By Sally Burn and Gaia Vasiliver-Shamis
Holmium Holmium Holmium (Ho Ho Ho)! Scizzle is in a festive mood and ready to deliver a science-themed treat down your chimney – that’s right, it’s the annual Scizzle festive gift guide! This year CRISPR/Cas was top of many santas’ experimental wishlists (still not sure what CRISPR is all about? Check out our recent article on it here), so in honor of this awesome genome editing tool we’ve renamed this year’s edition “Scizzle’s CRISPRmas Science Gift Guide”! Enjoy and make sure to take a look back at our 2013 and 2014 gift guides should you need any further inspiration.
Gifts for Her
Struggling to find a gift for a science-loving lady? Let her wear her love for science with our handpicked selection of jewelry, clothing, and accessories:
For the general science-phile, look no further than this classic silver “science” name necklace – basically what Carrie Bradshaw would have worn had she been as passionate about Erlenmeyers as she was about Manolo Blahniks. Need something more niche? For DNA aficionadas, may we suggest the “beads on a string” model of chromatin structure – captured in necklace form. For the evolutionary biologist, this phylogenetic tree necklace ticks all the boxes. Or, for the neuroscientist, how about this snappy serotonin bracelet?
Cretaceous Clogs and Stormtrooping Shoes
What’s that you say, you’re looking specifically for a pair of glamorous dinosaur-themed shoes? Here you go then: feast your eyes on these gold glitter T-Rex shoes. Alternatively, if you are looking to splash out on a big bucks gift, treat her to a pair of these awesome Star Wars “The Empire Struts Back Bootie”.
Moving on to apparel, this rocket-adorned “science” t-shirt is both stylish and affordable. Pair it with the science infinity scarf and the fabulous Women of Science Skirt – featuring the 18th century physicist Laura Bassi and chemist Marie-Anne Pierette Paulze – for a complete (if slightly bonkers) outfit.
Gifts for Him
Science-loving gentlemen can also expect a treat in their stocking this year with one of these unique and affordable gifts:
Does your man want everyone to know he’s down with Chuck D? No, not the Public Enemy MC, but good old Charlie Darwin. If so, then you should naturally select (geddit?) this “Darwin is my Homeboy” t-shirt. Or perhaps his ultimate science hero is astronaut and botanist Mark Watney, AKA the stranded survivor from blockbuster movie and book The Martian, who uttered the fantastic Neil deGrasse Tyson-endorsed line: “In the face of overwhelming odds, I’m left with only one option, I’m gonna have to science the shit out of this.” Let the world know that he also intends to science the proverbial poop out of this, with an “I am gonna have to science the shit out of this” t-shirt.
My Chemical Bromance
Offer to clad his stinking man feet in one of these fabulous items of footwear. First up, Absolute Socks sell a range of spiffing science-themed socks – because what’s Christmas without receiving socks? Next, choose from one of these two awesome pairs of bespoke Converse All Stars, featuring either Nikola Tesla or Albert Einstein. Finally, take his indoor footwear to the next level with a pair of Chewbacca slippers.
Gifts for the Home
Science-ify your loved one’s home with one of these inspired decorative pieces:
Vintage science posters
Your loved one misses the lab when they’re at home? Or just have an admiration for vintage lab equipment? Then consider ordering this set of 4 VINTAGE science posters!
Astronaut Bed Sheets
Your kid wants to be an astronaut when she grows up? Great, make her astronaut dreams even dreamier with this super cool Snurk astronaut Duvet cover.
Test Tube Chandelier
Fancy that! Light up the house with this hand-made test tube chandelier! Not only it was inspired by Marie Curie, the test tubes are also detachable so you can rearrange them just for fun or grab one if you ran out of clean tubes to test the O.D of your culture.
Science Pun Coasters
Keep your table surface clean with these adorable coasters that will make you wish you could have coffee inside the lab. These coasters feature your favorite scientists and even better have some hilarious puns like “we are two peas in a pod” for Mendel or “you’re radiant” for Marie Curie, ‘cause hey, we all need some sense of humor when we’re having coffee.
Your DNA on a canvas
Forget the Andy Warhol colorful self-portrait, personalized art just got better! What better way to show someone you love them than by creating a unique masterpiece from their own DNA, and it doesn’t just come in ethidium bromide, you can choose between 16 different colors!
Periodic Shower Curtain
Your darling spends a lot of time in the shower washing away the elements with some H2O? Make it a meaningful daily experience and brush up on your chemistry with this lovely shower curtain.
I’ve got a PhD
Need a graduation/holidays gift or maybe give the PhD in your life a way to subtly show off they are a smarty pants with this “I’ve got a PhD” mug.
Star Wars Gadgets
This guide would be incomplete if we wouldn’t have at least one Star Wars gift idea. Well, we have 75 ideas for you! In this link you’ll find anything from Boba Fett ice cubes to a Darth Vader porch light cover to lightsaber earrings! And did we mention the Death Star cookie jar? This is clearly for the most serious fans!
Petri Dish Ornaments
Sharing the holidays with your loved ones? And by loved ones we mean the million of germs you have on and in your body. Well, who said microbes can’t spread the holidays cheer? Add a scientific flare to your tree with these colorful, pretty petri dish ornaments!
Science-tastic Stocking Stuffers
Whether you’re playing secret Santa in the lab or want to nurture your science-phile on a smaller scale, the gift ideas below have got you (and your budget) covered!
Save your loved one either carbs or batteries, because nothing says green energy like a digital clock powered by potatoes!
Beaker cookie cutter
This one is for the bakers who loves makers! A 3D printed beaker shaped cookie cutter. Just think about all the crazy fun cookie decorations you can then do!
These magnets are just TOO CUTE! They’re perfect for home or to bring up the morale in your lab or the fridges/freezer-filled hallway on your floor. These adorable illustrations of microbiology, anatomy, cells, DNA or atoms will put a smile on your face!
3D Water Bear
Get a 3D model of one of nature’s toughest, yet cutest, creatures – the tardigrade (aka water bear). Since it’s kind of hard to grow them as a pet, this 3D model may suffice.
Molecules Memory Game
Strengthen your neuron connections and chemistry knowledge and bring game night to a whole new intellectual level with the molecule memory game!