The Best Camping Gifts For Kids
Post Summary: A fun, creative list of camping gifts for kids that are perfect for every type of outdoor kid.
Are you looking for the best camping gifts for kids and stumped about what to get? Maybe you’re planning a few camping trips and wondering if you should get binoculars or a compass? Flashlight or headlamp? Scooter or bike?
We’ve compiled a full list of 40 fun, creative, and outdoor-themed camping presents for kids. We made sure to think of presents that are fun for kids and will have them giddy with excitement for their next big camping trip. Translation: we won’t be recommending useful camping gifts like a water bottle.
Now look, reusable water bottles and sleeping bags are an essential piece of camping gear for kids, but will the average seven-year-old be excited when they open up their gift and see a hydro flask water bottle? Errrr. Probably not. Will they be STOKED when they see a slackline kit? Yes. Yes, they will.
That’s what we’re going for here. Kids that are wiggling, giggling, and jumping for joy to play with their outdoor gifts. Without further adieu, check out our complete list below of camping gift ideas for kids.
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40+ KIDS CAMPING GIFTS THEY ARE SURE TO LOVE
1. S’MORES KIT
Is there anything more classic than S’mores and camping? Take it up a notch with a S’mores kit that comes with all the fixings plus roasting stick skewers that can extend up to 32″ long. As a family that used to do sticks found around the campsite, life got a lot easier when we bought the skewers. Safer for kids and a lot cleaner. You can also deviate from the conventional S’mores recipe and include fun marshmallow flavors from the brand Smashmallow. They do inventive flavors like Cinnamon Churro, Toasted Vanilla, and Cookie Dough. You can see all their flavors here.
2. WALKIE TALKIES
Walkie-talkies are the ultimate camping gift for kids that never gets old! The walkie-talkies from Obuby are high quality and built to last. Your kids can drop them, and they won’t get hurt! If you’re looking for camping gifts for toddlers, you’ll like these walkie talkies because it has a nifty feature where you don’t have to press a button to talk, a hard concept to grasp for young toddlers.
3. SLACKLINE KIT
Easy setup and guaranteed play for hours make a slackline kit a perfect camping gift for kids. We love the portability of the Flybold Slackline Kit and that it can be set up virtually anywhere there are two trees. It comes with a training line so kids as young as five can climb up and work on their strength and balance.
4. HAMMOCK OR SWING
On the other end of the spectrum, a hammock is a perfect kid’s camping gift for children who love to kick back and read a book. We always bring a hammock when we go camping, and even our “can’t stop moving for a moment” kid loves to sit in the hammock. We use the Wise Owl Hammock made for adults, but you can also opt for the Wise Owl Hammock made for kids and toddlers. Another option is a hammock chair from Outree. It can be hung from a tree and set low to the ground, a great option for younger kids who can’t climb up as easily.
A headlamp is a great choice if you’re looking for kids camping toys that are under $30. It’s a useful gift (late night walks to the bathroom, evening hikes) that’s also fun. Sun Company has a great assortment of headlamps with cute animal prints and roaring dinosaurs. You can see their full selection of headlamps here. Older kids might prefer a headlamp with all the bells and whistles of a more sophisticated headlamp. The Lumenshooter is a rechargeable headlamp with four different color options and an adjustable beam. Perfect for the budding outdoors kid who loves tactical gear.
Encourage a child’s innate curiosity with a set of binoculars. If you’re gifting a toddler, you’ll want to buy easy-to-use, smash-proof binoculars that don’t require focusing. We like the GeoSafari Binoculars for their gentle magnification and large eyepieces. For older kids, the Vanstarry Kid’s Binoculars are lightweight, made of rubber (they won’t break), and can be used by kids who wear glasses.
7. MAGNIFYING GLASS
A fun magnifying glass from Leffis is a great way to foster their zest for learning about the natural world around them. It’s a simple gift that promotes open-ended playing. You could also add a leaf identification book for older kids that can read.
When looking for kids camping gear toys, a compass is an easy choice. They’re small, lightweight, and a great tool for teaching them outdoor skills. If you’re buying a compass for a young child, the compass from Sun Company comes in a clear acrylic moulding with a break away lanyard so it can be worn and taken off with ease. It comes in cute animal style prints that kids will love. If you’re gifting a child that will want a more “classic” looking compass, then go for this waterproof compass here.
A whistle they can attach to their backpack or wear around their neck is the perfect accessory to add to their outdoor gear. You can go for a multi-color pack like this one or you could go for an antique looking brass whistle like this that feels more weathered.
10. OUTDOOR KIT
Rather than buying the above gifts, you could also opt for an outdoor kit for kids that typically has a compass, whistle, binoculars, and other outdoor tools. They tend to be better for young kids as the toys can be rudimentary. There are so many kits out there, with a wide range of styles from camo military fatigues to bright primary colors. You can browse through different outdoor kits here.
