Looking for unique holiday gift ideas for scientists? It can be hard to find the perfect holiday gift. One of the most important things to consider is to take the recipient’s personality and likes into consideration. For those with scientist family and friends, there are plenty of gifts that range from funny to cute to cool that celebrate what they love while getting a cool new present! Science-based presents are for people of all ages and styles, and there are plenty of unique holiday gift ideas for scientists out there at a range of prices for any budget.
Science themes can give a fun spin on even more typical holiday gifts and stocking stuffers. A plain old coffee mug can become super exciting and unique by finding one with a fun slogan or design on it.
Check out these unique holiday gift ideas for scientists
When you’re shopping for a scientist this holiday season, get creative! Here are some ideas for fun and unique gifts for the scientists you know!
This coffee mug is a great way for a chemist to start the day! A super clever detail about this beaker mug is that it has a caffeine molecule diagram pattern on the glass as well as beaker measurements along the side. This mug can be used in a kitchen or a lab for working scientists and can safely handle hot or cold liquids. Great for use in the home or at work, this coffee mug is a fun, cute way for your scientist friends, family, and coworkers to show off their profession and start conversations!
Explorer Hiking Toy
For budding scientists, this science backpack will help them learn and have fun in the outdoors or even indoors! It includes binoculars, and battery-free LED flashlight, a hiking compass, a magnifying glass, and a whistle all packed into a durable carry case. This explorer set gift will awaken or nurture a passion for science for sure and provide hours of entertainment outdoors! Science is all about getting your hands dirty, and this is a great way for kids to get totally immersed in it.
Gross Science Lab
National Geographic’s hands-on chemistry kit is an awesome gift for kids with an interest in science! With everything needed for 15 experiments, this STEM kit gives budding scientists the chance to explore the scientific process while having a ton of fun! It’s easy to get kids interested in science with this kit. Even those who might not be enthused about it are sure to be lured in by the quirky, fun take on biology and chemistry that this set has! Lots of kids love gross stuff, so this lab kit is sure to be a hit this holiday season!
This handmade bracelet is an ideal gift for a scientist relative or friend. Completely handcrafted, this engraved stainless steel bracelet is both durable and fashionable. It fits in well with almost any style and can be worn almost everywhere. Your loved ones can take it wherever they go and proudly proclaim their profession and fashion sense at the same time!
Chemistry Whiskey Glasses
There’s no better gift for chemists who’re ready for a relaxing evening after a hard day’s work in the lab! These whisky glasses are etched with diagrams of some of the molecules that make up whiskey, as well as a short explanation of how each molecule contributes to making whiskey. Fun and unique, this gift is great for family and friends or as a fun holiday surprise for a colleague.
Funny Science Notebook
A great gift for a birthday or a holiday, this notebook gives scientists a convenient place to write notes and reminders, and make to-do lists while showing off their profession. This notebook has high-quality white-lined paper with lots of space to write and 100 pages inside a softcover. Keeping notes and careful records is important to any scientist, and you can help them with this fun gift this holiday season!
Personalized Science Ornament
This personalized ornament is an awesome and festive addition to the Christmas tree in a scientist’s household! When you order it, you can choose the recipient’s name and favorite color to create a personalized, memorable gift for the holidays. Personalized gifts are always great for lending that special touch to gifts and the scientific flair that this ornament has is just the icing on the cake. This ornament is lightweight and durable, so it’ll last a long time and gather a lot of memories!
Men’s Science Socks
These funny science socks are a great gift for the scientists in your family! With microscopes, eyedroppers, and molecule diagram patterns, these socks are a great present for a chemist with a sense of humor who needs some nice warm socks for working in cold labs or just relaxing at home. While socks are usually seen as a boring, uninspired gift, the fun, quirky pattern on these makes them a unique gift for a scientist on the holidays.
Funny Science T-shirt
This T-shirt makes for a great gift for physics teachers or just friends or family with an interest in physics. With a classic reference to the famous mass-energy equivalence equation, this shirt is sure to be a hit for scientists and budding scientists everywhere on the holidays! It’s a useful, practical gift that your scientist friend or family member can use anywhere, and it can make for some funny conversations as well!
Kid’s Science Experiment Kit
This fun science exploration kit is great for kids who want to learn more about science while totally looking at the part! Coming with a washable kid’s lab coat, science tool toys, and a step-by-step instruction manual, budding scientists can learn skills like math concepts and problem-solving while playing. The sheer variety of the materials given is a huge bonus, and there’s plenty of room for experimentation outside of the instruction manual. The lab coat can also be used for dress-up, making this a versatile gift for young kids!
