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The Best Gifts for Science Nerds and Geeks

Hashtag Collectibles Schrödinger's Cat Plush Pillow
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What's the perfect gift for your favorite science geek? Do they need a levitating moon lamp? A galaxy blanket? Maybe a bracelet of the periodic table? And don't forget that fashionable nerds can never have too many science themed socks or t-shirts.

Disney+ would be a great gift for that person who seems to have everything. This package includes Pixar adventures, Marvel epics, Star Wars sagas, National Geographic explorations and more: Sign up to a 7-day Disney Plus trial here 

Our sister publication, How It Works, could be the perfect gift for the science enthusiast in your life. The magazine, which also comes in digital form, breaks down all the amazing science and tech in the world, with clear and fun illustrations and interviews. Check out the holiday deal on subscriptions.View Deal

Oculus Go VR Standalone Headset

If you're looking to spend a little more money, give your partner or good friend the gift of VR. The Oculus Go is totally wireless; you don't even need your own headphones, as it comes packing positional speakers. And there are hundreds of science-y games and experiences to choose from, many of which are free, including the Body VR, which lets you explore the inside of the human body, and a 360-degree tour of the INL Nuclear Science and Technology Facilities.

Price: $199, or 25% off list price.View Deal

"Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World"

Read fascinating profiles of 50 pioneering women who transformed STEM — the fields of science, technology, engineering and math — and who fearlessly blazed a trail for generations to come. Written and illustrated by Rachel Ignotofsky.

Price: $12.89 hardcoverView Deal

Alien Socks

Friendly-faced, colorful aliens will brighten up your feet, in comfy socks made of 80% cotton, 17% polyamide and 3% spandex. Socks fit men's shoe size 7 to 13, women's shoe size 9 to 12.

Price: $10.99View Deal

Cytosis: A Cell Biology Game

Visit the interior of a human cell and direct the cellular action in this tabletop strategy game! Collect resources such as proteins, carbohydrates, lipids and DNA, and build enzymes, hormones, and receptors to score health points.

Price: $28.32View Deal

Periodic Table of Elements Cuff

Keep the names of all the elements close at hand with this elegant, adjustable aluminum wrist cuff displaying the periodic table. The table is printed with waterproof ink and the cuff measures 6.6 inches (16.7 cm) wide.

Price: $19.50View Deal

Caffeine Beaker Mug

Enjoy your coffee, tea or cola in a clear glass mug decorated with an illustration of a caffeine molecule. Holds 0.8 pints (400 ml) of hot or cold liquids (with or without caffeine).

Price $12.95View Deal

Pi Tie

You might not be able to count all the numbers in pi — an irrational and never-ending mathematical constant — but you can wear its symbol printed on a blue background on this jaunty microfiber tie. It measures 58 inches (147 cm) long and is 3.25 inches (8.25 cm) wide.

Price: $28.00View Deal

2020 This Day in Science Boxed Calendar

Celebrate science every day with this boxed calendar, packed with gorgeous images and daily facts about scientific discoveries and achievements — from deep inside Earth to our solar system and beyond.

Price: $11.17View Deal

Fat Cat Galaxy Area Rug

Ponder the mysteries of the universe while gazing down at this area rug, featuring an overweight feline pictured against the backdrop of a spiral galaxy. Available in two sizes.

Price: $24.50 and $44.50View Deal

Tardigrade Slippers

Adorable tardigrades (also known as water bears) are capable of surviving extreme conditions, such as boiling heat, freezing cold and the vacuum of space. They're also microscopic, but these plush tardigrades are big enough to keep your feet toasty warm. 

Price: $19.99 View Deal

Insect Collection Shirt

Vintage-style natural history illustrations of a collection of beetles decorate a shirt that will please any insect-lover or entomologist.

Price: $19.99View Deal

"How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems"

What's the best way to take down a drone ... using sports equipment found in your backyard? Author Randall Munroe (creator of the popular nerdy webcomic XKCD) tackles everyday tasks in his new book, finding the most convoluted and impractical solutions that science can provide.

Price: $16.69 hardcoverView Deal

Authentic Meteorite Pendant Necklace

How about a necklace that's out of this world? This pendant is a piece of an actual meteorite from Campo Del Cielo, Argentina; it weighs about 0.2 ounces (7 grams) and is packaged in a handcrafted wooden box.

Price: $17.95View Deal

Hooded Galaxy Blanket

Wrap yourself in a colorful nebula — an interstellar cloud of dust and gas — with this cozy hooded blanket. Interior is plush-lined, and the blanket measures 80 inches (203 cm) wide and 60 inches (152 cm) tall.

Price: $39.99View Deal

Levitating Moon Lamp

A 3D-printed moon model displays the textures and features of the lunar surface, based on high-resolution astronomical data. Magnets create a levitation effect, allowing the illuminated globe produces light while suspended above a wooden platform.

