Article Overview: The Best National Park Gifts, Gifts for National Park Lovers
America’s National Parks are an incredible source of pride and inspiration for outdoor enthusiasts the world over. So it’s only fitting that there’s a lot of really amazing national parks-themed gear and gifts out there.
Of course the only problem is that they’re scattered across different stores and retailers all over the internet, but fear not, that’s where we come in!
This comprehensive guide to the best national park gifts is chalk full of amazing gifts that we’re sure will bring a smile to the national parks lover in your family.
As someone who lives and breathes the national parks on a daily basis (and has no small collection of Smokey Bear and national park-themed items), I’m well-versed in the best national park gifts out there and am excited to share them with you – there are some really great companies making amazing stuff out there!
Before we dive in if you’re in a hurry or don’t know where to start try heading straight to our How To Pick The Right National Park Gift section of this page to take the guesswork out of it.
In this National Parks Gift Guide you’ll find:
- National Park Gifts for her
- National Park Gifts for him
- National Park Gifts for kids
- The Best National Park Maps
- The Best National Park Books & Guides
- National Park clothing and accessories
- Unique National Park Gifts
- National Park Souvenirs
- National Parks decor and so much more!
So let’s get to these amazing national park gifts!
Table of Contents: Best National Park Gifts
Best National Park Gifts
- Top 5 National Park Gifts
- National Park Gifts: Best National Park Maps & Posters
- National Parks Gifts: Best National Park Books, Guides, and Journals
- 11. National Geographic Complete National Parks of the United States
- 12. The Art of the National Parks: Park-Lover’s Journal
- 13. The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America
- 14. Rightful Heritage: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Land of America
- 15. National Parks Passport
- 16. National Parks Coloring Book
- 17. Pocket Guide to Hiking/Backpacking
- 18. The National Parks: America’s Best Idea
- 19. Ansel Adams in the National Parks: Photographs from America’s Wild Places
- National Park Gift Ideas for the Home
- 20. Limited Edition Protect The Parks Series Fatwood Fire Starter Sticks – 13lb Crate
- 21. National Park Candles by Paddywax
- 22. Pendleton National Parks Blanket
- 23. Whiskey Peaks Grand Teton Set of 4 Glasses
- 24. National Parks Maps Towel
- 25. National Park Candles by Good & Well Supply Co.
- 26. Pendleton National Parks Pet Bed
- 27. 2023 Smokey Bear Wall Calendar
- National Park Gifts: Best National Park Games
- 28. National Parks 1,000 Piece Vintage Puzzle
- 29. TRAILS, a Family Strategy Board Game About Hiking and Outdoors
- 30. National Parks Playing Cards
- 31. Monopoly National Parks Edition
- 32. Scrabble: National Parks
- 33. Parks: Memories
- 34. Trivial Pursuit: National Park 100th Anniversary Edition
- 35. YAHTZEE National Parks Travel Edition
- 36. JENGA National Parks Special Edition
- National Park Gifts: National Park Clothing & Accessories
- 37. Parks Project Pictogram National Park Long-Sleeve T-Shirt
- 38. The Landmark Project National Parks Map T-Shirt
- 39. Pendleton National Park Socks 3-Pack
- 40. Smokey Bear Socks
- 41. National Parks Trucker Hat
- 42. Retro Glacier National Park Sweatshirt
- 43. Men’s ’73 Skyline Organic T-Shirt
- 44. Pendleton National Park Beanie
- National Park Gifts: Unique National Park Gifts, Ornaments, & more
- Best National Park Gifts for Kids
- Summary of the Best National Park Gifts
Top 5 National Park Gifts
Is there any better time of year for board games and hot drinks? I received this national parks game as a gift last year and it’s quickly become my favorite board game – and I promise it’s not just because I love national parks!
Yes it’s time to leave the cutthroat real estate games on the shelf and instead compete against one another to visit the most national parks.
