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30 Best Space Gifts for the Astronomy Lover in Your Life

Space is complex, but your search for the perfect gift doesn't have to be.

the best gifts for space nerds

To say space is a wild place would be an understatement. As of recently, people have become more obsessed and intrigued with the idea of space exploration—commercial or research-based—and what is out there beyond Earth. And now that some of the world's richest men are investing in it, too (hello Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk), there's even more public interest.

And let's not forget about Hollywood. Movies such as Interstellar, The Martian, or even Disney+’s Among the Stars, have brought out people’s inner nerds without them even knowing it. While we can only know so much about space here on Earth, we can encourage the space lovers in our lives to deepen their interest through books, toys, and more. We’ve gathered 30 best space gifts for the space-obsessed person in your life that are totally out of this world.

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For the History Buff
Piece of Space

Do you have a friend who has always dreamed of going to space, but couldn’t quite get there yet? 

Well, this piece of space is the perfect gift for them. They don’t have to blast off to another planet to see or feel it, but rather, this gift will satisfy that desire. 

These pieces date back to nearly 5,000 years ago and are as authentic as they look.

Stay Warm This Fall and Winter
Glow in the Dark Constellation Blanket

This microfiber glow in the dark blanket will keep lovers of the galaxy warm and cozy this season. It is incredibly soft for maximum comfort, and brings part of the universe to anyone’s home—making it a great gift for the holidays.

For Moon Lovers
Moon Lamp

Any moon enthusiast would love to add this 3D lamp to a room in their home. It comes in four sizes, has two light modes, and really looks like the moon with its craters, mountains, and basins when it’s lit up.

A Great Coffee Table Book
Visual Galaxy

Space lovers can tour the solar system and wider galaxy with this coffee table book. Visual Galaxy includes more than 300 pages of striking images—both photographs and realistic illustrations—with loads of information about the planets, stars, moons, and galactic phenomena.

Put Someone's Name in Stars
Personalized Space Name Art
Personal Prints

Put your favorite space enthusiast’s name in stars with this personalized art. Hi-res photos of space, galaxies, rockets, stars, and more are used to create each letter of the alphabet for an ingenious way of spelling out someone’s name. 

All you have to do is select the size of the frame that would be best, and then click “customize” to create someone’s name.

See Space Right in Front of Them
Personal Planetarium
$47.90 (19% off)

Anyone can take a journey through the far-out galaxy with this augmented reality viewer and audio guide. All they have to do is insert their smartphone and this device will overlay constellations, galaxies, planets, stars, and more.

Great for Developing Construction Skills
Lego International Space Station Set

This 864-piece Lego kit is a fun, interactive way to recreate a miniature version of the International Space Station. The set also includes a NASA space shuttle, three cargo spacecraft, two astronaut figures, and a display stand.

For Interested Stargazers
50 Things to See in the Sky
Princeton Architectural Press

50 Things to See in the Sky is a great choice for beginning stargazers. The illustrated tome shares tips on observing the sky overhead, then helps readers understand and identify constellations, super giants, and moons on their own.

Doubles as a Nightlight for Kids
3D Optical Illusion Space Shuttle Lamp

From far away, this lamp looks like an actual space shuttle ready to blast off, but up close, it’s thin, completely flat, glass acrylic sheet. This lamp would be a great addition to your child’s space-themed room, and could double as a nightlight when it gets dark. It comes in 16 changeable color modes, a smart touch button to easily change the colors, and uses energy-efficient LED bulbs.

Historical, Informational, and Visual
‘The Hubble Cosmos: 25 Years of New Vistas in Space’ by David H. Devorkin and Robert W. Smith

With more than 150 photographs and 25 years’ worth of facts, the space-obsessed friend or family member in your life will love this book. It documents everything that NASA’s Hubble Telescope has seen over the years, and even gives a bit more insight into what the universe is really like.

Best Space Walk Shirt
Spacewalk Astronauts Shirt

The Beatles who? This shirt of astronauts crossing the street in space takes a twist on the classic Beatles walking across Abbey Road. The shirt comes in four colors and seven sizes, so it’s a great gift for any space lover in your life this holiday season.

For the Night Owl
Astronaut LED Light

Don’t let the astronomer or scientist in your life get stuck working late nights in the dark. Instead, treat them to an LED light that doubles as a mini astronaut. All they have to do is plug it into a USB port, such as a laptop or power bank, and they’ll be able to use it for hours. For it to light up, all they have to do is flip the astronaut's mask up.

Fun for the Whole Family
Late For The Sky

This space-themed twist on the classic game of Monopoly will have the whole family gathered around the kitchen table for hours of fun. Travel through the universe and own different stars, planets, or galaxies, while even learning something new.

