While the fall camping season is still fresh in our minds, now is the perfect time to get a head start on gift ideas for your fellow campers and RVers for this holiday season.
We’ve put together a list of the RV accessories, camping equipment, gear, and toys that made our fall and summer trips easier and are sure to be useful next season. Tried and true, these are the items we’re excited to share with others.
Did you find a new item you loved having at the campsite this year that’s worth sharing? Include it in the comments below!
If the RVer in your life has been toting around a battered cooler that needs replacing – or if you want to wow them with a new electric version – they’ll appreciate any one of the options below.
Electric coolers are convenient and, well, cool. They are great backups for your RV fridge and portable options for groceries and day trips. And no ice is required! We even saw many 2024 RV models at the Hershey RV show this year that came equipped with outdoor kitchens featuring electric coolers.
Glarewheel Electric Cooler
This feature-packed electric cooler is medium in size, weighing 32 pounds with 42 liters of capacity. For the price, size, and convenience, the GlareWheel would make a perfect first electric cooler. We appreciate the heavy-duty wheels, digital operating panel, phone charger, and bottle opener. It can store food and drinks as low as -4°F, potentially doubling as a freezer for hunting and fishing trips.
Plus, at the time of publishing this article, the GlareWheel was at an exclusive price for Good Sam members.
Dometic CFX3 Dual-Zone Powered Portable Refrigerator/Freezer
If you’re looking for a gift the entire family will appreciate, the Dometic CFX3 75 L Refrigerator/Freezer might be the ticket item. Dometic is a leader in the electric cooler space and is at the forefront of cooling technology. This model includes plenty of practical space, with dual storage compartments that cool or freeze as low as -7°F.
Opposed to the Dometic CF models, the CFX models notably have thicker insulation and a more capable compressor to be more energy efficient. Plus, the CFX model includes USB ports for charging your devices. Enjoy temperature control via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth and added durability with the ExoFrame.
But don’t sleep on conventional coolers, as these are more affordable options that still get the job done.
Camp chairs receive a lot of wear and tear. Plus, there’s seemingly always a need to add more for guests and visitors. Whether you’re shopping for someone who needs to upgrade or add to their stash, the trick is to find a camp chair that one-ups their comfort around the campfire. Check out these options for this year’s gift-giving.
GCI Camp Chair Rockers & Recliner
If you’re looking for solid, affordable camp chairs with thoughtful design and innovative features, look to the camp chair rockers and recliners from GCI Outdoor. Featuring “Spring-Action Rocking Technology,” these sit slightly lower to the ground and include a piston-like shock absorber to maintain a rocking motion.
They’re lightweight at 10-12 pounds and sturdy with a capacity of 250 pounds. Plus, they allow a much more comfortable seated position than being hunched over in a traditional camp chair. These make a perfect addition to anyone’s camping setup.
Venture Forward Ultra Padded Chair
More fluff, more comfort. The Venture Forward Ultra Padded Chair is ideal for early or late-season camping It just might be the first piece of gear your friends or family reach for on those spring shakedown trips of 2024 when added padding and extra warmth are premium comforts around the campfire.
Even better news? You don’t pay for the comfort with additional chair weight, with the Venture Forward coming in at just over 12 pounds. This chair is also rated for a capacity of 400 pounds.
Kitchen & Cooking
When gifting kitchen and cooking gear, give an item you know will spark new cooking ideas, make cleanup or prep easier, or make cooking itself more enjoyable. We’ve got quality options, big and small, in our kitchen and cooking list.
Blackstone 22” Tabletop Griddle with Cover
For your RVing friends who have an outdoor kitchen area but aren’t equipped with a griddle. This 22” griddle is sizeable enough to tackle any family meal without taking up too much space. Simply season (with directions included) before operating, and this will be a campground favorite. Check out some of these Korean-style campground recipes that are perfect for cooking on this unit.
For those looking for something more substantial, Blackstone offers another 22” unit with a stand and a handle/tray. Read the review here.
