The Iceman Stuffeth: 20 stocking stuffers under $20

Forget the fruit cake – get your family and friends something they could actually use for the holidays! Here are 20 items under $20 for everyone on your list (including you) from the Museum Store:

1. FOR THE CARBIVORE: Pastasaurus

“There are too many dinosaur references in my kitchen,” said no one, ever. Liven up your space with this ingenious pasta server! Your guests will be so entertained by your serving ware they’ll hardly notice your terrible cooking.

2. FOR THE SWEET-FANGED BAKER: Fossil Food Silicone Cupcake Baker

Do you have a vicious sweet tooth? Tired of trampling children as you dash for that last delicious cupcake? With these delightful trays you can make all the cupcakes you want and more! The fossil mold at the bottom is more of a warning than decoration: “If you don’t want to end up like these guys (extinct) keep your claws off my cakes!”

 

3. FOR THE 3D ENTHUSIAST:  3D Dino Cookie Cutters

They make you see every 3D movie that comes out. Give them a reason to stay home once in a while! Heck, with these, they can even recreate their own Jurassic Park — complete with T. rex, Brachiosaurus, Triceratops and Stegosaurus!

 

4. FOR THE SEXY MATHEMATICIAN: Mathlete Button

Everyone can see your brawn, but what about your brain? This button says, “I’m good at math, and that’s sexy.”

 

5. FOR THE TECH-SAVVY WINO: Save Wine Stopper

For when you just need to hack life … it just makes sense.

Also, this bottle opener, because you’ve got to get to the wine to save it.

6. FOR THE BOOKISH LUSH: Chem. 101 Flask Book

You give off a shy, quiet vibe but know how to have fun. Whether you’re in the library, park or attending a family event, you can maintain your bookworm reputation while having your own party!

7. FOR THE DEVOTED CAFFEINATOR: Caffeine Molecule Mug

Allows you to perfectly measure the ridiculous amounts of caffeine you use to power your body. Natch.

 

8. FOR THE DAREDEVIL(ISH): Climber Tea Infuser

You live life on the edge, but sometimes want to sit back and relax with a nice cup of tea – you’re just classy like that. This tea infuser captures the spirit of exploration, and heck, if it can have an adventure in your mug, there’s no reason why you can’t on your couch!

 

9. FOR THE PERIODIC FASHIONISTA: Houston Elements Tee

Looking good is simply elemental in this stylish tee. Perfect for a stroll through the museum, to the lab or to buy your new Bunsen burner.

 

10. FOR THE LONELY ELECTRIC CAR ENTHUSIAST:  Nikola Tesla Finger Puppet

Tired of long commutes by yourself? Love your electric car? Bring Tesla with you for a fun-filled ride! And if you really want to make it a party, you can bring along his friends Madame Curie, Sir Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, Leonardo DaVinci, Galileo Galilei, and Charles Darwin.

 

11. FOR THE DEFENSIVE GAMER: Space Intruders Drink Markers

Perfect for the gamer in your life! Or yourself. If you hold arcade games close to your heart, show everyone just how dedicated you are with these drink markers.

 

12. FOR THE THIRD WHEEL: I Love Nerds Button
Have a third wheel weighing you down? Tired of setting them up on dates only to find out your matches aren’t nerdy enough? Get them this badge of honor, announcing to the world their undying devotion to nerds — it’s sure to attract the perfect mate!

 

13. FOR THE GIRL YOU USED TO BURN ANTS TO IMPRESS: Red Glitter Ant Ornament

Remember when burning ants used to be the only way you could say, “I love you”? Well, now you have more pizazz (and are being investigated for arson…). So these decorative ornaments are sure to light a new fire in her heart with a nostalgic longing for those youthful days.

 

14. FOR THE WHOVIAN: Dr. Who Mug

You’ve been wanting your own TARDIS for a long time, haven’t you? Well, here’s your chance! Use this mug as you travel through space and time with your favorite brew.

 

15. FOR THE FORCEFUL STAR WARS FAN: May the F=Ma Be With You Backpack

Tired of choosing between science and science fiction? This bag combines the two seamlessly (except the ones holding the bag together) with witty simplicity — perfect for carrying beakers to the lab or as an overnight bag for a stay on the Millennium Falcon.

 

16. FOR THE WISE TRAVELER: Einstein Luggage Tag

Luggage tags say a lot: where you’ve been, where you’re going, and now, insights from one of the great minds if the 20th century. You’re on a mission to find your place in the universe. At least with this tag, you won’t have to worry about finding your luggage.

