GIFT GUIDE: The Best Gifts for National Park Lovers That They’ll Actually Use

by | October 2020 | 16 comments

Updated on 12/14/2023

Are you looking for the best gifts for National Park lovers? If you have family or friends in your life who are obsessed with U.S. National Parks and you’re wondering what would be the perfect gift for them, you’re in the right place! 

I don’t know about you, but the struggle is real for me when it comes to gift-giving. I never know what I should get people. And trying to find the best gifts that people will actually use and enjoy can be quite the challenge.

If you can relate, you’re in luck! I’ve put together the ultimate gift guide for National Park lovers with a list of the best National Park gifts. As someone hooked on National Parks myself, I would love to get any of these items as a gift (hint, hint, wink, wink, nudge, nudge to anyone trying to find a gift for me). 

So are you ready to be dazzled by all the wonderful gift options for anyone who loves the U.S. National Parks? Or perhaps you’re a National Park enthusiast yourself and want to treat yourself to some National Park gear. 

Whether you’re trying to find the perfect gift for a National Park lover in your life or you want to get yourself something, you’re in luck! Grab your credit card, and start shopping!

Best National Park Gifts for National Park Lovers

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Essential Gifts for National Park Lovers

National Parks Annual Pass

First and foremost, an America the Beautiful Pass is an absolute must when it comes to gifts for National Park lovers!

It will give them access to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites in the United States, including all the National Parks for them to visit for an entire year!

Clothing & Accessory Gifts for National Park Lovers


Most of these shirts are either unisex or offer different options for men and women. Some even come in youth sizing and/or different colors. There’s a shirt for everyone!



Headbands / Neck Gaiters / Face Covers


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Book Gifts for National Park Lovers


Books for Kids

Passports & Journals

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Games Gifts for National Park Lovers

Wall Art Gifts for National Park Lovers

Prints & Posters

Push Pin Maps

Scratch-Off Maps & Posters

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Home Gifts for National Park Lovers

Blankets & Throws







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Photography Gear Gifts for National Park Lovers

For the National Park lovers who are also photography enthusiasts, the following photo gear will make great gifts!

Digital Mirrorless Camera

When I’m exploring National Parks, I love capturing the incredible scenery by taking photos of everything! So a good quality, compact, and lightweight camera was a must for me.

After countless hours of research, I decided a mirrorless camera would be the best option for me, and I ended up with the fabulous Canon EOS M50

It takes great photos, weighs practically nothing, and is a convenient size perfect for traveling and exploring. ⁠If the National Park lover you’re shopping for is a snap-happy photo-taker, they’ll be thrilled to get this camera as a gift!

You can also get them a wireless camera remotespare batteries, and/or lens filters to go with their new camera if you’re feeling extra generous.

Lightweight Camera Tripod

I scoured the internet, searching high and low for a lightweight (yet decent quality) tripod that I could explore National Parks with without being weighed down. After searching, extensively I finally came across the ideal lightweight tripod weighing just slightly over 1 lb!

This tripod only holds a camera weighing up to 4.4 lbs. But lucky for me, my Canon EOS M50 camera weighs much less than that!⁠ The total weight for both my camera and tripod is just barely over 2 lbs!  Plus, it also works with smartphones. 

Wanna know what the best part is though? This tripod is super affordable!⁠ Sure it’s not top-of-the-line quality, but it works great! I’m so happy with it! This tripod will make a great gift for any National Park lover in need of a lightweight tripod for their National Park adventures.

Camera Strap

This adjustable National Park inspired camera strap features 12 different National Parks with the message “Respect Our Parks.” What a fabulous camera accessory for National Park lovers who are also obsessed with photography!

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Other Must-Have National Park Gifts


Swiss Army Knife

National Park Tea Gift Box  Handcrafted Loose Leaf Tea Box

Tea Gift Box

National Park Postcards 61-Park Edition by Anderson Design


National Park Service Arrowhead on Wood 10 inches

Wood Plaque

National Parks. Vintage Map Magnets. Customized personalized



Tote Bags

Key Chains


CBD for Aches & Pains

National Park lovers who travel and hike a lot are probably very familiar with aches and pains. As someone with chronic back pain and problems myself, I’m a huge fan of CBD. It’s one of the only things that has actually given me immense relief (and fast-acting relief at that).

