2015 RV Goddess Gift Guide
All year I gather items suitable for gifting to your favorite
RVer, kid, pet and cook and this year I have found a fabulous selection of gift
ideas - sure to please. Remember, if you are doing any shopping at amazon.com,
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Gifts for Kids
there are monsters under the bed, try this fun robot night light from the
Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art. Designed by Paul Ocepek, the light is
motion-activiated and portable, but can be wall-mounted. $44.
Crafting together can be fun! Order a kit from
help/watch the kids make their own tiara, super-hero cape, crown, sword, sun
catcher, tug boat or tutu. There are dozens of activity kits to choose from
- one will be perfect for the kid on your list. Check it out! $9-$40.
Do you take a zillion photos of your kids or grandkids? Kids love photos of
themselves, so turn your snapshots into a photo book at
Social Print Studio app and order prints directly from your phone.
While visiting Legoland last weekend, I spotted several
fun building kits for kids with RV themes. The LEGO Camper Van
(age 5-12) has 195 pieces and include a C-Class motorhome, two campers, a canoe
and other accessories. Adults, or older (Lego calls them "expert") kids, might
enjoy tackling the piece classic
Pop-TopT1 Camper Van. Lego Friends (Mia, Stephanie, Emma, Andrea and Olivia)
have a car and teardrop trailer - the Summer Caravan Building Set
- (age 6-12). This set has 297 pieces and one of them is a hedgehog.
Great Stocking Stuffers for Kids:
Animal & Monster puppet hand stickers from Uncommon Goods
Sesame Street temporary tattoos from tattly.com
A membership to their local zoo or children museum
A gift card to their favorite ice cream or fro-yo shop
For the Food Lover
Not very exciting, but a very good item to have onboard
your recreational vehicle, a Large Dial Freezer/Refrigerator Thermometer
will let you know the true temperature of your fridge or freezer. This model can
stand on a shelf or hang from a wire shelf. Safety first! At under $7, you could
stuff a stocking with his handy helper.
along your favorite spirit or cocktail in a
classic flask from Stanley. The flask comes in several colors and several
materials (stainless, classic, recycled plastic) and in different sizes. Your
favorite micro-beer fan would love their 64 ounce
growler. Order the Stanley Classic Flask from amazon.com.
Give your favorite camper a gourmet do-it-yourself S'mores kit from
Ticket Chocolate. Each kit serves four, feature artisan Ticket Chocolate
bars and come in classic, peppermint, chocolate-lover and dulce de leche
flavors. Ticket Chocolate also sell gourmet graham cracker crumbs.
Pack a compact ten-piece bar tool set from
Products in your RV and be ready for every cocktail recipe. (Think Swiss
Army knife for cocktails.) Tools include a muddler, knife, reamer, stirrer,
channel knife, corkscrew, jigger, strainer, zester and bottle opener. Nine
inches long. Gift box and cocktail recipe guide included. Hand wash only.
Available in blue or red. $30. Buy from
Products, or at Bed, Bath & Beyond. Team this up with a bottle of their
favorite vodka, gin, tequila (or whatever!) for a great gift.
Who wouldn't want a beautiful salt box from Bee House? Made in Japan of ceramic
with a flip-top cypress lid, the salt box holds 16 ounces of salt. Available in
10 gorgeous colors. The Bee House Salt Box is available at amazon.com.
Did you know there are several new companies that deliver ready-to-cook
pre-measured meals to your door? Try it yourself, or give a gift certificate.
Great meal plans and recipes, most offer the best-quality ingredients from small
farms and ranches. Try
Blue Apron or Plated.
Vegans will love a gift certificate from
The favorite knife in my kitchen is a little 4-inch
Pallares Solsona from Heidi Swanson's Quitokeeto
shop. Keep dry and hand wash only. $44.
A gift card to their favorite restaurant
A bottle of their favorite wine
A gift card to their favorite fancy grocer
For the RV Traveler
Want to turn on a light at your house, but you are not home? Did you leave the
curling iron on? Techies will appreciate the Belkin WeMo Switch. Plug the Belkin WeMo Switch into an outlet in your home and
plug any device or appliance into the switch. Connect the WeMo Switch to your
home Wi-Fi network, and control the WeMo Switch from an app on your phone. Now
you can turn your home electronics or appliances on or off from anywhere. Available
- about $40. The WeMo also comes as a
light switch adapter and a
motion detector version.
