If you think the rock and mineral hobbyist in your life has enough stuff to satiate his or her thirst for rockhounding, you might want to reconsider your position. For the unassuming rockhound, a gift that adds to his or her collection can be a treasure. However, if you’re not familiar with the ins and outs of rock collecting, figuring out what to get someone who is can be challenging. After all, this kind of a hobby is a niche field. It’s not like buying a jersey for a sports fan. If this sounds like a predicament you’re in, please read on.
This holiday season, instead of throwing your hands in the air in frustration and giving up on finding the perfect gift for your rouckhound, take a look at this list of tips the fine folks here at SAFE Collecting Supplies put together.
1. Don’t buy them rocks or minerals. That might sound crazy, but the best part about collecting is the act of finding one’s own collectibles! This holiday season, unless you’ve been asked otherwise, steer clear of collecting for the collectors. Instead, perhaps buying some accessories, like a rock collection box, would be a great idea.
a. Of course, there are exceptions to every rule. In special circumstances, like one in which you are 100% certain the rockhound in your life wouldn’t mind you adding to his or her collection, go ahead and buy that rock!
2. Think about whether or not the hobbyist you have in mind owns a magnifying glass. Then, think about how many magnifying glasses he or she owns. Now, buy him or her another one. There’s a difference between the magnifying glass that is used when examining specimens at home and the magnifying glasses used when probing a potential addition to one’s collection whilst out on the hunt! Chances are your collector will love a new folding magnifier or a precision jeweler’s loupe.
3. Get an ultraviolet light if your rockhound collects fluorescent rocks. If you don’t know whether or not the rocks are fluorescent, just ask! Ultraviolet lights illuminate the intricacies of these rocks, bringing to light their quality.
4. If your rock collector likes to go places to find specimens, a map could be an unexpected, great gift. That way, the rockhound can mark the places where their specimens were found!
5. A rock collection is not complete without proper rock collection display accessories. Check out our selection of mineral display stands, rock display stands and easels to take your rockhound’s collection to the next level.
We hope you found this post helpful. Take a look around our site for ideas, and please feel free to give us a call with any questions!