If you’re anything like my parents, you’re probably googling “gifts for RVers” this season, because buying gifts that will fit in an RV is no simple feat.
You’ll find a lot of lists on the internet with gift ideas for RVers, most of which I disagree with. Everyone suggests bluetooth speakers! But everyone I know with a bluetooth speaker complains about how frustrating they are, and we threw ours out over a year ago. Not worth it.
So here’s our list of 10 awesome gifts for RVers that they will love–all of which are things that we’ve asked for this year, or asked for in the past couple years on the road.
Best. Gift. Ever.
Heath bought us kayaks last year when we were living on Lake Travis in Austin. He wanted a gym membership, but the closest gym was 30 minutes away and I knew with a drive like that in Austin traffic, he wouldn’t get enough use out of it. So, we decided it would be a better investment financially and physically to buy kayaks since we were living lakefront.
We chose inflatable kayaks for three reasons:
- They were cheaper than hard bodied kayaks.
- They had better reviews than the hard bodied kayaks we looked at.
- They could easily be stored in our RV.
- Bonus reason #4: Heath actually thought they would be light enough for me to carry my own. (I don’t. Ever. They are heavy!)
We absolutely love our kayaks and use them all the time. Here’s a link to buy on Amazon, but you can also find them at Academy. I highly recommend this brand. We’ve used it over a year and a half on lakes and rivers and we’ve never had an issue! (Plus, you can get a two-seater so your spouse can paddle you around.)
For our wedding anniversary this year, I gave Heath a bicycle. He’s been begging for a bicycle since we bought our first RV, but I never got around to buying one because of the price tag.
We bought our bikes at Academy for $80 each. We of course had to instantly buy cushions for the seats, but these mountain bikes have been great for cruising around national parks and RV parks. Heath and I aren’t especially active and since we don’t have any gym memberships, the bikes and kayaks are the two big things that keep us in shape.
One of the coolest toys we picked up this year was the @cobbgrill. It’s similar to the green egg, but significantly smaller and fits nicely in our under storage. You can grill your typical man stuff on this thing or even bake a cake. Took this photo while we were camping out in @bigbendnps earlier this summer. We had one of the dispersed camping sites and it was absolutely gorgeous. #cobbgrill #winnebagolife
We don’t grill often, but we love having a grill! Grills are great when entertaining guests or when you’re boondocking in a national park and want to enjoy the outdoors. We like our Cobb because we can pick it up and move it easily, since it doesn’t give off heat. This was great in Banff when it suddenly started pouring down rain and we could scoot under the awning without burning ourselves.
There are a million different hammock options out there, but for the low maintenance outdoorsy folks like me, this hammock is best. We love having a stand-alone hammock where we never have to worry about finding two trees and properly securing the hammock. It’s too much work and some RV parks won’t have enough trees or allow you to post your hammock. This guy comes with a foldable stand and is super durable. We’ve used ours for two years and it takes up no more room in our storage bays than a regular lawn chair.
It may still be 90 degrees in Texas… but I will always love the Texas hill country. So excited for some long over due time in Fredericksburg this week at @campjellystone. We’ve been wanting to make a little trip out here forever and finally got around to it. Plan on hitting up Luckenbach and some other local wineries… any other local recommendations to see/eat/drink while in town? Next week I’ll be up at a conference in Ft. Worth for @campgroundbooking, then Thanksgiving, then my cofounder is going to in Austin during Dec-Jan … so it will be cool to drink some wine this week and take it easy before the chaos of the next month. #rvlife #rving #winnebagolife #jellystonepark
This gift by far has the most epic name. It’s also easily the most comfortable lawn chair we travel with (excluding the hammock, of course). We use our chair at every RV park we go to. Speaking from experience, it’s perfect for working outside on your laptop but even better for taking a nap.
My set up when @heathpadgett is driving our RV across the country (cause he drives me everywhere 😘) AND GUYS, I’m on book six of Harry Potter (which I’ve never read before) and apparently I’ve never seen the sixth film because I’m on the edge of my seat! 😬😬 also, when are Hermione and Ron gonna get it together?!?!?! . . . #roadtrip #view #kindle #sunglasses #driving #rvlife #rvingamerica #rv #fulltimers #travel #marriage #blogger #travelgram #nomad #wanderlust #travelers #reading #read #harrypotter #hp #harrypotterandthehalfbloodprince #amreading #go
After my iMac, my Kindle is my most valuable possession. Mine temporarily crashed earlier this year and when I thought it was dead forever, I cried. I have a serious emotional attachment to my books (and I was in the middle of the last book of the Harry Potter series, so crying justified).
I use the Kindle Paperwhite and love it. Heath has but rarely uses his Kindle Fire, because it’s more like an iPad and it’s much harder to read on that screen for long periods of time. So if you’re an avid reader, the Paperwhite is the way to go.
Plus, if you have Prime, you can download one free book a month through Kindle First and borrow one book a month from Kindle Owner’s Lending Library.
Buying a gift for a new RVer? I’ve created an Amazon shopping list of all the items you need right after buying a new RV. Extension cords, hoses, leveling blocks–buying these on your own adds up FAST, so if you’re looking for a practical gift, these items are the way to go. Electrical extension cords and adapters have especially been useful this year, as we’ve spent a lot of time moochdocking in driveways with friends.
8. Hiking Boots
This is at the top of Heath’s Christmas list this year, because of situations like this ^^^. You can only hike so many trails in your tennis shoes before you need to upgrade.
This is easily our most-used Christmas gift. This atomic clock includes a built-in thermometer plus an outdoor thermometer. Somehow it magically predicts the weather, too. (Side note: these fold out shelves are my favorite part of our Brave. They make our kitchen so homey!)
10. Show me the money.
Gift cards are the BEST gifts–especially if you’re like us and paying off student loans. Last year, we received gift cards to Starbucks, Barnes & Noble, Total Wine, and Chili’s. Buying gift cards, especially to restaurants, movie theaters, or experiences, are great for travelers. They aren’t sexy gifts, but they are the most appreciated and they make great stocking stuffers. Or if you want to get really fancy, our friend Kelsey makes incredible hand made cards. You can check out her website here. (not an affiliate link)
Those are our favorite RVer gifts from the past few years! Heath would add a stand-up desk to this list, but I made his using my old keyboard stand from home and a large cutting board. This way we can store it easily, plus he can use it outside (and it’s way cheaper than buying a stand up desk!)