With Christmas only around the corner, finding the perfect gift for loved ones may be on the to-do list. So find below a list of gifts available to purchase from the Planetarium’s gift shop right here in Armagh. Why not go a little out of this world to find the perfect present this year for all of the stars in your life?
*Please note that these items are not currently available to buy online from Armagh Planetarium
1. For the Planet Lover
Create the Solar System in your own home. With different priced kits build your own Solar System or hang glow in the dark planets from your ceiling. Or even mount the Sun and the planets on your roof to view the whole Solar System illuminating your bedroom at night.
2. For the one that means the ‘World’ to you
What better way to let someone know you care by giving them the Earth…literally, albeit small enough to wrap and place under the tree.
3. For the one who likes to investigate
From Space Exploration sets to build your own night sky kits there are plenty to keep hands busy over the festive season. Or learn and experiment with reactors, homemade theremins or maybe even see your name in lights.
4. For the one with plain walls
Brighten up your living space with these mesmerising 3D pictures. See the Saturn V blast off, admire the Solar System or learn the constellations. Or for the stationery fan with limited wall space check out the 3D jotters.
5. For the little stars
Not to just limit space gifts for the older members of the family. This very cute bath ‘build and play’ set means playtime can be extended. Countdown to bath time!
6. For those not sure of the dark
This fantastic 2 in 1 globe not only with educate and improve geography skills by day, but will impress you with the stars by night. By just turning on the switch this can turn this plain globe into a wonderful night light that will reveal the night sky and constellations.
7. For the mad scientist
Anyone can drink their morning coffee out of a regular mug. However not everyone with have this amazing science mug which looks like a beaker from a science lab. This glass cup is designed for your hot drinks with correct measurements for the most precise cup of tea or coffee imaginable.
8. For the gem of a person
Beautiful naturally occurring semi-precious stones could make a special gift or stocking filler for that ‘wee gem’, from keyrings to bracelets, necklaces to gem bugs, stock up on these beautiful gifts. Don’t be fooled into thinking the gold is real though!
9. For the Christmas stockings
The Planetarium has an amazing selection of little items that would be perfect stocking fillers. From glitter orbs to mini spacemen, or from space shuttles to a hatching Dino egg, the list goes on… Perfect pocket friendly trinkets for the family.
10. For the one who has everything.
What do you get the person who already has everything? Well what about something from outer space or something as old as the Earth? Available to buy are pieces of a Saharan Meteorite which are thought to be 4.6 billion years old. If you were not thinking of something so antique, how about some fossil shark teeth, an ammonite or a fossil Nautilod. These items are only a few hundred million years old.
Hopefully this gift guide will give some good ideas or help decide what to buy those special ones this festive season when you are in Armagh. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
(Article by Martina Glass, Senior Education Support Officer)