Our local Sam’s Club started putting out their Christmas displays on October 1st. But I refuse to shop for holiday gifts before Black Friday. I also do nearly all of my shopping online. If you are looking for a stocking stuffer, Secret Santa gift, or small something for a RVer on your list, consider our list of 10 Best Holiday Gifts for Rv’ers You Can Buy Online…all less than $20.
10 Best Holiday Gifts for RV’ers
All of the gifts listed below have three important things in common. First, we have purchased every item on the list ourselves. They weren’t a gift or a promotion from someone looking for us to write a nice review. Second, we have each of these items in our RV every time we travel. We use all of them regularly, so we can speak to their durability and usefulness. Third, these are items that an RVer will use again and again. That’s because they offer value and convenience is a small space.
With this in mind, here’s the list:
1. So You Want to be an RVer: If you are looking for a gift for a new RVer, or someone still in the dreaming stage, we recommend one book: So You Want to Be an RVer: Celebrating the RV Lifestyle. You can purchase the book on Amazon, or request an autographed copy or Kindle version directly from the author. This book covers everything. From deciding what kind of RV is right for you, to how to purchase and equip your new home on wheels. When you’re on the road, the RV Systems section helps you diagnose and resolve common problems. Whether your RVer is full-time or part-time, this 369 page reference is the most comprehensive we have found.
2. USB 12 Volt Charge: We all travel with lots of electronics these days. And when you are on the road, there is nothing worse than having an uncharged cell phone. Since Olga did not come equipped with an inverter, there are times we need to charge our cell phones using the cab’s cigarette lighter. That’s why we have this USB charger in our glove compartment. At less than $10, this is the perfect stocking stuffer for every RVer.
3. Earphones or Headphones: I think earphones or headphones are the perfect stocking stuffer for every RVer. Whether I am practicing the keyboard, listening to an audiobook, or watching a movie on my iPad…earphones are the perfect way of giving your travelling companion the space and peace they need when you are in tight spaces.
4. Collapsible Food Storage: We wrote previously about the use of collapsible items in a small motorhome or trailer. These collapsible food storage containers save space in your cabinets when empty, save space in the refrigerator as food is consumed, and serve double duty as serving bowls as well. We can’t imagine any RVer not having a set or two, and at less than $15 they are a bargain.
5. Collapsible Trivet: Continuing the theme of collapsible kitchen ware, permit us to recommend this collapsible trivet. We store ours with our cooking utensils since it is less than 1″ thick, but safely and securely holds any hot item.
6. Collapsible Trash Can: Everyone RV needs a trash can, and we think the best for most RVers also collapses. Ours stores under the sink when we are traveling down the road, and between our driver and passenger seats when we are camped for the night. We put plastic bags inside the trash can to eliminate mess. In case you missed it, here is our post on the best way to store all those plastic bags when you are on the road.
7. Collapsible Hamper: Like trash cans, hampers are not glamorous but they are a necessity. The best ones allow your clothes to breathe, can be used as a carrier to the laundromat and collapse when not in use. We have used this $6.40 collapsible hamper for over two years, without a tear. When traveling down the road, it sits in our shower and when we are camped between the dash and the trash can.
8. Command Hooks: Again, not glamorous, but a very useful holiday gift for every RVer is command hooks. We have these inside our wardrobes to hang hats and belts. We have them in the kitchen to hang our pot holders. Every RVer will tell you that hooks, particularly those that can be removed without marring the surface, are an absolute necessity.
9. America the Beautiful (NPS) Pass: The perfect gift for any RVer age 62 or older, is the lifetime Senior National Park System pass. You can order this online though you will have to be sneaky. Take a photo or save a scanned copy of the recipient’s driver’s license or other ID that include his or her birth date. Then go online to order and pay for the pass. Though initially you will be told the pass is $10, with processing the total cost is $20….but this is still a bargain. I can’t think of a better holiday gift for any senior!
10. T-Shirt: This may not be the most creative gift, but it is one every RVer will use again and again. The friend you are buying for may wear designer clothes now, but trust me…after a few months in the RV they will be wearing t-shirts with funny sayings. And you can share with them a space-saving best way to roll their t-shirts here.
So there you have it! These 10-holiday gift ideas are certain to please any RVer on your list and won’t break the bank either.