12 best dinosaur gifts
A dinosaur is a perfect gift for anyone! (because why would you be friends with someone who doesn’t like dinosaurs?) When you're shopping for a dinosaur lover, you've got a lot of options, but nothing is cooler than being able to give them a real dinosaur fossil.
Here is a list of 12 of our favorite dino fossil specimens, from the creatures themselves, to the world they inhabited. Start your dinosaur exploration for the perfect gift for the amateur paleontologist in your life!
With this guide, you’ll be sure to find the gift you’re looking for, from a Mosasaur tooth necklace, to a 3D printed T. rex tooth infused with fossil dust, to a beautifully polished Atlasaurus bone. Whether it’s for friends or family (or if you’re treating yourself 😉) you can’t go wrong with a fossil from the Age of Dinosaurs.
Which came first...
1- Dinosaur Eggsell - $29.00
Before they could grow up to be enormous, Earth-shaking creatures, dinosaurs hatched out of simple eggs like these specimens. These eggshells were laid by a Hypselosaurus; they started small, but after reaching maturity these sauropods topped out at 12m (40ft). A dino eggshell is a great gift that shows the origins of these massive creatures.
A new kind of fossil
2- 3D PRINTED T-REX TOOTH - $10.00
Looking for a collectible dinosaur treasure? These teeth are made from real T. rex material that’s been molded by a 3D printer. Through this process the scattered remains of the T. rex have been reassembled into their form millions of years ago — the world's first 3D Printed Dinosaur made from real fossil material. It’s the perfect gift to introduce someone to the world of fossils.
Tools of the trade
3- Spinosaurus Tooth
The Spinosaurus was an adept hunter, prowling land and waterways alike. You wouldn't want to come across this beast in the wild, with its elongated snout lined with dozens of conical teeth ready to crush its prey. A part of the only known family of semi-aquatic dinosaurs, our understanding of Spinosaurus is constatnly being revised. This is great specimen from a truly unique dinosaur.
A Dinosaur with Golden Bones
4- PYRITIZED IGUANODON - $39.00
Sometimes during fossilization, outside minerals can leach into a bones’ pores. For example, these Iguanodon bones carry traces of pyrite, or fool’s gold, giving them a beautiful shimmer. This is a great gift that’s both a specimen from a dinosaur and a demonstration of a fascinating fossilization process.
a real behemoth
5- ATLASAURUS BONE - $99.00
Atlasaurus was a massive sauropod that could shake the Earth it walked upon under its weight of 15 tons. This is a beautifully polished cross-section fossil from the giant dinosaur, exposing the incredible interior pattern of its bone. Each fossil comes with a clear acrylic stand, making it the perfect gift for someone who wants to show off their piece.
6- DINOSAUR DUNG (COPROLITE) - $19.00
It wasn’t just dinosaur bones that got fossilized! This specimen are the remains of dino dung left over from a sauropod. Just remember, it’s a rock now, and a beautiful brick-hued one at that. This is the perfect gift for someone who already has plenty of dinosaur bone fossils, and is looking for something a little different.
7- MOSASAUR TOOTH PENDANT NECKLACE - $99.00
Mosasaurs were fearsome aquatic predators that lived alongside the dinosaurs during the Cretaceous period. Their wide jaws allowed them to have their choice: swallow prey whole, or tear them apart with their teeth. This necklace is a Mosasaur tooth set in a sterling silver backing — a beautiful piece of jewelry and a piece of history.
The thick-skulled dinosaur
8- Pachycephalosaurus Dome - $29.00
Here’s the perfect specimen for a hard-headed friend. Pachycephalosaurus sported some rather unusual headgear: a thick bone helmet used in attacks or for intimidation displays. It just goes to show dinosaurs had more than teeth and claws to make an impression.
The Moroccan T-REX
9- CARCHARODONTOSAURUS TOOTH - $129.00
Deadly, gigantic, and hungry, the Carcharodontosaurus was one of the most fearsome predators of the mid-Cretaceous. It clocked in at 44 feet long and over 16 tons, and terrorized Northern Africa with its long, serrated teeth. These dental daggers are the perfect gift for someone looking for a new dino tooth to lay their hands on.
DINO BODY ARMOR
10- ANKYLOSAURUS DERMAL ARMOR - $29.00
The Age of Dinosaurs was a dangerous time, and the Ankylosaurus needed all the protection it could get. This dermal armor was made up of bony plates called scutes that protected the Ankylosaurus from predation, or even intra-species conflict. This is a great gift and a fascinating example of the innovations evolution can produce.
Something a bit bigger...
11- Showcase Items
Are you looking for something a little bigger, the final piece to top off a beautiful collection? Then check out our showcase items. These large pieces are perfect gifts, from Mosasaur teeth still embedded in their rock matrix, to beautfiul polished Ammonites.
Death of the Dinosaurs
12- EXTINCTION BRACELET - $69.00
All things must end, and for the dinosaurs they ended quite dramatically indeed. This bracelet holds a small silver bead embedded with iridium samples from the K-Pg extinction boundary, the geologic layer that marked the world spanning extinction event which ended the Mesozoic. It’s a beautiful piece that holds traces of one of the most dramatic events in world history.
Dinosaur bones have fascinated humans as long as we’ve been digging them up. These specimens are a peak into an alien Earth millions of years ago, a tether to our planet’s ancient past. Whether it’s an Iguanodon bone shot through with glimmering streaks of pyrite, or a blade-like Carcharodontosaurs tooth, each and every specimen is a glimpse back in time to when dinosaurs ruled the Earth.
Looking for something else?
Already got your fill of earthbound specimens? Looking for something out of this world? Check out our space gifts guides to find meteorites, NASA material, and much more!