11. BACK PACK
A fun backpack that they can take with them on all their camping and hiking adventures is always a hit. Even better if you pack the backpack with a few extra gifts from above. We like the Deuter Kid’s backpack and the Workload Mini Pack from Rei because of their durability. So many backpacks are built to look cute but break down quickly. Go for quality!
12. ROCKET LAUNCHER
A fun, physically active toy that kids can play with while camping is a foam rocket launcher. Our three-year-old son loves this toy and can stay busy for an hour running and jumping onto the launcher. Bigger kids will enjoy seeing how high they can get the rockets to fly. The soft foam design means you can relax knowing nothing will break and nobody will get hurt.
13. SLING SHOT FINGER ROCKETS
Another option when looking for fun camping gifts is the Duckura Slingshot Finger Rocket with LED lights. I like these slingshots rather than the typical wooden slingshot because the foam design means it can be played by all age groups. Plus, kids will have a blast turning on the LED lights and watching them fly at nighttime.
14. RING TOSS
Gifting a child with a portable ring toss set is a gift the entire family can enjoy. Camping is all about family time and nature, so a game like Ring Toss is always a hit. We like the traditional design of the Elite Sportz Ring Toss Game and the portable bag that comes with it.
15. FRISBEE RINGS
Similar to a frisbee, Activ Flyer Rings are excellent for kids because they’re 80% lighter making it easier for kids to catch. They fly straight and float in water, making it perfect for beach or lake days.
16. ROCK PAINTING KIT
If you’re looking for fun camping toys that are creative in nature, a rock painting kit could be just the thing. You could also opt to buy water-based paint pens if they don’t need a kit, but need the proper tools for rock painting.
17. ROCK POLISHER
If you’re looking for unique camping gift ideas, a rock tumbler is high on the list. While they won’t be able to play with it while they are camping, they can collect rocks from the beach or campsite that they can then take home to tumble and shine to perfection. I like the National Geographic Rock Tumbler Kit because rock tumblers can be quite loud, and this model reduces noise by 75%. Most rock tumblers have to be run for at least seven days, so you’ll be glad you made that choice!
18. KNOT TYING GUIDE
This is one of the best gifts for outdoor kids since knowing how to properly tie knots is essential to the outdoor lifestyle. It’s also really fun to learn! You can buy a knot tying kit or the book My First Book Of Knots with some additional rope they can practice on.
19. METAL DETECTOR
One of the best camping gifts for kids is a kid-friendly metal detector. Especially if you’re camping near a beach or lake where they can dig for hours in the sand. The Bounty Hunter Metal Detector is great for younger kids (5-7)since it’s lightweight and easy to use. The National Geographic Detector could be good for older kids since it’s slightly heavier, can detect a depth of 6 inches, and can be broken down for easy packability.
20. STAR GUIDE
Camping is the best time to go stargazing. An easy-to-understand book with big pictures is a fantastic gift for a child who loves the night sky. 50 Things to See With A Telescope is a great guide for parents and kids to learn together about the magic of the constellations.
A companion gift to the above is a beginner telescope that they can use to spot planets and stars. The Gsyker Telescope is portable, lightweight, and has an adjustable tripod. I also love the camera attachment that’s perfect for taking incredible photos of the moon. This is a classic beginner telescope that will magnify what you can already see with the naked eye.
22. NATURE THEMED BOOKS
Nature-themed books that will encourage their curiosity and adventure are the perfect kids camping gift. On The Nature Trail has realistic photos that teach about nature and everything you would typically see on the trail. In addition, there’s a companion book to On The Nature Trail about birds called Bird Watch: What Will You Find?
There’s also the Exploring Nature Activity Book For Kids, which has 50 creative projects and interactive learning experiences that will get them excited about outdoor exploration.
23. SCAVENGER HUNT GAME
Camping with family and friends means it’s time to do a scavenger hunt!! The Ultimate Book Of Scavenger Hunts is an awesome book with over 40 scavenger hunts. Set within different locations, you can use the book in the city, the forest, the beach, and more. From hard to difficult, the scavenger hunts are good for ages 4 and up.
24. CLIMBING ROPE TREE SWING
A rope tree swing that can be climbed on and swung from is a great outdoor gift they can use at camp and at home. The set comes with everything you need and can be hung right from a tree.
A lightsaber might seem like a random choice when looking for camping gifts for kids, but anything that lights up for fun nighttime play is a great kids camping toy. This is a fantastic choice for the right kid who loves light-up toys and feeling like a Jedi. The Fun Little Toys lightsaber is a little more durable (you’ll want that), and the two-pack it comes with can be taken apart to become one long lightsaber.
Scooting around the campsite is one of the BEST ways for kids to play and get energy out while camping. We highly recommend it! Most scooters can pack down for easy portability. We like the Skidee Scooter for kids who are learning how to use a scooter and need three wheels. You can check this article for recommendations on standard two-wheel scooters.
28. WILDERNESS SURVIVAL BOOK
If you’re looking for camping gift ideas for kids that are older (9 and up), a wilderness survival book could be the perfect thing. Survivor Kid, written by a former search and rescue worker, is packed with useful tips on strengthening one’s outdoor survival skills. It’s a pocket-sized book that includes how to start a fire without matches, how to mark trails, how to avoid injuries, and more.
29. EXPLORER VEST
An explorer vest is a cute option for younger kids that will enjoy feeling like a park ranger or explorer in a vest with fun cargo pockets. If the look skews too young for older kids, they might like the look of a military camo vest.
30. CAMOUFLAGE NET
A camouflage net from Nature Bound is a perfect open-ended gift for outdoorsy kids. It can be played with in a multitude of ways, whether they want to build a fort with it or make up their own game.
31. OUTDOOR SUBSCRIPTION BOX
A subscription box tailored for fostering outdoor exploration can be a great continuous gift that they can enjoy for months to a year. Think Outside Boxes is a subscription box that comes with outdoor items and a corresponding booklet with tips and resources on outdoor skills. Each box is built around a certain theme. You are billed monthly so you can choose to do whatever amount of time you want. You can learn more about it here.
32. STICK-LETS FORT BUILDER
This gift is perfect for the camp loving kid who likes to build forts (and who doesn’t?). These small, flexible Stick Lets are to help your kid build a fort with real sticks. With an assortment of colors and shapes, they can twist and connect sticks using the Stick-lets. A fantastic open ended toy that’s great for all ages.
33. FISHING POLE
Camp life can often mean lazy days spent by a river or lake catching fish with your family. Gifting a child with their first fishing pole can be the start of their lifelong love of fishing. This kid’s fishing pole is a lightweight choice that’s perfect for the kid who is just starting to learn.
34. OUTDOOR CRAFTS
A box with an assortment of outdoor crafts is the perfect camping gift for a kid who loves the outdoors and creative projects. It’s also great for when you need activities for rainy days. You could add a box with a flower press kit, dab and dot markers, water-soluble paints, coloring books, nature stickers, and more.
35. GIANT BUBBLE KIT
All the kids will be playing at your campsite when you bring out the giant bubble wand! The Wowmazing Kit comes with two bubble solution packets and an oversized wand. TIP: Make sure to play with it far away from tents, so that the bubble solution doesn’t harm the tent.
36. BOW AND ARROW SET
A bow and arrow set is a great gift for older kids who can show restraint when using them. The Faux Bow & Arrow Set comes with foam arrows that can shoot as far as 100 feet. You can get bow and arrow sets that come with targets but they tend to be big and aren’t as portable as this set.
The right age to give a child their first knife is going to be different for each kid. Some start learning at 5 while others parents prefer to start older. This fixed blade knife from Morakniv is a simple starter knife with a rounded edge, a small handle, a finger guard to prevent slipping, and a sheath for safekeeping. We also are big fans of the French knife company, Opinel, and like their rounded tip pocket knife. A better choice for kids who have the dexterity to open and close a knife safely.
38. CAMPING CHAIRS
While we said we would only be doing camping gift ideas for kids that a kid would actually enjoy, we think most young ones would like having their own dedicated camping chair. We like the Kelysus Outdoor Chair since it has a sunshade, but you might also want to opt for a chair with a fun kid-friendly print like this dinosaur or unicorn chair.
39. PARACORD BRACELET
Kids love feeling like they have an adult gadget. A Nexfinity Paracord bracelet will do the trick with it’s compass, fire starter, whistle, knife, and light. Plus, it’s pretty cool looking.
40. THROW THROW BURRITO GAME
This is perfect for the family who loves to play games and is comfortable with getting silly. From the makers of Exploding Kittens, Throw Throw Burrito is a dodgeball card game where you throw squishy burritos at each other. I can’t say we’ve personally played the game, but I came upon it, and let’s just say it might be in my Amazon cart and on its way to my doorstep in two days or less. The game looks hilarious and perfect for the family who doesn’t take themselves too seriously.
41. HYDRO FLASK WATER BOTTLE
Remember how I said I wouldn’t add a Hydro Flask water bottle to a list of cool camping gifts for kids because most kids won’t care about them? Well, they’re actually really cool, and we own four of their bottles. So maybe a kid would like them too? They do keep your beverages ice cold for 24 hours and can keep your hot chocolate toasty warm. You know what, we’re adding a Hydro Flask water bottle to the list.
Have you found the perfect gift? We hope you enjoyed our list of the best camping gifts for kids. Happy exploring!
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