Do you have a friend or family member who lives full-time in their RV? We live tiny and people don’t know what to get us. Personally, we always say we want “experiences”, not “things”. Buy us a movie ticket to go to the movies with you. Or let’s plan a weekend in Vegas together. Let’s go wine tasting together. See the trend here? Seriously, if you want to make us super happy, give us an experience vs. a gift. If we are a full-time RVer, we are living the life of experiences. That’s what we love. But with that said, its human nature to want to give “stuff”. A token to unwrap. So here are a few of our favorite small and useful items.
As we approach the holiday season of 2019, I can’t help but think yet again how fast our year has gone. Each year as we travel I realize how much I should have started a real travel journal. I do keep a really detailed travel map, and budget of all our expenses, but starting in 2020 I’m going to start doing a more detailed list of the things we see in each place we travel. So that’s my advice for this upcoming year! CLICK HERE for the best travel journal we have found! I love the inside (see picture) description! So perfect!
I’m going to list a large price range of gifts, for all dollar amount choices.
Sea Eagle Inflatable Kayaks – We store 2 kayaks, a pump, 4 seats (our kayaks are each 2 person kayaks) and our life jackets behind the theater seats in our 5th wheel. Inflatable kayaks can get pretty small.
Humming Bird Feeder – I have gotten the most enjoyment of this little thing!
Indoor Fresh Herb Garden Kit – We gave up our garden when we went full-time in our RV. This gave us a chance, even small, to have fresh herbs.
Digital Books – Kindle, Kindle unlimited subscription. This is key for someone who lives in a small space. We still have books, but it’s much easier to download books.
Do you know where they are headed next? What a treat to get them a night or two at a campground resort in that area, or if you know what campground they might be already headed to, call them up and ask them if you can mail a small package (or card) for them to give to your special person on arrival day. What a surprise! Maybe a gift card to a local eatery there, or even simply a card that just says surprise and you were thinking of them.
Water Bladder – This has been a game changer for us. As people who boondock (dry camp), it’s been such a helpful item.
Atomic Clock – We are forever not knowing what day it is or what time zone we are in. This is such a helpful clock to have.
Throw Pillow Covers. Just the covers. If you know they have a few throw pillows, and you know the size, the covers are easy to store, and would be great to have a holiday theme pillow. The fun possibilities are endless.
Personalized sign or Lawn Flag – Fun!
Luci Lights – These are a RVers best friend. They are inflatable LED lights. What a concept right? You might say they are pricey but what a gift even just one would be. They are solar, and inflatable so when your RVer is ready to go, they deflate it and it stores smaller than a cup saucer
Instant Pot – best cooking gadget we’ve ever had!
RV GPS – This is huge for a full-time RVer. These GPS’s are designed with us in mind, and though you still have to use a little common sense, they really do keep you on the right roads for the size rig you have (which you program into the GPS).
Think “UP”. Full-Time RVers don’t have much floor space, so hanging something is usually the way to go. Here are some great personal ideas of things I have that I love
This is the best and cutest way to display a plant. Yes, we still love plants!
Another safety item – A Weather Radio! Extremely important. When we were in TX for a few months while filming a movie, our phone would be turned off at night, and the weather radio would wake us up with a warning of hail, high wind, tornadoes and such. If you’re living in a RV, a weather radio is a necessity.
Do they like to write? RV There Yet Journal is awesome!
Are they still taking pictures and sending them with their phone? Are they ending up with thousands of pictures on their phone, and nowhere to store them? Have you seen these? You literally just plug them right into your phone and you can remove all your pictures and store them safely on a flash drive.
Command key holder – One of our most useful items.
We don’t carry many actual books, but sometimes there is just a book that I find the best information in, not to mention I love writing in the margins. For a full-time RVer this book is one of my favorites. And if you’re buying this for a friend or family member who travels, I highly recommend this book.
Command hooks for Christmas lights outside
Music Music Music – We love to listen to music. This tiny Bose speaker is the best speaker. Portable, small and the sound is like no other.
I know most of you think gift cards are just not personal, but you have no idea how fun it is to be exploring somewhere maybe in March and come across a Barnes and Noble or Starbucks and remember that your favorite Aunt gave you a gift card and it’s like Christmas all over again. We really love them!
I hope you found some helpful ideas whether it’s someone who lives tiny, or if they travel and live full-time in a RV. Please share with someone who might find this useful!
Also, check out these past blogs for more gift ideas!
Most of all Justin and I want to thank you all for all your continued support, love, kind words, and amazing suggestions as we travel around. That is our Christmas gift!
Merry Christmas! Happy 2020! May it be your best year ever!