33 Geeky Science Gifts and Kits All Science Nerds Will Freak Out Over
There’s a whole world of science gifts out there to choose from, but the trick is to keep things interesting. These geeky science gifts and kits range from board books to introduce infants to quantum physics, to books that explain the unexplainable, and puzzles that introduce the women who never took the credit for some of life’s greatest inventions. With lots of choices in-between, science nerds will literally freak out over the 33 gifts included!
Forget candy in cola bottles, these chemistry experiments are awesome, and will spark any child’s interest in the subject. With 2-3 experiments every month, MEL Science will send everything needed for exciting tests in each delivery, including a VR headset and starter kit with the very first box.
Nobody can ever have too many mugs, and science geeks will love receiving one of these. Made from ceramic and printed with organic ink, this mug uses the periodic table to spell out personality traits and is available as ‘periodically social’, ‘periodically nice’, or ‘periodically nerdy’.
A fun gift for inquisitive kids or fully-grown doctors alike, this Little Patient is cute in a slightly gruesome way. Choose from Erwin (boy) or Rosi (girl), and the medically curious person on your list will receive a doll with an opening torso along with lots of plush organs to rearrange.
Inspire girls to follow their dreams with the incredible ‘Women in Science’. Detailing the lives of 50 female pioneers in their fields, this beautifully illustrated book tells the stories of the women who took on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and blazed a trail for other women to follow.
Amazing as study aids or just incredible to read for pleasure, these Elements cards make the perfect science gift. With 118 elements beautifully photographed with scientific facts on the back, these cards will make memorizing the periodic table easier and far more interesting. There’s even an activity guide included.
Candy every once in a while never hurt anyone, but why not combine it with learning to keep both kids and parents happy? This set of 10 lollipops represent planets and stars, and each one features a 2D image and a deliciously distinct flavor – who knew Earth could taste of cotton candy?
If their interest in aviation goes far beyond spotting the flag on the rudder, this dark blue tie will make an awesome gift. Made from silk, it features an all-over design related to flight, from a diagram of the plane’s airspeed indicator to a graph showing the effects of wind.
This set is awesome, and will appeal to any child who loves all-things dinosaur. Brought to you by National Geographic, this kit includes a large dig brick that conceals 15 REAL dinosaur and other ancient fossils. With tools, magnifying glass, and information booklet included, it will keep them engaged for hours.
There’ll be no need for batteries with this fun watch, because it’s powered entirely by water. Water contains both negative and positive naturally occurring ions which, when combined with the special metal plates enclosed, will cause a reaction that produces the electricity needed for this watch to work.
They’ll be able to fill their brain with knowledge, literally, with this pair of unusual bookends. Modelled on a human brain, the left side is the logical halt, while the right side is used for creativity, but together they will keep all their science books neat and tidy.
Let them sleep under the stars every night with a glow in the dark constellation blanket. Measuring 130cm x 150 cm, this microfiber fleece throw features an all over design that glows bright green when the lights go out, while the soft gray color makes it suitable for anyone.
They’re never too young to start learning about science, and this set of building blocks will start them off on the road to chemistry genius. Each side of the 20 blocks features a different element, and together they make up the 118 elements found on the periodic table.
Neuroscientists and those with an inclination towards biology will love this set of 10 glass coasters. Made from glass and with rubber feet to protect furniture and prevent slippage, each one of these coasters depicts a slice of brain that, when stacked together, make up the whole picture.
Behind many great men is a great female scientist, and this pint glass brings those women to the fore. Victims of the ‘Matilda Effect’, these women made great strides in the world of science with their male colleagues taking the credit. Some of these remarkable women are etched onto this glass.
Number nerds will keep their eye on the time constantly when they have this geeky watch. With every number on the face represented by its own equivalent notation, this watch would make a fun and fabulous gift for mathematicians. There’s even a cheat sheet included to explain all the notations.
If they have an interest in geology (or just really love rocks and minerals), this National Geographic kit will make the perfect science gift. The 10 natural hand-selected geodes can be smashed open (wearing the enclosed safety goggles) to reveal beautiful crystals which can be displayed on the 3 stands included.
