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15 Best Gifts for Campers of 2024

Camping has been one of America's favorite hobbies since the late 1800s. And while technically you still just need access to the great outdoors to camp, camping gear has certainly improved since then. If you have a camping enthusiast on your gift list, then a camping gift will help them enjoy the wilderness all the more.

I’m an avid camper and love geeking out over gear just for fun, but I also test and review outdoor products like our pick for the best overall gift for campers, the REI Co-op Base Camp 6 Tent, professionally, so you can trust the camping gift recommendations on this list. To ensure we recommend a wide range of the best gifts for campers, I also reached out to other outdoor industry professionals for more ideas. You’ll find enough camping gift ideas below to fill a gear shelf, so let’s get to it.

Continue reading to find gift ideas for campers, written by Steven John.


June 29, 2024

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Steven John is a journalist with 13-plus years of experience testing and reporting on consumer products. He specializes in outdoor gear and consumer technology. In addition to U.S. News, his work has been featured in New York Magazine, Forbes, The Daily Beast, Architectural Digest, Insider, Gear Junkie, and many other publications.

John is an avid hiker, skier, paddler, and biker, and has been skiing and cycling since his elementary school years. His love for hiking began in high school, when he spent two summers trekking hundreds of miles across northern Spain. He began climbing mountains in his 20s and has reached the summit of many of America's most prominent peaks, including Mt. Rainier, the Grand Teton, and Mt. Whitney. Two of his favorite outdoor achievements are completing a marathon in the Swiss and French Alps, and hiking more than 120 miles through the jungles and mountains of Colombia.

John also has reviewed scores of consumer tech products from air purifiers to smart lighting, and along the way has interviewed countless experts in various technology fields. For example, he has tested more than a dozen security cameras for the Tech & Electronics team at Forbes, written smart fitness gear reviews for The Daily Beast, and reviewed home tech such as electric lawn tools and portable air conditioners for New York Magazine. John lives outside New York City with his wife and two kids.

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