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Budget Friendly Travel Gifts


Do you need an economic gift that would give the utmost pleasure? A gift tailored to that special someone's interests. Do you need a budget friendly gift for a friend who loves to travel? Do you want a special gift that will take care of the whole family?

What could be better than the gift of a vacation in South Central USA? State parks in the South Central USA region are a wonderful place for families and friends to visit throughout the year. Because of the moderate temperatures in the region many state parks are open all year round. They are a favorite destination for family reunions, fishing or hiking trails. A cabin rental in a state park makes a great romantic weekend getaway for two or a great family vacation during the summer months. Many of the parks also offer the relaxing sport of golfing.

Gift certificates or Gift Cards for state parks are a wonderful gift to give to family members or that special someone who enjoys time in the outdoors. It is a gift they can use at their own convenience and can be used at any state park in the state in which the certificate or gift card was purchased. This makes a really flexible gift that can be as cheap or expensive as you wish and be treasured by everyone on your gift list.

In the State of Tennessee state park gift certificates may be used to treat your special someone to a meal, a gift of their choice from the gift shop, a night’s stay in one of their inns, cabins or villas. For the sports fan a round of golf may be better a choice. You decide what your gift amount will be starting at $10 with a maximum limit of $250. When redeemed, less than 25% of the gift certificate can be refunded in cash. Gift certificates can be purchased at the following inn and conference centers: Pickwick Landing, Paris Landing, Natchez Trace, Montgomery Bell, Henry Horton and Fall Creek Falls.

In the State of Texas you may purchase a State Park Gift Card that allows the user to redeem it for entry and facility fees, merchandise at state park stores or purchase of a State Park Pass. The gift cards can be purchased in increments $5 or more. Or you can purchase a Texas State Park Pass for the family member of your choice that provides free entry to more than 90 state parks across the state for 12 months. Additional passes sold any time after the original transaction may also be purchased. For more information about the Texas State Park Pass of Gift Card contact the Call Center at (512)389-8900.

The State of Arkansas offers gift certificates in any denomination you desire and they are redeemable for any service or merchandise, with the exception of concessionaire services, in any state park throughout the state. Some of the more popular uses are camping, lodging, golfing, boating and shopping in the state park gift shops. The certificates can be purchased at any state park center or museum, the director’s office in Little Rock, AR or by phone at (501)868-5806.

In the State of Oklahoma gift certificates are a wonderful way of gifting a day in the sun with a round of golf, camping or a night in a cabin or lodge rooms, or a dinner out at the lodge. The gift certificates are good in any of Oklahoma’s 50 state parks. To purchase Oklahoma State Park gift certificates go to the Travel Information Center inside the First National Center in Downtown Oklahoma City or phone (405)218-2775.

In the State of Louisiana, the state parks offer historical sites, Civil War re-enactments, championship fishing or just pitch a tent under the stars and share campfire stories with the kids. If you enjoy family outings, hiking, bird watching or canoeing Louisiana state parks can accommodate you and your family. What a wonderful gift to find underneath one’s tree. Gift cards can be purchased at a local park or by calling (888)677-1400.

The State of Mississippi's state parks do not offer gift certificates at this time; however, you can purchase golf passes for a special someone who loves to golf by contacting the LeFleur’s Bluff Golf Course in Jackson, MS. Call (601)364-1783 for more information. The annual pass includes unlimited green fees for one year from date of purchase and unlimited cart fees for one year from date of purchase.

As with any gift certificate, it is only good for the year purchased and can not be refunded if not used. Because the state parks have such a varied choice of options the gift could be used for, the gift card or certificate may not cover all of their expenses. They can apply the card or certificate to the total amount spent and they will have to pay the difference at the time of use.

So there you have it, the budget friendly gift of travel that will please everyone on your gift giving list. You decide how much you want to spend and everyone who receives the gift can use it whenever they choose during the year. It’s an easy way to give the gift of a vacation to someone you love.
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