Science can be found anywhere, even in a favorite cocktail bar. The Drunken Botanist explores the chemistry, history, biology, etymology, and mixology of some of the world’s most loved drinks and includes 50+ recipes and hints and tips for growing the botanicals needed.
If Mom or Dad brew their own beers or wines, give youngsters the chance to brew their own with this fun (non-alcoholic) kit. Including everything they need to whip up a batch of root beer, this kit provides all-natural ingredients for a far healthier option than the mass-produced store-bought versions.
Start a little one off young (the younger the better) with a set of science-themed baby board books. With four titles included – Newtonian Physics, Quantum Physics, General Relativity, and Rocket Science – these books come with simple illustrations and text to ease them into the exciting world of science.
Keep minds sharp and math skills honed with Aristotle’s Number Puzzle. Made from wood and suitable for players aged 7 and over, the aim of the game is to arrange the numbered hexagonal tiles in such a way that the totals of each row add up to the same number.
The mBot is an award winning robot that will help children learn all about coding while having fun. Easy to build in just 15 minutes, the mBot can be constructed as per the instructions, or customized to allow young engineers to put their own design skills to the test.
Anyone who’s ever set foot inside a science lab will recognize the design of this beaker. Etched with a caffeine molecule diagram, this one can be filled with an altogether more enjoyable liquid than the ones they use in school! Perfect for tea, coffee, or any cold drink.
Put the logical side of their brain to the test with this STEM puzzle set. With four puzzles included, each one is geared towards a different discipline – science, technology, engineering, and math – and comes with a cheat sheet for those who just can’t fathom it out.
What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions
If you’re looking for a science gift that will really make someone stop and wonder, ‘What If?’ is what you need. Faced with unbelievably obscure questions and hypothetical scenarios, Randall Munroe of xkcd.com runs computer simulations to provide the answers, which makes for some seriously entertaining and astonishing reading.
Bubble gum is so much fun, but imagine how much more fun it would be if it was home-made? This kit includes everything needed to create more than half a pound of delicious, pink, chewy gum with no unnecessary ingredients added, and with adult supervision it’s suitable for ages 8+.
Crystal making used to consist of sugared water and a piece of string, but this awesome set will allow young scientists to create seven beautiful crystals of outstanding shape and vibrant colors. Complete with a display case to showcase them when they’re ready, it’s suitable for children aged 10+.
Invented quite by accident in 1973, the radiometer first came into being thanks to the chemist Sir William Crookes. This hand blown version is altogether more beautiful and will make a mesmerizing science gift as it sits on a desk and spins whenever the light hits it.
Terrariums are a great way to have a little slice of nature indoors – some examples are absolutely beautiful. Few will beat this gorgeous glow-in-the-dark version, though, that kids can create themselves. With potting mix, seeds, stones, and sand, this mason jar garden will shine once the lights are out.
Science is a serious business, so give them a way to unwind at the end of the day with this fun beaker wineglass. Designed to look just like a science lab beaker, this glass is hand crafted from borosilicate glass for an authentic science lab look.
Knowing more about the earth’s eco systems is essential in the fight to protect it, and this book will provide all the information any eco warrior will need. With maps, illustrations, and infographics, The Wondrous Workings of Planet Earth is the ideal gift for anyone interested in science, nature, and Earth.
Young geologists can turn their fascination with rocks into an awesome hobby with this advanced professional rock tumbler kit. Ordinary rocks can be turned into beautifully polished stones that can be made into jewelry, home décor, or gifts for family or friends.
Computer skills are an essential part of life and kids need to know how to use them efficiently. This kit will allow them to actually build their own computer and learn coding for games, animations, and stories. With keyboard, mouse, and many more components included, it’s ideal for ages 8+.
If they play with LEGO they already have half the items needed to create 10 spectacular working machines. LEGO Chain Reactions will help them explore the world of engineering, combined with physics and a whole lot of fun, while making elevator ramps, a pulley and bucket, and many more machines.