There is literally nothing on this planet that gets me as excited as our National Parks. And after visiting 15 of them in 2017-2018, I am 100% hooked…especially on Glacier, Yosemite and Acadia! Eventually, I would like to visit every last one of them, and buy one of every National Park gift in each gift shop. Okay, not really.
Maybe you know some folks on your gift list that are just as crazy about those National Parks as I am, but you’re not quite sure how to track down the perfect gift that will really “wow” them. Well, it’s a good thing I’m here to help you out!
I am always keeping an eye out for great National Park gifts, and I have even created some of my own that you can take a look at below. Maybe I’m biased, but I really think you’re going to like what you see.
You’ve got things to do, so let’s jump straight in to my list of Top Gifts for National Park Fanatics!
2019 National Park Gifts for the Fanatic On Your List
America the Beautiful National Parks Pass (Annual)
Let me just say this from the beginning: There's no better gift you could give to one of us "Park Nuts" than the gift of ADVENTURE! In fact, that's why here at TREKKN we actually give away one of these annual passes every single month. Yes, we believe it is that important. Just click this link to get in on the giveaway.
If your friend or loved one doesn't already have a pass like this, then you just can't get a gift that is a better fit than this one. Not only will it get them into every national park for free, it will also allow access to more than 2,000 different federal recreation sites across the country.
Now, you should know that this is not the only pass available to you. If your gift recipient is age 62 or over, they are eligible for a LIFETIME pass for the same price as the annual pass above! Yeah, wow. (The catch is that you would not be able to directly purchase for them, as far as I know...but you could gift them the money to buy that Senior Pass.)
Be sure to look into all of your options on this page before making your purchase. But whatever you do, definitely consider this your first option for a National Park Gift.
Future Park Ranger T-Shirt
Did I mention that we are passionate about our national parks? So much so that we decided it was time we started creating some of our own products that would allow us to express our connection to the parks.
There's a good chance that your friend or loved one has had some dreams in the past, or still current dreams, about life as a National Park Ranger. I know for me, that is definitely the case...although I think my window of opportunity has passed. Doesn't matter. I still plan to wear this shirt with pride. And I know that anyone who receives it as a gift will also!
Go ahead, put a smile on their face with this unique tee designed by TREKKN.
National Park Exploration Team T-Shirt
We have created this "National Park Exploration Team" shirt for folks who are determined to do as much exploring as possible in these fantastic locations.
So maybe you're not quite sure if they are the "Park Ranger" type? Well, I can guarantee you that they are absolutely the "Exploration Team" type! There's probably nowhere they would rather be than inside a national park, soaking up all that they have to offer and taking advantage of every view and every trail available.
Let them show their "Park Pride" with this Exploration Team T-shirt also designed by TREKKN. You won't regret it!
Pendleton Men's 3-pack National Park Socks Gift Box
Now, before you get upset, they do offer a pack of women's National Park socks as well! Equal opportunity here, folks. These socks are simply awesome! I can tell you that I will absolutely be adding them to my Christmas wish list this year, because there is nothing like flashing the National Park colors.
And with the top notch quality and warmth that the Pendleton brand offers, you really can't go wrong with this as a gift for any "sock jocks" out there. Grab 'em before they're gone.
The National Parks Scratch Off Travel Print 16x20
"The Definitive Scratch Off Travel Print for National Park Adventurers." That's how they describe this very nice display piece that will allow your loved one to show off their National Park travels. Visit a park, scratch off the gold cover to reveal a picturesque image representing each park.
It's the perfect way to help them highlight their passion for the parks! (And yes, I see this on my growing wish list as well.)
National Geographic Complete National Parks of the United States, 2nd Edition: 400+ Parks, Monuments, Battlefields, Historic Sites, Scenic Trails, Recreation Areas, and Seashores
I don't know of any National Park enthusiasts who are "elitists" and not interested in any other public lands, monuments and historic sites. It's pretty much one big ball of wax for us, and we are interested in visiting (and protecting) all of our public lands.
This great resource gives you a look at over 400 different locations of natural and historic significance around the country. It will provide very useful and interesting facts about each spot in addition to details pertinent to a visit. Extremely useful and interesting all around!
2020 Large Wall Calendar - National Parks by Goldistock - 12 x 24 (Open) - Featuring Breathtaking Images of Our National Parks
Well, they do say that a picture is worth a thousand words. So when you couple the awesome info in that previous book with the images in this calendar, you've got a match made in heaven. The perfect 1-2 punch for that special person in your life who just can't get enough of our National Parks.
But I will say that this gift will stand on its own just fine as well and is sure to get a great reaction from any recipient as they flip through the images.
White Mountain Puzzles National Parks - 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle
Everybody loves a puzzle! I have some pretty vivid memories of holidays where the entire family chipped away at a puzzle together...but nothing as cool as this one! For me, this puzzle really captures the essence of the National Park experience and I am certain I would have a blast putting it all together.
