If you know someone that is a budding stargazer or a keen astronomer, we’ve brought together some great gift ideas to suit all ages and any budget.
From dog collars to wall art to telescopes. To inspire your gift shopping and help you spend more time stargazing and less time in overcrowded shops, we have gathered a collection of gifts to cover the whole family that are available online. Good luck!
10 great astronomy gifts for adults
1. Vintage-style Telescope
A telescope can be an obvious choice of gift for someone with an interest in astronomy.
This vintage-style telescope, with its brass and mahogany finish, has added style that means it doubles as an eye-catching piece of furniture, rather than just being an average looking telescope that you want to pack away when not using.
There are various different sizes available on Amazon, and the brand BARKSA offers rival models with similar finishes.
This is a genuine and working telescope from astronomy brand Celestron. It doesn’t really fall in the “low-budget” category, but damn it is sexy and so we are including it here as we believe it makes a fantastic gift for astronomy lovers.
The viewing capabilities of this telescope are up there with other 50mm telescopes. However, if you were looking for a regular telescope then a normal 50mm reflector would offer the same power at a lower price.
If you want to learn more about what to look for when buying a telescope – see this guide to the best telescopes in 2018/19.
2. Constellations map and star chart
This wall art presents a map of the constellations and stars. It should work for adult stargazers and kids alike to help inspire and learn to spot the objects in the sky.
Check out more recommended astronomy posters here.
3. Stars and moon earrings
These charming bits of jewellery are bound to go down well as gifts for any space-enthusiast women or men that wear earrings.
Remember the forgotten non-planet Pluto with its giant love heart on this cufflinks!
They are spacey enough to be fun but subtle enough for the office. They make a great astronomy gift for him.
5. Astronomy calendar 2019
Get ready for 2019 with this cool astronomy calendar.
Each month has a different stunning image of galaxies and nebulae as taken from the Hubble telescope.
A great gift for a space-loving grown-up!
6. Celeston Astronomy Binoculars
For something bigger, think about a pair of astronomy binoculars. Smaller and more portable than telescopes they make a great alternative that not everyone would consider.
This model is the 25 x 70 Celestron SkyMaster binoculars.
For more options and information about what to look for when buying, see this article of the best astronomy binoculars available at different price ranges.
7. Earth and Space: Photographs from the Archives of NASA book
And there’s nothing wrong with liking books with big pictures, especially if they are this magnificent.
This would make for great inspiration for any astronomy buffs whilst doubling as a great coffee table book to be browsed through at lesiure.
8. Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey DVD box set
There’s also nothing better for a dark winter’s night on the sofa watching Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey.
It’s an inspirational series that takes you through the history of astronomy and contemporary knowledge about space and the universe.
Grab the DVD (or Blueray) boxset from Amazon. There is also an option to buy the downloadable episodes from Amazon Prime Video.
9. Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void book
This is a great book from the author Mary Roach.
It’s a well-written and funny overview of space travel and what it’s like to be an astronaut.
10. Heat Changing Constellation Mug
Another good stocking filler or Secret Santa gift for an astronomy-entusiast is this constellation mug that changes appearance when 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!
10 space gifts for kids & budding astronomers
1. Solar System ornament
Help your child learn about the planets of the Solar System and how they revolve around the Sun with this crystal ornament that will fit well on a child’s window sill.
This ornament is available in a choice of crystal or wooden base.
Super cool and will keep the kids busy while you’re in that inevitable Christmas dinner food coma.
3. Space swirl pencils
These space-themed pencils would make a great stocking-filler for an astronomy-loving kid.
They are two-toned colored pencils, so it create a swirling effect when drawing with them.
A different NASA space photo wraps around each of the pencils.
4. Space Team
Space team is a cool card game where you have work out how to repair your spaceship. It’s adapted from a popular mobile app game and created independently with Kickstarter fundraising.
It’s a chaotic and shouty and so good a good game for family and friends. It’s suitable for children ages 10 and above.
5. Glow-in-the-dark stars for kids bedrooms
A simple and easy way to make your kids room look awesome if you’re too busy or not artsy enough to paint it yourself.
6. Solar system mobile
To get them dreaming of the stars and planets.
There are cheaper options to be found but this is a high-quality model that will last.
7. Space-themed phone case
For your teens, a galaxy themed phone case might fit the bill.
Make sure you get the right size case for the make and model of phone the person you are buying for has.
8. Celestron FirstScope telescope
If you are after a child’s first telescope, check out the Celestron Cometron FirstScope telescope.
For more options, see the best telescopes for kids.
9. National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Space
A great book for young kids to start getting them in space – and for adults to read with them.
10. Milky Way marbles
Revive the classic game of marbles with this space-themed gift for kids.
These marbles have Milky Way-like imagery on them for the avid young astronomer.
3 space-lover gifts for pets and animals
And finally, don’t forget that the pets need presents too…
1. Galaxy dog collar
Because who would forget about the pooch at Christmas? Get them this Galaxy dog collar to be the envy of the park.
2. Astronomy-themed pet mat
Keep your floor clean whilst getting your cat or dog dreaming of the outer limits as it eats and drinks with this pet mat.
The image is of the sun rising over the earth as taken from space.
3. Space Command hamster cage
And this great little hamster playground doubles up as a great eye catcher in any space fans room.