Christmas at the BGS Geology Shops

It is a truth universally acknowledged that geologists aren’t always the easiest people to buy for at Christmas. Which is why, knowing our staff, research partners and academics like we do, our Geology Shops are full to the brim with the most wonderful presents for rock fans old and new. Below we’ve highlighted just a few items in-store that might be gneiss gifts for the special ones in your life, and to top it off we’ve even arranged for our stores to stock geology-inspired wrapping paper!

Read on for the presents you’ll love, and a competition to win a gift hamper!

Jigsaw puzzles (plus maps)

Need something to keep you occupied during the cold winter evenings? We now have both the Bedrock Geology and William Smith 1820 maps, handily transformed into 1000 piece jigsaw puzzles! Test your knowledge of the UK and Ireland and while away the hours placing your metamorphosed mafic in just the right spot. They even come with 1:250k scale maps! If you want puzzles for younger children, we can help with those too – we have STEM puzzles and dinosaur jigsaws aimed at little ones. 

BGS geology mugs

We have a fine selection of cups for your early morning coffee and late evening cocoa. There’s something for space buffs, map fiends and also those who like their coffee on the go, with our reusable travel mugs. We even have cups with puns on them… and we know how rock lovers adore a good geology pun.

BGS geology coasters

Whether it’s a 1960s inspired coaster that grabs your attention, or you’re more interested in geological topography, our coasters make a really fun stocking filler. Despite looking great, they’re wonderful at preventing stains getting all over research papers and maps. Trust us, the researcher in your life will thank you.

Cuddly toys

Christmas just isn’t Christmas without a cuddly toy or two, and we’ve got a great selection of geologically-inspired stuffed beasts. Choose from a stegosaurus, a sabre-toothed tiger, a triceratops or even a woolly mammoth and watch your kids’ (or favourite adults’) face light up when opening their present come Christmas morning.

Selection of Tilnar Art Christmas soapstone

Make your mantelpiece the most beautifully decorated in town with our wonderful Tilnar Art soapstone. If you’re feeling the festive spirit we have a divine Christmas range, featuring the cutest reindeers and jolliest Santas. Or, if you’d prefer a year-round treat, check out our fine set of ornaments and even cookware! All our soapstone products are Fairtrade too. 

Selection of rocks, fossils and minerals

Add a little sparkle to your life with our rocking selection of rocks, fossils and minerals. From large amethyst churches to pocket sized tumblestones, trilobites to serpentine, we’ve got your favourite earth materials ready to wrap and pop under the Christmas tree.

Selection of jewellery

Who doesn’t love a fossil? Now you can keep your favourite prehistoric animals close to your heart with our incredible fossil necklaces. We also have an exquisite selection of mineral jewellery, including moonstone, tiger’s eye and some stunning lapis pieces. Whether it’s large statement pieces, or smaller more delicate creations, there’s something for everyone here.

If you’re not able to get to a BGS shop before Christmas, we have limited stock available through our website.  Or, why not take part in our Festive Hamper Giveaway? Full of rock-tastic stocking fillers from our Geology Shop the prize pack includes a jigsaw, photography book, mug, coaster cuddly mammoth and a special 50k map of your choice. Just enter our competition below for your chance to win!

The addresses of BGS's Geology Shops are:


British Geological Survey
NG12 5GG

Tel: (+44) 0115 936 3241
Fax: (+44) 0115 936 3488


British Geological Survey
Lyell Centre
Research Avenue South
EH14 4AP

Tel: (+44) 0131 667 1000


British Geological Survey
Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road

Tel: (+44) 0207 589 4090