29 Camping-Themed Gift Ideas for the Home
Everyone has that one friend who’s obsessed with the great outdoors. They breathe for backpacking trips and welcome adventure at every turn. Chances are, if they’re the avid outdoor type, they already have more than enough amazing gear — but maybe not enough home decor inspired by their love of camping. Thanks to you, though, soon they will! Read on for 29 camping-themed gifts for the home they’ll surely appreciate.
1. ZenibasAttic Mountains Coffee Mug ($13): Bring your friend’s love for the mountains to their daily brew with this majestic ceramic mug. Since each is painted by hand, you can bet their present will be one of a kind.
2. MakingSomethingHappy Camper Towel ($10): This super cute dish towel was made for your camper- and RV-loving friend. Perfect for sprucing up their getaway vehicle or their kitchen at home, this embroidered towel is both beautiful and practical.
3. DENY MothCloth Pillow ($40): Beautifully vibrant moths spread their wings across this colorful printed pillow. As pesky as insects can be in the outdoors, your friend won’t mind these cuties.
4. The Forest Feast by Erin Gleeson ($21): Stocked with an impressive 100 vegetarian recipes, The Forest Feast promises to take your pal’s palate on a culinary adventure. With tasty dishes like eggplant tacos and rosemary shortbread, this beautifully illustrated cookbook will *wow* your friend with its creative recipes using fresh produce and its vivid nature-inspired illustrations.
5. EmmaAllardSmith Camper Van Hoop Art ($7): Liven up any plain wall with this modern clutch of watercolor campers. The whimsical print makes it a fun piece for your friend to mount on their wall.
6. ModCloth Sparrow the Seeds Magnetic Planter Set ($18, set of four): Help your friend brighten up their kitchen space with these charming bird-shaped magnetic planters. Aside from adding charm to their fridge, they’ll come in handy for posting important memos.
7. Snowden Flood Camping Mug ($58): As long as they remember to pack this mug for their next camping trip, the print will remind them to pack everything else too. Also great for use at home, this bright blue mug will be a daily reminder of their favorite activity.
8. Free People Adorned Wireless Speaker ($98): Inspired by wildlife and blooms, this lovely wall decoration doubles as a wireless Bluetooth speaker. It even includes AUX and USB so it’ll keep the music coming no matter how close or far your friend’s phone is.
9. Urban Outfitters Arrow Necklace Organizer ($19): For the friend who struggles with clutter, this gorgeous arrow necklace holder promises to help them out. Functional and sleek, this UO jewelry organizer is a gift they’ll use every day.
10. Dot & Bo Bunny Night Light ($13): This porcelain night light will bring light to the dark corners of your pal’s home in a thoughtful way that appeals to their love for animals. Its charming design can be appreciated in the daytime as well.
11. sonoseycandles Campfire Scented Candle ($16): Made with notes of smoke and pine, this candle will teleport your campfire-obsessed friend to one of their favorite places ever. Add to the glory with a s’mores kit you can make or buy.
12. WoodenAccessoriesCo Camping Wooden Coasters ($30, set of four): If your friend identifies with a minimalist style, get them these simple wooden coasters featuring laser-cut tents. Made of premium cherry wood and cork, these stylish coasters will spruce up their barware while ensuring their surfaces stay drip-free.
13. cubbkids Custom Camp Pennant Flag ($38+): Made of 100% wool felt, these handcrafted camp pennants will add a playful and nostalgic feel to your friend’s space. There’s even an option to personalize it with custom camp patches, which will add to its meaningfulness.
14. Eddie Bauer® Spencer Plaid Flannel Sheet Set ($80): Whether they use them for the sofa or the bed, these uber-soft cotton flannel sheets will provide your friend with all the comfort and coziness they’ll need in the colder months. And with a classic pattern like plaid, the set won’t ever go out of style.
15. Urban Outfitters Falsa Blanket ($39): Spruce up a plain chair with this embroidered blanket made of soft woven cotton. The tasseled edges add a textured element to their home.
16. Dot & Bo Fifth Wheel Wall Art ($27): What better to brighten up a space than with this camping-inspired wall art? It’ll be hard to resist packing up to go on a trip every time they spot this vintage-era camper wood hanging.
