Friday, December 8, 2017

Holiday Gift Ideas From National Geographic & Bear Grylls

National Geographic sent me the items pictured in this post at no cost to facilitate this holiday promotion. 

 Still shopping for Christmas? We have four kids in our house, not to mention a whole host of nieces and nephews that we like to give to around the holidays. It seems like there's always still more shopping to do and never enough gift ideas to go around. If you're still on the hunt for Christmas gifts I've got some great ideas for kids (and even a couple for adults) from National Geographic! It's wonderful to have products that not only bring holiday cheer but encourage learning and adventure at the same time.

National Geographic Dual Microscope Science Lab

  • TWO MICROSCOPES IN ONE when budding scientists use the lower LED lights slides and then easily switch over to the upper lights for 3D objects
  • INCLUDES OVER 50 ACCESSORIES! Explore the prepared slides with the microscope and detailed Learning Guide then create your own with blank slides and covers, tweezers, eye dropper, Petri dish and more
  • SIMPLE YET POWERFUL learning tool that’s easy to operate, solidly constructed and comes with two sets of high-quality optical glass eyepieces for 20x and 50x magnification
  • COMPLETE BRINE SHRIMP EXPERIMENT including hatchery station, shrimp eggs, Petri dish and Lab Manual. Track the life cycle of brine shrimp!
  • 100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEED - For 129 years, National Geographic has been committed to providing fun and fascinating educational opportunities for children and stands behind this Ultimate Dual Microscope with a two-year warranty.

Click HERE to check it out on Amazon!

National Geographic Mega Biology Set

On top of a new microscope, my science-loving daughter Eva is going to enjoy getting a close look at this Mega Biology Set. Now that we are officially a homeschooling family, having scientific tools that are geared towards kids are a definite plus, and utilizing the fun of Christmas is a great way to introduce them to the kids!

  • 25 AWESOME MICROSCOPE SLIDES prepared professionally for maximum quality.
  • INCLUDES MUSCLE CELLS, ALGAE, ARTERIES, PLANT STOMA and more interesting samples.
  • DETAILED LEARNING GUIDE with fascinating information about the biology of each specimen.
  • DURABLE CEDAR STORAGE CASE with built-in labels for easy slide organization.
  • 100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEED - For 129 years, National Geographic has been a brand you can trust for scientific and educational excellence.

Click HERE to check it out on Amazon!

Lunar Telescope for Kids

I think I'm just as excited for this telescope as I know Eva will be! I'm sure all of my kids will want to sneak a glance or two from time to time, but I have no doubt Eva will be spending many a night gazing off into space and getting a closer look and the majesty of space.

  • SEE CRATERS ON THE MOON with incredibly detailed views of the surface including craters, volcanoes, plateaus and more
  • COMES WITH A GENUINE METEORITE specimen from the Campo del Cielo Crater in Argentina. Hold a piece of space!
  • HIGH-QUALITY OPTICAL GLASS LENSES for both wide 18x and close-up 90x viewing
  • PERFECT FOR BEGINNERS and super portable, this telescope sets up in minutes and is very easy for any budding astronomer to use
  • 100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEE - Join the millions of parents who have chosen our award-winning science toys and experience the Discover with Dr. Cool difference!

Click HERE to check it out on Amazon!

Lampsteg (The Friendly Stegosaurus)

  • Gentle illumination - this softly glowing Stegosaurus casts the perfect amount of light to encourage restful sleep while creating enough light to move around the room safely
  • Easy plug-in and switch feature - the dinosaur lamp comes with a 5ft power cord and easily accessible on-off switch
  • Safe and durable - the thick plastic exterior and internal LED light make this Dino the perfect bedroom companion for any child
  • 100% satisfaction guarantee – includes 2-Year Warranty. Join the millions of parents who have chosen our award-winning science toys

Click HERE to check it out on Amazon!

 Nightlights don't really come any cuter than this guy! If you have a child transitioning from a crib to a bed this friend would make a perfect gift for the holidays. The soft glow is sure to make every child feel safe and secure at bedtime knowing they have this adorable light shining through the night.

Check out more awesome gift ideas from Discover at Dr. Cool

Bear Grylls Insulated Water Bottle

I admit it; I love watching Bear Grylls! I still remember when his show first aired and my husband called to ask my daughter (then 3 years old) what she and Mom were up to..."We're watching this guy drink his own pee Daddy!" Needless to say I had a little explaining to do, after all, I was teaching my daughter how to survive should she find herself alone in the Great Basin Desert. Lucky for you and I, Bear Grylls came up with this outstanding water bottle that's ready for any adventure AND holds water!

