Brrr, Chilly – Presents And Gifts To Buy All The Way From Antarctica!

Penguins From The Antarctic

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How much do you know about Antarctica? That may seem like a pretty random question. It only becomes a heavily loaded question, and suddenly massively important, when you need to buy a present for someone who's just all about the country of Antarctica.



What, Antarctica is a country? Why didn't anyone tell me? (Or why didn't I listen in geography lessons in school?)



I guess it also becomes important when you're slated to take part in an expedition to Antarctica, but that's neither here nor there and just by the bye.



Your subject is Antarctica, you have sixty seconds, go! Just kidding. But it's actually pretty hard! Antarctica is where the penguins come from, rather than the Arctic, right? Am I right? (NO.) And it's an actual land mass, as opposed to the Arctic which is just snow and ice, and, uh, no penguins? Or polar bears? (Only polar bears in Antarctica, too, is that the way it goes? No! Only in the Arctic, it seems! But does your buddy know that?)



I really hesitate to get off on the wrong foot and start by stating the obvious, but, um, keyrings? With penguins and polar bears? (No! No polar bears!) Maybe? Calendars? (With penguins and polar bears, maybe? NO POLAR BEARS!) And, perhaps, posters? With – you guessed it – penguins and polar bears? (NO!)



Okay, so I have obvious and cliched tastes, so sue me. I think these things would go down well with awful lots of people who have a thing for Antarctica! And maybe a few keyrings, calendars and posters with ice floes and igloos, too! I know! It's just too obvious!



You have tastes that are a bit more subtle? Fancy yourself a bit cultured? Then – although you may search a bit before finding any Antarctican writers, as such – why not check out the works belonging to the participants in the Antarctic Artists and Writers Program? This is a fund allowing authors and artists to reside in the Antarctic and use the environment and inspiration to produce written and artistic works. The list is illuminating, and filled with luminaries (and available in the links box below!) Your Antarctica loving buddy may well love one of their books!


Penguins!

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