I had a birthday recently, which typically brings on the conversation with my family that starts with “What can we get you for your birthday? We know you don’t have a lot of space.” So true. This made me think about gifts I need/want and how other people might be wondering what to get the RVer in their life.
Guided by the light.
One of the most useful thing to us has always been our headlamps. When we bought our first Airstream in 2008, the seller said “Go out and buy yourselves good headlamps, you’ll need them.” He was totally right. This gift will not disappoint!
Continuing in the light/lantern category is the Black Diamond Lantern, which we also like a lot. It comes in 3 sizes and you can hang it up or set it on a table, plus it’s nice and bright!
Sometimes RVers don’t have electricity, but hopefully they’ll still have the sun.
Sometimes you need more than one.
RVers always need more water bottles, but they’re so awkward and sometimes just taking up room. I like this collapsible one.
Another tool that always comes in handy another screwdriver. You can never find it when you need it. Enter the Swiss Army Knife. Nuff said.
Before a big trip, I get a little freaked out thinking about not having my coffee maker when boondocking. We’ve tried various french presses and they’re a great option. Recently we discovered the Aeropress, used it on our Canadian Caravan, and it worked great. It makes strong espresso, is easy to clean and lightweight. For under $30, it’s a winner.
On the high end of the price scale, but guaranteed to make you the most favorite relative ever, is the Traeger Grill. Weighing in at 40 lbs with enough grill space for two pork shoulders, the Traeger Portable Grill is the best grill we’ve used. We were introduced to the Traeger line by Riveted who used the bigger one to cook many awesome meals on the road, and we fell in love. The portable works really well for two people, and everything we’ve cooked (pork shoulder, brisket, ribs, wings, chicken, baked potatoes) has turned out wonderfully.
I’m not afraid to dump tanks, grease the hitch or chock the tires, but I’d prefer to do it while wearing work gloves. Gloves protect my hands from looking gross.
We got this compass in the winter for snowshoeing. It’s small, it works and sometimes it’s just nice knowing you’re heading north.
We’ve written about these glasses before…. I love them.
We actually got this as a gift two years ago from a fellow camper, our friend Brian. I never thought about buying a hammock, but this thing rocks. And it fits two! Plus, Laura liked it so much, she bought one.
We have three games in the Airstream: Scrabble, a deck of cards (a gift from Laura and Kevin) and Cards Against Humanity. They’re all small and provide a ton of fun, sometimes too much fun. This travel Scrabble has clicking letters so you can fold up the board mid-game if, say, your campsite was suddenly attached by bears.
Deke got me binoculars for Christmas last year and I love them. I didn’t really use them a lot at first, but I’ve learned that hear on the island, a pod of whales can pop up at anytime and it’s a really good idea to have a pair of them around.
Don’t just take our suggestions…
We also wanted to ask a few fellow Airstreamers what they’d want this holiday season. Here are a few of their suggestions!
Leigh and Brian at Aluminarium had a great suggestion with microfiber bath towels. They don’t take up a lot of room, they dry easily, and these get great reviews on Amazon and come in a lot of colors.
Leigh also mentioned she likes getting spices — they travel all the time and might not get to a spice shop regularly, so getting something to spice up their meals is awesome. I know Leigh is a fan of Penzy’s and I’ve ordered from Savory Spice — both have amazing selections, great quality and most importantly Gift Cards.