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Looking for useful, interesting and affordable gift ideas for the traveler or RVer in your life? While we don’t have the space or interest in just accumulating more ‘stuff’ for the sake of it, we do love discovering handy new items that will enhance our RV life, whether they are on sale or not. Of course, it’s always a bonus when we can find a deal that will save us a few bucks! But ultimately, we focus on the things that actually make sense for the RV life, factoring in space and weight limitations! We’ve rounded up a selection of unique, practical, or fun gift ideas ranging from $4.99 – $949. All are things that we use and love in our own RV life, and we hope you find some that may work for you, too.
From RV gear to household items, from electronics to activities that will keep you entertained – you’ll find our latest picks. We’ve also included some Black Friday. Cyber Monday. Holiday Sales, Discount Coupon Codes and Special Private Sale Links. They’re all here. Happy Shopping!
UPDATED 12/12/20: This article was just updated with the latest prices, discount codes and special promotions.
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1. Sorison Ultra Warm and Light Puffy Blanket
In our RV life, we spend a lot of time outside around a campfire, year round. But nights can get chilly, even in the summer. This high quality, light weight, puffy blanket has been fantastic for keeping us cosy and warm both outside and inside the RV. We’ve used it as a spare blanket/quilt on our bed for an extra layer of warmth, and even as a picnic blanket. It’s made of weatherproof material which blocks the wind and rain and dries quickly. It stores easily and compactly in the stuff sack, which also comes with handy shoulder straps and a secret pocket for storing small items. We can easily store it anywhere in the RV or our tow vehicle. We think it makes an ideal gift for those who like to stay warm and snug while camping, sitting at a stadium, outdoor concerts and events, or even keep handy for emergencies.
Currently available for $68 when you clip the Amazon coupon checkbox.
- Buy Sorison Puffy Blanket or Learn More: https://amzn.to/33M1mq3
2. USA National Parks "Scratch Off" Map Poster
You may have seen our USA state sticker map which is a great conversation piece and inspiration for visiting all 50 USA states. And if your goal is to explore as many national parks as you can while you travel, you’re going to love this. We recently got this lovely USA Map/Poster by Outbound Wonder to document the park’s we’ve been to so far. Featuring 61 national park locations across all 50 state, this has been a fun and interactive way for us to plan our travel route. After visiting each park, we just scratch off the icon to reveal the name. You can hang this map on a wall, or store in the portable storage tube (which is what we currently do). It’s printed on 24″ x 17″ heavy-duty cardstock paper, so you can see and feel the quality. We think it’s a fun and educational gift for families, kids and adults alike – whether at home or in an RV.
Currently around $27 on Amazon when you click the Save 10% Amazon coupon box.
3. Zhiyun Smart Phone Gimbal & Tripod
Last year, we decided it was time to simplify and downsize our camera and videography gear. We wanted to simplify our lives and make it easier to travel with our gear – whether that’s in the Jeep, in a smaller RV or on international (flying) trips. So we sold most of our camera equipment and now shoot 95% of our photos and video on Julie’s iPhone 11 Pro (amazing quality!) We bought this gimbal – designed specifically for use with smart phones – to create smooth, better quality videos and the Zhiyun Smooth 4 gimbal stabilizer has been a game changer for us. We can easily film while walking and talking, or use it as a small tripod for photos, videos, Facetime and Zoom calls. Comes with a molded hard foam case to protect and store it.
We paid about $120 for this in 2019, but you can now pick it up on Amazon for $99.
4. SensorPush Bluetooth Thermometer / Hygrometer
We’re constantly experiencing changing weather as we travel. So we use SensorPush Bluetooth smart sensors (with alerts), to monitor humidity and temperature in multiple places – inside the RV, out in the Jeep, inside our fridge, and in our battery bay! When we installed Battle Born Lithium Batteries, we knew it was important to avoid exposing them to freezing temps and protect our investment, so we bought our first SensorPush and installed it in our RV basement battery bay. We use the SensorPush App on our Smart Phones to track the temps and humidity levels of each area where we have a device installed. We’re able to set our desired minimums and maximums, which sound an alarm when the temperature or humidity hits a level outside of those. We added the (optional) SensorPush Gateway, which we hooked up to our WIFI. This enables us to monitor the temperature and humidity of each SensorPush device – via smart phone app or internet – even when we’re away from the RV.
The SensorPush wireless devices are just under $50 each, and the WiFi Gateway (entirely optional) is just under $100. Definitely more expensive than regular thermometers, but we value the technological and remote capabilities that help us protect our equipment.
