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2017 RV Goddess Gift Guide

Is it Cyber Monday Tuesday already? Throughout the year I look for interesting or suitable items for gifting to your favorite RVer, kid, pet and cook. There are several very nice gift ideas below, and I hope they will help with your shopping list.

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Gifts for Kids & Teens

Stocking Stuffer Alert! Any texting teen (or busy adult) would appreciate this teeny external phone charger. The size of a lipstick, the rechargeable Jackery Mini Portable Charger has enough power to charge a cell phone twice. The charger comes in several colors and is priced under $20.

I know I've recommended this toy before, but Magna-Tiles are just the best thing ever! Leo still plays with his nearly every day, building structures of all sorts. Not only are they fun to play with, the noise they make when you crash-down your masterpiece is thunderous. Such fun. Expensive, but worth every penny - because even adults love to build with Magna-Tiles... and it's math! I recommend the 100 piece set... and maybe a package of squares (you can never have enough square Magna-Tiles!) as a stocking-stuffer. Available at most good toy stores, big box retailers and Amazon.com.

Give the grandkids their own place settings in the RV with the adorable Camp Casual 5 Piece Melamine dish set. The set includes a large divided plate, bowl, cup, fork and spoon all wrapped up in a reusable box with handle. FDA approved, BPA and lead free, 100% Melamine. Top-shelf dishwasher safe. Purchase from Amazon.com or Camp Casuall.

Also consider:
A membership to their local zoo or children museum
A gift card to their favorite book shop
A gift card to their favorite ice cream or fro-yo shop
A gift card to an indoor batting cage or driving range

For the Foodie or Entertainer


Voted "America's Best Paring Knife" by Cooking Light magazine, the G-Fusion, made in Idaho Falls, comes in many bright colors and is designed to fit the human hand perfectly - to make using their knife a joy.

Cocktails by the lake? Show off your favorite state with a platter designed by Anne Klein. The artwork highlights what’s special about each state, like the official bird, flag, and notable landmarks. Made in the USA of ThermoSaf polymer. Microwave-safe. BPA-free. Durable and non-breakable. 10x14x1 inches. Hand-washing recommended. $38.

Speaking of your favorite state... who wouldn't love a beautiful bamboo cutting board in the shape of their favorite state? American Heirloom can also personalize the cutting board of your choice. $48. American Heirloom also offer beautiful wooden cake stands, cocktail accessories and cutting boards of many shapes (round!) and sizes.

The super-compact Kyocera ceramic Adjustable Slicer is a no set up mandoline that is very easy and convenient to use. Save time using this rust free slicer for smooth and even slices every time. This ceramic mandoline has 4 different cut thicknesses: 0.5mm, 1.3 mm, 2.0 mm and 3.0 mm. The 0.5mm is great for paper thin slices, the 3.0 setting is great for adding vegetables to salads for texture and nutrition. Just turn the dial on the back for the desired thickness. (I liked it so much, I bought one for our house as well.) Dishwasher safe and the slicer includes a hand guard that holds food securely and protects fingers. Available in several colors. Great price at Amazon.com.

Camp Casual has pretty Melamine serve ware - all with a hip retro camping theme. Dishes, mugs, a fabulous nesting bowl set with lids. BPA-free; FDA approved. Purchase directly from Camp Casual or Amazon.

Also consider:
A gift card to their favorite restaurant
A bottle of their favorite wine
A gift card to their favorite fancy grocer or kitchen shop
Voucher for a cooking class

For Anyone


The series may be over, but we can still relish in the opulence and intrigue of Downton Abbey with the complete Downton Abbey DVD collection. Every episode - plus bonus material. 52 hours! Available in DVD and Blu-Ray. Ask your butler to pick this up. At Amazon.com and PBS.

Have the world in your hand with an adorable city scape mug from Art Mugs Vicky on Etsy. Order a mug of your favorite city - or the entire world. 10 ounce ceramic mugs; dishwasher and microwave safe. Ships from Greece, so get on it.