  • 12 HOURS HOT / 24 HOURS COLD - Peak insulating performance thanks to innovative triple walled design
  • 20% LIGHTER THAN COMPETITORS! - Bottle weighs just 9.5 oz (28 g) so it’ll never slow you down
  • NO SWEAT, NO LEAKS -  Leak-proof lid and vacuum insulation technology means all liquid stays inside your ultralight bottle
  • SCRATCH-RESISTANT FOOD GRADE STEEL - Bottle never retains odor or flavor and extra-durable powder coated finish stands up to drops, scratches and impacts
  • 100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEED - Bear Grylls Gear is backed by a limited lifetime warranty
  • COMES IN TWO SIZES - 20oz or 32oz sizes

Click HERE to check it out on Amazon!

Bear Grylls High Performance Trail Binoculars

My husband I have started to become quite the outdoor adventurers and one of the top needs is a really good water bottle like the one pictured above. We also do a lot of kayaking and the Bear Grylls High Performance Trail Binoculars (though meant for the trail) will definitely help us when we are trying to see what's up around the next river bend. You never know when you might becoming up against a rapid or two. Hiking is one of our favorite Spring and Fall activities and I'm looking forward to having these along to check out animals and to see just how far we are from the top!

  • ULTRA-LIGHT weighing just 14.8oz/420g, perfect for traveling, camping or hiking
  • PINPOINT FOCUS with dioptric adjustment dial allowing for incredibly precise focus
  • POWERFUL OPTICS fully coated to provide crystal clear, ultra high-resolution images
  • CARRYING CASE including strap and microfiber cleaning cloth
  • WEATHER PROOF with rugged rubber construction to protect against impacts and the elements

Giving gifts is one of the best parts of the holidays. Being able to give gifts that are also educational and functional makes it 10x better! National Geographic and Bear Grylls have so many options if you're looking for gifts that keep on giving through the whole year!


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  1. Cool stuff. I always wanted my own pair of binocs....these would be wonderful to gift to our godson.

  2. I really like all of these. I know my grandchildren would love the Dr. Cool Lampsteg, Friendly Stegosaurus. Thank you so much for sharing these

  3. I would love to give the Lampsteg (The Friendly Stegosaurus) to my grand daughter. She would love it

  4. This is a gift I'd like to give: National Geographic Dual Microscope Science Lab.

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  5. Everything is seriously fabulous but I think my son would most enjoy the telescope!! We spend a lot of time looking at the stars and my hubby photographs them as well!! They both think space is pretty much the coolest!

  6. I would really like to get my husband the Bear Grylls High Performance Trail Binoculars that would be so neat to have on hikes.

  7. My nephew would really like the telescope.

  8. My son would LOVE the telescope!

  9. My kids would love the Lunar Telescope for Kids.

  10. I'd love to give my daughter the Lunar Telescope for Kids!

  11. I would love to give the Bear Grylls High Performance Trail Binoculars to my nephew.

  12. stegoasarus toy would be a great gift for my daughter for christmas

  13. It would be so fun to gift the telescope to my grandson, he would be thrilled.

  14. I would love the binoculars and the glowing stegosaurus for my new grandson.

  15. We would love any of them. My kids are so into science right now. I think they'd be most excited for the telescope.

  16. The telescope would be so great for my mini science geek grandkids

  17. The Lunar Telescope would be a great gift. My daughter gets really frustrated because she has a hard time using my iPhone telescope; this looks as though it would be easier.

  18. My daughter has always be interested in science and space so I am certain that she would adore the Lunar Telescope for Kids. We have often taken night hikes and looked at the moon and stars but because we don't have a telescope we haven't used one to see the stars or moon.

  19. I would love to get the telescope for Christmas! I mean, I would give it to my granddaughter, but I think it is such a cool gift! God bless and Happy Holidays everyone!

  20. My kids would be so excited about a Lunar Telescope

  21. I'd love the telescope for my kids, especially my oldest!

  22. I would love the Lunar telescope and the National Geographic Dual Microscope Science Lab for my sons.

  23. My kids would absolutely love the telescope and binoculars. We have skylights and they love looking at the stars. The binoculars would be great to check out all the wildlife around our house. We get deer, turkeys, squirrels, foxes, raccoons and tons of birds.

  24. I definitely want to get my daughter the National Geographic Dual Microscope Science Lab! This would be perfect for our homeschool lessons, and so fun too! :)

  25. I really like the Bear Grylls High Performance Trail Binoculars. My son would really enjoy it!

  26. I really like all of the gifts, but my first choice is the telescope.

  27. I absolutely would love to give the Bear Grylls Gear & Lunar Telescope away, and honor that it is a featured item on your gift-giving list.

  28. My children would love the Lunar Telescope for Kids