What to get a natural history nerd (a gift guide)

The holidays are coming so most people will be getting gifts for the special people in their lives and I just thought I would try to help a little with what to get someone who loves natural history and museums. Some of these may be useful ideas – others maybe less so…

1. Tickets to see walking with dinosaurs – really all anyone is interested in is dinosaurs and who wouldn’t want to go to an arena filled with extinct reptiles.

2. A dead bird – great for practicing your taxidermy skills on or perfecting your anatomical knowledge depending  on the age of the carcus. A good gift idea for any of you cats out there who want to get your owners that special gift!

3. Desk skull – if you don’t have a skull displayed somewhere on your desk (even if it’s just on a handy notebook) are you really a natural history nerd?


4. Hand sanitiserand a lot of it! I recently found out about a technique of displaying wet specimens in hand gel which allows you to suspend them mid-jar so multiple specimens can be displayed at once without needing to be tied to a board (find out more here).


5. Pocket microscope – you never know when the need to look at the structure of an object will arise – if you can get one that attaches to a phone camera that is even better!

6. Books – about museums, taxidermy, anatomy, animals, geology and anything related to natural history really – there are some great ones out there.


7. Museum membership – help your natural history nerd to support their favourite museum and get some personal benefits!

8. Spare SD card – for all those times when you fill up your camera with photos of objects that you already have 10 photos of from the last time you visited the museum (especially if like me you are interested in geological specimens!)

9. A Rock – sparkly minerals are always appreciated – minerals could be given in the form of jewellery or as a display piece – just make it sparkly!

10. Horn of a unicorn – the land or sea variety is acceptable – horns should only be gifted when collected after they are naturally shed otherwise a live specimen will suffice.

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