If you want to encourage your kid’s love of camping, finding the best camping gifts for kids could be the answer to all of your gift-buying troubles. Finding the perfect gift can take time, though. So just for you, we have put together this detailed list of over 40 fun camping gifts for budding young camping enthusiasts.
We have 8 adventurous grandkids so we like to think that we know a thing or two about how to keep kids entertained and happy throughout a camping trip. We love camping with them and watching them interact with nature. And you can be sure there are a variety of kids camping gifts under our tree each year.
Kid’s Camping Gift Guide Categories
We want to make finding the best kid’s camping gift as easy as possible, so we have split this list into categories that we think cover just about every type of camping-obsessed kid.
- Camping Equipment – There are so many great child-sized camping products out there nowadays A gift of camping equipment a great way to get kids involved with every single aspect of camping.
- Tents and Sleeping Bags – A handy piece of equipment (for obvious reasons), can make great camping gifts for teens to teach responsibility for looking after their equipment or giving them their own space.
- Camping Games and Crafts – Kids love fun camping games or crafts to enjoy as a family. These could also be something great to keep them entertained when the weather turns.
- Pretend Camping Toys – A great way to get preschoolers and young kids excited for upcoming trips is by playing camping in their own yard. Camping toys are also great to keep them entertained in the car.
- Books About Camping and Nature Journals – Whether you want to inspire wonder in younger kids or give older kids a quiet way to wind down in the evening, books are always a great choice.
The Best Gifts for Kids Who Love to Camp
We’re pretty excited about this list of camping gift ideas for kids. You’re sure to find just the perfect camping gift for your outdoorsy child. We’ve included links to where you can purchase each item to make it easier for you. If you make a purchase, we may earn a small commission.
Camping Equipment is the Perfect Camping Gift for Children
Just about every piece of camping gear also comes in a handy child-sized version! Getting kids their own walkie-talkies, chairs, backpacks, headlamps, etc., is sure to thrill them. Camping gear also makes excellent camping gift ideas for teens, giving them a little more independence on your next family camping trip. Any of these would make fun camping gifts for children of all ages.
Imaginative kids will find plenty of uses for this set of handy Collapsible Buckets on their camping trip, whether it’s building sandcastles, carrying fishing gear, or helping out around camp. This set of 2 buckets is an excellent kid camping gift because they encourage so much creativity. They are made from 100% nontoxic and BPA-free silicone that is durable and leakproof. Each bucket can hold up to 3 liters and they come in bright colors.
How about the anticipation of toasting marshmallows on the campfire to get kids excited about the idea of camping?? This brightly colored set of 5 double-pronged Marshmallow Roasting Sticks has a heat-resistant handle that extends to 34 inches so kids can keep a safe distance from the fire. There is also a smart 360-degree rotating adjuster so you can make sure everything cooks evenly. An awesome gift for camping kids and adults alike!
We are in love with these adorable toddler Dinosaur Backpacks! Your child will be so proud to carry their own hiking backpack. They are not just a useful way for little ones to store and carry all of their gear or little treasures, but they come with a cute, cuddly toy to take along on the trip. Measuring in at 9 inches high and 7 inches wide, they are easy for kids as young as two to carry. There are 8 gorgeous characters to choose from for each of your camping kids!
Kids who love to hike will be thrilled with this high-quality child-sized hiking backpack. Make them feel like a valued member of the team on your family hike with a backpack that looks just like mom and dads. The Jet 18 Kid’s Hiking Backpack from trusted brand Osprey has 4 additional pockets on top of the spacious main compartment. It has a breathable back panel, padded shoulder straps, and a waist strap for extra comfort. It’s available in a choice of two colors and is recommended for ages 8 and above. We love Osprey quality so much that we also recommend a Women’s Day Pack for Mom.
Get your kids excited about camping, hiking, birdwatching, stargazing, and much more with a gift of these real “made for kids” binoculars. They are perfect for kids aged between 3 and 12 years old and come in a choice of 13 different colors. These 8×21 magnification binoculars are super-compact, made from a soft shatter-proof plastic material, and come with a focus wheen and a neck strap.
