National Park Lovers' Gift Guide
Since its creation in 1916, the National Park Service has been one of America's most beloved assets. There are 58 national parks that make up the national park system, the full list can be found here.
The following is a list of gift ideas for the national parks enthusiast in your life, or perhaps you will find something to help celebrate your latest national park adventure! You are bound to find something great to celebrate the national parks on this list!
If you have someone on your list that is obsessed with the national parks, then a parks pass is the perfect gift! They will grant you access to the entire national parks system for an entire year! There are several types offered - annual, military, annual 4th grade pass, and volunteer pass. Some of the passes are even free, so definitely make sure to check these out!
National Park Patch
Patches are the perfect gift for the backpacker on your list. This is something that I personally collect when I visit the parks. You can often find them in the visitor's centers of each park, or you can find them online. I have had to make purchases online for past parks that I didn't get patches for before. I love putting the patches on my backpack to help keep track of which ones I have visited, its like my passport for the parks!
National Park Hat
Hats are a great gift for anyone who loves the outdoors. They can protect you from the elements, or hide that dirty camp hair you often sport while camping. They are the perfect accessory for adventuring in the national parks, or even around town!
National Park Poster
National park posters are a great way to help keep track of past visits, or to perhaps plan future trips. I personally like this poster that includes all of the national parks on one print. We actually have this exact poster hanging in our office at home. I serves as motivation to keep working so I can plan more vacations to the parks!
National Park DVD Set
This series was directed by Ken Burns for PBS. It is a 12 hour, 6 episode series that highlights the history of our national park's system. A perfect gift for a national park lover who is also a history buff!
National Park Kids' Clothing
Adults are not the only ones who love national parks, kids do too! It's never to early to instill an appreciation for our nation's park system. If you know a kid that loves the national parks, there are lots of fun clothing options out there to buy them!
National Park Sticker
Stickers are a great way to show our love for the national parks. You can stick them on your water bottle, car, cooler, etc. I personally love this Smokey sticker - he is such a great symbol for the protection of our parks.
National Park Puzzle
Puzzles are a great family activity. I love this puzzle because it showcases all of the national parks with beautiful vintage travel posters. I can imagine myself doing this on a winter day, dreaming about summer adventures to the parks!
National Park Thermos
If you have a coffee or tea drinker that is a national park lover on your list, this is the perfect gift! It's perfect for long roadtrips, cold mornings in camp, or at the office. A great way to show one's love for the national parks.
National Park Coloring Book
Coloring books are a great, unique gift idea! They provide hours of entertainment and you can take them anywhere! Perfect for both adults and kids that love the national parks.
National Park T-Shirt
Who doesn't love a good souvenir t-shirt? You can help your favorite national park lover celebrate a recent trip with a national parks t-shirt. There are several great options on Amazon, some that showcase all of the parks (like the one shown) or some that honor individual parks.
National Park Playing Cards
This is a perfect gift for the national park lover in your life! Playing cards are a great way to entertain oneself while camping or road tripping. They can provide hours of entertainment without breaking the bank or taking up much space in your backpack.
National Park Guide Book
Guide books are a great gift for the national park adventurer on your list! They are great for brainstorming future trips, or a great resource to bring while visiting the parks!
National Park Pin
National park pins are another great way to document your visits to the national parks. Like patches, you can decorate your backpack with pins to commemorate your park trips. I like to collect them like passport stamps but for my backpack!
National Park Calendar
Calendars are a great gift for the national park lover on your list because they can be repurposed as art when they are finished being used! They are great daily reminder of the parks, so you can daydream about adventuring year round.
National Park Tapestry
A tapestry is a great way to incorporate one's love for the national parks into their home decor. There are tapestries available on Society6 of national park posters as well as photography. This particular tapestry is from my trip to Mount Rainer National Park last summer.
National Park Kids' Book
It's never to early to foster the love of the national parks in a child. This book is full of activities, trivia, games, etc. A perfect book for at home, or on the road touring the parks! They will provide hours of entertainment for the whole family!
National Park Board Game
Board games are a perfect gift for the family that loves national parks. Monopoly is a classic, but the national parks edition is unique. The game features over 60 of the most beautiful and historic sites in America and even feature animals for the game pieces!
National Park Service Sweatshirt
Help the national park lover on your list sport their love for the national parks service with this sweatshirt. It displays the iconic arrowhead symbol that is used throughout the parks system.
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