Looking for the perfect national park gifts for the outdoor enthusiast in your life? You’ve come to the right place.
Here’s a list of the perfect national park gifts for anyone who loves our national parks and exploring the outdoors.
The list includes gear they’ll need to get outside, maps to plan their adventures, and decorations for their homes so they can enjoy national parks all year.
1. America the Beautiful Pass
Easily the best of all the national park gifts for someone hoping to visit the parks. Nothing will help someone explore the national parks more than this pass. While you can purchase them at REI, it’s best to buy directly from a national park if you can. The National Park Service gains more funding this way. Also, there are more options available at USGS online or the park nearest you than there are at REI. Check out a complete list of park passes here.
If you’ll be exploring the national parks, you’ll most certainly want a map.
My favorites are the Trails Illustrated collection by National Geographic. These maps are sturdy and made from the best waterproof and tear-resistant material.
Most of the larger national parks in America are sold individually, but you can also purchase a map of the entire country and each of the parks.
For a real bargain, you can buy the complete collection of Trails Illustrated maps here on Amazon.
Utah National Parks Map Pack: Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Zion
Cape Cod National Seashore Map
Katmai National Park & Preserve Map
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area Map
Kenai Fjords National Park Map
Gates of the Arctic National Park & Preserve Map
Channel Islands National Park Map
Crater Lake National Park Map
3. National Parks Calendar or Planner
There are so many national park calendars out there, and it makes sense. These are some of the most beautiful places on Earth and make great backdrops for your calendar.
Personally, I love the larger WPA Poster style of this oversized calendar. The National Park Foundation also releases one every year with proceeds going directly back to the National Park Service.
You could give one of these national park gifts every year!
2023 National Parks Wall Calendar
Set of National Parks Postcards
Yosemite National Park Calendar with 100+ Stickers
National Parks Monthly Planner with Poster Art of The WPA
National Park Foundation Wall Calendar
National Parks Poster Art of The WPA Oversize Wall Calendar
4. National Parks Cross-Stitch Kits
Another one of my favorite national park gifts involves crafts. There is a true pleasure in making something that helps you reminisce about past visits to national parks.
These cross-stitch kits are no exception. They’re perfect for beginners and skilled stitchers alike. The full kits are available on Etsy while patterns are also sold on Amazon at the links below.
Sequoia National Park Cross Stitch Kit
Badlands National Park Cross Stitch Kit
Denali National Park Cross Stitch Kit
Rocky Mountain Cross Stitch Kit
Acadia National Park Cross Stitch Kit
Joshua Tree Cross Stitch Kit
Mount Rainier Cross Stitch Kit
Yellowstone Cross Stitch Kit
5. Wall Posters of National Parks
Without a doubt, my favorite posters are made by Ranger Doug. He works with his staff to create posters similar to the old WPA style, back when getting people to visit national parks required decent marketing.
The posters are beautiful, but the designs are also featured on everything from note cards to pocket knives if you don’t have the wall space.
6. Books About National Parks
Guidebooks are one of my guilty pleasures, especially when it comes to national parks. I love reading every little thing I can about a park before I visit in order to make sure I don’t miss anything.
Additionally, they make great coffee table books, especially those featuring beautiful photos. The information inside is helpful for years, making these excellent evergreen national park gifts.
Check out more of my favorite national park books!
Fodor’s Guide to the 63 National Parks
Fodor’s Guide to Yosemite, Sequoia, and Kings Canyon
Fodor’s Guide to Yellowstone and Grand Teton
Lonely Planet: Great Smoky Mountains
Moon Guide to Glacier National Park
National Parks of America (Lonely Planet)
Fodor’s Guide to National Parks of the West
National Geographic Guide to National Parks of the United States
National Parks of the USA
100 Parks, 5,000 Ideas
The Moon Guide to 59 USA National Parks
Atlas of the National Parks
Complete National Parks of the United States
7. National Parks Passport Book
One of the first things I do when I arrive in a new national park is stamp my passport book. I love this free souvenir and register of my visit, and I know I’ll cherish the many passport books I’ve acquired for the rest of my life. They’re easily some of my most prized possessions.
There are four different types of passport books. The smallest and least expensive is the original blue book. There’s also a collector’s edition featuring details about over 400 national parks.
Lastly, there’s the explorer’s edition binder, the best option for anyone who goes to national parks on a regular basis. For kids, there’s also a Junior Ranger edition.
Passport Explorer to Your National Parks® with the Explorer Edition Expander Pack
Passport To Your National Parks® Junior Ranger Edition
Passport To Your National Parks® Collector’s Edition
Passport to Your National Parks
8. Scratch Off National Parks Maps and Posters
Looking to keep track of your progress on your way to visit every national park? There is a wide variety of scratch-off maps and posters available online. There are also some you can put pins in if you prefer to keep track that way.
Personalized Push Pin National Parks Map
Scratch-off National Parks Logo Map
Scratch-off National Parks Logo Poster
Scratch-off Map with Photos
Scratch-off National Parks Photo Poster
9. Camera to Record Your Trip
No visit to a national park is complete without a way to record it.
For the best photos, you’ll want to invest in a nice DSLR to capture your adventures. Telephoto lenses and tripods will assist greatly in your photo-taking.
If you’re backpacking and need something lighter, the Canon Powershot takes amazing photos at an affordable price.
Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
60-Inch Lightweight Tripod with Bag
Canon EOS Rebel T6 Digital SLR Camera Kit
Canon PowerShot ELPH 190 Digital Camera
10. National Parks-themed Games
If you like games, there’s an incredible number of options for you. Some games are based on national parks while there are other classics, such as Monopoly, Yahtzee, Trivial Pursuit, and Jenga, with national park themes.
Amazing Places National Parks Playing Cards
USAOPOLY JENGA National Parks
YAHTZEE National Parks Travel Edition
USAopoly Trivial Pursuit: National Park 100th Anniversary
Monopoly National Parks Edition Board Game
Trekking the National Parks Trivia Game
Trekking the National Parks Board Game
11. The National Parks: America’s Best Idea
While I love movies, I’m not a huge fan of documentaries. This one is the exception, in addition to others by Ken Burns. Watching this truly instilled in me a passion for the places I love to visit.
To go behind the scenes and delve into the history of America’s greatest places, look no further than this epic documentary.
Ken Burns’ The National Parks: America’s Best Idea
National Parks – America’s Best Idea: An Illustrated History
12. Books Written by Park Rangers
One of the best ways to learn about parks is via the rangers who protect them. Check out the books below, all written by park rangers. My favorite is Ranger Confidential, an honest portrait of the park ranger life by Andrea Lankford.
Yellowstone Ranger: Stories from a Life in Yellowstone
The Last Season
Park Ranger True Stories from a Ranger’s Career in America’s National Parks
Ranger Confidential: Living, Working, And Dying In The National Parks
13. Water Bottle
It’s important to stay hydrated every day, especially if you’re in the great outdoors. Many national park lovers will cover their beloved water bottles in stickers from their park visits (see #18). A water bottle is one of the best, most practical national park gifts you can buy.
14. National Park-Scented Candles
One of the best gifts for national park lovers is something that will remind them of their favorite places while they’re at home. This set of candles is perfect for that.
Featuring different parks and their scents, these candles will transport you back to that campsite in Zion or the Hoh rainforest in Washington any time you light them. There are a variety of parks available below.
Acadia National Park Candle
Olympic National Park Scented Candle
Joshua Tree National Park Candle
Acadia National Park Candle
Denali National Park Candle
Everglades National Park Candle
Zion National Park Candle
Glacier National Park Candle
Yellowstone National Park Candle
Grand Canyon National Park Candle
15. National Park Coloring Books
Coloring books are proven to be one of the best ways to relieve stress. Coincidentally, so is exploring the outdoors and experiencing nature. Why not combine them both? You can color photos or posters from your favorite national parks in the coloring books below.
National Parks Coloring Book for Adults
The National Parks Coloring Book
Ultimate Coloring National Parks
National Parks Coloring Book
The National Parks Poster Coloring Book
The National Parks Coloring Book
The National Parks Coloring Book
61 Illustrated National Parks Coloring Book
16. Daypack Perfect for Exploring the Parks
Because you need something to carry all these great national park gifts in, why not invest in a great new day pack? I wrote an entire post on the best daypacks for women in 2020. The best part? They’re all under $160 with the cheapest being under $50, giving you a wide range of affordable options. Check it out! For even more gear ideas, read my post on the best outdoor gear.
17. National Parks Puzzles
Living in Alaska, I’m always looking for things to curb my cabin fever. It’s good to have a wide range of activities to do indoors.
While I’m thinking about my next national park adventures, one of my favorite ways to pass the time is by doing puzzles. There are literally hundreds of thousands of puzzles out there in the world, but choosing one with images from national parks always brings a smile to my face.
National Park Posters Puzzle
Pacific Northwest National Parks WPA Posters Puzzle
Grand Canyon National Park Poster Puzzle
Mount Rushmore Puzzle
Rocky Mountain National Park Map Puzzle
Glacier National Park Logan Pass Puzzle
U.S. National Parks Map 1,000 Piece Puzzle
60 National Parks Posters Puzzle
National Parks Jigsaw Puzzle
18. National Park Stickers
Now that you’ve got your water bottle, it’s time to showcase your love for national parks. Cover that bottle in stickers from your favorite places. I like to use stickers from parks I’ve brought that water bottle to, telling its story. I do this with my car as well – it’s been all over the country with me multiple times, and it’s covered in stickers to prove it. The more stickers, the better! For the best results, use vinyl and waterproof stickers.
Congaree National Park Sticker
Lassen Volcanic National Park Sticker
Bryce Canyon National Park Sticker
Kings Canyon National Park Sticker
Guadalupe Mountains National Park Sticker
Biscayne National Park Sticker
Denali National Park Sticker
Lake Clark National Park Sticker
19. National Parks Mug
For all the coffee drinkers out there, now you can showcase your love for national parks with the ultimate gift. I know that in my house there are too many national park mugs to count. Amazon has a great selection of mugs from parks across the country.
20. Reusable National Parks Tote Bags
Naturally, the best national park presents are also good for the environment. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen reusable tote bags for sale at every national park I’ve been to in the last 10 years. It’s a great way to support the parks, support the environment, and admire the beauty of America all with one small bag.
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These are fun ideas for gifts. I got the WPA calendar for Christmas, and I love the idea of giving an America the Beautiful pass!
Thanks! I love the WPA calendar too – I have one in my office.
These are great ideas for gifts. Have you ever read the Nevada Barr books? They are all set in National Parks and really interesting. Plus good mystery.
I’ve actually never read any, but I do own a few that I’ve collected over the years intending to read. Maybe I’ll finally get around to it during this period of social distancing!
Great ideas! I’ve actually received some of these as gifts!