If you have older kids or teens they will love these high-quality “adult” binoculars. Made by the well-known brand Nikon, these Trailblazer Binoculars, they aren’t just for kids. They are fully functioning and highly rated by serious campers, hikers, and bird watchers. These binoculars are water and fog-proof with a rubber-protected body that is durable and difficult to damage. The 8×25 magnification binoculars deliver high-resolution images with great brightness and a fast range of focus. A quality gift for any serious camper! If you want more information on how to select binoculars, check out our binocular buying guide.
The DinoBryte LED headlamp would make an awesome first headtorch for any budding camper. It’s a great way to get younger kids comfortable with wearing a headlamp. The bright white led light is powered by 3 AAA batteries and switched on by simply pressing the jaw of the attached dinosaur closed. The dinosaur even roars as well for some extra thrills.
A compact and safe headlamp for kids as young as 3 years, perfect if you want something specifically designed for little ones. The Petzl TIKKID Headlamp is limited to 20 lumens to protect sensitive young eyes and has 3 lighting levels; low, high, and strobe. Three AAA batteries power it, but they are only accessible via a screw for safety and it can run for up to 110 hours. Our favorite feature is the automatic shut-off after 1 hour so the batteries won’t get run down by accident. You can find more of our top choices for kid’s flashlights and headlamps here.
These are perfect if you are looking for some fun mini-sized lanterns specifically designed for kids. Standing at just over 7 inches, the Coleman Kids Mini Lanterns are super cute, but that doesn’t mean compromising quality or brightness. These lanterns have 5 LEDs, emit 44 lumens, and are powered by 4 AA batteries with a maximum of 16 hours run time.
Older kids that are ready to learn knife safety would be absolutely thrilled to receive this junior version of a pocket knife. The 2.5mm thick blade of the Opinel Pocket Knife is rounded on the end but still sharp enough for things like cutting small sticks etc. The handle is non-slip for safety, has an integrated safety whistle, and is available in four colors. The whole camping-ready knife measures just 3.8 inches when closed and 7 inches when fully extended.
Plenty of youngsters love camping and the outdoors but are still avid fans of pink, fairies, and all things cute and adorable. This butterfly-themed camp chair might just be the perfect gift for them. It’s made from a super durable, waterproof, and wipe clean fabric and has a matching storage bag for easy transportation. There is even a handy cup holder in the armrest, just like mom and dad’s lightweight camp chairs.
Adult walkie-talkies can be large and cumbersome for little hands, so this option designed with small hands in mind is the perfect way to let kids feel included. These Obuby Walkie Talkies are for kids as young as 3. The pack contains three radios. All have a comfortable rubber grip, easy-to-press buttons, and 22 channels. Each walkie-talkie has a range of 3km and includes great safety features like a torch on the top and an alarm system.
Teens that want walkie-talkies that are a bit more “grown-up” looking will love a gift of this family pack of radios. You’ll find them more neutral in design but still really functional and easy for kids to use. These Long Range Walkie Talkies are available in either a 3 or 4-pack. Each unit takes rechargeable AA batteries that can be charged via the micro USB cord. The maximum run time of 62 hours will get your kids through a long weekend of camping. They feature 22 channels, 10 call tones, and 8 adjustable volumes.
The Best Tents and Sleeping Bags for Camping Kids
A quality tent and sleeping bag are an absolute must for any camping enthusiast. Luckily, there are some fantastic tents, sleeping gear, and even hammocks made specifically for kids these days. Whether you just want to give a practical camping gift to younger kids or instill a sense of responsibility for their gear in older teens, any one of these camping gift ideas for kids would be perfect.
Kids love having their very own, brightly colored sleeping bag in the camping gear. Parents can be comforted that their little one is warm and safe in a sleeping bag from a well-known and trusted brand. This Coleman Kids 50 sleeping bag is made with kids in mind. It’s a great summer weight option (temperatures as low as 50 Fahrenheit). We love the snag-free zipper and a Thermolock draft tube to keep in body heat. Perfect for their outdoor adventures, this bag comes in a choice of three bright colors with glow-in-the-dark features.
Parents will think this mummy shape sleeping bag is a great choice for the next family camping trip thanks to the fact that it expands and therefore grows with their child for years to come. The REI Co-op Kindercone 25 Sleeping Bag is a great spring/fall weight sleeping bag for temperatures as low as 24 Fahrenheit. The stuff sack on this great camping gift cinches down to easily adjust the size and hold body heat. It comes in a cool camouflage design, has an adjustable hood, water-resistant shell, and a two-way anti-snag zipper.