11 Gifts for Dads Who Love to Camp (and Cook)
From portable grills and cookware sets to a sturdy cooler.
Some people like to camp and spend time in the great outdoors; others prefer to get their nature fix through wildlife documentaries. For dads on Team Camping, we’ve found the perfect Father’s Day gifts to give their campsite (and food) an upgrade. Think portable grills and camping stoves to whip up meals on the go, a sturdy cooler to store drinks, and even an open-flame popcorn maker, for a little fireside treat. (Don’t worry, we didn’t forget about coffee, either.) Check out all 11 options below, and be sure to order soon so they arrive in time.
Yeti makes our favorite large cooler, the Tundra 45, which is super durable and can hold up to 28 cans of beer using a “2:1 ice-to-can ratio by volume,” or 34 pounds of just ice. If you’re in the market for something more portable, try the Roadie 24 Cooler (pictured), a more lightweight model of the Roadie 20; the Tundra Haul Portable Wheeled Cooler is a good option, too.
Hydro Flasks are another favorite for both camping and everyday use. They can keep cold drinks cold for up to 24 hours and hot drinks hot for up to six, thanks to double wall insulation. There are several different sizes available, too, whether you’re looking for a 20-ounce bottle or a larger one-gallon jug.
Collapsible Java Drip + Espresso Set
This compact collapsible coffee drip (pictured) is great for camping, since it doesn’t take up a lot of space. It can brew one-12 cups, and the lid does double duty as a trivet once the coffee’s ready (it requires a #4 coffee filter). GSI’s Mini Espresso Set is also a worthy investment, since it makes a strong cup of coffee in less than three minutes and can be used with a grill or camp stove.
Cast Iron Skillet
In our research on the best-rated cast iron skillets, we found that the Field Company’s is a great option for camping. The No. 8 skillet (pictured) can hold four fried eggs or two NY strip steaks, and it has a naturally non-stick surface. If you need it to arrive by Father’s Day, order by June 11.
Field No. 8 Cast Iron Skillet (10 /14”), $125 at fieldcompany.com
Campfire Cookware Set
This five-piece set includes two pots, two lids with “integrated colanders,” and a frying pan. You can pick from either a small or large set—the cookware is stackable and the handles fold for easy packing.
Primus Campfire Stainless 5-Piece Camp Cookware Set, $105–$120 at food52.com (depending on set size)
For grilling burgers, hot dogs, and more on the go, invest in a portable outdoor grill. We love Fire & Flavor’s Hero Grill (pictured) for activities like picnics and camping, since it has a grab-and-go case and biodegradable charcoal pod. Or, try Lodge’s Cast Iron Sportsman’s grill—both received high ratings from Amazon customers.
Coleman’s camping stoves are a classic, and this particular model received a 4.7/5-star score from 3,538 ratings. It has two adjustable burners, wind-blocking panels, and “pressure-control technology for consistent performance.”
Coleman Gas Camping Stove, $44 at amazon.com
Portable Utensil Kit
When we rounded up the best kitchen utensil sets, Life 2 Go’s set came out on top for camping. The spread includes a chef’s knife with a sheath, a paring knife and peeler combination, a cutting board, a serving spoon and fork, and even scissors with a built-in bottle opener. Pick from a navy or gray bag to bundle it all up.
Life 2 Go Portable Outdoor Cookware Kit, $28 at amazon.com
This popcorn popper can be used over a campfire or in your fireplace for an easy, fun snack.
Popcorn Popper, $35 at terrain.com
S’mores lovers will find everything they need (minus the campfire) to make four tasty s’mores in this kit. There’s milk chocolate, vanilla bean marshmallows, and fresh-baked graham crackers.
Artisan S’mores Kit, $20 at terrain.com