Even as science and technology evolve, many facets of our universe remain a mystery to humans. Perhaps this is why so many continue to gaze up at the stars and the moon – we remain in awe of the untold mysteries of deep space, and humbled by the thought of such depths that we can’t comprehend. Regardless of age, gender or race, we all are fascinated by the beauty of a clear night sky.
If you’re shopping for a friend or family member who is particularly enraptured by the marvels of space, browse through some of the best space gifts-stuff of an astronomer’s dreams. Each of the astronomy gifts below is guaranteed to impress your neighborhood astronomer and transform their home into the space station of their dreams-you might even find something for yourself along the way.
Cool Space Gifts
Solar System Mini Set
As large and distant as the solar system is, young space explorers can struggle to truly comprehend these abstract bodies. Bring the vast expanse of space into your astronomer’s living room with these mini planet models, an interactive set of quality galactic system designed to make the intangible approachable to the curious mind.
Featuring 9 unique 1.18-inch models of our planetary system’s planets (including Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Saturn, Jupiter, Neptune, Uranus and Pluto) in condensed, colorful fashion, this globe set allow young astronauts to pick up and explore these far-away lands for themselves. For a completely immersive educational experience, the corresponding app can identify each individual planet and provide additional facts and history for an all-around informative gift.
LUNAR Pro Smart Moon Globe
While a brief introduction to each of the planets is the perfect gift for a novice astronomer, older space lovers will appreciate a more in-depth look at our unforgettable Solar System. Unlike the previous gift, the LUNAR Pro is not a set, but rather an exact model of the moon in 0.006 mm per pixel detail, ensuring an immaculately accurate and realistic model of the famous heavenly body.
The corresponding app included with the mini moon shares with your aspiring astronaut the history and statistics of this distant orb, sure to satiate even the most info-hungry mind, making this miniature 5-inch lunar model the premier source of lunar knowledge on this side of our galaxy.
Mini Smart AR Globe
Every planet in our planetary system provides a young space lover with a world of potential ideas and interests, but it’s no secret that some planets are closer to their hearts than others. If your loved one has eyes for only Pluto, Saturn, or the familiar moon, then a mini replica of their favorite lunar body is the best astronomy gift for them.
Each globe is a 1.18-inch model of your selected planet, handmade and painted to bring the spatial sphere to life. As always, each one can be used with the corresponding app to provide the young space explorer with the data they need to fully explore their personal planet, ensuring each model brings a balance of fun and education to your loved one’s special day.
Large Moon Jigsaw Puzzle
Space exploration is no minor feat, so it should come as no surprise that space creation can prove to be quite the challenge. This Jigsaw puzzle of the moon is well worth the effort to any space lover, though, as when complete, 1000 individual pieces create the face of the moon we all know so well.
For the astronomical acquaintance with free time to kill and an incredible mind worth keeping active, the large round puzzle is just the gift to work their brain and bring their family together around the table. The completed image of the moon sits at a reasonable 27 by 27 inches, allowing your neighborhood Astro-nut to begin construction at their very own kitchen table. The only real puzzle is why you would ever order your space fiend any other gift!
Rocket Moon Wall Clock
Many young space fans dream of turning their bedroom into their own personal space station. The rocket moon clock is just the timepiece for the job, measuring the minutes precisely while the attached rocket orbits the playful moon-themed face.
Each journey the rocket makes around the lunar timepiece marks another minute gone and is the most exciting way for a future astronaut or astronomer to watch the hours pass by. This unique desktop clock is about 8-inches in diameter, so finding a spot for this fun, the space-themed clock should be no problem at all for your beloved spaceman or spacewoman.
Vintage Wood Rocket Lamp
A modern accessory with vintage industrial charm, no lamp captures the aesthetic of early space travel quite like the vintage rocket lamp. A sturdy, wood, and metal spotlight standing tall at 26-inches, it is the perfect astronomy gift for the mature friend or family member with an appreciation for days long past and an eye for iconic, vintage style.
This lamp makes for a gorgeous finishing touch to an office, a living room, or even to the private quarters of your favorite space lover, and is undeniably a bright gift idea for the industrious adult, artists or photographer in your life.