- Buy SensorPush Thermometer/Hygrometer: https://amzn.to/2DcKWJx
- Buy SensorPush WiFi Gateway or Learn More: https://amzn.to/37h0ryx
5. Bestek Portable Power Station
If you’re anything like us, you probably have a bunch of different devices that need charging at any given time. We like to keep our iPhones, drone, laptop, GoPro and camera batteries charged while we’re on-the-go. And while we usually carry a small, portable power pack in Julie’s bag or Marc’s hiking backpack, there are many times we find ourselves in need of a more robust power station with a lot more juice and capability. So we recently picked up this compact yet powerful Bestek Portable Power Station. It’s powered by a lithium-ion battery and comes with 4 ports: three smart USB charging ports, a 12-volt socket, plus dual 110v ac outlets that supply pure sine wave power for electronics. With this portable power station, we can power multiple devices (under 150 watts) at the same time. It’s come in super handy when we’re out and about on a road trip in our vehicle, hiking, on a picnic, shopping, filming off-site, visiting friends and, of course, boondocking! If you don’t like running out of power for your electronics, this is a great item to keep fully charged and handy when you need it.
Currently priced at $148.99 on Amazon.
6. Hughes Power Watchdog Electrical Surge Protector
Safety is high priority in our RV life, so we don’t mind investing in quality gear that protects our equipment, and reduces the potential for damage. We’ve always had a portable surge protector to protect our RV electrical system from power surges at the campground. And our 50A Surge Guard has served us well for several years on our motorhomes. But after our recent Casita purchase, we decided to try the new Hughes Power Watchdog electrical surge protector for our little 30A camper. Aside from providing solid protection for our Casita electrical system, the Hughes Power Watchdog has some additional benefits that we really value. The Smart Circuit Analyzer will shut down power to the RV if a dangerous event occurs and an alert will be sent to your smart phone. The built-in ‘dog face’ light instantly lets you know if the power is OK (white) or not (red). And there’s only a 4 second delay power on after plugging in (instead of 128 seconds on the Surge Guard). Finally, it’s less expensive!
Both the 30Amp and 50Amp Watchdogs are usually in the $200-$300 range, but right now are showing an 18-19% discounted on Amazon, bringing the 30A unit under $200.
7. Stainless Steel Mini Salt and Pepper Grinders
There are days we consider ourselves to be more glampers than campers. And we enjoy the little things in life – like adding freshly ground pepper and salt to our meals. It’s a much more satisfying feeling and ritual than using those cheap plastic shakers, and freshly ground salt and pepper just taste better. But as space efficiency in our RV is always on our minds, we were thrilled to discover these mini, stainless steel, salt and pepper grinders. These not only look stylish, and are great quality, they are compact too. Easy to use with just one hand by clicking the top, plus you can easily see when they need refilling with the acrylic window. We love using these with every meal, and our guests often compliment them. They make a lovely gift and are a practical stocking stuffer. We consider these to be ideal for the RV and/or at home!
These are now around $20 for the pair (half what we paid!) so a great price.
8. Adhesive Kitchen Towel Hooks
These are simple, cheap and attractive way to keep your kitchen towels and dish cloths in one tidy, convenient place! These round hooks are chrome and grey in color. They have adhesive backs, so there is no need for drilling or screws and you can easily pop them up all around the RV. They work great in the kitchen or bathroom, and they “grab” tea towels, wash cloths, hair towels or dish rags easily, so they won’t fall off! This is especially handy in a moving vehicle like an RV!
We found these on Amazon in a 3-pack for just $6.99 – great as a stocking stuffer while keeping your RV tidy and organized.
9. Beats Pill Portable Bluetooth Stereo
Whenever we play music, listen to audio books or podcasts, or stream a movie from the laptop, we like to accompany it with good quality sound. We wanted a small, portable speaker to use inside or outside the RV, and take with us on picnics or other travels. After trying out a few Bluetooth speakers (which we returned) we settled on the Beats Pill. This pairs easily with our smart phones, laptops and TV and puts out an impressive quality sound! It’s not cheap, at around $180 on Amazon, but after returning the other, cheaper speakers (including a Bose) and being unhappy with them, we reminded ourselves that sometimes you get what you pay for, and its worth paying a little more for the things you enjoy. Available in black or white.