At 1,000 pieces, it should provide several hours of fun and reminiscing about parks visited and memories made. I love it!
Venture Pal Lightweight Packable Durable Travel Hiking Backpack Daypack
Listen, you can't get out there a visit a National Park without a solid backpack to carry your gear and keep you out of trouble out on the trails. For most of us, a daypack like this, at 35 liters, is just about the perfect size to hold all of the necessities for a good day hike.
This one is ultra-lightweight and able to be packed up into a small pouch when not in use. Looks to me like it has all of the features I would be looking for in an "adventure pack" for the parks!
59 US NATIONAL PARKS postcard set of 59 postcards. All 59 United States national parks post card pack. Made in USA.
You should know: There are actually 61 National Parks as I write this. With a couple of new ones added in the past couple of years, that number continues to grow.
But does that take anything away from this postcard set that covers 59 parks? Nope. In fact, I am 100% certain that my 21-year old daughter would pounce on this pack of postcards, because she is absolutely a postcard nut! This is the perfect "cheap decoration" option for a dorm room, bedroom or apartment, no doubt about it.
Glacier National Park T-Shirt
If you've read much at all on this site, you probably have some clue that I am a HUGE fan of Glacier National Park. I love all of the parks for one reason or another, but Glacier is it. Whether your loved one has visited this park or not, this is the perfect gift. If they haven't visited yet, it's the perfect reminder that they HAVE to visit this park as soon as possible.
Glacier is the gold standard in National Parks. Period. Give them the shirt that will pull them in that direction.
Fodor's The Complete Guide to the National Parks of the West (Full-color Travel Guide)
If your intended recipient is most likely to find plenty of parks to keep them occupied in the Western portion of the US, this may be the ideal option for you. Especially if they live in the West, they may have little desire to drive to see the parks in the East just yet. Because believe me, there is PLENTY to see in the West. No doubt.
So give them a gift that goes more in depth on the parks that they are most likely to visit in the near future. They will be wowed for sure!
National Park Adventure Guide
Do you have an "obsessive journaler" on your list by any chance? Someone that loves to document everything about their life experiences in great detail? Well my friend, this is the right gift for you.
With space to add details about visits to all 61 of our National Parks, your loved one will enjoy every minute of their journaling time with this beautiful well-designed National Park Adventure Guide.
National Parks Map | National Parks of the USA Map | National Parks Push Pin Map | National Parks Gifts | Hiking Gifts | Handmade in USA
Ah, the classic red push pins. That's what you've got with this higher end gift option that allows your loved one to place a red push pin on every National Park that they are able to visit, while also keeping their eye on the next "targets" on their list.
It's like a pictorial bucket list that will serve them for many years to come! Be the best gift giver ever with this beautiful and thoughtful gift option.
Waterproof Vinyl Stickers Pack for Water Bottle Laptop Bike DIY (50 Pcs Outdoor Adventure Style)
Ok, so this isn't EXACTLY related to the National Parks...but it's an awesome set of 50 stickers for the "Outdoor Enthusiast". These are perfect for decking out a laptop, a water bottle, a car window, or anything else where they can express their love for the outdoors.
It's priced nice and low so this could just be a simple "add on" gift to one of these other options on the list. A super fun addition to give them a creative outlet!
Contigo AUTOSEAL Chill Vacuum-Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle, 24 oz., Monaco
I have one of these stainless steel Contigo water bottles sitting on my desk as I write this. I've used it extensively for about 5 years now and it's covered with National Park stickers. It's beat up. It's battered. It's perfect. I can't bear to part with it.
Give them a canvas for those stickers we just talked about, and all of the National Park stickers they will accumulate in the years to come. This is a SUPER useful gift for any trail lover and I guarantee it will serve them well on their adventures for years to come.
Coghlan's Ringing Bear Bell Metal w/ Magnetic Silencer CHROME
This tiny little item right here? It was with us 100% of the time that we hit a trail in each of the 15 National Parks that we visited on our travels. It is an essential safety item that no hiker should be without if there is any chance of encountering a bear.
One great feature of this particular bell, identical to the one we used, is the "silencer" pouch to keep it quiet when you no longer need the bell (in populated areas with heavier traffic, for instance). It can be embarrassing when that bell won't shut up! Don't embarrass them...get this bell.
Which of these National Park Gifts will be the Perfect Option for Your Park Lover?
You’ve got quite a list to choose from right there, my friend. I hope that you’ll be able to find the right gift, or combination of gifts, to let that special someone know that you care. I promise that your effort to help them indulge their desire for exploration and adventure will mean the world to them.
If you’ve found any other awesome National Park gifts, let us know about them in the comments below and we just might add them to our list!
Todd Bonner is the quieter half of the dynamic TREKKN duo. He spends most of his time sharing information about RV travel and safety, RV accessories and tips, and the National Parks he has visited and still desperately craves. When he’s not busy working on TREKKN, you will often find him staring at breathtaking pictures of Glacier National Park, his favorite spot on earth.