Growing up in Ontario cottage country and now immersed in West Coast cabin life, I’ve spent my fair share of time obsessing over big splash contests, card game wars, campfire sing-a-longs and never-ending nature vibes.
Do you know someone who lives for moments like these too? Whether you call it the cabin or the cottage, there are plenty of gift ideas for people who just can’t be there enough.
To help you on your search, we pulled together a list of cottage gifts for your cabin-loving friends or family, so they can make the most of hanging out lakeside in Muskoka or snuggling up in an A-frame looking out at forest views.
1. Outdoor blanket
Star-gazing sessions and morning coffee on the dock aren’t complete without a cozy blanket. Rumpl blankets keep you warm, whether you’re snuggling up with your significant other or taking some time for yourself.
2. Damn good coffee
What’s better than a slow morning with a good cup of joe? Not much. The Stanley Classic Stay Hot French Press 1.4L keeps coffee hot for up to four hours while cabin-goers brunch it up.
3. Homemade ice cream
Throw in some delicious ingredients, play a quick game of catch (it only takes 20 minutes) and boom: homemade ice cream! This is one game everyone at the cabin is always going to win.
4. Hut slippers
Sometimes when you get to the cottage things haven’t warmed up quite yet. While you wait for the fire to get started, these hut slippers keep toes toasty. Bonus: they’re made of bluesign®-approved materials, which means they have a reduced environmental impact.
5. Wireless speakers
For keeping the tunes on loud (or soft) around the bonfire or by the lake. The Buckshot 2.0 Wireless Speaker sets up cottage weekends for some solid jam sessions, and the EcoXGear EcoBoulder Plus provides up to 50 hours of music – enough for an entire long weekend.
6. Waterproof everything
If your cabin buddy is anything like me, they’ve probably lost a pair of sunglasses, a bag of chips and maybe even a phone to one of the Great Lakes. The MEC Dry Sleeve helps your phone stay dry if it goes for a brief dunk. It’s also a perfect size for snacks like nuts, dried fruit, chocolate and candy. Oh, and don’t forget the MEC Muskoka Dry Tote – it’s saved me more than once. Not only is it a great towel holder, but it also keeps chips crunchy (not soggy) for #snacklife.
7. Essential camp chair
The Helinox Chair One brings anyone’s cottage game up a notch. It’s comfortable, easy to carry and will save your butt (and back) on long days chilling in the sun.
8. Super cooler
Know someone with a long drive to the cottage who needs to keep food chilled? Want to keep bevvies cold on day trips from the cabin? The Yeti Roadie 20 Cooler fits 14 cans, and is tough enough to stand on when you’re hauling a canoe off your car roof.
9. Dimmable lantern
Set the mood with the Black Diamond Moji LED Lantern. Just right for late-night card games or a sunset picnic dinner by the lake.
10. Ultimate axe
11. Cute camping glasses
Okay, these teeny enamel glasses are seriously awesome. And for every set sold, United By Blue removes one pound of trash from the world’s oceans and waterways. Cool, right?
12. A poncho you’ll never leave behind
One second a warm poncho, the next second a cabin blanket. Once you experience the Honcho Poncho firsthand, you’ll never leave the house without it. Plus it packs up into a pillow for a nap on the car ride home from the cottage.
13. Starry sweaters
Ready to glow in the dark? These galaxy inspired hoodies (women’s and men’s) are soft and warm for watching meteor showers, and they’re made from organic cotton. Bonus: tentree plants 10 trees for every article of clothing sold.
14. Trivia game set
What’s a cottage weekend without games? Drop some knowledge on movies, emojis, places and more with this fun trivia game.
15. Pocket knife
The Helle Eggen Knife is at home in cottage country. Gift it to someone who’s got a kid’s fishing pole to fix or is always ready to cut up snacks for the crew on the dock.
16. Reminders of the cabin at home
Love the cabin so much you want your home to smell the same way? Add the United By Blue Out-Of-Doors Candle to your wishlist for everyday cabin vibes.
Scope out your next line from the hut or cross the elusive golden eagle off your life-list with the Carson RD 8X26 Binoculars. Packable too, since the best pair of binoculars is the one you have with you.
Cloudy with a chance of spider dogs – nice! The Outland Living Propane Fire Pit is a sweet addition to any cottage gear room for rain or shine hangouts. This travel-sized, portable fire pit is great for roasting marshmallows under the stars, especially if the wood pile is damp or there’s a fireban on.
19. Knot book
Know a friend who needs some help tying knots? These waterproof plastic cards stow easily in a backpack or PFD pocket for easy reference when they’re trying to remember which way the rope end is supposed to go.
A big, cabin-sized thank you to MEC staffer Jeffrey for showing off the waterproof binoculars, handy camping axe, and outdoor-friendly speakers in our photos.