25+ Unique & Useful Outdoor and Camping Gifts for Couples (UPDATED FOR 2024)

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Are you shopping for that outdoor-loving couple in your life? Well, if they’re anything like us, they’re always looking for the best gadgets to make the experience either easier, more enjoyable, or both!

This list of outdoor and camping gifts for couples should give you a few great new ideas.

Many of these are products we use so frequently that we couldn’t help but pass along the recommendations. Others are luxuries that we take along when we have some extra space.

We also absolutely love the outdoor accessories that are easily packable. Trying to fit huge, clunky things into a small vehicle or backpack is not the best way to enjoy getting out in the outdoors.

Hopefully, you’ll find a few things to enhance your camping experience from this list of camping accessories!

Gifts for Couples Who Go Car Camping

While these gift ideas may be useful in other situations, they could be a lifesaver in some of the unexpected possibilities that come along with car camping.

Be prepared for that unexpected and unwanted breakdown or any other situation, too!

Portable Power Station

A black and yellow dewalt power station charges an iPhone while warming a small crock pot, a perfect gift for a car camping couple.
While you probably won’t have a small crock pot to power, we’ve done it multiple times at tailgates. Plenty of phone charges, jumper cable peace of mind, inflate a tire, shine a bright light… This thing is so useful.

Looking to get out and explore, but want to keep some of the capabilities of home? Things like charging an electronic device or powering a fan can be difficult to do in the outdoors.

I know the Jackery chargers are popular, but this Dewalt device serves multiple purposes, saving us space in the car and giving us a little peace of mind on the road.

We use this all the time when camping because we typically book the cheapest tent campsites without electric hookups. With this, we can still charge our phones, lanterns, or other small electronics.

This device also has a recharging option where you can plug it into a cigarette lighter in your car, which we do sometimes while driving.

This Dewalt portable power station connects with USB devices for easy charging. With this, you’ll never have to worry about being out in nature without being able to listen to music or charge your electronics if you need to.

We’ve also tested it with things like a small crockpot for chili or buffalo chicken dip in the cold, and the crockpot was powered for hours. It’s definitely kept things warm during cold tailgates, too.

In addition to providing power, it’s a great emergency road trip companion! Included in this jack-of-all-trades device are a small air compressor to inflate a flat tire and jumper cables to jump-start your vehicle without any other assistance.

We’ve been very thankful to have the jumper cable setup, for both our use and to help out other stranded travelers along the way.

Packable Camping Chairs

Camping chairs are one of the most essential pieces of equipment you need before heading out on a camping trip.

We think the key to picking out the right chair is finding something comfortable, sturdy, and packable. You have a limited amount of space in your car! There are so many options available that you’re sure to find one for your needs!

If you’re looking for a great option that packs down small but still provides comfort and stability, then this Helinox packable camping chair is perfect for you! This ultra-lightweight chair can fold up into an ultra-compact size, but it’s easy to set up when needed for use.

Stay off the wet or cold ground, and always have a spot to park yourself after a long day of exploring.

Packing Cubes

Are you big on keeping things organized? I’m a huge user of packing cubes, and I’ve even convinced my husband to use them on occasion, even though he used to roll his eyes at me for all of my “pouches.”

These Osprey packing cubes are perfect for keeping clothing and personal items separated and organized. Camping is one of the most difficult times to stay organized, and small spaces only increase this difficulty.

That’s where these packing cubes come in! There are different sizes for different needs. Get them in two colors, one for each of you. That way, you’ll never be confused about whose items are whose.

Everything we’ve ever had from Osprey has been durable and functional, from these small cubes and small accessories to our large 65L packs. These cubes are ultra-lightweight so they won’t add much extra weight or size to your packing setup.

Packing cubes will help take some of the hassles out of packing and keeping organized. They’re so helpful to separate the clean from the dirty, or any clothing that gets wet.

First Aid Kit

A small red pouch with a white cross and the words first aid written across the front.
We always have at least a small first aid kit like this, in a red bag so we can easily find it.

Safety, first! You might have a first aid kit thrown in the back of your car or at the bottom of your pack, but how old is the stuff in that thing? As a healthcare worker, I’d always recommend having some basic, up-to-date first aid supplies.

While this could be a gift for any situation, it is important, so we’ve kept it close to the top!

First aid kits are always a practical gift, and they definitely need replenished or even replaced every once in a while.

