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Are you on the hunt for the best Gifts for RV Owners in your life? We’ve rounded up over 20 of our favorites we personally love and use.
Finding a great gift idea for each person on your list can be a grueling chore.
I always look for inspired gift ideas when it’s time to shop for Christmas gifts, a birthday gift, or just because gifts, so I thought it would be nice if I offered you some inspired ideas of my own this year.
Since I have spent 17 months living in my RV, I feel like I’m qualified for this task. So let’s get this guide rolling!
Most of these items we’d consider practical gift ideas for RV owners because we use them ourselves over and over again. Some every day.
Some are just downright fun gifts and are a great way for your family member or friends who are RV lovers to express how much RVing means to them.
Others might be considered luxury RV gifts because what do you get the camper who has everything?!
We hope you enjoy browsing through our round-up of the best RV gifts for new RV owners, full-time RVers, and seasoned pros!
Best Gifts for RV Owners That They Will Actually Use
We’ve broken down this list of RV gift ideas by category. From books and ideas to decorate their RV with to some memberships and gift cards.
RV Gifts to Express Their Love of RVing
Do you know someone who really likes to express their love of RVing? Maybe with a shirt or a mug?
If so, these are the perfect RV gifts for them.
What better way to express one’s love of RVing and the RV lifestyle than with a fun RV shirt? T-shirts are such a great gift to give and a favorite among RVers.
Here are a couple of our favorites.
We’ve been busy around here creating some fun shirts for RVers, adventurers and travelers. You can see all of the TREKKN Tees here.
Well, I’ve just got to throw this idea out there since we are talking about wine. As the husband of a wine-lover, I know these come in VERY handy while traveling in an RV.
If you’re looking for gift ideas for RV owners and wine lovers, this is it.
There are all kinds of options out there, including stainless steel wine glasses, so think about this as a possible “companion gift” to the Harvest Hosts membership above. I know, it really is a great idea, right?
Best Books to Give RV Owners
Help the RVer in your life with ideas of where to go and what to see in this amazing book by National Geographic.
It’s a beautifully illustrated book by travel experts who share the obvious spots like US National Parks, but also some unexpected and off-the-beaten-path locations.
This book includes all 50 states with detailed travel information, as well as Canadian provinces and territories.
4. Kindle Paperwhite – When you lack space for real books
Are you shopping for an RVer who loves to read? Well, one thing we found out really quickly while traveling was there was no room for the number of books we wanted to bring with us or buy while on the road.
We all love to read, so we all have Kindles. This saved space in our RV and also allowed us to purchase a book that we wanted to read immediately.
RV Gifts for The Kitchen
RVing and space-saving gadgets go hand in hand and these nesting bowls are the perfect RV companion.
For motorhome owners, camper van enthusiasts, and other types of campers, limited space is an issue. So anything that takes up little space is the perfect present.
The set includes 9 pieces: 4.8 quart (10.5-Inch) large mixing bowl, 3.2 quart (9-inch) colander, 1.75 quart (7.5-Inch) steel sieve strainer, 0.5 quart (6-inch) small mixing bowl with measurements, 1 cup, 1/2 cup, 1/3 cup, 1/4 cup measuring cups and 1 tablespoon.
6. Instant Pot for the Win!
There is one kitchen appliance that my wife will absolutely tell you has made more sense than just about anything else in her RV kitchen for our travels. And that is the Instant Pot!
For a small space like an RV, this handy gizmo is top-notch at creating some fantastic meals to fill your belly. So I said my wife is a fan…but from a consumer standpoint, I am just as much a fan as she is!
We have enjoyed some incredible meals, that my wife claims are super easy to prepare, thanks to this appliance in shining armor.
And I can assure you we will continue to use it regularly even when we are not traveling in our RV…it is so versatile and easy to use that you just can’t help but get it involved at mealtime.
So if your RV-owning loved ones are into cooking their own meals in the RV, you can’t go wrong with this beauty.
They have sizes to fit every need, so take a look and choose the one that seems right for the RV owners on your list.
