‘Tis the Season for Unique Gifts

 

Great gifts feel good to give and to receive. What better way to spark joy than to find a clever, curious, and/or beautiful gift for your favorite person (or even yourself). Stand out this holiday season by giving unique gifts. We’ve assembled items in our roundup below that you’ll wish you would receive.

Little Geniuses

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Aww worthy gifts that the little ones are sure to love.

1. Baby Elements Onesie, $14.95
2. Fiona Walker England Unicorn Head, $165.00
3. The Community Cloth Handknit Hat, $36.00
4. The Human Infant Project Book, $24.99
5. Uncle Goose Braille Alphabet Blocks, $42.00
6. Baby Armadillo Plush, $19.95
7. 20” Triceratops, $125.00

Neckline Subtleties

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Dainty necklaces are the perfect everyday necklace and versatile enough for layering. Sometimes a little sparkle goes a long way.
1. Ginette N Y Malachite Diamond 18kt Rose Gold Charm Necklace, $1050.00
2. Zoe Chicco Diamond Curved Bar Necklace, $650.00
3. Melissa Joy Manning Herkimer Quartz 14kt Gold Necklace, $300.00
4. Rebecca Lankford Love White Sapphire Rose Gold Necklace, $340.00
5. Dinny Hall Bamboo Oval Pendant, 22kt Gold Vermeil, $240.00

Quirky Under $150

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Practical home décor items that give that whimsical touch to any home.

1. Radiant Relics Cushion – X-Ray Skull Profile, $40.00
2. Periodic Barware, $9.95
3. Gummy Bear Red, Anatomically Correct – Limited Edition, $44.95
4. Alligator Bookends, $80.00
5. Duck Mirror, $99.99
6. Unicorn Skull Bell Jar Ring Holder, $80.00
7. Ice Dwarf Art Glass, $135.00
8. Heart of Gold – Metallic Plush, $24.95
9. Light Up Newton’s Cradle, $39.95

 

Make a Statement

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A dazzling piece can make a huge statement long after it is unwrapped.

1. Alexis Bittar Tribal City Crystal Encrusted Figurine Cuff, $495.00
2. Vilawain Iridescent Broken Chandelier Bead Necklace, $950.00
3. Eddie Borgo Europa Black Lace Agate Statement Earrings, $450.00
4. Rebecca Lankford For H.M.N.S Rose Quartz Butterfly Ring, $890.00
5. Julie Cohn Designs Eclipse Sapphire Ponyhair Bracelet, $395.00

 

Natural Habitat in Color

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Timeless natural specimens are the eye catching gifts you’re looking for. Truly one of a kind natural works of art.

1. Variety In Motion Butterfly Display, $660.00
2. Bottle Stopper, Natural Stone $29.95 each
3. Amethyst Specimen, $495.00
4. Lapis Gemstone Box, $3,995.00
5. Dugway Druzy Agate Geode Bookends, $295.00
6. Citrine Specimen, Brazil, $695.00

As usual feel good about shopping knowing that 100 percent of museum store proceeds benefits HMNS’s educational programs!

Looking for even more gift guidance? Peruse our 2016 Holiday Shopping Guide “The Thrill of the Hunt”, check out our Pinterest where we have additional mini guides. Don’t forget our social media; Instagram and Twitter where we feature our products daily.

Happy Shopping!

Our New Holiday Shopping Guide is Here!

On the hunt for that perfect gift for the science lovers on your list? Let HMNS’s Museum Store help you out. View our Holiday Gift Guide for inspiration or browse our store. From a dino plush for your little scientist to pi plates for the chef or a periodic collar for the canine in your life, there’s something for everyone!

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Archie the Wandering T-Rex Celebrates his Birthday

Guess what guys, it’s my birthday and I got to celebrate it at Disney World! A year ago I was officially adopted by my HMNS family and since then have had the greatest year of my life! This past year has been full of adventure, fun, and new experiences as I have had the opportunity to travel to amazing new places and try new things. When I was first adopted, I thought I was one lucky dinosaur, but I had no idea how lucky I really got. I belong to the greatest, most amazing family! From trips abroad to Europe and the Middle East, to exploring the beauty of our National Parks here at home, immersing myself into life at the museum, and celebrating my birthday in the most magical place on earth, my new family has literally shown me the world.

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On my very first adventure I crossed the pond and rambled around London a while before taking the Chunnel to Paris. The sites were amazing! I also spent an amazing week in Germany visiting excavation sites with our Adult Education program (sorry, too busy exploring for photos!).

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I then jotted off to attend with the 2016 Special Events Conference in Orlando, Florida where I learned all about the newest and most popular trends for the year. I was super excited to hear that one of the colors of the year was Serenity Blue! What do you think, do you think I resemble a certain color of the year? Immediately after the conference I rushed off to Saudi Arabia where I had the chance to train an awesome group of people on what we do in the museum and how we do it! King of the lab! (shhh, let’s keep that between us)

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This year we also celebrated the 100 year birthday of our national parks with our new Giant Screen Theater movie, National Parks Adventure 3D. After watching this incredible film, I got inspired to check out a few of our parks myself! I started with visiting Big Bend National Park and checking out the cool local fossils. I then flew up to Maine to explore Acadia National Park and saw my first lighthouse! A little later in the year I decided to really go for it and strapped in for a road trip spanning 3 states and 8 more national parks!

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 While traveling has been amazing, there is so much to see and do right here at home at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. I have spent time with our awesome group of volunteers learning all sort of fascinating information spanning from mummies to gemstones! I even checked out our Cockrell Butterfly Center and got up close and personal with a moon moth.

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This has been an absolutely amazing year, and I can’t wait to get started on the next! Who knows where I will go and what I will learn next. There’s still so many exhibits here at home I haven’t explored yet, and I can’t wait to get started.

If you would like adopt your own dinosaur friend to join you on your amazing adventures, you can visit our store where Archie’s friends live.

2013 Holiday Gift Guide is Here!

2013 Holiday Gift Guide

Pick up a conversation piece. Give a smart gift. Or just scare the cat. Give it, receive it, OWN IT.

Click here to peruse our exciting 2013 Holiday Gift Guide. And feel good about yourself knowing that 100% of the proceeds benefit the museum’s educational programming. Something to warm your heart this holiday season: the HMNS Holiday Gift Guide.