Gifts for Vanlifers under $25

Finding gifts for Van Lifers on your holiday gift list is probably one of the hardest people to shop for.  The minimalist lifestyle that defines “Vanlife” makes it difficult to identify what they might want or need.  Even though we typically tell our friends and family members to save their money rather than getting us gifts, that is because we tend to just buy what we need when we need it.  There are actually quite a few things that any wanderer will appreciate in their stocking and under the Christmas Tree this season.

All of these items are things that we use personally, or are interested in getting for our travels in the van. In addition, we try to only suggest items that we think are useful and good products.  If you’re interested in reading more about our favorite Vanlife Accessories, check out our detailed blog post: Top 10 Vanlife Accessories | Elevate Your Vanlife Experience.

Gadget Gifts for Van Lifers

Luci Lights – These are great little inflatable lights that are battery powered and recharged with a small solar panel on the top.  



LuminAid Lights – A different type of inflatable light that is battery powered and solar charged.  LuminAid also has an amazing company non-profit called Give Light Get Light.

NiteIze Steelie Dash Kit – This is a great device that we use to attach the phone to the dash while we drive.  It’s super minimalist and out of the way, unlike a lot of other hands-free mounts.

Folding Saw – What’s camping without a fire?  A folding saw is perfect for vanlife because of its compact size and  can be used for so many things.

Fire Starters – Why not help the fire along a little with some fire starters?  Also, they hardly take up any space and make starting a fire super easy.

Solar Shower – What’s a better gift than a hot shower at the end of a long day of adventuring?  And your friends will appreciate that you smell nice.

Water Containers – Having a solid stash of water is critical for any Van Lifer trying to live off the grid.  The shape and size of these jugs are perfect for storing in a van.

360-degree Bubble Level – Finding flat ground is harder to find than you’d think.  This little gadget helps us get to the most level spot for a good night’s sleep.

Clothesline – There is always a shortage of where to hang things in the van.  A clothesline is always helpful to dry out wet gear or towels outside at camp.

Stakes – Slightly over $25, but well worth it.  These are great for building tarp structures that protect from the rain or blazing hot sun.

Velcro Straps – We always have some of these around the van.  They come in handy for all kinds of odd jobs and don’t take up much space.

Nite Ize Tie Down Straps – Being mobile means you have to keep everything from sliding around when driving.  These straps keep it all tidy.

Rope – It’s always a good idea to have rope around.  You will use it.  Guaranteed.

Bungees – keeping stuff tied down is a theme here.  These are another great option.

Tie Downs – Most people need tie downs at some point along their adventure.

Houseware Gifts for Van Lifers

Candles – A handmade essential oil candle is sure to freshen up your tiny home.  Try one from our good friend Cara, she makes each one personally and sells them in her Etsy store.

Fairy Lights – The magic of living on the road becomes even more surreal when you decorate with fairy lights.  They’re fun, flexible and can go anywhere!  Plus, they’re beautiful.

Puck Lights – You can never have enough lighting in the van.  These puck lights can stick anywhere and are rechargeable through a USB cable, making it super easy to keep up and running

Drawer Organizer – Keeping all of the little things organized and in one place is so hard in a van.  These great drawer bins do the trick!

Toiletry Bag – Having all of your toiletries in one place is super helpful to rolling out of bed and being ready for adventure.  And it’s tidy!

Eagle Creek Packing Cubes – These cubes are great for keeping clothes organized.  We use them for socks and underwear.

Laundry Bag – Avoid the pile of dirty clothes around the van with a large and sturdy laundry bag.

Cotton Reusable Bags – Help protect our planet by using a cotton bag that folds down small when not in use.

Reusable Dish Towels – Try to use less paper towels by using these dish clothes to keep your kitchen clean.

Hand Broom & Dustpan – Even though it’s small, the van gets really dirty.  A quick sweep with this does the trick! Also great for tents!

Collapsible Bucket – You can do laundry, wash dirty feet, or carry water from the river to douse your fire with these handy buckets.

Collapsible Dish Tub – Sometimes it’s easier to do dishes outside.  A collapsible dish tub is the perfect solution for that!

Water Bottle – Staying hydrated on the road is so important.  Be ready for any adventure with a reusable water bottle.

Coffee or Tea Tumbler – Morning rituals like coffee are important, especially to dirtbag van lifers!  Help fuel the habit.

Sewing Kit – Repairing clothing and gear is essential to living a minimalist lifestyle.  A basic sewing kit helps keep gear ready to go.

Hygiene Gifts for Vanlifers

Quick Dry Towel – Damp towels in a small space suck.  These quick-drying towels are perfect for vanlife and are super compact.

Body Powder – If you can’t shower so often, body powder helps keep you so fresh and clean!  It can also be used as dry shampoo.

Dr. Bronner’s Soap – The best, all-purpose, environmentally friendly soap out there.  And so many flavors to choose from!

Baby Wipes – Another way to “shower” without showering.  Help a van lifer stay fresh with baby wipes.

Garment Spray – Laundry isn’t happening as often as it probably should, so this garment spray helps!

Laundry Detergent – For those times when we do actually do go to the laundromat!

Palo Santo – Burning a little Palo Santo in the van will take away that stuffy smell and keep the van smelling fresh.

Air Diffuser – Running a diffuser at night can help you sleep or refresh you in the morning, depending on which oils you use.

Sunscreen – An outdoors essential since most van lifers use it everyday.  Because it’s expensive, it makes a great gift!

Entertainment Gifts for Van Lifers

Audio Books – Many hours on the road means lots of time to listen to audio books.  There so many options to choose from!

Journal – Vanlife is an adventure worth documenting and a journal is the perfect thing to write it all down in.

Kindle eBook -Relaxing in nature and reading a book is a van lifer’s dream!  Plus, there’s something for everyone!

Harmonica – It isn’t vanlife without a jam session around the campfire.  Small instruments are the perfect way to play!