Blog Post Amanda John Kimsey, Carrie Madigan Dec 5, 2019

Gifts That Give Back

These park-themed gifts from NPCA and our partners provide fun ways to give while supporting America’s favorite places and our mission to protect them.

The holiday season has us daydreaming about majestic bison barreling through thigh-high snow in Grand Teton, smiling families boarding the Polar Express through Cuyahoga Valley, and the lighting of the National Christmas Tree in President’s Park. We may not all have a chance to visit a national park this holiday season, but we can purchase presents for our loved ones that give back to some of our country’s most inspirational places and support NPCA’s loyal partners.

These national park-themed gifts provide fun ways to give while supporting parks and our mission to protect them.

 

1. NPCA’s commemorative book

NPCA wrote the book on protecting national parks … literally! “A Century of Impact” celebrates NPCA’s history and vision through stunning photography and tales of victory in a beautifully designed keepsake book. Your loved ones will learn how passionate advocates have helped to shape the National Park System as we know it.

2. NPCA’s “I Protect Parks” sweatshirt

This cozy sweatshirt is perfect for lounging by the fire on a chilly day. Adorned with our national mammal, the bison, this sweatshirt’s straightforward message makes it clear that the wearer supports national parks.

3. NPCA’s “Protect Them All” mug

Sip hot tea, cocoa or coffee from this mug and ponder the impact of great Americans — Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Theodore Roosevelt and Alice Paul — memorialized by our national parks. Start your morning with these civil rights and public lands heroes and you’re sure to feel inspired to grab the day by the lapels!

4. Parks Project’s national park wildlife playing cards

Get your park lover a deck of cards to pack on future travels. These face cards feature minimalist artwork representing iconic wildlife of the national parks and will be sure to liven up even the most exhausted trekkers after a long day on the trails.

5. Limestone Branch Distillery’s Yellowstone Select Kentucky straight bourbon

This bourbon has been described as light with a well-balanced heat and good depth of flavor, and its storied legacy harkens back to the founding of Yellowstone. “When Yellowstone Bourbon was first launched in 1872, it was given its name to honor Yellowstone National Park, the new national treasure at the time and our first national park,” says Steve Beam, head distiller at Limestone Branch.

 

1. NPCA’S moisture-wicking badge shirt

Is someone in your life an avid national park fan? Get them ready for 2020 with this moisture-wicking T-shirt that shows they not only love their national parks but are willing to speak out for their protection! This performance tee is roomy, lightweight and highly breathable with anti-fading features to protect your print wash after wash.

2. NPCA’s heritage logo water bottle

Your park lover on the go needs to stay hydrated! Help them cut down on single-use plastic with this multi-functional water bottle with multiple lids, adorned with NPCA’s heritage logo.

3. The Body Shop’s Sun Protecting Lotion or Lip Care Stick

Did you know that Love Your Body Club members can turn their reward vouchers into donations for NPCA when shopping with The Body Shop? Sign up with the Love Your Body club program to earn rewards while gift-giving to your favorite trailblazer. These sun lotions and lip care sticks are perfect for protection from the sun, even at our national parks’ highest altitudes.

4. Khala & CO’s Beeswax Wrap Combo Pack

Did you know that each year, national park visitors generate 100 million pounds of garbage? That’s enough trash to fill the Statue of Liberty more than 1,800 times. Help cut down on waste with Khala & CO’s reusable food storage products. The Beeswax Wrap Combo Pack includes a variety of different sizes to serve many purposes, whether its wrapping up a treat for your trip, keeping produce fresh or conserving the leftovers from last night’s dinner.

5. Parks Project’s Fill-in-the-Blanks Adventure Journal

Like Mad Libs but specifically tailored for your loved one’s national park adventure, this fun journal will give your gift recipient some great laughs. If the avid hiker in your life is thinking about a national park adventure with friends or family, this journal is sure to add some memorable good times!