7. Espresso Machine – A great cup of coffee + RVing go hand in hand
We’ve seen some pretty mean espresso setups in friends’ RVs that we’ve toured before. I won’t lie. We were slightly jealous because we had zero room in our travel trailer for any kind of espresso setup.
So, if you do plan on gifting an espresso maker to an RVer, make sure you know what size they might need.
We wrote an article about the best RV coffee makers and rounded up five different machines/gadgets. The best RV coffee maker for you depends on how you like your coffee and how much space you have.
We also have an article all about coffee gift ideas for RVers.
Hopefully, these ideas will help you choose the perfect coffee gift for the RVer in your life.
8. Portable Gas Grill – Telescoping Stand is Super Important!
Why? Because quite a few RV parks have signs that ask you not to put your grills on their picnic tables. When we started RVing, we had a tabletop grill, and let me tell you, grilling while having to squat down to the ground was not fun.
That’s why we highly recommend one that can either go on the tabletop or the ground. This portable gas grill by Cuisinart is the perfect solution.
9. RV Dish Towels for Kitchen
Not only is it practical, but it also makes a really nice decor item.
Here are a few that caught our eye:
Handy RV Gifts for Dad or Mom
Every RVer has to learn to be a little handy and fix things when they go broken. Because whether you go RVing only on the weekends or you’re full-time, you know things break.
RVing is also messy! So we’ve added a cleaning tool or two to help you keep things neat and tidy. Or at least semi-neat and tidy.
Every RVer should have a great toolset on the road with them. Trust us when we say it’ll come in handy!
This toolset is also lightweight, coming in at around 5.8 pounds, which is important when deciding what to bring with you on your RV trip. The lighter the camper, the better!
RVs get very dirty, very easily, and having a small vacuum on hand is incredibly useful. And when they’re not using it for the RV, they can use it for their car. Win-win.
Best RV Gifts for Making Your Space Cozy (Inside & Out)
Here are a few gift ideas to add some personality and coziness to your home on wheels, both inside and outside.
We recently opened our TREKKN Designs shop where you can purchase printable RV decor.
This is one of our favorite ways to decorate our travel trailer because it’s lightweight enough to frame and hang on the wall with 3M command strips and you can swap it out when you’re wanting a new picture.
To give this as a gift to someone, simply either print at home or send it to your local office supply store. (We like to print ours at Office Max on card stock.)
After you’ve printed it, purchase a frame, frame it, wrap it and you have a fantastic gift that you put some thought into.
You’ll find printables for:
- Class As
- Class Cs
- Travel Trailers
- Fifth Wheels
- Small Campers
- National Parks
- General Travel Printables
Check out the TREKKN Designs shop here and use the code 50OffForYou to get 50% off your entire order for a limited time.
13. Double Polar Fleece Blankets
This gift idea was sent in by a TREKKN reader and we couldn’t agree more!
Cozy blankets are a necessity for fall and winter camping. You can even buy one for their furry camping companions like this one.
14. Regular Camping Blanket
Rumpl blankets are lightweight, washable, and quite cozy. They are perfect for curling up next to the campfire.
They have tons of different designs to choose from.
One of our sons had his Pendleton blanket with him during our full-time travels. He used it in his bunk bed and never needed anything heavier.
Fast forward five years and he still has this blanket. It’s been quite handy for his life in Alaska!
15. Happy Camper Decor – Help Them Decorate Their Space with Style
We rounded up a list of some of the coolest happy camper decor & gifts around. From mugs and art to t-shirts and throw pillows, there’s a little something for everyone.
Here are two of our favorites:
One of the easiest ways to decorate your space is with artwork you just print, frame, and hang with Command Strips. Or with signs like the one above.
If you’re giving printable artwork as a gift for RVers, go ahead and print it out and frame it for them.
You could give your RVing friend a Happy Campers bundle which includes a framed picture, a mug, and a cozy blanket like this one.
16. State Sticker Map for RVs – Helps You Track the States You’ve Been To
A fun way to track all the states you’ve visited is with this handy State Sticker Map specifically designed for RVs.
