The holiday season is the best time to deepen your love of the cosmos — or give someone you know a great space-themed gift. But finding the perfect astronomy present is hard.
That’s why My Science Shop, the online store of Astronomy magazine, curated this list of top-rated astronomy and space-themed gifts for the 2022 Christmas and holiday season. Whether you’re shopping for a budding astronomer, a seasoned backyard observer, or yourself, these unique space gifts will help you spread plenty of joy and cheer over the long months ahead.
We wish you all a safe and merry holiday season — and clear skies in the new year!
Space & Beyond Box Subscription
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Are you stumped on what gift to give the space geek in your life this year? Let the team of experts at Astronomy magazine do the shopping for you. The Space & Beyond Box is a quarterly subscription box for astronomy lovers and backyard skywatchers of all ages. Not only will the recipient deepen their understanding of the cosmos, they’ll have a little fun while they’re at it.
Another benefit of the Space & Beyond Box is that receiving this quarterly present is like getting multiple gifts every time. Inside every box, there’s 6-8 curated items, including globes, books, meteorite fragments, models, and more. There’s also the element of surprise, as each installment of the box focuses on a different space theme that isn’t revealed until just before the box ships.
Previous themes have included Comets & Asteroids, Mars, NASA, Galaxies, Space Exploration, and more!
What will the theme of the next Space & Beyond Box be? Well, you’ll have to order a box for your friends and family to find out.
2023 Deep Space Mysteries Calendar
The skygazer on your list won’t want to miss a single celestial event in the new year — and they won’t with the 2023 Deep Space Mysteries Calendar. This annual calendar has remained one of our most popular gifts year after year, and for good reason. Every month, it clearly details planet visibility, meteor showers, conjunctions, and other observing opportunities. Moon phases and major astronomical events are also highlighted. Exclusive to this year, the calendar also features tips for getting the most out of viewing the Moon!
12-inch and 6-inch Mars Globes
12” Mars Globe: $99.95
6” Mars Globe: $34.95
Everyone loves Mars. But it’s safe to say that space enthusiasts typically love Mars just a little more than most. And many kids dream of becoming astronauts so they can be the first to set foot on the Red Planet. This year, give them the gift of a tour of their favorite planet with a Mars Globe.
The striking red color of the Mars Globe, along with rich detail and labeled features, make it a great gift for a space lover that will be studied and displayed for a long time. Available only on MyScienceShop.com, our globes were developed using images from the Viking missions, and updated with data from the Mars Global Surveyor.
2023 Observer’s Handbook
On Sale for $29.95
The annual Observer’s Handbook is an astronomy guidebook that stands out from the rest. Highly regarded, this book is the perfect gift for any backyard observer who wants to better understand what they’re observing and how to grow in their hobby. Because the Observer’s Handbook is highly readable and easy to understand, it’s an excellent gift for both new and seasoned sky spectators. Contained in its 352-pages is everything a skygazer needs to plan out their year. Readers will find monthly summaries of sky events, ranging from eclipses to planetary conjunctions to meteor showers and beyond.
Fisher Original Astronaut Space Pen
On Sale for $67.15
In the 1960s, Paul C. Fisher designed the pen that would boldly go where no pen has gone before. His pen could do what no other pen could do: withstand the conditions of space and still work. That’s why this practical and classic gift would delight any space history buff. This is the original design of the Fisher Space Pen that was used on the Apollo 7 space mission in 1968 and has been used on all manned space flights since then.
The Planet Heat-Changing Mug
The Planet Mug is a thoughtful gift for anyone who loves the unique features of our planet, solar system, and galaxy. Learn about the planets and their moons each time you sip your morning coffee or tea.
This mug even changes appearance based on temperature!
Space Socks Gift Box
People always need new socks, and who doesn’t love getting Space Socks for the holidays?! You don’t have to be an astronaut to wear these socks, but we’re willing to bet that any space traveler would love to have a set of their own. Luckily, they go just as well with sneakers as they do with a space suit. This set of spunky socks is the perfect way to spruce up your wardrobe and show off your outer space obsession.
Moon Phases T-Shirt
New Moon, Full Moon, and everything in-between, this Moon Phases T-shirt shows all the different personalities of the Moon as we view it from Earth. Don’t miss your chance to give someone a great gift that will become their new favorite T-shirt.
The Orion Nebula Puzzle
Astronomy puzzles are a budget-friendly gift that the whole family will enjoy. With 500 pieces to work with, the Orion Nebula Puzzle will help pass the time by providing hours of entertainment during those long winter days spent inside. This puzzle features an iconic image of the Orion Nebula, M42, captured by the Hubble Space Telescope.
On Sale for $15.99
Decode the Moon and its motions with this embroidered Moon phase black fleece cap. Each image of the Moon is placed to create a precise 360˚ model of the Moon’s orbit around Earth. The hat is scientifically designed to decode the Moon and its motions — helping the space lover in your life sport their knowledge of the Moon. Plus, it’s warm!
Campo del Cielo Meteorite
This meteorite and display case are the perfect addition to any space enthusiast’s collection. Recovery of the Campo del Cielo iron-nickel meteorite began in 1576 in northern Argentina, but the meteorite is estimated to have fallen about 4,500 years ago. Each piece of this meteorite, measuring approximately 0.5-inches (1.25 cm) across, includes a Certificate of Authenticity.
6-inch Saturn Globe
Custom-produced by the Astronomy team, this first-ever 6-inch Saturn Globe is a must-have gift! Saturn is the sixth planet from the Sun and the second largest planet in our solar system. Among Saturn’s most notable features are the broad, glimmering rings that encircle the gas giant — and this globe perfectly displays those amazing rings. The globe also includes labels, a display base, and an informational flyer.