I swear by CBD and make sure I bring my CBD roll-on gel along when I visit and explore National Parks. It’s handy to have on hand and easy to apply. Give the National Park lovers in your life the gift of pain relief with CBD!

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Gift Cards for National Park Lovers

Still not sure what gift to get the National Park lovers in your life? You can’t go wrong with a gift card to a place with plenty of National Park gear for them to enjoy!

REI Gift Card

Gift Cards

Etsy Gift Card

Amazon Gift Card

Amazon Gift Card

Ultimate World Travel Checklist

For the National Park lovers who also love to travel, this Ultimate World Travel Checklist is a must-have to keep track of all the National Parks and places they visit!

The Checklist includes all 7 continents, covering the United States, Canada, and the rest of the world. There’s also a States of the USA Checklist, National Parks Checklist, and Canada National Parks Checklist.

Plus, it has 4 extra BONUSES, including a Travel Planner, Road Trip Planner, and more! On top of that, everything is fillable. So they can type on it and click to check the boxes as they go. How handy is that?!

National Park travelers will enjoy checking places off as they visit them, making this Ultimate World Travel Checklist an awesome gift for National Park lovers!

Wrapping Up The Best Gifts for National Park Lovers

You probably came to this post scratching your head without a clue of what to get the National Park lovers in your life. But now with so many National Park gift ideas to choose from, you should be confident in your gift-giving and ready to start shopping.

Whether you’re buying National Park gifts for holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, or any occasion, you’re sure to find the perfect gift idea in this ultimate gift guide with the best gifts for National Park lovers!


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  1. Lindsay

    Wow, this is such a thorough list with suggestions for everyone in the family! I especially love the tote bags and patches. The vintage style pieces always catch my eye, so fun and nostalgic!

    • Briana Nickas

      Thanks so much, Lindsay! I really tried to make sure there was something for everyone. Glad you enjoyed the tote bags and patches. So fun, right?! 🙂

  2. Alyssa

    So many great ideas! I love the t-shirts and all the ornaments. Thank you for sharing!

    • Briana Nickas

      Thanks, Alyssa! Glad you liked all the gift ideas for National Park lovers! Hope you found a fun t-shirt or ornament for yourself. 🙂

  3. Krissy

    WOW! I had no idea all of these items existed, specifically the board games that are themed around national parks! I would love to add the Monopoly version to my board game collection. I also really love the t-shirt and jewelry! Any of these items would make a fabulous gift! Thanks for sharing this very thoughtful article!

    • Briana Nickas

      Thanks so much, Krissy! Aren’t the board games fun?! The hubby and I love games, especially Monopoly. We’d love to have the National Parks Monopoly too! And I’d take any of the shirts or jewelry. 😉 Feel free to share this list with anyone shopping for you.

  4. Ameya Mathur

    Awesome post! Lovable content.. I am definitely bookmarking this one 🙂 .

    • Briana Nickas

      Thanks, Ameya! Hope you were able to find some great gift ideas!

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  6. Kat - The Hobbit Hold

    For me, a digital camera is a must-have item for national park enthusiasts. I got mine this year, and park visits have been the best places to practice using it, lol!

    • Briana Nickas

      I totally agree! A good digital camera is a must for capturing the National Parks. I love using mine while I’m hiking and exploring all the amazing scenery at them. I have to try to limit myself to only a few photos of each view though, or I’ll take hundreds of photos of the exact same thing. Haha! It’s easy to do with a digital camera, and especially at a National Park. 😉

  7. Maggie

    Thank you so much for compiling all of these ideas into one place! So many cool ideas! My grandma got one of my uncles a National Parks scratch map for Christmas last year. I mentioned how cool I thought it was. Hoping she picked up on the hint lol.

    • Briana Nickas

      Haha! I’ve got my fingers crossed for you to get a National Parks scratch-off map from your Grandma this year. 😉

  8. Naina Shinde

    So much thing in one place, this article is a treasury for a national park lover, Thanks for sharing

    • Briana Nickas

      Thanks, Naina! I tried to cover all the bases and include everything a National Park lover like myself would enjoy. 😊

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