9 Great Gift Ideas Perfect for Camp Counselors


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Camp counselors are often active and fun people because they have to be, and a gift that indulges their fun and adventurous side can accompany them at home or at work, which is basically a home away from home. Anything that a camp counselor could use in the forest, in a cabin, or anywhere far from home will likely feel really helpful to them. It could be anything from bags to clothes to water bottles, whatever they can take with them and enjoy while out in a cabin in the woods surrounded by kids for a few weeks. We have a list full of gifts you will be excited to give the camp counselor in your life right below!

1. Cool Water Bottle

A water bottle that resembles a few cartoon favorites.

A camp counselor’s job is an active one, and that’s what makes a water bottle such a great gift for one. And you don’t have to go with just any water bottle. You can find them one with unique looks and features that they and all their students will think looks really cool. When out in the forest with a bunch of active kids, your friend will need all the helpful appliances they can get.  

Give a gift that will be fun for a camp counselor and their kids with a Spongebob water bottle. There is a bright yellow Spongebob bottle, a pink Patrick Star bottle, and one that resembles Bikini Bottom’s last musically talented curmudgeon.

2. Large Backpack

A backpack big enough for their things and kid’s things.

Camping is a pastime that can take a lot of supplies, and for that, your friend could use a large backpack. A large backpack can hold a camp counselor’s necessities, and even some things for the kids. With a backpack that is roomy enough, they can carry around a water bottle, sweater, sweet treats for the kids, and more.  

This vintage leather canvas backpack is stylish and large enough to carry everything that a camp counselor may need. It has pockets all over the outside and inside, and comes in 6 different colors.

3. Hoodie

A hoodie that will make all the kids laugh.

The weather can be unpredictable, especially when someone will be spending most of their time outside for weeks at a time, and that is what will make a hoodie a great gift. A hoodie will be there to keep a camp counselor warm through rainy days and chilly nights, and it’s even better when it has a cool or funny phrase across the front.

The ‘Mess with the turtle you get the hurtle hoodie’ is funny and warm. The camp counselor and the kids will get a kick out of it, and you can get it in one of 7 colors. It will also be a great conversation starter for anyone working with kids.  

4. Waterproof Watch

A watch that is cool in so many ways.

Something that a camp counselor might turn out to really need is a waterproof watch. A camp counselor may not be able to have their phone with them at all times, and camps involve a lot of schedules to keep up with. Sometimes a camp counselor will even need to keep track of children from inside a lake, and that is why a waterproof watch would be so great for them.

This waterproof smart watch can do so much more than just tell the time. It can monitor your blood pressure, monitor your heart rate, and monitor your sleep. It also looks really good. A camp counselor can always easily jump into a body of water and check all their vitals if they please.

This health smartwatch is one of the most advanced smartwatches for your health. A camp counselor is very active for work, and this watch can measure blood oxygen levels, monitor the heart rate, and track sleep. But the best part of it is, a camp counselor can tell time from the water and get the kids to the next activity right on time.

5. Funny T-Shirt

A t-shirt that represents camp life.  

A camp counselor will be wearing t-shirts everyday and could always use more of them. The more t-shirts they bring with them, the less laundry they will have to do throughout their busy days with the kids. A t-shirt you buy for a camp counselor will ideally be something fun or funny that kids might find amusing. A camp atmosphere is usually one full of fun and child-like joy, and a t-shirt can help spread that feeling.

This sloth t-shirt shows off a great answer to a question traveling children often have, “Are we there yet?” The sloth on this t-shirt is a slow mover who will let the children know that they will get there when they get there. The image of the sloth in front is also a funny one.  

A camp counselor is likely not going to be glamping with a bunch of kids, but they can let them know what glamping is with this glamping definition t-shirt.

Camp can be a wild place, and it can be a really funny place with this smore group hug t-shirt that exemplifies camp life. Smores, fires, and group hugs are all parts of camp life, and a camp counselor can wear it on a shirt.  

6. Hammock

A lightweight bed you can put up outside.

Camp counselors have lots of active days in the forest with their kids, and sometimes they could use a break from all that. When the kids are all off to bed after the day’s activities, a camp counselor can finally get some rest for themselves, and you can give them a better way to do that with a hammock. If a tired camp counselor can put up a hammock alone by the campsite and enjoy the night air any time they want, those might just end up being some of their most memorable times at camp.

