Astronomy Gift Experiences, Holidays, Presents

If you’re looking for astronomy gift experiences, presents, or ideas for your own wish-list, then our suggestions might include something suitable.  As it’s such a popular hobby and appeals to earthlings all ages, from young children to senior citizens, there are all kinds of gifts available at prices to suit all budgets.  

So, whether you’re looking for a stocking-filler for a child under ten or a special gift for an adult who has reached a milestone in life these suggestions for astronomy gift experiences and ideas for astonomy themed presents should give you food for thought.

Astronomy Gift Experiences

Gifts don’t have to be physical objects like the ones shown below. They can just as easily be astronomy gift experiences or tickets to a special astronomical event. These make an excellent way of introducing newcomers to the hobby and the perfect gift for someone who wants to broaden their horizons.

You could arrange for a visit to one of the UK’s observatories, or if you’re feeling very generous, combine a holiday with a visit to one the world famous observatories abroad.

Astronomy Breaks & Observatory Visits UK

Astro Adventures in North Devon provide bed and breakfast breaks for star gazers looking for astronomy gift experiences away from the city lights. You can use their telescopes or bring your own.

AstroVentures offer astronomy workshops, courses, and all kinds of activities, for beginners through to professional astronomers. You’ll find them at the Dark Sky Discovery Observatory at the Battlesteads Hotel in Wark, Northumberland.

Eddington Lodge have offer self-catering holidays and short breaks in North Cornwall for star gazers of all ages and experience. They have a fully equipped observatory and observation pods.

Galloway Astronomy Centre are located in the Dark Sky Park area in the Galloway Forest National Park, Dumfries, Scotland. Bed and breakfast accommodation with a range of astronomical equipment is available.

In the North East of England you can visit the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park and Kielder Observatory. The park contains several types of accommodation and the observatory holds a series of events each year.

In Scotland, book a visit to the Scottish Dark Skies Observatory and planetarium.

Astronomy Holidays in Europe

Casa Zaguan, Vilaflor, Tenerife is near the dark skies of Parque nacional del Teide. It offers astronomy holidays and tours.

Centro de Observação Astronómica no Algarve (COAA) has telescopes and observatories available to guests staying in their bed and breakfast rooms. It’s is in The Algarve (Portugal).

Dark Skies Tenerife offer stargazing tours up on the mountainsides, with the dark skies of Parque nacional del Teide above.

Les Granges, France has telescopes available for guests renting their Provence-style farmhouse.

Astronomy Gifts For Kids

Astronomy gift experiences, holidays, and presents

One of the most popular astronomy gifts for children are the star projectors that double as a comforting night light. They can be fairly simple displays of star and moon shapes but they can also be astronomically correct portrayals of the solar system and the constellations.

So there are options there for children of nursery age as well as older children and teenagers. Some adults enjoy star projectors too, and they can double as a party accessory adding mood lighting to a room.

