Budgets are tighter than ever, and it’s no secret people are getting a little stressed trying to fulfil the wish lists of loved ones this holiday season. Which is why we’ve created a list of 30 best budget Christmas ideas for campers under $100. Think practical, unique, and funny AF gifts…all under $100.

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Practical christmas ideas for campers

First aid kit

A first aid kit is our first Christmas camping gift suggestion, and for good reason: outdoor Australia’s no joke. It’s fun, but can also be dangerous, and there’s no excuse for being underprepared. For under $80, you (or someone you care about) could have a great First Aid Kit stashed for emergencies. We personally use SURVIVAL First Aid Kits everywhere; home, cars, camper trailer, boats…they are incredible.

SURVIVAL Handy First Aid KIT
$84.95 $76.45
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A tent under $100? Is it even possible? Yup. Got a family member or friend who keeps talking about joining you on your next camping trip, but hasn’t yet purchased the most important piece of camping kit? You should absolutely help make it happen. The Triwonder Dome Tent is a great option for a beginner. It’s easy to set up, waterproof, and has storage pockets for all the important stuff. Be the reason someone gets to experience our beautiful outdoors this Christmas!

Triwonder 2 Person 4 Season Tent
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Sleeping bag

Let me hide my excitement when I tell you this: this sleeping bag has a separate zip at the feet. Do you know what that means? Ultimate temperature control, baby! But…if you’re worried about your tootsies on those cold nights, fear not…this sleeping bag has extra fleece at the feet. So much focus on the comfort of your feet?!? Excuse me while I go buy this sleeping bag for myself for Christmas!

Coleman 1451145 Pilbara C0 Sleeping Bag, Grey

Self inflating camping mattress

The Elegear Sleeping Pad is a budget-friendly option for campers seeking comfort and convenience. Its ultra-thick self-inflating design provides maximum support and comfort while being lightweight and easy to pack. Perfect for outdoor adventures, it makes a great Christmas gift for campers who want an affordable and comfortable sleeping solution.

Camping chair

Let’s get this straight: camping chairs aren’t simply ‘chairs’ when…they’re everything. And mate, this camping chair is something else…ultra lightweight, heavy-duty, holds up to 140kg, and comes with a carry bag. It’s the perfect present for those who love hiking through National Parks, sitting on the beach, picnicking, or even just sitting around the fire.

TREKOLOGY Camping Chair, YIZI GO Portable Camping Chair Lightweight, Hiking Chair, Camping Chairs for Adults Kids, Camp Chair Outdoor Chair Beach Chair Folding Chair Picnic Chair Backpacking Compact

Picnic blanket

This gift idea is for all outdoor lovers – pair it with a delicious meal under the shade of a tree, and you have a perfect afternoon. This picnic blanket folds up for easy storage, has a built-in carry strap, and is under $60. Check it out here.

Coleman 1276218 Picnic Blanket, Extra Large
$74.99 $51.60
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Camping table

This portable camping / picnic table is a great gift idea for anyone who loves fishing, camping, and sunbaking at the beach. It’s portable, lightweight, affordable, and has a travel bag for easy transport.

Picnic bag and utensil set

If you’re looking for a luxe camping Christmas gift, this picnic backpack is it. It’s waterproof, comes with cutlery, plates, and (very importantly) wine glasses for four people. It also has a detachable wine holder and picnic blanket. Throw in some cheese, crackers, and a sunset, and you’ll have some happy campers (or picnic-ers).

Picnic Basket Backpack
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Instant beach shade shelter

Who doesn’t love the beach? Ok, ok, yes I’m aware that some people don’t in fact enjoy the feeling of warm sand between their toes, and cool refreshing water on their legs…those people are just plain strange. The rest of us love the beach – and you can bet your bottom dollar that a beach shelter is on the wish list of all us normal people who enjoy the ocean. Just sayin’.