NASA Hardcover AR Notebook
Just like the infamous agency itself, the NASA AR Notebook is a classic essential defined by its incorporation of the latest modern technology. This sleek, silver notebook houses more than just 180 blanks pages for notes and ideas – when opened with the corresponding AR technology, the NASA hardcover writing journal is a guide to space, the planets, and to the work of NASA over the last half of a century.
Space lovers excited by the evolution of technology will be thrilled by this gift that seamlessly brings together traditional note-taking and innovative world exploration, all within an attractive NASA-themed metal exterior.
Men’s NASA Bomber Jacket
Space exploration has persisted over several decades now, outliving countless fads, crazes, and memorable fashion statements. The vintage bomber jacket is one piece of fashion that has stuck around, though, so it’s only natural that NASA would combine its eye-catching logo with this classic fashion accessory.
The NASA Bomber Jacket is a warm, comfortable windbreaker worthy of space lovers of any age or gender thanks to its numerous size and color options. 100% polyester materials ensure that the bomber is cozy and durable; sturdy hemming allows it to endure repeated uses, despite rain, wind, and snow. Whatever the style of your favorite aspiring astronomer, it’s safe to say that this stylish jacket is about to be the star of their wardrobe.
Solar System Heat Changing Mug
The universe is far more complex than what can be seen with the naked eye. How appropriate then that this planetary mug carries hidden wonders of its own. Though it appears that the mug simply depicts the familiar planets of our solar system, when filled with hot water the dark depths of space are revealed. Facts and diagrams form to describe the complexity and intrigue of outer space, filling every inch of the mug with the incredible reality of our night sky.
LEGO NASA Apollo Saturn Rocket
You can’t explore the far reaches of space without your trusty rocket ship! This special Lego kit of immense proportions sadly can’t fly your young astronaut to the moon, but it is sure a space-themed gift that will fill many afternoons with excitement as their spacecraft takes shape.
The completed 1969-piece model stands at over 3 feet tall, towering over the included Lego people, moon landing and splashdown structures. Truly no detail was forgotten when Lego designed their Saturn V rocket!
Handmade Gemstone Desk Planets
For a more mature interpretation of our solar system, TongYue’s desk planets bring a lot to the table (or your loved one’s table, to be precise). This unique gift contrasts the beauty of the 8 planets with Earth’s deep hidden gems for a simple but incredible model of space.
Each planet is represented by a different carefully considered gemstone, from the labradorite Mercury to the cat’s eye stone Neptune. The overall effect is a fascinating, colorful model of space that will satisfy any aspiring astronomer.
Solar System Print Quartz Watch
Humans have relied on space to track time for centuries. Now your fashionable space fan can do the same with enhanced precision and accuracy with the galaxy watch! The cool gift features the image of the 8 planets charting their regular courses around the sun, making for an eye-catching accessory that you’ll never want to go without.
NASA Astronaut Helmet for Girls & Boys
Young astronauts-in-training, get suited up and prepare for takeoff! With this realistic NASA astronaut helmet, your kids can imagine themselves in the famous shoes (or should I say helmets?) of Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and the select few lucky enough to experience the wonders of space first-hand. No astronaut suit can be complete without its distinguishing helmet; with Aeromax, Inc.’s realistic, affordable gift, space is at last within your reach.
Mars Rover 3D Metal Model Kit
As astronomers extend their research to the other planet’s of our solar system, none has captured more interest than that of Mars. As they research Mars, nothing has captured more public attention than the Mars Rover, the brave little robot documenting its exploration of a strange new world.
But now it’s time to bring this famous rover home! Your loved ones can let the Mars Rover into their home with the construction of this detailed miniature model. It will be no easy feat to construct a well-known machine, but such is the challenge of space exploration.
Apollo Lunar 3D Model
Can’t get enough of space models? If the Mars Rover model wasn’t enough for your friendly space lover, add the challenge of constructing the Apollo Lunar Lander to the mix! Small, detailed pieces amp up the difficulty and ultimately, the satisfaction of building both models. The end result is well worth the effort though, as for their trouble your loved ones will have 2 well-built, accurate models of the Mars Rover and the Lunar Lander to display for years to come.
Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest
Elon Musk is a fantastical, larger-than-life figure that has taken Twitter by storm in recent years. Love him or hate him, it’s obvious that this is a man with an incredible story. His notable passion for space is sure to resonate with your own space-lovers, and his unusual, innovative work will keep listeners engaged from start to finish. Curious about this eccentric millionaire? Be sure to check out “Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future”. One of the must-have gifts for space lovers.
