Finding Great Gifts, So You Don't Have To!
Stuck For A Great Gift Idea?
Don't look past the moon when
searching for a great gift!
While Rocky and his ubiquitous International Star Registry are a force to contend with, he has competition now from literally dozens of other name a star companies on the Internet. In fact, if naming a star is what you plan to do for your next gift-giving occasion, you'd be hard-pressed not to find a company that will name a star for you in exchange for your payment of between $30-$125, depending on how fancy you want to get. Yes, star naming can be expensive!
Which brings me to my key point.
These days it seems that anybody can open a "name a star for someone" business on the Internet. And while no company -- not even the International Star Registry -- can actually legally assign a star name (that is the exclusive province of the International Astronomical Union), they can offer you a novelty certificate and publish the name of the star and its "owner" in their own "register," one that real scientists and astronomers will never use or recognize.
So, if anybody and everybody can sell stars (and virtually everybody I know has already had a star named after them), what is the savvy gift hunter to do?
My search has turned up something that was right there in front of my face, while I was staring deep into the night sky to find the star I had named for my brother: the moon. Can you buy the moon, or a little piece of it, as a unique gift for someone?
It turns out you can!
A New York-based company called The Lunar Registry (on the Internet or phone 1-646-536-9275) has been in business for several years, offering premium property on the moon to regular folks like you and me.
Billing themselves as "Earth's Leading Lunar Real Estate Agency," the Lunar Registry offers land in various locales on the moon, including the Sea of Tranquility, the Ocean of Storms and the Lunar Alps. Prices are extremely affordable, starting at just over $25 and ranging up to about $35. As they say in their ads, "Nothing could be greater than to own your own crater," and I think they may be right about that.
The gift package I received included a treasure trove of items: a beautifully engraved and personalized parchment deed, a glossy photograph showing the property, along with the nearby craters and other lunar formations (all identified by name for easy spotting through a telescope or good binoculars), an information sheet chock-full of interesting facts about the region my property is located in, plus other documents detailing how the dollars from my purchase are being put to use in a commercial mission to settle the moon.
Last-minute shoppers can even download an instant gift certificate for a print-it-yourself present at the bargain price of only $35.95 per acre.
Property owners are recorded in an international database and in the Lunar Land Claims Register in the Library of Congress and various trademark offices around the world. Sales are authorized by one the largest international space-settlement advocacy groups, the Lunar Republic Society.
Immediately, I was able to come up with a complete list of why buying property on the moon is a better gift idea than naming a star for someone, not the least of which I have already mentioned. Here's a few more:
Ever tried to figure out which star is which? Sure,
you can pick out a constellation like the Big Dipper or Scorpio, but
is that tiny dot over there the star you named for your husband, or
does it belong to Jimmy Mossback of Fort Collins, Colorado? There's
only one moon, and it's hard to mistake it for anything else.
Is your gift recipient a grouch? Buy them land in the Ocean
of Storms. Wishing for peace and harmony for a troubled best
friend? Buy them property in the Sea
of Serenity. Does your daughter, wife or girlfriend love rainbows?
Easy! Buy them an acre in the Bay
of Rainbows! (Where else?)
While they just recently decided to put the supersonic
Concorde in mothballs, making travel from New York to London a bit
slower, plans are in progress to build bases on the moon and to mine
for the minerals in the lunar surface, which could turn your cheap
gift into an investment that might be worth millions some day.
You can get dad another tie. Or another bottle of Aqua
Velva or Hai Karate cologne. Or a dozen golf balls. Or you can make
your father the only Man In The Moon on your block!
It's Bosses Day. You want to give the old skinflint
something that will tell him how you really feel about working
for him: Moon him -- literally -- and that goes for your brother, your
cousin, or that snotty kid down the block, too.
The price is right. You can't rent a 2-bedroom
apartment in Manhattan for less than $2000 a month, yet you can buy an
acre of land in the Lake
of Dreams on the moon for $32.75, and it's yours forever. (Plus,
if you build a condo there, you can set the rent sky-high and pocket
Your brother -- you know, the one who still kinda
lives in the '70s -- believes that Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of
the Moon" is the greatest thing to ever hit vinyl. Now he can put
on his old tie-dyed T-shirt, flop down in his bean-bag chair and get a light show like nowhere else in the
universe with his
own acre on the moon's far side. Far out!
What happens if some foreign country decides to land
their own probe on the moon and build a space station there? Sorry,
pal! You've got the documents already showing that you are a lunar
landlord! (Slap a parking ticket on the windshield of their Lunar
Crawler and haul 'em off to Space Court!)
Ever lay out in the sun on a beach during summer? Ever done it for ten hours straight? Considering that even the smallest stars out there make our sun look like a 60-watt pipsqueak, can you imagine getting anywhere near your star? Meanwhile, there's the good old moon, beaming down on us like a dear friend, just waiting for you to pop in for a quick visit.
What could be greater?
WHO: The Lunar Registry
WHAT: Unique gift idea for any friend or family member
HOW MUCH: Prices range from about $25 to $36
PHONE ORDERS: 1-646-536-9275
NOTE: 10% discount coupon available on website for Internet orders.
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