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12 Of The BEST Gift Ideas For Rock Collectors And Geologists (For 2021)

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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! 

Gift Idea Quick List

Best Gifts Ideas For Rock Collectors And Mineral Lovers

1. Rockhounding Books

A book about rockhounding or rock and mineral identification is probably one of the best gifts you could give.

Regardless of what kind of rockhound you are, or want to be, finding and reading a good book on the subject is an excellent source of knowledge.  Whether you’re just getting started or you’re a seasoned rockhound, there is always new information to learn and explore.

2. Subscription To Rock n Gem Magazine

If you don’t think that a book is the right gift for your rock and mineral enthusiast, then a magazine subscription to one of the best (if not the best) rock and mineral magazines in the world will be the perfect idea.

Any rockhound will enjoy this nicely balanced mix of knowledge, food for thought, and entertainment. Minerals, collecting ideas and trends, and jewelry-making are all covered in depth in each issue. So whether you’re a casual fan or a dedicated aficionado, Rock & Gem offers something to pique your curiosity, whether it’s digging, collecting, or faceting.

3. Rockhounding T-Shirts

T-Shirts are an awesome gift idea for any occasion, especially for rockhounds. Rock collectors and really anyone who is fascinated by geology in general love to tell the world about their hobby. These T-shirts let rock collectors say it loud-and-proud that they are a rockhound. 

The amount and type of t-shirts that are available is huge and always changing. So be sure to check out these T-shirts for rock collectors. You’re rockhound will love it!

4. State 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!

5.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 and is a great introductory tumbler for those new to the rock tumbling hobby. 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.

6. 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.

7. Collapsible Canvas Rock Collection Bag

The rock collector you’re shopping for will adore this collapsible waterproof leather and canvas collecting pouch. The bag conveniently attaches to a belt and easily folds up into a little bundle when not being used.

Then, when it’s time to start collecting, simply unsnap the pouch and toss anything you come across into it. The bag is long-lasting and spacious enough for a full day of collecting. No more heavy buckets, no more over-filled pockets and no more multiple trips back and forth to where you left your bucket.

8. 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 bag is constructed of strong fabric and can hold all of your tools as well as the rocks, minerals, gemstones, gold and fossils your rock collector or budding geologist unearths.

The rockhound kit comes with:

  • Hammer x 1
  • Rock chisels x 3
  • Musette bag x 1
  • Shovel x 1
  • 3 in 1 Whistle x 1
  • Jewelers Loupe x1
  • Cleaning Brush x 1
  • Wooden chisels x 1

9. 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. 

10. 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.

11. 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.

12. 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!)

Final Thoughts…

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.  

Good luck!

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