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These Stunning National Park Glasses Are My Go-To Gift — And They’re Only $20

published Jun 13, 2023
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USA, California, Valley view at Yosemite National Park with El Capitan and Bridalveil Falls behind Merced River
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Quick Overview

What’s So Special About Uncommon Goods’ Collect Your National Park Glassware Collection? 

These $20 pint glasses are a thoughtful, unique gift for anyone who appreciates the national parks — or just a good drink! There are 15 different illustrations to represent the 15 most popular parks, so you can help start their collection and then add to it with each occasion.

Every year when Father’s Day rolls around, I’m always on the hunt for a gift that’s a bit more thoughtful than another tie for my husband, dad, and father-in-law. Thankfully, I’ve got Uncommon Goods starred in my web browser because it’s filled with handcrafted little gems that are perfect for those in your life who might be hard to buy for. Anytime I’m looking for a gift idea that feels special and unique, that’s where I start.  

What’s So Great About Uncommon Goods’ Collect Your National Park Glasses? 

Because my in-laws are huge fans of national parks, I couldn’t resist the keepsakes from the National Park Glassware collection for my father-in-law. My husband and I picked out a Yellowstone pint glass for a gift last Father’s Day and it was a huge hit — especially because they don’t live too far from an incredible brewery in Wisconsin. It has since become his preferred glass for enjoying his favorite New Glarus beer out on the patio. 

Credit: Kristina Vänni

If your loved one’s ideal vacation is enjoying the natural wonders of America’s national parks, these are the perfect gift. Each 16-ounce tumbler features a different park with a bold and colorful design that goes around glass and highlights the unique terrain, plants, and animals of that park. The collection includes the top 15 most visited national parks: Acadia, Arches, Bryce Canyon, Cuyahoga Valley, Glacier, Grand Canyon, Grand Teton, Great Smoky Mountains, Joshua Tree, Mount Rainier, Olympic, Rocky Mountain, Yellowstone, Yosemite, and Zion. Anyone who enjoys nature, history, or just collecting will appreciate that each glass is printed with the park’s establishment date, notable fact, and the chronological number it was recognized in American park history. 

At $20 each, this is an affordable gift and one that can mark the beginning of a collection. Each glass also comes in a special box that’s ready to gift, so you can easily add to a growing collection each year at various holidays or celebrations. We started out my father-in-law’s collection with Yellowstone and will add the Grand Canyon version this year. It’s nice that we’ve found something that he enjoys and looks forward to receiving, and we have an easy go-to gift that’s still super thoughtful.

Each glass is top-rack dishwasher-safe, so they’re easy to care for. After about a year of usage, the Yellowstone glass has held up well with regular washing; the beautiful illustrations on the glass look the same as the day it was received. 

Credit: Kristina Vänni

They’re a bit tall to be stackable in a cabinet, plus it’s fun to be able to see each location, so I recommend either lining them up in a kitchen cabinet or putting them out on display in a hutch, on open shelving, or even at a home bar. They’re a great conversation piece and the glassware has sparked a lot of fun dinner stories from my in-laws’ national park adventures over the years. Plus, it’s a bonus when they spark ideas for their next adventure — I’ll toast to that!