Filled with the beautiful artwork of the Fifty-Nine Parks Print Series, PARKS is sure to become a new family favorite.
Buy: PARKS by Keymaster Games
Here’s a no-brainer. They love the national parks right? Get them the one and only annual pass that gets them into the national parks, national forests, and countless other precious public lands for free. Think of it as a national park gift card.
Plus if you buy it through REI they donate 10% of pass sale proceeds to the National Forest Foundation, National Park Foundation and the U.S. Endowment for Forestry & Communities. Talk about a win-win!
Buy: America The Beautiful National Park Pass at REI
Kick off the new year with this beautiful national parks calendar! This is a great calendar to show off your national parks pride at home or at the office.
Plus you can feel great that your purchase is helping fund the National Park Service through it’s official charity: the National Park Foundation.
Hikers, campers, and national park people LOVE good quality socks. Sock and boot stories tend to be a common campfire conversation topic and nobody wants to be the one frying their cheap socks over the fire in a vain attempt to keep warm and dry.
In terms of an all around hiking sock there really is no better than Darn Tough Vermont’s hiking socks.
These socks can be worn over and over again on the trail (and I mean consecutive days out camping) and seriously feel as good as new each morning.
Not only does this beautiful book contain gorgeous images from our national parks in a perfect coffee table size, it also uses our photographs of Voyageurs National Park for the Voyageurs section of the book – and I have to say they look quite nice in there.
That aside, it’s a wonderful compendium of the national parks full of stunning photos that are sure to inspire future trips and spark great conversation.
National Park Maps & Posters Gift Ideas
Yes it’s no secret that we created a pretty cool national parks map after finding that there really aren’t a whole lot of great options out there.
This one makes a great gift for national park fans who can display it proudly in their home or office and use it as a quick reference guide.
Comes in a variety of sizes.
Buy: Framed National Parks Map by More Than Just Parks
This National Parks Checklist Map is perfect for keeping track of the parks you’ve visited and planning future park trips!It comes in a variety of sizes and makes a great gift for fellow park enthusiasts.
Buy: National Parks Checklist Map by More Than Just Parks
This is the best scratch off national parks poster out there and it’s very reasonably priced. If you or someone you know is looking for a more interactive way to check off the parks you’ve visited this is the perfect gift.
This set of 5 vintage national park posters hearken back to the days of the Civilian Conservation Corps and the old railroad “See America First” campaigns.
These make perfect decor for the young or old park enthusiast in your family with their timeless retro appeal.
This beautifully restored archival grade print of Henry Wellge’s 1904 lithograph of Yellowstone National Park makes for an outstanding gift for any national park enthusiast.
Wellge’s stunning 1904 rendering of Yellowstone is sure to be a conservation starter as you and your friends examine the the park in exquisite detail pointing out the places you’ve visited or have yet to visit.
Best National Park Books, Guides, and Journals
Here’s an excellent gift for any park fan. Complete with all 423 national park sites (not just the 63 national parks), this is the most comprehensive guide to the lands administered by America’s National Park Service out there and it’s done beautifully.
Whether displayed as a coffee table book or used for reference you’ll be proudly reaching for this gorgeous book for years to come as you sift through the national parks in stunning detail.
There are a lot of journal choices out there geared for all kinds of hobbyists, but this is the journal for national park enthusiasts old or young.
Filled with the beautiful artwork of Fifty-Nine Parks and spaces to record where you went, who you were with, what you saw, and much more for each park, this is the perfect journal for anyone who makes a hobby of visiting the national parks.
Oh and there’s a place for each park stamp!
Buy: National Park Journal by Fifty-Nine Parks
A masterful work by acclaimed author and historian Douglas Brinkley on one of our nation’s greatest environmentalists.
This book is a seminal work in conservation non-fiction and is sure to delight any reader with an interest in the outdoors or American history.
Roosevelt’s life is endlessly fascinating and deeply intertwined with the early conservation movement in the U.S. This book is sure to be a hit national park gift for the reader in your family.
