While the price tag for a ride into space might be out of most peoples' price ranges this year, there are still plenty of amazing gifts you can give a space fan in your life. From "The Big Bang Theory" to high-end "Star Trek" jewelry, this guide should help you choose something even the pickiest space geek is sure to love this holiday season:
Big Bang Theory Sheldon Cooper Bobble Head
Are you a fan of "The Big Bang Theory" and "Green Lantern"? This might just be the bobble head for you. This Sheldon Cooper bobble head comes equipped with a wobbly cranium and a Green Lantern t-shirt, effectively combining two nerdy pieces of media into one.
Why we love it: What's not to love? "The Big Bang Theory" and "Green Lantern" are the kinds of things we love separately. They're even better when put together, like PB & J. And at $14.99, this Sheldon is one you can easily see bobbling his Bazingas on your desk.
2015 Year In Space Calendar
With 2015 nearly upon us, it's about time to start planning for the New Year with the perfect new desk or wall calendar for your inner space geek. The 2015 Year In Space calendar from Starry Messenger Press come in two versions, both for $13.95: a large format 16-inch by 22-inch wall calendar and a handy spiral-bound desk calendar for space fans on the go. Discounts are available for bulk purchases, as well as for Space.com fans, so make sure you say you saw it here.
Why we love it: Every Year in Space calendar comes packed with spectacular space photos to enjoy, and vital reminders on major spaceflight and astronomy anniversaries, as well as celestial events like planet movements or meteor showers. Great for trying to map out your skywatching year!
Star Trek Pizza Cutter
Cut your pizza in style with this "Star Trek" USS Enterprise D pizza cutter ($23.95). Use the saucer of the U.S.S. Enterprise to slice through even the toughest pieces of pie with ease.
Why we love it: It's relatively affordable and makes you feel like the captain of the Enterprise from the comfort of your own kitchen. We could totally see Guinan serving up slices in Ten Forward with a side of Romulan Ale.
R2-D2 Measuring Cup Set
The R2-D2 Measuring Cup Set from ThinkGeek ($35.00) is a fun and compact way to get all of your baking done. Everyone's favorite "Star Wars" droid breaks apart into various cup sizes and then fits back together when it's not being used. It's the perfect baking shape for any "Star Wars" fan that wants to flaunt his or her franchise chops.
Why we love it: We've always wanted our own R2-D2, and now you can have one and bake a cake, too. You could even use the set to make a pizza, then slice it up with your USS Enterprise D pizza cutter. "Star Wars" and "Star Trek" can definitely work together for tasty treats.
RockLove Star Trek Dock Ring
This set of nesting rings is just the kind of thing to make any "Star Trek" fan go crazy. The Star Trek x RockLove Sterling Dock Ring ($144.95) may, at first blush, look like a regular USS Enterprise, but in reality, there is more than meets the eye. The galaxy-class ship's saucer actually detaches, just as it can in "Star Trek: The Next Generation." Once the saucer is out of harm's way, you can re-attach the two rings, bringing the stardriver and body of the ship back together.
Why we love it: The ring plays on "Star Trek" lore in a clever way, making it the perfect gift for any big fan that might appreciate the inside joke.
Firefly 'I Want to Believe' Poster
This shiny "I Want to Believe" poster featuring Serenity from "Firefly" ($17.69) is perfect for any Browncoat or "X-Files" fan in your life. The poster features the Firefly-class Serenity ship flying above a sepia-toned world. It's a great mashup of "Firefly" and "X-Files" for anyone that loves fake aliens out in the 'Verse.
Why we love it: Face it, we're big fans of anything science fiction, so a two-in-one sci/fi mash-up poster is perfect this holiday season.
Shooting Stars in My Room
Uncle Milton's Shooting Stars in My Room ($29.99) brings the cosmos into your house. The toy projects shooting stars onto any ceiling, and it even comes with some glow-in-the-dark stars that can stick to walls.
Why we love it: The starry projections and sticky, glow-in-the-dark stars bring you right back to childhood.
