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

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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Learn Travel Blogging, Novel Writing, Editing, and More With This $30 Creative Writing Course Bundle

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It seems like everyone is a writer lately, from personal blog posts to lengthy Instagram captions. How can your unique ideas stand out from the clutter? These highly reviewed courses in writing for travel blogs, novel writing, and even self-publishing are currently discounted and will teach you just that. The Ultimate Creative Writing Course Bundle is offering 10 courses for $29.99, which are broken down into 422 bite-sized lessons to make learning manageable and enjoyable.

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Escape The Overlook Hotel in This New Board Game Based on The Shining

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The Shining celebrated its 40th anniversary on May 23, 2020, which makes now the perfect time to revisit Stanley Kubrick's classic work of horror. And if you're looking for a new perspective on the story, this board game from USAopoly reimagines the Overlook Hotel as an escape room-style challenge.

In The Shining: Escape from the Overlook Hotel, players assume the roles of Wendy and Danny Torrance as they search for a way out of the hotel. To escape, though, players will have to contend with puzzles and obstacles along the way, including Jack Torrance, the ax-wielding antagonist immortalized by Jack Nicholson in the 1980 film. By using the psychic ability to "shine," players can unlock clues and solve puzzles that bring them closer to the exit.

The new game is part of the Coded Chronicles game line, and because the objective is to beat the game instead of each other, there's no limit on how many (or how few) people can play. A full game is estimated to take two hours or more to complete, and this version is recommended for players 17 and older.

You can buy The Shining: Escape from the Overlook Hotel for $30 from USAopoly. And if it's been a while since you've seen the movie it's based on, read this to know what to expect.

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