Van life Christmas gift guide
Thinking of a Christmas gift for a full or part-time van lifer can be tricky, because living in a campervan means you need to be minimalist and only have items that you really need. When you’re living in such a tiny space, you can only own so many things, so it’s really important to make sure that everything you have is useful and has a purpose. We’ve curated a list of 12 ideas perfect for anyone living van life, so read on and let us know your thoughts!
1. Aeropress coffee maker
Since we got our Aeropress from Origin Coffee we have absolutely fallen in love with it. This is the perfect gift for any coffee snob who can’t quite justify a full on electric coffee machine in their van. The Aeropress uses pressure from plunging to make an amazing coffee in less than a couple of minutes. We would recommend using the ‘inversion’ method for maximum coffee tastiness! Origin Coffee currently have a ‘create your own bundle’ option on their website where you can pair the Aeropress with one of their coffees. We’d recommend the Christmas blend to go extra festive!
2. Portable projector
Obviously van life is about going out and exploring amazing spots. But for those rainy evenings when you just want to cuddle up and watch a movie, we’d really recommend getting a projector for your campervan! A tiny portable projector like the ViewSonic M1 Mini can project an image onto a 50″ screen like this to give you a mini movie theatre in your van!
For any van lifer who loves reading, a Kindle is the perfect gift. I love reading real books, and we keep a few in the van on our little bookshelf at the back, but ultimately every book you have in your van is added weight, so a Kindle is ideal as it means you can have as many books as you like in your van for only 174g.
4. Falcon enamelware tableware
Enamel tableware is a great idea for anyone living in a van, as it’s much lighter than china plates and mugs and it’s also a lot less breakable! I also think that Falcon Enamelware just looks lovely and adds a splash of colour to a space whenever you get it out to eat or drink! It’s available in a range of different colours so you buy someone’s favourite colour or match it to their van.
5. 12V jump starter
This is a gift on my own Christmas list this year! A van lifers worst nightmare is getting back to your campervan parked in a remote spot, with nobody else around for miles, and realising you’ve left your headlights on and your starter battery is flat. This 12V jump starter is a great idea – simply charge it up and keep it safe for any emergencies! It’s the perfect gift for saving someone from a sticky situation.
6. Omnia oven
We don’t have a proper oven in our van, so our Omnia Oven is an essential. It’s a stovetop oven that means you can make anything you would in a conventional oven – chips, cake, even bread! – albeit in a doughnut shape! They’re a really great bit of kit that are a great idea for anyone who doesn’t have an oven in their campervan.
7. Nesting pots and pans
Nesting pots and pans are a great space saving idea for anyone living in a campervan. The Tefal nesting pots and pans also come with a removable handle for extra store-ability. You can attach the handle to each pot easily as you cook, and stack all of the pots and pans into each other to store away whilst you’re driving.
8. Foga plantshakes
We absolutely love Foga’s plantshakes as a great way to get some extra protein and nutrition when we’re on the road. As vegetarians who do a lot of exercise, it can sometimes be hard to get enough protein and other nutrients. Foga shakes are a great way to get a quick hit of healthy, plant based nutrients, perfect for tiny living or for those always on the go. Our favourite is the Strawberry & Raspberry Oatshake.
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9. PowerOak power station
For those with a more basic electrical setup in their campervan, the PowerOak power station is a great addition. It contains a lithium battery that can be charged via 12V, 230V or solar, and provides portable charging for both 12V and 230V appliances using a pure sine wave inverter. It’s a great little backup for a basic system, or could even be used in place of an electrical system paired with a solar panel!
You can use our code CLIMBINGVAN to get £40 off your order.
10. Organic Basics activewear
Organic Basics are a clothing company with sustainable and ethical values. They make a range of activewear called SilverTech Active which uses a technology that stops the growth of odour-causing bacteria on the fabric, meaning you can wear it for longer before washing it, making it perfect for van life! They make beautiful women’s sports bras and leggings, and Dale basically hasn’t stopped wearing his t-shirt since he got it!
You can use our code CLIMBINGOBC to get 10% off your order.
Bananagrams is one of our favourite travel sized boardgames. Perfect for 2+ players, it’s so much fun and a game only takes around 10 minutes so you can play as many as you like! The premise is like Scrabble much much speedier and more entertaining!
12. Mini watering can
We absolutely love having plants in the van, and so one of our must haves is a little mini watering can. It’s perfect for watering our cactus and silver pothos plants, and it looks really cute too!
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