Looking for some great campervan gifts to get your friend or family member who just got their new van and is living the dream #vanlife? I can see why it might be a little hard to decide what to get them. There’s not much extra room in a van, so you don’t want to get them something that will take up too much space.
Michael and I have been living in our van full time for a while now, so we have come to appreciate practical and essential items in the van. So many of these gifts are based on our personal experience of what we love having around and think would make great gifts for any van owner.
We bought our van a little over a year ago, and you can check our Wayfarer Van set up here.
I decided to put together a list of campervan gift ideas that either we love already (because we own them ourselves) and I think they would make excellent gifts for any of your friends or family members who own a van, OR they are campervan gifts we would LOVE to get (hint-hint family). These gifts could also work well as RV gift ideas.
I’m going to break out my gifts for camper owners into 4 core sections:
Warm and Cozy Camper Van Gifts
Practical Van Life Gifts
Kitchen Campervan Gifts
Just for Fun Campervan Presents
In the end, don’t stress out too much. If your campervan friend is anything like me, we are easily pleased. We enjoy the simple things in life.
Sometimes a good gift for a campervan owner (especially those living out of their van full time) can be as simple as a gift card with money for coffee or restaurants. Give us a gift basket of delicious foods or our favorite bars. It doesn’t take much to please us.
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Warm and Cozy Campervan Gifts
Part of “van life” is learning how to deal with cold weather in the winter. Michael and I tend to chase the cold temps for better climbing temperatures, and we prefer a cold van for sleeping over a really warm and humid van. This is why I think warm and cozy gifts make great campervan gifts.
1. RUMPL PUFFY DOWN BLANKET
I love these adorable Rumpl down puffy blankets! You can easily pack them up and shove them into your extra space and bring them out when you need extra coziness in your life.
They come in a bunch of fun colors, and another benefit is the blankets pack away really easily if the weather is warm enough and you don’t need them. They also add a nice extra layer of insulation if you are looking to add some layers to your bedding.
2. DOWN BOOTIES
For those extra cold nights when your friends are hanging around in their van, they might just be dreaming of some nice down booties. Give the gift of warm feet and they might just love you for life.
I’ve personally been wanting a pair of these for mountaineering (so I don’t have to slide my feet into cold frozen boots at night when nature calls), but I still haven’t invested yet. These are high on my wish list for this Christmas though, I may just buy them for myself!
3. MR. BUDDY HEATER
Many people who have already owned a van for a while, may already have one of these (so be sure to check first), but if not, this indoor heater would make a great campervan gift!
This heater is made for small spaces and has an auto shut off if it is accidentally tipped over, if the pilot light goes out, or if it detects low oxygen levels.
We also recommend having a carbon monoxide detector installed in the van, just to be safe, so if you’re buying this as a gift, you could also include one of those!
4. FLEECE PANTS
I first bought a nice pair of fleece pants as a mid-layer for colder mountaineering trips. I then found I loved wearing them anytime we were out in colder temps, particularly at night around camp. For the longest time Michael would make fun of my fleece pants, but then he got a pair and he was converted.
This is a cozy van-life essential in my opinion.
5. STANLEY CLASSIC VACUUM BOTTLE
Help your van friends stay warm by giving them the gift of 24-hour long heat. Whenever they whip up their favorite pot of coffee or some hot water for tea, they can put the drink in this thermos and enjoy for hours and hours.
During the winter whenever we go bouldering we fill ours up with hot tea , hot chocolate, or coffee to enjoy the whole day of climbing. I wrote a post with some of my favorite boozy warm winter drinks that work great with this thermos!
6. PENDELTON WOOL BLANKET
I marked this one as my favorite because we LOVE our Pendelton blanket in the van. They are really beautiful wool blankets and they do a great job adding a heavy layer of warmth to your bedding.
We like to layer our bedding system with a sheet, down blanket, and the Pendelton wool blanket on top to trap in the warmth. The twin size actually fits well on our van bed, but you could get away with full or queen size as well.
PRACTICAL VAN GIFTS
This is probably the section most of you were thinking of when you thought of campervan gifts. This is the stuff that is practical and awesome to have in your campervan arsenal!
This of course is not an exhaustive list by any means, but it highlights a few of my favorite ideas.
