17 Gifts for People Who Just Really Love Dinosaurs

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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


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


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

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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

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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

Hachette Books

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

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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

Uncommon Goods

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


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

Uncommon Goods

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


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

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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

Uncommon Goods

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

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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


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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Amazon's Best Black Friday Deals: Tech, Video Games, Kitchen Appliances, Clothing, and More


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Black Friday is finally here, and Amazon is offering great deals on kitchen appliances, tech, video games, and plenty more. We will keep updating this page as sales come in, but for now, here are the best Amazon Black Friday sales to check out.


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- Instant Pot Duo Plus 9-in-115 Quart Electric Pressure Cooker; $90 (save $40)

- Keurig K-Cafe Special Edition; $190 (save $30)

- Ninja OS301 Foodi 10-in-1 Pressure Cooker and Air Fryer; $125 (save $75)

- Nespresso Vertuo Next Coffee and Espresso Machine by Breville; $120 (save $60)

- KitchenAid KSMSFTA Sifter with Scale Attachment; $95 (save $75)

- Keurig K-Mini Coffee Maker; $60 (save $20)

- Cuisinart Bread Maker; $80 (save $97)

- Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker; $139 (save $60)

- Aicook Juicer Machine; $35 (save $15)

- JoyJolt Double Wall Insulated Espresso Mugs - Set of Two; $14 (save $10)

- Longzon Silicone Stretch Lids - Set of 14; $16 (save $11)

- HadinEEon Milk Frother; $37 (save $33)

Home Appliances


- iRobot Roomba 675 Robot Vacuum with Wi-Fi Connectivity; $179 (save $101)

- ASAKUKI 500ml Premium Essential Oil Diffuser; $22 (save $4)

- Facebook Portal Smart Video Calling 10 inch Touch Screen Display with Alexa; $129 (save $50)

- Bissell air320 Smart Air Purifier with HEPA and Carbon Filters; $280 (save $50)

- Oscillating Quiet Cooling Fan Tower; $59 (save $31)

- TaoTronics PTC 1500W Fast Quiet Heating Ceramic Tower; $55 (save $10)

- Vitamix 068051 FoodCycler 2 Liter Capacity; $300 (save $100)

- Ring Video Doorbell; $70 (save $30)

Video games


- Marvel's Spider-Man: Game of The Year Edition for PlayStation 4; $20 (save $20)

- The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening; $40 (save $20)

- Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity; $50 (save $10)

- Marvel's Avengers; $25 (save $33)

- The Last of Us Part II for PlayStation 4; $30 (save $30)

- LEGO Harry Potter: Collection; $15 (save $15)

- Ghost of Tsushima; $40 (save $20)

- BioShock: The Collection; $20 (save $30)

- The Sims 4; $24 (save $20)

- God of Warfor PlayStation 4; $10 (save $10)

- Days Gonefor PlayStation 4; $20 (save $6)

- Luigi's Mansion 3 for Nintendo Switch; $40 (save $20)

Computers and tablets


- New Apple MacBook Pro 16 inches with 512 GB; $2149 (save $250)

- Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 with 13.5 inch Touch-Screen; $1200 (save $400)

- Lenovo ThinkPad T490 Laptop; $889 (save $111)

- Amazon Fire HD 10 Tablet (64GB); $120 (save $70)

- Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids Edition Tablet (32 GB); $130 (save $70)

- Apple iPad Mini (64 GB); $335 (save $64)

- Vankyo MatrixPad S2 Tablet; $120 (save $10)

Tech, gadgets, and TVs


- Apple Watch Series 3 with GPS; $120 (save $79)

- Seneo Wireless Charger, 3 in 1 Wireless Charging Station; $16 (save $10)

- SAMSUNG 75-inch Class Crystal 4K Smart TV; $998 (save $200)

- Nixplay 2K Smart Digital Picture Frame 9.7 Inch Silver; $238 (save $92)

- All-New Amazon Echo Dot with Clock and Alexa (4th Gen); $39 (save $21)

- MACTREM LED Ring Light 6" with Tripod Stand; $16 (save $3)

- Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote; $28 (save $12)

- DR. J Professional HI-04 Mini Projector; $93 (save $37)

Headphones and speakers


- Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones; $120 (Save $80)

- Apple AirPods Pro; $169 (save $50)

- Anker Soundcore Upgraded Bluetooth Speaker; $22 (save $8)

- Powerbeats Pro Wireless Earphones; $175 (save $75)

- JBL Boombox; $280 (save $120)

Movies and TV


- Game of Thrones: The Complete Series; $115 (save $89)

- Jurassic World 5-Movie Set; $23 (save $37)

- Deadwood: The Complete Series; $42 (save $28)

- Back to the Future Trilogy; $15 (save $21)

Toys and Games


- Awkward Family Photos Greatest Hits; $15 (save $10)

- Exploding Kittens Card Game; $10 (save $10)

- Cards Against Humanity: Hidden Gems Bundle; $14 (save $5)

- LOL Surprise OMG Remix Pop B.B. Fashion Doll; $29 (save $6)

- LEGO Ideas Ship in a Bottle 92177 Expert Building Kit; $56 (save $14)



- Casper Sleep Element Queen Mattress; $476 (save $119)

- ZINUS Alexis Deluxe Wood Platform Bed Frame; $135 (save $24)

- ROMOON Dresser Organizer with 5 Drawers; $59 (save $11) 

- AmazonBasics Room Darkening Blackout Window Curtains; $26 (save $5)

- Writing Desk by Caffoz; $119 (save $21)

- SPACE Seating Office Support Managers Chair; $112 (save $116)

- Rivet Globe Stick Table Lamp; $53 (save $17)

- Christopher Knight Home Merel Mid-Century Modern Club Chair; $188 (save $10)

- Walker Edison Furniture Industrial Rectangular Coffee Table; $121 (save $48)



- MySmile Teeth Whitening Kit with LED Light; $21 (save $12) 

- Cliganic USDA Organic Lip Balms Set of Six; $6 (save $4)

- HAUS LABORATORIES By Lady Gaga: LE RIOT LIP GLOSS; $7 (save $11)

- Native Deodorant for Men and Women Set of Three; $25 (save $11) 

- BAIMEI Rose Quartz Jade Roller & Gua Sha; $14 (save $3)

- Honest Beauty Clearing Night Serum with Pure Retinol and Salicylic Acid; $20 (save $8)

- WOW Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo and Hair Conditioner Set; $30 (save $5) 

- La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel Cleanser; $15 (save $5)

- wet n wild Bretman Rock Shadow Palette; $9 (save $6)

- EltaMD UV Daily Tinted Face Sunscreen Moisturizer with Hyaluronic Acid; $25 (save $6)



- Ganni Women's Crispy Jacquard Dress; $200 (save $86) 

- The Drop Women's Maya Silky Slip Skirt; $36 (save $9)

- Steve Madden Women's Editor Boot; $80 (save $30)

- adidas Women's Roguera Cross Trainer; $40 (save $25)

- Line & Dot Women's Elizabeth Sweater; $74 (save $18)

- Levi's Men's Sherpa Trucker Jacket; $57 (save $41)

- Adidas Men's Essentials 3-Stripes Tapered Training Joggers Sweatpants; $28 (save $12)

- Timex Men's Weekender XL 43mm Watch; $32 (save $20)

- Ray-Ban Unisex-Adult Hexagonal Flat Lenses Sunglasses; $108 (save $46) 

- Reebok Men's Flashfilm Train Cross Trainer; $64 (save $16)

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13 Black Friday Deals You Can Take Advantage of Right Now


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