TRAVEL: Christmas Gift Ideas for Crazy Van Folk
Whether it’s a birthday gift, Christmas present or just a little treat you’re after, you’ll find a range of gifts appealing to campers in the list below.
This is an extremely durable Solar LED light and is powered by the sun so you'll never need any batteries. You can inflate it or collapse it and it's lightweight (4.4 ounces) too. Fully waterproof as well, so you've no need to worry about getting it wet in the rain. There are ten white LED lights that shine in four modes: low, bright, Super bright, and one-second flashing mode. It's a rugged little lantern that's great for camping, hiking, biking, kayaking, sailing, fishing, and all other kinds of outdoor sporting activities. It has adjustable top and base straps, which are great for either clipping onto a backpack, hanging in your tent or stringing up outside your door.
I've got one of these and simply can't do without it. It's super bright and easy to use. It comes with rechargeable batteries.
It has a neat collapsible design with two handy hooks, so I hang it above my cooking area, and pull it down to turn it on. Because I know they have the best, I use a military grade one, that I know I can rely on, plus, this one is backed by a TEN YEAR GUARANTEE!
This is a brilliant sleeping bag, from Mountain Warehouse. There's a two-way zip to make opening easy when you need ventilation. You can make it full or half-length, as the 'Mummy Shape' (Egyptian, not mother!) follows the contours of your body to give you a better night's sleep. It weighs 0.8kg and, when packed, it's around 30cm x 14cm. It has a minimum comfort temperature from 2°C to 7°C.
Buy a loved one this conveniently sized, personalised bottle opener to add to their camping kit.
Have you ever tried drinking from a regular wine glasses when you're camping? Storing them so they don't smash and cleaning them up with limited water supply can be a nightmare! However, I've found that this is a great addition to my campervan. This YETI Rambler is stainless steel so it will keep your wine cold for twice as long as a normal cup and it comes in a wide variety of colours which is great!
When you're camping in a van, you need to use space wisely. This coffee maker is easy to use, takes up hardly any room and is easy to clean. Instant coffee may be ok for some (including me) but if you know a friend or relative who delights in real coffee, they'll love you forever for this!
Doormats are personal. This one is a is a wonderful reminder of camping adventures every time you cross the threshold or step into the shower.
It comes in three sizes, it is 100% flannel with a non-slip rubber lining
It can be washed by hand and you can throw it into the washing machine too - what's great about it is that it's quick drying, and has a deodorization treatment.
Give a sentimental token to the camper in your life with this personalised keyring. These are alwyas great for campervan, motorhome, caravan travellers - why? Because not only are they fun, but they help to distinguish from car and house keys of course!
These are just some ideas, I'll post some more in the run up to Christmas!
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