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Have a space enthusiast or aspiring astronaut to shop for? Here are some out-of-this-world ideas.

Orreries

Are you familiar with orreries? They’re super-cool gadgets that show the positions, motions and phases of planets, satellites, etc. Here are several examples in various sizes, styles and materials.

Some are to scale; some are more decorative in nature. For more details, view each product’s description.

Have a space enthusiast or aspiring astronaut to shop for? Here are some out-of-this-world ideas.
Artist-enhanced solar system orrery
(takes 3-4 weeks to make; see other creations at Omahaorrery)

Aspiring engineers will love this wooden kit, too. So much fun to make it yourself and watch gears! 🙂

Lighting

These space-themed lamps and night lights are pretty amazing, too!

I mean, seriously, how stinkin’ cool is this space shuttle lamp / night light?

And these glowing moon and planets!

Telescopes

Orion makes great telescopes and binoculars. These kits are great because they come with so many extras.

Their StarBlast 4.5 Astro Reflector telescope MAX kit is a compact grab-and-go telescope designed for entry-level & intermediate astronomy enthusiasts. It includes:

  • two eyepieces (17 mm & 6 mm)
  • EZ Finder II reflex sight
  • eyepiece rack
  • collimation cap
  • astronomy software
  • moon filter
  • Moon Map 260
  • Star Target planisphere
  • Barlow lens
  • observer’s guide
  • red-beam flashlight

Orion’s StarBlast II 4.5 EQ Reflector kit has a general-purpose telescope with a wide-field reflector.

It also includes:

  • a Shorty 2x Barlow lens
  • Moon Map 260
  • Star Target planisphere
  • observer’s guide
  • red-beam flashlight

Books

There are so many space books! I love these two pictured below because of how beautiful they are (the covers and the content inside). They’re definitely worthy of displaying on a coffee table.

Space enthusiasts will love the books pictured below, too. Astrotwins: Project Blastoff is about Scott and Mark Kelly real-life brothers and astronauts who developed a love of space in middle school, while they were visiting their uncle for the summer. As the cover image implies, the story is for kids; however, these brothers have written several books.

In addition to Infinite Wonder: an Astronaut’s Photographs from a Year in Space, which I already mentioned, here are two others:

  • There’s a completely different slant to it, but Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope is a great book, too. Mark is married to former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, and the story describes their journey after a man tried to assassinate her. As Gabby fought to recover from her traumatic brain injury, Mark spent every possible moment by her side. And all the while, he also was preparing for his final mission as commander of space shuttle Endeavour. Talk about remarkable, right? It’s an amazing story.

And for kids and adults who love to build things, Make: Rockets would be a great gift. It’s step-by-step guide that explains everything from aerodynamic principles and building techniques to how to recover the rockets, and determine their height and speed.

Bookends

There are some seriously amazing bookends, too, no matter your taste or your room’s color scheme.

Have a space enthusiast or aspiring astronaut to shop for? Here are some out-of-this-world ideas.
Solar system bookends made by White Mantel Market
Have a space enthusiast or aspiring astronaut to shop for? Here are some out-of-this-world ideas.
Astronaut bookends by MokuShop
Have a space enthusiast or aspiring astronaut to shop for? Here are some out-of-this-world ideas.
Rocket ship bookends made by Knob Creek Metal Art
Have a space enthusiast or aspiring astronaut to shop for? Here are some out-of-this-world ideas.
Flight to the moon bookends by Design Atelier

Display-worthy pieces

Card and board games

Also, here are some highly-rated, space-themed games that are really fun to play.

Interactive solar systems

Real-life interaction

If you really want to blow someone’s mind, schedule a trip to coincide with a rocket launch or where you can visit a space museum during your stay. For example:

  • On the west coast, you can see the space shuttle Endeavor on display at the California Science Center in Los Angeles. There also are IMAX movies there, and other spaceflight artifacts, such as the Mercury-Redstone 2 capsule, which took Ham the chimpanzee into space!

You can make a simple “gift certificate” using an image of one of the cool things that person will enjoy seeing when they get there. I’ve done this before with my kids for extra-special summer camps and other experiences I know they’ll love.

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