Science Geek Gift Ideas for Adults & Kids

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Science is a tricky one because it’s multidisciplinary. Someone who’s into biology, for example, might not be a die-hard chemistry nerd. Of course, all sciences cross over – at least a little bit. Here’s some science geek gift ideas that most people will appreciate – kids and adults included.

We tried to put together some stuff that people would love even if you’re not super close or aren’t familiar with their field. They’re good for scientist, science enthusiast, or just all-around geeks who love science-y stuff. For the kids, there’s also a collection of science kits and activities.

Science Geek Gift Ideas for Adults and Older Kids/Teens

Coffee Molecule Mug

Who doesn’t need more mugs? This one is clear to kind of look like a lab beaker, but is covered with the chemical compound for caffeine. It’s a set of two – maybe a good gift idea for a couple or lab partners?

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The Science Book

This book is great for science enthusiasts who want to learn a little bit of everything. It’s great for older kids and teens, too, especially if they’ve already mastered beginner concepts.

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Dihydrogen Monoxide Water Bottle

This water bottle takes advantage of ignorance to make something as harmless as water look like a dangerous substance. It’s a funny gift idea, and definitely going to make a science geek laugh!

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Pluto Never Forget Shirt

Pluto Never Forget Shirt

Despite what NASA says Pluto will always be a planet in our hearts.

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Beaker Christmas Tree Ornament

This would be a great Christmas gift idea or stocking stuffer for a scientist or science teacher!

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Chemist’s Spice Rack

Cooking is a chemical reaction, after all! This space rack would be great in a science geek’s kitchen. All the jars look like test tubes and beakers, and it’s all labelled with fake elemental signs.

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Tesla Jigsaw Puzzle

The underappreciated father of modern science is immortalized in this puzzle. At 500 pieces, it’s the perfect size for kids and adults to do together.

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DNA Infinity Pendant

This unique pendant was inspired by DNA’s double helix that’s visible under a microscope. It makes a nice gift idea for a science geek who also loves jewelry!

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Never Trust an Atom T Shirt

Puns are always funny. This shirt says “never trust an atom, they make up everything.” Get it?

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I Need Caffeine Travel Mug

How often do you need caffeine? Well it’s not always… It’s only periodically. Of course, the science twist here is the periodic table of elements that’s used to make up the word “caffeine.”

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Cat Scientist Socks

It’s cats… And they’re doing SCIENCE! What’s not to love about these socks? They’d make a great gift idea or stocking stuffer for a science geek.

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Schrodinger's Cat in a Box

Schrodinger’s Cat in a Box

Is the cat alive or dead? Open the box to find out! Inside you’ll find an enamel pin of a cat, but whether or not it’s living remains to be seen. (You’ll get 1 of the 2 designs at random.)

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Wit’s End Board Game

This trivia game is full of a variety of questions, including a lot about science. Geeks will love showing off their random (but useful) knowledge!

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Microscope Earrings

What better earrings to wear to a science lab, award ceremony, or in the classroom? They’re dangly microscopes, a perfect way to subtlety show off their geekiness.

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Microscope

Or, if earrings aren’t enough, why not get them the real thing? A microscope like this one is great for hobbyist scientists or those who are just getting into biology.

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True Facts That Sound like Bulls#’t Book

Believe it or not, everything in this book is actually true! For example, did you know that most Canadians live south of Seattle?

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Small Ammonite Earrings

These earrings are made from genuine ammonite fossils. What could be cooler than accessorizing with real fossils?!

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Kinect Motion Desk Toy

This perpetual motion toy is a fun gift idea for adults. They can put it on their desk, or display it somewhere around the home. After all, adults like playing with toys too!

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Chemistry Scarf

This one would be an excellent Christmas gift idea since it’s a great cold-weather accessory. Normal infinity scarves? Boring, mundane, overdone. Science themed ones? Awesome, amazing, best gift ever.

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Women in Science Postcards

It’s the gift that keeps on giving! This box has 100 post cards (50 designs, you get 2 of each) with amazing women in science like Marie Curie.

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Rock Tumbler

This cool machine turns pretty rocks into polished gems! Perfect for the collector or geology enthusiast. It would also be great for someone who likes to make crafts or jewelry with smooth rocks.