This blue hammock can easily fit two people, so is super roomy for one. This hammock is heavy duty and durable, and made with quality nylon that is comfortable to lay in. It also comes in a compact and lightweight bag for easy carrying. A camp counselor can carry it as far from camp as they want without much effort.

7. Waterproof Speaker

A speaker that can handle the elements.

Another great gift for a camp counselor is a waterproof speaker. Whether a camp counselor likes to play music while they sit outside with the kids or by themselves in the shower, a waterproof speaker can go anywhere on a crowded campsite and be fine. They can use it out by the lake or even at the lunch table. If any kid spills something on it, it will be just fine.  

The cruiser H20 is a small bluetooth speaker made to accompany someone on their life’s adventures. It is not only waterproof, but also dust proof and shock proof, which makes it perfect for someone to take out in the woods for a few weeks.

This waterproof bluetooth speaker from Amazon can play for 12 hours straight, and gives off really high quality sounds. It can connect wirelessly to two phones, has a bass radiator, is made of durable material, and can even take phone calls.

This mini bluetooth speaker from Amazon can be taken everywhere in the palm of a camp counselor’s hand. It is waterproof, offers immersive high fidelity sound, and a booming bass. It can also fit into any backpack or pocket.

8. S’mores Kit

A pack of s’more ingredients with a tiny bonfire.

Sometimes when people are outside by a fire long enough, they will want some s’mores, and a camp counselor will be spending a lot of time outdoors, some of it likely by a campfire. You can get them a smores kit that they can enjoy themselves or surprise the kids with on a night by the campfire. S’mores are a delicious treat that most people can enjoy in this setting, even if they never have them otherwise, so a s’mores kit is sure to be a hit for a camp counselor!

s’mores night pack from City Bonfires makes having a small treat by a fire easy. This is great for a camp counselor who would like to enjoy s’more on their own, by a personal bonfire. It offers 3 to 5 hours of burn time, and includes everything you need to make great s’mores.

And lastly, this s’mores kit includes everything but the fire. If a camp counselor wants to enjoy some s’mores by the fire with their kids, they can easily do that with this s’mores kit.

9. Custom Visa Gift Card

A universal gift card to take anywhere.  

Get a Custom Visa Gift Card

Now if you’re thinking of getting a camp counselor a gift card, and want one that you can customize, get a gift card from Gift Card Granny. A camp counselor will be able to take their pick of gifts with a custom Visa gift card. Gift Card Granny will let you build a custom gift card that can be used at any store a camp counselor may want to visit. You can customize the gift card however you want, add images, messages, and videos to it. Then they can go ahead and buy camp gear or anything else.

Visit Gift Card Granny’s website and decide whether you want to use a Visa or a Mastercard, add a Western themed photograph, a thoughtful message, and then you will be done and ready to text it over to him. He can choose to get a physical version after that, but the gift card is really convenient either way.

Camp counselors have a job that can be tiring and rewarding, and you can add something special to their days with any one of the gifts on this list. They can use some of these gifts to enjoy themselves at camp, or when they finally leave work and get some rest at home.

This article originally appeared on Giftya.com and was syndicated by MediaFeed.org.

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Everyone loves a good laugh now and then, and what better way to get the good times rolling than with a funny gag gift? Whether you’re planning a prank for April Fool’s Day or you’ve simply decided to spice up the next gift-giving occasion with a little mischief, we’ve put together a list of easy DIY gags that anyone can pull off. Some of them take a few days of planning, but others can be thrown together in minutes. Keep reading to find the perfect DIY for you!

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Send Them a Silly E-Gift Card for a Prank That Turns Into a Real Gift

Text or email an egift card in just a few clicks

First up on our list is the prank gift card. Wait, you might be thinking, that sounds like a huge waste of money! And if you got someone a funny physical gift card, it definitely would be. Luckily in the age of the internet, digital gift cards let you enjoy the laughs from gifting a loved one a silly gift card, but they can also exchange it for a digital gift card they would actually use in just a couple of clicks. 

