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National Parks Gift Guide 2021

The perfect holiday gift guide for the national park lover in your family. From camping essentials to camera gear to books and decor and everything in between.

National parks gifts for people who like national parks, why has this guide not been out there for years? That’s what we thought here at More Than Just Parks and so it’s become an annual tradition. Each year we roll out a new national parks gift guide updated with all the latest and greatest national park gifts. You’ll find camping essentials, camera gear, books, decor, and so much more here, all tailored to the national parks lover in your family.

Do we get a commission you ask? We’re not Ebenezer Scrooge! But yes maybe a small fee. But seriously these are products we’ve battle tested in the field over years and continue to use today. Or in some cases they’re gifts that we’ve received or gifted to others that we think are pretty darn awesome for those of us who have an affinity for the national parks and the great outdoors. So scroll on down and see if there’s something for you or somebody special you know!

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Gifts for National Park People

Holiday Camping Gifts

We’ve compiled a list of camping essentials that we swear by here. From tents to sleeping bags to backpacks and everything in between, we’ve got you covered. So go ahead and have a look and see what you might be missing for your next camping trip.

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Backyard Bird Identifier

We love this incredible little book and gift it ourselves all the time. There is both an eastern and western backyard birds edition that really is wonderful for all us birders out there!


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best birding binoculars

Birding & Wildlife Binoculars

These are great and inexpensive binoculars that change the game when out in the wild. How many times have you said to yourself “is that a ______ over there?” but couldn’t be sure…


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best camping table

Ultraportable Folding Table

We *love* this little table for the very reason that we don’t always camp in places with a picnic table and this little guy makes all the difference.


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best camping tent

Big Agnes Cooper Spur Tent

We’ve been using this tent for years and see no reason to stop now. Lightweight enough for backpacking and under 5 minutes to setup.


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best camping water bottle

Hydroflask Water Bottle

Keeps ice cold and coffee hot. Durable, lightweight, and easy to clip on to things. Comes in lots of colors. What more can you ask for.


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best outdoor backpack

Patagonia Arbor Backpack

This is a great casual backpack we use all the time. Always stocked in photogenic colors to boot. The canvas exterior is tough and durable against the elements.


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best camping hammock

ENO Doublenest Hammock

We’ve had our ENO hammocks for nearly a decade and they’re still going strong. Lightweight and cozy these are great for sleeping & lounging.


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best camping stove

Coleman Camping Stove

We love this easy to pack, fast setup stove. Runs on standard propane (& butane) found at every Walmart across the country. Cheap and easy is the way to go.


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best camping flashlight

Fenix Flashlight

This is a bit of a spendy flashlight but we feel it’s justified. This sucker packs a powerful punch making for great night shots and illumination.


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JetBoil

Jetboil Flash Cooking System

There’s still no beating Jetboil when you want to boil water in a hurry anywhere. This compact, versatile, cooking system deserves its high rank among campers and backpackers all over the country.


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best camping chair

Coleman Portable Camping Chair with 4-Can Cooler

Coleman is perhaps the most trusted brand in camping so why wouldn’t you trust them with your camp chair. This one even comes with a cooler sleeve built in to keep up to 4 cold drinks on standby!


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best camping pillow

TETON Sports Camp Pillow

We like this camp pillow because it’s not inflatable. We find the inflatable ones tend to become hard as a rock or have your head sliding off all the time. This camp pillow has all of the characteristics you want in a pillow on your bed at home in a lightweight compact size.


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best camp stove

Coleman Classic 2 Burner Gas Camping Stove

This is the classic camping stove. If you can spare the room and are cooking for more than 2 people this one is the way to go. Plus it blocks the pesky wind from weakening your flames.


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best camping coffee solution

GSI Outdoors Ultralight Java Drip

This thing is absolutely ingenious. For $10 this simple, ultralight, easy to use, coffee making solution is a camping must. Put your coffee grounds in, clip it onto your cup, pour hot water over it, rinse and repeat.


