WASHINGTON (Nov. 20, 2012)—Founded nearly 125 years ago, National Geographic is synonymous with exploration and discovery. For holiday 2012, the National Geographic Store (www.ngstore.com, 800-437-5221) offers a selection of gifts to appeal to the explorer in all of us.
The Store’s unique collection of beautiful, handmade clothing and home decorative items from around the world is supplemented by National Geographic’s award-winning DVDs, books, maps and more. Shoppers should also check the store regularly for limited-time-only sales, including on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
These holiday gifts make a difference by supporting National Geographic’s ongoing mission of research, education, conservation and exploration. Follow @NGStore on Twitter for the latest deals and visit our blog to learn the stories behind our artisanal items: http://blog.store.nationalgeographic.com/.
The National Geographic Store’s top picks for 2012 include:
Genographic 2.0 Public Participation Kit
Join more than a half million people who have participated in our Genographic Project, with the new Geno 2.0 kit that uses powerful cutting-edge technology and advanced DNA analysis to provide the richest ancestry information available. Your participation is essential to further explore and document the history and pathways of the human journey. Shipping to U.S. addresses is free on Geno 2.0 kits. $199.95
Complete National Geographic
Browse 123 years of National Geographic magazine — the articles, photographs and maps published exactly as they appeared in print. Now updated to include 2011 issues, the definitive collection of every issue of National Geographic magazine is digitally reproduced in high resolution. Use the visual interface to explore a topic, find photographs, browse the globe or wander on your own expedition. $49.95
Personalized Framed “Your Year” NGM
Who doesn’t recall National Geographic magazine being part of their lives when growing up? Now you can commemorate an important year or a milestone event with a framed copy of the magazine. We have limited copies of most issues from 1913 through 2009, presented in a black or walnut frame with a unique accessible back panel that allows you to remove and page through the issue. The frame can be personalized with an engraved brass plaque with up to 22 letters. $99.00
National Geographic Travel Clock
Small enough to pack in a pocket, this solid timepiece is a precision marvel of miniaturization built to travel. A cover etched with the National Geographic Society seal folds back to create a stand for the full-service, quartz-movement alarm clock that features easy-to-read luminescent hands and numbers and a mineral glass crystal face. $34.95
National Geographic “My World” Personalized Map
Chart your past explorations, your travel destinations or the roots of your family tree with this personalized, earth-toned world map. National Geographic’s award-winning cartography is available as a map that is yours to customize. Specify up to 70 characters of your choice for the map title — The Wells Family Travels or The Hill-Brown Family’s Genealogy, for example. Also included are 100 map pins to mark locations that inspire memories and spark your imagination. $159.00
125th Anniversary Book
From the top of Mount Everest to the bottom of the Mariana Trench, the National Geographic Society has been spreading the spirit of discovery and exploration around the world for 125 years. To celebrate this milestone anniversary, author and historian Mark Jenkins tells the rich history of the Society as never before in “National Geographic 125 Years: Legendary Photographs, Discoveries, and Adventures that Changed the World.” $50.00
National Geographic Eaton Tripod Globe
This new globe features the latest National Geographic cartography in colors reminiscent of parchment globes from centuries past. More than 4,000 place-names give an accurate view of contemporary political boundaries. Raised relief helps distinguish topographic features around the world. The die-cast meridian and brass knobs add to the classic look. $379.00
Circumnavigation of Iceland Trip
For the trip of a lifetime, gift a National Geographic Expedition. New for 2013 is a circumnavigation of Iceland with National Geographic photographer Chris Rainier to experience an enchanting land of geological extremes. Encounter vast volcanic landscapes, soak in hot springs and get up close to spectacular sculptures in ice. $7,990 and up
Doomsday Preppers Season One DVD
Follow a group of people as they obsessively prepare for the apocalypse — each expecting the world to end in a different way, for a different reason, at a different time. From bunkers to fortified, off-the-grid homesteads, see how these Doomsday Preppers go to extremes to make sure they are ready for just about anything. The DVD includes every episode of season one of the hit TV show plus the bonus program “American Doomsday.” $29.9
Nat Geo WILD Anteater Bug Vac
Have fun with an anteater vac that has an appetite for collecting all kinds of insects and bugs. With the touch of a button, you can quickly and safely gather up bugs to observe in the anteater’s removable belly chamber. The slide-out belly viewing area contains a flip-top magnifier to view bugs up close. After you’re done viewing the bugs, release them back into their habitats unharmed. Fun for ages 5 and up. $27.00
The National Geographic Society is one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. Founded in 1888 to “increase and diffuse geographic knowledge,” the Society’s mission is to inspire people to care about the planet. It reaches more than 400 million people worldwide each month through its official journal, National Geographic, and other magazines; National Geographic Channel; television documentaries; music; radio; films; books; DVDs; maps; exhibitions; live events; school publishing programs; interactive media; and merchandise. National Geographic has funded more than 10,000 scientific research, conservation and exploration projects and supports an education program promoting geographic literacy. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.com.