Are you looking for the perfect gift idea for a campervan owner? I’ve got you covered. In this article, you’ll find 30 campervan gift ideas that any van lifer will love and appreciate.
Ever since Natalie and I bought Ventura last year, all we ever ask for on Christmas and birthdays is gifts for our campervan. Despite only having a small amount of space, it’s amazing how much stuff you need if you want that space to be both comfortable and convenient.
At the same time, however, life on the road is one of those times when size really does matter. Is it asking too much to have all the conveniences of a traditional house, but in a compact form? I don’t think so.
Anyway, any van lifer will tell you that there’s always some kind of gadget or accessory that will make life on the road that bit easier. So that’s why in this guide, you’ll find a good mix of practical gifts for van life, along with some fun and quirky ideas as well.
So, with all that out of the way, let’s get to it. Here are 30 campervan gift ideas for vanlifers.
30 Campervan Gift Ideas – The Ultimate Vanlife Gift Guide
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Practical Gifts for Vanlife
We’re going to kick off this list with some practical gift ideas for vanlife. While these items might not seem like the most glamorous of options on this list, the campervan owner in your life will be over the moon with them. Trust me!
1. Solar Shower
Unless the campervan owner you’re buying for spent a fair few quid on buying or converting their van, the chances are they don’t have a shower.
With this in mind, one of the best practical gifts we received from a family member was a solar shower bag. We can fill it with water, leave it in the sun all day, and enjoy a nice warm shower in the evening.
There’s a fair few brands on the market; however, I wouldn’t recommend getting one that’s too cheap as the quality isn’t likely to be great.
Advanced Elements are a mid-range brand with excellent quality products. And you don’t have to only take my word for it; click the link to see thousands of 4 or 5-star reviews on Amazon.
2. Privacy Tent
This next campervan gift idea goes hand in hand with the first idea as a privacy tent allows you to take a shower without the prying eyes of other campers.
These are especially convenient when pitched up somewhere for an extended period. Sometimes we even leave our loo in ours to save having it in the van.
3. Camping Grill BBQ
When we are on the road in our van, our favourite method of cooking is to BBQ. While we are all geared up for cooking inside when we need to, it’s far more practical to cook outside.
Not only that, the reason that most vanlifers choose this lifestyle is so that they can enjoy the outdoors more. It’s great being inside the van, but we are all about the nature, ya’ll.
There’s honestly no better feeling than finding the perfect camping spot, putting on the bbq, and spending the evening outside taking in the surroundings.
4. Camping Kitchen Wear
If the person you’re buying for has had their campervan a while, they’re probably already sorted on the kitchen wear front. On the other hand, if they’re new to vanlife, you could be on to a winner with this one.
The most important thing to consider when buying kitchen wear for a campervan is that it’s compact and lightweight. While a luxury set from Le Creuset would be lovely, it’s just not going to be practical enough for vanlife.
Luckily for you, most camping alternatives come at just a fraction of the price. Like this camping cookware kit by Overmont, which condenses all the basics into a compact bag. Or a BBQ accessories kit to complement their camping bbq.
5. Solar Powered Lights
These will come in super handy when you accidentally run your battery down. You don’t want to ever find yourself in the middle of nowhere with no light back up… that sh*t be creepy.
At the same time, they’re great to have around on those evenings when you’re simply sitting enjoying the outside. Anything that saves us running down our leisure batteries is always worth having in our eyes.
6. Portable Wash Bag
During our recent extended road trip around the South of England, we realised we needed a convenient and portable way to wash our clothes. It’s not always an option to visit a laundromat, and while hand washing is OK, it’s pretty time-consuming.
That’s how we come across this little gem. It’s compact and vanlife friendly, but its inbuilt scrubbing washboard provides an effective way of washing your clothes. In fact, it promises to deliver washing machine results in just a few minutes.
7. Camping Chairs
For obvious reasons, this gift idea is geared more towards your newbie vanlifer rather than someone who’s been doing it for years. But for those who are just getting started, it can make for a fabulous welcome gift.
