The Cool Camping Christmas wishlist has landed featuring the best Christmas gifts for campers and lovers of the great outdoors. We’ve scoured the shops and browsed what’s available online so you don’t have to look any further than our list of 20 Christmas camping present ideas…
From hip flasks to hammocks – plus our very own Cool Camping Gift Vouchers – we’ve come up with some fantastic camping-themed Christmas gift ideas. If you know someone who’d prefer to sip cocoa by the campfire than in front of a Christmas movie, you’ll probably be looking for something suitably outdoorsy to put under the Christmas tree. These ideas might be just what you need to put a smile on their faces.
The TKPro from Klean Kanteen
This year has been a turning point in the fight against plastic waste and if you’re buying for someone who’s determined to reduce their impact on the environment then a 100% plastic-free Klean Kanteen could be the Christmas present you’ve been searching for. The new TKPro thermal canteen can keep hot drinks hot for at least 20 hours and cold ones icy cool for a staggering 75. Available in various sizes it’s as useful for camping and hiking trips as it is for the journey to work.
OS Map Picnic Blanket
Ordnance Survey produces a range of trekking towels and picnic blankets featuring some of the most-loved parts of the UK; our national parks. Pick the Lake District picnic blanket for anyone who’s planning a camping trip in Cumbria in 2020 or the suitably-themed trekking towel for someone bound for the Beacons.
For campers who can’t live without strong coffee, the Nanopresso is a gift - so why not give it? This compact little coffee machine replicates espresso from the best barista as it forces boiling water through ground coffee at high pressure. It fits in the palm of your hand and is powered by you, which means it can go wherever the adventure is. It also has some handy add-ons that will make stocking fillers in future years.
Campfire Gin Gift Pack
You can bring a taste of the outdoors to the cocktail shaker this Christmas with this gift pack of three little bottles of Campfire Gin. These small-batch gins are produced by the Puddingstone Distillery in Hertfordshire and are said to have been dreamed up under the stars, around the campfire. That’s the spirit!
Kids' Animal Polar Chute
Is it a buff? Is it a neckwarmer? Peter Storm says it’s a chute. Whatever you call these hat-scarf hybrids, one thing is for sure: once you’ve put one round your neck, you’ll never want to take it off again. But hands off - this one is for the kids. As cute as it is cool, this animal-print chute has a fleece lining for extra warmth and is a versatile little stocking filler for any Cool Camping kids.
The North Face Eco Jacket
If a padded jacket is on your Christmas list, how about asking Santa for this one? It’s part of The North Face’s reinvented-for-2019 ThermoBall Eco range - made with recycled polyester and recycled insulation which is spun from at least five plastic bottles. It’s a cosy alternative to down and, as The North Face also offsets the environmental impact of delivery, it clocks up plenty of sustainability points.
DD Superlight Frontline Hammock
Whether you know a wild camper or someone who simply loves hanging around on the campsite, a hammock makes for a great gift for outdoor enthusiasts. As the name suggests, the Superlight Frontline Hammock weighs very little and packs down small. It comes with an integrated mosquito net which means it works as well as a place for day-time napping as it does for nights among the trees.
Mark 1 Pro Survival Kit
This all-in-one survival kit manages to pack 40 items into a small tin including fire-lighting gear, a compass, multitool and more. With so much included, owners of these tin toolkits will find packing for their next camping trip is made a whole lot easier.
Night Explorer Book
Help your kids get the most out of your next camping trip with the National Trust’s Out and About Night Explorer Book. Suitable for kids aged 6 and over, it features night-time activities from spotting nocturnal animals to signalling with torches using morse code.
Personalised Enamel Mug
Nothing says camping like a classic enamelware mug. Give a personalised one to your camping buddies this Christmas and they’ll feel like the king or queen of the campsite on their next trip.
Garmin Fenix 6S Pro Watch
If you know someone who’s off to the Alps this ski season and have the cash to splash, kit them out with Garmin’s Fenix 6 Series Pro Watch. This GPS smartwatch comes preloaded with maps of more than 2,000 ski resorts and features European TopoActive maps along with a large watch face for easy navigation. But, of course, it’s not just for the slopes; it measures performance, estimates results and allows you to share achievements for all sorts of adventures.
Rite in the Rain notebook
Need we say more? This all-weather notebook will literally let you write in the rain so it’s perfect for outdoor adventures in the Great British weather. A normal pencil or biro will write on its water-repelling surface without smudging so it’s a great little stocking filler for campers and people who work or spend time outdoors.
The Explorer Ghillie Kettle
There’s no need to worry about running out of gas if you stick with a classic Ghillie Kettle. Sticks and pinecones are all the fuel that’s needed to boil up a brew the old-fashioned way with the classic Explorer Ghillie Kettle, handcrafted right here in the UK. Perfect for camping trips and bracing Boxing Day walks – just add water and a sense of adventure.
Peter Storm Outdoor Socks
A pair of socks may be one of the all-time classic Christmas gifts… but there’s a reason for it. There’s nothing quite like slipping your feet into a brand new pair of socks. These heavyweight cushioned numbers from Peter Storm have been designed to minimise blisters and keep feet warm - as good for your next camping trip as the Boxing Day stroll.
Lodge Dutch Oven
In our opinion no camping trip is complete without a campfire and one of the best ways to cook on a campfire is in a Dutch oven. Set one of these cast iron cooking pots among the embers and you’ll revolutionise your campfire cooking. Forget sausages and burgers and bring on slow-cooked stews, freshly baked bread, and juicy roast dinners.
Rab Power Stretch Contact Grip Glove
A pair of gloves as a Christmas gift may not win any prizes for originality but any outdoor lover will be grateful to slide their hands into these comfortable Power Stretch gloves from Rab. A “grippy” palm makes them practical for the outdoors and conductive fingertips means you can use a smartphone without risking chilblains.
VW Campervan Bauble
You have not reached peak campervan paraphernalia ownership until you’ve hung this glitzy little campervan on the tree! A great Christmas present for any VW or campervan owner, this unique bauble from The Little Boys Room brings the camper into Christmas.
Custom Made OS Map
Another corker from Ordnance Survey – these custom-made OS Maps make for a unique and thoughtful gift for any outdoors lover. You can choose from a folded map with a customisable photo cover, a flat map or a framed map, so it’s a great choice whether you want a practical gift for planning a next adventure or a sentimental one that commemorates a special place.
The Camper's Gift Hamper
If you can’t decide which gift to plump for - why not get them all? Despite the branding, the Gentlemen’s Hardware Camper’s Gift Hamper is suitable for any camper. It features a stainless steel lunch box, flask and an enamelware plate and mug as well as a camping games set with handy waterproof playing cards.
And Finally…. Cool Camping Gift Vouchers
One present that’s sure to be appreciated by any camper is a contribution to their next camping trip. Our Cool Camping Gift Vouchers let you give just that. They’re available in a range of denominations and can be used to book stays at any one of our camping and glamping sites across the UK and France. Whether it’s shepherd’s hut stays in Scotland, pitching a tent in the Peak District or booking a bell tent in the Brecon Beacons, why not give the gift of the great outdoors this Christmas?