This first aid kit includes everything you would need for the outdoors – All contained inside one bright red bag! Use this to pack less and lighten your load, so you can enjoy your adventures more.

Backcountry Camping Gift Ideas for Couples

Do you prefer to get out into the backcountry and enjoy a different pace as a couple? These gifts will help make the experience more enjoyable.

Solar Powered Lantern

A solar lantern sits on top of a log, a practical gift for a camping couple.
We use this light all the time, both backpacking and front country camping. We have to see to make our mountain pies or get situated for sleeping!

Another must-have item for couples exploring in the backcountry is a solar-powered lantern. These are great because they don’t require much storage space and are very lightweight.

This particular lantern only weighs 3.2 ounces! It is collapsable and folds down to save a ton of space!

As long as it’s sunny during the day and it gets fully charged, these lanterns provide light for about 8 hours on low power.

We particularly love this lantern because it’s bright, but it does offer three brightness settings for whatever needs may arise. Use the dimmest to conserve power!

It can also be hung up from a hook or net inside your tent for an overhead light setup after dark.

In case of a really cloudy day or forgetfulness in leaving this lantern out to charge, it can also be charged via a micro USB port last minute prior to a trip or during a stopover. While you won’t have access to this in the backcountry, this lantern can function in nearly any situation.

Hiking Socks

Purple socks with a yellow border labeled Darn Tough are the best socks for hiking and ourdoor gifts.
Darn Tough is our go-to sock brand. They’re so durable but also comfortable.

Who doesn’t love a pair of cozy socks? The best socks for outdoor adventures are breathable, moisture-wicking, and comfortable.

A good pair of socks can keep your feet happy and comfortable through long hikes, short walks around town, or a day of sightseeing. There are a ton of options out there for what type of fabric you want in your hiking socks. Personally, we’d say Merino wool is where it’s at!

Our personal favorite hiking socks after testing many, many different pairs? Darn Tough! They’re so durable and comfortable.

Darn Toughs come in a few different color patterns and thicknesses in both women’s and men’s sizing. They also have an “unconditional lifetime guarantee!”

Although blisters are not 100% preventable in every situation, a good pair of socks will go a long way in helping you prevent a nightmare situation. Trust us. Blisters on top of blisters when you’re 15+ miles from your car… I don’t think we need to say anymore.

Insulated Beverage Holder

Water, coffee, tea, or adult beverages? Whatever your preference, these Hydro Flask bottles can hold it. They are also really good at holding temperatures, so there is a good chance, that your liquid will be still hot (…or cold) by the time you reach your first campsite.

Even on a multiday hike, fill up in the morning with a beverage and expect the same temperature when you decide to consume midday.

There are plenty of color and size options, but we’d recommend the smaller size for most activities and the 64 oz. option for longer ventures into the great outdoors.

Leatherman Multitool

A Leatherman Multitool is an extremely useful gift for outdoor and camping couples.
We always have a multitool in one of our packs!

Everyone exploring the outdoors should have a good multitool at their disposal. Whether you’re an avid hiker or camper, this Leatherman Multitool will be the gift that keeps on giving.

Leatherman is an extremely well-known and reputable brand. They’ve been making tools for years, and are known to have some of the best quality. This is why they’re number one on Amazon’s list of multitools, too!

They’re perfect for unexpected situations that come up when exploring the outdoors together – whether that be you need to tighten your tent tie-out or cut some string off that’s gotten into your way on the trail.

With this Leatherman Multitool, you’ll be prepared for whatever situation arises.

Paracord Survival Bracelet

Green and black paracord bracelets with whistles and firestarter sticks in the buckles sit on a log.
We hope to never need the paracord or the emergency whistle, but being prepared is a key to safety.

Is there any hiker or camper who doesn’t know about paracord? If you know one, tell them about it. Now! There are so many situations where having this strong cord on hand could make all the difference. 

Maybe you need to tie down your tarp to the rainfly, fix broken equipment like your pack’s hip belt buckle, or hang wet clothes in the sun to dry. The possibilities are endless with paracord, and this survival bracelet is the perfect stocking stuffer for backpackers and campers.

While we usually carry just a string of paracord so we don’t unravel our bracelets, in an emergency, these things would definitely come in handy.

In addition to the paracord that can be used in an emergency, the bracelet also has a small magnesia rod tucked in the middle of the buckle and a striker on the other side, which works well with kindling to start a fire, and a small compass in case you are lost, and an emergency whistle.