Everyone's home and RV should have an emergency weather alert radio. The Midland ER210 is an AM/FM Digital radio with the NOAA weather alert channels, ideal for an emergency kit, recreational activities or everyday use. The radio is powered by the internal replaceable lithium 2000 Ah ion battery. Charge the lithium Ion battery thru the included mini USB charging cable, or by cranking. The NOAA Weather Band receiver brings you weather forecasts, alerts and other emergency messages. The flashlight features a Cree LED for 130 lumens with a low or high setting to conserve battery life. The SOS flashlight beacon may be activated to flash a Morse Code signal. The large LCD display shows the time, your AM /FM station or the NOAA weather channel frequency. For better reception, extend the telescoping antenna. For private listening, the unit has a headphone jack. The ER210 may serve as a charging source for other portable devices through the USB output. The ER210 comes with a rechargeable 2000 mAh battery and mini USB charging cable. Buy this emergency radio at Cabela's, Amazon.com or Best Buy.

For the Traveler or Camper


Keep your travel journal in this cute lined notebook. 5.5x7.25 inches; 94 pages in a matte laminated cover. Order it personalized from Please and Thank You on Etsy.

National Parks Pass - good for one year and available for different age groups and situations. Don't forget to order one for yourself.

This 2.5 gallon sink from Flexware collapses for flat storage. Great for washing dishes or toting items to and from your campsite. Measures 15 x 11.4 x 5.9 inches when fully expanded, weighs 19.7 ounces. Made of thermoplastic rubber (TPR); BPA-free and dishwasher safe. Available at Amazon.com, REI or Target.

For only a few dollars, you can customize a key chain tag for anyone on your gift list. From the obvious (TRUCK) to the rather raunchy, KeyTags has the key chain for you. If you can't find the exact wording (My 2018 Rolls Royce?), they customize. A fun gift, or maybe a practical way to finally organize all the keys in your junk drawer? Starting at $15. Free shipping.

Wolf have produced luxury leather jewel and watch cases since 1834. Their cases are available in many sizes, colors and configurations. Bring along a bit of bling with the Chloe Zip Jewelry Case (or bring it all with the Caroline Jewelry Case). The small leather travel case has 6 ring rolls, 6 earring holes and 4 storage compartments. The LusterLoc fabric lining absorbs hostile gases known to cause tarnishing.

Enjoy quick clean-ups at your campsite, beach or fishing boat with the RinseKit. RinseKit is a portable, pressurized shower that's like having a garden hose wherever it is needed. With no pumping and no batteries, it fills in 20 seconds, storing the strength of a regular household spigot to deliver pressurized spray for up to four minutes. (Up to 65 PSI) the eon pressure system holds up to 2 gallons of water and features a spray nozzle that offers seven different settings from jet stream to soaking shower. RinseKit can be filled with hot or cold water. Watch their video on YouTube.) This compact sprayer also includes a built-in ruler to measure fish, folding handle for one-handed carrying, and easy-to-remove lid. Includes a hose nozzle, 6' hose, hose Bib adapter, on/off valve, and quick connect. $80. Get the RinseKit from Amazon.com..

The Rock Made Shop on Etsy have 13 ounce ceramic mugs for your favorite Happy Camper. Available in several colors (and with other sayings). $14. Dishwasher safe. They can also customize any mug.

This 19 piece cooking set from Stanley packs all the convenience of your kitchen down into a package that is perfect for campers, while still maintaining the performance of a pricy cookware set. The nesting system (nested, see right photo above) includes 3.7 quart pot, a vented lid, 7.25 inch diameter (32 ounce) frying pan with locking handle, cutting board, spatula with extending handle, serving spoon with extending handle, four 6 inch plates, four 22 ounce bowls, four sporks, a dish drying rack, heat resistant trivet, and a locking bungee. 18/8 Stainless Steel. BPA-free. Dishwasher Safe. Less than $80 at Amazon.com

Also consider:
Tickets to a ball game or concert
Gift certificate to their favorite campground or RV park
Gas card
Gift card to Camping World

Gifts for Pets


Designed by the same engineering team behind all of Casper’s sleep products, the dog mattress is a universally comfortable sleep surface for our four-legged friends. Casper combined their mattress-making know-how with extensive dog-centered research to create a sleep environment that caters to canines’ natural behaviors. Available in 3 sizes and 3 colors; $125-$225 from Casper

Also consider:
A gift card to a dog walking service
Gift certificate for dog grooming
Offer to dog sit

Until my next update, I remain, your gifted correspondent.