Ohhh and speaking of dollars…this Christmas present will set you back less than $40…

Weisshorn Pop Up Beach Tent, Camping Tents 4 Person Portable Dome Shade Shelter, Automatic Easy Instant Setup Lightweight Umbrella Sun Protection Outdoor Fishing Family Picnic

Lantern and Bluetooth speaker

Do you know someone who’s forever losing the camping lantern? Mate, do them a favour and buy a lantern that plays their favourite tunes this Christmas! With 360 degrees of light, 20 hours of music before needing to be recharged, and the ability to charge your USB devices, the Coleman Easy Hang Lantern is the perfect gift idea for camping and home entertaining.

Coleman Sound and Light Lantern
$129.99 $96.95
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Rechargeable fan

No one said camping had to be uncomfortable – well, actually, some people do say that, but we disagree. The Coleman Rechargeable Fan is portable, lightweight, and sports a handy light.

Want to read more about camping fans before investing? Check out our article we’ve written on camping fans.

Coleman Rechargeable Camping Fan
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Unique christmas ideas for campers

Cheese board

This cheese board is nothing short of amazing. We take it camping, use it for BBQs, and pull it out of the cupboard every Friday for date night in front of the TV when we watch 4WD 24/7 together (who said romance was dead?).

Cheese Board - Charcuterie Board Gift Set
$80.00 $62.99
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Marshmallow roasting sticks

What makes camping, camping? Uhhhh marshmallows over the fire of course! Which brings me to my next point: how freaking cool are these marshmallow roasting sticks? Of course, marshmallows can always be roasted using a tree branch, but…these sticks are easy to clean, extend, and fit waaayyyy more marshmallows on in one go. The only question is…how roasted do you take your marshmallow?

Electric toothbrush with travel case

Ok, let’s get real for a second: camping‘s fun…drinking while camping‘s fun…eating all the things while drinking while camping‘s fun…causing all the drop-bears to mass fall outta trees with one’s dead-goat-breath is not fun. This electric toothbrush will not only save the drop-bears, but it’ll also save your gift recipient’s teeth – which makes you a legend. It’s portable, chargeable, and has a handy travel case.

Oral-B Pro 2000 Black Electric Toothbrush + Travel Case

Macrame hanging fruit net

This one’s for the ladies (or gents) who love an organised campsite/caravan that also looks amazing. Made in Australia, these macrame fruit nets are perfect for keeping fruit (and other snacks) handy without rolling all around the bloody caravan or campsite getting bruised.

Want to get your hands on one of these babies? Support a small Aussie business, and check out iKnot.

Portable shaver and trimmer

Not sure if we should’ve included this 3-in-1 portable shave, trim, and edger in the unique or practical category of Christmas ideas for campers? I guess it depends on how your gift recipient prioritises personal hygiene. We’ll leave that with you. Either way, this baby’s great for keeping the beard trim, or for a sneaky ‘oops I accidentally shaved off all your hair while you were passed out in your sleeping bag’ prank. *wink wink*

Cordless waterproof women’s shaver

This one’s for the ladies – use wet or dry on the legs, underarms, or bikini. Ladies, how hard is it when you want to put the swimmers (or even just shorts) on, and realise you haven’t shaved your legs this century? This shaver’s perfect for last-minute shaves, and even better, you don’t need to have water on hand! It’s affordable, battery operated, and comes with a travel case. Winning!

Remington Smooth Lady Shaver
$29.95 $23.00
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Kid’s digital video camera

If you’re anything like us, camping‘s about spending quality time together, which means we put the electronic devices down. We love seeing our kids enjoying the great outdoors, connecting with nature, and just plain having fun. But what we also know is that they love to capture their memories as well. Enter the Kid’s Digital Video Camera: it’s rechargeable, comes with a tripod, and has built-in kid-friendly editing features. So they can capture all those memories, minus the distraction of Minecraft.

Artist pencil roll

Looking for a great camping gift idea for someone creative? Someone who loves nothing more than soaking up the peace and serenity while quietly drawing? You can’t go past Faber-Castell pencils. They’re highly pigmented, smudge-proof, water-resistant, break-resistant, and perfect for capturing a beautiful Australian sunset. Better yet, they come in a handy cotton roll, perfect for taking out adventuring. Pair it with a sketchpad, and I guarantee you’ll make their camping trip one to remember!

