5 Cool RV Christmas Gift Ideas For Under $50
It’s the time of year where carols fill the air, the smell of fir trees (or cactus, depending on your location) waft through the RV, jolly thoughts of eggnog and food fill the belly and gifts are exchanged. Yes, my favorite holiday is fast approaching and I’m already in the spirit. Now each year since our very first on the road I’ve created a handy dandy Christmas Giving List for RVers. I’m a little late starting it this year (and a few other bloggers such as Technomadia and GoodLuckDuck have beat me to the punch), so I’m combining some of their ideas with some of my own for my brand new 2012 list. Here goes:
1/ Gift Cards
Gift Cards are simply the perfect item for the minimalist RVer. I mean who isn’t going to be at least somewhat minimalist when your life belongings are crammed into a tin can? Most RVers are pretty picky about what they want in their rigs and this gives them the opportunity to chose exactly what they want, when they want it…and not an excess item more. Whether it be Amazon, Walmart, Target, Camping World, Kindle, Pre-Paid Fuel Cards, or any other store your heart desires you really cannot go wrong with this approach.
2/ Cool & Useful Tools
No RV ever has the complete compliment of tools and there are several super-useful and inexpensive ones which every RVer will love:
-> Thermal Gun – For checking RV tire temps, food temps, ground temps or even your forehead. There are at least 101 uses for this thing in an RV and you can get a decent one such as this basic one for cheap or slightly fancier one for a smidgen more.
-> Compact Flashlight – Everyone can use a super-mini flashlight especially when you’ve dropped your favorite do-diddy for the 20th time into an RV black hole (yes, RVs have many of these). And you can always use more than one. You can buy a cheap Mini Creed or a snazzy Protac one. Or go mobile trendy and get one for your head.
-> Multi-Use Tools – With the limited space of an RV the more tools you can combine the better and I love, looove multi-use stuff. Take for example this self-adjustable Robogrip plier, or this one piece integrated 16-size ratchet wrench, or this 32-piece ratcheting screwdriver set. Droool….my kinda tools!
3/ Pet Stuff
An RVer with pets will always appreciate the gesture of something for their special furry family. Send your doggie-pal a natural rawhide chips or meaty bag of treats or buy your kitty-lover this techno-cool and very compact thermal mat (my cats loooove these and they’re great for self-generation of kitty heat in the boondocks!) And who doesn’t appreciate a little extra help to pick-up pet hair?
4/ Really, Really Good Maps
What, actual paper thingies? You mean something that’s not technologically cool at all? Yes, any RVer worth his salt will love getting a good quality paper map. Anyone who’s been on the road any length of time knows you can’t always trust your GPS and there are many interesting and unusual places your software simply won’t be able to take you. They come out with new map versions each year and the upgrade is always welcome. For overall planning I like the Rand McNally spiral-bound jobs, but for boondocking, finding BLM land boundaries and detailed work the Benchmark Map series are simply the best.
5/ Stuff Made By Other RVers!!
How much cooler does gift-giving get than sending an RVer something made by another RVer? Instead of reinventing the wheel I’m just going to go ahead give you the same 3 links from Technomadia’s blog post since there’s really not much more to add to this one:
- Good Luck Duck’s Shop Mobile Guide
- Technomadia’s Shop Mobile – Nomadic Vendor Listing
And just for good measure (before I go back to lying in my lounge-chair and enjoying the Christmas cactus view) here are my super-duper gift-giving posts from the past 2 years:
- ‘Tis The Season For RV Gifting! -> My Top 5 RV Gifts for 2011
- RV Christmas 2010 Wishlist -> For the Bookworm
- RV Christmas 2010 Wishlist II -> 10 Stocking Stuffers for Under $20
- RV Christmas 2010 Wishlist III -> Last, Last Minute Gifts
Should you decide to go nuts and buy them all (and end up with too many gifts) DO go ahead and send the excess to me 🙂
So, any cool RV gift-giving ideas which I missed?