Hey-o, it's less than two weeks til Christmas, and that means we're almost out of shopping days! Onoes! Look, relax, it's fine. I've got you covered. Herein you will find gifts suitable for a myriad of holidays and occasions. If you have a reader on the list, my Super-Gargantuan Science Book Guide will direct you to the appropriate tome. And if you've got a geologist on your list, I've found a plethora of awesome geological gifties for all ages, and most are available on Amazon. If you have a Prime membership, you'll get them super-quick! Even without, there's plenty of shipping options that will get them there in time for gift giving fun times.
(Of course, you may be reading this at 11:59 p.m on December 24th. No time? No problem! As long as you have your giftee's email address, you can purchase them an Amazon gift card and send it direct. You can even write a little note including this the url for this post, if you like.)
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Let us proceed to the awesome presents I found for ye!
Made by your own Dana Hunter! I have Holy Schist with Guaranteed Garnet, and Gnaughty or Gneiss cards with real coal and gneiss in stock at my Etsy store. All items are hand collected and hand made. Okay, so I had to order the coal, but the garnet mica schist and the gneiss are local rocks collected by my own self. Each item includes an information sheet explaining how the rocks in them came to be. They're super-popular, so get yours fast!
These are the items you'll want to order right away, since the cut-off date for getting them by Christmas is 12/18/2015.
I really like this one lots. Not only is it a very simple and true statement, it comes in men's, women's, and children's sizes! It comes in black or navy, and is 100% cotton.
Plate tectonics humor! This one is unisex, but in a less-boxy cut than normal. Read the reviews for sizing advice.
TOYS FOR ALL AGES!
An adorable volcano game! You can even use the ball to explain the concept of a volcanic bomb. Awesome!
This is like the greatest thing ever! It's an educational game you play with actual rocks! You can have up to six players, and it's got 18 cards full of geology info, plus 18 specimens and over 40 polished rocks. Great for children 5-105. Get this for the kids, teachers, and adults who want a fun new game on your list.
Turn meal times into happy fun geology time! This placemat teaches all about various rocks and minerals. It's also super-easy to clean!
These posters are excellent teaching tools for classroom or home use. They're ruggedly-made, include worksheets and a teacher's guide, and are an awesome way for kids to learn their rock facts!
Another set of fabulous posters for earth science! These also include the worksheets and teacher guide.
This Eras of Life poster is a fantastic way to learn the geologic time scale, plate tectonics, and the history of life on Earth.Very, very neat item for a child's bedroom or classroom, and come to think of it, adults would love it, too!
Get them hooked on rocks young! This rock kit contains five different samples of each of the three main rock types: igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic. It includes an informational booklet, a streak plate, and a magnifying glass. Perfect!
If you're on a super-tight budget, this rock kit also contains 15 specimens and a booklet, but don't have a streak plate included. It's a great value for under $10.
Look at this super-cute volcano making kit! It has a reusable mold for making the perfect volcano-shaped vessel for your baking soda eruptions. Use Vaseline on the magma chamber bit for easy removal. It includes paint, but you might want to pick up some extra plaster for extra volcano-making fun! Baking soda and vinegar will be needed to make it go esplodey.
Get an early start on petrology with this awesome polarizing microscope! Study guide included. Studying thin sections of rocks is a critical part of a geologist's career, and tells us much more about a rock than just looking at it through a hand lens. This is a really neat way to get kids started.
Here's a bonza USB microscope for studying and photographing your awesome specimens! It works on a variety of operating systems.
Look! A tiny microscope that fits in a pocket! Super cool for zooming in on various and sundry in the field. Also a useful thing to give any biologist-type person you're dragging into the field with you - it'll keep 'em busy while you play with your other toys.
Every geologist needs a rock hammer! Estwing is one of the most trusted brands in the business, and this one's a perfect basic hammer for any budding geologist. Don't forget safety goggles, too!
Does your geologist already have a hammer? Make sure they've got a chisel - eminently useful for breaking stubborn rocks in the field!
***IMPORTANT NOTE**** Do not under any circumstances use regular hammers or chisels. They're not tempered to handle rocks, and can shatter, posing an extreme safety hazard. Be safe out there!
And, of course, it's always very handy to have a sheath for your lovely hammer!
This is the Ferrari of geologic compasses, the Brunton. If you have a professional geologist or graduate student on your list, and they have often sighed in your presence wishing they had a Brunton, and you love them enough to spend a considerable amount of money on them, this is what you get. They will weep. They will adore you. This will be their best gift ever.
This is an excellent compass for someone who wants a Brunton but can't afford the price tag. It's a workhorse that will get the job done.
This is a fantastic and economical compass for the amateur geologist, or someone just discovering whether they love geology. It even glows in the dark!
A hand lens is essential for identifying the minerals in rocks in the field. This compact little lens will fit right into a bag or pocket and come in very handy.
Now that you've got all that nifty stuff for the field, and know all about your rocks and minerals, you've gotta have field trips! Here's a book that will get you started finding some great places to do geology. For more awesome science books, see my Super-Gargantuan Guide.
GENUINE SANDSTONE COASTERS
I have a set of these coasters, and they are fantastic. They're made of natural sandstone in a variety of patterns. They're durable, and they soak up liquid like nobody's business - great for those summer days when every cold drink is dripping with condensation (desert folk, you'll just have to trust that this is a thing that happens). They work great as little decorative items as well as coasters, so don't worry too much if your recipient hasn't got a table. As long as they like rocks, they'll love these!
And, of course, they'll need a coaster holder, right? This lovely wrought iron one holds all the above shapes.