Easy DIY Camping Gifts (that don’t require special equipment)

Gift purchases can get pricy, but, there are other options. These DIY Camping Gifts don’t require expensive special equipment. And, friends and family members love receiving them. Handmade gifts are so much fun to create. Let’s get ready to take useful gifts to the next level!

DIY Camping Gifts by CampingForFoodies features a collage of handmade gifts including stone and wood tic-tac-toe game, hand warmers, hot chocolate mix, painted camper rock, decorated sugar cookies, drink koozies, glamping gift basket and mason jar s’mores with text over the image that reads DIY camping gifts.

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Camper Cake

Anyone with basic cake decorating skills can make this cute retro RV camping themed Camper Cake! The buttercream frosting is so yummy, it makes an ordinary box cake mix taste extraordinary!

DIY Camper Cake by CampingForFoodies features a homemade cake decorated with white buttercream frosting. The cake is standing upright and made to look like a retro RV trailer with a blue door, window with window box filled with orange flowers, a pink strip around the body of the camper and blue, orange and green flags hanging around the outside of the roof.
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Retro Camper Painted Rock

This camper rock painting project is so fun. Let your creativity flow as you create something that can be used as a paperweight or decoration for home, camper or garden.

Rock Painting Camping Activity by CampingForFoodies features a brightly colored painted rock craft project that looks like a little cream and pink retro camper decorated with blue, orange, purple and yellow flags and orange and purple flowers in a window box under the trailer’s window the orange door welcomes visitors and round river rocks are piled in the background with text over the image that reads rock painting camping activity.

DIY Camping Gift Baskets

I love getting creative when putting together personalized gift baskets. Just pick a theme for your basket and fill it with little trinkets that fit the theme.

Here are some cute camping gift basket ideas

Glamper’s Basket

Check out the glamping gift ideas I used to make awesome presents.

Give Yourself A Pedi On Your DIY Glamping Trip by CampingForFoodies is an image of a comfy camp chair and a bucket filled with accessories to do a DIY pedicure, setting on a rug under a camping canopy that is set up in the area of a forest with a beautiful rock wall in the backdrop. Alongside the chair is a folding camping table holding a pretty basket filled with magazines setting next to a cocktail shaker and a plastic martini glass filled with freshly shaken lemonade.

Wilderness Camper’s Basket

Nature lovers who like spending time in a remote area often need portable devices for off-grid camping. Some ideas include small solar panels for charging electronic devices. One of the best gifts I ever received was a solar powered lantern that can also charge phones. Solar/hand crank radios are also fun outdoor gifts to add to baskets. Check out more solar gadgets for camping.

S’mores Basket

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The entire family will love this great gift idea to enjoy s’mores on the go. This s’mores kit is the perfect container to store all the essential ingredients to make everyone’s favorite things for dessert. Place it in the center of your basket and add a set of marshmallow roasting sticks. Include the ingredients listed in my 10 Mouth-Watering Smore Variations along with my FREE Printable Recipe card. I’m guessing the bigger kids will absolutely love my personal favorite Tropical Therapy s’more.

Coffee Lover’s Basket

We have had hours of fun sipping a good cup of camp coffee over a morning fire. A coffee maker is just the beginning when it comes to creating a DIY Camping Coffee Kit. Think about adding accessories to your basket. A hand-held manually operated espresso maker and a battery operated milk frother are unique camping gifts for latte-loving campers. Cute mugs and coffee-themed clothing are also fun additions to this type of basket.

Traveling Camper’s Basket

A gift card is a simple solution that can be the perfect gift for outdoorsy people who like to experience different places on their camping adventures. You can place the gift card in an envelope and bulk up the basket with things like travel journals and small bags of edible treats like nuts, cookies, candy, granola, dried fruit etc. Some other ideas I like include a National Park Scratch-Off Poster, RV Permanent State Sticker Set, Passport To Your National Parks Booklet and the RV There Yet? Road Trip Journal. Get more ideas in our gifts for RV owners post.

