2013 Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday Gift Guide

Tom Kaiser, Managing Editor
December 10, 2012
Filed under Products, Top Stories

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Let’s face it; buying gifts can be quite a chore — especially when you’ve been shopping for the same special people for years. Aside from focusing on your loved ones’ true interests, which is the key, sometimes a fresh set of eyes can help nudge you toward the perfect gift that shows you care and, most importantly, are paying attention. Here is our list of 12 fun, useful and innovative gift ideas to please the camper, RV enthusiast or general outdoorsman on your list. Happy shopping, and happy holidays from the staff of Trailer Life!

 

Jensen AWM968 Stereo

Jensen AWM968 Stereo

Jensen AWM968 Stereo
Upgrade your RVs sound system with Jensen’s AWM968 RV-specific, wall-mounted multimedia entertainment center. It can be mounted in nearly any convenient location, and gives RVers the ability to enjoy the radio, CDs, streaming audio and DVDs. The AWM968 runs on 12-volt DC power. Audio can be streamed from any Bluetooth-enabled device, making it especially convenient to stream content to outdoor speakers without having to enter your RV. Other features include blue backlit controls, a dimmable display, alarm clock with sleep timer, and front audio and video inputs.
ASA Electronics; 877-305-0445, www.jensenrvdirect.com

 

“Trailerama” by Phil Noyes

“Trailerama” by Phil Noyes

“Trailerama” by Phil Noyes
Learn all about the travel trailer’s unique place in 20th century America through a highly visual book filled with fascinating imagery that will surprise trailer enthusiasts and those not familiar with the lifestyle. From music to greeting cards and postcards to films, travel trailers have become a major component of pop culture. This kitschy book, by Phil Noyes, puts the entire industry and its cultural implications on grand display, and provides a colorful look at America’s love of a life spent on the road.
Gibbs Smith; 800-835-4993, www.gibbs-smith.com

 

Royal River Recliner

Royal River Recliner

Royal River Recliner
Give the gift of yearlong comfort with the sturdy, comfortable Royal River Recliner camp chair. Its quality construction means the Royal River reclines smoothly and is built to last longer than lesser products. Features include easy-grip side knobs to hold your reclining position, padded armrests, heavy-duty elastic lacing that supports the water-resistant, UV-protected fabric and hook-and-loop straps that make for easy storage. There’s even a movable cushion for supporting the head, knees, back or feet.
Camping World; 888-626-7576, www.campingworld.com

 

Vintage Edition Scrabble

Vintage Edition Scrabble

Vintage Edition Scrabble
A beautifully rendered take on the wildly popular crossword board game, Restoration Hardware’s exclusive Vintage Edition Scrabble tucks inside a finely crafted hardwood cabinet, features die cast metal accents, including the drawer pull and tile racks, and includes a rotating game board with a raised grid that’s as functional as it is striking. Includes 100 embossed wood letter tiles, four tile racks, metallic timer, a fabric-wrapped scoring book with matching pencil and a storage drawer with an elegant organizer tray.
Restoration Hardware; 800-910-9836, www.restorationhardware.com

 

"I Love Camping" Bean Bag Toss

"I Love Camping" Bean Bag Toss

I Love Camping Bean Bag Toss
Bag toss is an exciting outdoor game that everybody, young and old, loves to play, and Camping World’s “I Love Camping” designed bean bag toss set is a festive take on an American classic. The board is officially sized for tournament play, and both fold in half within weather-resistant bags for easy transportation making it ideal for carrying in your truck or trailer. The camping motif was exclusively created for Camping World stores, along with a “Living the Lifestyle” variant that shows a relaxing, pastoral trailer-camping scene. Each design includes four red and four blue bean bags, and game instructions.
Camping World; 888-626-7576, www.campingworld.com

 

Haier Sound Bar with Wireless Subwoofer

Haier Sound Bar with Wireless Subwoofer

Haier Sound Bar with Wireless Subwoofer
Dramatically upgrade the movie-watching experience in your RV with much better sound quality that doesn’t take up valuable space or leave a tangled mess of cords dangling. Haier’s Sound Bar with Wireless Subwoofer puts out crisp, clear sound and rich, booming bass to pump up the excitement and drama of any films, TV or music you’re enjoying. The slim profile pairs well with flat-screen TVs and the space constraints within RVs, and it includes leg stands, wall brackets, an HDMI cable a 120-volt AC power adapter and remote control.
Camping World; 888-626-7576, www.campingworld.com

