aaaaGifts For Rock Collectors And Mineral Lovers: The Ultimate Guide
Rock, Mineral and Geology Gifts
We all have at least one loved one that's a rockhound, am I right? But even if you don't have a rockhound in the family, we definitely know someone that is really into rocks and mineral collecting.
Or maybe their into fossil digging or arrowhead collecting. Regardless of their specialty...all we know is that a gift related to rockhounding is going to be the perfect gift.
Whether you're looking for gifts for rock collectors, geology gifts for children or just some gift ideas for rock and mineral lovers, you want to make sure you get them a gift they'll love. And if you're like me...that's often times easier said then done.
That's exactly why I put together this post. I want to help make sure you give your rock collector the perfect gift!
So if you're looking for help to find the perfect gifts for rock collectors and mineral lovers, keep on reading!
Best Gifts Ideas For Rock Collectors And Mineral Lovers
T-Shirts are an awesome gift idea, especially for rockhounds. these T-shirts by Alamazookie not only features the rock collectors favorite state, but also says loud-and-proud that they are a rockhound.
The list of states available is huge...and more states are being added all the time! So be sure to check out these T-shirts for rock collectors. You're rockhound will love it!
2. Specific Metal Rockhounding Signs (Featuring Any State!)
These metal rockhounding signs are a great! I have one and it starts all kinds of great conversations! Whether you’re a geode hunter, on the lookout for petrified wood or always on the hunt for fossils, these rockhound signs are something you can proudly display at your home or office or even hang at your local rock and gem club gathering space.
In addition to having a cool vintage look to them, they are sturdy and extremely well made. You can read my review of these signs here.
These are uniquely made for each state, which makes it the perfect gift for any rockhound regardless of where they live!
3. National Geographic Hobby Rock Tumbler/ Rock Polisher
A rock tumbler is the perfect gift for rock collectors. And the National Geographic Rock Tumbler is one of the best options to give to your rockhound without even coming close to breaking the bank.
This rock tumbler is one of the most affordable high quality rock tumblers available. The high quality metal rock tumbler has a powerful motor, noise reducing leak-proof barrel and comes backed by a 2-year warranty.
For a more in depth look and complete review of the National Geographic Rock Tumbler, read my post, The Best Rock Tumbler For Beginners.
4. Rock Hammers and Rockhounding Tools
A rock hammer makes an excellent gift for rock collectors. That's because every serious rockhound uses one...frequently! And if your rockhound doesn't currently own a good quality rock hammer, then this will make the perfect gift for rock collectors.
The Estwing Rock Picks all have bonded and molded Shock Reduction Grips which offer both comfort and durability by reducing vibrations caused by impact. The head and handle are forged in one piece and have a fully polished head. These Estwing rock hammers are the first choice for geologists and paleontologists all around the world.
For a more in depth look at other rock hammers, check out my post, The Best Rock Hammer For Amateur Geologists and Beginner Rockhounds.
5. Stansport Musette Bag
The Stansport Musette Bag is another perfect gift idea for rock collectors and is an excellent choice for rock collecting.
This bag is used, and is even described as "perfect" by some, as being large enough to hold a rockhound's essential tools such as a field identification book, a rock chisel, rock hammer, small sledge hammer and a loupe. In addition to there being ample room for tools, there is also room in this bag for the rock collectors specimens.
This perfect gift for rock collectors is made out of heavy weight canvas duck with canvas straps that secures the front flap. In addition to the main compartment, there is an exterior side pocket on each side which features a snap closure.
6. Rock Collecting Kit
Over the years that I've been helping people choose what kind of rockhounding tools they should have, there's been one common question...How do I store all of my tools?
That's why thought you might be interested in this complete rockhounding tool kit that not only includes many of the tools I've laid out in this article. But it also comes with a mussette bag to hold all of your tools.
The rockhound kit comes with:
- Chipping Hammer
- 3 Chisels in 3 sizes: 8-inch, 10-inch & 12-inch
- Mussette Bag with ample room for tools and rock specimins.
7. Rite in the Rain All-Weather Hard Cover Notebook
Unfortunately, mother nature doesn't always provide warm weather and sunshine. Rockhounds and geologists spend their time outside. And often times that time spent outside is in the rain.
But the work goes on, and that includes cataloging and note taking. That's where this Rite in the Rain all weather notebook comes in handy, and makes a great gift idea for rockhounds.
This all weather notebook is constructed with paper that won’t turn to mush when wet and will repel water, sweat, grease, mud, and even survive the accidental laundry mishap.
8. 50 Black Gem Jars in Glass Top Display Case
Rock collection display cases make awesome gifts for rockhounds. The reason I like this display case is because it has 50 removable plastic containers in it that hold your rock collection.
The nice thing is that all of these little plastic containers come out of the display case. This makes it possible to display individual rocks or fossils at a time, without having to display the entire collection.
The foam that's in the bottom of the rock collection case is cut to fit, and holds the individual gem jars very snug. There's no worry of having them slip out.
The other thing that was appealing to me about this rock collection case is the space that's inside of it. Even with the plastic gem jars inside and the lid closed, there's still about 2 inches between the jars and the glass. This is good for us, as we may end up removing the jars at some point in order to display larger specimens in our rock collection.
For a closer look at some of the best display cases, check you my post about the best display cases for rockhounds.
9. Geologists Magnifying Loup
A hand lens, or jewlers loupe, is an important tool for any rock collector and would love to receive one as a gift.
The hand lens, or magnifier, will come in very handy when they need to get a much closer look at specimen details to identify a rock, mineral or fossil sample. They're simply a must have for any serious rockhound.
You can find more detailed information and help finding the right magnifying loupe in my article, The Best Jeweler's Loupes For Rockhounds.
Garrett Romaine, Author of The Modern Rockhounding and Prospecting Handbook explains in his book how a hand lens can be useful no matter what kind of rock, mineral or other geological specimen you might be after.
Rockhounds frequently use hand lenses to determine if they are looking at quartz or calcite by estimating the angles of the crystal faces they see.
Gold panners use hand lenses to inspect black sands for garnets, tiny particles of gold and other things.
Fossil diggers use a hand lens to look for tiny fossil skeletons in limestone as well as inspect cell structure in leaf fossils. They also use them to look at foraminifera, which are tiny microscopic fossils that are not visible by the naked eye.
10. The Sand Dipper Beach Combing Scoop
How nice would it be to be able to pick that rock or seashell up to take a look at it without ever bending over again?
Believe it or not, but it's possible. Recently, I was introduced to one of the best beachcombing tools that will allow you to do just that. It’s called the Sand Dipper.
The Sand Dipper is a stainless steel ‘basket’ scoop that’s attached to a telescoping aluminum rod. All you have to do is extend the pole out to your desired length, scoop up your rock or seashell and the wire mesh basket strains out the sand and dirt. All that’s left is your rock, seashell or other object you wanted to pick up! And you never had to bend over to get it!
You can read a complete review of The Sand Dipper that I put together along with many other uses for it on my post, Review Of The Best Beach Sand Scoop (Plus 5 Reasons To Own One!)
Hopefully this list of gift ideas for rock collectors has helped spark some good ideas for what you want to give your rockhound! Of course, there are many other things out there that make good gifts, but i'm confident that any rockhound anywhere would be more than thrilled with any of the ideas on this list.