I couldn’t imagine going on road trip adventures without our camping chairs. They are the first thing to come out of the van when we rock up to our camping spot. We just like to sit awhile and take in the view.
Whilst not being the most compactible option, we have zero regrets about buying our high back camping chairs like these by Realead. Having that added neck support is a game-changer and means you can have a sneaky afternoon nap in the sun.
8. 12v Portable Fridge
If you’re feeling generous, I don’t know any van lifer who wouldn’t be beside themselves with this gift.
We noticed during the Summer in our van that even though we have a fridge in the back, it’s always packed to the brim with food. Leaving no room at all to refrigerate the beers on a warm summers day… Disaster.
It even has a freezer section which is hard to come by in 12v fridges.
9. Head Torch
On the slightly less exciting end of the scale, yet no less practical, is a head torch.
It’s inevitable that at some point or another, you’ll need to go outside when it’s dark. And holding a phone whilst trying to use the privacy tent or filling up water is never a sensible idea.
I recently bought this head torch by Everbeam, and it was a solid investment. Not only is it one of the cheapest on the market, but it will come in super handy for both our road trips and early morning runs.
10. Storage Solutions
When it comes to owning a campervan, any kind of practical storage solution is a gift from the vanlife gods. It’s essential that we make good use of every last inch of space we have while at the same time keeping the van neat and tidy.
Based on our experience as campervan owners, these are our favourite storage solutions:
- Packing Cubes: Any seasoned traveller will tell you that packing cubes are one of those items we cannot live without. Not only do they help to save on space, but they keep everything nicely organised. Meaning we don’t have to fumble around looking for items.
- Hanging Storage Pouches: Any type of slimline hanging storage is an excellent idea as they can be attached to most walls or the inside of cupboard doors. They’re super handy for those odd bits and bobs that you don’t want to leave hanging around.
- Mesh Bags: These mesh bags are a staple feature of those gorgeous campervans you see on Instagram. They make a great storage solution for fruit and veggies and can be doubled up as a cute beach bag.
Quirky Motorhome Gift Ideas
OK, so we’ve covered the practical gifts for campervans that might not seem exciting to you but are guaranteed to be adored by them. But now we are entering the fun zone.
If you’re looking for something a little more lighthearted, this section is for you. I’ve got some cool and quirky ideas that not many camper owners would buy for themselves but make perfect gifts for vanlife all the same.
11. Travel-Sized Games
Thanks to social media, everybody sees the dreamy aspects of #vanlife. Warm summer days, enjoying the outdoors, freedom of location, the list goes on.
The reality, however, can be very different. The weather is not always on your side, and sometimes you can spend days stuck in your van.
12. A Real Plant
If you know a campervan owner who loves plants, a natural plant that’s camper-friendly is a unique and thoughtful idea that they will love.
The challenge is finding a plant that can survive life on the road. It needs to be something that’s low maintenance and isn’t going to take up too much space.
Some campervan plant ideas include succulents, devil’s ivy, snake plant, and peace lilies.
13. Pop-Up Firepit
I don’t know any camper or vanlifer that doesn’t long for nights huddled around the campfire staring up at the stars. Nights like those are what remind us that our chosen lifestyle is all worthwhile.
Depending on where you are, however, there are specific rules and regulations regarding campfires. I would only encourage doing so if 1. It’s allowed, and 2. You do so responsibly.
That’s why this pop-up fire pit is a sensible yet quirky gift idea for campervan owners. It’s elevated off the ground to ensure it won’t cause a fire or leave any trace. Plus, it’s super convenient to put up and takedown.
14. Marshmallow S’mores Kit
This next idea makes for a fantastic gift either on its own or as a fun add on to the fire pit.
It’s the law of physics, so who are we to argue?
15. Portable Espresso Machine
For the coffee-loving van lifer, why not gift them the gift of life itself. Because, let’s face it, who’s actually alive in the morning without a cup of coffee?