We purchased one for ourselves and it was a great conversation starter with other RVers. We put it on our slide-out along with our other sticker collection.
Sticker maps are great gifts for travel trailer owners, 5th wheel owners, motorhomes…any type of recreational vehicle.
We’ve seen RVers attach these to their slides, by their door, and on the back of their rig so people can see where they’ve been as they’re driving to their next destination.
17. Propane Fire Pit – S’mores for Everyone!
Several months into our extended RV road trip, some good friends of ours in California gave us a propane fire pit as a gift to use in our travels.
After sitting around their similar fire pit on the deck of their beautiful home, we decided we needed to buy one. And then, we didn’t have to! (Thanks again guys!)
Up to that point, we had encountered many locations that did not allow wood-burning fires at all.
There were some that had complete fire bans and did not even allow propane fire pits, but many of them did allow them.
So we knew we were missing out on some “flame time”! And I love a good fire.
Because of their gift, we have had far more opportunities to sit outside under the stars and enjoy a warm fire. And we think of them every time it comes out, there’s no doubt about that.
If you want a memorable and very enjoyable gift that will remind them over and over again how much you care, a fire pit is the way to go.
18. String Lights
There are both practical and fun reasons why camper owners love string lights and rope lights.
The practical reasons? They help you see at night, they help keep little rodents like mice away and they provide a little extra security if you keep them on overnight.
Knowing you’re sleeping in a safe space can really make a difference in your RVing experience.
The fun reasons? They look great and add an extra fun element to RVing.
I love to drive through an RV park at night and during the holiday season to see how different RVers have hung their string lights and decorated their camping spot.
Here are a few different ones to consider:
- LED rope lights in green
- Retro Travel Trailer String Lights
- RecPro LED Awning Party Light in Blue
- Tiny Lantern String Lights
- Black and Etched Bronze Globe Lights
19. Zero Gravity Chair – For Some Serious Relaxing
Right after we sold our house and moved into the RV, I threw my back out. Not fun at all. So what I needed was a chair that took all the pressure off my lower back.
That’s when the Zero Gravity Chair became a lifesaver. We purchased this one, which was pricey but it was well worth the investment.
Not only did it help me recover from the back injury, but I use that chair every single day. It was perfect for some serious relaxing outside by the campfire.
I even brought it in the travel trailer a couple of times for movie night.
This one (pictured below) may be a step down in “quality”, but still super comfortable.
20. Foot Rest Cushion for Zero Gravity Chairs – Because those bars are uncomfortable!
We’re pretty excited to recommend this product because it’s ours! That’s right, Clever Camper Company is a TREKKN LLC brand and we just released our first product in October 2020.
The Clever Camper Foot Rest Cushion was created out of our discomfort dealing with the foot rest bar on zero gravity chairs.
(Unlike the picture below, we tend to use our chairs when we are not wearing shoes, so that thin metal bar becomes a real issue.)
You can read all about it and grab one for yourself or as a gift via Amazon here.
RV Club Memberships & Gift Cards
Did you know you can gift someone a membership to what we consider a must-have membership for every RVer? You can also gift them a membership where they can explore all the National Parks they want.
Keep reading to learn about these ideas that make the perfect gift for RVers.
21. Amazon Gift Card
(When you’ve got the perks of a Prime membership, why not?! And by the way, you can actually give a Prime membership as a gift to your RV-owning friend or loved one…for 3 months or 12 months. For an RVer, that’s gold right there.)
But…there are about 80,000 listings for RV accessories on Amazon! That can be overwhelming, to say the least.
So if you’re not able to sift through that pile, or even make it through my list here, the Amazon gift card is a great gift idea for RV travelers. And that’s why this one came first.
This makes the perfect gift for travel trailer owners, 5th Wheels, etc since they can choose exactly what they want.
There are certain gifts that are needed/wanted but you might not feel comfortable purchasing for them like solar panels (something we desperately want for our next rig!), wireless backup camera, and portable power station…just to name a few.
Gift cards for RV owners are a fantastic idea and will be well-loved and used.