Nugget Ice Maker
Is there a more perfect type of ice for drinks than the ice nugget? Opinions may differ. But there’s something satisfying about these crunchable, packable ice nuggets from the GE Opal 2.0 Ice Maker. This unit has plenty of ice-making capacity, as it can produce 24 pounds a day in batches of 48 ounces at a time.
This includes an ice filtration system for clean ice, an LED display screen, rapid production in 20 minutes or less, plus Wi-Fi and voice control. Concerned about space? This unit comes in at 10.5” W x 17.5” D x 16.5 H”.
We’re firm believers that all RV or camp kitchen accessories should be multi-purpose. This GE Immersion Blender is certainly that, capable of blending, chopping, and whisking all sorts of recipes and styles, from soups to smoothies to mirepoix and more.
The added accessories are easy to pop in and out, and the overall strength of this immersion blender comes in at 500 watts.
Lights are a great way to add character to a campground without much fuss. If your friends and family are the decorative types, these lights set the mood and create extra ambiance, adding a touch of personality to their setup (which they’ll love). These are especially great for those who stay at a campsite for an extended period.
Enbrighten Camper Lights
These string lights offer 48 feet of 24 colorful, Edison-style LED lightbulbs perfect for decorating your campsite (or back patio, for that matter). Indeed, these easily provide year-round decoration for those who want to use them beyond the campground or RV.
The lights can switch between 16 different colors with multiple two-tone variations. All can be dimmed, selected, and timed with the included wireless remote. Check out this review to learn more about these string lights.
Looking for something a little more straightforward and basic? Check out the Lights by Night 24’ Bistro setup.
Solar-Powered String Lights
You don’t need electrical power to enjoy extra illumination around the campsite with this four-pack of solar-powered string lights. Water-resistant and holding up to an 8-hour charge, these are perfect for non-RV campers who still want additional visibility and decoration at night.
Convenient, practical, and occasionally the only fire permitted when burn bans are in place – the right portable campfire can become an integral part of a campground setup kit. If your loved ones don’t already have one or are looking for an improvement or replacement, these portable campfires are tested and approved.
Little Red Campfire
After a long day of exploring – or when you arrive late to camp – you can still enjoy the comforts of a campfire without the hassle of building one. The Little Red Campfire by Camco is a lightweight, portable, and easily controlled propane fire that makes setup and teardown simple and clean.
Want to learn more about the Little Red Campfire before purchasing? Read our full review here.
Ukiah Qube Firepit
Lightweight, compact, and featuring a magnetic wooden cover that doubles as a tabletop, the Ukiah Qube portable gas firepit with dual-tank technology is all about doing more with less. The Qube is perfect for burn ban campgrounds or those that require an elevated portable fire. Additionally, this propane firepit is truly portable, storing two propane tanks in the body so you don’t need to hook up to your RV’s propane or store tanks outside the pit when traveling.
Check out our full review of the Ukiah firepit to learn more.
RV Camping Accessories
From headlamps to multi-tools, these camping accessories are perfect as stocking stuffers, white-elephant gifts, or budget-friendly gift options.
Multi-tools, Axes, and Knives
For those you know who are the first to volunteer to build the campfire, these cutting, hewing, and DIY items make great gifts. Explore the full lineup to see what sparks your interest, but here are three stand-out recommendations.
- TRUE EDC Pocket Knife – Compact, partially serrated. Would make a great first pocket knife.
- TRUE SmartKnife – More knife than multi-tool in design, this still features 15 unique tools.
- Stansport 14″ Camping Axe and Saw Multitool – Consider the campfire covered with this 3-in-1 combo that includes a carrying case.
When it comes to practicality, it doesn’t get much better than a good headlamp. We keep them around the house, car, camper, and in each of our packs. Browse options ranging from extended battery life to high visibility to multi-feature. My personal preference is the low-profile Princeton Tec VIZZ.
Let these options inspire your early gifting creativity and be a help as you shop for that ideal present for the outdoor lover in your life.
Have something in mind that should have been on this list? Share in the comments below!