2009 Science Slant Holiday Gift List

The year is 2009 and the holiday lists are trimming and slimming. I know in my family we have all mutually agreed to scale back "this year". Not wanting to be left off the holiday gift list blog circuit we hunted, collaborated and found some great unique gifts that are witty, worthwhile, and of course science slanted. As you browse this list you will notice that it serves as a launch pad into some of the funniest and most comprehensive "thinker" gift sites on the web.

There is sci-fi, science experiment, scientific discovery, and even Elijah Woods DNA (see DNA11 post). We hope you enjoy browsing and find that one thing that makes you smile to buy, and them laugh, snort, or shyly smile to open!

Nikon Coolpix S1000pj with Built-In LED Projector

Got an aspiring shutter bug in the group? They tend to like cameras, crazy I know. Which means that giving them a Nikon Coolpix S1000pj is a much better idea then that pair of tan slacks you're holding. Yes you, I see them. Put the horrible pants down and walk slowly away.

With a built in LED projector, this camera puts the Cool in Coolpix. See the projections, at Nikon Follow the link below for prices.

Carl Sagan Cosmos - HULU Style

Yea yea its free, so how can you gift it? Hey I don't have all the answers. Gather your friends and family around the TV for an important announcement, then fire up this bad boy, scream "Happy Holidays" and bolt. By the time they figure out they're going to be watching that lady for the next hour you'll be halfway to the door and your Holiday shopping is done. Plus all that money you'll save by shotgun gifting will keep the party going until New Years. Hey, don't feel bad for them, they'll get to learn about science.

Science Mugs, Glasses, Cups, Oh My!

Have you ever wanted a mug that had the chemical equation for caffeine on it? What about a mug that looked like a beaker? How 'bout one covered in math equations? Or a cocktail set that looks like a chemistry set? Well you can have them all. Oh, get yourself some stargate coasters while you're at it.

Absolute Zero T-Shirt

Oh my god, I need a gift for that young "hip" cousin of mine, but what do those kids like these days? I think he got an 'A' on a science test once, at least I think that's what his mother was prattling on about, so that must mean he likes science. Hmmm, something science-y, ah ha! A shirt* with a science joke of a somewhat obvious nature!

*Faux nerd guy not included

James Watson Bobble Head

The man who made one of the most important discoveries of our time reaches his high point by being immortalized as a bobble head. The site claims "This is one of the most unique items that we have seen in a long time. Enjoy this for years to come..." Clearly they don't get out very much. Everyone knows that the most unique item is the Glenn Beck Big Mouthed Bass*.

*If anyone wants to actually make the Glenn Beck product give us a call.

The ThinkGeek Annoy-a-tron

Close quarter labs can make for interesting relationships between fellow scientists. You know what I mean... Get your coworker or better your superiors with what I think is one of the best pranks ever.

With its thin design and embedded magnet for easy hiding, the Annoy-a-tron can be placed in a variety of locations. Select one of the three sound choices (2 kHz, 12 kHz, or alternating) and push the switch to the on position. Place it in a proper hiding spot and let the "fun" begin.

WowWee Tribot Talking Companion

Tribot is one of the latest in the line of personal robots from WowWee. Tribot is fresh off the robot assembly line and is ready to interact with you whether it is playing with his built-in games or telling you jokes. Remember though, he's only a young robot so he will need help from you to give him commands using the remote controller.

Crank your gas chromatograph to 11!

This t-shirt is perfect for the chemist in your life that likes to rock too. 100% cotton heavyweight black tee with white and red depictions of 11 heavy metals from copper to bismuth doodled in the style of a 16-year-old metalhead.

Levitron OMEGA- Anti-Gravity Top

Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel I have a little dreidel, I made it of alien technology, And when it's hovering and spinning, Then dreidel I shall play!

The Third Man of the Double Helix: The Autobiography of Maurice Wilkins

Quick, who won the Nobel Prize for discovering the double helical structure of DNA? Most people would say Watson and Crick. But most people would make Maurice Wilkins very upset. The Rodney Dangerfield of biology, Wilkins shared the prize with Watson and Crick but missed out on the limelight.

LED Faucet Lights

I can't promise you Hawaiian Punch in the water fountains.... That's how I started my student council campaign speech. If only I had this I could have at least fooled my constituency a little longer.

You can turn any faucet in your home into a streaming fantasia of techie-bliss in just minutes.

Giant Plush Microbes

Perfect for the germaphobe in your life, show them how cute microbes can really be with these 1,000,000 times expanded plush toys. Keep one on your desktop to remind yourself that there is an "invisible" universe out there filled with very small things that can do incredible damage to much bigger things. Just in, pick up your H1N1 Microbe!