10. WhereSafe GPS Protection for RVs and More
Keep track of your most valuable equipment – RVs, campers, motorized toys, boats, trailers, cars or trucks – and help prevent theft with a portable Wheresafe GPS tracker. We recently purchased two of these portable Magnetic GPS trackers ($189.95 each), to hide in a stealthy place on our vehicles. The magnet is very strong and the battery can last for over 2 months before recharging. So how does it work? The GPS Tracker updates every 2 minutes when the vehicle is moving, and when not moving, it updates every 8 hours to save the battery. Using the Wheresafe GPS app (iOS or Android), we’re able to view the GPS location of the vehicle. You can even customize alerts so you know when your vehicle or RV leaves the city, is speeding, or moved after hours. You also get alerts if the device is picked up or removed, or the battery is low and needs recharging. When you buy the WhereSafe GPS Tracker, you’ll also need to sign up for the annual service plan ($99.95 for the first year). But it’s a small price to pay for peace of mind, and the security of knowing where your vehicle is located, at all times. Shipping is free on orders over $100.
11. RV Magazines – Girl Camper and Rootless Living
We have loved seeing some fresh new magazines about RV and camping life launch this year. Two of our favorites are Girl Camper (4 issues per year) and Rootless Living (6 issues per year). Girl Camper is, as you’d expect, aimed at girl campers looking for ideas and inspiration for road trips, recipes, DIY projects, RV makeovers, handy tips, interviews and more. The mag is gorgeously designed, fun to read, and a visual delight with all the beautiful photos, campers and mouth watering recipes. Rootless Living is aimed at digital nomads, and focused on content related to travel, work and exploring. They also cover RV renovations, boondocking, and do features on popular RVing couples and families. Both magazines are available in print and digital and will provide hours of inspiration and entertainment – whether you’re considering RV life or already living it!
12. The RVers TV Show Season 2 on DVD + Merch
2020 has been an incredibly popular year for RVing, with record numbers of people hitting the road in an RV. And if you didn’t already know, there’s a TV series dedicated to the RV lifestyle called “The RVers”, that was created by RVers for RVers. It’s highly likely you’ll recognize many familiar faces in the episodes! (You’ll see us in Season 2, Episode 2, talking about our RV makeover). You can watch the show on PBS, Discovery, Wild Pursuit Network (Canada) or stream online through Apple iTunes and Google Play. Now you can buy Season 2 of The RVers (as well as Season 1) on DVD, along with The RVers merch like caps and mugs, in discounted fan packs. All DVDs and gear are on sale right now at The RVers online store, starting at $14.99.
13. Books: See You at the Campground and Living The RV Life – Your Ultimate Guide To Life On The Road
Who’s ready to curl up with a good book and dream of new adventures? Here are two great reads that will both enhance your RV life and camping experiences:
“See You at the Campground” by Jeremy and Stephanie Puglisi is the ultimate family vacation book to bring the family closer every time you set up camp―whether it’s in a cabin, tent, or RV. Discover the different ways camping can lead to a happier, healthier family and pick up tried and tested tips for navigating RV camping in state parks and camping in national parks. Packed with personal anecdotes, packing lists, site recommendations, and recipes, its the perfect resource for parents―and a great gift for campers at any level–that will help you create a one-of-a-kind vacation on a family-friendly budget. Available in print and digital at Amazon and all good bookstores.
- “Living the RV Life – Your Ultimate Guide to Life on the Road” is our very own book, to help you understand the ins and outs of life on the road (full time or part time) in an RV. You’ll learn everything from planning, prep and budgeting, to the different kinds of RVs, RV systems and safety, downsizing, the emotional journey, travel destinations and tips, and learn from real world RVer case studies. Travel aspiration meets practical RV education in this beautiful, 256 page, full color, book, jam packed with practical advice, guidance, costs, and gorgeous photos that will inspire you to start packing! A bestseller in its 3rd print run with 470+ Amazon reviews. Available in print and digital at Amazon and all good bookstores.
ON SALE NOW AT AMAZON
Right now, See You at the Campground and Living the RV Life are 20-30% off MSRP.
14. 501 Questions – a Travel Game (Kindle or Print)
Fun Fact: 501 Questions is a fun travel game created by fellow RVer (and Casita owner) Lindsey Nubern, who traveled the USA and world in an RV for 4 years with her husband Adam (who also happens to be our accountant!). “We needed conversation starters on our travels, so I created 501 Questions: A Travel Game to play as a fun and entertaining alternative to scrolling our phones.” explained Lindsey. “The game is packed with over 750 questions and trivia to spark fun, new conversations that have us learning more about one another, ourselves, and the world.”
We just downloaded the Kindle version of 501 Questions ourselves and are having a blast laughing and learning more about each other. Keep this book/game handy in your RV, your glove box, in your suitcase or on your coffee table. And get ready for fun, laughter, good conversations, and making new memories! Camping World gives it a thumbs up too: “…highly recommended for your next trip (and all trips!). It’s a fantastic way to start conversations while you’re driving, out on a hike, or hanging around the campground.”
