2009 Holiday Gift Guide

gibberish_geekyholidayThe crew here at C&ENtral Science has once again assembled some recommendations to help your shopping this holiday season. Many of our suggestions from last year's guide are still available as well. (Complete guide available after the jump.) A search for "chemistry" on Etsy.com turns up all sorts of unique items from a Dewar flask stein to a chemistry book handbag to crocheted christmas methane molecules.  But three shops have lots of great chemical gifts. Anandi's Laboratory has cool themed glass magnet sets (Coffee & Dessert, Elements of Poison, Organically Spicy, etc.) and glass pendants. Gibberish specializes in nifty periodic-table-inspired gifts, including this holiday card and necklace set. And although perennial favorite Made with Molecules just sold out of this year's ornament, zingerone (ginger), you can still find lovely necklaces, earrings, and even phone charms there. anandi_magnets Think Geek is another treasure trove of chemistry-related gifts. Behold: The Build Your Own Snowman kit: thinkgeek_snowman The Molecular Gastronomy Starter kit: thinkgeek_molecular_gastronomy Who could resist an Albert Einstein action figure? thinkgeek_einstein Good Chemistry salt and pepper shakers: thinkgeek_good_chemistry_shakers Cocktail Chemistry set: thinkgeek_cocktail_chemistry_set Periodic Table refrigerator magnets: thinkgeek_periodic_magents Finally, Ferrous Wheel and The Solution t-shirts: thinkgeek_ferrous_wheel thinkgeek_the_solution We'd be remiss to not include the They Might Be Giant's "Here Comes Science" album that debuted this fall and includes the catchy "Meet the Elements" song. TMBG_science Green chemists and stationary fans alike might appreciate receiving or sending Sheep Poo Paper Christmas cards. sheepy_cloud_thumbrgb For the brewers in your life, you can opt for a beer-making kit: beer_starterkitplus And for the nonalcoholic brewers in your life, there's the brew your own root beer kit: rootbeerkit Freezepop groupies can show their love of the band with "Science Genius Girl" t-shirts: freezepop_sgg Fans of What's That Stuff? will likely also enjoy Why There's Antifreeze In Your Toothpaste. antifreeze_toothpaste And this concludes this year's edition of the gift guide. Feel free to leave your own gift ideas in the comments. Happy Holidays!

Author: Rachel Pepling

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  1. I am an ACS member and I love this list–I just wanted to promote my store, where I would be happy to make earrings (or necklaces) with any element you like!

  2. My ACS member girlfriend just told me that you found my steins. It pleases me to no end to even get mentioned.

  3. Hi! Thanks for featuring my magnets. As a former member of ACS and reader of C&EN, this is pretty awesome 🙂 (I let my membership lapse since I’m no longer working in the field, unless you count making magnets and pendants.) 🙂