2021 Holiday gift guide
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Mary Parker

2021 Science Gift Guide

An evidence-based approach to gift giving this holiday season

Still searching for the perfect holiday gift for the scientist or science enthusiast in your life? Here is the definitive list of all things science, tailor-made for every interest!

None of these products are sponsored or endorsed by Charles River – this is just stuff I personally think is cool.

For the person who loves animals:

Symbolic Species Adoptions from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF)

The cuddliest way to support the WWF is through a symbolic species adoption. If you know your giftee’s favorite wild animal, there is a good chance you can get it for them – in plushie form!

For the person who loves plants and has a lot of wall space:

Herbarium Vintage School Chart

This vintage-inspired print supports the Smithsonian Institution. Check out the rest of their shop for more ideas!

For the chemist who also can’t stop watching the Food Network:

14 Piece Chemist's Spice Rack

Cooking for Geeks: Real Science, Great Cooks, and Good Food by Jeff Potter

After a long day of test tubes and Bunsen burners, this person on your list wants nothing more than to keep the science going in the kitchen. With these gifts, you will definitely get an invite to dinner!

For the kid who likes to get dirty:

Magical Microbes MudWatt STEM Kit

This fun science project lets you build a living fuel cell with the one thing any kid can get plenty of – mud!

For the tinker:

Acrylic Robot Arm Kit

Who doesn’t love robots? This programmable arm is the perfect way to practice coding and hardware engineering.

For the tailor:

Science-themed clothing from Svaha

The original inspiration for this company was a mom who bemoaned the lack of science-themed clothing for her science-obsessed daughter. It doesn’t hurt that most of these clothes are comfortable cotton!

For the candlestick maker:

Pro Candle Making Kit

For the friend in your life who is obsessed with candles, this makes a great gift. It comes with four scented oils to get their fragrance just right.

For the vaccinated pin collector:

Public Health Pins

50% of the profits from these pins goes to nonprofit organizations like Trans Lifeline, Community Justice Reform Coalition, and Black Girls Code. Plus they are fashionable!

For the absent-minded professor who can’t remember what day it is:

2022 Scientific Illustrations Calendar

This comes in wall or desk calendar versions, and includes beautiful scientific illustrations of snakes, spiders, frogs, and more.

For the locavore:

Are there any cool museums in your area? Consider buying gift passes or full year memberships for your friends to keep the science going all year round.

For the armchair expert on everything:

Mini Museums

These museums may be small enough to use as a paperweight, but they pack a lot of history. From dinosaur bones to a scrap of Steve Jobs’ turtleneck - if it made history, it might end up in a Mini Museum.

Eureka wishes our readers a happy and safe holiday season!