Christmas Gift Guide
Updated: 4 days ago
This Gift Guide is entirely filled with items that are made, designed or sold by people who live and travel in vans.
When you purchase something you see here, you are supporting vanlifers!
None of the content is sponsored or affiliate links, we are curating this guide to give something back to the Vanlife community.
If you would like to be featured, email us at email@example.com with your text, links and up to 5 photos. We'll update the Guide regularly before Christmas!
Really cool vanlife/travelling themed stickers, patches, magnets, keychains, printables and commissions too!
Nomadic Artist based in Europe
Join the mailing list on her website to get 10% off your first order!
"I’ve been a freelance illustrator for four years, since I packed in the 9-5 and left the UK in our first van Bertha (now we’re travelling in Obi but still with our cat – Fry – of @cat.in.a.van). Now I work on a number of illustration commissions for brands and individuals, from personalised maps of trips to full scale murals. My biggest passion is illustrating children’s books and my most recent project was with the talented writer Diana Muendo. We’ve created a children’s picture book called Big Hair Parade, all about celebrating all kinds of people and all kinds of hair. I am also slightly obsessed with the idea of a planet made from a scotch egg, as is evident from my bestseller in my shop – The Planet Scotch Egg iron-on patch. Luckily even though we are currently in Nazaré, Portugal, I have my brilliant Mum fulfilling my orders back in the UK. Thanks Mum!"
Colours by Kim
Watercolour commissions of pets, houses, vans and more...
"My name is Kim and I am a van life traveller with my girlfriend currently residing in France during lockdown. I sell my art pieces and do commissions to make a living whilst I travel round Europe with my girlfriend in our self-converted van.
I love painting pets and my photo booth style paintings have been super popular with friends and family. I also absolutely love painting places we visit on our travels and would love to be commissioned to paint your, or someone you love's, favourite place."
I am a digital artist living in our van currently up in the English Lake District, with my hubby and pup Marty who is my muse. I take photos of your furry friends and turn them into beautiful digital artwork which you can keep forever.
The beauty of digital art is its ability to be used in all sorts of ways: printed traditionally, on a pillow, a phone case, a hoodie... whatever you want - and I can help you with that too.
Everything is customisable, and for every portrait I do you receive loads of different versions, Colours and poses. I also have a number of readymade pet based gifts to buy direct from my Etsy page.
Bespoke Artisanal Guitars - really beautiful creations, using cigar boxes and biscuit tins among other items.
Travelling Luthier - Life on the road since 2014
Kristen Junne Scrunchies
Scrunchies made from repurposed material, based in Canada.
The Serendipity Journey
Beautiful folksy handmade homewares - cushions, bunting, bags, facemasks, wooden carvings, fabric bundles and more!
To The Mountains and Back
Wooden magnets with outdoor inspired designs. They are laser engraved into sustainable 3mm thick birch plywood.
"I make truly bespoke gifts, I work with my customers to create one of a kind designs and make as much from recycled materials as possible. We create digital artwork too.
I also include free consultation and gift design!"
"Hi, I’m Beth from Totally Hooked. I specialise in handmade crochet and amigurumi items from cosy hats and scarfs, to personalised teddies of your furry friends. I currently have a collection of cute Christmas baubles available which would make a great addition to your tree or a lovely gift! I don’t currently have an online shop but feel free to message me on Instagram/Facebook to order or to discuss commissioned items. "
"I have ready made designs to purchase and also take orders of peoples own vans.
All items are made to order and are my own work"
Let Your Elf Out
Totally unique macrame Christmas decorations!
Stef's Midnight Flit
Unique crafts including handpainted signs, pegs and horseshoes, handcarved spoons, Chritmas wreaths and more.
Bohemian Oddities handmade on the road. Focus on high quality and low impact. Adorn your space and your vessel!
Glass Designs by Betsy
Simple and elegant sea glass jewellery.
"I collect sea glass on our travels and make jewellery from them from our caravan."