To operate it, all you need to do is add the ground coffee, fill it with boiling, give it a few pumps, and voila. Coffee shop quality coffee without the need for batteries or electricity. Genius!
16. Mobile Gimbal
Life on the road is an adventure. It’s natural to want to take photos and record videos that will be our visual memories in years to come.
As travel bloggers and photographers, we’ve got a lot of camera gear. However, one of our recent purchases is the DJI Osmo 3 Mobile Gimbal, which I believe is a practical and quirky gift for anybody who travels.
The gimbal acts as a selfie stick and a stabiliser, allowing you to snap photos at the touch of a button while ensuring any video footage is smooth and seamless.
17. Campervan Hoodie
Campervan owners are proud to be campervan owners. So much so, we even love to wear clothes that tell the world that we are campervan owners.
They are a small business doing their bit to save their planet, and I don’t know any vanlifer who wouldn’t respect that. Plus, every time you buy from a small business, an actual person does a happy dance. True story!
And the award for the most creative gift goes to… Yep, that would be you. Well, if you buy the hammock, of course.
They’re also compact and come in different sizes, so they’re ideal for whether you’re travelling solo or with a partner. I know what I’m asking Santa for this year!
19. Road Trip Books
Nothing quite gets you in the mood for an adventure or road trip like reading, hearing, or seeing about it.
If I ever need some inspiration to tear myself away from home comforts, I read a few pages of a road trip book, and I’m packing my bags.
What book to buy will depend on where your vanlifer is based, but here are a few recommended titles as a guide.
- 100 Drives, 5,000 Ideas – America & Canada
- The Open Road: 50 Best Road Trips in the USA– USA
- Lonely Planet Europe’s Best Trips – Europe
- DK Eyewitness Road Trips Great Britain – Great Britain
20. Airbnb or Hotel Gift Card
Don’t get wrong; we absolutely love our van. For the most part, Ventura is very comfortable and cosy.
However, there are times when we just crave a hot shower, a flushable toilet, or an actual washing machine to clean our clothes.
When we were backpacking on a budget through Asia, our families would always gift us with a booking.com or Airbnb voucher, and it was the best thing ever. I hope they continue to do this now we are vanlifers as well!
Campervan Accessories Gifts
Like any great outfit (yes, I know I look great in this campervan), a motorhome needs some accessories. They might be convenient or decorative or just for the hell of it; who cares. I just know that the vanlifer in your life needs these campervan accessory gifts in their life.
21. Portable Air Con Unit
One of the biggest challenges we face as vanlifers is finding a comfortable temperature. In the winter, it’s extra cold, and in the Summer, it’s extra hot, even with the best of insulation.
When Natalie’s Dad gifted us this Evapolar portable air con unit, we didn’t expect to get much benefit from it. However, it turned out to be quite a nifty bit of kit.
We don’t have any air con in the van, so this accessory is a godsend during the Summer. And it’s also super convenient for vanlife, as it’s powered by USB and incredibly energy efficient.
22. Travel Yoga Mat
One of the things I love most about road trips is waking up in the morning and getting outdoors to stretch and reflect. Is that not the most typical, hippie, van-lifey, thing you’ve ever heard?
But, honestly, there’s no better way to start the day. And it wouldn’t be possible if I didn’t have my trusted yoga mat on board with me.
Again, something that folds up nice and compact like this one by Gaiam is ideal as I can easily tuck it away. I love their funky designs as well!
23. Campervan Cookbook
Considering we have limited space and equipment, keeping up a varied and healthy diet can be tricky when on the road. However, it’s essential that we do so to keep ourselves in tip-top condition.
I’ll be honest, I’m pretty creative with my campervan cooking so I haven’t read this one myself. But it’s got plenty of great reviews on Amazon.
24. Eco-Friendly Toiletries
If you aren’t mindful, vanlife can put a lot of stress on the environment. That’s why we try to take simple measures where we can to make our lifestyle more sustainable.