Garmin Fitness Watch

Garmin fitness trackers are a great gift for couples who like to keep track of their progress together. Garmin has come a long way over the last few years in development for these watches, and they do so many cool things! Check out the Garmin Instinct Solar.

This watch tracks your pace, distance, elevation – just about anything you could need as you head into the outdoors.

The best part? This smartwatch even comes with everything you need to track your pulse, sleep, and other fitness parameters – It’s so much more than just a watch. It also has solar charging capabilities, so you can easily charge on a sunny day in the backcountry.

The Garmin Enduro watch, although tailored to ultrarunners, provides some of the same capabilities including solar charging. The battery life is up to 80 hours while GPS tracking!

For tracking hikes and other outdoor adventures, in our experience, Garmin typically does a great job with accuracy in the distance. They’re water resistant and they track so many other stats. How could you go wrong?

Gifts for Couples who Enjoy Outdoor Photography While Camping

When we head out on the trails to explore, we always have at least one camera in hand. Photography is such a great hobby and so versatile.

Most people have the capabilities to get into basic hobby photography, and these gift ideas could even help expand their capabilities.

Flexible Camera Tripod

A DSLR camera is propped on a wooden railing by a small, flexible tripod.
We use this flexible tripod all the time. It can attach to the base of a camera or clip your smartphone in.

Do you ever find yourself at a beautiful vista, waterfall, or any other scene, wanting to capture a photo of the two of you, with no other human to be seen for miles?

So what do you do? Try to prop your phone or camera awkwardly on a rock? Take a selfie that doesn’t do any justice to the beautiful scenery? Head home without any photos together?

These flexible tripods are perfect for outdoor adventure couples. Small and lightweight, they’re easy to toss in a daypack or even manage to carry for a multiday adventure.

The bendable legs form on any type of surface, including hillsides, rocks, or ledges. We’ve even wrapped the legs of the tripod around a fence post or a tree branch to get a photo!

It is a versatile piece of photography equipment, allowing you to be extremely creative when no one else is around to snap a photo.

Phone Photo Lens Kit

Do you know someone who is trying to expand their photography skills, but doesn’t want to spend the money on a professional-grade camera? Are full-sized cameras too heavy?

Check out these small phone photo lenses, which are easily packable, greatly expand phone photography capabilities, and allow you to take so many photos on the go!

There are quite a few options that can be purchased, but this particular one has great reviews and comes with a variety of lenses. Pack one, or pack them all!

Combine this with the tripod we previously mentioned, and you’ll be able to take great photos together, even when no one else is around. That’s always a challenge when on an outdoor adventure.

Portable Power Pack

Worried that you’ll run out of battery power just when you’re about to capture the best photo after a long hike? Throw this small, portable power pack in your bag. It’s one of the essentials that we always have with us.

It’s small, lightweight, and can be recharged quickly, so you can always have backup power for your phone (and just as important, that camera on the phone).

It’s a great item to pick up and give as a gift because it is so versatile and can be used in all types of situations, from camping trips to hiking adventures, or even longer excursions with your other half.

Never miss a photo together as a couple with this powering all your outdoor adventures.

The Best Food-Related Camping Gifts for Couples

For the couple who gets just as excited about the meal plans as the rest of the camping trip, these ideas are a great bridge between functional and fun.

Camping Stove and Mess Kit

A camp cooking kit that nests together includes a pot with a folding handle, cup with a lid, bowl, and foldable utensil.
This camp stove and pot kit was our starter set years ago, and it’s worked so well. We haven’t found the need to upgrade and still use it often.

Camping cooking equipment can be quite cumbersome to pack. Some stove systems aren’t compact or very packable.

This camping stove and kit is an excellent starter set! It has everything you need, all built-in (for easy cleanup), and stores everything in the cooking pot. The set includes 2 bowls, cups with lids, silverware, and a stove burner. The whole package is less than 7 inches tall.

This perfect all-inclusive set for two will provide everything you need to prepare your meals and fill your empty stomach on the go. Just be sure to grab enough fuel canisters for all of your meals. They can be purchased at most outdoor stores, Walmarts, and resupply shops.

This is the perfect set for a couple looking to get started or get more involved in backcountry adventures.

