What do you buy as a gift to someone that is an RV owner? The most important thing to think about is that they’re traveling with very limited space, so whatever you get them, you need to make sure it’s something they’re actually going to use, like something practical like an RV accessory.
Since I live fulltime in my travel trailer, I know what I would love to receive as a gift. Camper, RV, travel trailer, and motorhome accessories are always a great gift.
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I have made a list with 25 ideas that I know would make an awesome gift for your friend, or maybe retired parents that are RV travelers. Some are practical unique gifts, while some are more fun RV accessories. I also put some must-haves on the list, since I see so many campers out there without some of the most important RV accessories, like wheel chocks.
The biggest RV enthusiast thinks about camping all year round. This cute 12-piece dish set can be used all year round, even in the camper! It comes with four dinner plates, four salad plates, and four bowls. They’re popular because they’re so cute and practical at the same time.
This popular book will definitely be brought on the trip. Reader’s Digest has documented 120 road trip and all-in-one trip planner that any RV owner or traveler would love.
It’s easy to find destinations online, but having a book in your hands with travel guides is still a much better experience. Having this book nearby in the camper will be handy.
Everybody needs a portable power bank nowadays. Even if you have electricity in the camper, a power bank lets you charge devices when you’re outdoors. This size power bank can charge most phones 5-10 times before needing a charge.
A portable battery makes a great gift for any traveler. Just remind your friend or parent to put it on their camper checklist so they bring it!
This tarp is a lightweight and compact camper accessory that I always bring with me on hikes and put under my tent before I set it up. It fits into a small bag you can hold in one hand and is waterproof. A problem I run into sometimes with accessories that go into small bags is that it’s hard to put it back into the bag after each use, but I never have that problem with this tarp as its material is so easy to fold.
You can never go wrong with a t-shirt, especially if it’s a funny one. Nomadic Souls Gear & Apparel sell a bunch of different designs but this design is my favorite.
If you have ever parked a trailer with somebody, you will understand. If you haven’t, it’s a funny thing about parking trailers or RVs at a campground where you have to back it in. Usually, the driver gets help from somebody standing behind the trailer, and it can be confusing at times and irritate. This shirt will forgive everything that has been said during those moments!
If your friend or family member doesn’t have a pair of X-Chocks, then these would make an excellent practical gift. These are used with RVs, travel trailers, and 5th wheel that have at least two tires on each side. They are set up between the tires when the vehicle is parked and makes it much more stable to walk around in.
This kit comes with everything they’re going to need: two X-chocks and a tool to set them up.
Our X-Chocks are part of our setup process, and since we know they work so well we recommend them to every RVer. You can surprise your friend and seem knowledgable if you give them a pair of X-chocks!
Wheel chocks are a necessity put in front and behind the tires when the RV is parked to stop the vehicle from rolling away. Most people purchase plastic wheel chocks and don’t realize that they won’t be strong enough to stop a heavy rolling vehicle.
We use rubber wheel chocks, and they make a great practical gift for RV owners since they’re a camper accessory everybody needs.
The United States is a beautiful country with so many parks and spots that are easy to miss when driving down the road. This book from National Geographic will lead your friend to experiences they could’ve missed out on.
I would have loved to receive this book as a gift because as a traveler, nothing makes me more excited than to realize how much there is out there to see I haven’t seen yet. It’s a fun and unique gift that will be around forever.
You might have seen these on trailers and wondered what they are. It’s a map of the United States and when you have traveled to a state you’re supposed to put that state-sticker on the map to let people know where you have been. Also, each state has its state flag on it. A fun way to keep track and a conversation starter on the road.
If you’re buying a gift for somebody that travels across the country, this will be an awesome gift.
Showering in an RV is one of those things that has never been great with RV life. Low pressure and limited water will make it hard to enjoy it. There are ways to make it more pleasant though, like using a different shower head than the one that came with the RV. This one from Oxygenics will give you 1.75 gallons per minute with much better pressure. It has five spray settings and will make a great gift for anybody with an RV.
If you know that your friend uses the shower in their RV camper sometimes, this will be a huge hit. It’s a very practical gift that will improve any camping experience.
Traveling with pets is great, especially when you have a water bowl that you can use everywhere that doesn’t spill. The WaterBoy from Heininger is a great bowl for traveling with pets since it can be used while on the road. I have written a post about the best water bowls and food bowls that you can find here if you’re interested.
Friends and family will love this gift if they have pets.
Do you have a dad or mom that is always working on his or her RV? Does it seem like there is no end to the stuff there is to do? The RV/motorhome enthusiast is going to love these.
