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Camping Gift Guide

28 Best Camping Gifts and Gadgets for Outdoorsy People

Our list of the best camping gifts is loaded with adventure-ready gear, gadgets, and rough-and-ready apparel for outdoor adventures. The focus here is on innovative tech from leading camping and outdoor adventure brands like Helinox, BioLite, YETI, The North Face, and even Porsche. Whether you seek tranquil serenity in mother nature, a Bear Grylls trek through the wilderness, or the streets of an unexplored city, there are plenty of gift options for all adventures in our list of the best.

Best Camping Gifts at a Glance

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Arcteryx beta ar best camping gift
Arc’teryx Beta AR | Image: Arc’teryx

1. Arc’teryx Beta AR

The best all-around jacket money can buy for the outdoors, we’ve tried and tested the Arc’teryx Beta AR in Australia’s harshest conditions and can attest to its superior water resistance, style, and functions. It all starts with GORE-TEX PRO – a next-gen material developed in collaboration with Gore – to deliver maximum durability. From there, it’s the 460-gram weight that stands out. Super packable, portable, and perfect for layering with a true-to-size fit. Finally, the water resistance is remarkable, the material forces the water to bead off like a freshly detailed car, and it’s perfect for all conditions with plenty of vents.

Price: from AU$920

Yeti rambler colster
Yeti Rambler Colster | Image: Yeti

2. Yeti Rambler Colster

The best can cooler you’ll spend money on, period. Not only is this a great option for your mate, but you’ll want to grab one for yourself because this double-wall vacuum-insulated cooler keeps 375ml canned beers and soft drinks cold for so long that you have to rewire your brain. Place the drink inside, lock and load the gasket, and sip without wet hands thanks to a no-sweat design. Made from kitchen-grade stainless steel it’s puncture-resistant, rust-resistant, and will pretty much last you a lifetime.

Price: from AU$39.95

Aeropress go coffee maker
AeroPress Go Coffee Maker | Image: Aeropress

3. AeroPress Go Coffee Maker

The best coffee you’ll find in the bush, the AeroPress Go Coffee Maker can squeeze out a cold brew, espresso, latte, and Americano in a quick and timely manner. Designed in Silicon Valley and Made in the USA this is a quality product that’s easy to use. This portable coffee maker includes 100 replacement AeroPress micro-filters, a travel filter holder, a stirrer, and a scoop to measure the right amount of coffee every time.

Price: from AU$55

Oztent rv 5
Oztent RV-5 | Image: Oztent

4. Oztent RV-5

If you’re sick of spending too much time putting up your tent when you get to camp you need an Oztent RV-5 in your life. This award-winning Australian-designed tent can be easily set up by one person in less than 30 seconds while providing all the quality you expect from the brand. It’s made from high-quality, waterproof, 8oz Ripstop polycotton canvas and features a heavy-duty, heat-sealed PVC floor. You’re spending a pretty penny for this quality, but we’ve always said “buy smart, buy once” and this tent is the definitive solution for lazy camping. Best of all, the necessary awning poles, pegs and ropes are included.

Price: from AU$1,199.00

Kelty low love seat camping chair
Kelty Low-Love Seat Camping Chair | Image: Kelty

5. Kelty Low-Love Seat Camping Chair

The perfect camping gift for couples, the Kelty Low Love Seat is a two-person camping chair that we chose for its superior comfort, durability, and premium 600D poly construction and powder-coated steel frame. A great option for sitting by the campfire with your significant other, the chair features a slight recline and is low to the ground for stretching out. Finally, there’s plenty of storage space with two insulated and size-adjustable beverage holders.

Price: from AU$380

Wise owl portable hammock
Wise Owl Portable Hammock | Image: Amazon

6. Wise Owl Portable Hammock

Weighing in at only 680 grams and folding to the size of an eggplant, the Wise Owl Portable Hammock is perfect for taking with you on your next camping trip. It measures 9ft long by 4.5ft wide which is more than enough space for one person and can easily be strung up between trees with 2x 9ft long tree straps and carabiners. Don’t worry about weight as the single hammock can hold up to 180 kg.

