July 20 is a memorable day not only for Americans but also for the rest of humanity, as it is on this day in 1969 when Americans astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first people to land on the moon. Because of this, July 20 has been named Space Exploration Day, a holiday that was proclaimed by United States President Ronald Reagan in 1984. This year’s celebration of Space Exploration Day 2020 comes at the heels of the successful launch of American astronauts through the SpaceX Demonstration Mission 2, which was the first crewed launch of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Commercial Crew program. It is also the first time in history that humans were sent into orbit by a commercial company and the first time in 9 years that humans have been sent out into space. Read the Presidential Message on Space Exploration Day 2020.
In celebration of Space Exploration Day 2020, we’ve curated some amazing space-themed finds that you can give your friends and family who enjoy all things space. Check out the list below for more.
1. Antspirit Heat Changing Solar System Magic Coffee Mug
Bring on the magic of the celestial skies this Space Exploration Day 2020 with this 10 oz ceramic mug from Antspirit that magically shows the Solar System when you pour hot water into it. These mugs are perfect for sipping on coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and other hot beverages. Watch the solar system come alive with this heat-changing mug that offers beautiful constellations and planets with labels. The thermochromatic is a great present for those who have always loved the thought of exploring the stars. Customers have enjoyed this mug so much that it has an overall rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
Promising review: “This made a great gift and was well received. Well, this one is colorful and uncluttered and everything materializes with hot liquids. What more could you really ask for?” T. Fowl
2. Greenline Goods Whiskey Glasses Northern Summer Sky & Constellations, Set of 2
These 10 oz low-ball tumbler whiskey glasses have a heavy weighted bottom that prevents them from easily toppling over. Its sand-etched design makes for durable and long lasting accents that won’t fade with washes. These glasses are freezer and dishwasher safe, making for easy maintenance. Each of these Greenline Goods rocks whisky glass has been etched by skilled artisans and features a hand drawn map of the constellations found in the northern hemisphere’s summer sky. In it you’ll discover Orion, Aries, Leo, and so much more. This product has an overall rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
Promising review: “Purchased as a gift for a friend as a gift and they love the set. Seems like a very durable glass. The printing for the constellations is heavy duty compared to other printed glasses I’ve purchased. They were very impressed with the quality of the pair and the packaging they came in as well. Would gift again or purchase for myself as well.” Jennifer Stephen
3. PackIt Freezable Classic Lunch Box in Spaceman
Space exploration lovers will enjoy having this lunch mate with them. The PackIt Freezable Classic Lunch Box is a unique lunchbox that features groundbreaking built-in cooling. This is possible through the freezable non-toxic gel that is permanently built into the walls of each bag to keep food and drinks chilled for hours. It features a large zip opening for faster and easier top-load packing and a buckle handle that conveniently lets you attach this lunch box to backpacks, messenger bags, sports bags and more. Its exterior zip pocket can store wipes, napkins, utensils, and other essentials. This lunchbox is made from PVC-free, BPA-free, phthalate-free, formaldehyde-free and lead-free materials. It has an overall customer rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
Promising review: “I live in Arizona and it gets pretty hot here, so naturally I wanted a lunch box that could keep my stuff cold despite the fiery h*** I live in. Not only is this thing cute, it actually works. It freezes flat and is very spacious, so it fits all the food I need for an 8 hour work day. Very easy to clean as well, just wipe out the moisture with a paper towel.” Valerie
4. Chanasya Solar System Galaxy Star Space Print Reversible Throw Blanket
Whether for keeping warm on a chilly night or for adding a personal touch to one’s living spaces, this reversible throw blanket from Chanasya will do the trick. Measuring a generous 65 x 60 inches, this throw blanket is made of 100% microfiber polyester that is non-toxic and hypoallergenic, does not shed, breathable, anti-static, and is lightweight to provide medium warmth. This blanket has an overall rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
Promising review: “OMG this blanket is so soft! My 10 year old sister LOVES everything and anything galaxy related and this blanket made her so happy on Christmas morning! It was one more piece to add to her ever growing galaxy room accessories.” Amazon Customer
5. Astronomy Magazine Space & Beyond Box Quarterly Subscription
This Space Exploration Day 2020, give a gift that keeps on giving with Astronomy Magazine’s Space & Beyond Box Quarterly Subscription, which offers a whole new world to explore in outer space. This quarterly subscription features 5 to 7 high-quality astronomy related items in each box, providing up to 30% savings versus its retail price. These products are exclusively available to Space & Beyond Box subscribers. Each box features a unique theme that is extensively covered in the Space Particles magazine tht comes with every box. Each box also contains items that are curated by the team at Astronomy Magazine. This product is rated 5 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
Promising review: “I subscribed directly through Astronomy Magazine for my dad. He loved it! Since he doesn’t live nearby, he even filmed his “unboxing” for me. It was great having something fun for him to open and enjoy that had quality astronomy products in it.” MightyMissy
Gifts for Space-Obsessed Parents: Raising a Little Astronaut
1. BeWellSD Outer Space Kids Reusable and Washable Face Mask
Cloth face masks are now an essential part of how we live, especially when going outdoors. This handmade fabric face mask from BeWellSD features 2 layers made of washable, reusable, 100% cotton and an adjustable ear loop for a perfect fit. It is a back to school essential that kids should not go without. This particular mask has a unique outer space print for kids who are keen on space exploration. Shop at Etsy.
