It's coming up to Father's Day again. Dads everywhere start to
dread get excited about whatever homemade goodies their lovely kids have been ‘creating' at school. It's not always easy to subtly remove a dried macaroni picture from pride of place and hide it in the attic you know! How about we celebrate Dads a little. Let's get them something they actually want. (If anyone has any ideas for an avid golfer/ gardener- please let me know- I'm way out of my depth again!!) Here's our list of Awesome Father's Day Gift ideas for a motorhome loving Dad. (Or Grandfather. Husband. Partner. 🙂 ) I admit, they're not always the ‘cutest' presents, but let's face it- Motorhoming/ camping Dads don't always want cute- or dried macaroni- they're practical men who like practical things. All of these are things we love & use ourselves so we can highly recommend them!
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10 Awesome Father's Day Gift Ideas for a Motorhome Loving Dad
Nespresso Double Walled Travel Mug
Driving for hours at a time is never much fun- and the only way Mr WB survives it is with cola bottles (the sweets, not the soda!) and a hot drink. He LOVES his Nespresso travel mug. Seriously, I think if we ever forgot it we'd be turning around and going back for it!! It's double walled, which means you can pick it up straight after you've poured boiling water into it, and it keeps a drink hot for HOURS. I used to use mine on a night shift and it would easily keep a hot chocolate warm for 3/4 hours. When the lid is shut, you can turn it upside down and not a thing leaks out. (Ok, so it turns out I LOVE my Nespresso mug too!!) We've now had ours for over 2 years and use it weekly.
Go-Pros are great fun and we use ours a lot, especially when we're mucking around and don't want to risk our cameras. The Go-Pro is small, light and easy to pop into a pocket or backpack, and the camera quality is excellent. And let's face it- Dads love to record stuff. Instead of arguing about it, embrace it and get him something cool to play with. This one is waterproof to 10m, shoots in 4K, is stabilised to reduce shaking, has voice control and is compatible with millions of accessories. We have ours on a ‘selfie stick' so we can take wide shots when filming, and we also have a chest mount for it (for when we're doing crazy things like a toboggan run!!)
Motorhome Travel Journal
Having lived on boats for 14 years, one of our favourite things is to read over our old logbooks and remember our adventures. Blogs, photos and videos are great, but there's something about seeing it written down on paper that makes it even better. We love to put silly comments in ours about the drive, the weather, our musical tastes or some strange event which occurred. Trust me- you'll love looking back on it in years to come. I've just treated us to a new one of these for our Motorhome Adventures for this summer- can't wait to see it all filled in! There's space for activities, food, mileage, route and plenty more.
They may NEVER admit it, but parking a motorhome is not always easy, especially if you've been driving a long time. Mr WB is a big fan of our reversing camera- to the point that although I do what we've always done and stand outside waving my hands around to get him into the parking space, I'm pretty sure he doesn't even look at me any more. He relies totally on a little black box on his dashboard (excuse me while I go sob into my pillow…) This is the exact camera we fitted into our Motorhome- and it really is brilliant. It has two cameras, which allows us to check the bikes when we're driving and also the bag which we strap to the bike rack. The screen is very clear- useful when you're trying to see just how close you are to that post! We've now used this for 6 months and highly recommend it.
Tabletop Portable Gas BBQ
We love BBQs- and they go so well with motorhome life! However, most people don't have space in their van to store a full-size BBQ, so this is a great alternative. We've had one on our boat for years- it's easy to clean, cools fairly quickly (we leave ours overnight to be sure) and easily cooks enough food for 4 hungry people. The legs lock in place for stability and you can run it on either Butane or Propane gas. My Dad is the King of BBQs- personally I think he just likes an excuse to stand outside away from all the hub-bub! (Hi Dad! ;))
It's easy in these days of Google to believe that you can always find the answer to whatever you need at the click of a button. However, Motorhomes have an uncanny ability to sense weakness- and they seem to know just when you're out of 3G range before they break down or do something crazy. Heck, you might not even have a phone signal to call someone. Having an actual book around is always a good idea. Whether it's a question on construction, maintenance, wiring or a million other little things you need to know as a motorhome user, this book pretty much has it covered. It also has loads of practical tips and ideas to keep your van running smoothly. Even if you're lucky enough to never have a problem at all, there's plenty of pictures and sections for Dad to enjoy browsing through.
I admit, you have to REALLY like your Dad for this one- or to have screwed up so badly that only a massive gesture will do! But if he travels, a drone is a great present. We love capturing some of the magical places we visit (if you haven't already- check out our videos!) Just be really careful to check the rules in each country you want to use it in- even across Europe, the rules are wildly different. We personally use the DJI Mavic Pro, but the Spark is a great place to start and has a beginner setting to help you learn how to fly it safely. You'll definitely be favourite child with this one!
Funny Father's Day Gift Ideas for a motorhome loving Dad
No Father's Day is complete without a spoof present- and this is the gift that keeps on giving!! You get to give him something practical and then you get to laugh at him. A lot. NOBODY looks good in a head torch. I bet even Scarlett Johanson couldn't pull that off… Yep- I've just Googled ‘Scarlett Johanson Head Torch”. Just in case. You never know. Sadly, no pictures of her in a head torch. But I did find this, which made me laugh…
I bet you never thought we'd go from Head Torch to Scarlett Johanson doing… well, I'm not quite sure what she's doing! Anyway, we use Energizer Head Torches when wild camping in our motorhome. They last for ages, have a range of light settings, including red which we use more often than I thought we would, especially when trying to set up night photography or something technical like that. You learn to embrace the uncoolness and just be grateful you can see the path!!
Funny Motorhome Mug
It just wouldn't be Father's Day list without a comedy mug! This one made me laugh out loud, (let's face it, nobody loves toilet duty!) but if you click on the link you'll find plenty of other options which might suit your Dad more.
It's not always easy finding Awesome Father's Day Gift Ideas for a motorhome loving Dad, so I hope this has given you some ideas! And for all the Dad's out there, I hope you have a wonderful day. If you found this useful, feel free to share it on social media, and if you want to save it for later, here's the pin: