RV Gifts from $100-$150
If your gift giving budget for your favorite RVer is under $150 we can offer two suggestions:
- An Instant Pot: If your favorite RVer loves to cook and/or is concerned about downsizing their cooking accessories to fit in a small RV kitchen, the Instant Pot may be just the answer. For $120 the unit includes 7 functions: pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, saute/browning, yogurt maker, steamer, and warmer. Do many RVer’s make yogurt in it? I don’t think so. But to have one unit that can brown proteins as well as pressure or slow cook them is a pretty nifty trick. This is a unit your favorite RVer will use every week. If you want to go crazy, there is a “blue-tooth enabled” unit for $180. Why anyone would need a cooker blue-tooth enabled is beyond me. But then again, my dentist is pushing a blue-tooth enabled electric toothbrush. Go figure….
- Biaggi Zipsack Luggage: I know you are asking yourself, why would an RVer need luggage…don’t they take all their stuff with them? Yes, but many RVer’s (like us) also like to travel in other ways. For example, Denise and I just returned from a one month trip to China and Japan. We each used their 27″ Zipsack throughout our trip. I first saw this company featured on Shark Tank. Then Denise saw they were listed among Oprah’s Favorite Things. Oprah never steered us wrong before and she didn’t this time. We found the luggage was lightweight, yet durable. The roller mechanism worked great, navigating air and rail stations. The coordinated ZipCubes enabled us to fit 5 weeks of clothes in one 27″ bag. (The link above will send you to a video to show you how it works.) However, it made our RVer’s list because when not in use, the 27″ tall bag which we bought, folds down to 11.5″x11″x5″. If you purchase the Zipsack and coordinating Zipcubes, you will spend just over $100. However, if you have a RVing friend (or spouse) that is planning a cruise or other non-RV excursion they will love this space-saving luggage solution.
RV Gifts: $200-$350
In the $200 to $350 range, you can provide essential RV equipment. Both of these gifts are particularly nice for folks that are just getting into RVing. They are among the long list of “essentials” that are often not included in the RV purchase but are needed none the less.
- Surge Suppressor: I read a post on Facebook this week asking a RVing group if a surge suppressor was necessary. The responses were unanimous: ABSOLUTELY. While I can understand the sticker shock of such an investment after laying out a big chunk of change for the camper, it may be the most important “accessory” a RVer needs. You will need to know if the RVer purchased a 30 or 50 amp unit. You also need to know if they are okay with an external unit, or want it installed in their RV. The external unit, like we have, was able to be used on OLGA 1.0 and 2.0. The installed unit is preferred by some because they don’t have to even think about it when setting up.
- RV GPS: Though a car RV or Google Maps can be used to get from point A to point B, a high-quality GPS designed specifically for a motorhome or trailer is a “worthwhile luxury”. There are two benefits you don’t get with a standard, car model RV:
- Low clearance warnings and rerouting: unless you are towing a pop-up camper or a small tear drop camper, the RV is likely a lot taller than the roof of a car. The RV GPS’s offered by Garmin or Rand McNally allow the owner to program the height and width of their unit during set up. This feature enabled us to safely navigate to Mt Rushmore while staying at Custer State Park during our first extended RV adventure. Though OLGA’s sprinter chassis has a GPS built into the dashboard, we continue to carry our Garmin unit for just this feature.
- Library of RV Parks: These units also allows you to search for RV parks by destination. Frankly, we are so used to using the Allstays app to locate a park, that we have seldom used this function. But it can be a quick way to enter an address if you know the name of the park you are going to.
RV Gifts: Over $400
Cell-Booster (Hint…Hint: I wish Santa would bring me this!) If your favorite camper is like us and starts to shake when they are unplugged or suffering from a weak cell signal, they will kiss you when they find you bought them a cell signal booster. Not only will this minimize Netflix buffering, but can provide access to a cell signal in areas of Yellowstone Park otherwise unreachable. Of course, there are lots of these on the market, and in many cases the more you spend the more you get. In my opinion, the authority in the RV techno-gadgetry space are the folks at Technomadia.com. You can read their latest review of cell-boosters here.
Like the surge suppressor and RV GPS units mentioned above, there are a lot of options and some relate simply to personal preference. So you could just buy your favorite RVer an Amazon gift card and call it a day. Whatever you choose, these RV gifts will be appreciated by that favorite camper all year long.