The science aficionado in your life has undoubtedly received her fair share of science-themed Christmas gifts, from her very first edition of Operation to vintage microscopes. But this holiday season, why not treat your family's biggest Einstein fan to something different? Here, 11 crafty gifts for science buffs:
1. For the cook
Elysium Woodworks' “We’re all chemists in the kitchen!” oak cutting board. Just one of the stylish designs this company offers, which include the Fibonacci sequence and pi. Order quickly; current turnaround is three weeks.
2. For the philosopher
Brass cuff bracelet from Accesoreads, which reads, “How wonderful that we have met with a paradox. Now we have some hope of making progress.” We see what you did there, Bohr.
3. For the student
Canvas messenger bag with vintage brain silkscreen. These bags are extremely sturdy, and can also be used as a book bag. Many more scientific designs are available at Craftie Robot.
4. For the budding physicist
Baby’s First Nuclear Physics Book, cloth. Containing cheerful, colorful illustrations to teach children the nuclear basics (such as the difference between fusion and fission), this book is not the only baby book available from Verdant Violet. School your newborns in molecular genetics, naval engineering, and neuroscience as well!
5. For the athlete
“Runner” plaque spelled from chemical symbols. It is truly amazing what the letters on the periodic table of elements can spell out. Whatever your loved one’s hobby is, there is probably a bizarre scientific formula that can be created to represent it. Lisbokt is a great place to see what science can spell.
6. For the romantic
“I will love you for infinity” math print. BookishlyUK creates these small declarations of love, written over a page from an antique “maths” book. Similar products highlight quotes from Darwin, Einstein, and Sagan.
7. For the psychoanalytical
Rorschach ink blot dinner plate. Even though we all pretty much see either butterflies or demons, it can still thrill the armchair psychologist in your life to unleash the power of the subconscious on everyone at the holiday table with this plate, by LLTownleyCeramic.
8. For the thirsty
The water cycle water bottle. These eco-friendly water bottles, sold by minifanfan, will remind you of the amazing natural cycle that allows water to find its way into your mouth.
9. For curious kids
The ideaboxkids store sells these attractive, clever boxes. They contain 30 wooden disks, each harboring two science-based questions or ideas (“What dissolves faster, salt or sugar?”) that will spur the curiosity of little minds.
10. For the scientist groupie
Neil deGrasse Tyson plush doll. Scientists are the new rock stars. And if your taste in geniuses goes beyond your average Einstein or Darwin (which are also available), don’t worry. Brave Deity allows you to pick from Ada Lovelace, Leonhard Euler, and Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, to name a few. It’s a scientific fact that great minds also make great cuddle buddies.
11. For the old-school inventor
Working-model Roman trebuchet plans. If you’re looking for a more challenging science project than your average potato clock, consider studying ballistics by making your own Roman trebuchet. Trebuchet Store provides instructions on how to build a ballista that is two-feet long and will throw a projectile 90 feet. Trebuchet Store also sells completed trebuchets, for only a few hundred dollars more.
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- After Ferguson, we don't need another dialogue on race
- 7 grammar rules you really should pay attention to
- Why you should stop believing in evolution
- The secret to handling pressure like astronauts, Navy SEALs, and samurai
- 10 things you need to know today: August 27, 2014
- The government is getting into the fact-checking business. Be very, very afraid.
- In defense of Obama's golfing
- Your literary playlist: A guide to the music of Haruki Murakami
- Russia's new air force is a mystery
- How Hillary Clinton's 'smart power' turned Libya into a dumpster fire
Subscribe to the Week