Bestseller No. 1
ERWEI 3D Solar System Model Crystal Ball 80mm 3.15" Laser Engraved Hologram with Light Up Base Planet Model Science Astronomy Learning Toys Educational Gift for Kids
  • Quality Materials: Made with K9 Crystal, Making the Ball More Transparent and Glossier, Names of Planets Etched in the Glass Ball are Clear, Beautiful Stars are around the Planets
  • Science Astronomy Learning Toys: Solar System Globe Model Toys for Kids Learning, Challenge Your Child's Imagination, Name of Planets will be helpful for Learning
  • Night Light in Kids Room: It Comes with a LED Light Up Base, will be Used as a Desk Lamp Science Décor, A variety of Lighting Modes Add Technology to Children's Room, It's the Most Worthwhile Gift for Children
  • Multi Colors Lighting: Comes with a LED Light Up Base with Touch Switch, Crystal Ball with Solar Globe Shows Different Colors with Changing or Constant Model, which is Powered by AAA Batteries (not Provided by the Seller) or USB Cable Line
  • Space Themed Gift: Ideal Gift Kit for Kids, Teens, Adults, Students, Teachers, Astronomy Enthusiasts, Friends, Boyfriend, Parents, Classmate, etc. During Birthday, Christmas Day, New Year, Valentine's Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Wedding, Graduation, Anniversary
Bestseller No. 2
MAGDUM SPACE Photo Solar System Learning Magnets for kids- Planet Astronomy Universe Galaxy Magnets for Fridge- Magnetic EDUcational toys toddlers baby 3 year- Astrology Planets Space-lover BEST GIFT
  • 22 BIG Solar System Space objects fridge magnet - Planets Magnets - Space Theme Gift Toys - Solar System Planets gift toy - baby educational toys - Space Exploration Galaxy Universe Learning for kids - Planetary Fridge Magnets - Planet Space Magnet Set - Solar System Magnets - Astronomy Magnets - Space Items Fridge Magnets - Good GIFT for Friend and Child Space-lover GIFT - Astrology Planets gift - Office Whiteboard Magnets, Decorative Magnet Set with Storage Box
  • Space World objects Real LARGE 22 magnetics : Sun+ Mercury+ Venus+ Earth+ Mars+ Jupiter+ Saturn+ Uranium+ Neptune+ Pluto+ Moon+ Rocket+ Black hole+ Northern lights+ Comet+ Asteroid+ Astronaut + Space station+ Mars Rover+ Satellite+ Galaxy+ Space debris
  • SMART DESIGN: realistic large fridge magnets for kids and adult, so that the child and you can learn Space objects. Convenient box to play and to storage baby educational toys. Nice for school locker, magnetic whiteboard, fridges, memo board, home + kitchen + office applications.
  • PLACE OF USE: these magnets are convenient to play on the refrigerator - baby refrigerator magnets for kids, on magnetic Board, on the carpet or table - Any place your child wants - Baby magnets kids 3 years old PLAY. DON'T LET THE BABY CHEW THE MAGNETS AND THE CARDBOARD.
  • PREMIUM QUALITY: thick cardboard plus very Durable kids magnets - speech development toys. The absence of a harmful sharp angles, light weight and large parts ensure safety and ease of manipulation. SAFETY: all materials are certified and tested in laboratories and non-toxic. Large details of our toddler magnetic product will be safe for your child.
Bestseller No. 3
D/L 2021 Christmas Universe & Galaxy Collection Gift Box, Countdown Advent Calendar Astronomy Collection Gifts, Educational Kids Universe Learning Toy Gift for Boys Girls
  • Cosmic Galaxy Gift Box: This cosmic galaxy gift box will attract children interested in the universe and is suitable for anyone interested in astronomy; the calendar is also a good way to teach children numbers, time concepts and patient art.
  • An interesting Christmas Calendar: 24 different planetary gifts with 24 openings, with different surprises every day, forming a lasting attraction for children.
  • Best Gift: The ultimate specimen collection suitable for children. A perfect independent collection or add to any child's specimen collection, including 24 planetary gifts. Become a great gift for boys and girls.
  • Great Surprise: Closed packaging, it is difficult to find the internal products from the outside, which improves the children's interest and allows them to dig small surprises every day
  • Christmas Advent Calendar: The perfect Christmas advent calendar gift. Both boys and girls hope to explore the ‘secrets’ in the box throughout the month. Note: Not edible. Please don't put it in the mouth

Astronomy Gifts For Adults

The obvious astronomy gifts for adults will be things like astronomy binoculars or a very special telescope, but assuming they are already suitably equipped in that department here are some alternative suggestions.

Bestseller No. 1
Aoweika Planet Bracelet Solar System Universe Galaxy Bracelet Handmade Natural Stone Bead Bracelet String Adjustable Astronomy Gifts Bangle for Women Men Kids
  • Exquisite workmanship ensures a comfortable fit
  • The design makes this bracelet unique and full of charm
  • The surface is uneven and porous. Easy to clean.
  • Made of natural stones, with natural ice cracks and pits on the surface are normal.
  • Perfect for birthdays, bridesmaids, Christmas, Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Easter, etc.
Bestseller No. 2
Astronomy Gifts Nine Planets in Solar System Natural Gemstone Outer Space Planets Celestial Home Desk Decorations
  • Astronomy Gifts. Nine Planets are the inner planets of the solar system,they are Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto(dwarf planet).
  • Each gemstone are pure natural stone and unique,not man-made or synthetic like many others being sold.
  • Different Colors And Sizes Representing the Different Planets.The color of the gem is designed to mimic the swirling features of the planet's appearance.
  • Great looking desk decoration.It is a nice gift for graduate, space enthusiast, gem collectors, rock lovers,science teachers, budding astronomers, astronauts or anyone who loves natural stones and astronomi.
  • Nice packing: Nine Planets Stones + Walnut Base + Color Brochures + White Craft Box.
Bestseller No. 3
3D Crystal Planet Solar System Model 2.36” Ball Engraving Shooting Star, Centerpiece Ornament with Crystal Base, Gift for Astronomy Enthusiast
  • ✧CLEAREST CRYSTAL BALL✧ - Our crystal ball is made from the industry's clearest k9 material, no bubbles, distortions, color or inclusions, pure and luxury with quality guarantee.
  • ✧SUPERB 3D LASER ENGRAVING PROCESS✧ - This lifelike pattern is carved in our crystal ball by advanced laser engraving technology with a crystal base, making it seems vivid and realistic, it is a special decoration of table.
  • ✧Dimension ✧ - Diameter:2.36 in./60mm; Net weight:0.86lb (with a crystal base). Please note the size of the ball before placing order, this is 6cm ball
  • ✧Special Gifts ✧ - Exquisite craftsmanship and pattern design, a wonderful present for kids, friends or teacher. Or as a Christmas gift, birthday gift, wedding gifts to your mum, dad, family and so on
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Apollo 11 50th Anniversary 2019

The 50th anniversary of the Moon landing in July 1969 kicked off a wave of new and renewed enthusiasm for space exploration, particularly manned missions into Earth orbit and to our nearest neighbour, the Moon.

