We like experiences more than things. Things collect dust. We prefer to collect memories. There’s no better way than traveling.

Travel is a joyful experience. Giving a gift should be a joyful experience as well!

I’ve got some great ideas for your traveler for Christmas or any time of the year.

Minky Couture Blanket

Minky Couture blankets with camping themes!

A blanket is PERFECT for those long road trips out West!

Want the last blanket you’ll ever need to own? Buy a Minky Couture. This Utah company is just starting to get discovered. The blankets are handmade, machine washable but are as soft as mink fur (hence the name Minky) I never go on a road trip without one.

One of our viewers ordered one with our 45% off code and said “I surprised my wife and got her a minky and it came in the mail yesterday. As blanket lovers, this is the best one we own now. I picked out a Taffy Pink Hugs Grande. Thanks for the recommendation and the code. No doubt I’ll have to order my daughter one for Christmas.”

Visit Minky Couture and use our code: ROCKIES45 to get 45% off!

National Park Lotions and Candles

The smell is HEAVENLY

Matt discovered these AMAZING candles, lotions, and air fresheners at a store near me. They’re made by Good Well Supply Co of Seattle, and they have scents for each national park!

I kid you not, the Yellowstone candle will make you feel like you’re walking around in the forest.

National Park Posters

I love the old-timey feel!

Matt discovered these while driving around this year, and he loves the nostalgic look and the classic cars featured in them. They are designed and printed by John Clark, a photographer and artist.

Find them at his Scenic Hwys website. We already have the Grand Canyon hanging up in our office.

Binoculars

A MUST for the Yellowstone or Grand Teton traveler!

If you’re visiting Yellowstone or Grand Teton, I highly recommend getting a pair of binoculars. These parks are some of the best places to see wildlife in the lower 48 states, and people come from all over the world to do so.

Trust me on this, it will make your wildlife experience MUCH better.

I recommend the Vortex Diamondback binoculars. We’ve used them and they are GREAT. Find out for yourself by reading the reviews on Amazon.

Party Rocker Speaker

If you want a 100% guarantee that your gift will be the life of the party, look no further than the Ion Party Rocker speaker.

You may be wondering what you can do with something like this, but let me assure you…… there are plenty of situations to bring the party: dance parties, softball games, Halloween, New Years’ Eve Karaoke, and….. camping.

We take this on our trips and the kids love dancing around the disco ball while the music pumps. It’s a PARTY-STARTER.

Matt once loaded it in a bike trailer and got 8 kids to follow him on a 15-mile bike ride. There was NO COMPLAINING, thanks to the tunes!

Trust me on this, the Party Rocker will be an instant hit for whoever receives this gift.

Kids following me while I pump the music

Personalized Poster

No vacation is over if it leaves a memory. However, picture frames and photo books are pretty common gifts.

But, what if you ordered a customized poster of a location you know has special meaning to your special someone? 

At Just Go Travel Studios you can have a very classy, very personalized poster created exactly how you want it. The owners will respond to you immediately and even send you a proof before printing to make sure it meets your standards.

You can send your own image or use one of their old-school-looking posters and personalize your memories on it. Use our code ROCKIES640 for a 10% discount.

Travel Guide

travel guide says so much. It communicates “I love spending time with you” and “you are in my future plans.” You and your loved one can dream about the upcoming trip for months.

One special benefit of giving one of our self-guided tours is the peace of mind that the vacation will go great. All the details are included. You can spend time watching our YouTube videos together and seeing all the cool things you are going to do.

Our self guided tours, and accompanying audio essays, are our pride and joy. Matt spends months creating each one, thinking through every detail of your travel experience and providing the information you didn’t even know you needed.

We are adding new guides all the time and currently have guides to Yellowstone National Park, Glacier National Park, Grand Teton National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, and the Grand Canyon.

National Park Art

Matt discovered an amazing artist: Steph Moraca from Pittsburgh. Her nickname is The Painting Stoof. She has a YouTube channel for art and one for travel.