Faber-Castell Pencil Roll
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Giant outdoor ping pong set

Outdoor games, anyone? Get the whole family involved in this pickle ball ping pong set (say that out loud 5 times over!). Seriously though, a camping Christmas gift guide wouldn’t be complete without a portable outdoor ball game – it’s what family memories are made of.


Did you have a kite as a kid? Do you remember the fun you had? Give the gift of fun and excitement this year with a kite. It’ll entertain all ages, and it’s super easy to stash away in small spaces between other camping gear.

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Trivial pursuit – family edition

Picture this…campfire crackling away in the background, stars lingering above, and family rivalry at its best playing out right in front of your eyes. So. Much. Fun.  Better yet: buy Trivial Pursuit as a present for someone else and let them enjoy the sounds of mum and dad arguing it out over who had the #1 chart topper in 1983!

Trivial Pursuit Family Edition
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Funny AF christmas ideas for campers

Camping shirt

Looking for a fun and funny Christmas gift, that’s also practical? Mate, we’ve got your back – our shirts are printed here in Oz, and are a great addition to any happy camper’s wardrobe. Trust us, we have heaps of them!


Water bottle

This baby is a water bottle with a twist…it could be a twist of lemon, or lime, depending on your taste. Either way, we all know that it’s critical to remain hydrated when camping – which is why this water bottle is hands down one of our best Christmas ideas for campers!

Camping enamel mug

“Enamel mugs aren’t funny AF” I hear you say. Mate, you’re buying your enamel mugs from the wrong place. You obviously haven’t checked out our Camping and 4WD Downunder mugs. But that’s ok, mistakes happen. 

Nature’s Dick Pics calendar

Funny AF, next-level funny. Give the gift of laughter this year with this calendar to plan out all those camping trips and outdoor adventures. Honestly, this high-quality, great value, calendar is the goods!

Gag Gifts - Funny 2024 Wall Calendar, 2024 Calendar with Thick Paper, 8.5" x 11" (Open), Jan. 2024 - Dec. 2024, Best for White Elephant Gag Gifts - Nature's Di*ks

Drinking game

Got a mate who loves to go camping and get shit-faced with other mates? Treat all your mates to a hangover game of Kings Cup Extreme. They’ll thank you for it (after they’ve recovered).

Squeeze alcohol bottle

The Standard Squeeze is a drinker’s best friend…it measures your alcohol for you. So you can drink as (ir)responsibly as you wish. Cocktails by the campfire anyone? No glass, no mess, no spilt (wasted) alcohol. Perfect.

Wine condoms

Possibly one of the most inventive, useful, hilarious AF, unique gifts on the market. Wine condoms. Created in a moment of need (like all epic inventions), this is a wine bottle stopper with a difference. No more wasted wine at the campsite.

The Original Wine Condoms
$14.97 ($2.50 / Count)
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Cock colouring book

Colouring is a great way to soak in the serenity of the outdoors, right? What better way to practise mindfulness than by mindlessly colouring cocks. Yep, doodles. Penises. Pretty ones.

And there you have it – 30 Christmas ideas for campers, all under $100. Now I’ve done the hard work sourcing the best gifts, you just need to order and wrap them, and you’re set for an amazing Christmas with loved ones. Enjoy, and if you get a chance, get out into the fresh air and explore a piece of Australia you haven’t yet discovered. 

Merry Christmas

From my family to yours,

Stacey (aka CA4WD Wifey)



G’day, I’m Stacey, CAW4D wifey, author of all our CA4WD blogs, and builder of all things website-ey. When I’m not writing about our family’s camping adventures, you’ll find me kicking around on social media with the incredible camping and 4wd community we’ve built.

Ohhh, and sometimes, you may find me doing ‘actual work’…which, ironically, is very similar to what I do ’round these parts – marketing. You can find more of my pen-pedalling atrocities here.

In the meantime, kick back, grab a coldie, and check out some more cool camping content I’ve put together for you here. Cheers.

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6 November 2022



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