15. $200 off a Thousand Trails Zone Camping Pass
This is the camping membership we started out with back in 2014 and have used for over 800 nights over the past 6+ years. If you don’t already know about Thousand Trails, it’s a camping network with over 80 locations around the country, divided up into 5 zones. Each zone has 13-23 locations where you can camp up to 14 nights at a time, at no nightly fee. The Zone Camping Pass is normally $615 a year, but you can now save $200 in this exclusive promotion and pick one up for just $415 via our TT insider contacts when you mention RVLove. The more you use your TT membership, the more you’ll save and it can literally bring your nightly camping fees down to just a few dollars a night. The Zone Camping Pass is a great way to test the waters with Thousand Trails. It gives you a chance to see if it’s right for you before investing more into one of the upgrade options. We have written a TON about Thousand Trails over the years, so if you want to learn more, you’ll find all our articles rounded up here. We share lots of information and tips, and ways to buy at the best possible price. But we have literally NEVER seen the Zone Camping Pass THIS cheap! So if you’ve been thinking about getting one, now is the time.
HOW TO GET THE EXCLUSIVE RVLOVE $200 DISCOUNT
- Get the current promotional price when you buy directly from TT Membership Specialists Jim and Brandy Reneau by 12/23/20. Call Jim on 770-622-4188 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mention RVLove to get the exclusive $200 discount.
- Note: The $200 discount is NOT available for online purchases at the TT website.
16. RV Trip Wizard Online Trip Planner & RV-Safe GPS
In our 6+ years on the road, the best RV trip planner we have found so far is RV Trip Wizard. It’s a powerful, online trip planning tool that provides RV-Safe GPS Directions, and integrates with the RVLIFE App and RV Life Pro suite of tools, which now includes Maintain My RV. We use RV Trip Wizard to plan all of our big RV road trips, find great campgrounds along the way, and confirm RV-safe routes for our motorhome, while creating a budget for each trip. We do our route planning using RV Trip Wizard on our computers (using a web browser) then access the trip from our smart phones via the RV LiFE app. By entering our RV-specific data, like height and weight, it helps us avoid low clearances, steep grades and propane restrictions as we travel from state to state. Proper route planning is key to reducing stress, increasing safety, and avoiding potential incidents while driving an RV. You can also try RV Trip Wizard out with a 7 day trial.
17. Techno RV Private Sale on RV Gear & Technology
TechnoRV is running a new sale called Back in Black until midnight December 18 so you’ll get your items by Christmas (unless on backorder). These prices are BELOW manufacturers recommended retail, so can’t be shared publicly. But TechnoRV provided us with this Exclusive Private Sale Link to access sale items and prices NOW, and get free shipping, too. We found a few of our faves that we’ve done video reviews on – at terrific prices and cheaper than Amazon –including Viair Portable Air Compressors (we have the 450P); 30A and 50A Surge Guard Electrical Protectors, the TST 507 Tire Pressure Monitoring System (we have 6 flow thru and 4 cap sensors). Plus they have the HOT AND NEW Garmin 890 RV GPS which we just got (it’s our first new RV GPS in 5 years) but we haven’t have had a chance to review yet. These were all popular items in their recent Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale, and while some items are on back order, due to manufacturers trying to keep up with demand and supply chain/port issues, they ARE getting more in and we recommend you order ASAP and get them while you can. A new shipment of the Garmin 890 RV GPS is on the way and expected to sell quickly.
18. Blix Electric Bikes – get up to $250 off per bike
Electric bikes are a fantastic way to get around efficiently, without having to worry about whether or not you have the stamina to make it up that hill or get back home! Julie has had her VIKA+ electric folding bike by Blix Bike for over 2 years and still loves it, saying “it’s brought the joy of biking back to me!” You can watch our video test ride and review of Julie’s Blix VIKA+ electric folding bike here. Blix Bike offers several styles of electric bikes – folding and non folding. The VIKA+ electric folding bike is on sale right now at $150 off… PLUS when you use the code RVLOVE you’ll save an extra $100 which means a total discount of $250 off a VIKA+ e-bike. Or you can use the RVLOVE code to save $100 on any other Blix Bike.