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best backpack for backpacking

Gregory Mountain Products Zulu 65L Overnight Hiking Backpack

Gregory makes some seriously good backpacks and the Zulu is out favorite. The Zulu comes in different sizes depending on how much gear you need to pack. They’re all great. This one is for overnight backpacking, but you can find all of them easily on Amazon.


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best sleeping bag

TETON Sports Polara 3-in-1 Sleeping Bag

Searching for the right sleeping bag is a bit like getting sucked into a black hole, or at least that’s how I imagine it. There’s endless options and so much confusion. Let’s just simplify things. You want a sleeping bag for regular camping that will keep you warm all year and won’t break the bank. Here it is, you’re welcome.


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best headlamp

Energizer High-Powered LED Headlamp

These are fun gadgets aren’t they? There’s a lot of options out there when it comes to headlamps, but we find that simple is better here. This thing is lightweight, affordable, long lasting, and does everything you need it to.


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best tent light

FengChi LED Camping Lantern

If you’ve been camping enough you know how annoying it can be trying to prop up a flashlight or phone light in the tent at night so you can see. Get yourself this three pack of multi-functional LED lights and watch the camping stress melt away.


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best camping multitool

Gerber Multi-Tool

A multi-tool is one of those things you forget about until you need it – and you inevitably always do. We like this one for the price, durability, and ease of use.


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best camping cookware

Stanley Base Camp Cook Set for 4

Sure you could buy individual plates, flatware, pans, pots, and accessories and maybe even save a buck. Or you could buy this nesting 21pc all in one set from Stanley – the same company that’s been making indestructible food & beverage gear for over a century.


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best camping cooler

Polar Bear Coolers Original Nylon Soft Cooler

Coolers are another opportunity to get lost searching for the right one. We like soft coolers as they’re much more versatile than hard ones and can be used for any occasion. Polar Bear is the trusted brand here, they don’t leak or sweat, and keep things ice cold for at least 24hrs.


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best camping sleeping pad

POWERLIX Ultralight Inflatable Sleeping Pad

There’s a lot of sleeping pads out there and we’ve tried several over the years. This one is the one we’re still using and hasn’t failed us. It’s lightweight, packable, easy to inflate, and provides enough support – all for far less money than a lot of comparable sleeping pads you’ll find.


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best portable charger

Anker PowerCore 10000mAh Portable Charger

Lets face it, phone batteries are annoyingly unreliable and almost seem designed to keep you near an outlet at all times. Free yourself from battery anxiety with this small, lightweight, portable charger. We love it.


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National Parks Playing Card Deck

Before you say anything, yes, a deck of cards is a camping essential. This handsome deck of cards is done by our friends at Fifty-Nine Parks and features their very cool artwork of our national parks. Also check out our co-founder Jim Pattiz fireside chat with them.


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Sawyer Products 20% Picaridin Insect Repellent

20% Picaridin is proven to be just as effective at repelling insects as DEET without any of the drawbacks. (DEET can tend to be oily, damage clothing, and have an odor to it). We like this particular kind because of it’s compact size and more effective spraying.


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Better Wood Products Fatwood Firestarter

No you don’t need firestarter if there’s wood available at your campsite, but boy is it great to have. We like fatwood the best as it’s simply wood from pine stumps, no chemicals or additives of any kind. If you’ve never used fatwood, welcome to a whole new world of fire making.


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best camping spices

Coghlan’s Multi-Spice

We love this convenient multi-spice container. No more forgetting salt and pepper and whatever else you might need for your camp meal. With garlic salt, paprika, curry, cayenne, and black pepper this little thing has you covered in one convenient container. Did we mention it’s under $5?


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Holiday Camera Gifts

We’ve compiled a list of all our favorite, go-to camera essentials for taking photos and video in the great outdoors.

