WASHINGTON, Nov. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- If you or your loved one has a thirst for travel and adventure and a love of people, places, culture and history — or if you are simply looking for gifts that are out of the ordinary — the National Geographic Store (natgeostore.com) has a wide variety of unique gifts that are sure to capture the imagination and inspire the spirit of exploration this holiday season.
Featuring an eclectic collection of products that are sourced from artisans across the globe, the store offers textiles, apparel, toys, jewelry, gear and home decor items. All purchases offer direct connections to National Geographic's network of global artisans and help support vital education, research, exploration and conservation programs throughout the world.
"Each year, buyers from National Geographic travel the globe in search of beautiful, handmade objects that tell a story," said Kelly Mangis Beam, head of e-commerce and customer experience for National Geographic. "By working directly with our artisans, we provide them with the resources they need to preserve their unique techniques and traditions — and in turn, they are able to share their handiwork with our customers."
The online store's many artisanal offerings range from traditional silver jewelry pieces from Laos; to the Bolivian Alpaca Sunset Scarf, woven on hand looms in Bolivia; to the Laguiole Horn-handled Knife, handmade in the southern Aubrac region in France.
Personalized and Custom Items
In addition to handcrafted items, the store features personalized items like the Custom Map Puzzle, Personalized Nautical Flag Cufflinks and Nautical Chart Serving Tray; optics and gear such as the National Geographic Night Vision Binoculars and the Deluxe AM/FM Shortwave Field Radio; and children's toys, including the award-winning Laser Pegs® sets, Kids Interactive Intelliglobe and Programmable Robot Rover.
In keeping with its diverse array of products inspired by more than a century of exploration, the store also features a number of retro-inspired items like the Leather-clad Flashlight and Brass Telescope; and objects of curiosity like the Scrimshaw Whale Box, the Chalet Cuckoo Clock and the German Banjo Weather Station.
For the Traveler
The Outback Oilskin Vest and South African Ranger Hat are perfect for loved ones who want to equip themselves for outdoor adventures. For sea lovers, the jaunty Greek Fisherman Hat and comfy Aran Turtleneck Sweater help them look the part.
Travel enthusiasts can decorate their homes with the Tibetan Chime of Compassion, the Mah-jongg Guest Soaps and a Traditional Irish Aran Throw, or with more traditional holiday items like the Blown-glass Chinese Songbirds, the Moravian Star Ornament or the Holy Land Olive-wood Nativity Set.
One of the store's most popular categories is jewelry, and this year's selection includes Carved Chinese Cinnabar Bangles, Personalized Egyptian Pendants and an Agate Druzy Necklace and Earrings from Uruguay.
Ladies can keep warm with a host of finely crafted women's apparel items, including the Greta Convertible Mittens and Earflap Hat, handmade from pure wool in Kathmandu, Nepal; Wool-lined Suede Travel Shoes; and Hand-Knit Bosnian Slipper Socks.
The Lightweight Leather Travel Tote, Streamlined Leather Travel Bag and Bolivian Tooled-Leather Bag help keep travelers organized for day trips or longer excursions, while the Atomic Field Watch will keep them on time.
For the History Buff
History buffs have a wide selection of media items to choose from, including the "National Geographic War" DVD Collection and books such as "The Aviators" and "The Untold Civil War." Those interested in their personal ancestry can learn about their genetic heritage through the Geno 2.0 DNA Ancestry Kit, which is exclusive to the National Geographic Store.
Shop online at shopng.org or order via phone at (888) 225-5647. For behind-the-scenes stories about National Geographic's affiliated artisans and products and the latest deals, follow the catalogue on Twitter @NatGeoStore and visit http://shop.nationalgeographic.com/blog/.
About the National Geographic Society
With a mission to inspire, illuminate and teach, the National Geographic Society is one of the world's largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. The member-supported Society, which believes in the power of science, exploration and storytelling to change the world, reaches over 600 million people each month through its media platforms, products and events. National Geographic has funded more than 11,000 research, conservation and exploration projects, and its education programs promote geographic literacy. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.com, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.
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