Telescoping Cooking Sticks

Three telescoping cooking sticks rest against a piece of split firewood in the grass. The extended cooking stick is ready to go with two marshmallows.
While we usually just carry one of these, we were happy we got a pack. Somehow, we lost one somewhere between Cumberland Island and Congaree National Park.

Who doesn’t love s’mores? They’re so tasty with that chocolate and marshmallows roasted up over the campfire. They’re even better with a peanut butter cup substituted for the chocolate bar!

But for this to really happen, you need these telescoping cooking sticks.

These are awesome for being able to cook on an open fire while camping – no extra equipment is needed!

You can also use these telescoping cooking sticks to cook hot dogs or sausage sandwiches if you prefer a more traditional style of food while out exploring the outdoors.

Being telescoping, they’re small, light, and provide so much versatility in packing. Toss one of these cooking sticks in an outer pocket on your pack, and you’ll be able to cook s’mores and other goodies during your whole trip.

Camping Meals

Sampling a backcountry dehydrated dessert at the camp picnic table.
We’ve sampled lots of dehydrated camping meals. They’re a really useful gift idea!

Do you like to keep a little variety? Want to cook up some delicious camping meals that aren’t hot dogs and pies?

Just because you are outdoors doesn’t mean you have to settle for less-than-tasty food. These meals are perfect for making your favorite foods while out exploring the outdoors.

Typically, each of these meals only requires boiling water. They’re really easy to cook, as you just dump the water into the insulated bag and let it sit. Each meal takes around 20-30 minutes to prepare, so these are a great source of energy for cooking on the go.

While we’ve had a couple that just aren’t our favorite meals, everything we’ve tried has been 100% edible. The desserts have also been a welcome addition to our camping menu.

Grab a variety box and try them all. That’s the only way to see which are your favorite! Best of all, they’re typically 2 servings. Perfect for sharing, this is a very useful gift for camping couples.

Campfire Cookbook

This campfire cookbook is the perfect way to add some spice to your meal planning (literally!) while out exploring the outdoors, although this option does require a little more effort.

The recipes are great for all skill levels, making this a perfect gift for couples of all experience levels.

Campfires are typically great for cooking meals because it’s easier to make them tasty – You can’t beat the smoky flavor! Some of these recipes will spark even more ideas for you beyond the typical hot dogs and s’mores.

Gifts to Use Around Camp (Fun & Function!)

Some of these gift ideas will make your life easier, especially if any unexpected issues arise while camping. Others, well, they’re just here for fun! That’s why we spend time outdoors and camping as a couple anyway, right?

12-in-1 Camp Scissors

Scissors come in so handy in so many situations, but can you really justify packing so many gadgets? Well, you can when they serve this many purposes!

These scissors can come in handy in at least 12 different circumstances.

Designed with outdoor adventurers in mind, these scissors also include bottle and can openers, wrenches, a screwdriver, and even a tool for cleaning fish.

How more functional can you get? Use this tool to pack less, lighten your load, and enjoy your adventures more.

Camping Rope Lights

Need an easy way to get a little lighting around your campsite?

These LED rope lights use minimal energy and give off just the right amount of light. Not too bright, but enough light to help you avoid tripping over that stubborn rock around your fire ring or a stray stick on the ground.

We love using these when we’re camping together. It’s a nice extra little detail that doesn’t take much time or effort to add to your campsite, but it makes all the difference in terms of both safety and ambiance.

Best of all, they are extremely packable and able to be rolled up and tucked into tight spaces.

Waterproof Playing Cards

Need something to entertain while relaxing in the evenings at camp? Something to pass the time on rainy days stuck in your shelter? These waterproof playing cards are the perfect solution.

There are so many games you can play, even for 2 people. You won’t be bored or limited by the number of players. Card games exist for 1 player or unlimited numbers!

Have you ever tried to take a regular deck of cards on a hiking trip, only to get caught in an unexpected rainstorm? Well, let me tell you what happens. Some cards stick together; some turn to mush. Your entertainment plans will be derailed.

That’s why we upgraded to these waterproof playing cards!

They’ll solve the worry and provide cheap, packable, lightweight entertainment for couples, or groups of any size.

A Bundle of Hand and Toe Warmers

HotHands hand warmers, toe warms, and insoles are a great way to keep your hands and feet warm in the winter.
We use these all winter long to keep our hands and feet warm.

Feeling a little chilly in the outdoor elements? These hand and toe warmers from Hot Hands are a great solution to keep your digits toasty.

