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

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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

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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

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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

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.

Buy it: Uncommon Goods

11. Dinosaur Tea Infusers; $13

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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

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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

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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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Looking to Downsize? You Can Buy a 5-Room DIY Cabin on Amazon for Less Than $33,000

Five rooms of one's own.
Five rooms of one's own.
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If you’ve already mastered DIY houses for birds and dogs, maybe it’s time you built one for yourself.

As Simplemost reports, there are a number of house kits that you can order on Amazon, and the Allwood Avalon Cabin Kit is one of the quaintest—and, at $32,990, most affordable—options. The 540-square-foot structure has enough space for a kitchen, a bathroom, a bedroom, and a sitting room—and there’s an additional 218-square-foot loft with the potential to be the coziest reading nook of all time.

You can opt for three larger rooms if you're willing to skip the kitchen and bathroom.Allwood/Amazon

The construction process might not be a great idea for someone who’s never picked up a hammer, but you don’t need an architectural degree to tackle it. Step-by-step instructions and all materials are included, so it’s a little like a high-level IKEA project. According to the Amazon listing, it takes two adults about a week to complete. Since the Nordic wood walls are reinforced with steel rods, the house can withstand winds up to 120 mph, and you can pay an extra $1000 to upgrade from double-glass windows and doors to triple-glass for added fortification.

Sadly, the cool ceiling lamp is not included.Allwood/Amazon

Though everything you need for the shell of the house comes in the kit, you will need to purchase whatever goes inside it: toilet, shower, sink, stove, insulation, and all other furnishings. You can also customize the blueprint to fit your own plans for the space; maybe, for example, you’re going to use the house as a small event venue, and you’d rather have two or three large, airy rooms and no kitchen or bedroom.

Intrigued? Find out more here.

[h/t Simplemost]

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These “Wonder Women” Bingo Cards Feature Amelia Earhart, Greta Thunberg, and 46 Other Inspiring Icons

You could even shout "Wonder Women!" instead of "Bingo!" if you want.
You could even shout "Wonder Women!" instead of "Bingo!" if you want.
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The original numbered version of bingo dates back to 16th-century Italy, but gamemakers have recently begun to realize that there’s no reason the classic game has to be quite so classic. Now, instead of numbers, you can find cards with pretty much any set of images or words you can think of (or you can simply make your own online).

This edition from Laurence King Publishing features illustrations of 48 incredible women who all, in some way, embody the name of the set: Wonder Women. There are sports champions like gymnast Simone Biles and tennis player Serena Williams alongside young living legends like climate change activist Greta Thunberg and education activist Malala Yousafzai. While you might recognize many of the names from history classes—Amelia Earhart and Rosa Parks, for example—or your own iTunes library (yes, Beyoncé is part of this game), others may be unfamiliar. Did you know about Russian cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space?

In other words, Wonder Women Bingo is a great way to celebrate your favorite trailblazers and get introduced to some new ones, too. And since the rules are simple—just pick a chip and see if your card has an image to match—it can also double as a learning opportunity for kids.

The illustrations were created by artist Laura Bernard.Laurence King Publishing/Amazon

The game is available for $35 on Amazon and $20 on Laurence King Publishing's website (though it's currently unavailable on Laurence King's site). And if bingo isn’t really your thing (or even if it is), there’s a Fantastic Women card game available for $13 on Amazon, where players try to top each other’s highest-scored cards using ones from their own hand.

While you’re waiting for your games to arrive, learn about 100 women who changed the world.

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