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Buying a camping gift can be tricky — even more so than gift giving in general — because your recipient likely already has the core components of their setup. For example, unless they take “car camping” literally and spend nights on an air mattress inflated across the lowered seats of their rig, they probably have a tent.
If you’re lost, sticking to general accessories is a good place to start. Think things like hiking socks and water bottles, or tasty snacks to fuel the fun. Really, any camping gift that will make their time at the site more comfortable and enjoyable is a safe bet.
But knowing what kind of outdoorsy person you’re shopping for also makes this task less challenging, whether you’re looking to surprise the plant lover, the dog parent hiker, or the couple who’s always around the campfire. That couple, for example, would probably get good use out of a camping blanket.
So we tailored our search with all that in mind, compiling a range of camping gifts that can help your giftee (or their dog) enjoy their time outside even more.
Taylor is a freelance commerce editor for Hearst’s Enthusiast Group. She works with content for Best Products, Popular Mechanics, Runner’s World, and Bicycling. Taylor has her Master’s in Journalism from Quinnipiac University, where she found love for the editorial world through her internship at Flaunt Magazine. You can find the Boston-based editor getting lost in books or on hiking trails, curating playlists based on mood, and scouring the city for vintage treasures.
Katherine (Katie) is the associate editor of Best Products, where she gathers unique gift ideas, tests out buzzy products, and puts too many items in her cart for research — her work can also be found on MyDomaine, Byrdie, and Oprah Daily. When she isn’t writing, you can most likely find her tending to her 50+ plants, starting a new DIY home improvement project, or playing with her puppy, Olive.
Andrew has been contributing to the outdoors and fitness content on BestProducts.com since 2017; he's a nature lover, peak-bagger, skier, and general good-time haver who lives in Colorado, knows where all the fresh snow is, and what gear you should be wearing for staying warm or looking fresh.
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