Updated: May 12
<iframe sandbox="allow-popups allow-scripts allow-modals allow-forms allow-same-origin" style="width:120px;height:240px;" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" src="//ws-eu.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=GB&source=ss&ref=as_ss_li_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=dinogen03-21&language=en_GB&marketplace=amazon®ion=GB&placement=B017O6VXDA&asins=B017O6VXDA&linkId=4a23ad40f706fdc318cc41019893ea09&show_border=true&link_opens_in_new_window=true"></iframe>It's that time of year again folks!
If you're anything like me, the most stressful time of Christmas is figuring out what to get everyone. Some people are easy, some are horrendously difficult. Sometimes, it's a bit of both. What they're into is really obvious because they won't shut up about it (yours truly included), but you can never seem to find just the right thing for the right price.
A person who has a love for dinosaurs will probably fall into this category. Dinosaurs are for kids and kids only, in the eyes of the corporations, so finding something that doesn't seem too novel and childish for a fully grown adult can be difficult. This, my friend, is where I will come in to save the day. Here is a list of Christmas gift ideas for an adult who loves dinosaurs and paleontology in general! Having said that, if you were searching for some unique and original ideas for someone a little younger (or an immature adult who you want to be ironic with) we also have a post for that here!
What better Christmas gift can you get a fossil lover other than...well...fossils?
Now, there are some questionable scientific morals when it comes to buying fossils, but they only really come in when we're talking about very rare finds that can potentially give paleontologists a unique insight into the organism. If we're talking about a fossil that is relatively common, those issues aren't as much of a big deal since any insight can probably be found relatively easily, so buying a fossil of this kind means that you not only won't run into any moral conundrums, but you'll also be met with a much more realistic price tag! Fossils of this kind can be found in most mineral/rock stores, both physical and online, and they'll almost never stock anything that may contain new findings, so you can buy them guilt free.
Having said that, if you are looking for something a little more exciting for decorative purposes, there's nothing stopping you buying replicas of fossils such as dinosaur bones.
If the person you're buying a Christmas gift for has a fascination with fossils, odds are they're itching to get out there and find some fossils themselves! If so, tools for fossil hunting will be a gift that they will use for years to come!
Things to wear/decorations
Ok, I get there are many out there who might be into everything prehistoric who don't want to pursue it as a career or even as a hands-on hobby. That's fine, I also happen to love movies without wanting to be a filmmaker, sometimes there are just things that people enjoy looking at.
If your Christmas present target simply likes some dinosaur memorabilia, the good news is that this particular one has the highest amount of variety! You can grab them some fun dinosaur clothes, from cosy Christmas jumpers:
To tasteful and eclectic fossil jewellery:
The great part is how easy they are to find. You'll find them in mainstream stores, independent shops and plenty of wonderful and masterfully done pieces from sellers on sites such as Etsy!
Come on, what dino-nerd doesn't want some more knowledge? These days, paleontology books aren't just bright sticker books made for kids. There are still those, sure, but the abundance of books exploring the subject of prehistory written by professionals and veterans is astonishing! Trust me, the person you're buying for who is into dinosaurs and fossils will squeal when they find out how much more they can learn from these treasure troves of knowledge. There's really not much more I can say about these, except for take a look for yourself:
Maybe your gift receiver fancies something a little more light? Well, those can be found too:
Sometimes, a fossil nerd might want to read something a little more different. Maybe something they can read through in one sitting, whilst getting comfortable with scientific jargon, seeing research in the flesh and keeping up with the latest news? If that's the case, I've got you covered here too! A great Christmas idea for someone who loves fossils, dinosaurs and paleontological research would be access to scientific papers as they come out, meaning they can read the latest discoveries in the highest detail possible anywhere they are! You can find some great deals for memberships and coupons here with Springer.
Here is one I personally enjoy. This one rings especially true for those who love some fossil and dinosaur memorabilia but are hungry for something a little more 'grown-up'. As with all art, the variety (as well as subjectivity) is almost overwhelming, but incredibly easy to find. This means there really is something out there for everyone! Not only that, but you can get a little creative with some makers that put their art on more than just framed prints, including mugs, notebooks and coasters just to name a few. Again, Etsy will be one of your best friends here, but if you don't see anything you fancy, keep an eye on Dino-gen's shop, as we have some new art prints dropping soon!
And there you have it! Of course, I have missed out plenty of other gift ideas that might be a little more niche, but I hope this list has either given you the perfect gift idea or at least got the juices flowing! Got anymore Christmas gift ideas you can think of? Be sure to comment them down below!
Until next time!