17. Camp Home Filomena Baking Collection ($16+): Engage their inner baker with this super cute baking collection, which draws its inspiration from lakeside cabin get-togethers. The festive hearts and floral print will definitely brighten up their kitchen.
18. MeroWings Forest Stump Pouf ($214): This realistic oak tree stump pouf — suitable for indoor and outdoor use — provides rustic charm without sacrificing comfort. Use as a footrest or an additional seat when things get a little crowded at home.
19. Free People Moon Phase Wall Art ($24): Step up the *magical* factor of your camper’s wall art with this celestial poster featuring moon phase-inspired illustrations. It’s a gorgeous statement piece alone or beneath draped string lights.
20. MeriwetherOfMontana Happy Camper Enamel Mug ($15): Great for camping and kicking back at home, this classic enamel mug is perfect for the camper in your life. The bright pop of red will brighten up their mornings as they enjoy their cup of joe.
21. KellysMagnets I’d Rather Be Camping Magnet ($5): For a more straightforward approach, opt for this magnet that’ll let visitors know where their heart lies. Its camping-inspired illustration will add a nice touch to their fridge or dry-erase board.
22. ModCloth Try As I Light Lantern in White ($30): This portable LED lantern isn’t just great for camping. It’s also a unique piece of lighting that’ll elevate their home with visual interest.
23. DrFrankKnits Miniature Teardrop Trailer Knitted Soft Toy ($7): A mini retro-style knitted toy adds so much cuteness to an empty shelf or side table. You can even request it to be made with a hanging loop so your friend can use it as an ornament.
24. OhMyHeartEmbroidery Mountain Embroidery Hoop ($38+): For the friend who can’t get enough of mountains, this hand-embroidered hoop may be the next best thing to elevation. Made of neutral light gray cotton, this item will fit in seamlessly with just about any decor.
25. Peskimo Foxy Forest Small Print ($40): If your friend welcomes bright and bold pieces, this vibrant print featuring different types of trees and foxes is the gift for them. Complement its vivid orange with a white, black or neutral frame.
26. ElizabethHaleStudio Retro Camp Apron ($18): Ideal for the adventurer who loves to cook, this retro camp apron makes a thoughtful gift they can use at home or outdoors. For the ultimate gift set, combine with a set of cookware utensils.
27. CrawlspaceStudios Camping in the Woods Glasses ($22, set of two): No matter the occasion, these nature-themed glasses will rise to meet it. Their modern camper-approved design includes a forest landscape with a tent and campfire.
28. Cacoon Single Cacoon Mango Orange ($323): Whether your friend is looking for a reading nook or just some creative outdoor seating, this awesome hanging chair will make them feel as if they’re out camping even while home. With a plush throw and maybe a pillow, this camping essential can be upgraded into a luxurious escape for the home.
29. Skandinavisk Fjord Scented Candle (Glacier) ($33): There may not be anything quite as revitalizing as the smell of a forest, but this candle comes pretty close. Bring the welcome scent of woods, orchards, berries, black currants and raspberries to your friend’s home for the ultimate treat.
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Artist Dev Heyrana On How Bravery, Resilience and Sunshine Influence Her Work
Ever meet someone who you feel immediate kinship with on a deep almost spiritual level? That is legit every person's experience upon meeting Dev Heyrana, the star of this edition of Creative Crushin'. A fine artist, hip hop dance teacher and constant collaborator, Dev's particular brand of creativity is one-of-a-kind. She manages to be warm, welcoming and woke, with a focus on inclusivity, social justice and motherhood that comes through in every piece of art she creates.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and one of many humans who has benefitted from Dev's boundless generosity and kindness. We first connected at a launch event, then I asked her if she and her family would like to model for a B+C shoot (they did!), then months later, I asked the IG universe if anyone would be down to co-parent with me for a day so I could speak at a conference. Dev said yes! And for those that know her, none of these serendipitous moments are surprising.
Now it's time to delve more into Dev's story, her creative inspiration, her thoughtful approach to parenting and what makes her more passionate than ever about bringing her point of view and artistic voice into the universe.
Anjelika Temple: First, foundations. Where did you grow up? What is your heritage? What did you study in school? Where do you live now?
