The next time you’re stumped about getting a gift for that special someone, consider buying a star in the night sky! You can’t box your star and wrap it in pretty paper, but a symbolic star makes a unique present for all occasions.
Where to Buy a Star in the Night Sky
The International Star Registry (ISR) appears to be the most popular place to buy a star. You can purchase a symbolic star at their website or call the toll free number to speak to a representative. The star packages begin at $54.00.
A less expensive place to purchase symbolic star real estate is StarNamer. Their claim: “stars guaranteed to please. Most imaginative way to show you care”.
If Stars are Symbolic, what do I Get?
First, choose one of the advertised packages. The basic ISR package contains: 12×16 star chart with “your” star circled in red; parchment certificate showing star coordinates and name(s) along with dedication date; astronomy booklet and letter of congratulations. The letter of congratulations is either written to your loved one or about them if the star serves as a memorial for your dearly departed.
You can purchase stars for couples you wish to honor such as: parents or grandparents special wedding anniversary. To celebrate the birth of your child there are “mommy and me” and “dad and me” star packages.
All Occasion Gift
The most difficult person to shop for on anybody’s list is that person who has everything. But, does he have a star named after him?
Then there’s the on-going, going-away present for co-workers. What could be easier than taking up a collection for a star package? One size fits all; no color preference required. She will always remember your unique gesture.
Historically men have promised women “the moon and stars”. Now you can follow through on that promise and have a star named for your sweetheart. The star package would make a lovely preamble to the proposal, a touching birthday gift or an original way to ask her to be your Valentine.
Can I do it Myself?
If your budget is crunched and won’t allow wiggle room to buy a star, do it yourself! Get together with your sweetheart and poke around here: Sky Map
Look for the heart-shaped Valentine star taken with a space telescope in infrared spectrum. Since it is truly the thought that counts you can spend a fun evening browsing the night sky together, searching for the perfect star and giving it a meaningful name.
Of course, the do-it-yourself version doesn’t come with frills, but parchment paper is cheap. You can design a lovely certificate on your computer.
Buying a symbolic star in the night sky makes a unique all occasion gift. However, be mindful that one cannot literally own heavenly real estate. You will get a glitzy certificate, not a recoded deed. Stars in the night sky belong to everyone.
Sources: International Star Registry