If you are looking for a gift this year then check out our giant list of ideas for any space and astronomy lover.
Here we bring you more than 50 great astronomy gifts for space lovers and stargazers – from cheap stocking fillers to telescopes and more.
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A great gift is a personalized print based on how the night sky looked from a specific location and date.
This is perfect for someone who might want to mark a special occasion like a wedding or the birth of a child.
You enter the location plus the time and date and it creates a unique image of the night sky from that particular moment in time.
You can then customize the message written on the print as well as various styling options around the color and borders etc.
This is a great personal gift for space lovers.
Get ready for 2023 with this space calendar from Astronomy Magazine.
Each month has a stunning image of a different planet, galaxy, or other deep space objects, along with educational commentary.
This would make a great gift for someone’s bedroom or home office.
If you want some more options, see our guide to the Best Astronomy & Space Calendars for 2023.
This is a stylish NASA notebook/journal has an added “augmented reality” feature whereby you can download a free smartphone app and then scan QR codes throughout the book to access information about the history of NASA.
This t-shirt will be appreciated by those that value the solitude of being outside with their telescope alone under the stars!
A telescope can be an obvious choice of gift for someone with an interest in astronomy.
This is possibly the perfect beginner’s telescope as it interacts with your smartphone to scan the night skies and guide you to find astronomical objects like planets and galaxies.
See the video here that explains how this works:
To read more about this range of telescopes see our article on the Celestron StarSense Explorer Telescope Comparison.
Another good stocking filler or Secret Santa gift for an astronomy enthusiast is this constellation mug that changes appearance when a hot drink goes in.
At first it is a cool starry mug, but when the hot coffee goes in the constellations show up.
A fun, low-budget item!
This is a nice desktop gift for a space enthusiast.
It’s a paperweight with the Andromeda galaxy contained within.
Andromeda is the closest galaxy to our galaxy, the Milky Way. It has a distinctive and stunning spiral appearance that you can see inside this glass ornament.
Adult coloring books are a great relaxation tool and are thought to help relieve anxiety.
This space-themed gift idea features 35 images from NASA archives.
It features a full-color NASA photograph with a template to color on the adjacent page.
This is a cool, analog device that helps you identify certain stars and constellations in the night sky.
You adjust it according to the date and it will show you what you should be able to see above you and so helps you spot astronomical objects.
This cool lunar lamp uses NASA imagery to accurately represent the surface of the moon.
What’s even better is that it floats above the stand with no contact – fully levitating!
The base is plugged into the mains and powers the lamp, so needs no extra batteries. It can be bought with US, UK, EU, and Australian compatible plugs.
For something more exciting, think about a pair of astronomy binoculars.
Smaller and more portable than telescopes they make a great alternative that not everyone would consider.
They are perfect for casual use as you can just grab-and-go into your backyard or wherever and start scanning the skies with no fuss.
These are the 7×50 Celestron Cometron Astronomy Binoculars – the “7” refers to the magnification and the “50” refers to the size of the lenses (aperture).
This pair is perfect for handheld use and observing the skies to watch events like meteor showers and are fairly inexpensive.
You can get bigger and more powerful models – see the Best Astronomy Binoculars for more.
Binoculars with more than 7x magnification and higher aperture (the size of the lenses) will give you better views of planets and even deep space objects like galaxies but will need to be used with a tripod as they will be heavy and unsuitable for handheld use.
This model is a great entry-level option for children or adults to get into stargazing in the backyard or to take on trips.
This is a gift box that contains the details of a unique unnamed star that you can give a name on a certificate.
This is a nice gift and a bit of fun, but just be aware that you are not actually officially naming anything and it won’t be recorded on any recognized catalog of stars. There is no place where you can do that but many people like this as a fun and educational gift.
Also included are a number of factsheets about stars and a map where you can find the location of “your” star.
This book from National Geographic showcases the best images from the first 25 years of the Hubble space telescope.
It outlines the history of Hubble and what it has revealed about our universe in the time it has been traveling through space.
For other options like this, see our guide to the Best Astronomy Books.
EVERYBODY loves socks for Christmas, it’s a known fact!
Get your space-loving dad or boyfriend a pair of these NASA socks, rather than the plain black ones you were originally going for.
Project the stars onto your ceiling for a cool astronomy experience with the BlissLights Sky Lite.
This creates a planetarium in your own home and projects a starry image onto the ceiling and walls of the room it is used in.
This watch displays the stars and constellations above you in the night sky to help you recognize them.
Simply align the time and date on the bezel and the watch displays the major constellations visible in the Northern Hemisphere.
This wall art presents a map of the constellations that is based on a vintage constellation map from 1849.
It is available in eight size options up to 30×60 inches and it is made of high-quality heavyweight paper.
Check out more items like this in our article on the Best Space & Astronomy Posters.
Monoculars are small handheld telescopes that can be great for astronomy and even astrophotography, as well as daytime viewing.
They are ultra-compact, light, and easy to use. This means that they have many advantages over telescopes and binoculars, particularly when traveling.
The Celestron Outland X 20×50 Monocular is ultra-compact and perfect for popping into your bag or pocket when going on a trip.
It comes with a smartphone adapter, bluetooth remote & tripod to make it perfect for smartphone photography on the go.
If you want to see more options, see our article on the Best Monoculars for Stargazing.
NASA tees are worn by all the coolest stargazers.
This retro edition brings something different from the standard NASA logo version and makes a great gift for a space lover.
This is a glass sphere containing a representation of the known universe with each dot representing an individual galaxy like the Milky Way.
