10 year old boys are difficult to buy for. Too old for toys, too young for most Xbox games… And there’s not a whole lot more that Big is interested in right now. However, he does love science and nature so, along with the microscope he’s asked for, we’ll also be giving him a truly unique gift: his very own star, named after him!
With Star Name Registry, you can choose and name an unnamed star that is visible in the UK! The name is then entered into the Star Name Registry and no two stars will have the same name. You can then receive a framed certificate in a gift box, so it makes an ideal – and different- present for someone special.
The Star Name Registry Gift Set
Before the gift set arrives, you need to choose and name your star via the website. For an additional cost you can choose from several different constellations, and each constellation represents a particular thing. So, for example, Andromeda represents romance, weddings and anniversaries. You also need to give your star a name – I used Big’s full name. You are able to choose a special date, so I used his birthdate, and then you can add a personal message.
Once you’ve entered all the details and paid, sit tight and wait a few days for your star name to arrive!
We chose the ‘Extra Bright Star Gift Set’. It arrives well wrapped in protective wrapping. Inside was a silver box and inside that, blue tissue paper concealing a silver framed certificate. You can also choose to have wooden roses added to your gift, giving it a romantic touch if that’s what you’re after.
As well as the framed certificate, there was:
- A confirmation letter to say your star is officially entered into the registry, as well as directions on how to find your star in the sky;
- lots of information about stars and constellations, including Sky Atlas star maps with beautiful photographs, and information about Binary Stars and Extra Bright Stars.
The framed certificate is separately bubble-wrapped in the box. It will tell you the constellation, the star’s name and memorable date, and its astronomically verified position. If you chose to put a personal message, this will appear at the bottom.
What did I think of the Name a Star Gift set?
If you know someone who is interested in space and astronomy, or just someone who will think this is a romantic or cool gift, it certainly is something different. It’s a bit quirky, a bit geeky and something I reckon Big will love telling people about. The gift set is quite pricey in my opinion, but there are simpler, cheaper options available.
The Extra Bright Star Gift Set pictured above is available here, priced at £44.99 (price correct July 2017). Prices start from £14.99 for the Standard Star and go up to £69.99 for the Binary Star Gift Set.
Giveaway – Name your own star!
I have one Extra Bright Star to give away to one lucky reader! (Please note, it is not the gift set pictured above – please check the details in the link). Just enter via the Gleam widget below. Full terms and conditions are available on the entry widget.
Disclosure: I was sent an ‘Extra Bright Star Gift Set’ for the purposes of the review. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.