2013 Holiday Gift Guide

The Newscripts gang prefers to digest our Thanksgiving turkey and stuffing before facing the inevitable onslaught of the holiday shopping season. But this year Thanksgiving and Hanukkah fall on the same day – a rare convergence that won’t occur again until the year 79,811. So to help out the last-minute shoppers among our Jewish readers (don’t forget you’ve got an eight-day grace period), we’re putting up our chemistry-themed gift ideas a week earlier than usual. Did we miss something? Add it to the comments. And if you still haven’t found the perfect present among these offerings, check out our 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, and 2008 gift guides for more ideas.

Author: Bethany Halford

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  1. I’ve really enjoyed the cooperative board game Pandemic, where players work together to cure and eradicate four diseases across the globe. Each player is a character with special abilities, including a scientist (who can cure a disease with 4 cards instead of 5) and a researcher (who has advantages in sharing information among players).


  2. I like the game Compounded by Dice Hate Me. It’s a fun game in which you try to build up compounds with the random elements you’ve drawn. It’s available at your local game store or online: http://shop.gamesalute.com/products/compounded

  3. We do a whole bunch of fun nerdy science gifts – everything from DNA sand carved wine glasses (http://www.cognitive-surplus.com/product/dna-wine-glasses-sand-carved/) and a shot glass sobriety test for mathematicians (http://www.cognitive-surplus.com/product/calculus-of-a-shot/) to mitosis baby onesies (http://www.cognitive-surplus.com/product/organic-baby-onesie-mitosis-im-growing/) and Fibonacci sequence graphic t-shirts (http://www.cognitive-surplus.com/product-category/textiles/)!

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