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9 gift ideas for the science geek in your life
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Heads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission. If you're gifting to a Bill Nye protégé this holiday season, check out these gifts that will cause any science geek's neurotransmitter dopamine levels to rise. (That's geek talk for "love.") SEE ALSO: This invention kit is on sale and can turn almost anything into a touchpad or video game controller Add a dash of NaCl Know anyone with a background in chemistry — or anyone with an unorganized, overflowing spice rack? The Chemist's Spice Rack might be right up their alley. House spices in test tubes and lab flasks to make cooking feel like a grand experiment. Let's just hope it doesn't taste like one. Image: wink Get the 14-piece Chemist's Spice Rack for $59.95 See Details They'll never forget to use a coaster again Speaking of the periodic table, these element coasters light up when a drink is set on them and can ensure that your Secret Santa recipient will never forget to use a coaster again. Each set comes with four different radioactive elements and also features the atomic number and isotopic mass of the most stable isotope. Yeah, science.  Image: thinkgeek Get the Radioactive Elements Glowing Coaster Set - Set of 4 for $19.99 See Details Is your teddy bear educational? Didn't think so. Forget stuffed animals — what a nerd really needs is a plush microbe. Though microscopes can zoom in pretty far on these little guys, no one realizes how cute they can be until they're blown up into a giant plush toy. Choose from countless single options or themed boxes (like the "Let's Get It On" pregnancy microbes). Image: giant microbes Check out the Giant Microbes Plush Toy gift boxes for $19.95 See Details This lamp looks like an ad for The Big Bang Theory There's no denying that this atomic age desk lamp is too cool. The exterior wire shapes resemble an atom while the string lights inside the bulb resemble protons. The metal accents make for a combination of nerdy and modern that is perfect for any decorating style. Plus, it's on sale. Image: trade cie Save $12.58 on the Atomic Age LED Metal Accent Lamp See Details Defy gravity How about a floating lightbulb? Rated five stars, Flyte is a light that literally defies gravity using magnetic levitation, while the bulb is powered by the electromagnetic field and mercury particles. Your geek might be mad that they didn't think of this idea first, but they'll be too in love to care. Image: flyte Get the original Flyte Royal: Levitating LED Light Bulb for $295.25 See Details Portable lab equipment, kind of This tiny smartphone magnifier is perfect for any curious geek and can allow them to examine anything at 30x magnification, no matter where they are. Image: QZTELECTRONIC Get the QZTELECTRONIC 30X Microscope Magnifier For Smartphones for $7.99 See Details For the NASA nerds If your Secret Santa is someone who reads NASA's social media religiously, these decorative planetary string lights would be an out-of-this-world gift. Bonus: They're $10 off right now, which is an extra little gift for you. Image: thinkgeek Get the Planetary String Lights for $10.99 See Details Cooking is a true science The Food Lab is a 5-star, #1 best-selling book and the perfect gift for someone who loves food as much as they love science. Whether they're chef level or can barely make toast, this book will show them the ropes through recipes and tips based on food composition, how heat transfers, and other science stuff. Plus, they might even make you a meal.  Image: the food lab Get See Details Because traditional clocks aren't challenging enough Put their math skills to the test with this equation wall clock. Instead of traditional numbers like on an analog clock, this one requires you to tell time with mathematical notations — because that's the type of stuff geniuses find fun, right? (A cheat sheet is included with each clock, so if they're late, it's not your fault.) Image: uncommongoods Get the Equation Clock for $30 See Details   read more
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