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.

Treat yo self: New designers are beckoning in the Museum Store jewelry cases

We’re happy to report that our first Museum Store Trunk Show — featuring the works of revered local designer Rebecca Lankford — was a smashing success. If you missed it, fear not, ’cause we’ve got more in the pipeline. But you don’t have to wait until a Friday for great Museum Store finds; check out the new designers we’ve been sporting!

ASHA New York

Ever wonder what it’s like to be a priceless piece of art or a celebrated architectural masterpiece? Well ASHA New York strives bring the beauty of art, architecture and historical artifacts to jewelry design. ASHA is designed by Ashley Dodgen-McCorrick, and a few of her fabulous pieces can be found in our Museum Store. The small selection we carry means we only have one piece of each item shown on our website, meaning you need to act fast to own a wearable masterpiece like this.

Dodgen-McCorrick started gaining inspiration for her handcrafted line on weekend trips to Venice, Prague and Edinburgh. She was first inspired by frequent visits to the medieval chapel, Sainte Chapelle in Paris. Several of her designs focus on interpreting architectural motifs and vintage pieces that she has found in her travels.

A perfect example of her amazing designs is this Saskia Pendant for her Gramercy Park South Collection. It is a perfectly clear, free spinning orb of crystal encased in gold vermeil with moonstone cabochons.

ASHA New York

Annie Hammer

Complement your summer tan with some sunny jewelry from Annie Hammer. Hammer is based in Tucson, Arizona and features a lot of beautiful natural stones in her pieces. We just got in an order of her work and it is magnificently summery, with turquoise, lapis and quartz.

This amazonite, turquoise and apatite leather cuff is framed with a steel chain and set on a taupe suede cuff.

Annie HammerBelow is a quartz stalactite necklace with a silver-plated brass chain supporting the stalactite sliver wrapped in tan suede. Want.

Annie Hammer

Hammer’s pieces have that special quality of being fresh and casual while still being sophisticated. So whether you want to dress it up or down, these pieces are totes appropes.

A Peace Treaty

If you enjoy jewelry with a strong sense of craftsmanship, then this new addition to our Museum Store’s list of designers might interest you. A Peace Treaty was conceived by combining a love of high fashion with a desire to increase awareness of ancient and disappearing crafting traditions.

Each season’s collection is inspired by a culture or region, and the line is produced in one of nine fair trade cooperatives. We are currently featuring the Neteret Collection, which is inspired by the evolution of ancient Egyptian symbolism and its influence on modern art and architecture.

A Peace Treaty

In addition to stimulating struggling economies and creating ethically-produced accessories and apparel,  A Peace Treaty is plain PRETTY.

And as always, 100 percent of the Museum Store’s proceeds benefit HMNS’ educational mission. So it’s a big, shiny win-win!

The Bakker is back! Join renowned paleontologist Dr. Bob Bakker at Jurassic Jam this Saturday and Sunday

World-renowned paleontologist, curator of the new Morian Hall of Paleontology, consultant and character inspiration for the cult classic Jurassic Park: Dr. Bob Bakker is back in Houston and lighting up the halls of HMNS this weekend at Jurassic Jam.

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The two-day event includes an adoption party at at the Museum Store, arts and crafts in the Herzstein Hall and a meet-and-greet with Dr. Bakker from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday for new and veteran dino parents.

Admittance to meet Dr. Bakker requires a general admission ticket and a prehistoric pet (either adopted that day or previously taken in).

Then on Sunday, we’ll be screening Jurassic Park 3D with a special introduction by Dr. Bakker, who consulted on the film and is even name-dropped by young Joseph Mazzello (Timmy Murphy). A Q&A session will immediately follow.

To book your tickets in advance, click here!

HMNS is here to handle the holidays: Whether it’s goodies to wrap or stuff to do, we’ve got gifts galore

You’ve heard a lot lately about our Museum Store. But aside from finding everything from kids’ gear:

spikeosaurus backpack

To dorky duds:

solid, liquid, gas tee

To fine jewelry:

suzanna dai necklace

To funky stuff for your home:

elemental wine markers

. . . (all in-store OR online, we might add), you should also remember that we deal in fun.

For example, for the budding astronomer in your life, some NASA-grade astronaut gear might be suitable, but you could make his or her holiday STELLAR with telescope classes at the George Observatory. The George offers tailored classes for Go-To and computerized telescopes as well as for simple, non-tracking reflecting and refracting telescopes. Classes for each are offered on Jan. 5, with expert astronomers on-hand to help set up ‘scopes and get students started tracking those stars away from city light pollution in beautiful Brazos Bend State Park.

So while you’re wrapping up boxes this holiday season, be sure to think outside them. From membership to adult education to classes for kiddos, we’ve got you covered.