Forget about slow-as-molasses RV park wifi. Bring your own wifi hotspot with
Karma - the new small
portable device that provides internet access over a cellular connection.
(It's like an air card, but it's wireless.) Plans starting at $10 for
pay-as-you-need, or $50 month for unlimited usage with up to three devices
able to connect. It works in
over 460 US cities,
and fits in a pocket so you can bring wifi anywhere. Use share code
terry25249 for $10 off. Now that's good Karma!
you work hard and play hard, protect your phone.
Lifeproof makes phone
cases that are water proof, drop proof, dirt proof and snow proof. Perfect for
your favorite kayaker, fisher, skier or beach bum. Available for apple, android
and many others brands. Lifeproof also offer cases with built-in batteries.
Bring along a little bling in your RV or carry your jewels safely along in your
handbag or airline carryon with the
Monroe leather jewelry portfolio from Pottery Barn. Available in three
MochiThings has a a smaller round cotton-and-suede jewelry pouch, available
in two colors.
Two very cool portable camp stoves have come to my
attention this year. Both use only twigs (or "found"
wood along any hiking trail) as fuel. Great for camping
or backpacking, you may also want to consider a
wood-burning cook stove for your home or auto emergency
preparation kit to use (outdoors!) during a power
outage, storm, earthquake or zombie apocalypse. The
BioLite camp stove (photo above) cooks food and also
creates enough electricity to charge your USB devices
(like your mobile phone). The BioLite campstove has
available accessories to turn the stove into a grill,
etc. BioLite makes special wood-fueled
home stoves for developing countries. Another
SoloStove, produce a very small, portable campstove
uses twigs as fuel. The SoloStove also comes with
various accessories and cooking pots. Lifetime
worry about snakes and bugs getting into your tent.
Kamp-Rite's Double Tent Cot is the two-person version in
the line of Tent Cot products. The sturdy fiberglass
frame keeps you 11” above the ground to provide comfort
and protection from insects, rocks and dampness. One
person can set it up, no-see-um mesh on door and
windows. Holds 500 pounds. Includes rain fly and carry bag. About
Kamp-Rite or amazon.com.
Heading off to the Big Bad City and are worried about pick-pockets? Keep cash,
credit cards and travel documents safe in shirts and undies made by
Companion. Free shipping.
If If you are tired of a jangling mess of keys in your pocket, consider the
Key|Smart key organizer. Made in the USA of airline-grade aluminum, the
basic version can hold ten keys, and with extenders, the Key|Smart can hold
100 keys. Available accessories include a bottle opener, wrench, USB thumb
drive - plus many more. Available in nine colors from
Key|Smart. From $20.
If you do keys the old fashioned way, decorate your RV key with a pretty key
Natural Life ha has a couple of very cute key caps with travel trailer themes
which fit over standard keys. Great stocking stuffer for only $6.
Tickets to a ball game
Gift certificate to their favorite campground or RV park
Gift card to Camping World
Gifts for Pets
Did you feed the dog? Membo, made by
Dreamfarm, is a
daily reminder tool that flips over to let everyone know if a job has been done
yet. Whether it’s feeding the dog, cat, fish or turtle, watering the plants or
taking your daily pills, when today’s task is done just flip today’s tile over
on your Membo. Done! Available in nine colors. Dog, cat, fish and tick icons
included; more icons available for download. Made with ABS plastic, the Membo is
10.4 inches long and 1.7 inches high. Comes with magnetic and adhesive mounts. Order from
Dreamfarm or at
Why do you get to be the only one with a RV? Let your
cat or dog have a little trailer to call their own. Pet Trailers are made in Canada by Judson Beaumont of
Straight Line Design. The Pet Trailers are handmade limited edition pieces
of functional artwork. The trailers are made with laminate so that they can be
easily cleaned, and the functional wheels allow for easy movement. Not
recommended for outdoor use. Each piece is custom made; lead time is 4-6 weeks. They ship to America.
Prices start at $800, includes shipping/crating. Contact: 604-251-9669.
Naked Decor has
everything for the pet and animal lover. Pillows, wall art, jewelry, jewel
boxes, clocks, coasters, cosmetic cases, umbrellas and more. They also carry a
good selection of gifts featuring Washington, DC, and London.
A gift card to a dog walking service
Gift certificate for dog grooming
Until my next update, I remain, your gifted correspondent.