Looking for useful campervan gift ideas for a friend or loved one? Whether it's for Christmas, birthday, anniversary or anything else, I know you want to get them something they'll appreciate and enjoy.
The fact that you're reading this shows you CARE about the person you're buying for– and you're not just going to get them a novelty keychain or an air freshener. But it can be hard to buy something useful for practical, minimal people– especially if you don't know anything about campervans or vanlife.
So here are some of the BEST campervan gifts for the vanlifer in your life- gifts that are practical, funny or just downright awesome. (I've also added in a few novelty gifts- just in case that's what you're looking for!)
Now, this is very important. Do NOT buy something which says ‘motorhome' for anyone who owns a campervan. Or vice versa- unless you are doing it as a joke (in which case, that's hilarious!) But people can get quite serious about their camper, and I would hate to lead you in the wrong direction. This post is for campervan owners, campervan couples and vanlifers. If you're looking for awesome motorhome gifts, check out these Motorhome Gift Ideas for couples & families or motorhome gifts for men
So, let's get started with this gift guide.
Fun VW gift and accessories
Let's start with some novelty gifts for VW lovers or van owners.
VW Ice Chest- Scale Model
This VW ice chest is AMAZING- it's a scale replica of a VW T1 and is much bigger than it looks in the picture- it can hold around 8 bottles of beer, plus ice.
Made of pressed steel with internal insulation, it's perfect for keeping ice, beers cold and it has wheels and a handle for easy transportation.
Every camper needs a speaker. Especially if it's a BlueTooth speaker in the shape of a VW camper. You know they're going to love it!
You can NEVER have enough mugs- especially if they're awesome VW campervan mugs.
Ceramic, hand washable and perfect for evening sipping cocoa around the campfire.
Keeping things organised in a campervan can be tough- so a VW shaped bag is going to be a real hit! It's perfect for storing ‘stuff' or keeping wet gear together. It's waterproof, durable and available in several colours.
VW Lego T1
This is possibly the coolest Lego set I have EVER seen. It's a miniature T1 VW lego campervan, complete with inside fittings and a pop-up roof! You can also buy lighting kits so the interior and exterior lights work. I don't care how old they are- any campervan owner will LOVE this.
Let's face it, it's tough to keep a campervan clean. Help them out with a cute camper mat.
Wine Bottle Holder
This wine bottle holder is perfect for people who can't be in their campervan all the time- a little reminder of the fun to come.
Campervan Gift Ideas- Practical & Useful Stuff
Let's face it, most people who like campervans are fairly practical. You can't buy them lots of crazy, big presents as they won't have space in their camper.
Minimalism isn't about deprivation- it's about choice. Space in a camper is at a premium- so it's all about priorities.
Biolite Woodburner and USB charger
This is one of the best gifts I have EVER seen. You create fire… and the Biolite Woodburner produces electricity to charge your phone or iPad while you're making dinner. For anyone who travels a lot, getting enough power is a pain- and this is a perfect solution.
Let's face it- one of the best bits of vanlife is exploring off the beaten track. But often, that beaten track can lead you in circles! Save them a lot of time (and misery) and treat them to a decent sat nav.
There are lots of options on the market. This TOMTOM Go Camper SatNav is very highly rated, easy to use and navigate with and can automatically update using its inbuilt wifi. You can also get Brian Blessed to navigate you… road trips will never be the same again!
Safe Drinking Water- one of the best vanlife gifts
Joking aside, this could be one of the most important gifts you ever give them. In Europe or the USA, drinking water is normally safe (although we were once on a campsite in Scotland which had contaminated water- not fun!)
This Lifesaver jerrycan is not only the perfect way to store and carry water, it also has a filter which cleans the water, making it safe to drink. There's also a shower attachment- making it the PERFECT campervan gift.
If you don't have space for an oven in your van, the Ridgemonkey is AMAZING. It's like a mini oven for the hob (yes- they will need some form of burner for it to work). You can get lots of different types- toastie makers, ovens, even a steamer set with compartments for easier cooking.
