Looking for a gift for someone who loves national parks? Whether they’ve been to a national park or just dreaming of traveling there, these are the best gifts for national park lovers.
These are the best national park gift ideas for Christmas, birthdays, retirement gifts, bon voyage gifts, full time RV gifts and more.
National park posters
Vintage promotional posters for US national parks are all the rage these days. There is just something nostalgic about seeing illustrated travel posters that your grandparents would have been tempted by a few generations ago.
I was thrilled when I started browsing Rob Decker’s website, National-Park-Posters, which creates stunning works of art reminiscent of the Works Progress Administration style of the 1930s and 1940s.
Decker had the rare opportunity to study with famous photographer Ansel Adams in Yosemite when he was just 19 years old. Now he is sharing his gift with all of us who want a special memory of a site in the national park system that we have visited or dream of.
It’s not just the posters that you can enjoy. There is also:
- Gift cards
- Canvas prints
The posters are printed on recycled paper with soy-based inks, and 10% of the proceeds are donated to organizations that support our national parks. Each original work is numbered, dated and signed creating a lasting memory.
I was really impressed with the shipping and care taken with the poster – a heavy, flat envelope with heavy card stock inside protecting a beautiful signed and numbered print.
Another great supplier of classic national park posters with a vintage look is Albion Mercantile Co.
However, they are best known for their funny looks. Subpar National Parks Posters. These posters feature actual reviews of American public lands that are just too funny! For anyone with a sense of humor, these illustrated posters are perfect!
Partly poster and part vintage card, these Xplorer Cards showcase each individual park in old-world charm and are perfect for hanging on the wall.
Personalized national park / National forest panels
I can’t tell you how much a true national park lover absolutely LOVES these signs!
You can choose from a variety of custom signs, using their last or first names to create a sign for their own “national park” or “national forest” or “national recreation area”.
National Park towels
Whether you are camping, motorhome or dreaming of a visit, these Nomadix towels are amazing!
Although Nomadix offers a variety of towels for adventure seekers, they do have a National parks collection which is amazing. Loved seeing a display of their towels in a Grand Canyon gift shop while we were in the park.
I love their national parks map briefcase that I have. It’s a fun way to view a map of parks to visit in the United States.
The towels are thin and light so they dry quickly. What is so important when camping.
Recycling is important to Nomadix, and the towels are made from recycled plastic bottles. They’re also sweet, too. Unlike other microfiber towels which promise to dry quickly, but leave your skin rough.
National park books
There are so many books you can buy in national parks. You can choose to get an individual park guide or a coffee table type book on the NPS system.
Here are some great ideas:
A great gift from national parks for children is the Little Naturalists: The Adventures of John Muir The story of the inspiring man who was the backbone of the founding of the entire NPS system.
National parks passport books
When you visit national parks and NPS sites (such as national historic monuments, national seashores, etc.) you can often collect official stamps.
This official national parks passport booklet is the most used type of book for collecting stamps (which we love to do!).
If you also want to use your passport book as a travel diary then you will want this National Parks Passport Journal.
National park clothing
There is no shortage of national park-themed t-shirts, both online and in national park gift shops.
Here are some of our favorites:
- We first bought a Savage tribute t-shirt Theodore Roosevelt National Park and fell in love with design. This collection of t-shirts and clothing celebrates the wilderness and donates a portion of sales to national parks. Almost $ 1,000,000 has already been donated!
- National park boot t-shirt All the national parks are featured in this footprint t-shirt. “Leave Only Footprints” is the motto of treating national parks with respect.
- Protect national parks t-shirt I have worn this shirt from Recover Brands across America and received rave reviews from Park Rangers and fellow hikers. Made with an eco-friendly material made from old plastic bottles, the shirt is super comfortable and proudly displays a desire to protect America’s wilderness.
- T-shirt For the benefit and enjoyment of the people These words evoke so many emotions in lovers of national parks. They were on the original gate to Yellowstone National Park, the first national park in the United States. It is a mission that is still relevant today.
Scratch off travel cards
For anyone visiting multiple parks, such as campers, car travelers, or RVs, a national parks scratch card is almost a must!
Keep track of where you traveled with this # 1 -selling National Parks Scratch Card. After each visit, use a coin to reveal the arrowhead logo.
There is, however, a HUGE variety of scratch card types! Discover all these really awesome designs to scratch parks or states.
National park games
These classic board games have a nature inspired theme you’ll love. Plus, they’re great for off-grid camping and outdoor entertainment.
National parks puzzles
National parks puzzle This 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle presents 400 national parks and national park sites across America.
I actually bought this from my mom NPS puzzle for Mother’s Day at a Grand Canyon gift shop. But you can get it on Amazon!
National parks video
National parks: America’s best idea I can’t tell you how many times my husband watched this documentary video series again and again.
There is something so powerful about the story of national parks as told by famous documentary filmmaker Ken Burns. The story of the birth of America’s best idea will inspire, motivate, and encourage you to fight to support these great lands.
More gift ideas for national parks
Here are some other great gifts that we absolutely adore, and think they will too! These make great Christmas stockings.
If you want even more Christmas stocking ideas, check out our big list of 125 inexpensive Christmas stockings for women, men and children.
National parks calendar 2022 An amazing way to count down on vacation! At the end of the year, frame the magnificent piece of art. There are so many national park calendars to choose from, including graphic posters and stunning photographs.
Paddy wax candles Inspired by the scents of National Parks, these scented candles paid to Nashville, TN, comes in a reusable container that could be used as a planter.
Water Bottle Stickers A reusable water bottle is a MUST when visiting the parks. They can personalize their own bottle with this set of 50 national park stickers which are waterproof!
This National Parks Adult Coloring Book allows you to relieve stress by coloring and visualizing iconic nature scenes.
Coin collection If they like to collect coins, this National Park Memorial Quarters Collector’s Card that’s great ! It’s inexpensive, but provides a lot of treasure hunting fun whenever you have change!
National Park Stickers What can’t you do with stickers?!? They’ll love being able to personalize water bottles, notebooks or even a laptop with these waterproof stickers!
Just like the slogan “Virginia is for lovers”, many people really like the slogan “National parks are for lovers” as a retro way to share their enthusiasm for the parks. Obtain a National parks are for lovers for a vintage retro atmosphere.
Christmas decorations Give them an ornament for a park they’ve visited this year or plan to visit soon. here is a very good variety to choose.
DIY gifts Do you want to give gifts to the national park? Check out these National park pillows that we have made from a variety of national park fabrics available. You can do anything with all models. We used this Etsy shop to purchase so many fabrics from the national park and to be delighted with the quality and customer service.
America the Beautiful National Parks Pass
For those who like to visit national parks, they probably already have the annual pass. For $ 80, this is one of the best value for money in America!