Dev Heyrana: Born in The Philippines and immigrated to the U.S. when I was 9 years old. Me and my family are from the island of Cebu and I'm a proud Cebuana. My childhood in the Philippines felt like freedom. I had my swimsuit in my backpack for whenever we decided to swim and I biked everywhere.
Immigrating here at 9 yrs old was a transition, to say the least. My parents had big dreams but the move was heavy on them. It wasn't easy. I had to grow up fast. I took care of my sisters while my parents worked night shifts. By the age of 12 I would cook dinner and get my sisters ready for bed. Something I didn't realize was that kids my age didn't do those things until I got older. We would play these make-believe games to make, in hindsight, our hard situation brighter.
I think this is really when art played a big role in my life. It was something I could escape in and always felt healing.
I witnessed racism towards my family and didn't know how to make sense of it. These events left a mark. I was a quiet kid and observed everything and everyone around me. I think about my grandparents, Lolo Jose and Lola Rita, a lot as I walk through life. When I make decisions. As hard as it feels, you have two choices, do you let it take you down or take it one step at a time forward. I kept going and it really shaped me as to why I am the way I am today.
I studied Fine Arts at The Corcoran in DC. I owe that decision to my art teacher, Mr Giles, in High School. He was retiring and wore a Hawaiian shirt every day during my senior year. He was a curmudgeon and I felt incredibly special since out of everyone in the school he really believed in me. As grumpy as he seemed to the class, he would tell me things like "Go into the other studio and break some glass, then put it on a canvas." He's the reason why my abstract pieces have elements like clay and sand in them.
I've had incredible mentors and all were teachers. Mr. Giles in High School and Christine George in College. Christine was the one who told me to go either to New York or San Francisco because "D.C. is no place for an artist like you." She told me to not listen to anyone, how I can still paint, be a graphic designer, and, if I choose to, have a family. I've never had anyone tell me anything like that before.
I took a chance because of her. Moved and went to Design School in 2006 and I've stayed in the Bay Area ever since, raising two girls with the love of my life.
Anj: You are one of those magical human beings that has figured out how to be a full-time artist. What was your career path like before you were able to dive fully into your creative passions?
Dev: The most radical thing I could have done in my family, I did, I went to college for Fine Arts. A mix of being so young and having to do it on my own, I went with the school that gave me more scholarships. Even then I worked three jobs to be able to get through it. Hard work is ingrained in me.
With my sculpture background, I fell in love with Print and Packaging and why I came out here to San Francisco. I appreciated the security of having a career in Graphic Design. I also learned how to work with clients and the business side of things. Even then, I never stopped painting.
A few years ago I went through a pretty hard time with my health. I dealt with six surgeries in one year and I still have to do some follow-up ones. That experience almost broke me and what got me through was my family and painting in bed while I recovered.
When I finally got back on my feet, my heart just wasn't in Graphic Design anymore. So I made a two year plan. With a toddler and a mortgage, I wanted to make sure my steps were thought out. I put myself out there as an Artist while I still worked in Design. After a year I worked part time as a Graphic Designer and stepped down from my Creative Director position. I loved it, to be creative as an Artist and as a Designer. I looked at 2018 as my year to make the jump. If my work as an Artist balances out with my salary then I would quit in the Summer of 2019. And so here we are. I also am sharing a studio with my good friend, Naomi PQ, and I feel like my creative drive is just beginning.
Anj: What do you love about painting? How do you feel when you're in a creative flow state?
Dev: Like every part of me is free. Free to express myself through the stroke of my hand. How all of it leads back to my heart. These elements I use to paint have a mind of their own and how I need to respect the process.
It centers me and reminds me that the process is just like the life we lead. I know I still have so much more to learn but while I'm painting no matter how it's going, I'll embrace this moment.
Anj: You reference your roots quite a bit in your work. Talk to me more about how your roots inspire your work.
Dev: One of my earliest memories is of my Lolo Jose teaching me how to water mango saplings. He converted to Buddhism when my mother was young, so he viewed the world with love and kindness. I didn't realize it then but watering those mango trees were life lessons. We need to take the time to nurture, practice patience, and respect all living things. I still imagine him walking beside me often, carrying his teachings as I find my way in this world.
Nature and the Sun drive my pieces. My abstract works are fragments of moments. Like the sunset I grew up with when I was seven years old in the Philippines, like how I saw the water in Cebu when I dove in as a young adult, and like when I saw the redwoods with my children for the first time.