Keeping clean is always a challenge in a van- and keeping clothes clean can be even harder. We find we will wear some things much longer than we might in a house, but underwear & t-shirts are a problem. Enter the Scrubbabag.
Perfect for lightweight cleaning, just pull it out, pop in the clothes and water and scrub! It folds SO SMALL and is a brilliant piece of kit for anyone on the road.
GoPro Hero 7 Black
This is one of the best things we ever bought for our van. The photos are INCREDIBLE, it holds steady as you're filming out of a window and it's great for underwater shots too. Make sure you get the Hero 7 BLACK– the silver and white options aren't as good (don't ask me why!)
Portable Photo Printer
Do your campervanners like to take photos? Then I guarantee they'll LOVE this portable photo printer.
Isn't it annoying when you take amazing photos of your travels and then don't DO anything with them. We love being able to print photos out as we travel and stick them up in the van. It's TINY- about the size and weight of an iPhone, but prints incredible photos so they can remember their travels. (Don't forget to grab them some extra printing sheets too! )
Light up Campervan Bottle
I can't tell you how many times we've used our light up bottle while we travel. It's the perfect light to sit out by the campfire- not too bright, but enough to see where your glass is!
Campervan Dining Set
Having strong, dependable plates is ESSENTIAL in vanlife- and this melamine dining set is one of the cutest. Covered in adorable campers, bright colours and with a matching cooler bag, it's guaranteed to be a perfect campervan gift.
12v Heated Blanket
Let's face it, sometimes it rains while you're in the van. Sometimes it gets REALLY cold too. That's why this 12v heated blanket is genius. Just plug it in, and let it warm you up. Perfect for keeping passengers toasty on the drive, or cuddling up under the stars.
It's also fairly economical on battery power too- one 100ah battery could keep it warm for 20 hours (not that I recommend leaving it on that long and draining the battery… but you get the idea!)
Campervan First Aid Box
Every camper needs a first aid tin- but when it's a campervan first aid tin complete with cute, campervan plasters? Sold.
Kit contains sterile gauze, gloves, wipes and 50 other essentials you need.
(You can also just buy the campervan plasters on their own, in a cute little tin.)
Fitness Campervan Gift Ideas
Vanlife naturally leads to spending time outdoors, and some people are already well set-up for it. However, some of our favourite fitness items were gifts we didn't even know existed, like these:
Our inflatable kayak has been an amazing addition to our tour of Europe in a camper. We use it to explore creeks, fjords, lakes- whatever we find. It's a great way to get outside and get some exercise in too.
I LOVE these water-fillable dumbells. You fill them up with water, and voila- ready made workout. Yet you don't need to worry about storage, or weight in the camper, or anything else. Easy peasy.
Folding Yoga Mat
You'd probably be surprised how many vanlifers enjoy yoga. There's something about the two which go hand-in-hand. This is one of the prettiest yoga mats I have ever seen- and even better- it's foldable (not rollable- takes up less space!)
I promise- you can't go wrong with a campervan-themed tshirt when you're looking for the perfect present. There are literally hundreds on Amazon, but here are a few of the best:
Campervan Gifts- Books for the Bookshelf
Trust me on this- you can NEVER buy enough campervan books as a gift. People who like campervans like reading about how to make their campervan better, or about other people exploring vanlife. It's the perfect campervan gift idea!
Here are a few of the most popular book ideas to get you started.
Campervan gifts for women
Most women will love any of the items already listed here, but sometimes it's nice to get them something a bit more girly. So here are some seriously CUTE girl campervan gifts.
I LOVE this Campervan Pandora Charm Isn't it adorable?
There's also a Campervan Charm Blue with a tiny surfboard on the roof!
Campervan scarf- perfect gift idea for women
This campervan scarf is pretty AND practical- the perfect vanlife present.
You can find more gifts for women with campers here
Campervan gifts for men
Campervan novelty socks
Yeah, ok, I went there. But honestly- what use is a gift list if it doesn't include novelty socks??
So there you go- 35 practical or funny (or both!) campervan gift ideas for couples, men and women. I hope you found something on that list useful. Happy shopping!