17 Gifts for People Who Just Really Love Dinosaurs

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Lazy One, Out of Print/Amazon

There are plenty of gift options out there for dog and cat lovers, but what are you going to do when your favorite animal is a giant beast that went extinct more than 65 million years ago? You might not be able to adopt your own Brontosaurus or Velociraptor anytime soon, but these gifts will help tide you over until someone gets the bright idea to start cloning dinosaur DNA preserved in amber.

1. Dinosaur foot slippers; $20

Image of fuzzy green slippers with three plush white claws
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These fierce and fuzzy slippers come in sizes for both kids and adults. And while the fact that they're machine washable might not impress children, it will be a welcome relief to parents of boisterous young dinosaur enthusiasts (and adult dinosaur devotees who have to handle the washing themselves).

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2. Dinosaur Taco Holders; $12-$13


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These unique taco holders are perfect for when you have the appetite of an enormous, prehistoric reptile. The "Tricerataco" costs $12, while the "Tacosauraus Rex" costs around $13, and each one holds two hard-shell tacos.

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3. Color-Changing Mug; $16

Image of a mug decorated with dinosaurs. When cold, the dinosaurs are colored in green and brown. When the mug is warm, the color goes away and the dinosaurs' skeletons are visible.
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Make tea time (or your coffee break) a little more interesting with a mug that turns dinosaurs into skeletons when it's filled with hot water. This mug plays double duty, looking incredibly cool while also letting you know when your coffee/tea/hot chocolate is getting cold.

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4. Dinosaur Necklace; $13

Image of a small gold dinosaur charm hanging on a gold chain. A quote below the necklace reads, "A T-Rex has short arms so that everything it holds is close to its heart."
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Wear your love for dinosaurs with this adorable T. rex necklace (and get the matching earrings for just $13 more).

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5. The Dinosaur Artist: Obsession, Science, and the Global Quest for Fossils; $12


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Fossil collectors are an eccentric (and sometimes criminal) bunch, as New Yorker writer Paige Williams points out in her debut book. The Dinosaur Artist, recognized as a 2018 Notable Book by The New York Times, explores the scientific, legal, and ethical dilemmas involved in collecting dinosaur fossils.

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6. Mega Fossil Dig Kit; $20

Image of a brown rocky block with faux shells and bones embedded inside.
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This kit comes with a set of archaeological tools to help you dig up 15 real fossils from around the world. Sadly, there won't be any dinosaur fossils in this $20 set, but you are likely to find a tooth from a Mosasaur—a marine reptile that lived during the late Cretaceous period.

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7. Porcelain Dinosaur Planters; $40

Image of three white porcelain dinosaur statues with succulents sticking out of the holes in their backs.
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Plant life, uh, finds a way. And sometimes that way is growing out of the backs of porcelain dinosaur statuettes. Luckily there's a fairly slim chance that these ceramic dinosaur planters will do anything more threatening than look adorable in your kitchen or bedroom.

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8. T. rex shower head; $11

Image of a gray plastic T-Rex skull sitting over a shower head spurting running water
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Nothing says "Happy Holidays" like a shower head shaped like a dinosaur skull. This classy bathroom accessory comes in either gray or lime green and is sure to make shower time more exciting for kids and adults.

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9. Dinosaur Coloring Book; $7


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Create en-raptor-ing pictures with this dinosaur coloring book, which features more than 40 images of dinosaurs drawn in different styles, ensuring stress relief for hours on end.

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10. Dinosaur Chart; $40

Image of a chart that pictures different types and species of dinosaurs, along with a timeline that shows when they all may have lived.
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Five hundred hours of research went into creating this chart that identifies more than 700 different dinosaur species by their scientific names and when they lived. The poster is 24 inches wide by 36 inches high, so you'll need to save ample space on your walls to show off your dino-mite taste in art.

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11. Dinosaur Tea Infusers; $13

Image of two long-necked dinosaur tea infusers. One is green and the other is teal.
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These dishwasher-safe tea infusers from Tilevo come in a set of two, so you can give one to a friend and keep one for yourself. They're best for medium and large leaf teas—powdered teas or especially fine loose leaf teas are likely to slip through the holes at the top of the infuser.

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12. T. rex Wine Holder; $25

Image of a T-Rex lying on its back, holding a wine bottle in its open mouth and supporting it with its arms and legs.
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Whether this gift is destined for your parents' kitchen counter or a white elephant gift exchange, it's sure to spark conversation. Want something just a little bit spookier? This version features a T. rex skeleton.

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13. Glowing Dinosaur Lamp; $40

Image of a T-Rex statue glowing from the inside of its midsection.
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This unique table lamp comes in three different types: T. rex (pictured above), Brontosaurus, and Stegosaurus. Get them all for $40 each and turn your bedside table into its own miniature Jurassic Park.

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14. Dinosaur Sticky Notes; $8

Image of two different types of green dinosaur sticky notes and a pink notepad that reads "While you were out."
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Whether you're writing a grocery list, keeping track of appointments, or making notes about that weird fast-moving star that seems to be getting closer, these sticky notes will make sure you never forget a thing. If for some reason dinosaurs aren't your thing (but why wouldn't they be?!), Amazon also sells "Freudian Slips," Bigfoot sticky notes, and a Sherlock Holmes sticky note collection.

