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Gift Ideas for RVers

With the holiday season well upon us, we’ve been asked by non-RVing friends what would be ideal gifts to give the RVers in their life.

We’ve recently posted some ideas for physical products :

Kitchen Gadgets Ideal for RVs
Mobile Technology

But all of this stuff does take up space (which is at a premium) and requires knowing what the needs are of your recipient. And honestly, most of us RVers don’t have room for miscellaneous stuff, and prefer to have a say in what we bring into our homes on wheels.

What about ideas for things that you can give that enhance a RVers life, but doesn’t add clutter to their small living spaces?  Here are some ideas of things I know we appreciate:

RV Memberships

There are many organizations that provide services to RVers that help enable our lives on the road. Of course, you’ll want to check in to see what memberships they already have – because two is not better than one.

Passport America – $44

Passport America members enjoy 50% discounts at RV Parks across the country.  There are limits on the number of nights, and blackout dates – but it’s very worthwhile.  We use this discount quite often, and we’ve more than paid for the membership cost in our savings.  (This is an affiliate link, and will net us a $10 credit towards our renewal if you purchase.)

Overnight RV Parking – $24.95

This is an online directory of free camping locations across the country – one of the most comprehensive we’ve found. The owner of the site actively maintains the listings, giving us a lot of confidence when we pull in for the night.  It covers everything from rest areas, Walmart parking lots and remote boondocking locations.  (Bonus – if you mention our e-mail address of ‘us@technomadia.com’ when you sign up, both us and your gift recipient will receive an additional free month of membership.)

Escapees - $70

Escapees is an organization of full time RVers that provides residency assistance in Texas and many other services, like mail forwarding.  They actively work to keep on top of laws that affect full time RVers, work with insurance companies and run a network of member owned RV Parks.  Aside from RVer assistance, they’re also the only way an RVer without a home base can volunteer for the Red Cross (through the DOVES special interest group – still a goal of ours).

Annual Passes

Annual passes that give nationwide benefits can really be utilized by us full time travelers.

America the Beautiful Pass – $80

This is a park pass that gives the owner free entrance to most national parks, forests, BLM Land and monuments.  This can be a huge money saver for RVers, and because we always keep one of these passes, we never hesitate to route through our gorgeous national park lands.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t provide any sort of discount for camping fees.

 Zoos & Aquariums - Varies

Did you know that your local zoo or aquarium may be part of a nationwide network?  We just recently visited the zoo local to us here in Florida, and my mom offered to get us an annual pass for our holiday gift.  Turns out they’re part of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums with reciprocal agreements with about 120 other zoos & aquariums.  Many offer free entrance for members, or 50% discounts.  For the next year, we’ll be routing to include more zoos & aquariums across the nation and presenting our Brevard Zoo pass for free or discounted entrance – a perfect gift! Many museums are also part of a similar network that might be a great option too.

Media

Gifts that are digital make great gifts for the technically inclined in your life!

Digital Goods

Music, movies, apps and books in a digital format take up no physical space, and make great gifts!  Many stores that sell them allow you to pick out content to gift on, or you can buy a gift credit to allow your recipient to choose what they want.  For us, we prefer keeping an iTunes balance on account, which eliminates frequent small charges to our credit card for music, apps and eBooks we buy for our many Apple devices. For this bus-hold, an iTunes gift credit is always loved. When we run out of gifted credit, we’ll even seek out deals to buy ourselves a gift card.

Movie Rentals

DVD rental services like Netflix and Redbox can be wonderful assets to RVers.  Many Redbox kiosks are at overnight free parking spots at Walmarts – making it super easy to grab a flick for the night. And the Netflix DVD mail service, despite their recent price increases, serves us quite well for watching TV series on disc. We can update our shipping address very easily to catch up with us, and we utilize the streaming service on our iPad with unlimited data.

Stocking Stuffers

Roll of Quarters – $10

Seriously.  For us RVers without laundry machines in our rigs, a quarter is worth its weight in gold.  Why?  It’s the only currency a RV Park laundromat will take. When we pull into a campground after office hours with no clean underwear left – it’s not about the actual dollar amount charged, it’s about the number of quarters we have available.  One quarter can make all the difference.  Increase joy (and clean underpants) in the world – and gift quarters!

Fuel Card

If it’s one thing all us mobile RVers use – it’s fuel. A prepaid credit card or fuel card will always be appreciated!

Cat Treats

Kiki would like to add that cat treats , catnip and toys make great gifts! Even if your RVer doesn’t have a cat traveling with them, they are sure to encounter campground cats who will appreciate it.  And they are certain at some point to rendezvous with us, and Kiki has an *entire* cat treat drawer waiting to be filled up. So yes.. cat stuff. Lots of it.

 

 

Cherie has been been a location independent software developer since 1994. When she met Chris in 2006, she was at the exact right time in her life to hit the road and combine wanderlust with career. She strives to live a life of conscious intent while embracing serendipity.

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  1. I love this list. I am trying to put together our wedding registry and it is daunting considering we have little space to put anything!
    I’m trying to think outside the box and am also considering replacing items we already have…
    I would be happy with fuel gift cards and rolls of quarters! :)

  2. Hehe, the gift of quarters bit made me grin.

    In years past my Mom would always get me random knick-knacks for Christmas, the vast majority of which served no real purpose. Back in September I respectfully told her cease and desist since I need to be downsizing right now in order to go full-timing and she understood. The Christmas cookies were still very welcome though. ;)

    I recently obtained a kindle, so now when anyone asks me what I want for Christmas, I tell them an Amazon gift card so that I can work on getting all my favorites in electronic format and save space.

  3. How about food gifts? Especially non-perishable things that don’t require cooking like nuts and fruits. After you eat them, they are gone and you don’t have something that sort of kinda works for you.

    • Consumable gifts can also be a good gift idea for those with limited space.

      I’m usually hesitant to give food gifts, given the wide variety of food preferences, diets and allergies out there. Being someone who has a rather unusual diet myself, I don’t generally encourage folks to try to give us food gifts… unless they are really in tune with my diet restrictions.

  4. Science and history museums also have exchange programs. We have visited museums all over the country using our Minnesota membership passes. I especially enjoy visiting living history places and talking to the re-enactors. The Minnesota History Museum’s program is called Time Travelers. :)

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