The holiday shopping season is here, and there are some great deals on weather gifts. We’ve rounded up 22 (that’s not a typo!) gifts for weather lovers for you to consider for the weather nerd in your life this holiday season, no matter the holiday you’re shopping for, whether it be Christmas, Hannukah, Festivus, or whatever you celebrate!
We have a cool gift for just about every type of weather geek on your list, but we know this list is pretty big. To help you out, we’ve organized this list into sections. You can use the menu below to skip around.
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Weather Station Gift Ideas
Home weather stations are great gifts for someone who likes weather. Your loved one can take daily observations and watch weather trends in their backyard. In our opinion, there are three great options to pick from here, with our personal favorite being the Ambient Weather WS-2902C. Here are our current picks.
Ambient Weather's entry-level console has a surprising amount of functionality and accuracy for a weather station at its price point.
- Best value in terms of capabilities
- Best-in-class smart home connectivity
- Great accuracy for the price
- Solid construction
- Console readings update less frequently than other models
The Ambient Weather WS-2902 is an excellent weather gift idea for those looking to monitor their backyard weather conditions. This home weather station is wireless with an easy-to-read LCD color display with a weather forecast icon that changes based on the weather data it tracks.
The Ambient Weather WS-2902 includes:
- Wind speed and direction
- UV and solar radiation sensors
- Temperature and humidity sensors
- Rain gauge
- HD display with battery backup and integrated Wi-Fi connectivity
- Fastest updates to Weather Underground of any home weather station
- Forecasts weather up to 12 hours in advance
- Lightning detection
- Real-Time Weather Conditions: Indoor and outdoor temperature, humidity, wind speed, direction, UV, light intensity, barometric pressure trends, and rain totals
Compared to other home weather stations, the AcuRite Atlas provides easier access to weather information and monitoring from multiple devices simultaneously using My AcuRite software. The HD display is easy to read and shows weather information such as heat index, dew point, and even feels like temperature in real time.
The Acurite Iris Professional Weather Station can measure:
- Indoor and outdoor temperature
- Wind speed and direction
- UV and light intensity
- Barometric pressure
The WeatherFlow Tempest is the weather station to buy if you own a smart home. The lightning detection capabilities are also the best we've seen. And you can use promo code TWSE for 10% off if you buy direct from WeatherFlow.
- Super quick setup
- Outstanding lightning detection
- Fairly accurate instrumentation
- Ready for the smart home
- Haptic rain sensor doesn’t measure rainfall accurately enough
- No expandability
With almost zero maintenance, the Tempest Weather System is easy to install and operate, giving accurate local weather readings. This weather station is likely to go on sale and makes an excellent gift for weather enthusiasts who might find lightning detection a must-have.
The Tempest Weather System can measure:
- UV and solar radiation
- Barometric pressure
- Wind speed and direction
- Lightning strikes
- Rainfall through an innovative haptic rain gauge
Handheld Weather Station Gift Ideas
A handheld weather station is a must-have if they already have a home weather station. They range from simple to complex, but these three options are our favorites right now, and we know the weather geek in your life will love getting one as a gift this holiday.
The Kestrel 2000 adds a temperature sensor to the Kestrel 1000, which we think makes it the better deal.
- Maximum Wind Gust
- Average Wind Speed
- Temperature (Air, Water, & Snow)
- Wind Chill
As a handheld weather station, the Kestrel 2000 is among the best wind and temperature meters available and will likely go on sale this upcoming holiday season. The Kestrel 2000 is durable and built to last with a slip-on protective cover and waterproof capabilities but it still comes with a five-year warranty.
If you want to carry this device in your pocket, you can use the neck lanyard that comes pre-packaged with the Kestrel 2000. This device can be used for research purposes, agriculture, and weather monitoring.
The Kestrel 2000 measures:
- Current and average wind speed
- Wind chill
The entry-level Kestrel 1000 measures wind speeds only and is perfect for budget-conscious weather watchers.
