Holiday Shopping Guide 2018

Happy holidays from the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University!

Are you still working on your holiday shopping? The Academy Shop has gifts for everyone on your list … but if you’re like our staff members, you will be lucky to get out of there without buying something for yourself! In the shop, you will find a wide selection of gifts, including fun and educational toys, books and games for kids; paper products; science books; and many, many other unique gifts for your friends and family. Here are a few of our favorites!

For the Person Who Is Cranky Before Dinner

Green youth and onesie hangry shirt with T. rex, white adult baseball hangry tee, white hangry mug with T. rex with green interior

Ever try to decide what to have for dinner when you’re way too hungry to make decisions? How about when you’re on a family vacation? Do you know a kiddo who can’t handle an empty belly? Or a colleague who needs coffee before they can face their inbox? Whether it’s for you — or for you-know-who — we have a collection of items perfect for the hangriest one on your list.

For the One Who Puts Comfort First

Red women's Academy shirt, green T. rex sweatshirt, gray youth tee, variety of dinosaur socks

The Academy Shop offers ridiculously comfortable casual dinosaur attire for everyone on your list. Shopping for a young daughter or niece? She will love the gray girls’ tee featuring a light pink dinosaur and “Be Mighty” message. Know someone who is always cold? Surprise them with this warm, hoodless, hipster-friendly T. rex sweatshirt that is perfect for a casual holiday party or a cozy snow day!

Our members are digging super-soft red and blue Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University t-shirts featuring a dinosaur skeleton. Top off your gift with some dinosaur taco socks!

For the Little Ones

Rubber dinosaurs, large and small

Among our popular items for kids are our realistic rubber dinosaurs, including a Triceratops, T. rex and Brachiosaurus. We also have plenty of dinosaur plush toys to choose from.

Natural science books on table

Buying for a bookworm? You’ll find a great selection of natural science books hoof-picked by our very own Marty the Moose and featured at Marty’s story time! (And don’t forget to shop our selections for teens and adults as well.)

Young woman holds three plush polar bears under fierce-looking taxidermy polar bear
PR intern Mackenzie Fitchett ventured outside the gift shop with a family of plush polar bear babies, our most popular plush toys.

What’s not to love about a soft and squishy plush toy representing an animal from an Academy gallery? Whether it’s the ever-famous polar bear, the stately moose or a fiercely adorable lion, you’re sure to find something to snuggle.

For the Decorator

Triceratops and T. rex skull models

The winter holidays provide plenty of opportunities for indoor décor, and we have a fun selection for your mantle, tree or office. Shopping for a colleague? Consider picking up a collectible dinosaur skull model for the desk of your favorite collector.

Dinosaur Christmas tree ornaments, skeletons with Santa hat

Whether you’re decorating a tree or a tabletop, ornaments are aplenty in the Academy Shop. In addition to felt dinos (our favorite is the lime green Triceratops), we have trendy dino skeleton ornaments wearing Santa hats for fans of old St. Nick!

Still haven’t found the perfect gift?

Experiences make fantastic gifts and are among our most popular holiday items. Find out how you can give an Academy membership, a week of camp, tickets to the museum or even an overnight with dinosaurs, butterflies, live animals and more!

Feeling especially generous? Consider giving a gift of support to the Academy of Natural Sciences this holiday season.

By Mary Alice Hartsock

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