Buy: The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America by Douglas Brinkley
Acclaimed author and historian Douglas Brinkley does it again with this follow up to The Wilderness Warrior, this time chronicling President Franklin Roosevelt’s relatively unknown yet staggering conservation achievements.
Personally I tore through this book and enjoyed it even more than The Wilderness Warrior, partly due to how little I knew at the time about FDR’s passion for the environment and conservation.
Buy: Rightful Heritage: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Land of America by Douglas Brinkley
There are a number of ways you can collect your national park stamps from each park you visit, the Park Service will be happy to stamp your journal or whatever you have, but there’s something about the classic National Parks Passport that makes it feel official.
This is a great gift for anyone you know that loves visiting the parks and collecting national park souvenirs from their travels.
This great coloring book was a big hit with my young nephews last year and I’m sure it will be with the young explorers in your family.
Fifty-Nine Parks inspiring artwork makes for a great canvas for kids to bring the parks to life in their own way.
Bring it on a road trip and they’ll be excited to see what they’ve been coloring come to life!
Buy: National Parks Coloring Book by Fifty-Nine Parks
This waterproof pocket guide to hiking & backpacking is the perfect companion guide to anyone you know planning a solo or group backpacking trip.
Inside you’ll find a wealth of helpful and concise information to make your hiking and backpacking trips fun and safe.
A perfect gift for the worrying parent to stuff in their adventurous child’s backpack or wrap under the tree.
The companion book to Ken Burns & Dayton Duncan’s acclaimed documentary series on America’s National Parks, this beautiful book is a great coffee table addition and national park memento for the outdoors-person in your family.
This most comprehensive collection of Ansel Adams national parks photography is a must have for any budding landscape photographer or park aficionado.
Adams work in the national parks was hugely successful in the early fight for conservation and remain lasting testaments to these iconic landscapes and Adams legendary photographic skills.
National Park Gift Ideas for the Home
A fantastic gift for any national park lover who likes to build fires, which should cover every national park lover.
This collectible wooden crate comes with 13lbs of all natural fatwood fire starter sticks, perfect for building the foundation of a beautiful, long-lasting fire.
Set this next to your fireplace and add some rustic national park style to your living room while you sip well-earned that hot cider.
Better Wood Products donates 5% of profits to the National Park Foundation. Various national park designs available.
Buy: Limited Edition National Parks Fatwood Crate by Better Wood Products
Paddywax National Park Candles are about as authentic as it gets. Glacier smells of white pine and hemlock, Acadia smells of sea grass and driftwood, Olympic smells of pacific moss, and they go on like this.
These candles make the perfect gift for national park lovers looking to strike a match and reminisce about their favorite places and adventures while curled up in the comfort of their home.
It’s as close to a national parks souvenir as you can get.
Buy: National Park Candles by Paddywax
Pendleton has been celebrating America’s national parks with a distinctive line of blankets for over 100 years. Pendleton’s quality is legendary and these blankets are sure to become family heirlooms for generations. Over 12 national park designs to choose from.
Buy: National Parks Blanket by Pendleton
These beautifully crafted crystal whiskey glasses featuring a topographical impression of the iconic Teton Range are sure to be the talk of your next get together.
It’s time to take happy hour up a notch with these memorable rocks glasses. The perfect gift for the national park aficionado in your family.
You don’t need the latest in swimsuit fashion to be the envy of the beach, just this national parks towel!
Plus it’s made with GRS-certified post-consumer recycled plastic, which won’t stretch or warp over time.
Buy: National Parks Maps Towel by Nomadix
Good & Well Supply Co brings the scents of the our national parks into your home in their beautiful soy candle tins. We can safely say these candles really do bring us back to the places they’re crafted to represent.
The Saguaro National Park candle smells of the the bushes and cactus flowers wafting through the dry desert air, the Sequoia National Park candle smells of alpine air, conifer trees and pine needles, and on they go.
