Visit every national park in the United States. This is one of the more exceptional items on my bucket list. I know this is a lofty goal–some of these parks are so difficult to reach you have to book excursions 50 years in advance–but there it is. My husband and I want to visit ALL of the parks…or at least as many as we can!
Since the parks have become one of our favorite past times, they have also permeated their way into other areas of our lives, such as gifts. Whether we are on the giving or the receiving end, the National Parks have been a theme for Christmas and birthday gifts for us over the last several years. Because of this, I have a few pointers I can share and suggestions for the nature-loving, park enthusiast in your life for any gift-giving occasion. If you can’t buy them a plane ticket to jet-set to the next park on their travel list, these gifts are the next best thing.
National Parks Desk Calendar
This quaint calendar is perfect for any office desk or surface in your home in general. We were gifted one last Christmas, and ours sits on the back of our piano in the dining room. It is a fun, new surprise to see which park will be featured each month. And, as you being to tick more parks off of your travel list, it is fun to realize how many of the 12 parks featured in the calendar are ones you have visited. Purchase the 2021 Calendar here.
National Parks Coffee Table Book
Let’s be honest, who doesn’t love a big, beautiful coffee table book? They add the perfect finishing touch to a living space AND make for great conversation starters when guests are over. This coffee table book is one of the best! This book, 59 Illustrated National Parks is by Joel Anderson & Nathan Anderson featuring “Original Poster Art by Anderson Design Group.” It provides details about each of the nation’s National Parks–including historical backgrounds, which animals inhabit which parks, and the best season of the year to visit each park, not to mention some Pinterest-worthy quotes about the beauty of nature sprinkled throughout. John Muir is calling, and I must go! 🙂
This book is also full of vivid photographs and artistic prints of the parks which makes for a pleasure to flip through! We have used this book as entertainment to learn about the parks, but also as an informative resource when planning trips. Purchase your own here.
National Parks Poster Prints
There are so many wonderful ways to document which parks you have visited, but one of my favorites would be framed prints. These beautiful pieces of art highlight a breathtaking view of each unique landscape that the parks have to offer, as well as a title specifying which park they are depicting. I actually gave this as a gift to my husband for two of the parks we have been to: Zion National Park in Utah and Acadia National Park in Maine. It’s our goal to totally cover our office wall with these framed prints. Purchase a Zion National Park print here and an Acadia National Park print here.
If you have a park enthusiast in your circle of family or friends, I would check out these three ideas for your next gift-giving occasion. It will be a nostalgic reminder of places they’ve visited as well as inspire a thrill of wanderlust for those national wonders not yet seen.