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Holiday Gift Guide 2023: 11 Great Gifts For National Park Enthusiasts

Know someone who feels perpetually drawn to America’s most beautiful spaces? Treat them to a National Park-themed gift for the holidays. From hand-drawn maps to outdoor apparel, these gifts will keep National Park enthusiasts connected to the most cherished landscapes in the country. Some of these treasures might even put new parks on their radar, inspiring their next adventure in the great outdoors.

Here are 11 gifts any National Park enthusiast will love for the holidays.

America the Beautiful Pass

Undoubtedly, the best gift for a National Park enthusiast is the America the Beautiful Pass. It offers 12 months of access to more than 2,000 recreation areas in the country—including every single National Park—for the recipient, as well as up to three other adults in their vehicle. It can help them check off every major National Park on their bucket list, plus discover lesser-known (but no less amazing!) places for outdoor adventures for an entire year. $80 at

Parks of the USA Bucket List Bottle

The Parks of the USA Bucket List Bottle from Wondery Outdoors is a National Parks gift that your favorite outdoor adventurer will use for years to come. The stainless steel bottle is printed with black-and-white icons of all 63 National Parks in the U.S. As they visit each park, they can use the accompanying stickers to track it on the bottle, bringing each illustration into full color. Plus, this well-designed bottle will keep them hydrated as they hit the parks. $58 at

“Subpar Parks” by Amber Share

People who love National Parks will get a kick out of this tongue-in-cheek book from Amber Share. “Subpar Parks” pairs amusing and helpful information about National Parks with the one-star reviews they’ve earned from disappointed visitors. Readers will chuckle when they read baffling thoughts from these reviewers, like one who said Glacier National Park was “too cold for me” and another who felt that Bryce Canyon was just “too spiky!” It’s not all snark, though. The book balances its irreverent side with genuine anecdotes and tips from rangers and insights into the most popular parks. $21.49 at

National Park Beanies

Looking for a National Parks gift that can be used right away? Check out these cozy beanies from The Landmark Project, an apparel and accessories brand focused on iconic outdoor destinations. Crowned by a classic pom-pom, each colorful hat features the name of a National Park on its brim and relevant artwork—like the cliffs of Zion and the bison of Yellowstone—on its body. It’ll keep a loved one warm and help them shine a spotlight on one of their favorite parks. $32 at

Hand-Drawn National Park Map

Any National Park enthusiast will love receiving a hand-drawn map of their favorite park as a holiday gift. These ones from Xplorer Maps have been created through a partnership with the National Park Service and each of the park’s official nonprofit partners in an effort to ensure the cartography is geographically accurate and culturally relevant. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park map, for example, is speckled with inspiring illustrations of the park’s wildlife and plants, as well as famed attractions, like Clingmans Dome. Choose from lithographic prints or a matted and framed map that’s ready to hang on a wall. $29.99 at

National Parks Car Air Freshener

Paddywax’s new collection of car fragrances can infuse a loved one’s ride with the essence of the most beloved parks in the country. Each of the eight scents draws inspiration from a specific park. The Yosemite National Park car fragrance, for instance, alludes to the park’s native foliage with a woody cottonwood and oak aroma. These air fresheners come with a couple of bonuses, too. They feature a QR code that links to a handy visitor guide for each park. Better yet, a portion of each purchase is directed to the National Park Foundation to support conservation and preservation efforts. $9 at

William S. Rice Yosemite Notecard Folio

This notecard folio from Pomegranate features two of the masterful watercolor works created by artist William S. Rice when he visited Yosemite National Park in 1901. Inside the wallet-style folio, you’ll find 10 blank notecards printed with Rice’s paintings of Half Dome and Yosemite Falls in full color on high-quality paper. It’s a thoughtful gift for a National Park enthusiast who hasn’t lost the art of old-fashioned letter writing. $13.95 at

Arches National Park Jersey

The Arches National Park jersey from Primal celebrates the Utah park’s famous stone arches and pinnacles in bold, wearable graphics. While designed for cycling, the comfortable zip-up jersey can also keep you cool and dry while hiking or doing any other outdoor activity. Primal’s got versions of this jersey for both men and women, as well as others themed around several different parks, so poke around the site to find a great gift for the National Park enthusiast on your ‘nice’ list. $70 at

Sea Bags Bar Harbor Map Tote

Made from recycled sail cloth, this tote from Sea Bags is decked out in an antique map of Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor at large. Two strong hand-spliced hemp rope handles make it easy to carry the tote anywhere, even if it’s filled with all your essentials for a day at Acadia’s famous Sand Beach. The bag is as much a fascinating story as it is a stylish and useful accessory. $160 at

National Parks of America Jigsaw Puzzle

Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you can’t help a loved one find other ways to enjoy National Parks. Give them this fun puzzle from Galison for the holidays to keep them connected with all of America’s National Parks, even when it’s too cold to go outside. It features a map of the U.S. and its parks illustrated by artist Anne Bentley, broken up into 1,000 pieces. It may even help them find new National Parks to add to their bucket list. $16.99 at

Gateway Arch Park Sweatshirt

Support the Gateway to the West—and help a loved one showcase their enthusiasm for National Parks—by wrapping up this Gateway Arch Park Foundation sweatshirt for the holidays. Available in five neutral colors, the hoodie comes emblazoned with an eye-catching illustration of the famous arch in St. Louis, which memorializes the Westward Expansion of the United States during the 19th century. Proceeds of each sale go to support the nonprofit dedicated to the preservation and conservation of Gateway Arch National Park. $39.49 at

Looking for more National Park gift ideas? Here are two other gift guides to explore:

Holiday Gift Guide 2022: Coolest Gifts For National Park Enthusiasts

Holiday Gift Guide 2021: The Most Essential Gifts For National Park Travelers

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