These candles make the perfect gift for national park lovers looking to strike a match and reminisce about their favorite places and adventures from the comfort of their home.
Buy: National Parks Candles by Good & Well Supply Co.
Because your furry friend deserves a rustic national park-themed place to rest after those arduous outdoor adventures.
This line of Pendleton pet beds features their iconic national park series of colors and comes in several sizes to accommodate most any pet.
If you know someone who enjoys adventures outdoor with their pet this is the perfect national park-themed gift for them.
I’m fully aware that Smokey Bear is the U.S. Forest Service mascot, but we’re about public lands here and what national park enthusiast doesn’t love our national bear?
This nostalgic calendar is filled with vintage Smokey Bear artwork that make you proud to display it knowing that you practice what Smokey preaches.
Best National Park Games
If you’re looking for the perfect national parks puzzle you can stop now, you found it.
Cavallini Papers & Co. makes beautiful vintage puzzles and decor on a range of typically nature-related topics and their national parks puzzles are simply the best.
Buy: National Parks Vintage Map 1,000 Piece Puzzle by Cavallini Papers & Co.
Buy: National Parks Vintage Posters 1,000 Piece Puzzle by Cavallini Papers & Co.
The best national park game is at the top of this list so be sure to check that out. If you like that one, this game is made by the same geniuses at Keymaster Games using the same beautiful artwork from Fifty-Nine Parks.
The major difference here is that this game plays much faster (typically 20 minutes) and is more portable making a great addition to any camping trip!
Buy: TRAILS by Keymaster Games
A deck of cards is most definitely a camping essential. This handsome deck of cards is done by our friends at Fifty-Nine Parks and features their beautiful artwork of our national parks.
If you’re going to get national parks playing cards get the best. Also check out my fireside chat with them from a few years back.
Buy: National Parks Playing Cards by Fifty-Nine Parks
So take Monopoly and swap out the properties for iconic national parks, the pieces for things like a ranger hat, a tent, a bison, etc., you get the idea.
If you’re trying to think of a good gift for the national parks lover in your family, this national parks themed gift monopoly set is a pretty safe bet. Plus a portion of the proceeds go to the National Park Foundation!
Buy: National Parks Monopoly by Hasbro
Why not upgrade that old Scrabble set with this inexpensive National Parks-themed gift edition? Did I mention a portion of the proceeds from the sale goes to the National Park Foundation?
Is it very different from the original game? Well no, but players get extra points for national park-themed words. So try your hand at a national parks style Scrabble game that’s fun for the whole family!
Buy: Scrabble: National Parks by Hasbro
33. Parks: Memories
From the makers of our #1 national park gift comes this strategic matching game that is fun for the whole family.
It plays in less than 30mins and adds some fun elements of strategy to a classic matching game. Of course the game also employs the beautiful artwork of Fifty-Nine Parks.
Buy: Parks: Memories by Keymaster Games
Who’s the national park trivia buff in your family? This national parks edition of Trivial Pursuit will make the perfect gift with over 600 questions on national park history and facts.
Better yet, it’s compact design makes it perfect for bringing on camping trips!
Buy: Trivial Pursuit National Park 100th Anniversary Edition by Hasbro
This national parks-themed gift is a take on the original family classic changes out the traditional numbered dice for national park icons and comes in a perfect travel size for plenty of fun-filled future family trips.
Plus a portion of your purchase is donated to the National Park Foundation, talk about a win-win!
Buy: YAHTZEE National Parks Travel Edition by Hasbro
JENGA pulled off a terrific spin on this family classic by adding interesting national park facts to each block along with the National Park Foundation’s logo.
And yes, you guessed it, a portion of the proceeds from your purchase are donated to the National Park Foundation. If you have JENGA it’s time to upgrade, and if you don’t this is the set to buy!
Buy: JENGA National Parks Special Edition by Hasbro
National Park Clothing & Accessories Gift Ideas
This great looking long-sleeve tee features national park pictograms and a grizzly bear on the front pocket.