Winter Camping Basket

If you’re giving this basket during the holiday season and the recipient loves experiencing cold weather in the great outdoors, filling the basket with heat-generating items are great options. Mr. Buddy heaters make an excellent gift but they can be pricy. Instead, fill the basket with things like winter camping clothes including warm hats, thermal socks, adhesive body warmers. You can also add items like a hot water bottle (which is great to place in the bottom of a sleeping bag to heat it up before going to bed). Check out how to stay warm camping in a tent for more ideas.

Dutch Oven Liners

Any camp cook who can avoid cleaning is a happy camper! Check out our post and VIDEO that shows you how to use and make your own Dutch oven liners for pennies!

DIY Dutch Oven Liners by CampingForFoodies features a boxed roll of parchment paper on a counter sitting next to a piece that has been cut out in an oval type shape, next to another piece of paper that is folded into a pie shape.
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Hot Chocolate Mix

This Rich & Creamy Campfire Hot Cocoa is a mix that’s quick and simple to make. It’s a great gift for outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy camping adventures in colder weather. Add it to a DIY camping gift basket or pair it with a cute camp-themed mug.

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Smokey Joe Conversion

This DIY project is one of my husband’s favorite Weber Smokey Joe hacks, but, it does require using a drill. See our step-by-step photos to do your own mod.

Simple DIY Modifications For A Weber Smokey Joe Smoker Conversion - Camping For Foodies .com

Camping-Theme Decorated Cookies

Fall Buttercream Cookies
Decorated sugar cookies are cute and yummy. Especially when they are shaped in a camping theme. I just love the campfire and lantern!
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Tic-Tac-Toe Game

Outdoor DIY Tic-Tac-Toe Game
Who knew stones and a wood board could turn an ordinary board game into a piece of art that can actually be used!
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Mason Jar S’mores

S’mores Mason Jar + Printable Tag
Every camper loves S’MORES, right? This quick DIY gift is ready in minutes. You can attach your own tag or use the FREE printable one in the post.
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Painted Condiment Caddy

Easy Painted BBQ Caddy
Purchase an inexpensive unfinished pine caddy (like the ones you see at the Dollar Store), paint it and add some twine to create an awesome gadget that can be used at the campsite or any outdoor picnic!
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Hand Warmers

DIY Reusable Hand Warmers
What a great way to upcycle old shirts! These homemade hand warmers can be sewn using a sewing machine or just a needle and thread.
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Drink Can Holding Koozies

Camping Koozies Using The EasyPress Mini
You can use permanent markers to draw on blank koozies and personalize them without special equipment. But, if you have access to a Cricut or Silhouette machine, you can make these adorable drink holders. The fun marshmallow faces are my favorites!
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Personalized Gear With Professional Results

Personalized Gifts Using The Cricut Explore Air 2
I know this post is all about making DIY gifts for campers without needing special equipment. But, if you have access to a Cricut Explore Air 2, you can make some really fancy presents for your favorite outdoor enthusiast.
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More Camping Gift Ideas

If you think you want to purchase a handmade gift but don’t want to do the work yourself, check out our list of awesome personalized camping gifts!

You can see all our camping gift ideas for every single camper on your list!

FREE Printable Trip Planner

Make your next trip stress-free with a little pre-planning. Get your copy of our FREE printable camping trip planner template!

Camping Trip Planner Template Free Printable by CampingForFoodies is a whimsical illustration of a cute old orange car towing a blue and white vintage camper trailer down a road in a landscape of green trees, light green grass and brown mountains with fluffy clouds in a blue sky; thumbnail images of multiple pages of a camping trip planner under the text that reads camping free trip planner.

Camping Meal Ideas

You need great food to go along with great gear. Try something new on your next trip!

If you’re looking for awesome ideas for yummy camping food, you’re in the right place! Here’s our entire camping recipes list.

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