A Scientist-Approved Science-Themed Holiday Gift Guide
When putting together a science-themed gift guide, you have to go to the source. So we asked ISB’s researchers for their ideas and to share what’s on their list. Whether you’re buying for a scientist, a science enthusiast, or if you simply want to give the gift of science, this gift guide is for you.
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For the scientist or science geek that has it all, consider giving the gift of research. You can make contributions in a gift recipient’s name, and those funds fuel groundbreaking research. There are a number of great organizations to support — our favorite, of course, is ISB.
Have you always wanted to learn to knit? Or cook? Or garden? Or woodwork? “No matter what you’re into, we deliver the creative blueprints you need to go from ‘Where do I start?’ to “Look what I made!’,” says a video on Bluprint’s website. It provides tailored project kits and instruction to help you learn and improve your making skills.
“Just as you can exercise your abs, delts and quads, you can exercise your memory, attention, and more. As with physical exercise, brain exercise can help you test your brain and improve your performance,” the BrainHQ website says. This program was developed by neuroscientists, and gifting a subscription to a loved one may help them stay mentally sharp.
Is pretty jewelry in your gift recipient’s DNA? Then this sterling silver double helix DNA structure ring is a slam dunk.
Five years ago, theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli published “Seven Brief Lessons on Physics.” He wrote about relativity, quantum gravity, and the cosmos. In Italy, the book outsold “Fifty Shades of Grey.” Last year, Rovelli published “The Order of Time,” and wrote: “The world is not a collection of things, it is a collection of events.”
Ah, failure. Sure, it’s hard. But this funny mug offers some perspective. Drink it up.
A great T-shirt for budding scientists, students of any level, teachers, or professional scientists. It might pair nicely with science pants, too! (See below.)
This DIY kit allows you to insert a jellyfish gene into bacteria, resulting in bacteria that glows green when you shine a light on them. It comes with everything you need, and is enough to run five experiments.
What do you see when you stare into your crystal ball? With this elegant product on your desk or shelf, you’ll see a laser-engraved solar system. Cosmic!
Molecular gastronomy is attainable in your own kitchen. With some sodium alginate, calcium lactate, a tasty liquid, common kitchen equipment and a can-do spirit, you can create spheres that can take your next dinner party over the top!
“We help you hear what your body has to say by translating your test results into a personalized nutrition plan,” Habit says on its website. A Habit subscription might delight the diet-and-exercise enthusiast on your list.
Wear your passion. Science Pants offers prints of real microscopic cellular images that are digitally printed on organic, recycled fabric.
A DNA test for your cat? Are you kitten me right meow? Nope! Basepaws will let you learn about the health, breed traits and habits of your fur baby.
“Genetically engineering yeast in your home seems like science fiction, but it is actually now a reality,” the website boasts. With this kit, you can make a brewing yeast (supplied) or any other yeast (you supply) fluorescent. Green yogurt, anyone?
This tiny, self contained modular synthesizer is poised to make all kinds of crazy sounds. Talk about exploring interacting systems!
$5,000 (Hey, it is a WISH list)
Don Buchla was a pioneer in the field of sound synthesis. This instrument allows you to tame and experiment with sound.
For more science-themed gift ideas, check out “27 Gift Ideas for the Scientist in Your Life.”