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Sony A7R II

The Sony A7R II is our go-to time lapse and still camera. We love the lightweight mirrorless system and all 42 of its megapixels. This is a mirrorless camera which makes it super lightweight and lovely.


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best landscape lens

Sony FE 16-35mm Lens f/4

We take a lot of landscape shots and this is our favorite landscape lens for the price. If you want to spend the extra $1K go for the f2.8.


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best outdoor zoom lens canon

Canon 70-200mm f/4

This is our go-to zoom lens for canon cameras. It is extremely reliable, sharp, and comes with image stabilization. If you want to spend the extra money on the f/2.8 then go for it.


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best tiny tripod

Tiny Tripod

This tiny tripod is amazingly stable, rock solid, and tiny, perfect for when you want to get as close to the ground as possible. We use this all the time.


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best lightweight tripod

Vanguard Alta Pro 263CT

This ultra-lightweight and maneuverable tripod is one we never leave home without. Carbon fiber is the name of the game for long hikes.


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best tripod head

Vanguard BH100 Tripod Head

This tripod head takes any tripod to the next level. Ball heads are the way to go for speed and precision.


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best nature drone

DJI Mavic 2 Pro

The DJI Mavic 2 Pro is our go-to drone. It is incredibly easy to use, has beautiful footage quality, flies far, and has a crystal clear feed. If you’re looking for a pro drone for a great price, this is your guy.


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best stabilized camera

DJI Osmo RAW

The Osmo RAW by DJI gives us the ability to make cinematic shots with cinema quality at an incredible price for what it is. We take this on every single shoot and use it constantly. Highly recommend!


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Holiday Hiking Gifts

Stay warm this holiday season with all of our hiking favorites.

For Her

best outdoor sweater womens

Patagonia Better Sweater

This is our favorite outdoor sweater for all conditions. Ours have lasted us 5 years and still going strong. Available in Mens & Womens sizes.


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best outdoor jacket womens

Patagonia Down Jacket

This is our favorite all around outdoor jacket. The down material packs incredibly well and keeps you warm in especially cold conditions. Available in Mens & Womens sizes.


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best cozy pullover

Patagonia Cozy Pullover

This is one of the coziest pullovers out there made by one of our favorite companies, Patagonia. We *love* the soft fleece material. Comes in a variety of cute colors.


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best womens rain jacket

Outdoor Research Rain Jacket

This is a great, stylish rain jacket that is fully waterproof, very comfy, and comes in a variety of grat colors..


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best womens hiking pants

Prana Water-Resistant Pants

We love these Prana womens hiking pants because of their comfort and water-resistant features. Great for long hikes as well as short ones.


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best womens hiking pants

Prana Hiking Pants

These hiking pants by Prana are very comfortable and surprisingly soft. We’ve got them in a few different colors and love them.


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best patagonia shorts womens

Patagonia Baggies Shorts

We love these causal hiking shorts. They come in a variety of great colors and fit really nicely.


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colorful womens sandals

Teva Universal Sandal

Take us back to the nineties! These Tevas are amazing. Super comfy with fun colors (more than just what we’re showing here). What’s not to love.


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stylish hiking sandals

Teva Hurricane Sandals

These sandals are loud, stylish, and cozy. Great for photos and for hiking. Come in a variety of different fun colors.


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best womens hiking boots

Danner Boots

These classic Danner boots are the ultimate women’s hiking boot. The one from the movies and made popular through social media and beyond.


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best womens hiking boots

Vasque Talus Boots

These are by far the best fitting and most comfortable women’s hiking boots we’ve found. Keeps our feet warm and dry in all conditions.


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For HIM

best outdoor sweater

Patagonia Better Sweater

This is our favorite outdoor sweater for all conditions. Ours have lasted us 5 years and still going strong. Available in Mens & Womens sizes.