- Wind Speed and Gusts
The Kestrel 1000 is an affordable alternative to the more expensive Kestrel weather meters. Unlike the Kestrel 2000, which monitors the temperature and wind speeds, the Kestrel 1000 only measures wind speed. This pocket wind meter is durable and easily transportable, including a slip-on protective cover and neck lanyard.
The Kestrel 1000 measures:
- Current and average wind speed
An upgrade from the Ambient Weather WM-2, the Ambient Weather WM-5 has the same features and more and is like a weather station in your hand. This is the perfect gift for anyone looking for a comprehensive handheld wind meter with many different functions, including wind hold mode and average wind mode.
The Ambient Weather WM-5 measures:
- Wind speed
- Wind gust
- Wind chill
Weather Book Gift Ideas
Not everybody needs a home weather station. If they love to read, we’ve spotted a few good books on Amazon that we think are great gift options. (And while you’re at it, a Kindle Unlimited membership is an equally good choice).
his book is a good gift for tornado lovers, storm chasers, and weather enthusiasts who want a closer look at storm chasing life and its dangers. Tornadoes can be devastatingly destructive but also represent a beautiful part of nature, as storm chaser Tim Samaras tragically found out.
Weather Watch is the perfect gift for weather newbies and nerds alike to learn more about America's weather and climate. Unlike other countries, the US has diverse and extreme weather, with some regions experiencing extreme cold and blizzards and others summer heat and hurricanes. This book is suitable for weather experts and people looking for a book about the weather that is easy to read and understand.
Your coffee table isn't complete without a copy of one of America's longest-running annual publications. First issued in 1792, the Old Farmer's Almanac has been used as a reference book with information about weather patterns, astronomy, recipes, folklore, and more. This is a perfect gift for weather nerds, providing a fun read on those snowy days and a glimpse at the oldest source of published weather forecasts.
Weather Radio/Emergency Radio Gift Ideas
A weather or emergency radio is one of the best gifts we can think of for weather lovers. The National Weather Service broadcasts weather information 24/7 on specialized frequencies, which you can use a weather radio or emergency radio to tune into.
Emergency radios take it to the next level, able to power themselves through a hand crank or solar panel — perfect for when the power goes out.
Midland's best-selling weather radio offers SAME support and decent performance at a price that anyone can afford.
A slightly downgraded version of the WR300, the WR120 is a great alternative with many of the same features. Like the WR300, this weather radio connects to seven NOAA channels with thunderstorms, floods, tornadoes, and other warnings.
Midland's top-of-the-line emergency radio is rugged and well-reviewed.
Built to handle emergencies, the Midland ER310 features three different power sources, including a solar panel, hand crank, and rechargeable 2600mAh battery. This emergency weather radio also comes with an ultrasonic dog whistle for search and rescue teams and a built-in flashlight with high and low brightness settings. The Midland ER310 uses a sounding alarm to indicate the possibility of severe weather in an area.
- Standard NOAA Broadcasts (No SAME capability)
- Standby Mode with Alert Override
- Alert Test Mode
- Auto Scan for weather channel on start-up
- Telescopic Antenna
- 3 AAA alkaline batteries (included)
The Midland HH50B is a reliable source of weather information that receives NOAA broadcasts as a standard weather radio. With a water-resistant exterior, this weather radio can withstand wet weather conditions. In the case of severe weather or civil emergencies, an automatic alert system will trigger and provide ample time for preparation.
eton's SIDEKICK is the only emergency radio we know with SAME capabilities, and has Bluetooth support, too.
Built for the outdoors, the Eton SIDEKICK weather radio is powered by solar power or a hand-crank power generator. Once the weather radio is charged, you can link and recharge your smartphone, tablet, or other mobile devices. This weather radio receives SAME and NOAA signals to provide you with the latest weather information and lets you stream your music from anywhere using Bluetooth.
Lightning Detector Gift Ideas
Lightning detectors aren’t the most incredible weather-related gifts, but we’d argue it’s probably the one gift on this list that might save your life. Often lightning strikes well ahead of a thunderstorm, and in some situations, you might not even know a thunderstorm is on its way. Buying a lightning detector keeps the weather nerds you care about safe and sound, especially if they’re storm chasing.
