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.

San Diego Air & Space Museum

For your little rocket man or future pilot, look no further than the gift shop at The Air & Space Museum. You’ll find airline play sets, Blue Angel models, bomber jackets and light up Laser Peg sets in 'plane' sight. Cute aviator holiday ornaments and astronaut snow globes help you cross off the last on your list.


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)