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Camping related gift ideas, please?

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TaffyandTeenyTaffy Mon 23-May-11 18:35:38

Its BILs birthday this week and am a bit stumped for ideas but .....they are buying a giant starter tent kit to go away next weekend - you know the tent, airbed, sleeping bag kind of thing- they probably dont have much else as they have borrowed stuff when they have been camping before.

I am not a camper by any stretch of the imagination .... so, any ideas for something useful, vaguely personal and ideally small (they have a tiny car and big kids/dog!) that I can pick up on the high street would be gratefully received.

Budget £30-40 ish. Thanks!

LoopyLoopsBettyBoops Mon 23-May-11 19:08:36

We have one of these bought for DH's bday last year. We're upgrading to a bell tent now so won't need it, but if he's camping in a nylon tent it is amazing. It means you don't have to rush out of your tent for fresh air first thing in the morning, and is a good ceiling light too.

Lastyearsmodel Mon 23-May-11 19:16:09

This rechargeable lantern is fab.

TaffyandTeenyTaffy Tue 24-May-11 08:26:51

Thank you - they both look good (and useful!)

oranges123 Tue 24-May-11 11:04:20

What about one of those leatherman pocket tool thingies? My DH has one (it was expensive but they do various different sorts at different prices) and he finds it really handy when we are camping. Also it is more personal to him than, say, a cooker which would be something else they could probably do with. The rechargeable lamp is a great idea too though - Decathlon also do one which we found really good on our last trip.

scurryfunge Tue 24-May-11 11:11:08

A Cool box?

Cook set?

Couple of windbreaks?

oranges123 Tue 24-May-11 11:12:17

By the way, it is a fair bit more expensive and probably not ideal if they are trying to save space in their car but if in the future you ever need another camping-related present for your BIL or another man (or a woman in many cases) go for a Kelly Kettle - my DH LOVES his.

stillstanding Tue 24-May-11 11:13:15

What about books about the best camping spots etc?

oranges123 Tue 24-May-11 11:14:23

Actually not so pricey now I look. I forgot I bought all the cooking set and bells and whistles which he has never really used...

Ineedalife Tue 24-May-11 11:43:57

A comfy camping chair, some are quite expensive and I would consider a luxury.

I wish someone would buy me one for my birthdaygrin.

jamaisjedors Wed 25-May-11 11:05:09

I have just bought a mini Italian coffee maker for DH to take camping. I got the Bialetti one as recommended on here and elsewhere.

Watch out though, I think the "3 cup" one is only one medium-sized cup really - but as DH is the only coffee drinker that is plenty for him.

3rdnparty Wed 25-May-11 11:38:15

cheaper than a leatherman but same idea I got dh one of these years ago as were recommended as had good pliers hmm and folds small - it does feel sturdy..

apparently it's great .... (royal) we have used it quite a lot grin

vickster11 Sat 28-May-11 16:37:45

I would get a cardboard box and fill it up with silly but useful items, like;

box of matches
dustpan & brush
washing up bowl
washing up liquid & sponge
tea towel
medium sized frying pan
a pair of thick/padded socks
afew tins of soup
tea bags/coffee
camping magazine

One thing I would say dunno were you would buy it. A mallet thing to bash the pegs in, you can get one that has a thing on the other side to help get the pegs out. I think I saw them in tescos. We lost some our pegs we couldnt get them out of the ground.

ljb11 Sat 28-May-11 22:18:12

Insulated cups. Microfibre towels - they are fab, esp Life Venture ones, get the Giant one - might even be £25 but we use ours a lot - great for any travel or the beach and especially good for camping as they dry really quickly and they pack down so small.

timetosmile Mon 30-May-11 22:16:26

I got a mallet (nicely wrapped, mind you) for Mother's Day this year from my husband the dc's. slinks off to relationships forum....

QueeferSutherland Fri 03-Jun-11 22:40:28

I was going to start a thread with just this title!

I saw somewhere recently a folding knife with a wooden handle that was £30 I think.

Maybe in the paper?
Does anyone know?

A maglite or other premium torch?

Shallishanti Fri 03-Jun-11 22:51:48

a trangia! they are great

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