The standard baggage door latches on RV’s break and is just a pain in the butt to use. Newer RVs come with magnetic latches but older ones don’t have that luxury. But you can buy magnetic latches and install them yourself on older trailers. It’s a small unique gift that might make one wonder what they’re for, but when installed, they will be one of those small upgrades that are so worth it.
If you want everybody to laugh and maybe embarrass your friend or parent when they open their gift, this towel will do it.
It’s a hilarious kitchen towel that will be both a practical and fun RV accessory. It’s one of those gifts that will make it no matter how little space there is.
Putting a mat down outside a trailer will instantly make it feel more like home. It adds something special to the camp. I have one of these from Ming’s Mark and I like it because it still looks the same after a year of camping, and it’s extremely easy to clean and pack away thanks to its material. It goes into an included bag when you’re packing down, and comes in different sizes and colors.
One of the best purchases I have made is this wireless Bluetooth speaker from Bose. I can play music anywhere for hours, and it has incredible sound quality. It’s water-resistant, and can also be used with a standard 3.5mm aux cable.
You charge it with USB, and it’s a gift that will be used. I have bought these as gifts for family members, and I have seen all of them being used during camping season and at home. Check out my post on the best Bluetooth speakers for traveling.
A Bluetooth speaker is a blessing for music lovers.
If your parents or friend are motorhome enthusiasts, they will know what this is when they see it, and never stop thanking you for it. It replaces the door handle on the RV with a nicer one that you can unlock with a pin code or the included remote keys. If you have a friend or parent that is fulltime RV living, this will be a much-appreciated gift.
I am planning on buying one of these for my travel trailer because they’re so practical.
Safety first! Some people forget about first aid kits and travel without them. Or they have one that is ten years old, so the items have expired. This essential bag comes with 115 pieces that can be life-saving. An item everybody should have with them, no matter where they are.
I bought my wife and me a pack of headlamps a few years ago and my wife wondered why we would ever need them. But let me tell you, I have seen a headlamp on my wife’s head more than I have seen any light in her hands. Being able to walk around in the dark with both your hands free is extremely useful, and I recommend everybody getting a headlamp. Even though we have lights in and outside the RV, it’s easier just to put on a headlamp and step outside and get light wherever you’re looking. A simple gift, but a convenient one.
Limited space means limited kitchen accessories. This cute 13 piece mixing set makes it much easier to store a bunch of items in one place. With mixing bowls, a colander, a strainer, four measuring cups, and five measuring spoons, you can cook up a lot of dishes in the RV. When done, it all stacks up on top of each other which makes it easy to store.
If your friend or parents RV kitchen is a mess because all their bowls and measuring cups are from different sets, this will instantly make them more organized. A practical gift that any camper will appreciate.
Although I swear by headlamps, a lantern is always practical when sitting outside or going to the bathroom at night. This solar-powered lantern can also be charged via USB and can be folded up and down for storing. It has three light modes, low, high and SOS blinking. Hang it inside a tent or set it on a table, it has a lot of uses and is a cool unique gift that doesn’t take much space. It’s a gift for all ages.
Cooking in an RV can be a hassle due to limited kitchen accessories and space. With an Instant Pot, you can cook a meal for a whole family though in just one container. I love my Instant Pot and I recommend anyone that likes to cook to get one. This LUX Mini is great for up to three people that want a slow cooker, pressure cooker, rice cooker, steamer, and warmer all in one. I have written a post about the best electric pressure cookers depending on how many people it has to feed, you can find that post here!
Campers love collapsible tools. We all travel with space limitations and everything we pack must have a use and not take too much space. A bucket is always useful when camping, and this collapsible one from Camco will hold 3 gallons during use and then fold down to less than 2 inches high.
Here is another lantern that I recommend. It doesn’t charge with solar, but it uses LED lights to make the 2 D cell batteries last up to 37 hours. My favorite part about it though is the included fan. You can easily hang this in a tent and get both light and a fan in one. Having a portable fan while camping is lovely.
This simple weather station from ThermoPro will tell the temperature, humidity, and trends, both indoors and outdoors. The wireless sensor can be put anywhere as long as it’s within 200ft. It’s always nice to know the temperatures when camping and this little package will make a great gift. I have also written a post about the best weather stations for RV living where this one is included, you can find that post here!
So why is this on the list? Because temperature and humidity are very important when it comes to RVs. Campers tend to mold due to high humidity indoors, and monitoring the humidity and temperature with a weather station makes it easy to know when it’s time to air out the camper by opening the windows or turning on a fan.
I’m ending this list with a cute and fun shirt for a grandpa. Is your dad or grandpa an RV enthusiast Never underestimate a grandpa with an RV! I love it.
If you have any gift ideas you would like to share, please do so in the comments!