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Organic Chemistry Kit

This set is super handy for high school kids and college students. You can use the kit to create 3D models of atoms to help you get a better understanding of how things work.

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Science Geek Gift Ideas for Kids

Earth Science Kit

This kit is great because it has a little bit of everything! Kids can learn about all types of earth sciences like volcanos or rocks and minerals.

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Osmo Coding

Coding is a type of science too (computer science) so coding kits are a great science geek gift idea for kids. Osmo is one of the best – it takes advantage of tablets to create a kid-friendly early coding experience.

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Plush DNA

What kid doesn’t want a plush DNA to cuddle and love? Actually, the whole giant microbe line is super cute, so go ahead and pick out any one you think the kid in your life will love.

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Glow in the Dark Slime Lab

Every kid is into slime, so this slime lab is a perfect way to introduce some science into it! The kit has instructions and everything you need to do over 31 different glow in the dark experiments.

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Montessori Animal Classification Puzzle

This Montessori kit a great way to introduce young children (like preschool or early elementary age) to the concept of animal classification.

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Glider Plane Kit

Kids can learn all about the science of flight with this glider kit. What I really like about it isn’t just that it’s a great educational kit, but it’s also solar powered!

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Bill Nye’s VR Science Lab

When it comes to technology if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em! This kit uses VR technology to bring Bill Nye the Science guy’s famous lessons to life for a new generation.

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Hydro Pets

Remember Sea Monkeys? Yeah, they’re still around! There’s magnifying glasses on the sides of the tank so kids can see their creatures up close.

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LEGO Chain Reactions

This book is full of fun experiments that kids can do involving chain reactions. If they’re already into LEGO, this kit is a great way to get them into science too.

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Solar Powered Vehicle Kit

This is a good kit for older kids. There’s 2 model cars they can build – but the real science comes from attaching the wiring to make them remote controlled!

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Glow in the Dark Constellation Blanket

This is a cozy science geek gift idea that’s perfect for all ages. It’s microfiber so this blanket will be super soft and makes a great throw.

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Science Kit for Kids

If you know a kid who wants variety this kit is perfect. It comes with all kinds of chemicals and tools to complete 30 different science experiments.

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Robotic Hand DIY Kit

This kit is super cool for budding robotic engineers. It helps give kids a better understanding of how simple microchip controlled machines work.

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Science Ninjas Game

Games are a great way to help kids practice their science facts, especially concepts they need to memorize. The point of this game is to build chemical elements with the cards – but be careful, other players can break them down with acid!

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DIY Lava Lamp kit

DIY Lava Lamp

This homemade kit has everything kids need to make their very own lava lamp! Complete with their choice of food colouring options.

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Beginner Microscope

For kids just getting started with microbiology, a microscope like this is a perfect science geek gift idea. It even comes with tools and a few things to examine.

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Break Open Geodes

Kids love breaking open geodes to see what’s inside! This kit comes with 10 they can smash up, plus safety goggles just in case.

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The Fascinating Science Book for Kids

With this book kids will have everything they need to understand the basics of the universe. With facts like “giant squids have brains shaped like doughnuts,” kids will spend hours learning about the natural world.

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Science Pencil Set

Science Pencil Set

Science geeks need to write lots of important notes, especially geeky kids that are still in school.

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Science Energy Kit

This little stick is great for showing some hands-on STEM learning! Perfect as a stocking stuffer, it helps kids understand how open and closed circuits work.

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Science Stickers

These stickers are another science geek gift that kids and adults alike would love. It’s super affordable and you get a huge pack of 50 fun science themed stickers.

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Custom Scientist Print

Custom Scientist Print

This Etsy seller turns a photo of your child into a custom scientist print! What a fun way to encourage a budding science geek.

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Levitating Globe

Any earth science fan needs to have a globe, but what’s more fun than one that hovers all by itself. How does it do that, anyway?

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Hopefully these science geek gift ideas for adults and kids has inspired some of your birthday, Christmas, or other holiday shopping! They’re great to give to teachers and mentors, too.

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Everett

Everett, or Evvy if you're looking at our social media, has been blogging for years. As a parent of 5 in his early 30s, he decided to start The Best Nest to offer practical tips and ideas.