19 gift ideas for the space nerd in your life

For your favorite space enthusiast, go above, to infinity, and beyond.

Astronaut Backpack

Astronaut Backpack

It doesn't contain any vital life-support systems, but this bag will harbor your kid's space helmet (or school supplies) with style. It also has a side pocket for tools, in case they need to repair any space telescopes on the way to class. $25Aeromax
SLS Playing Cards
SLS Playing CardsLantern Press

NASA is betting big on a rocket called the Space Launch System to carry astronauts to Mars, and with these new playing cards, you can, too. $10.

Solar System Mobile
Solar System MobileYarnBallStories on Etsy

It's never too early to get a kid interested in space. This crocheted hanging mobile for the nursery includes the Sun, Moon, and eight planets. $173.

Astronaut Ceiling Light
Astronaut Ceiling LightElk

Why should babies get to have all the fun? This lamp includes a spacecraft and two dangling astronauts, and it is totally OK for an adult to own this. $140.

Orrery
A working orrery made of LegosJK Brickworks

A tiny Moon circles the Earth, which circles the rotating Sun in this hand-cranked Lego model of our local solar system. The instructions for how to build it are right this way.

Planetary Glass Set
Planetary Glass SetThinkGeek

We may not be able to visit all the planets in the solar system, but at least we can drink to them. This set of 10 glasses represent all of our neighboring planets, plus Pluto and the Sun. $51.

Moon Earrings
Moon EarringsBody Candy

Put these loony earrings in orbit around your face. Just like the real moon, they glow in the dark. $10.

Soviet Space Prints
Soviet Space PrintsInkandsons on Etsy

This set of vintage-looking prints is based on classic designs from old-timey Russian matchbox labels. Prices start at $57 for a smaller print.

Solar System Duvet Cover
Solar System Duvet CoverHouzz

Curl up under the night sky with this solar system duvet cover. The planets aren't drawn to scale, but it's still gorgeous. $89 Full.

NASA Travel Posters
NASA Travel PostersNASA/JPL-Caltech

For future space tourists, NASA's series of 14 posters highlight interesting destinations in our solar system and beyond. Even better? They're totally free to download and print..

spaceman book cover
SpacemanPenguin Random House

This memoir follows Mike Massimino's unlikely journey from fire inspector's son to NASA astronaut. In the early 2000s, Massimino flew on two shuttle missions to fix the Hubble space telescope. His story is funny, touching, and tremendously inspiring. $28.

LEGO Space Shuttle
LEGO Space ShuttleLego

Relive some of the glory days of space exploration. NASA spent about $450 million to launch each space shuttle, but you can build one for $598.

Astronomical Flask
Astronomical FlaskLiquid Courage

This map of the visible heavens fits in your back pocket, along with 6 ounces of your favorite liquid refreshment. $15.

Space Capsule Tea Infuser
Space Capsule Tea InfuserThinkGeek

This little astronaut and space capsule are ready to splashdown into a mug of hot water, creating your favorite tea. $15.

Celestron 21035 70mm Travel Scope
Celestron 21035 70mm Travel ScopeCelestron

Don't let the small size fool you. This 18-inch telescope is surprisingly powerful, and at 3 pounds, is travel-friendly, too. $60.

Rocket Playhouse
Rocket PlayhouseNod

This 8-foot-tall, 3.5-foot-diameter rocket is perfect for your, uh, kids. The playhouse hangs from the ceiling and includes five lookout windows. $149.

android
Freaky Android, And Other ItemsCourtesy: RR Auction

Auction houses periodically sell off oddities from space history, like this android that was originally designed to help NASA test space suits in the 1960s.

A Trip To Suborbital Space
A Trip To Suborbital SpaceBlue Origin

Blue Origin, the company owned by Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos, claims it will be able to carry tourists to the fringes of space starting in 2018. From 100 kilometers above the Earth, passengers will experience weightlessness and see the curvature of our planet. Estimated $150K-250K per ticket

Constellation Wrapping Paper
Constellation Wrapping PaperNewtonAndTheApple

To go the extra light-year for your spacey friend or loved one, wrap their gift in style. $4 for two sheets.