Holiday gifts for geeks like me

by Stephanie Chasteen on December 1, 2009

Got a geek in your life who’s aching for something cool?  Here are a few ideas:

Giant Microbes are always a hit.  Many  years ago, my housemate gave me the common cold.  I eventually gave it to my boyfriend (now my ex).  No word yet on whether he’s recovered.  At least I didn’t give him ebola.  Now Giant Microbes even has bird flu and swine flu…

Made with Molecules This is the business of a wonderful science writer, Raven Hanna — silver jewelry in the shape of molecules .  She’ll send you caffeine (for the coffee addict), serotonin (when you’re feeling blue), oxytocin (for valentine’s day)… they’re really lovely!  If anybody’s looking for a gift for me, I love the serotonin necklace or earrings…

Trilobite For the bio-inspired, this site has clothing centered on evolution and paleontology.

XKCD.com has wonderful stuff inspired by the comic – posters, t-shirts, a tie, and more.  The shirt to the left is one of my favorite items in my closet.  Deadline for holiday orders is Dec 14!

There are also a couple of good geek-oriented stores, like ThinkGeek and X-Treme Geek.

Got a geek reader?  Try a subscription to Isotope (a journal of literary nature and science writing) or Science News (all the news from the science world you could ever want in succinct well-written form).

For those of you who are both geeky and patriotic, here is a patriotic periodic table t-shirt.

And Sarah over at Schooner of Science beat me to the punch with her own geek shopping list, which is suitable for biologists, like cool lab coats and a tie, and my favorite, a cute bacteria wall clock.

{ 6 comments }

Captain Skellett December 2, 2009 at 11:43 am

Ooh yes, I have a pair of dopamine earrings (the love molecule, from my boyfriend, group “aw”!) Another gift – I think you can get cool chemistry oriented wine bottles… thinking I’ll do a wish list for a chemist shortly 🙂

Love it – my housemate gave me the common cold.

Matt December 8, 2009 at 12:58 pm

Think Geek isn’t the only ones who carry the Giant Microbes ya know. 😉

sciencegeekgirl December 8, 2009 at 2:54 pm

Doh! Sorry Matt, I didn’t think of it. They’re the ones who emailed me with the promotion though. Got any other goods that you’d like to highlight here?

Matt December 14, 2009 at 2:22 pm

I gotta put you on the mailing list. 😀

Anyway, we have our 6-cubed magnet toy: http://www.spectrum-scientifics.com/cgi-bin/commerce.cgi?preadd=action&key=1903

and our Violet-Blue laser pointer:

http://www.spectrum-scientifics.com/cgi-bin/commerce.cgi?preadd=action&key=1775

Just as a couple of ideas.

Claire Walter December 18, 2009 at 5:44 am

I guess I should have looked at this post BEFORE 12/14. Neat T-shirts, but too late for my spousal geek for this year.

Malkie January 1, 2010 at 3:43 pm

When you say “The shirt to the left is one of my favorite items in my closet.” I assume that you are looking out from the monitor – you are the person “behind” the blog. From where I sit the shirt looks to be to the right.

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