 

17. FOR THE MODERN CAVEMAN: Arrowhead Laser Pointer

Neanderthals ain’t got nothing on you! Perfect for presentations or tormenting your cat, this laser pointer is a precision tool for the modern caveman.

 

18. FOR THE PALEO-DIETER: Tricerachops Mug

Tired from running between CrossFit and work? Tough Mudder wore you out? What you need is Tricerachops! Let’s face it: you’re dedicated to the paleo diet — now go all the way! This mug will show you how to get the perfect cut of dino meat. Make our hunter-gatherer ancestors proud.

 

19. FOR THE ARTSY ENVIRONMENTALIST:  Paper Watch

They care about the environment and leave their own unique stamp on everything — why not this watch, too?

20. FOR THE FUTURE SPACE EXPLORER: Zero-Gravity Fridge Rover

The final frontier: the back of the freezer. No one’s ever made it back from the icy edges of the universe — but that doesn’t scare you, not with your Zero Gravity Rover! Dare to go where no one has gone before: to freezer burn and beyond.

Order online from our Museum Store by Tues., Dec. 17 for delivery before Christmas, or call 713-639-4665 for pick up and expedited delivery options.

Style Spotlight: Jessica Winzelberg makes rough-hewn gems of jewels you can only get at HMNS

Have you ever sat at your desk, daydreaming about leaving your 9 to 5 and becoming an artist? (I never have, but then my job happens to be awesome). Jessica Winzelberg took that leap and left investment banking to become a San Francisco jewelry designer and metalsmith.

I stumbled across Jessica’s work surfing the internet one day (it’s called RESEARCH, I swear!) and knew immediately that her vibrant stone choices and elegant, streamlined metalwork would be a perfect fit for the museum store. Fortunately, Jessica thought that was a great idea, too, and we are now the only store in Texas to carry her gorgeous designs.

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Jessica handpicks unique stones just for us — like fiery boulder opals, unusual agates and jaspers, and sliced aquamarines — and custom creates each piece. Sometimes, because she knows we can never have too much of a good thing in Houston, she doubles up on the glamour by setting a polished, organically shaped opal with say, a brilliant pink tourmaline.

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While all of the stones are beautiful (I don’t want any of them to get their feelings hurt), the boulder opals are my personal favorite. Found in Australia, veins of opal occur in an ironstone rock matrix — it’s like catching a glimpse of a gemstone rainbow through a secret window.

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Check out Jessica’s work in-person at the Museum Store, or take a look online. Orders made by Dec. 17 are guaranteed delivery by Christmas, and 100 percent of the proceeds from our pretty things benefit the Museum and its programming.

Attention, shoppers: The HMNS Museum Store has a new address at museumstore.hmns.org

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The HMNS Museum Store has a new address online

 

The HMNS Museum Store is now online. That’s right, all the gleaming goodies at our stunning store are now available for purchase at our brand new online address: museumstore.hmns.org.

Apparel and accessories that make you think. Home goods that make you giggle. Jewelry that makes people jealous. It’s all online just in time for the holidays, with a little extra cheer: 100 percent of the Museum Store proceeds benefit HMNS and its programming. AND you can get it all with your member discounts that you won’t get anywhere else.

 

The HMNS Museum Store has a new address online

 

So what are you waiting for? Get shopping!

Look smart with jewelry that fuses fashion and science — only at HMNS!

Some of you might not know that some of the Museum’s most spectacular specimens are located downstairs in the Museum Store. We’ve long been a go-to destination for fabulous jewelry by the likes of Alexis Bittar and Houston’s own Rebecca Lankford, along with other  designers you can’t find anywhere else, like Hyla Dewitt and Assad Mounser.

Now, we’re welcoming a new designer that perfectly fuses fashion and science: Somerville, Massachusetts-based brand Nervous System.

Nervous System jewelry fuses fashion and science

Nervous System approaches jewelry design with a scientific mindset. Using generative design methods — including mathematical algorithms — founders (and MIT-grads) Jessica Rosenkrantz and Jesse Louis-Rosenberg create jewelry inspired by natural forms and processes occurring in the world around us. From aggregations of coral to cell cycles to the growth patterns of algae, Nervous System crafts its designs by developing systems that create distinct forms — every one unique.

Nervous System jewelry fuses fashion and science

Our always impeccably styled buyer, Jen, first heard of Nervous System a number of years ago when its designs were featured in the blog Design Sponge. After the Museum Store was expanded and Jen was reintroduced at a convention this August, she reached out and secured the line for HMNS. The Museum Store is now (at the time of publishing) the only place in Houston to carry these innovative designs.

Come see for yourself! One hundred percent of proceeds from the Museum Store support HMNS and its programming.