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5 Gift Ideas For Science Lovers

The holidays are just around the corner, and that means gift giving and yuletide cheer aplenty. However, if you have a science nerd in your life that you want to give a gift to, you might find yourself at crossroads, wondering if you should just buy them a book or two, or not get them anything at all.

And that’s because shopping for your science nerd friend can be hard. After all, they’ve probably seen it all, or even know it all.

Not to worry, however, since we’ve taken the guesswork out for you. These hand-picked gift ideas can surely spark their interest (and warm their hearts, they’re human too) until the next holiday. Here’s what we think you should get:

Tardigrade Plush from GIANTmicrobes

Who doesn’t like tardigrades? Also known as water bears, these microscopic animals are as tough as they can get, and we reckon your geeky friend would love to have a plush version they can hug at night.

Disappearing Dinosaurs Mug

Admit it, the idea of a warm cup of coffee is sometimes more enticing than studying fossils and bones of ancient animals. So why not combine both? Featuring a dinosaur design, the cup transforms the ancient lizards into fossils whenever you pour a hot beverage on it, as if the world passed by in a single cup of coffee.

Cosmos by Carl Sagan

How about some books? If your science nerd is the bookish type, then why not give them this classic guide to how the universe works? Full of insights about space exploration, astronomy and the like, this philosophical masterpiece is a great gift choice for all ages.

Einstein Pillow

According to Einstein, his best ideas came to him during his downtimes. So why not hang out with the man himself (or a pillow of him) during yours? You may not get world-changing ideas, but at least it’s comfy.

Pi Tote Bag

Everyone loves tote bags these days, so why not rock one with Pi on it? Roomy, durable and smart, this tote bag can easily help your friend rock some science cred.

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