GIFT Ideas FOR THE NATURE LOVER
We live busy lives. And then the holidays come along and things get even busier. Holiday shopping doesn't have to amp up your stress level. Gift-giving should be thoughtful, but it doesn't have to be hard.
Keep it simple and you can't go wrong. Take the stress out of holiday shopping with these gift ideas for the nature lovers, hikers, birders, gardeners and nature photographers in your life.
Quite honestly, these ideas can be used all year through. Need a gift for a nature lover for a birthday, a thank you, or other occasion? This guide can be useful all year long.
In the meantime,
Happiest of holidays to all!
Support Your Local Artists and Small Businesses:
Watch your local newspaper outlets and social media feeds for local holiday craft fairs and markets. You can even search on markets like ETSY by region, so, even if you are shopping online, you can narrow it down to artists in your area.
Local craft boutiques and shops are a big part of our communities. They feature the creations of a lot of talented local artists, makers, photographers and more, offering truly special gift items. Many of them nature-themed.
Give a Gift to the Earth.
Many organizations offer the purchase/adoption of seedlings for forest restoration in Wisconsin, and in other parts of the United States.
Locally, the Forest Exploration Center in Wauwatosa features an Adopt A Seedling program. They offer four different types of seedlings, at differing price points. Or you can even create a custom donation in honor of your recipient.
A thoughtful gift, and it's good for the planet.
Easy does it. Sometimes the easiest gifts are the best ones. Give the gift that keeps on giving all year long with annual park stickers, passes, and nature center memberships.
Wisconsin State, National, and County Park Stickers:
Fortunately, annual stickers are now available to purchase online. They sometimes have special combo packages available during the holidays.
Wisconsin State Park Sticker
A National Park Sticker
Waukesha County Parks Sticker
Washington County Parks Sticker
Nature Center Memberships:
Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
Wehr Nature Center
Boerner Botanical Gardens
River Bend Nature Center
Riveredge Nature Center
Retzer Nature Center
Urban Ecology Center
Want to gift to someone not in the Milwaukee area? Check out this resource for Nature Centers Across Wisconsin
Tip: Most nature centers have great gift shops. Opt outside at a nature center for some exploration, then do a little holiday shopping in their gift shops!
You can't go wrong with books and magazine subscriptions that focus on a persons interests. Following are just a few suggestions.
Magazine Publication Subscriptions:
Wisconsin Natural Resources Magazine
Our Wisconsin Magazine
Outside Magazine - Online Subscription
Mammoth Tales - Ice Age Trail Alliance Magazine
Gifts for a Nature Photographer
The Smartphone Photography Guide by Pete Cope
Extra Camera Memory SD Cards (the more memory the better)
Selfie Sticks; Portable, bendable, tripods
Gift Card for prints or books at their favorite photo print shop
Arts Cameras Plus - Camera gear, photo processing, classes. Gift cards available for gear or workshops and classes
Mike Crivellos - Camera gear, photo processing
Wildtree - Uniquely designed, handmade, camera straps and more.
Moment Mobile lenses for smartphones
A walking stick/monopod. One accessory, two great uses. Styles, durability, and prices vary. But even the cheapest ones are handy to have on-hand.
Accessories: extra dust blowers, cleaning cloths, a mini mount or tripod for on-the-go smartphone shots.
Specialized Outdoor Gear:
There are some great Milwaukee area shops that can help you find the perfect gear for a variety of outdoor enthusiasts on your list.
Sherper's A wide selection of outdoor gear, including boots, camping equipment, binoculars and more can be found at this Milwaukee area local outdoor gear shop
Stan's Fit For Your Feet Hiking Boots, Socks and Accessories
Yellow Wood - A Premier Outdoor Gear Shop
Patagonia - An outdoor clothing and gear company that, for over 30 years, has been giving back 1% of its profits towards preservation and restoration of the natural environment.
REI Co-op: Gear and clothing for a wide array of outdoor enthusiasts.
Bird Watching and Backyard Birding Gear:
Wild Birds Unlimited Stores - Bird feeders of all kinds, bird food of all kinds, bird baths, books on birding, and a wealth of knowledge in feeding backyard birds.
Bird Collective - A great online shop that offers all kinds of unique merchandise for birders, and fans of birds. Bonus: 20% of their profits are donated to projects that help to reverse the decline of bird populations.
Nocs Provisions - Compact, high quality, colorful binoculars in multiple styles.
Stein's Garden & Home - Wild bird feeders and food in several Wisconsin locations.
The Nest - Unique shop in Greendale that carries bird feeding supplies, along with unique bird enthusiast gifts and decor.
Stoned Birdhouse: Functional Yard Art - made locally. Birdhouses, bird feeders, gourmet birdseed wreaths, and more.
Birds Choice - Bird feeders, bird houses, and more, made from recycled materials in Chilton, Wisconsin.
SUPPORT THE PARK NEXT DOOR AND FIND GREAT GIFTS FOR YOUR HOLIDAY SHOPPING LIST
Get yourself a little something, too. Many of the images from The Park Next Door are available to purchase as prints, notebooks, phone cases, holiday ornaments, and more at my FineArtAmerica site. You can get a gift for someone, or yourself, and support the website at the same time. Check out the Art For Your Walls feature page, or visit the art site directly.