22. Annual Pass to U.S. National Parks – Unlimited Experiences in Stunning Locations
If there is one thing that has been very consistent throughout our travels, it is the use of our America the Beautiful National Park Pass.
I can’t even tell you how many visits we have made to the parks overall (we’ve visited 15 different parks), but I can tell you without a doubt that this pass has saved us many hundreds of dollars.
With this annual membership, the RV owner in your life, and four persons in their vehicle, can explore the national parks until their hearts are content for just $79.99!
Now, you would think that the best (and cheapest) place to buy this pass online is through the National Parks official website. But you would be wrong.
Buying the pass through REI actually saves you $10 that you would normally be charged by the government website for the online (or mail) purchase.
If you want to throw an extra $10 in to support the parks, then, by all means, purchase through the NPS website.
I can’t put into words how much our national parks experiences have added to our travels. Without those experiences, our continental adventure would have been nothing close to what it has been.
There is really no other gift I could recommend more highly than the National Parks Pass. It’s one of those unique gifts for RV owners that will be well appreciated.
And if you’re looking for retirement gifts for RV owners, I encourage you to check out the Senior pass option if your recipient is 62 years or older…only $20 for an annual pass!
As far as gifts for RV owners go, it doesn’t get much more unique and memorable than Harvest Hosts. This membership offers RV owners the chance to visit over 600+ unique locations around the continent for only $79 per year.
23. Harvest Hosts Membership – Wineries, Breweries and Farms, Oh My!
The locations they can visit include wineries, breweries, cideries, farms and other unique spots. And there is NO CHARGE for visiting and parking an RV at these locations for a night or two.
So, if you’ve got some wine or beer connoisseurs on your list, this gift gives them the opportunity to explore off-the-grid locations, meet great people AND enjoy their favorite beverage produced on site!
And the chance to get away from the normal “RV parking lot” experience and really get their hands into some local goods may be the best part of this gift.
We have loved our Harvest Hosts experiences and hope to have many more in the future. It is a gift that keeps on giving.
Practical Gifts for RV Owners
We’re calling this section the practical gift guide for RV owners because it includes items they’ll use on a daily basis.
These might not seem like exciting gifts to give, but let me tell you, RVers will love them!
If there is one RV accessory for the exterior of our travel trailer that I am more thankful for than any other, it definitely has to be these Andersen Levelers.
I recommended them in this RV accessories post as well, so you know I love them!
I can’t even imagine how many more hours of frustration and headache I would have endured with the standard leveling block kit that requires you to guess how many blocks to stack up and potentially move your RV over and over and over.
If your beloved RV owner has a rig that does not include a self-leveling system (most likely a travel trailer), you will absolutely be their new favorite human for introducing them to Andersen Levelers if they are currently using the obnoxious blocks for leveling.
This will become one of their favorite RV gifts they’ve ever received!
As you can tell from the design, it’s simply a matter of rolling one side of the RV on top of these wedged levelers until the height is just right.
Then you just throw the chocks under the levelers and walk away! Simple as that. (But don’t forget to set the emergency brake…just had to toss that in there.)
Side note: If this is a really special someone you are buying for, you can even kick it up a notch and get the leveler kit that includes the non-slip rubber mats. These have come in very handy for us in a few wet and slippery situations, that’s for sure.
Bottom line: Friends don’t let friends use a block leveling system.
25. Telescopic Extension Ladder – A Ladder is a Must for RVers
We purchased this ladder before we left on our 17-month RV trip and it was one of the best purchases to date.
It got used over and over again for getting up to check on the roof, brushing leaves off the slideout and other RV repairs.
And because it’s telescopic and lightweight (only 24 pounds), it easily fits in the passthrough of our travel trailer.
A ladder is one of those things RVers need, but also one of those things that’s kind of annoying to spend money on. Which makes it one of those great gifts for RV owners!
(There’s our sticker map too!)
26. Portable Ice Maker – When you need a nice cold drink
If you have a regular-sized RV refrigerator, freezer space is just about non-existent. And if you love ice with your drinks, then a portable ice maker makes complete sense.
This ice maker gives you ice in about 6 minutes and it comes highly recommended.