Okay, so you can't actually give the all of Minnesota's outdoors away this Christmas, but the Minnesota DNR has some way-cool gift ideas this season!

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One of the great things about living here in the Bold North is the beautiful landscape our state provides, and the abundance of incredible opportunities we have to get out an enjoy them, all right here in our own backyard.

Whether you head out hiking along the North Shore, or you're paddling along the Mississippi River or just enjoying some time at one of our 10,000 Lakes up north, Minnesota's outdoors ARE pretty cool. (And, of course, this time of year, they're not just cool, they're downright cold-- but winter is part of our charm too, right?)

So if you have an outdoor lover on your list, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has some great gift ideas this holiday season. And, you can buy them all from the DNR's online store too.

Like what, you're asking? Well, how about a Minnesota State Parks permit? It'll get you and your outdoor-lover into all 75 Minnesota State Parks and recreation areas for a full year.

Or maybe a Minnesota State Park Gift Card. Your outdoor lover could use it for camping, entrance permits, equipment rentals and other fun items available at the Minnesota State Parks nature stores.

The DNR also offers lifetime hunting and fishing licenses, and other cool items like State Park merchandise, nature books and guides and more. You can get more on all of these items in the DNR's online store HERE.

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