But the best part about this national park gift is that it has each park listed on the back accompanied by a small bubble to check off after each visit so the shirt grows with you and becomes a prized possession as you visit more parks.
Buy: Pictogram National Park Long-Sleeve T-Shirt by Parks Project
The Landmark Project makes some really great gifts for outdoorsy people, but this one is particularly for national park fans.
Featuring a detailed map of America’s national parks this one’s sure to be a favorite for adventures and barbecues alike.
Buy: National Parks Map T-Shirt by The Landmark Project
We all know Pendleton makes beautiful, time-honored blankets and bedding, but did you know they’ve taken their talents to the sock department?
Yes the Pendleton National Park Socks 3-Pack makes the perfect national parks stocking stuffer for the national park lover in your family. Or better yet, wrap that box up and stick it under the tree for the perfect national parks Christmas gift!
Buy Womens: Pendleton National Park Socks 3-Pack by Pendleton
Buy Mens: Pendleton National Park Socks 3-Pack by Pendleton
Because who wouldn’t love receiving a pair of socks with our beloved fire safety bear on them?
Two choices here, one a deep forest green with Smokey’s face printed on them in color, the other a more traditional Forest Service color scheme with Smokey printed in green. Either way you can’t go wrong!
Hats are always a great gift. Take this classic truckers hat that pays perfect homage to the national parks, it’s forest green and gold and ready for the trails.
This is sure to be a weather worn classic in no time.
Buy: National Parks Trucker Hat by The Landmark Project
Who doesn’t love a good crewneck sweatshirt? This throwback Glacier national park sweatshirt makes a great gift for any national park lover.
You’ll be getting a cheerful selfie in this cozy sweatshirt in your messages in no time!
What does Patagonia have to do with national parks gifts you say? Patagonia is a certified B-Corp that is on the front lines of conservation in the United States, donating and publicizing causes that aim to protect our parks, forests, and precious landscapes.
We’re big fans of Patagonia here at More Than Just Parks and highly recommend their gear for outdoor enthusiasts. This cool t-shirt comes in a number of colors and is sure to be a favorite.
Buy: Men’s ’73 Skyline Organic T-Shirt by Patagonia
These timeless beanies from Pendleton come in 5 different unique national park patterns (Yellowstone pictured here). Tis the season for staying warm so why not do it in true national park style.
These beanies are perfect for hitting the trails this winter so go ahead and get them the national parks gift that keeps on giving – warmth!
Buy: National Park Beanie by Pendleton
Unique National Park Gifts, Ornaments, & more
Okay so this isn’t technically a national park gift, but we were too excited about this product to wait for our camping and hiking gifts posts later. Suffice to say this is a perfect gift for anyone you know who likes to go camping.
There are a lot of products floating around out there that claim to be your camping coffee solution, but then they have all kinds of parts that clutter up your limited space and are complicated for the wee hours of the morning.
Enter GoJo, the last camping coffee solution you’ll ever need. Here’s how it works: Drop in a scoop of ground coffee into your mug, add hot water, pop in your GoJo, and enjoy!
I can personally attest that this product is every bit the game-changer it looks to be.
Add Smokey to your tree this holiday season to remind Dad and Mom not to overload the outlet and keep the tree watered.
This ornament is really a must have gift for national park lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. Remember, only you can follow through and buy this for the national park fan in your family.
These glass-blown national park ornaments make the perfect Christmas gift for the national park fan in your family.
Choose from a wide variety of parks and get them an ornament they’ll display with pride this year!
This beautiful hand-blown decanter featuring a topographical impression of Yosemite National Park’s famous Half Dome is sure to make a memorable national park themed gift for someone you must really like.
34 oz of their favorite whiskey will feel right at home in this one-of-a-kind decanter.
Buy: Half Dome Decanter
Best National Park Gifts for Kids
This fun kids book is a great way to introduce kids to the national parks and the incredible plants and animals that make them so special.
