I know, I know…it’s almost impossible to believe. But the Holiday season is upon us once again! And that means it’s time to start thinking about the best Gifts for RV Owners in your life.
Finding the right gift for each person on your list can be a grueling chore. I always look for inspired gift ideas when it’s time to shop, so I thought it would be nice if I offered you some inspired ideas of my own this year.
Since I have spent over 16 months living in my RV, I feel like I’m qualified for this task. So let’s get this guide rolling!
Holiday Gift Guide 2018: Gifts for RV Owners
Please forgive me, but I am going to start off with the least inspired gift first, just to get it out of the way. And who knows, maybe this is the most helpful suggestion for you!
(When you’ve got the perks of a Prime membership, why not?! And by the way, you can actually give a Prime membership as a gift to your RV owning friend or loved one…for 3 months or 12 months. For an RVer, that’s gold right there.)
But…there are about 80,000 listings for RV accessories on Amazon! That can be overwhelming, to say the least.
So if you’re not able to sift through that pile, or even make it through my list here, the Amazon gift card is probably your safest best for any RV owner. And that’s why this one came first.
Annual Pass to U.S. National Parks – Unlimited Experiences in Stunning Locations
If there is one thing that has been very consistent throughout our travels, it is the use of our America the Beautiful National Parks Pass. I can’t even tell you how many visits we have made to the parks overall (we’ve visited 15 different parks), but I can tell you without a doubt that this pass has saved us many hundreds of dollars.
For a full year, the RV owner in your life, and four persons in their vehicle, can explore the national parks until their hearts are content for just $79.99!
Now, you would think that the best (and cheapest) place to buy this pass online is through the National Parks official website. But you would be wrong.
Buying the pass through REI actually saves you $10 that you would normally be charged by the government website for the online (or mail) purchase.
If you want to throw an extra $10 in to support the parks, then by all means purchase through the NPS website.
I can’t put into words how much our national parks experiences have added to our travels. Without those experiences, our continental adventure would have been nothing close to what it has been.
There is really no other gift I could recommend more highly than the National Parks Pass. We even give an Annual Pass to the National Parks away every month here on TREKKN, so be sure and enter to win your own pass.
(Also, I encourage you to check out the Senior pass option if your recipient is 62 years or older…only $20 for an annual pass!)
Harvest Hosts Membership – Wineries, Breweries and Farms, Oh My!
As far as gifts for RV owners go, it doesn’t get much more unique and memorable than Harvest Hosts. This membership offers RV owners the chance to visit over 600+ unique locations around the continent for only $49 per year.
The locations they can visit include wineries, breweries, cideries, farms and other unique spots. And there is NO CHARGE for visiting and parking an RV at these locations for a night or two.
So, if you’ve got some wine or beer connoisseurs on your list, this gift gives them the opportunity to explore off-the-grid locations, meet great people AND enjoy their favorite beverage produced on site!
And the chance to get away from the normal “RV parking lot” experience and really get their hands into some local goods may be the best part of this gift. We have loved our Harvest Hosts experiences and hope to have many more in the future. It is a gift that keeps on giving.
Well, I’ve just got to throw this idea out there since we are talking about wine. As the husband of a wine-lover, I know these come in VERY handy while traveling in an RV.
There are all kinds of options out there, including stainless steel wine glasses, so think about this as a possible “companion gift” to the Harvest Hosts membership above. I know, it really is a great idea, right?
If there is one RV accessory for the exterior of our travel trailer that I am more thankful for than any other, it definitely has to be these Andersen Levelers. I recommended them in this RV accessories post as well, so you know I love them!
I can’t even imagine how many more hours of frustration and headache I would have endured with the standard leveling block kit that requires you to guess at how many blocks to stack up and potentially move your RV over and over and over.
If your beloved RV owner has a rig that does not include a self-leveling system (most likely a travel trailer), you will absolutely be their new favorite human for introducing them to Andersen Levelers if they are currently using the obnoxious blocks for leveling.
As you can tell from the design, it’s simply a matter of rolling one side of the RV on top of these wedged levelers until the height is just right. Then you just throw the chocks under the levelers and walk away! Simple as that. (But don’t forget to set the emergency brake…just had to toss that in there.)
Side note: If this is a really special someone you are buying for, you can even kick it up a notch and get the leveler kit that includes the non-slip rubber mats. These have come in very handy for us in a few wet and slippery situations, that’s for sure.
Bottom line: Friends don’t let friends use a block leveling system.
Propane Fire Pit – S’mores for Everyone!
Several months into our extended RV road trip, some good friends of ours in California gave us a propane fire pit as a gift to use in our travels. After sitting around their similar fire pit on the deck of their beautiful home, we had decided we needed to buy one. And then, we didn’t have to! (Thanks again guys!)
Up to that point, we had encountered many locations that did not allow wood-burning fires at all. There were some that had complete fire bans and did not even allow the propane fire pits, but many of them did allow them. So we knew we were missing out on some “flame time”! And I love a good fire.
Because of their gift, we have had far more opportunities to sit outside under the stars and enjoy a warm fire. And we think of them every time it comes out, there’s no doubt about that.
If you want a memorable and very enjoyable gift that will remind them over and over again how much you care, a fire pit is the way to go.
Instant Pot for the Win!
There is one kitchen appliance that my wife will absolutely tell you has made more sense than just about anything else in her RV kitchen for our travels. And that is the Instant Pot!
For a small space like an RV, this handy gizmo is top notch at creating some fantastic meals to fill your belly. So I said my wife is a fan…but from a consumer standpoint I am just as much a fan as she is!
We have enjoyed some incredible meals, that my wife claims are super easy to prepare, thanks to this appliance in shining armor. And I can assure you we will continue to use it regularly even when we are not traveling in our RV…it is so versatile and easy to use that you just can’t help but get it involved at mealtime.
So if your RV owning loved ones are into cooking their own meals in the RV, you can’t go wrong with this beauty. They have sizes to fit every need, so take a look and choose the one that seems right for the RV owners on your list.
And those are the Gifts for RV Owners we highly recommend!
More than anything else, I hope that this Holiday Gift Guide for RV Owners has either shown you the perfect gift for the one on your list or has gotten the juices flowing for you. There’s nothing worse than being completely clueless when gift giving comes around.
If you have any questions about this gift guide, please feel free to leave us a comment and we will get back to in a heartbeat. Thank you for being a part of the TREKKN community!
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