Price: $89.99View Deal

Circuit Board Tie

Dress up your favorite computer geek with this microfiber tie, printed with a circuit-board pattern. The tie measures 58 inches (147 cm) long and 3.25 inches (8.25 cm) wide.

Price: $29.95View Deal

"Cats Are a Liquid"

Are cats a liquid or a solid? Their uncanny ability to pour their bodies into containers in a variety of shapes suggests that even though cats are technically solid, they exhibit some physical properties of a liquid. This entertaining book, written by Rebecca Donnelly and illustrated by Misa Saburi, explores a legitimate (and fascinating) scientific question about our feline friends.

Price: $13.49 hardcoverView Deal

Star Trek Footed Onesie Adult Pajamas

Embrace your inner science officer with a Star Trek uniform that's also a warm, comfortable, adult-size onesie (with bootie feet!) Zips down the front, made of 100% polar fleece.

Price: $15.95View Deal

Dinosaur 'Ugly Christmas Sweater' - Men's

This dinosaur-decorated Christmas sweater is so ugly, you can't help but love it. Perfect for paleontologists or anyone who loves dinosaurs (and theropods like T. rex), the sweater is soft, cozy and 100% cotton.

Price: $29.99-$34.99View Deal

LEGO Creator Space Shuttle Explorer

Your burgeoning astronaut, or astrophysicist, will love this 3-in-1 Lego creation: They can build a Space Shuttle with an opening payload bay, a robotic arm, a satellite with fold-out wings and a minifigure cockpit (set includes the minifigure astronaut). For more fun, your child can rebuild this kit into a Moon Station or a Space Rover with a drilling arm. (Suggested ages: 7 to 12)

Price: $39.81View Deal

GIANT MICROBES — Blood Cells

Even if you faint at the sight of blood, you can surely handle these fuzzy blood cells. And perhaps, you’ll grow to adore your plasma, platelets and all the glorious cells pulsing through your veins. This plushy set includes: a red blood cell, white blood cell, plasma, platelet and antibody.

Price: $23.95View Deal

Petit Collage Magnetic Play Scene, Outer Space

Your aspiring scientist or imaginative child can keep their hands and brain busy decorating a scene in outer space or the inside of a space station! Designed for ages 3 and up, this magnetic play-place includes 54 pieces crafted from recycled materials and printed with vegetable inks.

Price: $21.99View Deal

Hashtag Collectibles Schrödinger's Cat Plush Pillow

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.

Price: $9.99View Deal

Kanguru Glow in The Dark Constellation Blanket

No need to freeze your tushy off to take in the night sky. With this glow-in-the-dark constellation blanket, you can catch a glimpse of the amazing stars in the comfort of your home. 

Price: $29.45 (20% off regular price)View Deal

  • Awesome.Tech
    These gifts are good as minor presents, with a focus on 'having' rather than 'doing'. If you're looking for a larger present that involves lots of hands-on doing, check out this full-on kit of a 'working' model particle accelerator: https://awesome.tech/product-category/stemstore/
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  • Dan Riskin
    I think you should take the bat off your list.

    (1) It's not a vampire bat (real vampires don't have a tail membrane). It's likely some Asian insectivore.

    (2) Bats in resin aren't harvested sustainably, and many bats are endangered. It's not an ethical or responsible gift at all. If you want to know more, here's a resource:

    https://www.newsweek.com/thousands-bats-slaughtered-annually-asia-end-ebay-and-etsy-artsy-americans-681147
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  • Hardon Collider
    Agreed. Dead bats in resin is just sad.
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  • Dan Riskin
    Kudos to Livescience for doing the right thing. Thank you.
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  • bernado
    Dan Riskin said:
    I think you should take the bat off your list.

    (1) It's not a vampire bat (real vampires don't have a tail membrane). It's likely some Asian insectivore.

    (2) Bats in resin aren't harvested sustainably, and many bats are endangered. It's not an ethical or responsible gift at all. If you want to know more, here's a resource:

    https://www.newsweek.com/thousands-bats-slaughtered-annually-asia-end-ebay-and-etsy-artsy-americans-681147

    I kinda agree - dead bats not a good idea.
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  • MindyW
    Dan Riskin said:
    I think you should take the bat off your list.

    (1) It's not a vampire bat (real vampires don't have a tail membrane). It's likely some Asian insectivore.

    (2) Bats in resin aren't harvested sustainably, and many bats are endangered. It's not an ethical or responsible gift at all. If you want to know more, here's a resource:

    https://www.newsweek.com/thousands-bats-slaughtered-annually-asia-end-ebay-and-etsy-artsy-americans-681147

    Hi Dan,

    Thanks for pointing this out, we agree that this represents a sensitive conservation issue that we did not recognize, and we've removed the listing.

    Best,

    Mindy Weisberger
    Senior Writer, Live Science
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  • AlexG
    I do like a Christmas list of sciencey things
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  • iluvweed
    Where do I find the bats you removed for the two cry babies?
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