Price: from AU$110

Nokia xr21 phone designed for outdoors
Nokia XR21 | Image: Nokia

7. Nokia XR21

If you’re looking for a smartphone to survive all conditions, Nokia is the brand you should turn towards. They’ve been crafting rugged phones for years and now they’re applying that know-how to the touchscreen Nokia XR21. This phone is made from strong 100% recycled aluminium materials and is certified to MIL-STD-810H and IP69K standards. It’s also strong against security threats with 4 years of monthly security updates for safe scrolling. Furthermore, the phone is dust-proof, water-resistant, has 2 days of battery life, and can withstand drops of 1.8 meters.

Price: from AU$799

Biolite firepit best camping gifts
BioLite FirePit+ | Image: Supplied

8. BioLite FirePit+

Want to enjoy the warmth, smell, crackle and feel of a wood campfire without any of the suffocating smoke? Biolite’s FirePit+ is your smokeless solution. Their portable fire pit’s patented airflow system ensures hyper-efficient flames and clean combustion, so you don’t have to worry about it getting in your eyes or on your clothes. Designed for a variety of outdoor activities, their high-tech design allows you to cook dinner, roast marshmallows, or simply kick back and relax all at your own convenience.

Using either charcoal or wood for fuel, it has a durable enamel coating and larger perforations within the mesh, allowing a more radiant heat for those cooler nights. We also love that this versatile charcoal grill has four fan speeds to choose from, allowing you to control the size of the flames, and the removable grill is ideal for hibachi-style cooking. Best of all, the unit includes a rechargeable battery to operate the fan and a free app to control the fire pit via Bluetooth.

Price: from AU$446

Helinox chair one xl best camping gifts
Helinox Chair One XL | Image: Supplied

9. Helinox Chair One XL

We’ve been using the Helinox Chair One XL as our camping chair of choice for the last few years and promise the adventurer in your life will come to love the lightweight (3 lbs. 6 oz. / 1.54 kg) construction that remains extremely durable. The XL model adds extra weight carrying capacity and 40% more space, now capable of holding 320 lb / 145 kg. This camping chair packs down into a small bag that measures 12cm x 46.5cm x 13cm so it’s easy to take with you on any and every adventure. The last camping chair you’ll ever need to buy, and there are plenty of accessories to go with it.

Price: from AU$249.99

2 gopro hero 11 black
GoPro Hero 11 Black | Image: GoPro

10. GoPro Hero 11 Black

We’ve tested both the Hero 10 Black and the new DJI Action 4 but there’s no replacement for resolution and the Hero 11 Black wins this contest every day of the week. It’s our number one recommended action camera and with the addition of 10-bit colour and 5.3k resolution it’s easy to see why.

GoPro didn’t stop there and the most notable change will arrive when you turn the camera on its side and shoot in the Instagram and TikTok-friendly 9:16 aspect ratio. Here, the camera will offer the widest angle 16:9 shot ever produced natively in a HERO camera. They’re calling it ‘SuperView’ and it’s now available in 5.3K60 and 4K120 so your videos will be super crispy.

Price: from AU$499.95

Oru folding kayak best camping gifts
Oru Folding Kayak Haven TT | Image: Supplied

11. Oru Folding Kayak Haven TT

Nothing says adventure like a portable folding Kayak that can hold a couple of people and save storing and transporting a traditional kayak. The top-of-the-range Haven TT is made from 5 mm double-layered, custom-extruded polypropylene with a 10-year UV treatment yet still remains half the weight of a traditional double kayak (41 pounds). This thing is as strong as it gets and now packs extra-sturdy straps, buckles, and reinforced rails for holding accessories.

Price: from AU$2,799

Leatherman wave best camping gifts
Leatherman WAVE+ | Image: Supplied

12. Leatherman WAVE+

Grab yourself the most popular Leatherman Multitool, recently updated with premium replaceable wire cutters allowing any adventurer to tackle everything from setting up the tent to pulling out splinters. The new and improved design features larger knives, stronger pliers, longer wire cutters, and all-locking blades, fitting more functionality than ever.

