In case you are still looking for a gift for the scientist on your list, look no further. We’ve put together a list of some great science-related gifts for the holidays. From wine glasses to phone cases, any scientist will appreciate these gifts, which infuse a bit more science into their everyday routine.
Love wine? Love chemistry? Then these wine glasses are for you. If you have ever wondered what molecules are in your favorite Cabernet Sauvignon, but haven’t had time to ask a chemist, you can now combine the chemistry lesson with your evening cocktail hour. These glasses display some of the structures of molecules found in wine such as diacetyl, ethyl acetate, glutathione, and more. The glasses are available at www.homesciencetools.com for $38.95.
What is one object that we have on, or around, us all of the time? Our phones, of course. So, why not surprise the scientist in your life with a phone case that represents what they love? With this scientific phone case, every time they send a text or check their email, their love of science will be on full display. These are available from www.etsy.com for $8 and for a variety of phones including the iPhone, Galaxy, Pixel, and more.
Why not give a gift to your favorite scientist that is comfy and also makes a statement? Or, in the case of this Steminist sweatshirt—makes two statements at once: I support women, and I support STEM. A great addition to any wardrobe, this sweatshirt is available from www.etsy.com for $31.49.
Do you know a neuroscientist that loves to draw or write? If so, this beautiful notebook is for them. Made with 100% recycled paper and printed with soy inks, the notebook is also a sustainable choice. This is available on www.etsy.com for $24.95.
If your favorite scientist loves coffee as much as they love science (and they probably do) this mug will be a great addition to their collection. Perfect for the home or the lab, this mug is available at www.lookhuman.com for $13.99.
COVID-19 and CRISPR make for great reads
If you haven’t read Kevin Davies’ book detailing the CRISPR revolution, Editing Humanity: The CRISPR Revolution and the New Era of Genome Editing, it’s time to pick up a copy. Starting at the beginning of the field in the 1980s, and stretching into 2020, Davies provides a detailed description of the field and the cast of characters who contributed to building it. As Carl Zimmer wrote in his NYTimes book review of Editing Humanity, “Davies recounts the history of CRISPR in detailed yet breezy prose.”
The Wall Street Journal reporter Greg Zuckerman took on the rare task of writing about a moment in history as it was unfolding. His recently published, A Shot to Save the World: The Inside Story of the Life-or-Death Race for a COVID-19 Vaccine, takes a deep dive into the inside story behind vaccine development for the COVID-19 vaccines. The book tells the stories of the people who played a role—some of whom became famous overnight and others whose efforts have remained unrecognized.
Some scientists are so famous, they go by their first name alone. Seven such rockstar scientists are the women featured on this tote bag. Not only is it the perfect way to carry everything you need while going back and forth to the lab, the gym, the grocery store, or anywhere else, it is also a great conversation starter. This tote bag is available from www.teepublic.com for $15.
What’s in a name? Although Juliet may think “that which we call a rose by any other name would smell just as sweet,” the makers of these colorful name posters may disagree. They would argue that a name spelled with elements, as they appear on the periodic table, makes a terrific wall decoration. This unique gift is available on www.etsy.com from $11 and up.