Best astronomy and space gifts for Christmas 2020

Are you on the hunt for Christmas gifts for an astronomer in your life? Here's our pick of some of the best gifts for space fans and stargazers in 2020.

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Are you on the hunt for a gift for the astronomy or space fan in you life this Christmas? Get inspired with our gift guide, featuring some of the best bits of astro gear that caught our attention in 2020.

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From astronomy gadgets to nifty space-related toys and memorabilia, this is our wishlist for lovers of all things astronomy.

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28 space and astronomy gifts

1

Mae Jemisox

Chatty Feet Mae Jemisox

Price £8

In September 1992, NASA astronaut Mae Jemison became the first African American women to travel into space as a mission specialist aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour. Pay tribute to Jemison’s achievement and her contribution to human spaceflight with a pair of these bright and colourful socks.

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Chatty Feet

 

2

Moon phase pin

Moon Phase Pin

Price £8.50

Birthday? Anniversary? Your favourite telescope’s first light? Whatever the occasion, commemorate your special date with a glow-in-the-dark pin depicting the phase of the Moon on that day. Comes with note card to write your loved one a message.

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Moon phase pin at Not On The High Street

Moon phase pin at Newton and the Apple

3

Space Swirl Colour Pencils

Space Swirl pencils

Price £9.10

These 10 two-tone pencils are decorated with NASA images of deep space. Use them to draw the purple and pink Butterfly Nebula or the black and white clouds of the Milky Way.

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4

Fizz Creations space string lights

Planet Lights

Price £10

Decorate your room and discover the Solar System with this string of LED lights, which features the Sun, all eight major planets and Pluto. Requires two AA batteries.

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5

Night Sky Underground Map Mug

Night Sky Underground Map Mug

Price £10

Navigate nebulae, constellations and planets with this mug that features a map of the London Underground with station names replaced by celestial features.

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Night Sky Underground Map Mug at Royal Museums Greenwich

6

Moon playing cards

Moon playing cards

Price £10.99

A 54-card deck featuring the phases of the Moon, lunar eclipses and Apollo lunar modules.

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7

Star mug

Space Mug

Price £12

While on the shelf, this mug shows a starry sky. But fill it up with hot tea or coffee to keep you going through the night and you’ll reveal six of the best-known constellations hidden among them.

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8

Planetarium Postcards

Planetarium Postcards Gift

Price £12.99

A collection of 50 postcards featuring Chris Wormell’s illustrations of space, feature int eSun and the Solar System to the Milky Way and beyond.

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9

Celestial chart tote bag

Celestial tote bag

Price £13.99

Take your love of astronomy to the shops with a tote bag decorated with a chart of the night sky and Milky Way. 100 per cent natural cotton.

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10

NASA jigsaws

NASA 1000 piece jigsaw

Price £14.99

Piece together the Universe bit by bit with these officially licensed 1,000-piece NASA jigsaws, which come in three designs, each depicting a different nebula as imaged using the Hubble Space Telescope.

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Moon jigsaw

The Moon Jigsaw

Price £15.99

Can you tell your Tycho crater from your Copernicus? Challenge your knowledge of the lunar surface by assembling this circular 100-piece puzzle of a high-resolution image of the full Moon, taken from NASA’s archives.

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12

Cosmos mini bamboo trays

Cosmos bamboo trays

Price £14.99

Add some retro space chic to your home with these four bamboo mini trays, which commemorate some of the greatest achievements of the early Space Race.

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13

Stars pinhole constellation cards

Stars pinhole constellation cards

Price from £14.99

Knowing the constellations is vital for astronomers navigating around the night sky. These pin-hole cards, featuring 20 of the best constellations, will help you learn their shapes, while the accompanying book teaches you their mythology and history.

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14

Star globe

Star Globe

Price £17.95

Assemble your own star globe to see the stars every night. The stylish black and white design looks good during the day, then at night the stars glow in the dark.

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15

Build your own cardboard telescope kit

Build your own Telescope

Price £19.99

With all the lenses, mirrors and other parts needed to build your own cardboard telescope, this kit is a great way to teach budding astronomers how telescopes work. Importantly, it also leaves you with your own scope to begin exploring the night sky.

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16

Rocket bookend

Red Candy Rocket bookend

Price £20

The perfect way to keep all your space and astronomy books together! But how does it work? It’s not rocket science…

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17

Make Your Own Paper Rockets

Space Racers: Make Your Own Paper Rockets

Price £22.50

Ideal for the young or young at heart, this kit has everything you need to create your own paper rockets. Designs include the Vostok K, the Space Shuttle and a 60cm-tall Saturn V.

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18

Haynes Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Edition

Haynes Apollo 11 50th anniversary manual

Price £22.99

2019 marked 50 years since humans first set foot on the surface of the Moon. Celebrate with this new edition of the classic Haynes Apollo 11 manual.

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19

Galaxy Foldable Umbrella

Galaxy Umbrella

Price £23.57

Even if the rain rolls in, you can still keep stargazing thanks to this umbrella, decorated with the image of a spiral galaxy.

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20

Night Sky Star Chart Glasses

Star chart glasses

Price $29.95

One of these stemless wine glasses is decorated with a chart of the winter sky, while the other depicts summer’s stars. Bottoms up!

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21

The Desktop Planetarium

Desktop Planetarium

Price £31.14

Keep track of planetary motions with this armillary sphere kit, made from concentric cardboard rings and foam rubber planets.

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22

Lunt 6×30 mini sunoculars

Lunt Mini Sunocculars

Price £44

Take a safe look at the Sun using these 6×30 ‘SUNoculars’. Their small size makes them perfect for travel, allowing you to keep watch for sunspots from across the globe.

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23

Planets in Time

Planets in Time

Price £44

Every day is unique, so why not commemorate those most special to you with a custom print that captures the position of the planets on any given date? Planets in Time uses NASA data to work out the orbits, before creating a 50cm x 50cm print on high-quality art paper.

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24

Airgo Mantua deluxe moon chair

Deluxe Moon Chair

Price £50.99

Spending hours on your feet during an observation session can be a strain. You can take the load off and sit in this folding chair, which is quilted for comfort. It comes with a carry bag for easy transportation.

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25

Wooden Solar System Orrery kit

Wooden Solar System Orrery kit

Price £63.72

Assemble your own orrery, depicting the motions of the Moon and Earth around the Sun with this kit. The pieces are laser cut from Baltic Birch plywood and assembly instructions are included.

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26

Moon astronomical globe

Moon globe

Price £74

Learn your way around the Moon’s surface with the help of this lunar globe. It depicts all the major craters and mountains of the lunar surface, as well as the Apollo landing sites, and measures 30cm across.

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27

Mini Solar System

Mini Solar System

Price $129 (£93.11*)

These 3cm-diameter, 3D-printed worlds accurately depict the surface colouration of all eight planets plus Pluto.

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28

Landfall 3D moon images

Landfall 3d moon map

Price £250

These 3D maps are created using the natural topography of the Moon to shape beautiful lunar images. Each is made to order, so you can choose your favourite lunar landmark to transform into a work of art.

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