Price: from AU$264.95

Dji mini 3 pro with remote
DJI Mini 3 Pro | Image: Supplied

13. DJI Mini 3 Pro

We’ve been testing the DJI Mini 3 Pro since it was released back in May of last year and it’s become a staple addition to our social media production. Capable of shooting stable 4K/60fps footage yet remaining under 249 grams for legal requirements, it’s a great beginner drone. In our review, we noted how the drone can take care of most of the filming angles for you with the MasterShots mode – which keeps the subject in the centre of the frame while executing different maneuvers in sequence to generate a short cinematic video. There’s also the capability for shooting in D-Cinelike 10-bit colour.

Price: from AU$899

Snow peak ti double 300 mug best camping gifts
Snow Peak Ti-Double 300 Mug | Image: Supplied

14. Snow Peak Ti-Double 300 Mug

If you want the best camping mug that’s ever existed, check out this titanium mug from Snow Peak. The Japanese brand makes some of the best camping accessories known to man and this mug is no different made from Japanese titanium and featuring double-wall insulation it keeps beverages warm or cool.

Price: from AU$54.95

Thermacell mr300 portable mosquito repeller best camping gifts
Thermacell MR300 Portable Mosquito Repeller | Image: Supplied

15. Thermacell MR300 Portable Mosquito Repeller

Forget smelly mosquito coils, the Thermacell MR300 portable repelled will get rid of the nasties at your campsite by creating a 21m squared protection zone that’s tested to be 98% effective. It’s small, portable, and the package contains 1x Black MR300B Repeller and 12 hours of refills (3x repellent mats and 1 fuel cartridge).

Price: from AU$54.95

Gsi outdoors pinnacle camper cooking set best camping gifts
GSI Outdoors Pinnacle Camper Cooking Set | Image: Supplied

16. GSI Outdoors Pinnacle Camper Cooking Set

Forget the mess and pick up the outdoor explorer in your life a GSI Outdoors Pinnacle cooking set. These durable, anodized aluminium pots and pans are coated with Teflon Radiance technology to stop your bacon and eggs from sticking. However, the thing we love the most is the folding, removable handles that lock into the brackets of the pots for easy transportation. Beyond that, the heat-resistant strainer lids and silicone rings won’t deform when packed as they’re certified crushproof. A great camping gift for the man that has it all.

Price: from AU$159.95

Zippo 12 hour refillable hand warmer best camping gifts
Zippo 12-Hour Refillable Hand Warmer | Image: Supplied

17. Zippo 12-Hour Refillable Hand Warmer

If you’re looking for a thoughtful camping gift for him during winter, take a closer look at these Zippo refillable hand warmers that are perfect for hunting, fishing, camping, or just enjoying the outdoors without shivering. It’s as simple as this; Fill up the cup, light the burner, and you’ll have 12 hours of heat for your hands and fingers.

Price: from US$24.95

Apple Watch Ultra 2
Apple Watch Ultra 2 | Image: Apple

18. Apple Watch Ultra 2

When you’re shopping for an adventurous Apple user that has it all you can’t look past the Apple Watch Ultra 2. Designed from the ground up for outdoor adventures, the watch can measure performance, such as Stride Length, Ground Contact Time, Vertical Oscillation, and Running Power and includes new workout views, such as Segments, Splits and Elevation. The hardware is great to use as well, with a new Retina display that offers up to 2000 nits of brightness (2x brighter than any Apple Watch display). Battery life is stout with up to 36 hours of battery life with the iPhone present.

Price: from AU$1,399

Porsche rooftop tent feature
Porsche Tequipment Rooftop Tent | Image: Porsche

19. Porsche Tequipment Rooftop Tent

Porsche-level quality camping equipment for your adventures? Shut up and take my money! Provided you own a Porsche Macan, Cayenne, Panamera, Taycan or 911 (because a new Porsche is not included in this price tag). If you do, then the uber-luxurious and ultra-comfortable $7,000 Porsche Tequipment Rooftop Tent is for Tasteful Exploring and will take your adventures to the next level!

