2016 BioPop Holiday Shopping Guide


Charming, beautiful, fun, and educational, the Dino Pet may just be the coolest new thing on four legs! And it’s also one of the most awesomely unique gifts you can give this holiday season.

For that special someone on your list who “has everything,” for that scientist or educator in your life, or for that starry-eyed kid who has a deep and abiding love and curiosity for the natural world around her, BioPop’s products make the perfect holiday gift. But as with any pet, gifting one of our bioluminescent products comes with extra considerations and commitments. This guide will explain what our bioluminescent dinoflagellate products are, how they are shipped as gifts for the holidays, instructions for care and maintenance, and more pertinent information to make you a true gift-giving MVP this holiday season!

Giftable Bioluminescent Products

Our ‘Gift Options’ contain only the aquarium and a free redeemable voucher to get the dinoflagellates and their food delivered at a later date; so feel free to add “Do not open til Xmas” tags on the present! The second shipment of the living components does not cost anything extra. Here are 4 perfectly giftable BioPop products for you to wrap up this holiday season:

Dino Pet

The Dino Pet is a new kind of pet that photosynthesizes during the day and glows brilliantly when you play with it at night. The alluring blue light emitted by the Dino Pet is bioluminescence. By using sunlight, water and nutrients, instead of batteries and electricity, the Dino Pet allows you to hold one of nature’s most magical occurrences in the palm of your hand.

Dino Pet Blue

Dino Pet Blue includes our Dino Food Blue formulation. The blue coloring makes Dino Pet even more of a chic show piece! (is that even possible?) Our research shows that the blue formulation also increases the longevity and health of Dino Pet. Dino Pet blue still produces the same brilliant bioluminescent glow at night when shaken in a dark room. The difference is now your Dino Pet is true blue all day long!

Dino Pet Deluxe Bundle

This Dino Pet Deluxe Bundle Gift Option includes everything one needs to become the ultimate Dino Pet aficionado… and look good doing it! The bundle includes the one-and-only Dino Pet aquarium, a “Fill ‘er Up” card redeemable for living, bioluminescent dinoflagellates & Dino Food, a Dino Pet T-Shirt (adult sizes), and the super fun, yet startlingly educational, A Dino’s Tale children’s storybook.

Dino Sphere

The Dino Sphere is BioPop’s salute to nature — a solar powered showpiece for one of the world’s most extraordinary phenomena.  Simple and elegant, the Dino Sphere is an interactive living world that glows brilliantly when swirled at night. The Dino Sphere is the perfect objet d’art for all types of contemporary and classic decor — and is sure to excite the imaginations of anyone in its orbit.

Why do these make great holiday gifts?

Bioluminescence is one of the most unique things to gift this holiday season. We promise, there’s nothing else like it out there! Combining our love of scientific discovery and popular culture, our products are a perfect gift for:

  • Curious kids
  • Biology buffs
  • The one who has everything
  • Scientists
  • Educators
  • Art aficionados
  • Dinosaur lovers
  • Collectors of the Weird
  • People on the lookout for the Next Big Thing
  • People on super good terms with their inner child
  • People with a deep and well-nourished imagination
  • People who can’t get a dog, and want a pet that’s more hands-on interactive than a fish.
  • You!
  • … and pretty much everyone else!

Our dinos are the perfect introduction to the wonders of bioluminescence, can help foster responsibility in young people and make for a fantastic conversation starter. Plus, they just plain look cool. The Dino Pet is a great gift for science buffs, curious kids, the educator in your life, and basically anyone else on your holiday gift list. It’s even a wonderful novelty item for that one friend or family member who has everything!

Caring for Dino Products

BioPop’s products contain living organisms that need nutrients, light, and a temperature-controlled climate. You’ll want to take good care of your dinos to ensure you get to see beautiful light shows every night for a lifetime. Here’s the gist of what you’re getting into:

  • The ideal ambient temperature for your dinos is between 63 and 77 degrees Fahrenheit, or 17 to 25 Celsius.
  • Dinoflagellates can typically survive in their own contained ecosystem for around a month with nothing more than adequate sunlight; however, we strongly recommend feeding your dinos more nutrients about once a week to keep your dinoflagellates healthy forever!
  • Your dinos require indirect sunlight to glow properly. Just leave them in a well-lit room, but out of direct sunlight.
  • Your dinos’ circadian rhythm is set to Pacific time, as that’s where they’re shipping from. Over time, your dinoflagellates will adjust to your time zone, but you may need to be patient with them while they figure it out. Expect that your dinoflagellates may not light up the first night or two, but most are good to glow by the third night!

Shipping from BioPop

All orders ship out on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays only, and any order placed after 12pm PST on a Wednesday will be held until the following week.

If you purchase a ‘Gift Option’ version of a BioPop bioluminescent product, you can open it and set it up anytime you like; we’ll send you the living dinoflagellates whenever you’re ready. If you select the ‘regular’ version of a BioPop bioluminescent product, you’ll need to open it immediately so that the living dinos can start receiving the light they need to survive!

You can always contact our support staff if you have any questions regarding your order or its shipping status.

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December 7, 2016