From the coolest smartwatch for tracking your winter adventures and the most luxurious down sleeping bag to cozy up in at night to the best portable camp grills and fire pits, fire-resistant blankets, and light setups to take your campsite from zero to hero, these are the best – and coolest – pieces of camping gear to gift this holiday season.
FOR THE CAMP KITCHEN
Primus Kuchoma Portable Gas Camp Grill
Portable and gas-powered, this 10 lbs. grill is easy to carry, easy to clean, and even easier to keep stored in the trunk of your car for your next camping adventure. The removable ceramic non-stick grill grate and stainless steel drip tray are both dishwasher safe for easy cleaning after your trip – something you’ll appreciate after having earned the title of Grill Master at camp.
Patagonia Provisions Pantry Stocker Box
Shelf-stable and preservative-free, keep these goodies in your pack, in your car, in your pantry, or your emergency disaster kit, so they’re there when you need them the most. If you can resist eating everything in this box until then, that is. From Wild Sockeye Salmon to Organic Lemon Herb Mussels, Organic Mushroom Gravy Grains, fruit and almond bars, to Regenerative Organic Chile Mango and a packet of Aji Molido (Ground Chile), this pantry stocker box is perfect for the chef who likes to experiment around the campfire kitchen.
Sawyer Portable Tap Filtration System
Clean water when you need it the most – and since that’s usually when you’re at a campground, festival, outdoor event, in an RV, or traveling internationally, Sawyer’s Tap Filter is one of those one-size-fits-all solutions you’ll quickly realize you don’t want to live without. Lightweight and easy to connect to just about any spigot or hose thanks to the different attachments that come with the filter, it’s one of the quickest and most reliable ways to get clean water – and a lot of it – fast. And, most importantly, with a 0.1-micron certified filtration system, you don’t have to worry. You’re protected against bacteria such as salmonella or leptospirosis, protozoa, and cysts like E. coli, Giardia, Vibrio cholerae, and Salmonella typhi.
Tincup Rye Whiskey
There’s no better way to make friends than over a bottle. And it just so happens this bottle is some of America’s finest rye. Bold and smooth, it tastes of the American west while still saluting American whiskey tradition. If that’s not a reason to raise a cup and share a toast, we don’t know what is.
FOR AROUND THE CAMPFIRE
Solo Stove Smokeless Portable Bonfire Pit
At 20 lbs., this portable fire pit gives you the best of everything – that nostalgia of putting another log on the fire, but without the need to dodge smoke every time the wind shifts. Thanks to the Bonfire’s Signature 360° Airflow Design™, this log-fueled fire is completely smoke-free. Made from 304 stainless steel and coming with its own handy carrying case, simply flip the stove over the next morning to empty the ashes. Just like that, you’re ready to light it up again as soon as you get to the next campsite.
Rumpl x Snow Peak NanoLoft Takibi Fire-Resistant Blanket
Made from recycled FR (fire-resistant) Ripstop with DWR finish and acrylic coating, this limited edition fire-resistant blanket is one of the coolest collabs to hit the market this winter. From the backyard to the backcountry, this 50”x70” blanket is made for keeping warm around the fire without having to worry about becoming a part of it.
Nemo Stargaze™ Recliner Luxury Chair
There’s no greater pleasure than sitting down in your favorite camp chair at the end of a long adventure day. And sitting down in the Nemo Stargaze Recliner is no different. Recline back for optimal night sky gazing while making use of the headrest and removable pillow, as well as the padded arm and leg rests. Talk about a lot of luxury from a highly packable 7 lbs. camp chair.
FOR CAMPING OFF-GRID
VSSL Camp Supplies Compact Adventure Kit
There’s much to love about VSSL, the brand that makes smart, packable gear for any adventure – especially when it comes to their Compact Adventure Kit. Containing more than 70 pieces of essential outdoor gear, from a waterproof light to a mini first aid kit, firestarter kit, rope, a beeswax candle, wire saw, water purification kit, tape, bamboo cloth, and more, there’s so much punch packed into his 9” long ultra-packable, versatile kit.
Adventure Medial Kit Trail Dog Kit
Camping adventures just aren’t complete without bringing along at least one furry friend. And since injuries out on the trail or around camp happen, it’s a great idea to have a kit filled with an assortment of dressings, bandages, and tools like a splinter picker/tick remover to remove ticks, thorns, or those pesky fox tails for when your best furry friend finds they’ve gotten a little too curious in their new surroundings.
BioLite SiteLight String Lights
With two dimmable lights, 10 feet of cord, and weighing an impressively light 1.83 ounces, these USB-rechargeable lights add instant ambiance to any campsite. You can even chain up to four sets together to create a 40-foot perimeter of light.
Sea to Summit Women’s Altitude Alt1 Down Sleeping Bag
With three separate chambers designed to keep warm air in and cold air out, the Altitude Alt1 Down Sleeping Bag is as warm and comfortable as it gets. Responsible Down Standard (RDS) Certified, with Thermolite® insulation in the foot section, this 750+ loft down bag is made for the extreme while still being light and compact enough to travel with you, no matter how off-grid you go. While the 15°F version is rated as a three-season bag, pairing this bag with a sleeping bag liner offers even more warmth against the cold.
Don’t worry, guys, we didn’t forget about you, the Ascent Down Sleeping Bag is just as cozy, and it’s unisex.
Price: $379 – $439
FOR EXPLORING AROUND CAMP
Salomon Speedcross 5 Gore-Tex Trail Runner in Men’s and Women’s
With an aggressive Contagrip® TA sole and GORE-TEX weather protection, the Speedcross 5 is a rough and sleek shoe that’s just as great and comfortable on a trail run as it is hiking up a mountain or even just for lounging around camp.
Dovetail Workwear Women’s Thermal Overalls
These thermal-lined overalls are one of those pieces of apparel that once you put on, you’ll never want to take off. With a thermal fleece lined fabric that stretches where you need it to while remaining reinforced in the places where you’re toughest on your apparel the most, these overalls are stylish and functional. Bib pockets on the front make it easy to store your keys and whatever else you’ll need quick access to while the fleeced denim Cosy™ fabric is engineered with thermo-insulation and wind-protection properties to shield you from the cold – all things to love from this women-owned brand that’s giving Carhartt a run for their money.
The North Face Thermoball Eco Hoodies in Men’s and Women’s
If there’s one jacket/base layer/go-to jacket to invest in this season, this is it.
If you aren’t familiar with The North Face’s Thermoball insulation technology, listen closely. Not only does it provide warmth in cold and wet conditions, but it’s extremely lightweight, packs down tightly, and insulates even when wet. The ThermoBall Eco-style – which comes in more than just jackets – is made with 100% recycled insulation and shell and lining fabrics, with the insulation alone giving the equivalent of 3.6 million plastic bottles new life.
Osprey Arcane Roll Top Hemp Backpack
The Arcane Roll Top Hemp bag is a versatile, great looking everyday bag that looks just as great in the office as it does at the campsite. Made from 55% hemp, this water-resistant bag has a 15” padded laptop sleeve so you can pack your laptop to watch movies in your tent at night and a NeoSpacer mesh-covered ridged foam back panel for even more comfortable wear out on the trail.