7. LIFE STRAW
This one might not be intuitive, but I think could make for a great surprise gift for any van-goer.
It’s more of an “in-case-of-emergencies” item, that they could keep in their van if for some reason (let’s just say for example) they get stranded in the middle of nowhere and have to abandon their van to walk on foot. At least they’d have a quick and easy way to filter water if they are going into survival mode. This thing is also pretty lightweight and can fit into small spaces.
8. SCRUBBA PORTABLE CLOTHES WASHING BAG
When you are spending weeks at a time off the grid (or away from the amenities of normal life), sometimes it’s nice to have the ability to wash a few things.
This portable clothes washing bag gives you that option for when you are on the go and it doesn’t take up too much space. It would make a great campervan gift!
9. CAR BATTERY SELF-JUMP STARTER
This is another one of those nice-to-have emergency items. Many van-goers may have jumper cables already, but this set up allows you to self-jump your own vehicle.
I’ve gotten myself into a few pickles when I’ve gone off hiking in less popular areas and had the unfortunate event of my car battery dying with no one to give me a jump. Ever since then, I’ve always carried one of these in my car. Now we have a bit more peace of mind when we head off the beaten path a bit.
10. PORTABLE 12V AIR COMPRESSOR KIT
Getting stranded with a flat tire in a remote area is the stuff of van-lifer nightmares, and you can prevent this from becoming a reality with the gift of a portable air compressor. A 12-volt air compressor can use the vehicle’s electrical system for power, and then quickly refill the air pressure in the tires. Just be aware that larger vehicles like RVs require a more powerful compressor than an SUV or smaller van.
11. CELL PHONE SIGNAL BOOSTER
I can’t personally vouch for this item (yet) because I haven’t tested it out, BUT I can say we have it added to our Christmas wishlist. We do a lot of blog work while on the road and I end up doing quite a bit of tethering on my phone.
Cell phone signal booster is a big wish list item for me, particularly since we drive through some low cell signal areas. I think this would make a great van gift, particularly if your van friends or family members are also digital nomads.
12. OPOLAR BATTERY OPERATED CLIP ON FAN
When we started living in our van full time we figured we would travel to places that were mostly “cool” in temperatures in the evenings. However, this summer, when we were spending a lot of time exploring Colorado, we found that sometimes it was still very warm in the evenings in the van.
We bought this fan based on a recommendation from another van-life friend of ours and we absolutely love it. It clips perfectly to our shelves in the van and we can point it in our direction whenever we need more air-flow. It also holds a charge really well and lasts throughout the whole night.
13. PACKING CUBES
Staying organized in a campervan can be incredibly difficult—trust me. Even though you have fewer possessions, you also have very limited storage.
Packing Cubes can make it easier for your friendly van-dwellers to keep their tiny space nice and tidy. These cubes can also be used to keep things in order in your suitcase when you travel for work or play. We use ours daily, and love them!
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14. GOAL ZERO YETI PORTABLE POWER STATION
Since we first bought our van back in 2018, we've used the Goal Zero Yeti 400 for a lot of different purposes. When we initially had no solar in our van and were only weekend “warrioring”, it was nice to have the Goal Zero to help us keep our electronics powered for the weekend.
Now that we live in our van full time, we have our Goal Zero hooked up to some solar panels and use it (plus some extra batteries) to stay powered up full time on the road. These things make for great gifts because they are really well made and highly, highly practical for van owners, particularly those just getting started building out their van.
If you’re curious about which size battery to buy, I recommend reading this article I wrote for Wayfarer vans. We own the Yeti 400 model, but if we could start over I would probably buy the Yeti 1400 model.
15. COMPACT MICROFIBER TOWEL
Towels take up a lot of space, so these compact microfiber towels make for a great, practical and space-saving campervan gift idea. Big fluffy towels are nice, but at the end of the day, I don’t mind sacrificing that so I can have a bit more room for clothes and other essentials.
KITCHEN CAMPERVAN GIFTS
16. COLLAPSIBLE MEASURING CUPS
Space-saving kitchenware is key in van life! These collapsible measuring cups are awesome, and you can find more collapsible items online such as bowls, colanders, funnels, and more!