- Visit BlixBike.com and save up to $250 on VIKA+ during sale with code RVLOVE
- Save $100 anytime (year round) on all bikes with code RVLOVE at BlixBike.com
19. Save 10% on Custom Mattress for RV, Boat, Home
Give yourself the gift of a good night’s sleep! Sleep is super important to us, and so is a comfortable, quality mattress. In 2017, we got rid of our ‘upgraded’ mattress in our first RV and replaced it with a custom mattress from MattressInsider.com. We were shocked at the improvement, and Marc no longer woke up with back pain. We learned all about what’s important when mattress shopping and shared it here. When we switched RVs, we ordered the exact same mattress for our new to us motorhome. MattressInsider.com makes it easy for you to simply call and order your mattress by phone. Their mattress experts will ask questions to help work out the best layers for your sleeping style. Then they make your mattress (in any size or shape) for your RV, boat or home and ship it direct to you for free. They even offer a 121 Day Money Back Guarantee. If you don’t like it, they’ll refund your money. See how the mattress arrives in our unboxing post with video and watch it expand! Hands down one of the BEST upgrades we’ve made to our RVs. We’re even getting ready to order a new, special shape mattress for our Casita.
DISCOUNT CODE: SAVE 10%
- Order a mattress and SAVE 10% with the code RVLOVE
- To Order, call MattressInsider.com on: 720-487-1884
- Order Online at: www.MattressInsider.com
- Any time you order a mattress from MattressInsider.com, you save 10% with the code RVLOVE – year round.
20. Save on Battle Born Lithium Batteries
We have been able to do a lot more boondocking since upgrading our RV off-grid power setup. Battle Born Lithium batteries are at the heart of this system (we have 6 x 100Ah Lithium Ion Batteries). Lithium batteries have a lot of advantages over traditional batteries. They are lighter in weight, can accept charge faster, have more usable energy, and longer lifespans. While we love them, lithium batteries aren’t for everyone. If you only stay in campgrounds with electric hookups, or you don’t plan on keeping your RV for long, lithium may not be worth it for you. But we love the additional freedom and capabilities offered by our lithium batteries. Battle Born is the most sought after battery on the market today, manufactured by a company that we know, trust and has excellent customer service. Their Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale is on now, with savings of up to $150 per battery.
SALE: BLACK FRIDAY – CYBER MONDAY
Their annual Blemish Blowout Sale runs from Black Friday to Cyber Monday, November 30 (5am – 8pm Pacific Time). The 100Ah 12V Battle Born Lithium Batteries (LiFePO4 Deep Cycle) are normally $999 – $1,199 each but they are selling blemished batteries (cosmetic) at $949 to $1,049. That’s a saving of $50-$150 per battery. This year, they are also offering payment plans to finance purchases.
- Call 855-292-2831 or visit their online store at battlebornbatteries.com
- Quantities are limited and sale ends at 8pm Pacific Time on November 30
21. Watch the Hit the Road RV Summit at 50% off
Watch, listen and learn from over 15 RV experts over 13 hours of amazing video content at the Hit the Road RV Summit. This is a virtual event we organized and hosted in June, featuring 21 speaker sessions with: Marc and Julie Bennett of RVLove, Nathan and Marissa Moss of Less Junk < More Journey, Chris and Cherie of Technomadia, Brian of RV With Tito, Jeremy and Stephanie Puglisi of RV Atlas, Janine Pettit of Girl Camper, Bob Zagami of New England RV Dealer’s Association, plus many more. Whether you’re planning to rent or buy an RV, explore new travel destinations, stay connected to the internet so you can work while you roam, learn how to find the best places to camp, and save money along the way, you’ll find it here in this great one day virtual event.
“This summit is epic! Every single set of speakers has been great. Great work! Good information!!! Thank you!” – Alina, RV Summit attendee
NOW ON SALE AT 50% OFF FOR A LIMITED TIME
Normally $97, the Hit the Road RV Summit is now 50% off for the holidays, so you’ll pay just $48.50 for lifetime access to the Summit content. The sale also applies to RV Success School courses and All Access Pass – everything is lifetime access for one-time purchase.
- Watch Hit the Road RV Summit at half price: https://www.rvsuccessschool.com – Save 50% with code RVLOVE50
- Buy RV Success School Online Courses or an All Access Pass at half price, using the code RVLOVE50 (includes the Summit) at: http://www.rvsuccessschool.com
- Use the code RVLOVE50 to save 50% on all RV Success School online courses: http://www.rvsuccessschool.com – Gift Certificates Available on request.
We hope you got some great idea and inspiration from this year’s holiday gift guide. Did anything catch your attention? What else are you interested in that we haven’t covered? Let us know in the comments below!
Wishing you a very merry Christmas and a relaxing holiday season from both of us!
– Julie and Marc
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