But what kind of gift card would actually be a good gag? Here are a couple of ideas to jog your creativity:

  • Buy a Dogtopia gift card for a friend who owns a cat 
  • Send a Carters Babies and Kids gift card to the teen in your life that’s about to hit the big one-eight
  • Grab a Blue Apron gift card for the home chef who doesn’t need any meal prep help

And when it’s all said and done, they can exchange it for an Amazon gift card, Target gift card, or any of the thousands of other national and local brands in the catalog. 


Turn the Least Exciting But Most Beloved Vegetable into a Funny Gag Gift

For a plain-looking tuber, potatoes get a lot of attention. From Tolkein’s heroic sidekick Samwise Gamgee demandingto boil ‘em, mash ‘em, or stick ‘em in a stew to Jane Austen’s Mr. Collins award dinner conversation (“Boiled potatoes… many years since I’ve had such an exemplary vegetable”) potatoes have had our attention as a culture for centuries.

Sure, they’re delicious and nutritious, but now they can make a great gag gift, too. Potato Parcel burst onto the scene a few years back with the promise to send anyone you want an anonymous potato (lol), but considering you can get a 10lb bag of potatoes for a couple of bucks at any grocery store, transforming an ordinary potato into a gag gift is a cost-effective way to prank everyone on your list… and give them the perfect side dish for their next steak dinner, to boot.


Give the Gift That Just Keeps Giving, No Matter How Many Times You Try to Vacuum It Up

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Beloved by middle children acting out everywhere, glitter is perhaps the most annoying substance on earth. Once it’s on something, there’s no getting it off. Not for a really long time and a lot of washes, anyway. So if you really want to get someone good with your gag gift, a glitter bomb is an effective option.

There are companies out there that will do the dirty work so you don’t have to, like Ship Your Enemies Glitter. The name speaks for itself, doesn’t it? 

But if you think your relationship with your loved one can withstand the lingering sparkles that will remind them of your gag for the next several years, it’s pretty easy to make a DIY glitter bomb too. 

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Some tissue paper
  • Glitter of your choice
  • Glue stick
  • Card

Once your supplies are gathered, carefully craft a pouch from the tissue paper and seal the glitter inside. Glue it inside of the card – it should be glued to both sides so that when the card is opened, the pouch rips open and rains glitter down upon the unsuspecting lap/lawn/car/table below.


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  • Try the classic infinite unwrap gag – wrap your gift, then wrap it again in a slightly large box, and then again in a slightly larger box, until you ultimately have a huge parcel for a pretty small present
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  • Over the Hill: Advil for those aches and pains, hair dye, windup teeth for “spare parts”
  • Bridal Shower: Ear plugs, wine glass, air freshener, chili powder (for heat)
  • College: Smarties candy, ramen, calendar with days marked to call home to mom


Create Your Own Calendar Dedicated to the Iconic Hairstyle

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Find an idea you like? You don’t have to shell out the cash to have it shipped to you. It’s pretty easy to DIY a calendar – just print off your images and free monthly calendar sheets back to back, or send them to be professionally bound at your local office supply store.

Bonus points if you dig up some old pictures of your gift recipient’s glorious former mullet to be the star of the show.


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You’ll need:

  • Two googly eyes
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Spook them with a Surprise Spider When they Reach for Their Gift

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Just grab a piece of cardstock for your message, or throw your roll of TP into a clear cellophane gift back and prepare to write your message on the packaging. Here are a few ideas:

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This one may not be everyone’s style, but it’s definitely an easy DIY!

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Trae Bodge

Trae Bodge is an accomplished lifestyle journalist and TV commentator who specializes in smart shopping, personal finance, parenting, and retail. Trae has been named a Top Voice in Retail by LinkedIn and a top personal finance expert by GoBankingRates and Flexjobs. She is a contributor at Millie Magazine and CNN Underscored, and her writing and expert commentary have appeared in Newsweek, Woman's Day, Forbes, USNews.com, Kiplinger, Marketwatch, MSN.com, Yahoo Finance and numerous others. She has also appeared on TV hundreds of times; including Good Morning America's GMA3: What You Need to Know, NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, Inside Edition, CNBC and local network affiliates nationwide.