The ultimate gift guide for grown-up science fans

Happy December, science fans! We know that you might be here because you’ve found the perfect Christmas gift for a science-loving child (*cough* Letterbox Lab *cough*), but what about science gifts for your grown-up friends and family? As science lovers ourselves, we know a thing or two about what science gifts a grown-up would really appreciate. So from nature fans to stargazers, we’ve picked out a little something for every Big Kid with a STEM streak.

For Biology Buffs

Botanical Jewellery

Scottish Purple Heather Heart Bottle Necklace, £12, Butterfly and Toadstool

Scottish Purple Heather Heart Bottle Necklace, £12, Butterfly and Toadstool

Dee Leslie at Butterfly and Toadstool grows plants and transforms them into intricate handmade jewellery and accessories. We love this Scottish heather pendant, but the whole collection is just stunning, and a great way to connect with nature.

An Infectious Card Game

Virulence: An Infectious Card Game, around £16, Genius Games

Virulence: An Infectious Card Game, around £16, Genius Games

The perfect science gift for the biologist who’s forever talking tabletop. Virulence sees players acting as viruses and competing to infect a host cell. Their enthusiasm for the game will be contagious! (Sorry).

For Chemistry Connoisseurs

Periodic Science Pin

Conical flask periodic table science pin "NiCe", £6, Cutie and the Feast

Conical flask periodic table science pin “NiCe”, £6, Cutie and the Feast

Another scientist-turned-jewellery-crafter, Cutie and the Feast has an Etsy page bursting with adorable biochemical delights. Your chemist friend (or any nice friend) will love this NiCe enamel pin!

Chemistry of Whiskey Glasses

Chemistry of Whiskey Glass Tumbler, £32.34, Cognitive Surplus

Chemistry of Whiskey Glass Tumbler, £32.34, Cognitive Surplus

It’s good to understand what you’re drinking, right? Kristen and Geoff Zephyrus of Cognitive Surplus combine their skills in science and design to create beautiful science gifts, not least these Chemistry of Whiskey tumblers.

For Physics Fanatics

Higgs Boson Coasters

Higgs Boson Coasters, from £25, Denvers Designs

Higgs Boson Coasters, from £25, Denvers Designs

These Higgs Boson coasters are not only beautiful, they’re also inspiring.

Scientist Socks

Science Socks Gift Set, £30, Chatty Feet

Science Socks Gift Set, £30, Chatty Feet

Featuring three physicists and the mother of computer science, Ada Lovelace, these could be the best socks your favourite physics fanatic ever receives.

For astronomy addicts

Constellation Umbrella

Constellation Print Umbrella, £14.99 from Umbrella World

Constellation Print Umbrella, £14.99 from Umbrella World

Don’t let clouds ruin your friend’s stargazing plans, and give them a starry sky they can always see with this constellation umbrella.

Stars and constellations map clock, £60, Bombus

Stars and constellations map clock, £60, Bombus

We would struggle to ever tear our eyes away from this clock, made by map experts Bombus. It’s a great gift for an astronomer who wants to tell the time by the stars even in the day.

For Geology Gurus

Earth History Mug

Geologic Time Mug, £10.99, The Present Indicative

Geologic Time Mug, £10.99, The Present Indicative

We love this mug for being fun and informative (just like our science kits!). It’s a beautiful ‘in a nutshell’ history of the Earth, with a surprise trilobite relief on the inside.

Wearable Dinosaur Poo

Coprolite pendant, from £30.04, Cidylouwho2 on Etsy

Coprolite pendant, from £30.04, cindylouwho2 on Etsy

Any Earth science aficionado knows how cool a coprolite is – it’s fossilised poo! This coprolite jewellery is like wearing a dinosaur’s dinner around your neck.

For Curious Kids

Get a gift subscription to our incredible series of science kits from £9.50 per box.

Get a gift subscription to our incredible series of science kits from £9.50 per box.

OK, we couldn’t resist. Do you know a curious child who loves science but doesn’t yet know whether they are a biology buff or a geology guru? Get them the gift that leaves no stone unturned and allows them to unleash the wonders of the Universe in their own home. Our Gift Subscriptions bring everything curious kids need to play with science and get hands on with slippery slimes, chemical concoctions and feats of engineering. Each box tells a story that takes them on a journey from physics and chemistry through biology and geology to engineering and astronomy. Check out our Christmas gifting options here for the ultimate science gifts for kids.

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