This is a premium model that is shipped from Germany and is available in two sizes.
Watch the video overview here:
This is a decorative collection of gemstones made to look like each of the eight planets of the Solar System plus Pluto.
This would make a great desktop piece for a space enthusiast.
Take your coffee to work or school in this NASA tumbler / travel mug.
It’s insulated and so keeps your hot coffee at the right temperature and the design is super cool.
Great for any book-lover, these shelving bookends feature two space people holding your books up.
A great space stocking-filler for her.
This bracelet features the eight planets of our solar system plus our moon.
A great gift idea for a young space lover are these two-tone space swirl colored pencils that use NASA images.
This blanket/throw features stars and planets that glow in the dark when the lights are turned off.
It would make a great present for stargazers young and old.
This is a perfect gift for a budding stargazer – a month-by-month guide to what will be in the night skies above you in North America in 2023.
For anyone who is both an astronomy lover and a keen chef, then these kitchen knives are perfect.
They are embossed with high-quality galactic images and come gift-boxed.
The Celestron Travel Scope 80 is the perfect portable telescope.
This is an all-in-one package so that you can just buy in one and throw it in the car and have all you need to get going quickly when traveling. It includes the tripod, backpack, smartphone adapter for photography and all lenses and eyepieces needed.
It is easily set up with no tools needed and packs away quickly into the provided backpack. Not just for travel, it’s a great option if you want a telescope around the house that you know packs up well for easy storage but is also easy to grab and get going if you want to take it out into the backyard.
If you want more information, see our article on the Best Portable & Travel Telescopes.
This 3D lamp in the shape of a space rocket would make for a cool desktop toy for an adult, or a night light for a space-loving kid.
This advanced LEGO set for adults has 864 different pieces and enables you to put together an accurate model of the International Space Station.
It comes complete with a stand for easy display and makes a great space gift.
This is not a kid’s toy but rather for grown-ups or children above 16 years.
Give a real piece of a shooting star that came down from space with this gift set.
Included is a small iron piece of genuine meteorite along with a personalizable certificate for who you are giving it to.
Night Vision Astronomy is a growing trend due to the impact of increasing light pollution in towns and cities making it harder to view the stars and planets in the night sky.
Having a digital night vision device like the Sionyx Aurora means you can easily view the sky at night in color from your backyard or balcony.
Newly released in 2022, The Astronomy Puzzle Book contains more than 100 puzzles inspired by astronomy and space.
Put your problem-solving skills to the test by delving deep into the darkest corners of space.
This is something at a completely different price range to most of the things on the list but may interest some people.
This is a new type of smart telescope that has a camera built-in and takes pictures of far-off galaxies at the press of a button through your smartphone.
These have taken the astronomy and astrophotography world by storm by making it significantly easier to take stunning images of objects in space.
You literally unpack it from the box and when turned on it aligns itself and gives you a list of astronomical objects for you to choose to photograph through an app. It then takes the image and sends to your phone for you to share. It’s pretty amazing, but obviously not cheap.
This model was newly released in 2022 and is the most compact option available.
Check prices and availability by clicking the button below but if you’d like to read more about this telescope, see our article on the Best Smart Telescopes (Stellina vs eVscope 2 vs eQuinox vs Vespera).
This 500 piece jigsaw puzzle of an infographic of the history of space exploration that shows the timeline of crewed missions to space since the 1960’s and features all the shuttles and the international space station.
A space-themed board game can make a great gift, especially as it brings with it an aspect of sociability between family or friends.
This is a game of space exploration for 3-4 players. For more options, see our list of the Best Space and Sci-Fi Board Games.
Another cheap and fun option, this pen holder / desktop organizer is a little moon with an astronaut alongside it.
These stemless wine glasses that use images of the stars and constellations make a perfect gift for star gazers.
This is a set of 18 posters, each of 12 x 16 inches (30.5 x 40.7cm) in size that use NASA’s retro space tourism images.
Perfect to cover bedroom walls.
Inspire your loved one to learn how to photograph starry skies with this book.
Great for someone with an interest in photography and space, as this is a way they can combine it in an interesting hobby.
For other options, see our list of the Best Astrophotography Books.
This is a cool budget space-themed gift. It’s a small LED light in the shape of an astronaut that plugs into your laptop’s USB port and lights up.
It turns on and off by flipping the astronaut’s helmet up and down!
This necklace features a vial that contains dust from lunar meteorite NWA 7959, which was found in Northern Africa in 2013.
This is a glass ball that contains the planets of the solar system!
It has an LED light in the base that can be changed into different colors.
It’s a cool desk toy for an office or bedroom.
This is a classy drinks cabinet to have in a lounge that is a globe of the world on the outside but can store your drinks inside.
Using the smartphone app provided you can scan each planet for an augmented reality experience.
This is a verified piece of a lunar meteorite named NWA10203 that was propelled to Earth at some point in the past following an impact on the moon itself.
371 lunar meteorites have been discovered on Earth in the last few decades and this one has been verified by the only international body that is able to do this – the Meteoritical Society at the British Museum in the UK.
You can also buy a verified piece of Mars meteorite.
Perfect for a desk, this is a hydroponic planter with an astronaut overlooking and an LED light to make it shine.
Funny novelty gift or stocking filler for the space-lover with a sense of humor.
This is a piece of equipment that you insert your smartphone into and it effectively turns it into an augmented reality headset that you can use to look up at the night sky and it shows you the constellations, planets and deep sky objects above you.
You can watch this short video here to get a good idea of how it works.