NASA Apollo 13 & Saturn V Launch Vehicle
Apollo 13 is among America’s most famous constructs. Though the space mission was far from perfect, its legacy has been remembered and recreated countless times across news and media. This high-value, high-quality model of the Apollo 13 spacecraft is perhaps the most detailed model that you will find. For anyone still captured by events that unfolded in 1970, this model is the pinnacle of realism and quality.
Moon Landing Fine Art Print
The image of man’s first walk on the moon is a memorable gift to be sure. With this fine print of the moon landing, space fanatics can relive that fateful day without the cost of traveling all the way to the moon themselves. The print is of incredible quality, packaged carefully and super affordable – an ideal space present, and one that your loved ones will appreciate each time they walk by it. The print comes in several sizes, so be sure to explore all your options before you order.
Fisher Space Pen
On a space voyage, every last detail must be considered before take-off, and the pens are no exception. Fortunately, this pen is built to withstand the harsh conditions of space – writing at any angle, any gravity level and any temperature you might encounter, this pen can do it all.
Beyond being a handy writing instrument, the pen is an homage to the difficulty of space travel and the complex process NASA goes through to help astronauts work efficiently and comfortably in zero gravity.
NASA Roll-Top Backpack
From the difficult journey into space to the even rougher trip on public transportation, this backpack can withstand any harsh conditions you throw at it. Durable and comfortable, your friends with their heads above the clouds can rock the NASA backpack wherever they go, trekking across the surface of the moon, or down the street!
The blue and grey tones look as though they belong in space, and the vintage charm and patch details are reminiscent of fashion at the time of NASA’s earliest voyages. Always stay ready-to-go with this backpack. You never know where in the universe you may need to travel next! Any aspiring astronaut would be proud to tote such a cool space gift!
Authentic Meteorite Pendant Necklace
If you’re struggling for ideas when it comes to your significant other, then this authentic meteorite pendant is the perfect romantic gift. Collected from Campo del Cielo in Argentina, this neat little present contains meteorite fragments from over four thousand years ago.
If that wasn’t enough, the pendant also features an adjustable cotton cord and comes with a beautifully handcrafted wooden box, making it perfect for gift giving. If you’re looking for something a little more unique this year, then this present is a perfect idea.
3D Solar System Crystal Ball
Ever wanted to hold the solar system in your hand? Well, now you can—sort of. This neat crystal ball contains a model of the solar system and makes for a perfect paperweight or conversation piece. Take it to the office and amaze your co-workers, or give it to that special someone.
In addition, the crystal ball also comes in a beautiful little box and contains a solid wood base, making it the perfect decorative piece. This gift is also a great educational gift for kids and small children (provided they don’t accidentally mistake it for a bouncy ball.)
NASA Logo Adult Long Sleeved T-Shirt
While your friends might not be blasting off any time soon, show them that you care with this official NASA themed adult T-shirt. Made out of a mixture of cotton and polyester, this shirt is fully machine washable and comes in a range of sizes from small to 3X-Large. If you’re stuck for gift ideas then this shirt is perfect for those space fanatics in your family. This long-sleeved shirt is also great for those cold winter months, so if you’re not sure this Christmas then look no further.
Vans x NASA
Whether you’re a space enthusiast or a sneakerhead, these sleek trainers are both stylish and practical. Better yet, these shoes also come in black, white or orange with the Apollo 11 and Voyager logos respectively. The patches are also removable for convenience, and if you’re looking for more gift ideas Vans have also released a full range of matching clothes wear, including jackets, T-shirts, and hoodies. Even though they’re not exactly moon boots, they’re probably the next best thing—and you even get to look stylish at the same time.
3D Printed Moon Lamp
“What do you want? You want the moon? Just say the word.” Whether you’re looking for a romantic gift for your significant other or you need a present for that one space geek in your family, the Mydethun moon lamp makes for a perfect gift. This ornament is 3D printed from eco materials and comes in several sizes, ranging from 3.5 inches all the way to 7.1 inches.
With a battery life of around ten hours, you’ll be able to get a good day’s use out of it, and it also comes with the ability to switch colors and brightness. If you have any kids in the family then this present can also double as the perfect nightlight.
