Travel Enthusiast Gift Guide

Crater Lake canvas print, Ranger Doug’s postcards, National Geographic reading material.

Tis the season for giving. Here are a few holiday gift ideas for your favorite traveler:

National Park Art: Ranger Doug’s Enterprises features a beautiful collection of reproduced WPA-era National Park artwork. They are available as posters, window stickers and postcard sets. I received both the historic and contemporary postcard sets and they look great framed in a group. There are 32 total, so you can mix & match and swap out parks as you please. They can of course also be mailed as actual postcards, but they look too cool to give away.

Books: We find that National Geographic publishes some of the best, most informative books on the National Parks you can buy. Our favorites are 10 Best of Everything, National Parks, Guide to the National Parks, and Guide to Scenic Highways and Byways. We always make room in a suitcase for those.

Map Art: Cameron Booth, map enthusiast, blogger and graphic designer (sounds kind of like me) has created transit-style maps of the US Highways and the Interstate system that I could stare at all day. I might buy this one for myself. Check out his awesome transit map blog as well.

Photographic Prints: Another artwork idea is canvas prints from easycanvasprints.com. Choose your desired size, upload your own photo, make a few selections, and they will ship it to you printed on canvas and stretched over a frame. A great way to display travel photos. Sign up for their mailing list if you think you might like to order one, they have frequent sales and free shipping offers via email.

Travel Guides: Michelin Guides. For your traveling friends, no book can beat the Michelin series of guides for in-depth advice on restaurants, hotels and sights. These are location-specific, so they would be a great gift for a friend who has upcoming travel plans to a particular city or region.

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