It’s time to hit the trail! From waterproof gear to portable grills and do-it-all gadgets, these gifts for campers are perfect for the outdoor enthusiast in your life
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Essential gifts for campers
The outdoors are calling, and Americans are heeding the call in droves. KOA campgrounds report that in 2020, the first year of the pandemic, a record 48 million U.S. households took at least one camping trip—that’s 6 million more than the year before. And it’s no wonder: The global shutdown and the desire to spend time outdoors led people to discover or rediscover the nation’s national parks, forests and natural areas, or just get out and spend more time in the great outdoors.
A surge in the popularity of camping has meant greater demand and availability of specialized outdoor clothing, including walking shoes for men and walking shoes for women, plus waterproof and portable gear (like some of the best coolers), or just a clever multi-functioning gadget that makes camping easier or more comfortable. So if you have a friend or loved one who’s ready to hit the trail and hike, drive or paddle to their favorite campsite or outdoor area, then look no further than our handpicked list of gifts for campers. Among our gift ideas, you’ll find gifts for her and gifts for him.
Best for cozy multitasking
Classic 4-in-1 PillowBlanket
Talk about multifunctional gear. This Classic 4-in-1 PillowBlanket serves as a blanket, a pillow, a sleep sack and a waterproof cape. Plus it’s made from 100% recycled plastic bottles, so it’s as good for the earth as it is for the camper. It’s great for warmer nights, when a sleeping bag isn’t needed, it’s lightweight and folds down small, plus it’s water- and stain-resistant and quick-drying.