Earth with Clouds Interactive Rotating Globe
If you want something a little closer to Earth, this rotating decorative globe makes for an ideal present. With solar-cell technology this gift requires absolutely no batteries or wires, so you’ll be doing your part for the environment while you’re at it.
With a diameter of around 4.5, the product description states that it’s slightly larger than a softball (though given the price tag we certainly don’t recommend that you use it for that purpose.) If you have any younger kids this could make a great educational gift too and it’s guaranteed to stir up conversation.
Astronaut Backpack With NASA Patches
If you have any budding younger astronauts in the family then the Aeromax Jr. Astronaut Backpack is a great gift idea. With plenty of space to fit any accessories, this backpack easily folds down for storage and comes with an adjustable harness.
This gift comes in one-size-fits-all and is mainly suitable for children (though if you’re an adult nothing is stopping you from buying one too.) The backpack is also machine washable and is perfect for Halloween or fancy dress, making it an ideal choice for any space-lover.
Astronaut Duvet Cover Set
While you may be understandably reluctant to blast your little ones into space, this NASA duvet set makes for a good alternative. Made out of 100% high-quality cotton this duvet set guarantees a peaceful night’s sleep, It also comes in both twin and queen sizes for when they grow up and is easily washable. Show your kids that bedtime doesn’t always have to be boring. With these sheets, imagination is the only limit, and it can be a wonderful gift for friends with children too.
One Small Step Apollo 11 Boot Print Replica
That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind. Though you’re unlikely to ever see the Apollo 11 boot print in real life, you can always buy this replica instead. This authentic design is modeled using a mixture of modern technology and close-up photos taken from the moon.
This plaque makes a great conversation piece around the home or office, and it’s perfect for amazing your friends and co-workers. It’s also a great present if you want to treat your friends and family this year and is sure to last a lifetime.
Apollo 11 50Th Anniversary Bundle
This telescope comes in a special edition to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, and the bundle comes equipped with a book to aid any first-time stargazers. This gift is a great idea for those who have younger children and is even suitable for teens and adults new to astronomy.
Even more importantly, this telescope is also lightweight and portable, making it perfect for those long camping trips. It’s not only fun for the whole family but educational too, meaning you get to have a blast while learning at the same time.
The Out-of-this-World Alien Statue
If you’ve ever wanted to own a small naked alien statue, then look no further. This hand-cast decorative piece is made using real crushed stone and is individually hand-painted. The statue makes for a unique gift for outer-space explorers alike and can be used both indoors and outdoors (in case you want to scare your neighbors while you’re at it.) There’s also a range of sizes including small, medium and large and it’s perfect if you’re looking for something a little more unusual.
BlissLights Sky Lite Laser Projector
This projector allows you to see the galaxy from the comfort of your very own bedroom. With a unique tiny and exquisite design, you will enjoy a really cool light display on the ceiling and the walls, and the product also comes with 3 different brightness settings meaning you’ll never be stuck for choice.
The planetarium projector is also perfect for bonding with your children while you explore the solar system together and makes for a great decorative piece. If you’re looking for a gift that’s both entertaining and decorative then look no further.
Solar System Bracelet
If you have a friend that is really into astrology or astronomy, or if you have a child that really loves the night sky and galaxies and the moon… you might already be looking for a beautiful, amazing gift for them. This lovely bracelet will make the delights of those that love space and everything that it contains (disclaimer: we haven’t found aliens in this bracelet, but you can never be sure. If you find an alien, report to your nearest Area 51 for instructions on what to do).
Rotating Stars Projector
Instantly fill your room with the beauty of universe, galaxies, planets, and spaceships by just turning on this planetarium star projector. If you have a kid that dreams of the moon and the stars, or want to become a cool space cowboy, you probably have spent plenty of nights looking out of the window watching over the night sky with them, learning and being amazed at how lucky humans are that we get to experience such a thing.
And if you want to foster a love of science and support your kid in their love of stars and astronomy, this projector can be a great gift choice. It will recreate the image of the night sky in your kids’ bedroom so they can marvel at it while they fall asleep.
Do you have someone who’s always fancied themselves as an astronaut? Well, while they may not be going into outer space anytime soon, you can give them the next best thing – space-themed gifts. Your space lovers are stars, and each deserves a personalized astronomy gift that is truly out of this world. From moon lamps to astronaut backpacks, from cool science gadgets to geek gift ideas, there’s something for everyone. Now get ready for takeoff!