing around the campsite, passing the miles on the road, or cooking up a storm on the campfire.
Here are some great entertaining gift ideas for campervan owners that are sure to please and pass the time.
Even if your loved one has their hands full, they can still listen to music with this wireless Bluetooth beanie. When the weather is cold, the last thing they want to do is take off their gloves. With this gift, however, they can keep warm and stay in touch with their favorite tunes or podcast playing.
Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker
If you want to share the tunes with a wider group, then a waterproof and portable speaker is a must for every campsite! The only question they’ll have is whose playlist to choose?
Air-Filled Bean Bag Loungers
Air-filled loungers are one of the coolest camping accessories on the market just now. They are super easy to set up and take down, and unlike traditional bean bags, bearly weigh anything and take up minimal space in your van.
Made from durable 210T waterproof polyester, they are rip-resistant, have side pockets to hold essentials like phones, and can handle a whopping 450lbs!
Does the campervan owner in your life enjoy a hot cup of coffee? An easy way to skip the morning fuss, give them a self-stirring coffee mug for a cool camping gadget sure to impress. A truly unique gift, it’s also great for making cold beverages like iced coffee, tea, or even lemonade.
Portable Espresso Maker
A portable espresso maker is a perfect gift for an RV owner. Nothing says you are thinking of them in the morning like a hot cup of espresso to get their day started right.
The Instant Pot
Every campervan owner should own this cookware. It’s the perfect multi-cooker as you can use it as a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, yogurt maker, and warmer.
It is one of the best Christmas gifts for campers if they only have a small kitchen; you need to limit your appliances to only the most useful, and this is it!
Camp Chef Outdoor Camp Oven
Now, if you’ve got a camper who loves to cook outdoors and wants to up their camp cooking game this year, this is a great campervan gift idea.
All the creature comforts you could want in a portable oven, it includes two brass range burners and an oven that heats to 400° F. Powered by disposable propane cylinders (so don’t forget to add a few of these with your gift), this is one serious camper gift bound to last them for years.
Family Board Games
If your campervan owner is hitting the road with loved ones, it’s essential they have a few classic games up their sleeve to pass the time, especially in preparation for those rainy days!
Travel game boxes will take up minimal room when you only have a small space; better yet, many family trivia games for road trips will take up no room at all.
Home Is Where I Park it Tshirt
A great idea for your female campervan owner “Home Is Where I Park It” soft cotton tees come in a huge range of colors and sizes. This is a wonderful Christmas stocking stuffer idea if you’re seeking fun gifts that won’t break the bank but will definitely get some use.
America The Beautiful – National Parks Pass
If your campervan owner is spending any time driving across the USA this year, there’s a high chance they’ll be stopping in at a National Park or three!
The best thing you can get them is an America the Beautiful annual pass. This gives access not only to all 63 US National Parks, but also to Federal Recreation Lands and National Monuments across the United States.
Camp Cocktail Recipes
The perfect end to any evening on a camping trip, when everyone’s had enough of roasting marshmallows and hot cocoa, it’s time to pull out the cocktail recipes!
Thoughtfully designed with the limited tools your campervan owner may have, these outdoor cocktail recipe ideas are bound to go down a treat!
Found Something Your Campervan Owner Will Love?
Campervan lovers are constantly looking for new ways to improve their rides and make life on the road a little more comfortable. It means they are always on the lookout for gadgets, gizmos, and things that will make their traveling adventure more efficient.
If anything, they’ll appreciate knowing that you are thinking about them while they are on their road trip, so whether it’s super practical or sentimental, try one of these 40+ best campervan gifts next time you’re shopping for a campervan owner to brighten their day.
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