2. ElfinHouse Space Baby Mobile
Looking for an adorable baby shower present for space-loving parents? Check out this baby mobile with a space theme from ElfinHouse. It is inspired by the maker’s daughters’ favorite song, “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.” This handmade, eco-friendly baby mobile from Bulgaria features wool felt balls, crochet stars in yellow cotton yarns, and handmade wooden oak ring. It is a lovely addition to any nursery for a little boy who dreams of one day becoming an astronaut. Shop at Etsy.
3. Tateplota Wooden Space Rocket Toy
Ready for takeoff? This beautifully handmade space rocket toy is perfect for little discoverers and space enthusiasts. Take your little ones to new heights with this rocket toy, which is made from chocolate dark beech and light tender maple, both saturated with linseed oil and beeswax. This artisan toy is “handmade with gratitude to Nature” by Taya and Roma Afonkini in Russia. Shop at Etsy.
4. AshleyRoseMade Space, Astronaut, Tractor, Traditional Style Baby Boys Bib
Made from 100% cotton fabric and lined with a soft and absorbent cotton towelling, these bibs are perfect for babies aged 3 to 18 months. Its towelling is backed to prevent soaking through and irritating your little one. Shop at Etsy.
5. MyLilMonsterBoutique Monthly Onesie Set in Space, Planets, Astronaut, NASA Theme
Parents who love taking photos of their baby’s monthly growth will adore this fun monthly onesie set with an outer space theme. For parents who are space-obsessed and want to raise the next Neil Armstrong, here’s a cute onesie set that features the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, a rocket ship and stars, and the NASA logo. These are made with Carter’s bodysuits and Gerber Onesies and feature professional high grade heat transfer paper and professional ink to create the prints on the onesies. Shop at Etsy.
Space Exploration Day 2020: More Gifts for Kids Who Love Outer Space
1. Aeromax Jr. Astronaut Backpack
Inspire your little aspiring astronaut with this fun backpack from Aeromax. It features a detailed top compartment, bottom compartment, two side pockets, large zippers for easy use, reflective red material, and high quality custom design and details. It also features adjustable straps and waist harness, and a large compartment to fit your little one’s astronaut suit, astronaut helmet, space gloves, space boots, and everything else he needs to explore space! This bag is collapsible for easy storage when not using. This product has an overall rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
Promising review: “I create short sci-fi films and I needed the pack to finish the look of the spacesuit I had purchased. Even though it’s called the ‘Aeromax Jr.’, it fits adults as well with no issues. I plan to use it in quite a few more films that I shoot.” Christopher English
2. OAKI Kids Waterproof Rubber Rain Boots with Easy-On Handles in Astronaut
These boots were made for walking…on the moon! Treat your little astronaut to this pir of waterproof rubber rain boots from OAKI Kids, which are made with a proprietary rubber blend designed for better flex and rebound and reduced odor. It features handles that let you hang up the boots to dry or for storage. These handles are pressed and sealed into the boot for improved strength. It’s so easy to put on, even your kids will enjoy dressing themselves. These boots are perfect for all-day exploration. Parents love it so much, it has an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
Promising review: “My son received this as a gift from his grandmother; wears them on a regular basis and has not complained. So far, they have stood the test of an active six year old and still going strong! He is happy with them.” JWPerkins
3. USA NASA Patch for Space Fans Iron or Sew On
Accessorize your space-loving kid’s backpack, denim jacket, cap, or t-shirt with these fun sew or iron on patches featuring space exploration themes. These patches are also ideal for mending, reinforcing and decorating. It includes the NASA logo, 100th Space Shuttle Mission, Golden Red USA flag, and the word NASA. This product is rated 4.6 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
Promising review: “Exactly what is in the picture. Love them and always have a couple on my pack.” José
4. LEGO City Space Mars Research Shuttle Toy Building Kit with Mars Rover and Astronaut Minifigures
STEM-loving kids will enjoy this amazing LEGO set that offers loads of imaginative actin possibilities! It comes with 2 LEGO City Mars astronaut minifigures, a heli drone and storage drone. Also includes a Mars rover, research shuttle, and Mars scenery build. This 274-piece set is perfect for boys and girls who dream of one day exploring Mars! The research shuttle playset features an opening cockpit, 2 opening cargo doors, and space inside for the storage drone so you can really help spark your child’s imagination. Help your child achieve a greater sense of independence and achievement by letting him build this set on his own. Parents love this set so much, it has an overall customer rating of 4.9 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
Promising review: “My son turned 5 and this was a gift for him. He has always liked legos. This was the largest set he has taken on. He was able to do it and loves it. Lots of fun little moving parts and surprises.” Amazon Customer
5. Daron NASA Space Adventure Series: Space Capsule with Lights & Figurine
Let your little one discover space with his very own space capsule! This little space capsule features sensors that lets it light up once the included figurine is placed inside. The figurine features multiple body movements so he can comfortably sit inside his space capsule, which features transparent windows that let you peek inside as he works. The capsule also features ridges that allow it to be placed on the Space Station, sold separately. This toy has an overall rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
Promising review: “My 3 year old daughter got this for a gift because she’s a space nut and the first thing she said was ‘I love this space capsule!’ She loves to play with it and make the light in the capsule go on and off. Sometimes she uses it as a night light to fall asleep at night.” Sitakatherine
More amazing Space Exploration Day 2020 gifts and gift ideas for other holidays await in the stories from our archive below. Celebrate Space Exploration Day 2020 with your loved ones by grabbing a STEM toy for your kids today.
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