Gifts for the National Park Lover in Your Life
Let’s celebrate the National Park Service centennial with gifts! From $5 to $150, we found something unique for everyone with many vendors pledging a portion of sales to the NPS.
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Pendleton Kitchen Kit
Pendleton’s relationship with the National Park Service (NPS) began in 1910 when they were asked to create a one-of-a-kind blanket for Glacier National Park visitors. For the centennial celebration, the legendary Portland, Oregon company created an entire line of products. This cowboy kitchen set ($70 - $50) is complemented with a Badlands coffee mug ($19.50) and table linens ($29.50 - $19.50). See the entire collection at Pendleton.
Ranger Doug Framed Prints
Back in the 1930s and ‘40s, the WPA's Federal Art Project printed more than 2 million posters in 35,000 different designs to spark wanderlust in the American people. Over the years, most of the posters were destroyed, but when Ranger Doug Leen found 13 original negatives in a drawer, he sought out to reproduce them. Framebridge is offering custom-framed prints ranging from $39 - $159.
Park Pride Pillows
Any park enthusiast is sure to love Pendleton’s park pillows ($168). Original copyrighted designs wax nostalgic on the Great Smoky Mountains, Yellowstone, Yosemite and Acadia. A portion of proceeds from the National Park Collection will support restoration of the Grand Canyon Depot and the spiral staircase at the Many Glacier Hotel.
Dr. Squatch Shaving Kit
Dr. Squatch is a 100% natural, vegan, cruelty-free men’s care line that was born out a love for nature (and a disdain for office life). Co-founder AJ Fountain was once a sea kayak guide in the San Juan Islands and hiked Olympic National Park where he encountered “a mecca of smells, olfactory bliss.” Those fresh, invigorating scents are packed into Squatch’s 5 oz. soap bars ($7) and mixed into organic colognes ($42). We love the shave kit ($78) and know your man friend will, too.
Street artist turned fine artist Deedee Cheriel grew up enjoying our national parks with her “very non-materialistic” parents, which is what inspired her original tote ($30). Designed to be a daily reminder to curb our insatiable appetites, this tote features Cheriel’s artwork that has been seen all over the world and in feature films. “It is easy to get bogged down by stuff,” said Cheriel. “It’s so freeing to be in a tent on a mountain or lake just enjoying the view.” Ten percent of the sales will go to the NPS.
Dot & Bo Coaster Set
As a gift and in daily life, coasters are never a bad idea. These retro cuties from Dot & Bo ($20) remind us of blowing off steam in Yellowstone, dodging gators in the Everglades, drinking in majestic sunsets over the Grand Canyon and bear watching in Glacier National Park. Or that we need to set the glass down and get outside.
Take your mountain man back to the park he loves every month with a subscription to Outlaw Soap’s National Park soap of the month club. Not only will he receive the crazy-good-smelling, 100% natural soap but also a Ranger Doug postcard and magnet. He’ll be teleported to Bryce Canyon one month and then back to Crater Lake the next, with the shower as his time machine. At $17, it’s a total steal and $1 of every soap club membership goes in the pocket of the NPS. Win/win.
Get a jump on Christmas shopping and grab one of these sparkling tree baubles from the Ornament Shop. There are three designs – Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and Yosemite – and each ($23.95) are sure to please someone this holiday season.
Parks Project is one of the grooviest online purveyors of apparel and accessories we’ve noticed in a while. Not only do they hock really cool wares, like this handcrafted leather field book ($48), but they also give a portion of their profits to our national parks. Even better, they help promote conservation and preservation through education and volunteer programs.
Rejuvenation carries a lot of housewares that make fine gifts for your outdoorsy friends. This log tote ($129) is made by Massachusetts-based Steele Canvas, which has been crafting canvas carriers since 1921. It’s handsome enough to hang around the house and durable enough to carry campside.
Pendleton Bath Towels
Respected for their blankets, Pendleton’s bath towels ($9.50 – $39.50) are equally comfy and cool. Treat your park-loving pal to a lush set that will remind them of that time they slipped in the cool Yellowstone mud and needed one.
NPS Park Pass
Say I love you to the parks and your pal. The yearly pass is $80 for average Joes and $10 for seniors, but fourth graders, those with permanent disabilities and active military enjoy the parks for free – always. Get yours.
Yellowstone Park Playing Cards
When you run out of ghost stories (or disposal funds for gifts), for less than $5 you can buy a deck of cards. Their faces pack different images of park scenes like cute bears along with fun factoids.