One of the easiest ways of doing that is by using eco-friendly toiletry brands. These brands are helping to eliminate the excessive packaging and harmful chemicals that are damaging to the environment.
For a unique and mindful gift idea, why not put together a box of eco-friendly toiletries. Such as a bamboo toothbrush, a shampoo bar, reef-safe sunscreen, and eco-friendly soap bars.
25. Portable Speaker
Every campervan needs a portable speaker. For nights sat around the campfire, for evenings cooking in the van, for days lounging in the sun. Well, for pretty much any campervan activity, in fact. Having some tunes playing in the background sets the mood just perfectly.
Obviously, there’s no doubt of its robustness and reliability; however, it also packs a punch when it comes to sound. You honestly wouldn’t want anything any louder in a van, and it’s very reasonably priced.
26. TomTom Campervan and Caravan Sat Nav
Before I get started on how fantastic and convenient this next camper van accessory is, it’s by no means cheap. So if you’re on a budget, you might want to jump on ahead to the number 27. If not, let me tell you about this revolutionary product for vanlife.
It’s every motorhome owners nightmare to find themselves on roads that are too narrow, under bridges that are too low, or in any type of scenario that isn’t suitable for their vehicle.
We had a similar situation ourselves in Cornwall following a road closure. And trust me, there were some squeaky bum moments when navigating those country roads.
Perhaps life would have been a lot easier if we’d had a TomTom Campervan and Caravan Sat Nav. This bit of kit is customised to guide vanlifers along suitable roads and routes for their vehicle.
27. Tile Mate
The perfect camper van accessory gift doesn’t exi…. oh wait.
Losing your keys at home is a nightmare; we’ve all been there. But losing your keys when you’re camping in the middle of nowhere could be a potential disaster.
That’s why Tile Mate makes not only an excellent camper van accessory but an important safety feature as well. With this simple and affordable gadget, you’ll never have to worry about misplacing your keys again.
How it works is, you attach Tile Mate to your keys or any other item for that matter, and by using the Tile app, you can ring your Tile whenever it’s within Bluetooth range. Or, if it’s out of range, the app can tell you the tile’s most recent location.
28. Portable Blender
The health-conscious vanlifer is going to love this travel-friendly accessory. Smoothies are an ideal way of getting in your five a day, but man, they are expensive, aren’t they?
But long gone are the days of spending 4 or 5 quid on a smoothie. With this portable blender, they can make their own.
Once again, this one ticks all the boxes. It’s affordable, lightweight, compact, and energy-efficient. That’s going straight in my basket!
29. Go Pro Adventure Camera
Every campervan owner needs an adventure camera in their life. How else are they going to capture all those wild and crazy adventures?
Naturally, Go Pro are the king of adventure cameras – I recommend the Hero 8 or above. That said, many other brands now dabble in this area.
We love that we can take our Go Pro on the gnarliest of adventures. They’re great for those moments where you can’t use your phone or DSLR, like capturing cool photos underwater.
30. Personalised Campervan Gifts
If you made it this far, bravo! It’s been quite the journey.
This final campervan gift idea is sure to welcome mixed feelings. Some say personalised camper van gifts are cute; some say they are cheesy AF. The jury is out on that one, and I’ll let you decide.
In the meantime, if you are considering a personalised motorhome gift, here are a few ideas to tickle your fancy.
- Camping Mugs
- Welcome Mat
- Campervan Journal
- Chopping Board
Did You Find The Perfect Vanlife Gift?
So there you have it, 30 practical and quirky Campervan Gift Ideas for Vanlifers.
Which one is your favourite? Are there any other motorhome gift ideas that you think deserves a spot on this list?
Let us know! We love hearing from you. You can reach out to us in the comment section below or through our contact us page.
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All the best,
Charlotte & Natalie x
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Last Updated on January 12, 2022 by Our Taste For Life