Price: from AU$7325

Seiko 2 copy
Seiko Prospex Speedtimer Solar Chronograph | Image: Supplied

20. Seiko Prospex Speedtimer Solar Chronograph

Heritage meets innovation with the Seiko Prospex Speedtimer series, which brings vintage design into the current era. Drawing upon the iconic style of the 1960s and 1970s predecessors, each model runs on in-house solar Calibre V192 and delivers a host of contemporary functions. Additional touch-ups such as a 39mm case diameter and curved sapphire glass were likewise applied in accordance with modern expectations.

Available in a variety of iterations, the Seiko Prospex Speedtimer features a 60-minute chronograph, 24-hour subdial, and touch-activated power reserve indicator. Combine that with a coloured aluminium bezel and you get a bona fide sporty stunner, which wears its functional layout like an aesthetic coat of armour. The watch is water-resistant to 10 bar, treated with Lumibrite, equipped with a hairline-and-smooth polished bracelet, and always ready for action. Are you?

Price: from AU$632

Wipertech wiper blades
Wipertech Wiper Blades | Image: Supplied

21. Wipertech Wiper Blades

There’s nothing worse than getting caught in the rain with a sub-par set of wiper blades. Without clear vision, driving can be dangerous, tricky and painful, thankfully, Aussie business Wipertech has you covered. Made with high-quality natural rubber, these blades are designed to withstand almost any weather condition and what’s more, they’ll fit any vehicle. Simply enter your vehicle make and model at the Wipertech website and select your kit – front, back or both, to get cracking.

Sea to summit water bag
Sea to Summit Watercell X (4L to 20L) | Image: Sea to Summit

22. Sea to Summit Watercell X (4L to 20L)

Whether you’re trekking or travelling, Sea to Summit’s Watercell X (4L to 20L) will come in handy when you need to quench your thirst or cook a meal. You’ll love the durable 3D baffled, RF-welded TPU construction and abrasion-resistant 400D nylon external fabric that’s both compact and stackable. There’s good peace of mind knowing it’s BPA and PVC free while the standard 63mm wide mouth cap and integrated welded handle make filling simple and spill-free. We love the water-flow control built into the cap so you minimise spillage and you can add the shower head attachment when you’re on the trails for longer trips.

Price: from AU$62.95

Dometic go hard storage 50l best camping gifts
Dometic GO Hard Storage 50L | Image: Supplied

23. Dometic GO Hard Storage 50L

Storage is one of the most important things to shop for when you’re looking to gift something to a camping and outdoor fan. When Dometic released their new GO series of products we just had to put a few of them to the test, including this Dometic GO Hard Storage 50L container. It’s stackable, ergonomic to lift and carry, and built to last with construction from aluminium and high-impact-resistant polymer. The ability to store two Portable Soft Storage containers is particularly useful when you’re camping.

Price: from AU$170.95

24. Patagonia Fitz Roy Sleeping Bag

Sleeping in -7° C temperatures doesn’t sound too enticing without the Patagonia Fitz Roy Sleeping Bag. Keep your bits and pieces from freezing off during your winter adventures with this streamlined, 800-fill-power Advanced Global Traceable Down sleeping bag with a 3D-engineered hood built for high-efficiency warmth that’s suitable for adventurers as tall as 6’6” (198cm). It’s so roomy; Michael Jordan, Rob Gronkowski and Charles Barkley would all fit comfortably!

Price: from AU$849.95

25. The Prepster Lite 3-Day Emergency Kit

With the trimmed-down Prepster Lite emergency kit, a single person can survive for 72 hours following a major emergency. Stocked with potentially life-saving supplies like first aid essentials, food and water (with up to a 5-year shelf life), inside, you’ll find a range of emergency tools and premium comforts that you HOPEFULLY won’t ever have to use. But if you do, having the Prepster Lite 3-Day Emergency Kit could be the difference maker.

