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If you’re gifting to a Bill Nye protégé this holiday season, check out these gifts that will cause any science geek’s neurotransmitter dopamine levels to rise. (That’s geek talk for “love.”)
Know anyone with a background in chemistry — or anyone with an unorganized, overflowing spice rack? The Chemist’s Spice Rack might be right up their alley. House spices in test tubes and lab flasks to make cooking feel like a grand experiment. Let’s just hope it doesn’t taste like one.
Speaking of the periodic table, these element coasters light up when a drink is set on them and can ensure that your Secret Santa recipient will never forget to use a coaster again. Each set comes with four different radioactive elements and also features the atomic number and isotopic mass of the most stable isotope. Yeah, science.
Forget stuffed animals — what a nerd really needs is a plush microbe. Though microscopes can zoom in pretty far on these little guys, no one realizes how cute they can be until they’re blown up into a giant plush toy. Choose from countless single options or themed boxes (like the “Let’s Get It On” pregnancy microbes).
There’s no denying that this atomic age desk lamp is too cool. The exterior wire shapes resemble an atom while the string lights inside the bulb resemble protons. The metal accents make for a combination of nerdy and modern that is perfect for any decorating style. Plus, it’s on sale.
How about a floating lightbulb? Rated five stars, Flyte is a light that literally defies gravity using magnetic levitation, while the bulb is powered by the electromagnetic field and mercury particles. Your geek might be mad that they didn’t think of this idea first, but they’ll be too in love to care.
This tiny smartphone magnifier is perfect for any curious geek and can allow them to examine anything at 30x magnification, no matter where they are.
If your Secret Santa is someone who reads NASA’s social media religiously, these decorative planetary string lights would be an out-of-this-world gift. Bonus: They’re $10 off right now, which is an extra little gift for you.
The Food Lab is a 5-star, #1 best-selling book and the perfect gift for someone who loves food as much as they love science. Whether they’re chef level or can barely make toast, this book will show them the ropes through recipes and tips based on food composition, how heat transfers, and other science stuff. Plus, they might even make you a meal.
Put their math skills to the test with this equation wall clock. Instead of traditional numbers like on an analog clock, this one requires you to tell time with mathematical notations — because that’s the type of stuff geniuses find fun, right? (A cheat sheet is included with each clock, so if they’re late, it’s not your fault.)