Experience the Northern Lights on a Ceiling
Aurora Borealis Light Projector
$34.96 (13% off)

This twist on a traditional lighting fixture is a great addition to your child’s bedroom. Before putting them to bed at night, illuminate their ceiling with this makeshift aurora that will make them feel like they’re traveling through the galaxy. It comes with eight light projection modes and even connects to Bluetooth so you can play soothing music for them.

Best Big-Kid Construction Kit
NASA Apollo 11 Lunar Lander Building Kit

The puzzle enthusiast in your life will have the time of their life putting this replica of a lunar lander together. This detailed model comes with 1,087 pieces, detachable stages, and is sure to encourage early construction skills.

Launch Into Your Favorite Card Game
Space Playing Cards
Chronicle Books

Change the way your friends play cards with this deck featuring photos of archives of NASA. The cards are designed with beautiful imagery from various perspectives in space that NASA has captured over the years. The deck comes with 52 cards and two jokers.

Learn About Living in Space
‘How to Astronaut’ by Terry Virts
Workman Publishing Company

This new essay collection from astronaut Terry Virts offers an inside look at space travel from a sometimes-humorous, sometimes-philosophical lens. The former International Space Station expedition commander describes survival training, space cuisine, emergency protocol, and life beyond the blue planet.

For the Astronomical Mixologist
Irving The Rocket Cocktail Shaker

Your favorite bartender will mix up something out of this world with this stainless steel cocktail shaker. It comes with a strainer, cap, and “launch pad” stand, and can be easily stored on any bar cart or in any kitchen cabinet.

Great Group Activity
Infinite Galaxy Puzzle
Uncommon Goods

Friends and family will want to gather to put this infinite puzzle together in record time. This puzzle, in particular, is based on a photo from the Hubble Telescope that shows stars in the galaxy. And, much like the galaxy, there is no fixed end or defined perimeter to this puzzle. So, get building!

Encourages STEM Educational Learning
Space Shuttle Building Set
$19.99 (31% off)

Your child can build this shuttle and prepare for blasting off in the comfort of your home. This 13-in-1 toy rocket set can expand your child’s imagination even greater than that of the galaxy. They can assemble everything that is normally part of a real-life space shuttle, and then play for hours after.

For a Child’s Space-Themed Bedroom
Solar System Wall Stickers

Your child will have so much fun decorating their room or play space with this collection of stickers to replicate the solar system. Plus, once it gets darker at night, the stickers will glow in the dark, and your child can imagine what it’s like to travel through the solar system.

For the Art Collector
Moon AR Framed Wall Art

If you know someone who is obsessed with collecting art and curating galleries in their home, then this is the space gift for them. Not only will this piece look great on an open wall in any room in someone’s home, but it’s also interactive through an app. 

The space lover in your life can scan the canvas with the app and immerse themselves in the history and mystery of the moon.

Best Craft Kit for Kids
Smithsonian Museum Space Craft Kit

Skip the trip to the actual Smithsonian and, instead, put one of their crafts together as a family. Your kids will love molding spacecrafts, exploring the cosmos, or even complete the included activity book.

Encourages Imagination and Creativity
Peel + Discover: Space Book
Workman Publishing

Your child will have a blast (no pun intended) peeling these stickers and learning new facts about space. They can even decorate the activity pages with markers and crayons—possibly creating their own little galaxy on paper.

Great for Indoor and Outdoor Space Play
Space Shuttle Atlantis with Hubble Dome Tent
$24.99 (11% off)

Your kids and their friends will have tons of fun exploring the galaxy in this dome tent. It’s great for indoor and outdoor use, as well as an outlet for imagination. It’s made of polyester with double stitching to prevent any rips, tears, or additional damage from extended use.

Best Punny Gift
'I Need My Space' Tumbler

Any astronomy enthusiast would love this tumbler designed to be a bit “punny.” It keeps drinks hot or cold, has a leak-resistant lid, and is made of an eco-friendly and non-toxic stainless steel.

For Science Teachers and Professors
Desk Planets

The astronomy or physics teacher or professor in your life will love this collection of planets to add to their desk. Each gemstone has been carefully selected and handcrafted so they can replicate the real planets.

Sip and Learn Something New
Heat Changing Planet Mug
The Unemployed Philosophers Guild

Your favorite space lover can start their mornings off right with a great cup of coffee and a lesson about the universe. As soon as they pour their favorite warm drink in this mug, facts about the solar system will appear around its exterior. If they prefer colder beverages, they will still get to enjoy a beautiful planetarium diagram.

Great DIY Project for Kids
Glow in the Dark Solar System Planetarium

This solar system planetarium will teach kids about space early on in their lives. While they’re learning about the planets and where they’re located in the solar system, they can also have fun painting and designing them so they look like the real things. 

Great Fun for Siblings
Space Doorway Bean Bag Toss
Wonder & Wise

Your kids will have hours of fun throwing bean bags into different space-themed holes with this doorway bean bag toss. It’s colorful and graphic design will encourage your child to improve their visual experience, and even learn a little more about space.

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