National Geographic is here! More ideas for Christmas gifts:D

National Geographic. And I bet all that comes to our mind is the infamous yellow border its equally famous tagline "Inspiring people to care about the planet since 1888".
So when I visited the National Geographic Store at Lot 10, I wasn't sure what to expect. But when I walked in, the store is huge. Its approximately 4,840 square feet! The store is exciting. With merchandise that is bound to excite everyone in the household. Not kidding but there is seriously something for everyone at home. As I took a tour of the store, I was planning my shopping list for my huge Ang and Loo family of parents, siblings, nieces and nephews.

The store opened in in April this year in Lot 10. Bet many of you didn't know its even opened and is in fact the 3rd flagship store around after London and Singapore.

As I walked through the store I realised that this store has almost everything for the whole family this Christmas. There's clothes and mind you its not just the pure rugged styles you associate with the idea of National Geographic. They are wearable pieces for work, travel or merely for a fashion statement. And the travel range includes the Gore-tex waterproof jackets and trousers selected by National Geographic based on the strict requirements that explorers require.

The bags caught my eyes. National Geographic bags are fully waterproof and dust proof. It comes with a warranty too! The TIZIP zippers ensure absolute waterproofing and insulation. Lovely for cameras and our lenses!
And this place also houses soft toys, scientific ones, books, maps, furnitures and more!

I am kind of smitten with the soft toys. Not your regular fluffies but these are educational ones. On the duck seen here, it comes with tag that tells us more about this bird and comes with a recorded sound of what the bird actually sounds.
Never liked snakes. They freak me out. But these were kind of adorable. Rather tempted to return and get one for Shalom to add to her collection of soft toys. Or should I get her one of the birds?

And I spotted a telescope. Not the decorative ones but this one seriously works for a mere RM400 odd and can view up to 167x. Certainly a good gift idea for a budding astronomers. And perhaps myself for my Sleepless in KL nights.

The maps caught my mind. There are 2 types. The conventional printed large world maps that cost between RM100 to RM200. And you don't have to worry about framing since Nat Geo does offer some pretty cool choices of frames, delivery and installation at a nominal fee.
The other is the round globes. Made of 17 layers, this globe shows the regular country boundaries and cities like any other globes. When illuminated, it'll expose detailed terrains and more. Makes a pretty and practical piece of decoration.
I've always enjoyed reading National Geographic. And am attracted that the have backdated issues for us to read there. And for an avid collector, they have an archive of 120 years (1888-2008) for merely RM456. That is unfortunately sold out. So right now I am eyeing my eyes and waiting patiently for the 121 years compilation. Using Adobe Air this collection can be viewed and printed too. And I'm definitely getting this for my dad in law this year.

And while you're at it, if you love music, they have music CDs too under the same roof.

If you have guests visiting Kuala Lumpur, this is a must visit place for them to pick up the National Geographic Kuala Lumpur merchandise. Similar to the Hard Rock cafe memorabilias such as tees and caps that tourist often seek, National Geograhic has theirs too. And equally good looking too!

So if you think shopping is the only idea to visit the National Geographic Store, you'll be in for a surprise. Check out their high tea offerings. You must try the delectable Pinchos a Spanish snack while youʼre there which reminds me that I really should arrange for a session to chit chat and savour the offerings there with the girlfriends.

And if you've not been there, well head down to Lot 10. National Geographic is located at:
T 16-17, Level 3,
Lot 10 Shopping Centre.

Have fun shopping and bon appetite!


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