 

1. NPCA’s “Every Week Is Park Week” shirt

Does someone in your life daydream about national park adventures? Help your park lover share their passion for the parks in this lightweight T-shirt. The short, roll-cuff sleeve detail, wide neck and high-low bottom hem make this shirt the ultimate choice for lounging around and dress-down days.

2. NPCA’s “I Arch Parks” shirt

Do you know someone whose heart has been stolen by the parks of the American Southwest? Soft, comfortable and durable, this long-sleeve tee will quickly become your gift recipient’s favorite layer.

3. Parks Project’s Parks Conservation Harrington Jacket

This historic design harkens back to 1930s workwear and the proud legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps. A perfect extra layer on fall strolls and mild mornings, this light jacket is a gift to be proud of. (Note: Item is no longer in stock.)

4. NPCA’s “Protect Them All” tote

If your loved one loves the parks, help them leave no trace by packing in and packing out all they need in this unique “Protect Them All” cotton tote.

5. NPCA’s “Defend our Parklands” baseball raglan

This lightweight baseball tee is durable, soft-knit and form-fitting, and the fierce grizzly sends a message that our parks must not be messed with. It may just be the perfect statement for someone in your life! (Note: Item is no longer in stock.)

 

1. NPCA’s “Protect Our Parks” tote

This 100% sustainably sourced cotton tote features whimsical artwork of iconic parks around the country. The sturdy canvas bag will comfortably carry everything from farmers market finds to gym clothes. It measures 15.51" x 18.5", with dual stitching throughout.

2. NPCA’s “Every Week Is Park Week” dog bandana

Whether you’re hitting the trails, camping or just hanging out at home with your pup, celebrate Park Week every week by outfitting your canine friend with this colorful 20" x 20" cotton twill bandana.

3. NPCA’s “Fireflies” baby bodysuit

Do you have fond memories of watching fireflies at night under the stars? Share the magic of nature with the next generation by gifting this whimsical onesie. Stylish and eco-friendly, this organic cotton bodysuit will be comfy wherever your little one roams.

4. Thermos brand stainless steel food jars and vacuum-insulated stainless steel cold dome

You can help leave no trace by packing food and drinks in reusable Thermos brand products. This food jar and cold-beverage container are great for staying well-hydrated and fed during long days of adventuring in the parks. Thermos brand offers many different products and styles for reducing our footprint while visiting our national parks!

 

1. Creative Action Network posters

Is there one national park where your loved one left their heart? Get them a gift that reminds them of those special memories. Creative Action Network proudly supports NPCA and creates awareness about the need for park protection with its See America line, which enables artists from all over the country to showcase the beauty and wonder of national parks. These statement pieces are sure to be loved by anyone on your list!

2. Creative Action Network’s “See America” 2020 wall calendar

Your park lover will be enamored by the stunning 1930s-style artwork featured in Creative Action Network’s 2020 See America wall calendar. Help your loved one kick off a new year with inspirational national park art for every month of the year!

3. NPCA’s “Every Week Is Park Week” throw pillow cover

Give that throw pillow some personality by throwing on this 18" x 18" cotton twill cover. Perfect for the park lover who is always dreaming about their next adventure!

 

From October 1, 2019 to January 1, 2022, 5% of the purchase price of the aforementioned Parks Project products will be donated to NPCA.

From May 1, 2019 to August 31, 2019, Limestone Branch Distillery donated to NPCA $1 for each bottle of Yellowstone Whiskey sold, a total of $30,000.

About the authors

  • Amanda John Kimsey Former Manager, Corporate Partnerships and Cause Marketing

    As the Manager of Corporate Partnerships & Cause Marketing, Amanda and the dynamic team steward and engage NPCA’s generous corporate partners in efforts to offer meaningful benefits to national parks advocacy and protection efforts. Amanda helps to identify, cultivate, and support existing and prospect corporate partners in aligning their corporate social responsibility/cause marketing goals with the important work that NPCA leads.

  • Carrie Madigan Associate Director of Design

    As Associate Director of Design, Carrie oversees brand development and design needs across channels. She brings design experience from a range of specialties, including branding, magazine design, and advertising, and she has a deep love for our country's national parks.