Rosie is one of Those Weirdos, she's 11 and creates unique resin jewellery. The pieces often incorporate things she finds on our travels or are inspired by them. Everything is entirely done by Rosie - she presses the flowers, creates the resin pieces, drills and adds the jewellery parts, edits the photos and updates the website!
Rust n Roam
I make jewellery from salvaged materials that would otherwise end up in landfill.
Highly Sensitive Nomad ebook
A book about how sensitive people can make peace with our society, through stories that unfolded on the road as a hitchhiker and van lifer.
It can be purchased on apple books, kindle, or kobo.
How can Sensitive People make peace with a broken world?
The ocean is riddled with plastic, the rainforests are disappearing, and the economy is screwed. Add a splash of climate change plus a sprinkle of global pandemics, and it’s no wonder so many of us feel completely overwhelmed.
In the midst of all the reasons to panic, Highly Sensitive Nomad is a book of resilience and hope.
Brutally honest and deeply compassionate in equal measure, a sensitive young woman shares her unconventional journey to healing from burnout. A journey that started with a tent in the wilds of Scotland, and ended in the back of a Peugeot Boxer.
Highly Sensitive Nomad offers a unique perspective on the crises faced by the people and the Earth. Because by understanding how these crises interact, we make it possible to heal them both.
Travel the Nordics ebook by The Indie Projects
"The perfect companion for an adventure to remember throughout northern Europe.
Compiled from a number of years adventuring throughout the Nordics, we’ve compiled our favourite locations, knowledge, first-hand experience and advice in one handy ebook to take with you wherever you go.
Available as a standalone ebook or as part of a bundle with helpful resources, grab your copy now and let the adventure commence (whether that’s in real life or just in the mind for now!). "
The Van Taste
A physical cookbook published in German
Join Vicky on an exciting road trip through Europe’s many diverse kitchens! Victoria travelled in her self-converted van for one year across the continent, on the hunt for culinary highlights to bring to her own van kitchen and now yours too. Vicky’s incredible journey included deep sea fishing in Norway, milking goats in the Pyrenees, sniffing Belgian cocoa, visiting local markets, coffee roasters and distilleries as well as small manufacturers. She took part in tastings for cheese, beer, olive oil and much more. She discovered the various countries with all of her senses, not only experiencing the most unique stories, but also crossing paths with many inspiring people and their heart-warming hospitality. By the end of this incredible journey, Vicky has collected over 80 delicious recipes and adapted them for the camper van kitchen. With minimal equipment and simple, fresh ingredients to prepare – these recipes are absolutely perfect for ‘van life’. Oh and damn tasty too!
The English version will be published soon.
"Our designs are inspired by our adventures and love for the sea and the great outdoors."
"The ultimate adventure designs - inspired by our lifestyle and places we’ve been - featuring our original photography."
Van and Camping Equipment
Brownbird and Company
Omnia Stovetop Ovens and accessories
The Omnia stove top oven allows you cook and bake on the move whilst travelling in a campervan, on camping trips or in a boat. It is a stove top portable oven that can be used on almost any hob apart from glass ceramic hobs and induction.
HOW DOES THE OMNIA OVEN WORK?
The Omnia is made up of 3 parts (base, baking container and lid) and when placed on a heat source it generates heat in both the top and bottom of the container. This is due to the unique circular design which works in 2 ways:
The heat on the base spreads heat along the bottom which cooks the bottom and side of the food.
The hole in the middle forces heat upwards to the top of the container which then cooks the top of the food.
WHAT CAN YOU COOK IN AN OMNIA OVEN?
You can cook almost anything in an Omnia Stove top oven that you would in a conventional oven. From full blown roast dinners to delicate cake bakes- anything is possible!
Food and Drink
Liam the Terrible
Tea and Coffee - A range of different coffee blends including decaf and Brew with a View teabags!
Are you a vanlifer with a business?
If you would like to be featured, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your text, links and up to 5 photos.
We'll update the Guide regularly before Christmas!