Guardians of the Galaxy
"Guardians of the Galaxy" was one of Space.com's favorite movies of the year. Based on the comic book of the same name, the movie follows a weird band of misfit aliens and one human as they roam through the galaxy attempting to save it from evildoers. "Guardians of the Galaxy" ($19.99 Blu-ray/$16.99 DVD) is sure to please space fans of all kinds.
Why we love it: It's fun (and action-packed) romp through space, and the take-home set features the "Guide to the Galaxy" making-of special. And how can you not love a talking raccoon with a name like Rocket?
Star Trek: The Compendium
"Star Trek": The Compendium" is perfect for any "Star Trek" fan. The set comes with both J.J. Abrams-directed movies, 2009's franchise reboot "Star Trek" and 2013's Khan-esque "Star Trek Into Darkness" ($24.96). The Blu-ray set includes special features including a making of special and never-before-seen footage.
Why we love it: At Space.com we have "Star Trek" on the brain and sci-fi collection is complete without the two latest movies in the franchise. And "Star Trek: The Compendium" is EPIC. It's a 4-disc set (2 discs per movie) filled with extra features, including 10 featurettes just for "Star Trek" and 20 more for "Star Trek Into Darkness." And then, of course, there's the obligatory audio commentaries, deleted scenes and trailers to suit any Trek fan, from lowly ensigns to lofty admirals.
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
The 2014 reboot of famed astronomer Carl Sagan's much beloved series "Cosmos" gained wide acclaim when it hit the small screen earlier this year, and now, you can re-watch every episode of "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" hosted by famed astrophyscist Neil deGrasse Tyson with this Blu-ray or DVD set ($38.85 on Amazon.com). The special sets come complete with a variety of special features including a making-of documentary.
Why we love it: The 21st-century relaunch of Cosmos was the perfect series to bring some of the latest discoveries in astronomy into the household. The Blu-ray is a 3-disc set with four special feautres, incuding a retrospective on Carl Sagan's legacy, the series' iconic Cosmic Calendar and an audio commentary for the debut episode "Standing up in the Milky Way."
Cosmos: A Personal Voyage DVD Box Set
"Cosmos: A Personal Voyage" is a space classic. Hosted by famed astronomer and science popularizer Carl Sagan, the show, takes viewers on a ride through the universe and this box set allows you to take it home with you ($64.45 on Amazon.com).
Why we love it: If you were a fan of "Cosmos" when it aired in 1980, this 7-disc set is a great addition to relive the wonder from the original broadcast, but has been digitally remastered for the digital age. In our view, it's the best primer for the 2014 follow-up, "Cosmos: A Spacetime Journey," when planning a thoughtful trip through the galaxy and beyond.
"The Martian" by Andy Weir
Astronaut Mark Watney is left on Mars after a NASA mission goes awry. The book, written by first time novelist Andy Weir, follows Watney's fight for his life on the Red Planet. Weir uses his knowledge of science and engineering to his advantage, crafting a smart story for space fans.
What we love it: We'd like to think that if we were stuck on Mars, we'd fare have as well as Weir's Watney does. Not only is it a gripping read, the book is also being made into a movie starring Matt Damon and directed by Ridley Scott. [Read an excerpt of "The Martian"]
You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes:
Photographs from the International Space Station
Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield's beautiful new book "You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes: Photographs from the International Space Station" ($19.50 on Amazon.com) shows space in all of its glory. Hadfield visited the International Space Station for a six-month-stay from the end of 2012 into 2013, and took some amazing images. He put his favorites into this book, after sharing many of them on social media.
Why we love it: Hadfield's time in space was fun for everyone following him on Twitter, and this book captures a good bit of that excitement.
Cosmos: The Book
Penned by the late astronomer Carl Sagan, "Cosmos" ($13.99, Random House, 1980) traces the history of the universe in elegantly worded, accessible language. Sagan explains evolution, ancient and modern cultures and a variety of other topics in a concise and scientific but entertaining manner. The 13 chapters of the book correspond to the 13 parts of Sagan's "Cosmos: A Personal Voyage" TV show.
Why we love it: This book is a must-read for any fan of either "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" or "Cosmos: A Personal Voyage." Before Carl Sagan brought the cosmos to life through TV, he put his