There are all kinds of commemorative gifts and souvenirs available to fans of astronomy and space flight. We’ve listed a few below.

SaleBestseller No. 1
Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Edition (Haynes Manuals): An insight into the hardware from the first manned mission to land on the moon
  • Hardcover Book
  • Christopher Riley (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 216 Pages - 04/08/2019 (Publication Date) - J H Haynes & Co Ltd (Publisher)
Bestseller No. 2
Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Edition, NASA Moon Missions Operations Manual And Saturn V Manual 3 Books Collection Set (Haynes Manuals)
  • Hardcover Book
  • Christopher Riley (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 10/23/2021 (Publication Date) - J H Haynes & Co Ltd (Publisher)

Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Edition (Haynes Manuals)

Fans of Haynes Manuals know only too well how they are packed with detail, illustrations, and photos that explain how machines work. Originally (and still) published to explain the workings of cars and other forms of motorised transport, the idea to use the same format for iconic aircraft and space vehicles was pure gold.

The Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Edition was published in July 2019 and is attracting rave reviews and five star ratings. This is the story of NASA Mission AS-506 and the hardware that made it possible to take three men to the Moon and return them safely to Earth.

In this book you’ll learn all about the space suits the astronauts wore, the communications systems, the Saturn V rocket, and of course the Lunar module that delivered Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to the lunar surface while Michael Collins awaited above for their safe return.

Published in the same size and format as all other Haynes manuals but in a commemorative cover, this book will be enjoyed by the whole family. It’s the sort of book that young children will pour over, looking at all the pictures, while teenagers and adults will enjoy the technical details.

Astronomy For Dummies (2017)

This book was originally published in 1999 and has had several updates and reprints since then. Then latest version is the 2017 edition.

Like many of the For Dummies books it provides a crash course in a particular subject and it has an average of 4.5 out of five stars from 64 reviews on Amazon.

Astronomy For Dummies will teach you all the basics about astronomy and a whole lot more. It contains clear and easy to follow descriptions of the night sky illustrated with full colour photos and inserts. There is also some bonus online content for purchasers.

Once you’ve read through and absorbed some of the material you can take the end of chapter quizzes to test your knowledge. Read this book and the night sky will not be quite the mystery it is now. At least you’ll be able to find our way around the heavens and explain the basics of what you see.

This latest edition contains descriptions of much of the more recent discoveries in space. It also lists places to stay that offer astronomy holidays, how to guides for sky watching, suggested telescope models, and beginners’ guides to supplies and accessories.

Astronomy For Dummies, 4th Edition
  • Maran (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 384 Pages - 08/25/2017 (Publication Date) - For Dummies (Publisher)
Stargazing For Dummies
  • Owens, Steve (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 352 Pages - 01/25/2013 (Publication Date) - For Dummies (Publisher)

Advantages of Astronomy Gift Experiences

One of the big advantages of being the recipient of one of these astronomy gift experiences is the fact that they are often best used in autumn and winter months. So if there are long gaps in your diary after summer’s end then this will give you something to look forward to.

Astronomy gift experiences in dark skies areas

Of course, it is not essential that you should cash in your astronomy gift experiences vouchers in the off-season, but during winter in particular the nights are longer and air is so much more clear. Think of the crisp clear nights when there’s likely to be a frost. The dust that fills the air, particularly in late summer during the harvest, is long gone and one is left with a view of the stars that is as pure as it’s likely to be within a few dozen miles of urban and industrial areas.

Astronomy gift experiences are available all the year round. The advantages of summer are the warmer evenings but the nights are shorter. In winter the nights are longer and the skies are more clear, but you will have to wrap up very warm. Nothing ruins a evening’s stargazing more quickly than getting cold.

What about the weather?

If you are a lucky recipient of any astronomy gift experiences vouchers then don’t be concerned about the weather but do remember to be flexible about your availability to set off at short notice.

Reputable providers of stargazing experiences will keep you briefed on the weather up to 48 hours before the provisionally booked date. If there is a likelihood of cloud or any precipitation then they should postpone the event until the skies have cleared.

So no, your astronomy gift experiences voucher won’t be wasted but you should ensure that you’re available should there be a gap in the weather.

Final thoughts on astronomy gift experiences

If you live in the middle of a city or in any heavily light-polluted area and you long to gaze at the stars then there are opportunities for you is most parts of the country. Obviously, the best places are those in which the skies are the darkest, as far away as possible from any artificial light.

In the UK, we may not have vast expanses of desert and although we are an island nation it’s not practical for most people to see the stars out at sea, but we do have some beautiful moorland, national parks, an even a few mountainous areas in which a view of the Milky Way is not an unusual event.

The giving of astronomy gift experiences to the young may just be the inspiration for the adoption of a lifelong hobby but it could also lead to a degree in astrophysics.

For older adults who are the recipients of astronomy gift experiences it may be the fulfillment of a lifelong wish, to see the stars in their purest form and to gaze and wonder at the galaxy and all its mysteries.

Last update on 2021-10-22 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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