They’re good for about ten hours of heat, depending on the pack.

They’re also one of those items that can keep you cozy in a lot of different situations. Simply shake them to ignite the warmth and stuff them into your gloves, inside your pockets, or stick them to your socks.

The toe and feet warmers have adhesive sides which can be used to keep them in place on your socks. We use them all the time when we’re out winter hiking, skiing, or even enjoying cold-weather sporting events.

Yeti Cooler Tote

Looking to splurge a little?

Not just a cooler, not just a tote. This is the best of both worlds and is going to be the go-to bag for all outdoor adventures.

This YETI Cooler Tote also has some loops on the outside so you can hook extra gear on the outside. A bottle opener? One of those emergency paracord bracelets? You can be creative.

Pack it for a day to include a picnic or a weekend of adventure.

This cooler tote is reinforced well and should last for years to come. It’s a perfect splurge gift!

Bluetooth Speaker

A JBL Clip on Speaker is hooked on to our Osprey daypack.
This little JBL clip speaker is perfect for having around camp if you want a little music or to stay up to date on your podcasts.

Outdoor speakers are great for sharing music around the campfire.

We’re huge Spotify users, so having a good quality outdoor Bluetooth speaker is a must for us.

These JBL speakers can easily be connected to your phone or other electronics via Bluetooth – no cables needed!

Alternatively, JBL offers a small, clip-on Bluetooth speaker, which is helpful when you want to take it with you on a hike. This one is a perfect size to clip on the outside of your hiking day pack.

We’ve used ours so many times and they still work perfectly! A great addition if you enjoy some good music or listen to podcasts (We’re always listening to podcasts these days.) when you’re out exploring the outdoors together.

A great feature? The clip-on one is waterproof, so no worries about any sudden rainstorms ruining this device.

Convertible Outdoor Blanket

This convertible blanket is great for couples who are either looking to get outdoors or are already outdoors.

It’s a large 4.5-foot x nearly 7-foot blanket that can be wrapped into a sleeping bag or used as an extra layer while camping in the colder months – It even comes with its own carrying case!

This blanket is waterproof, so it’ll help keep you dry on those dewy mornings or when rain is in the forecast.

There are so many uses for this blanket it’s almost ridiculous. We always have one in the car when we’re going out hiking or camping.

It has everything you need in one- comfort and the useability of an extra blanket. The carrying case makes it an easy thing to carry along for a picnic or snack break while on an outdoor hike or adventure.

Gifts for Couples Who Wish to Have More Time Outdoors

Do you know a couple who spends most of their time planning their next outdoor adventure? These gift ideas could help bridge the gap between trips, and remind them of the outdoors in their home.

National Parks Foundation Calendar

Dreaming of outdoor adventures 365 days per year, but are you stuck inside most of the time? This calendar is a great way to enjoy the beautiful views in some of the best national parks in the US from your home.

In addition to the spectacular images on each calendar page, it’s a gift that keeps on giving. A portion of the profits is given back to the National Parks Foundation.

This is the best kind of gift! You’ll support a good cause and get some beautiful art on the wall. We grab a new one every year and use it to keep track of all of our upcoming trips and adventures for the new year.

As a side note, 2 of the parks we’ve recently covered are featured on the 2024 calendar in Cuyahoga Valley and Cumberland Island!

Campfire Scented Candle

Stuck indoors and missing the smell of a campfire on a summer evening? Lucky for you, Woodwick has come up with these wood smoke and evening bonfire scented candles to remind you of that campfire you’re missing.

Instead of cozying up next to a real campfire, get a couple of these candles and enjoy it indoors.

It would have to be the next best thing to actually being out there!

We’ve reached the end of our list and we hope you found it useful. If you know a couple who likes to camp, hike, or backpack regularly, there are a number of great gift ideas for them in this post.

Our favorite gifts include backcountry gear that can be used on long hikes or just for day trips into nature; car camping tools that make preparing food easier at campsites with limited resources; and stocking stuffer items like a multitool pocket knife perfect for everyday tasks around camp as well as those unexpected moments when things break.

Looking to get out and use some of these gifts? The possibilities are endless!

Check out our guide to the National Lakeshores of the United States, head up to the Adirondacks to hike Mount Marcy, or backpack Isle Royale National Park.

These are just a few ideas to get your imagination going!