They’ll be asking what Egrets are and where the Everglades is in no time!
Buy: National Parks A to Z Kids Book by Gus D’Angelo
Nature has so much to offer kids. This backyard safari kit is sure to fire their imaginations and get them excited about exploring the great outdoors.
The kit includes everything you see pictured, more than enough to outfit any young budding explorer!The perfect gift for the backyard and future trips!
Buy: Backyard Safari Kit for Kids by National Geographic
Here’s another great national parks book to introduce the youngsters to the wonders of our parks. This is perfect for the little explorer in your family or if you’re planning a family vacation to the parks and want to stoke some excitement!
Buy: A Dog’s National Park Vacation by Paul Meier
Summary of the Best National Park Gifts
I hope you’ve enjoyed this comprehensive guide to the best national park gifts for 2022.
As someone who spends a great deal of every year in the national parks I get a lot of park-themed gifts from friends and family every year and of course buy a lot of things myself – so I suppose I like to think I know a little something about which national park gifts are actually worthwhile and where to find them.
I hope you’ve found some great gifts for loved ones here!
How To Pick The Right National Park Gift
Okay so I have a list of the 50 best national park gifts out there from a wide variety of retailers covering all kinds of niches – but how do you determine what gift is the right one for the national park lover in your family?
Let’s start with where they are in their parks obsession and then narrow down by their characteristics.
- National Park Gifts for the park fan just starting out
- A National Parks Checklist Map is the perfect place to start.
- The next thing they’ll need is an annual park pass to get them in to all the parks they plan to visit.
- National park books are the perfect place to find the inspiration and information needed to plan that big park roadtrip. Try these: National Geographic Atlas of The National Parks, National Geographic Complete National Parks Guide
- National Park Gifts for the national parks veteran
- You may want to avoid the annual pass as they likely already have one. Instead opt for something like Darn Tough Vermont’s indestructible hiking socks (expensive socks that they’ll be thanking you for for years) or the GoJo Portable Coffee & Tea Straw which will make their park trips easier and more enjoyable.
- Gifts for the national parks lover who likes games
- No matter where they are in their national parks obsession, PARKS is the perfect gift for any national park fan who enjoys games.
- As someone who enjoys board games myself, I have a pretty exhaustive list of the best national park games out there with my takes on each one. I’m sure you’ll find the right one here.
- For the reader or history buff
- We’ve got you covered. Acclaimed historian Douglas Brinkley’s masterful works The Wilderness Warrior and Rightful Heritage, on the Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin Roosevelt’s lifelong pursuits in conservation are seminal works in conservation non-fiction that I highly recommend.
- You might also try National Geographic’s Atlas of The National Parks or National Geographic Complete National Parks Guide, perfect coffee table books filled with beautiful imagery and insightful information.
- For the home decorator
- These vintage national park posters make for great timeless decor, also this national parks scratch off poster looks great on any wall as they make their way through the parks.
- For a rustic mixture of ambiance and decor you can’t go wrong with these national park candles.
- Lastly these rocks glasses and this decanter make the perfect addition to any national park fan’s bar cart or happy hour corner.
- For kids
Top 10 Best National Park Gifts
With that, I’ll roundup my top 10 favorite gifts on here – these are the one’s I recommend the most this year!
- PARKS by Keymaster Games & Fifty-Nine Parks
- America The Beautiful National Park Pass
- National Geographic Atlas of the National Parks
- National Parks Checklist Map
- National Geographic Complete National Parks of the United States
- Darn Tough Vermont Hiking Socks
- National Park Candles by Good & Well Supply Co.
- The Art of the National Parks: Park-Lover’s Journal
- National Parks 1,000 Piece Vintage Puzzle
- GoJo Portable Coffee & Tea Brewing Straw
Stay tuned for more posts on gift ideas for hikers and campers this holiday season! We have so many more unique outdoor gift ideas to share!
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