Stumped on where to find the perfect gift for the pint-sized aficionado in your life? If you have a kiddo who’s gaga for a certain theme: trains, planes, dinosaurs, outer space, art, etc. then you’ll find presents galore in Balboa Park’s free-to-enter museum gift shops––where a treasure trove of offerings reflect the beloved museum exhibits. From astronaut ice cream to fossil exploration kits, Blue Angel toy aircraft to costume butterfly wings, each shop boasts one-of-a-kind holiday picks. Read on to see where to score some wow-worthy gifts.

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Find a dino-mite gift for the little dinosaurs who stomp and roar through your kitchen every morning at the Natural History Museum’s gift shop. It’s a fun place to dig up some new rocks and minerals for your rockhound’s stocking, or track down a perfect gift for Christmas morning: puzzles, trucks, and dino backpacks. Find a great kit exploring fossils or volcanoes. Shop for nature lovers here too: from butterfly wings for little girls to pretty floral scarves and jewelry for moms.

Online: shop.sdnhm.org

Where’s your favorite place to score unique gifts in Balboa Park? Share in the comments!

––Cherie Gough (photos too, except where noted; featured image courtesy of Balboa Park December Nights)