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best outdoor jacket

Patagonia Down Jacket

This is our favorite all around outdoor jacket. The down material packs incredibly well and keeps you warm in especially cold conditions. Available in Mens & Womens sizes.


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best winter parka

Patagonia Isthmus Parka

If you’re going in to the below freezing temperatures and looking for some extra layers this fleece lined parka from Patagonia is a great choice.


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best rain jacket

Patagonia Rainshadow Jacket

These boots are great for all weather conditions including rain and snow. They keep your feet dry and well protected from all
the elements. Ours have lasted many years.


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Best Mens Hiking Shirt

Backpacker Hiking Shirt

This is a great inexpensive shirt for everyday hiking that we really like.


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best hiking shirt

Patagonia Outdoor Shirt

This is a great all weather button up outdoor shirt by Patagonia that is durable, comfortable, and long-lasting.


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best flannel hiking shirt

Patagonia Fleece-lined Flannel Shirt

This is a great winter shirt that keeps you warm and comfortable with fleece lining on the inside.


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best hiking sweater

Patagonia Cashmere Hiking Sweater

This is a bit of a luxury item for hiking but by God is it warm and cozy. This cashmere sweater by Patagonia is a wonderful gift.


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best outdoor pants

Carhartt Twill Pants

The first pairs of these pants we got when we founded More Than Just Parks are still packed for every trip. These pants last. Plus they’re super comfortable.


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best cold weather pants

Carhartt Flannel Lined Pants

When it gets cold out there you’ll want some flannel lining in there. We love these because they’re tough and warm.


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best hiking pants

Patagonia Quandary Pants

Patagonia’s Quandary Pants are great all around outdoor and hiking pants. These pants are lightweight, water resistant, and long lasting.


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best hiking shorts

Patagonia Hiking Shorts

We love these shorts because they’re lightweight, well-fitting, easy-going, and come in a bunch of different colors.


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Best Hiking Sandals

Columbia Santiam Sandal

These are great all-terrain hiking sandals perfect for hikes through streams or in hot weather in general.


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best lightweight hiking shoe

Chaco Hiking Shoe/Sandal Hybrid

This shoe/sandal hybrid is lightweight, great in water, great for warm weather, and inexpensive on amazon.


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best mens hiking boots

Danner Hiking Boots

Danner is world-renown for the quality of their boots and these are no exception. Buy these and don’t worry about new ones for a decade or so.


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best hiking boots

Sorel Ankney Boot

These boots are great for all weather conditions including rain and snow. They keep your feet dry and well protected from all
the elements. Ours have lasted many years.


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best winter hat

Patagonia Wool Ear Flap Cap

When you hit the below 0 territory or anywhere close you’ll be so glad you have this hat. We’ve worn it in -20deg temps and felt great.


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best hiking socks

Wigwam Wool Socks

These are definitely on the spendy side of socks but by God are they worth it. They last for years and make all the difference on a long hike.


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best hiking cap

Patagonia Wool Short Cap

Patagonia’s got some great styles for hats and this is one that we love. Great for all seasons.


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best hiking watch

Timex Hiking Watch

Thistrendy hiking watch is a great accessory on any trail.


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best snow bib

Mountain Hardwear Snow Bib

This snow bib is a great choice for all around snow hiking / weather conditions. Easy to pull over existing clothes – keeps your warm and dry.


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best mens snow boots

Vasque UltraDry Snow Boot

If you’re looking for long lasting snow boots that keep your feet warm, dry, and comfortable look no further than this offering from Vasque.


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best winter hat

Patagonia Wool Ear Flap Cap

When you hit the below 0 territory or anywhere close you’ll be so glad you have this hat. We’ve worn it in -20deg temps and felt great.


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best snow gloves

Outdoor Research Snow Gloves

These snow gloves are amazingly warm and perfect for winter conditions.


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Jim Pattiz

Co-Founder of More Than Just Parks. Filmmaker, Conservationist, Public Lands Enthusiast

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