The Best Gifts for Tardigrade Lovers

They're cute, they're tiny and they're extremely resilient. Tardigrades, commonly known as "water bears" might just outlive us all. These eight-legged creatures, usually smaller than the tip of a sharpened pencil, can survive trying times by curling up into a ball and entering a near-death state called "cryptobiosis."

They can withstand extreme temperatures from as cold as negative 328 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 200 degrees Celsius) to as hot as over 300 degrees F (148.9 degrees C). They can also live through radiation, boiling liquid, extreme pressure and can even survive in space without any protection. 

But perhaps their greatest achievement is their obsessive human following. The internet is filled with tardigrade paraphernalia that just might make the perfect holiday presents for the water-bear-entranced (including yourself). Tardigrades are here, they're there, they're everywhere, take a look:

Tardigrades on your feet

Hashtag Collectibles Water Bear Slippers, $24.99

Tardigrades closer to your feet

Hashtag Collectibles water bear socks, $11.99

Tardigrades on your shirt

'Live Tiny Die Never' shirt, $15.95

Tardigrades on your skirt

Tadigrades skirt, $46.87

Available from Etsy seller Interrobangirl.

Tardigrades in your garden

Tardigrades Garden Flag, $12.99

Tardigrades on your tree

Ornament-Tardigrade water bear, $10

Available from Etsy seller CuteSci.

Tardigrades on your ears

Tardigrade earrings, $19.75 

Available from Etsy seller tcustom.

Stressed? Tardigrades can help

The Tardigrade Stress-o-Cizer, $20,

Available from Etsy seller stexe.

Bored? Crochet your own tardigrade

Tardigrade crochet pattern, $5

Available from Etsy seller hepp.

Tardigrades can hang with your keys

Tardigrade keychain, $26.75

Available from Etsy seller tcustom.

Tardigrades can hold your pins

Waterbear Pincushion, $32

Available from Etsy seller alleluja

Tardigrades can welcome your mail

Tardigrades in Space Custom Mailbox Covers, $12.5,

You can hug this tardigrade

Stuffed Water Bear, $39.99

You can hug this mini tardigrade

Stuffed Water Bear Plush-Mini, $14.99

Tardigrades with your wine

Biologist Tardigrade Wine Glass Gift, $15.99

Available from Etsy seller GlassCannons.

Is your baby tiny but mighty like a tardigrade?

Tardigrade Onesie, $23

Available from Etsy seller BrawnAndBrindle.

Originally published on Live Science.

Yasemin Saplakoglu
Staff Writer

Yasemin is a staff writer at Live Science, covering health, neuroscience and biology. Her work has appeared in Scientific American, Science and the San Jose Mercury News. She has a bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Connecticut and a graduate certificate in science communication from the University of California, Santa Cruz.