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15. Hatching Egg Candle; $45

Image of a small brown dinosaur statue sitting in the middle of a cream-colored egg-shaped candle, which has melted around the statue.
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This 6-inch-tall egg-shaped candle conceals a small dinosaur figurine inside that slowly begins to emerge as it melts down.

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16. The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost World; $21


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Paleontologist Steve Brusatte's 2018 book traces the history of dinosaurs from the Triassic period (between 250 and 200 million years ago) through the Cretaceous period (between 145 and 66 million years ago). Brusatte's writing is engaging and conversational, telling the story of dinosaurs with a well-researched but relatable voice.

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17. Velocireader T-shirt; $20-$30


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Do you have a friend who loves thesauruses almost as much as they love Stegosaurus? Then this T-shirt is the perfect gift for them. The company behind it, Out of Print, also has a bunch of book-themed shirts to pick from, including this Choose Your Own Adventure tee.

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These Atlases Map Out the Unique Histories of New York City, New Orleans, and San Francisco

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University of California Press / Amazon

When thinking of a map, your mind most likely pictures a seemingly unruly network of colorful lines showing roads and city limits. But what if a map could go beyond geography and show just what makes a particular place so unique? For over 10 years, author Rebecca Solnit has compiled three unique atlases of New York, San Francisco, and New Orleans, with each one giving readers a look at these distinct cities that goes far beyond tourist attractions and subway lines. Now, for the first time, you can buy all three atlases in a set at Barnes & Noble ($68) or Amazon ($51).

In Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas, Solnit, along with artists, writers, and cartographers, created 22 colored maps of the city, with each one focusing on a different aspect of its character. For example, the "Poison/Palate" map displays the dichotomy between the artisan food shops and restaurants that exist alongside the toxic mines and chemical factories found in the Bay Area. The "Green Women" map, on the other hand, celebrates the women of the city that have fought for the environment. You can find the first of the series on Amazon for $21.

The second in the series is Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas, written by Solnit and co-authored by Rebecca Snedeker, a native to New Orleans and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker (Witness: Katrina). Alongside 22 maps, this atlas features more than 20 essays written by musicians, prison activists, and many other local experts. Readers can see the aftermath of the BP spill in the “Oil and Water” map, while “A City in Time” allows viewers to see how New Orleans has been settled over a period of 300 years. Find this edition for $21 on Amazon.

Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas is the last in the series, and you can find it on Amazon for $22. Written by Solnit and Joshua Jelly-Schapiro, a geographer and writer, this edition has 26 maps, highlighted by “City of Women.” At first glance, it looks like a typical subway map, but when you look closer, you’ll see the stop names have been replaced by those of women who have impacted the city in some way, including Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and Dorothy Parker. If you buy the set, you'll receive an updated fold-out poster of this popular map, which includes more recent names like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Alongside the many women that have shaped the Big Apple, readers can see a mapped-out version of the different languages spoken throughout Queens and much more.

The set also includes two other color fold-out posters of New Orleans and San Francisco and an essay by Solnit reflecting on this project.

Once you're done looking through these unique maps, check out some of the most important ones in history.

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Wrap Yourself in the Sweet Smell of Bacon (or Coffee or Pine) With These Scented T-Shirts

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At one point or another, you’ve probably used perfume, cologne, body spray, or another product meant to make you smell like a flower, food, or something else. But what if you could cut out the middleman and just purchase scented clothing?

Candy Couture California’s (CCC) answer to that is “You can!” The lifestyle brand offers a collection of graphic T-shirts featuring scents like bacon, coffee, pine tree, strawberry, and motor oil. If you have more traditional olfactory predilections, there are several options for you, too, including rose, lavender, and lemongrass. There’s even a signature Candy Couture California scent, which is an intoxicating blend of coconut, strawberry, and vanilla.

candy couture california bacon shirt
Candy Couture California

According to the website, CCC founder Sara Kissing came up with the idea in 2011 while working in the e-commerce fashion industry, and her personal experience with aromatherapy led her to investigate developing clothing that harnessed some of those same benefits. The T-shirts are created with scent-infused gel, which “gives off a delicate, mild smell—just enough to boost your mood.”

So you don’t have to worry about your bacon shirt making the whole office smell like a breakfast sandwich, but you yourself will definitely be able to enjoy its subtle, meaty aroma whenever you wear it. The shirts are also designed to match their scents—the chocolate shirt, for example, features chocolatey baked goods, while the coffee shirt displays steaming mugs of coffee.

candy couture california chocolate shirt
Candy Couture California

The fragrances don’t last forever, but they’ll stay strong through 15 to 20 washes before they start to fade. CCC recommends using unscented detergent so as not to conflict with the shirt’s aroma, and you can further prolong its life if you’re willing to wash it by hand.

Prices start at $79, and you can shop the full collection here.

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