Holiday Gifts from National Geographic

by Adrienne Veglia Mazeau on December 14, 2012

in Enrichment Ideas

I might be biased but I love Albany Kid’s Christmas Gifts for Kids that Stand the Test of Time post for great gift ideas.   If you need additional inspiration and still haven’t found that unique gift for the little explorer in the family, National Geographic has got you covered.  Here are some great educational gift ideas that will encourage new ideas long after the holiday season ends.

Magazine Subscriptions

NatGeoLittle Kids Magazine

What kids doesn’t like getting things in the mail addressed to them?  A National Geographic magazine subscription provides enriching content delivered to your door monthly with two kid-friendly options!

National Geographic Kids – My kids received this as a present last year from their grandparents and love it.  The National Geographic Kids monthly subscription is geared towards kids ages 6 – 12 and filled with beautiful photographs, quirky animals facts and lots of games and puzzles to keep kids interested.

National Geographic Little Kids – National Geographic came out with a Little Kids magazine designed for preschoolers with the same high quality images and engaging games included in the magazine for older kids.  My five year old is able to navigate through the various puzzles and games independently and love the fun animal pictures.


NatGeo Look&Learn ShapesNatGeo Animal EncyclopediaNational Geographic has an incredible number of educational books, atlases and reference books for children of all ages.  Here’s a sample of some of my family’s favorites that would make great holiday gifts.

Look and Learn Series – This new series is part of the National Geographic Little Kids program and a great introduction to numbers, shapes , colors, patterns and other fun topics for preschoolers.  The images are beautiful and my 2 year old loves going over his shapes with the Look and Learn Shapes book.

Animal Encyclopedia – Every home library should have a book like this.  The National Geographic Animal Encyclopedia is a gorgeous, hard-cover reference book filled with hundreds of images and facts on every animal you can think of.  Organized by animal type, kids love going through to see how many animals they can name.

Animal Poetry – A beautiful introduction to the genre, this wonderfully illustrated books is a treasure of bedtime reading for kids age 4 – 8.

5,000 Awesome Facts – For older kids, National Geographic’s 5,000 Awesome Facts explores everything from wacky to spooky with outrageous facts that keep kids turning the page for more.

For more gift ideas for old and young alike check out the National Geographic Online Store.


Special thanks to National Geographic for providing complimentary copies of some of the items included in this post.

| Adrienne lives outside of Albany, NY with her archaeologist husband, creative school age daughter and a very active toddler. When not dreaming about where to take her family next she works as a Fiscal Policy Analyst for New York State. Combining an insatiable appetite for breaking out of routine and discovering new destinations with her family while working full time keeps the balancing act interesting. Writing as become her creative outlet. Email:, Twitter: @AdrienneVMazeau

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