I see earth in our skin and especially when I paint people. How our mango trees grew and blossomed because the dark earth was rich with nutrients. I imagine the Sun piercing through these women I depict. I paint their love and bravery because their resilience cannot be contained. I want to celebrate all of it.
This is the beauty of Art, I am able to paint exactly how I see it.
Anj: Motherhood and your daughters are also central themes in your work. How has motherhood changed your approach to creating artwork?
Dev: Everything. I was still deep in my Design Career and I would paint at home. One day Quinn, who was 3 years old at the time introduced me at the park to a mom. "This is my mom, she's an Artist." It struck me that my toddler knew who I was more than I knew myself. That's really when I really owned it. I am more fearless because of my girls.
I own my body, I thank people when they compliment me, and I am selective but fearless when I use my voice. I am more in tune how I speak about myself because of them. When I paint these women I want to celebrate them. I notice how I embrace myself is translated in my paintings.
Anj: What advice can you give to parents who are trying to tap into their kiddos' innate creativity?
Dev: I don't have a lot of guidelines set up. I'll say "Let's draw the biggest fish we can draw" or "how many silly lines can we make" and I let them lead me. They ask me questions, show me things, and I sit there with my coffee watching their eyes wide with excitement. Watching them in their creative process is pure joy for me. Those silly lines can turn into a dragon or waves and next thing we know, we're drawing a big beach scene. My advice would be that you can suggest something to start it off but be open to how they take it. It is such a beautiful window into their minds.
Anj: Shifting gears to HIP HOP DANCE! Talk to us about his component of your creative expression.
Dev: I loved the Hip Hop scene in DC and discovered how much fun the clubs were in college. My friends told me about this Hip Hop Crew I should try out for, I was so scared because I've never taken a dance class in my life. I got in and it was like having another family. We competed all over the East Coast, it was a blast!
I found hipline when I started my first Design Job and needed an outlet. It was exactly what I needed and one of the owners asked if I was interested to teach. I've been teaching there since 2009 and am still going strong. It's a wonderful community of women. Now we're virtual and reaching clients all over.
Anj: What does a typical [pandemic] day look like for you? How does it differ from your rhythm before COVID?
Dev: I've been practicing being kinder to myself lately. Both me and my husband work full time and so having the girls at home is a challenge. Some days we are amazed by how smooth it went and then there are others where if the girls are clean and bellies are full, it's a total win.
Now that we're on month 8 our rhythm before covid felt more chaotic to be honest. I felt like we were always rushing out the door while carrying so many bags. Now my husband and I try to have coffee together, if he has a break from his meeting, and we sit with Quinn before school to see what she has to do for the day. Rowan's preschool closed down but we were able to find a wonderful speech therapist for her and she has an Adventure Pod we go to two times a week.
The one thing we really try to do is go outside once a day. Have some magic in their childhood no matter how small. It could be just going up for a hike by our home and picking up leaves, riding our bikes, or watching the sunset from our window. Seeing how the girls' react to these adventures we have is pure magic.
Anj: When you get creatively blocked or burnt out, how do you reset? Do you have tips you can share?
Dev: I go outside. I go out for a hike or go to the beach. Even if it's 15 minutes, something about grounding yourself in Nature is really healing. I also do exercise where I doodle for two minutes because it feels doable. Judgment-free doodles, always opens the doorway to more.
Anj: I know firsthand that community-building is huge for you. Tell us more about what your support system and creative community looks like.
Dev: I feel a lot of love and strength when I think of my community. My relationship with my sister led the way what women supporting women looks like. It's listening, asking questions, remembering, cheering for all the wins, being there even if it's hard, and taking time to invest in them. The way me and my sister show up for each other is why I have these amazing women in my life. I can talk to them about my family, motherhood, and we're all trying to balance it all while sharing my most recent project. I feel really blessed especially looking back in my college years where I don't know where Art would take me.
Anj: When you need to give yourself a pep talk, what does it sound like?
Dev: I usually take a deep breath then say or think "One step forward". Most of the time, I'm scared (as shit) but the thought of not trying scares me more. That one step forward can be hard as hell and maybe even heartbreaking, but I have to try.