Antarctic gifts children will love

03/12/2021

Here are our top picks of gifts for children of all ages this Christmas. Whether you’ve got an explorer in the making, a budding storyteller or next generations conservationist in your midst, there’s a present here that will deepen their fascination with Antarctica. From penguins and fun games to the historic tales of celebrated bygone explorers, these gifts are guaranteed to get them talking about the most important continent on Earth.

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1. You wouldn’t want to be on Shackleton’s Polar Expedition, £10

Children of all ages love stories and tales that let their imagination run wild. This fantastic book nurtures an interest in Antarctica’s history and encourages your very own future explorer to learn more! Discover why you wouldn't want to join Shackleton's Polar Expedition in this funny and accurate account of one of the most heroic rescue stories in history. Follow the story and find out how the men of Shackleton's Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition survived such a disastrous expedition.

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2. Adopt a Penguin, £75

Our adopt a penguin scheme makes a fantastic gift for all ages and is a great way to introduce children to the importance of protecting environments that serve as natural habitats to Antarctica's wildlife.

With each adoption we are able to continue work to protect the natural habitat of more than 1000 gentoo penguins at Port Lockroy, Antarctica. We can also continue to study the colony, allowing us to better understand how this beautiful species is adapting to an ever-changing environment.

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3. Gentoo jigsaw in a bag, £15

Sharpen your child’s problem solving skills with this 204 piece jigsaw puzzle for a fun way to spend time together over the festive break, and beyond. The puzzle is presented in a cotton drawstring bag, making it easy to store and to take away as a travel-friendly toy. With penguins, Port Lockroy and lots of white ice, this puzzle is fun and challenging in equal measure!

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4. Gentoo dominoes, £15

Ideal for children age 3 and upwards, this dominoes game can be played with 2 - 4 players. Fun and easy to play, it is a great way to talk about the history of Antarctica with children: Shackleton and his team played dominoes on the long days and nights they travelled on the Endurance. Colourful, with cartoon penguins on each domino, what’s not to love!

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5. Port Lockroy t-shirt, £20

If you have a little one that loves penguins, this t-shirt will make the perfect gift. Pop Art Penguins adorn this short sleeve t-shirt, available in a range of colours (teal pictured) from size 3 years. The tri-blend fabric is soft, comfortable, sustainable and ethically produced. It’s even vegan, approved by PETA.

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6. The Emperor's Egg, £10

Introduce wild, natural Antarctica to your child with The Emperor’s Egg, a book that tells the tale of the Emperor penguin - the only large bird to stay on the Antarctic mainline during the bitter winter. An egg has been laid, the female is making her way back to sea leaving the male to incubate the egg for two months. This is their story.

Chosen as The Times Educational Supplement Junior Information Book Award Winner, it is described as “a sheer delight in every way” ~ The Guardian.

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Become a member Support our work

By becoming a member you help us to carry out critical conservation work in Antarctica, run the museum and ‘Penguin Post Office’ at Port Lockroy, and deliver our UK-wide engagement programme of exhibitions, events and talks to inspire more people about the history of this incredible continent.

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