 

Microsoft Streets & Trips

Microsoft Streets & Trips

Microsoft Streets & Trips
All new for 2013, Microsoft Streets & Trips allows travelers to quickly and easily build customized, efficient travel plans in a sleek, high-contrast format that includes 2.5 million points of interest for visiting along the way. Generate maps and directions, customize them with your start and stop times, add notes such as reservation numbers of RV park hours — all of it can be done without an Internet connection while you’re on the road. A fuel consumption manager helps travelers budget their fuel costs, and user reviews are now added to pick which hotels, services, restaurants or parks are worth a visit.
Microsoft; 800-642-7676, www.microsoft.com/streets/rv

 

Oster Electric Wine Opener

Oster Electric Wine Opener

Oster Electric Wine Opener
Skip the twisting, struggling and broken corks when using your old-fashioned wine key with the slim, modern Electric Wine Opener from Oster that does the work for you. It’s a cordless device that will open all traditionally sized wine bottles in mere seconds by simply touching a button. A separate recharging base repowers the unit, also making it easy to transport between your home and RV. An included foil cutter removes wine bottle seals. It comes in red, black, silver and stainless steel to match your galley’s décor.
Oster Appliances; 800-334-0759, www.oster.com

 

Cobra MicroTalk CXR925 Radios

Cobra MicroTalk CXR925 Radios

Cobra MicroTalk CXR925 Radios
Stay in touch, without cell service, up to a claimed 35 miles in ideal conditions and terrain with Cobra’s new Microtalk CXR925 two-way radios. They operate on the maximum power allowed by law, with long-lasting lithium-ion batteries. Next-generation features include Rewind-Say-Again, allowing users to replay missed calls. A built-in NOAA receiver provides real-time weather updates, and a VibrAlert notifies users of calls in noisy or noise-sensitive environments where it’s best to be quiet.
Cobra Electronics; 773-889-3087, www.cobra.com

 

Woolrich Fawn Grove Throw

Woolrich Fawn Grove Throw

Woolrich Fawn Grove Throw
Named after a charming plot of land in south-central Pennsylvania between Harrisburg, Pa., and Baltimore, Md., Woolrich’s Fawn Grove throw blanket brings a comforting touch of small town America to your home, whether it be fixed or in transit. It’s made from soft wool plaid fabric and is claimed to be as soft as a newborn fawn’s coat, inspiring its name. Available in five colorful, yet timeless, patterns, the 54-by-70-inch Fawn Grove is spun, dyed and woven in Woolrich, Pa.
Woolrich; 877-512-7305, www.woolrich.com

 

Trikke T78CS

Trikke T78CS

Trikke T78CS
Scoot and carve your way around the campground or neighborhood with a Trikke T78CS so-called carving vehicle that’s easy for riders of all ages and unmistakably unique. Its design allows it to fold down to a compact size making it easy to store behind your truck’s seat or in your RV’s storage area. Whether it’s for fitness, health, fun, rehabilitation or basic mobility, the Trikke line of carving vehicles are perfect for RVers in motion. As the company points out, most of its users are older than 40 years of age.
Trikke Carving Vehicles; 877-487-4553, www.trikke.com

 

Sipping Stones

Sipping Stones

Sipping Stones
Make a splash at your next gathering with Sipping Stones, a unique and conversation-generating way to keep your drinks chilled without the diluting effects of ice. The stones are finely crafted from 100 percent pure nonporous soapstone, and come with nine chilling rocks, a gift box and carrying pouch to bring them wherever you go. Just pop your Sipping Stones in the freezer until you’re ready to drop them in your drink of choice whether it’s in a high ball, tumbler, snifter — or any other. They add no flavor to the beverage and, most importantly, will never dull down the taste like cubes of ice.
Sipping Stones; www.sippingstones.com 

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