Skip to main content

The Best Gifts for Science Nerds and Geeks

Science Gifts

gifts science nerds geeks

(Image credit: Snorgtees)

If you're wondering what to get the science geek in your life, look no further. Do they need a moon lamp? Maybe a custom map of their favorite volcano? And don't forget that science geeks can never have too many science themed socks or t-shirts.

Here at Live Science we love shopping for science lovers. Check out this specially curated list of our favorite science themed gifts.

LED Space Fleece Blanket

gifts science nerds geeks

(Image credit: ThinkGeek)

Complete with an astronaut and actual twinkling stars, this warm fleece-lined throw is the perfect gift for anyone who needs their space. Three AA batteries (not included) power 18 small LED-lights that blink like the stars on a purple and blue night sky. The battery pack is removable and the blanket's machine washable, so it's sure to be used for multiple trips around the sun.

Available from ThinkGeek for $39.99.

Virulence: An Infectious Card Game

gifts science nerds geeks

(Image credit: Genius Games)

This contagious card game will have players mutating and inoculating all over the place as they try to be the first to infect a host cell with their virus. Learn about viral genomes, replications, vaccinations and more in this easy-to-play card game for 2 – 5 players, ages 8 and up.

Available from Genius Games for $19.99. 

Science socks

gifts science nerds geeks

(Image credit: Sock It To Me)

No true science geek should be without science-themed socks and Sock It To Me has a fantastic selection to choose from. Designs include Einstein's face, horses in space and even magical narwhals. The socks come in knee-high, regular crew length and no-show styles, in both kid and adult sizes. Prices start at around $10. Check out their website for the full range of options.

Space jewelry

gifts science nerds geeks

(Image credit: Mars Bling)

Add elegance to any space-lover's wardrobe with original space-inspired accessories. Mars Blingis an Etsy shop that creates unique fashion pieces for planetary science enthusiasts, such as the mission control cuff links and Mars rover necklace. These works of art are made with vintage mid-century materials and are one of a kind.

Available from Etsy seller Mars Bling, with prices mostly between $45 and $70.  

Global warming mug

gifts science nerds geeks

(Image credit: Amazon)

Let your morning coffee fix double as a sobering reminder of global warming. Thanks to heat-sensitive technology coupled with satellite imagery, parts of the world map disappear as hot coffee warms the mug. This color-changing mug could also work as a useful tool for science educators.

Mathematics 2019: 12-Month Calendar

gifts science nerds geeks

(Image credit: Rebecca Rapoport/Dean Chung)

Science enthusiasts know it's important to exercise the brain every day so they're likely to appreciate this practical math calendar. Created by two expert math educators, Rebecca Rapoport and Dean Chung, this calendar features a new math equation for every day of the year. (That's a lot of equations!) Work out your brain and improve your math skills with entry-level algebra, word problems and even a few math puns.

Custom map

gifts science nerds geeks

(Image credit: Mapiful.com)

Does the scientist in your life have a particular location they love? Maybe it's their lab, or their research site, or maybe it's a volcano they've always dreamed of visiting. No matter the location, they're sure to appreciate the precision and thoughtfulness of a poster-sized map of the exact coordinates of their favorite spot.

Available from Mapiful.com, starting at $60.

DNA Portrai

gifts science nerds geeks

(Image credit: DNA11)

It's tough to find a more personalized (and geeky) gift than a poster of your DNA. This gift takes a little planning ahead, though. The company, DNA11, sends you a kit with instructions on how to collect the sample, which you then mail back, along with your color preferences for the final print. DNA11 then designs a print of what your DNA looks like when its fragments are separated using a technique called gel electrophoresis. The result is a colorful and unique piece of art. DNA11 also makes personalized kiss and fingerprint artwork.

Available from DNA11, starting at $199.    

Schrodinger's cat plush pillows

gifts science nerds geeks

(Image credit: Hashtag Collectibles)

Is it alive or is it dead, or both? Dead on one side, alive on the other, this adorable Schrodinger's cat pillow is sure to get a laugh from science geeks.

Coffee, Cake, Science t-shirt

gifts science nerds geeks

(Image credit: Bitesize Bio)

Three things science geeks love the most: coffee, cake and science. It just makes sense. Help your science friends share their enthusiasm for this perfect trio with a snazzy t-shirt available in several colors.

Available from Bitesize Bio for $13.99.