Price: from US$70

26. The James Brand The Ellis Knife

Say hello to the Ellis Knife, the sold-out mainstay pocket knife from The James Brand with a trick up its sleeve: multiple tools for maximum in-pocket functionality. It’s a scraper, flat-head screwdriver and a pry bar, all built around a partially-serrated Swedish Sandvik 12C27 stainless-steel blade with a deep-carry wire clip for your pockets. EDC enthusiasts and adventurers will love the bold new look and redesigned form function of this daily workhouse tool.

Price: USD$129

Sea to summit dry bag
Sea to Summit Hydraulic Pro Dry Pack | Image: Sea to Summit

27. Sea to Summit Hydraulic Pro Dry Pack

Price: from AU$599

For the thrill-seeker in your life, we present the last dry pack they’ll ever need to own. Airtight, fully submersible, and heavier than heavy-duty, the Hydraulic Pro Dry Pack was built to withstand the most extreme and rugged environmental terrains. Features include form-fitting shoulder straps, an EVA foam and air mesh harness, easy-to-attach lash points, and more. From Sea to Summit (hence the brand name), this thing is ready for all the action you can throw its way.

Forged from 1000D high tenacity double-sided TPU-laminated fabric with fully welded seams, the Hydraulic Pro Dry Pack is about as close as one can get to sheer indestructibility. Meanwhile, the aforementioned foam harness ensures maximum comfort as you travel from one adventure to the next. The pack is also easy to open and manage and roomy enough for all your essential gear. All that’s left to do is go.

Yeti copy
Yeti HOPPER M12 Backpack | Image: Yeti

28. Yeti HOPPER M12 Backpack

Price: from AU$400

You have everything you need for a perfect lake party, but the lake itself is miles away from where you parked. Fret not because the YETI Hopper M12 Backpack has your back indeed. This sleek and sturdy cooler is an absolute refreshment hauler, with an easy-to-open top, wine bottle compatibility, supportive straps, and room for up to 20 cans of your favourite beverage. 

Thanks to a strip of ultra-strong magnets—aka MagShield Access—YETI’s cooler stays closed and leak-free across various adventures. There’s also a kangaroo pocket for smaller items such as keys, a wallet, or a phone. Attach accessories like a Rambler Bottle Sling or Sidekick Dry Gear Case to the HitchPoint Grid for even more hands-free functionality. Load this baby up and go.  

Things to Consider for Camping Gift Ideas

When it comes to camping gift ideas, simply wrapping a bow on a new cooler isn’t quite enough. In fact, if you want to get the special occasion right, there are a few things you need to consider:

  • Price: Perhaps the most obvious consideration, the price will inevitably play a factor in your purchasing decision. While you may want to splash out for a significant birthday or gifting event, more often than not, you’ll be aiming around the $50-$100 mark. To get the most out of your alcohol gift idea, don’t be afraid to shop around for the best price.
  • Storage: Make no mistake, camping gifts can be bulky and no one likes to receive a gift that they can’t store. Make sure the person you are gifting the present to has the space to store the item before you buy it.

Alternatives to Camping Gifts

If you are looking for something other than just a great deck chair or camping essential, we’ve got you covered. Outside of just camping gift ideas, we’ve collated our favourite releases across a number of different categories. So, no matter what that special someone in your life is keen on, you’ll find it here.

How Man of Many Chose the Best Camping Gift Ideas

With more than 10 years of experience sipping the best camping accessories, Man of Many’s editors are sticklers for research and certainly know a thing or two about travel. This list of gift ideas was curated through the personal experience of experts, alongside extensive and online research from camping stores and retailers. Each product on this list was checked by the Man of Many staff prior to publication for the official tick of approval. You can review our editorial policy here surrounding how we maintain our independence in our editorial reviews.

Camping Gifts FAQs

What items are necessary for camping?

When it comes to camping, the essential items include water bottles, sleeping bags, tenets, camping pillows, headlamps, camping chairs and tables, along with a mixed-use shove and axe for firewood.

What should you buy for camping?

While camping accessories can get expensive, the reality is that you only really need the essentials. As long as you have light, shelter, food, water and a first aid kit, you will be covered.

What is the most popular food for camping?

The best foods for camping are those that can be easily made with little preparation. For this reason, burgers, hot dogs, beans and chilli all make for great camping food sources.