Funny Science Coffee Mug
This coffee mug is the perfect gift for a science teacher or physics enthusiast. It is perfect for both hot and cold drinks and can be used at home, in the lab, or at work. It can also work great as a pencil holder for those who already have a cup to use, and the funny printed decal makes for a great conversation starter. Coffee is a vital part of many peoples’ work schedules, and scientists are no different!
This eye-catching plasma ball is just flat-out cool and completely safe for kids! It’s an awesome way to demonstrate physics to younger kids and comes with a learning guide and instruction manual that teaches the basics of how plasma balls work. This fun, the educational orb is a great holiday gift for parents or kids who love science! It can also make for a cool decoration as it works kind of like a lava lamp, so it can remain a fun decoration for a long time after the novelty has worn off.
Young Kids’ Science Kit
This science kit allows parents to create an authentic home lab experience for their younger children! With a variety of different child-safe compounds for over 20 experiments, this kit will both keep kids entertained and teach them how to carry out experiments and problem solve at the same time! It makes an awesome gift for the holidays!
Rocket Scientist Christmas T-shirt
For those who know aerospace engineers with a sense of humor, this cute Christmas elf design is the perfect T-shirt gift! Even those who only have an interest in rockets and how they are built can enjoy this cute gift. With a lightweight, classic fit and multiple colors to choose from, this shirt can work well for almost anybody, and the funny design is sure to be a conversation starter for the wearer wherever they go!
Funny Science Christmas Sweatshirt
During the coldest times of the year, you can’t go wrong with a nice warm sweater. This holiday sweatshirt has a great mix of Christmas and science-themed decorations on it! With microscopes, snowflakes, beakers, reindeer, and an atom model, this sweater is both festive and scientific. With a pretty design, this sweater is the perfect gift for scientists with some style who still want to feel festive!
Earth Science Kit
This kit is an awesome gift for budding geologists this holiday season! With over 15 science experiments and activities for kids, this science kit will do a great job of teaching kids the basics of earth science. With activities like crystal growing, dig kits, and an erupting volcano model, this gift is sure to get kids interested in earth science! While earth science doesn’t sound like the most interesting topic, showing people just how fun and cool it can be is an awesome present!
Hydroponics Plant Terrarium
This advanced home garden system is a simple, yet sophisticated gift for botanists or other people with an interest in plant science. It also is just a great decoration for a desk or office. The calming effect of plants is sure to be appreciated by busy, hard-working scientists, and the cool twist of it being a hydroponics planter makes for a cool unique gift idea. With a simple wooden frame and pretty glass containers for the plants, this classy office decoration is sure to be appreciated this holiday season!
Periodic Table Cutting Board
Mixing chemistry and cooking, this bamboo cutting board is engraved with the periodic table of elements and makes an awesome gift for a teacher or relative who loves science! Beautifully engraved, this board also comes with the clever title “For Periodic Use Only”, which is sure to get a chuckle or two. For people who love cooking, this is both a useful and clever gift that’s super unique and sure to get comments! It’s also very durable, so it’ll get plenty of use over the years.
Chemist’s Spice Rack
This cute chemistry spice rack has 14 pieces in the set, with nine test tubes, four Erlenmeyer flasks, and a carrying tray. The spice rack itself is made of metal with a silver-tone finish, and the bottle is all made of glass. It works great for functional use and for decoration in the kitchen. A cool, unique decoration, spice racks like these are a great way to spice up a kitchen decoration scheme. It’s a great gift for a chemist who also likes cooking and is sure to get a smile this holiday season!
This huge pack of science-themed stickers is a perfect gift for science fans of any age or background! These stickers are great for a wide variety of surfaces, such as bicycle helmets, luggage, skateboards, and laptops. Stickers are a great way to show off a person’s likes and love, and this science-themed pack is perfect for people who love science and want to show it to the world! They’re the perfect way for science lovers to add some personality to their devices or vehicles and can be used almost anywhere by anyone!
“Mad Scientist At Work” Sign
This funny warning sign is a great addition to a home office for any scientist! Made with bright colors and an iron plate, this sign is both colorful and sturdy. It’s also easy to hang, with pre-drilled screw holes. The edges are also rolled and crimped for safety and have a classic, vintage style that’ll add some flair to a home office wall or door. It makes a great, personality-filled gift for a scientist!
These adorable miniature microscope earrings are perfect for scientists or teachers on the holidays! Made from zinc alloy, these earrings have a lot of detail despite their small size. Probably one of the best appreciation presents for science teachers, these unique earrings are sure to be eye-catching and elegant. They make a great gift for people who love jewelry and are really into science as a job or just for fun!