$10 and under Buys to help you hold on to your “camp self”

Home from summer camp? How’s the re-entry going? If you are anything like me, you re-watch videos on your phone from Olympics, you are thrilled that you took pics in live mode so you can feel for a brief moment what you felt when you originally took that picture at camp. You use social media these days, but only to see what your camp friends are doing. You may be in denial that school/work has started or is about to start.

Good news – we’ve found a bunch of stuff that will help you hold on to your “summer camp self” – you know, the person who worked their butt off this summer and has never been happier as a result of it. I find myself often referring to this version of myself through the year and I think these items will help me in my quest to remember my summer self.

So if you are looking to send something to a friend from camp, if you are starting your Christmas/Chanukah lists,  or you just really want some awesome stuff to have around that remind you of your camp self, here are some fun buys.

(Disclaimer: only look at these gift ideas when you are procrastinating. You will get so side-tracked by your summer job memories/emotions that it may be hard to get back into what you are supposed to be doing!)

And the actual disclaimer: CampStaff is not affiliated with any of these vendors in a business relationship (or a personal one, for that matter). We are sharing with you today items that we love that will evoke camp feelings in your heart and help camp stay alive in your soul for the next 10 months.

Gifts For

Under $10:

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back pack pins

$1.98/each

These little camp pins are so cute that I sort of want to buy all of them. Great for a back pack for you, for your camp friend, or for your summer staff. What says camp more than a s’more?

Aweedmark is the creator of these tiny gems. On her site, she perfectly writes ‘In my shop you’ll find original, retro-inspired illustrations that are meant to take people to a more simple place, to bring back memories of adventures had long ago, or inspire adventures yet to be had. ‘ (She hit the nail on the head; I wonder if she was ever a camp counselor?)


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adventure sticker

$3.00/each

Fun sticker for a water bottle! At camp, we carry around our water bottles like they are attached to our bodies. We rarely wash them, we add stickers to them until there is no plain bottle left to see. Continue the love of your camp water bottle while at home; you’ll be amazed at the amount of conversations it will spark when you bust that camp water bottle out!

TurtlesSoup is a greeting card and stationery brand with inspiration rooted heavily in pattern design, nature, animals, and pun-based humor. Sometimes whimsical and often sarcastic, they believe that the best way to connect with one another is by sharing a laugh to go along with the heartfelt sentiment. (yes, TurtlesSoup, you sound like true camp people!)


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Camp Life Laptop Sticker

$3.00/each

Dress up your laptop with this sticker that will remind you every day of camp. Sort of like a water bottle, camp staff (and campers) like to dress up their laptops with as many stickers they can find that make them think about camp. My laptop has a moose on it. It literally makes me smile every time I see it.

The Sticky Moose is the maker of these decals; truly, their name is so great that I think we should support them.


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camp magnets

$5.00/each

Stick these fun wood burned and hand painted magnets on your fridge. Every time you grab a yogurt or a piece of cheese, you’ll be reminded of happy days at camp! If you are feeling creative, make some yourself!

AshAtticCo. creates every part of the process is done in house (in Tennessee). First they cut down a tree branch, then using a miter saw they cut the shape needed for the project, the wood is then sanded down. Next they heat treat each piece to cure it. After cooling they are ready to start painting and woodburning. They take the time to make a true representation of what they are portraying so you can look back and reminisce. (thanks, AtticCo, we do have a lot of camp memories that are worth reminiscing about).


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Life Is An Adventure Patch

$8.00/each

Yes, the backing is velcro, so no sewing is required! Another cool gift for yourself or a camp friend to remind them of the adventure they just finished this summer.  There are some more pretty cool patches on this site as well if you explore a bit.

BournAdventure is the maker of these patches and they have a really fun story. It all stated with their love of the Toyota FJ Cruiser and has transformed into a business. Their story is well worth the read, as they are true adventurers to the core.


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Camp Life Felties

$4.00/set of 4

Can’t say I really knew what a feltie was and had to look it up. Turns out, they are felt appliques that you can use for multiple crafting uses; from scrapbooking to embellishing your hat. Pretty cool little accessory for a little price.  I like the message this one sends; camp life. Couldn’t have said it better myself.

RaggityBaggity can custom make a feltie for you; so start thinking about your camp memories and put it on a feltie!

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