The countdown to Christmas is well and truly on. And whether that fills you with feelings of joy and gladness or a sense of dread, we’ve all got one thing in common: we need to get present-shopping. So if you’re stuck and don’t know what to buy the ardent caravanner in your life, read on! We’ve a stocking-load of festive inspiration hand-picked just for you, to help relieve the seasonal strain. Happy Christmas!
The Caravan Site jigsaw puzzle
Whether you’re pitched in your van or you are at home this Christmas, this fabulous jigsaw is a great way to bring family and friends together over the festive season. Work together to recreate this illustration by Armand Foster, that depicts some of the fun of a campsite – as well as a few of the mishaps that we hope aren’t too common, although the couple struggling with their awning might ring true for some!
You’ll have to clear some space first, though. This 1000-piece puzzle is a sizeable 48cm x 68cm, making it perfect rainy-day entertainment. And all for just £10. Why not check it out yourself.
Reisenthel Carry Cruiser Trolley
We love this tough shopping trolley and think it’s just the thing for carting caravanning kit about in style, or for getting groceries to and from your caravan. From online luggage specialist Happy Bags and priced at £99, this 40-litre trolley measures 42cm x 47.5cm x 32cm, it has a washable, removable lining, the telescopic, aluminium handle can be tucked away when not being used, and it has a shoulder strap or can be clipped to the front of a shopping trolley.
It’s also available in 10 funky colours. How about ‘Ruby Dots’, a red design with white polka dots? Or ‘Fleur Black’ which features a monochrome floral design? The choice is yours!
Isabella camping chairs
Every caravanner knows that camping chairs are essential items of touring kit. So why not treat someone you love with a new one this Christmas? Check out the latest offerings from Isabella – yes, the company makes more than just awnings. And there are three new styles to choose from: Thor (£84) Odin (£90) and Relax (£105).
All use an aluminium frame and black polyweave seating, weigh a touch over 5kg and can take a 120kg (18 stone-plus) load. They’re also foldable, have a padded neck support and offer eight different seating positions.
It’s important to keep toasty on tour, so this super-snuggly Christmas present idea might be perfect for children of all ages! There really is a SnuggleSac for everyone – take a look at the full range. And they’re great for keeping you cosy in your caravan, without needing to faff with duvets and sheets.
Kids, teens and adults can all find a size to suit, plus there are a tonne of designs. Get a toddler Dalmatian SnuggleSac with a tail, a fairy, pirate, pony or lion version for the children, or an adult one in a range of colours – and more!
Smarter iKettle 2.0
You can never have enough gadgets on your caravan holidays, right? If you know someone who thinks like that, then this digital kettle that you can control remotely from your Android smartphone or iPhone might be the ideal Christmas present for them – you can even start the kettle boiling from the warmth and comfort of your bed! It has four temperature settings, it will tell you when it’s ready to pour, it has a ‘keep warm’ mode and it will remind you to refill it when the water level is running low!
The iKettle 2.0 has a 1.8-litre capacity, uses 1850W and has 240V power. And if its standard silver finish doesn’t match the rest of the touring kit, get a coloured skin for it. It costs £99.99.
Let’s Go Camping!
Know a caravanner who’s crazy about crafting? Then he or she will love Let’s Go Camping!, an amazing book that will teach you how to crochet a camping scene – yes, really! There are detailed, step-by-step guides taking you through how to create every scene, including a section all about crocheting a caravan, with cupboards, a sink, bunk beds and cushions! Get inspired for just £8.99.
View Quest Retro Mini digital radio
No caravanner needs to miss his or her favourite radio show when on tour when they have a portable digital radio. And we love this View Quest Retro Mini, priced from £59.99. It has Bluetooth connectivity, a 3.5mm headphone jack, a USB charging port and an alarm function, while its vintage lines are wrapped in a leatherette finish, which can be ordered in one of 15 fetching shades.
Either plug this lovely little digital radio into the mains or run it off the battery. And as it weighs less than a kilo, it won’t take up too much of your payload allowance!
Edifier MP211 speaker
Here’s another great gift idea for the music-loving caravanner. This portable and lightweight speaker is perfect for popping in your van. In fact you could fit this compact speaker in your backpack, but its small size doesn’t mean you’re shortchanged when it comes to sound quality.
Available in black, white, pink, yellow or blue, the Edifier MP211 can connect to devices via Bluetooth, SD card or 3.5mm AUX input, and the long-lasting lithium-ion battery can be recharged via a micro-USB cable. It costs £39.99.
TLKR T60 Motorola walkie-talkies
Know a kid that loves caravanning? Or parents who want to keep track of their little ones when they’re off exploring? Then buy them walkie-talkies this Christmas.
These T60 units from Motorola’s TLKR range have eight transmission channels, an 8km range and are powered by rechargeable batteries. They also have a hands-free function, five call tones, a carrying loop and a belt clip – find out more. They’ll set you back £54.99.
Practical Caravan subscription
And of course, last but by no means least, how about buying a subscription to Practical Caravan as a Christmas present – for someone you love, or maybe just as a treat for you?! Save money and make sure you never miss an issue of your favourite magazine.
We've a stocking-load of festive inspiration hand-picked just for you