We initially ran this list in 2015, but all of these ideas are still good ones here in 2016.
We weren’t going to jump on the Christmas Bandwagon with gift guides.
But here’s the very real situation as posted by one of our Facebook Group Members.
I’ve got family who really likes to buy us things even if we advise them that we don’t really need anything. I’m looking for ideas of things that you normally wouldn’t have in a sticks & bricks but have proven to be invaluable once on the road.Ditching Suburbia Facebook Group User
There’s enough waste at Christmas time. So much stuff gets purchased in the name of tradition rather than thoughtfulness.
If we can head off some of that waste by posting a list of ‘actually-useful’ gift ideas for RV-based suburban ditchers then we are happy to help.
What We Did
We didn’t move, really. No need - with 300 square feet of house we could just sit in our chairs and can quickly scan our world.
I asked MsBoyink and Miranda “what do we use daily that helps keep us sane?”
Hm - maybe that’s a new Christmas figure.
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In no particular order, here’s our list of 10 good Christmas gifts for future RVers (and yes, these are affiliate links where possible):
- Lynx Levelers
Just about every RVer uses these to level their rig. They are sturdy, organized, and more consistent than bits of wood block.
- Electric Heater
Save money on propane by using an electric heater (most campsites include electric). We prefer the Lasko brand of ceramic heaters. We have two - which we can run at the same time on a 50A connection.
- Knife Rack
Keep your knives handy (for you), inaccessible (to young hands), and sharp by keeping them on one of these knife racks. In 5 years a knife has only fallen off twice.
- Big Trailer Level
You can see this level from the driver’s seat in the truck - so it’s easy to find the most level spot in the site.
- Command Hook Collection
Coats, bath towels, oven mitts, hats, jewelry, keys, headlamps, decorations - all of these hang in our RV using Command Hooks.
- National Parks Pass
A perfect gift for a new Ditcher - see the amazing National Parks in the USA.
- Clock with Day, Date & Temperatures
I use this more for temperatures than time, but the day/date comes in handy too. Yes, we forget what day of the week it is (I only wish it would tell me the city I’m in).
- Rand McNally Atlas
With all of our tech we didn’t think we’d use an atlas. We were wrong. We use two. Get one for your kids to follow along with in the back seat.
- Carpet Covers for RV Steps
These stop so much dirt from coming in the RV.
- Good Sewer Hose
Yes, this might be a strange gift - but until we bought a Rhinoflex hose we went through several cheapies. You don’t want to worry about when one will fail. And you know you have one family member that would find it funny.
Bonus for DIY Types
If you have someone that loves to make you gifts show them these: