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The Best Gifts for Science Geeks

"Portrait in Cells" scarf

Portrait in cells scarf

(Image credit: artologica/Etsy)

Cell biology never looked so good. This luxurious 100% silk charmeuse scarf is printed with patterned squares displaying colorful illustrations of cells in the human body — blood, brain, muscle, retina, bone, egg, sperm, lung and liver — against a black background. It measures 70 inches (178 centimeters) by 18 inches (46 cm) and sells for $60.00 in the Etsy shop Artologica.

Termitat termite habitat display

Dampwood termite display

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The complex societies of termites have fascinated entomologists for centuries, and now you can observe their community interactions up close in an acrylic-enclosed live termite colony featuring Zootermopsis angusticollis — Pacific dampwood termites — which are among the largest termites in North America. Inside the circular, mounted desktop display called a "Termitat" (a name that combines "termite" and "habitat"). a disc of wood serves as home and food for the termites, and will last for two to three years, according to the manufacturer's website. Two models are available, along with optional accessories, and prices start at $125.00.

"Force Field Cloak" for kids

Forcefield cloak for kids

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Blankets with colorful, glowing patterns will help kids who are afraid of the dark, providing them with a personal "force field." These machine-washable fleece blankets charge under a bright light after 10 to 15 minutes of exposure, and then display one of five bright patterns for 8 to 10 hours, providing kids with a comforting light to help them overcome nighttime fears. The "Force Field Cloaks" measure 40 inches (102 centimeters) wide by 54 inches (137 cm) long and are available from The Glow Company for $36.00, with an estimated delivery date of January 2018, or for $46.00, with delivery in December 2017.

Astronaut nutcracker

Astronaut nutcracker

(Image credit: NASA)

Handmade wooden nutcrackers date to 16th century Germany, and are typically carved in the shape of a standing soldier or king, such as the toy immortalized in the ballet "The Nutcracker," by composer Piotr Tchaikovsky. But NASA adds a modern twist to the traditional carving with an astronaut design, which features a spacesuit-clad figure — still bearing the classic moustache — holding an American flag and a lunar module, and standing on a moon-like base. The nutcracker is available from Shop NASA, and costs $29.95.

Stratigraphy keychain

Stratigraphy keychain

(Image credit: tcustom/Etsy)

Unseen marvels from Earth's distant past are locked deep in the fossil record, and every layer has a story to tell. And now you can have several of those layers at your fingertips, with an ingeniously designed mechanical keychain that swings open in three pieces to reveal fossils representing five eras in geologic history: the late Cretaceous, the Permian, the Carboniferous, the Cambrian, and the Ediacaran. The pendant is available from the Etsy shop tcustom and costs $28.75.

Gibeon meteorite guitar pick

Meteorite guitar pick

(Image credit: Ferbers Fine Jewelry)

Here's a geeky science gift that really rocks — a guitar pick carved from an iron meteorite from Namibia, Africa, near the village of Gibeon. It was identified as a meteorite by a British scientist in 1836, and has been estimated to be more than 4 billion years old. A distinctive pattern of striated lines on the pick represent a type of crystallization called Widmanstätten pattern, and is only seen in iron meteorites. The pick is available from Ferbers Jewelry and costs $77.00. 

Menorahsaurus rex

Menorahsaurus Rex

(Image credit: The Vanilla Studio)

It's a miracle! Non-avian dinosaurs have been extinct for millions of years, but Menorahsaurus rex is ready and willing to display your Chanukah candles on his back. This whimsical dinosaur menorah is made by hand from plastic toys and brass candle cups, measures about 12 inches (30 centimeters) long and 8 inches (20 cm) high, and can hold standard-sized Chanukah candles. Menorahsaurus rex is available from Etsy shop The Vanilla Studio and costs $85.00.

Jupiter dress

Jupiter dress

(Image credit: Shenova)

If you feel a magnetic attraction for Jupiter you may find yourself irresistibly drawn to this stretchy, sleeveless dress that is digitally printed with a NASA image of Jupiter's atmosphere (which is 90 percent hydrogen and 10 percent helium). The dress measures approximately 40 inches (101 centimeters) long and is "comfortable and smooth to the touch," according to the product website. Dresses are made to order by Shenova Fashion and cost $179.00, with an estimated production time of 2 to 3 weeks.

Plush organs

I Heart Guts

(Image credit: I Heart Guts)

Have a heart…or a spleen, or a liver, or maybe an appendix. Anatomically accurate plush versions of all these internal organs — and many more — are available from I Heart Guts for $20.00. These organs are a great way to learn about anatomy, and are also extremely huggable. 

Needle felted peacock spider

Needle felted peacock spider

(Image credit: La Tase El a Fa/Etsy)

Peacock spiders are the rock stars of the arachnid world — the males are brilliantly colored and patterned, and they perform complex and enthusiastic courtship dances to attract their mates. Their colorful charm is beautifully captured in handmade needle felted spiders that retain all the correct anatomical details and colors of individual species, scaled up to 3 inches (8 centimeters) in length. Specific species are available upon request from the Etsy shop La Tase & La Fa, and they cost $54.75.