The AcuRite 02020 is a great gift for the weather nerd for those on a budget. Small and easy to carry around, this portable lightning detector delivers visual and audio alerts when lightning strikes occur. While viewing the screen, the strike distances and strike count are displayed. Although the AcuRite 02020 is susceptible to some interference, it performs well in most situations.
The American-made TALOS is one of the best-selling lightning detectors on Amazon, thanks to its superior lightning detection capabilities.
Lightning and storms are commonplace in various regions across the US. The TALOS lightning and storm detector are built to detect and inform you about lightning 25 miles away or closer to give you time to prepare and find safety. As a standalone device, there is no need for cellular data. The TALOS lightning and storm detector are also waterproof and well-suited for pools and beaches and is a fantastic gift for the weather enthusiast that spends a lot of time outdoors.
- Detailed information on every strike detected
- Great battery life
- Superb lightning detection capabilities
Compared to other lightning detectors, the Strike Alert HD is more effective at tracking lightning. The most prominent feature of the Strike Alert HD is 360-degree lightning detection, which tracks lighting from all directions. Storm trend analysis also allows you to view the one-hour storm in an area and the lightning strike distance. The Strike Alert HD uses vibrate and audible warning alerts to alert you to nearby strikes, even if you can’t see them.
Yet More Great Weather Gifts
We’ve come to the end of our list of the best weather gifts, but we have a few more unique gift ideas that we think will make any weather enthusiast happy.
- Built to National Weather Service and CoCoRAHS specifications
- Inner cylinder measures 1" of rain in 0.01" increments, outer cylinder holds an additional 10" of rain
- Can also be used to measure snow
- Includes galileo thermometer and storm glass
- Wooden base
The Constantinople Storm glass is an excellent gift for weather geeks. With a simple yet elegant design, the Constantinople Storm Glass is a great decorative piece for the home that you can place anywhere.
More than a piece of home decor, the Constantinople Storm Glass is a “weather instrument” that predicts weather changes. The chemical mixture inside the glass experiences changes in crystallization based on weather conditions. For more precise weather forecasting, the weather glass should be placed near a window, outdoors, or in areas exposed to fresh air. However, there’s no real evidence it works, but it’s a great conversation piece.
Easy to assemble and made with pure copper, Good Directions’ Majestic Eagle Weathervane is a fitting gift for any weather fanatic. To identify the wind direction, you can place this functional wind vane on top of your home, garage, backyard, or patio.
This majestic eagle weathervane has a refined look and is made with pure copper, and can significantly contribute to your home’s outdoor scenery aesthetic. And if you prefer an alternative design, there is also an American Bald Eagle version.
- Contains a full set of basic tools to observe and record weather conditions around the home.
- Includes a functional wind vane, an anemometer, a thermometer and a rain gauge.
- Use the kit and a recycled soda bottle to create a terrarium to study the greenhouse effect on plants.
- Weather station measures 8.5"x4.75" fully assembled
- Recommended for ages 8 years and up
The 4M Weather Station Kit is an exciting and educational weather science kit for teens and kids alike. This kit lets you build a weather station from scratch and use it to take actual weather observations. Learning about weather should always be fun, and the 4M Weather Statio Kit accomplishes just that through exciting activities that teach your kid about the science of weather.
The “Trust Me I’m a Meteorologist” mug is a unique weather-related gift for the meteorologist who often hears they’re paid well to be wrong. Especially for meteorologists, this mug is a fitting reminder of the difficulty of weather forecasting with an added layer of work humor. The mug is microwave safe. However, it should be hand-washed.
Are you looking for more weather gift ideas? We’ve got you covered. Our main website, The Weather Station Experts, reviews dozens of weather gadgets! And keep checking back here, we’ll update this list regularly (and year-round) to help you find the perfect weather gift.
Johnathan is The Weather Station Experts' resident "explainer in chief," writing many of our educational and how-to articles. He has been freelance writing for the past two years, specializing in digital marketing and general marketing tips.
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