17. GCI OUTDOOR COMPACT CAMP TABLE
If you camp or backpack, you know that setting up your stove on the ground can get old rather quickly. While some campervans have the space for a countertop or table inside of the vehicle, not all have that luxury.
The GCI Outdoor Compact Camp Table is the perfect alternative to cooking inside (or outside) the van. This table is easy to set up, reliable, and takes up little storage in the van. Even if your friends or family have a place to cook inside of their vehicle, they will appreciate cooking outside on those warm summer nights.
18. STAINLESS STEEL WINE TUMBLER WITH LID
Michael and I own a set of these stainless steel wine tumblers, and what we love about them is that they have lids! Small spaces mean we are often bumping into each other, so it’s nice to have a little extra protection for your wine. These are great for the van, and a great gift for anyone who is either living full time in their van or just weekend warrioring in their rig.
19. MIIR CAMP MUG
While you can find a million different coffee mugs, the Miir Camp Cup is special. These look like old school enamel camp mugs, but they feature new technology to insulate both hot and cold beverages. The lid prevents spills, and the stainless steel stands up to the bumpiest van ride. These cups also come in a bunch of cool colors and designs, so you can pick the perfect gift.
20. MSR PIKA TEAPOT
A cup of tea is a cozy luxury in a campervan, and the MSR Pika Teapot is the perfect way to make one. This teapot is designed for camping, so it’s lightweight and durable and can be used on a camp stove if your version of van life doesn’t include an actual stove.
21. COLEMAN FOLD-N-GO STOVE
Figuring out how to cook in a campervan can be a bit of a puzzle, but this awesome stove solves it. The Coleman Fold n Go stove saves space (since it folds in half for storage) while offering a full-size two burner cooking surface. It’s propane powered and ignites with the push of a button. Give the gift of gourmet meals with this stove!
MISCELANEOUS VAN LIFE GIFT IDEAS
These final van gift ideas may not have been the first things you had in mind when getting your campervan friend a gift, but I think they would make AWESOME gifts. Here’s why…
22. KINDLE PAPERWHITE
The Kindle Paperwhite – now waterproof with 2x the storage space – is another GREAT gift for campervan owners who love to read. There is not a lot of space in a van, so this is the perfect solution for keeping a stocked library with minimal storage space. I use my Kindle nearly every night in the van.
23. BRITA PREMIUM FILTERING WATER BOTTLE
This is a must-have for any van owner in my opinion! When you’re on the road, you’re constantly filling up on drinking water from places that are sometimes less-than-optimal. You’ve got to take what you can get.
One way we like to ensure we’re drinking cleaner water on the go is by using these Brita water bottles.
24. NATIONAL PARKS PASS
A US National Parks Pass would be a REALLY AWESOME gift. The passes cost about $80, but they give you access to all sites managed by the Forest Service, National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation for a whole year.
It’s worth the price if you or the hiker you’re shopping for does a lot of outdoor hiking and exploring in these areas. Otherwise entrance fees run about $20 per visit. After 4 visits, the pass has paid for itself. We buy one every year, and I think ever van-goer would love getting this gift!
25. PHONE CAMERA TRIPOD
I use this little iPhone tripod all the time, and it’s a great compact phone camera tripod It has moldable legs so it can adapt to a variety of surfaces or even wrap around things.
I could see us using this even to watch movies from our phone in the van, or video phone calls with family. It’s been really handy for me, so I’m guessing your van-going friends might love it too!
26. A HAMMOCK
Hammocks would also make a fun unique gift idea for someone who owns a campervan. They can easily throw this into the back of their van, and when they get that epic campsite, they can set up a cozy reading or napping corning on some nearby trees.
27. REI GIFT CARD
If you really can’t determine what campervan presents might best, it’s always safe to get your friend an REI Gift Card as a backup. You can choose the amount and can even go as low as $10.
It’s a great option if you really don’t know what to get them, or they are the kind of person that seems like they “already own everything”. Trust me, I’ve never heard of anyone being sad about getting a gift card too REI. You can’t go wrong.
I hope this gift guide has sparked some ideas for your campervan friends and family members (or maybe yourself)! If you have any questions or want any other suggestions, reach out to me in the comments below, and be sure to check out some of our other gear resources!
If you’re interested to learn more about our transition into living in our van full time, check out this post we wrote for Wayfarer Vans on our transition.
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