She’s produced so many amazing things you can buy for your home:

Lifetime Cooler

The Yeti coolers are all the rage, but this Lifetime cooler, found on Amazon, is MUCH less expensive and cools for just as long!

We go on a lot of road trips and use a cooler to pack our picnics and snacks. We’re big fans of eating picnics in the national parks, and this 77-quart cooler stores tons of food for our family of 6.

We can go 4 whole days without having to worry about replacing the ice. What a relief. Plus, Lifetime is a local Utah company that specializes in all sorts of outdoor fun.

Super Sparrow Water Bottle

This classy water bottle has become my new go-to when I’m out and about. The Oleander by Super Sparrow is part of its Ultra-lite series, holds 750 ml, is sweat proof, pro-grade stainless steel, BPA & toxin free and never sweats. It’s as functional as it is beautiful. I love how light and easy to carry it is.

It keeps the water cold and icy for hours, lasts for years, and I rarely leave my house without it. You can purchase directly from Super Sparrow and use the code “Rockies” for a 15% discount. You can also purchase other varieties of Super Sparrow directly from Amazon.

Camelbak

The West is DRY and HIGH. So if you’re planning on hiking, you need to pack a lot of water with you! The best way to carry that water is with a Camelbak.

We’ve owned a Camelbak our entire marriage. We recently had to buy new Camelbaks, and we decided on the Camelbak M.U.L.E. Hydration Pack found on Amazon.

It’s designed for mountain bikers but it’s perfect for hikers because it holds 3 liters — a MUST when hiking longer trails out here in the dry West.

The waist belt, chest strap, and padded shoulder straps make the pack feel light and comfortable. The water bladder comes with a wide fill spout for easy filling and cleaning.

There are 3 main pockets in the pack that are wonderful to fit all your other hiking essentials. I love that I can fit my phone, sunglasses, snacks, sunscreen and jacket in there.

Just look at the ratings on Amazon — this is a home run.

If you are traveling with children, Matt and I recommend the Camelbak M.U.L.E Mini Hydration Pack found on Amazon.

With a 50 oz water bladder and several fun designs to choose from, you child will think it’s super cool and stay hydrated- at least that has been our experience. Our 9 and 11 year old both want to wear it!

Trekking Poles

While we haven’t used these, so many people have told us they bought these trekking poles for their national park trips that we just had to include it on this list.

Trekking poles can give you some extra stability while walking or hiking on uneven trails in the Rockies. The great thing about the TrailBuddy Hiking Poles is they collapse. This makes them easy to pack and they will fit in most backpacks. Plus, they are the best value for the price.

But maybe more important, you can adjust the length for your height or for the trail conditions. Going down into the Grand Canyon? Extend them. Time to go back up? Shorten them.

Ergo Baby Carrier

We’re both wearing Ergos!

We’re beyond this stage now, but this Ergo Baby Carrier SAVED us many times! It allowed us to hike to places with our little ones where we wouldn’t have been able to go otherwise. What is amazing about these packs?

Do you have children who are new parents? This is PERFECT because they usually won’t spend money on a “luxury” item like this.

What they don’t realize is this is so much better than the other lousy baby carriers out there that it’s easily worth the extra cost.

So be a hero grandparent and get this for them! It’s comfortable for the parent and the baby.

National Parks Passport Book

My National Parks Passport Book!

Did you know there are over 400 national park sites?!

Want a fun way to track all the national park sites you visit? Try the Passport to Your National Parks book by Eastern National.

I’ve had one for years. When you visit a national park site, simply stop in at the visitor center and find the “cancellation station.” They have a stamp and ink pad there.

Stamp your book just like an actual passport — it will show the date you visited the park! What fun, and inexpensive, way to document your adventures.

Books!

Thomas Jefferson said, “I cannot live without my books.” I feel the same way! Here are some books Matt recommends about the West and/or the national parks.

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