National Parks Gift Guide
One way to keep the spirit of the national parks with you is to buy something that reminds you of their importance and beauty.
With the holidays sorta-kinda (never too early, right?) coming up, I thought it would be an appropriate week to round up a few great ways to support small companies that in turn support the national parks and the outdoors we all love.
We believe in being intentional in our purchases, and only buying the things that add value to our lives. To reinforce this lifestyle, we look for products we (or our gift recipients) can use up (like candles and notebooks), items that can hang on our wall, and companies that give back to causes we agree with.
Check out my recommendations below for foolproof gift ideas for the national park lovers in your life.
Note: This post was not sponsored. We’ve worked with some of these companies in the past and we really love them! Some affiliate links may be used, meaning we’d earn a small amount of money from your purchase and be able to continue delivering you free national parks content.
Clothing and Home Accessories
Sharing happiness through hiking. Alison and Dan are using profits from their clothing to develop programming to spread their message and help preserve the environment. For every purchase, a tree is planted through the National Forest Foundation. And this orange beanie ($30) is quite perfect.
More than a t-shirt: Parks Project contributes to the preservation of national parks by working closely with over 30 organizations that are directly improving the parks. Get involved with a nearby park, or buy clothing to support the mission. We’re particularly fond of this t-shirt ($40).
Getting to root of conservation, Recover Brands creates clothing and accessories made from 100% recycled materials. Their Protect Our Parks initiative t-shirt ($20) contributes directly to national park organizations.
Made with eco-friendly soy wax, and no additives, these candles (from $12) smell amazing and bring us straight back to the parks we love. A portion of every sale is donated to the National Park Foundation.
Relive your time in the outdoors with wildcrafted candles, lip balms, hand salves, and more. No two products are quite the same due to the process of wildcrafting from natural materials. This beard oil ($20) would be perfect for the man in your life.
Prints, Maps, and Books
Scratch off the parks you’ve seen and plan for the ones still on your list with this national parks tracker map from Landmass Goods ($30). 10% of proceeds go to National Geographic and the Fund for Education Abroad.
Gorgeous vintage-style prints and posters (from $4) from all 59 national parks, and many other park units. We have created a wall of their prints in our house!
A must-have guide for visiting multiple national parks. Comprehensive, helpful, a great place to start your planning. This book ($19) is just the best!
Looking to lengthen your travel list? This guide ($15) covers all 417 units of the park system, so it is a full overview of the best America has to offer in every region and for every type of traveler. It’s a great coffee table book.
It’s not technically a book, but these DVDs ($48) are perfect for anyone who is interested in the national parks. Beautiful images and fascinating history of how the national parks came to be.
Every holiday break needs a good travel memoir, and I’m excited to dive into this one soon ($11 or only $4 in Kindle version) It’s part Appalachian Trail, part life inspiration and would be a great stocking stuffer for just about anyone.
Of course, some of the best national parks gifts aren’t tangible. There are many ways to support the parks this holiday season:
- Buy your family an annual pass ($80) or your parents a senior lifetime pass ($80).
- Plan a trip to the parks with your family
- Spend Christmas Day or New Years Day in a park
- Donate to your local park, a favorite park, or to the National Park Foundation.
- Plan a day to volunteer in the parks in 2018.
Any other ideas that we missed?
Hope you all have a wonderful and peaceful holiday season!