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‘Tis the season to spread science cheer! (Although, as the editors of Laboratory Equipment, we’d argue it’s always time for science-themed gift giving).

With the help of our 5th Annual Holiday Gift Guide, you can treat yourself or your loved ones to a little extra STEM-excitement. Happy shopping!

1. Cognitive Surplus Notebooks; 2. Little Patient Dolls; 3. DNA Portrait

1. Cognitive Surplus Notebooks$10 and up depending on design options

These beautifully-designed notebooks were created to ignite curiosity by featuring classic images from numerous scientific disciplines, including botany, chemistry, physics and more. Choose from four different types – Research, Experiment, Hypothesis, or Theory – with the added option of deciding what paper type you’d like as well. The notebooks are made with recycled paper and printed with soy-based ink. The company also offers science-themed glassware, stemware, clothing and more.
 

2. Little Patient Dolls$54.95

Erwin and Rosi, popular characters from Deitrich Grönemeyer’s children’s book series, have now come to life. The Erwin and Rosi dolls, produced by Sigikid, educate kids ages 3-12 on the basics of biology and anatomy in a fun and interactive way. The dolls come with a booklet that explains each organ’s purpose, and the doll’s organs are color-coded for easy identification.
 

3. DNA Portrait from DNA11 –  $199 and up

This may just be the most personalized gift you can ever give! DNA11 is the world’s original creator of DNA art. Here’s how it works: the company will send you a DNA sample collection kit (cheek swab). You’ll send back your sample of DNA, and choose from a variety of options on their website to make your DNA portrait even more unique. They offer numerous color, size and framing options to enhance your portrait. DNA11 can also combine up to four people’s DNA into one canvas, an added bonus for couples and families. The artistic portraits are sure to be a conversation-starter at your holiday party! Fingerprint and kiss portraits are also available.

4. Termitat; 5. Cuisine R-Evolution; 6. Homemade Gin Kit; 7. Playground Engineering & Design Building Set

4. Termitat$125 and up

There are more than 2,700 different species of termites in the world, yet only 50 are found in North America. Despite getting a bad rap as “pests” termites play an instrumental part in Earth’s ecology, and are highly social. Scientists, architects and robotics engineers study these creatures to learn more about their sophisticated adaptions – and now you can observe their tricks right from your home, office, or classroom. The Termitat allows you to watch the forest-dwelling Dampwood, which is one of the largest species of termites in North America. The unique desktop exhibit houses the termites in a secure, museum-quality habitat. Termitat also offers some accessories to enhance your experience.
 

5. Cuisine R-Evolution Molecular Gastronomy Kit$49.95

Who says you can’t play with your food? Live out your “Top Chef” dreams with the Cuisine R-Evolution Molecular Gastronomy Kit. Impress your guests with spectacular dishes such as mint caviar beads that burst in the mouth, chocolate spaghetti, lemon foam or tzatziki spheres. The kit includes everything you need to experiment at home with molecular techniques seen in high-end restaurants. It comes with four pre-measured food additives, five specialized molecular tools, as well as a 50-recipe DVD that makes molecular gastronomy easy and accessible to all foodies.

6. The Homemade Gin Kit$49.95

Wash down those decadent molecular gastronomy meals with your very own home-made gin. Home beer-brewing has become wildly popular across the U.S. in recent years, but now you can take it a step further. The art and science of creating small-batch gin from a distillery is now in your hands. The kit is equipped with all the ingredients and supplies needed to transform a generic bottle of vodka into a refreshing and delicious home-blend of your own gin. Check out the website for additional suggested cocktail recipes, or order ingredient and bottle refills to keep the fun going.
 

7. Playground Engineering & Design Building Set$24.99

Learning Resources offers the educational and entertaining Playground Engineering & Design Building Set. Do you have a young tinkerer in the family, who likes to take things apart to learn how they are made? Or always asks, “How does that work?” Fuel your child’s curiosity and engineer instincts with this play set. Children can come up with their own playground design, or start out by following a series of challenge cards that include how-to instructions on building pieces of playground equipment, such as a twisty slide, swing set, and seesaw. While they’re busy having fun, your children will also be boosting their problem solving, fine motor skills, critical thinking, and eye-hand coordination. The set is good for kids ages 5+.
 

8. Periodic Table Handmade Soap; 9. Women of NASA LEGOS; 10. Tesla Watch

8. Periodic Table Handmade Soap $7

It’s Elementary Periodic Table Soap from Just Bubbly is a great stocking stuffer for any science buff, chemical engineer, teacher, or general science nerd. Each element soap weighs a full 4 ounces, is lightly scented with a ginger lime fragrance and packed in a clear 3" x 3" gift box. The radioactive elements soaps even glow in the dark! Just expose them to light or sunlight for a few minutes prior to bringing them into a dark room.
 

9. Women of NASA LEGOS$24.99

This year’s Holiday Gift Guide wouldn’t be complete without including the #1 toy on Amazon. Explore the professions of some of the groundbreaking women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) with the LEGO Ideas Women of NASA set. The set features minifigures of Nancy Grace Roman, Margaret Hamilton, Sally Ride and Mae Jemison. It also includes three LEGO builds illustrating the areas of expertise of the four women, printed nameplates, and great role-playing space exploration missions. Within 24 hours of release, the Women of NASA set jumped to the #1 toy on Amazon. (As of Dec. 1, the LEGO kit was temporarily sold out online, so check the LEGO site periodically, or visit your local toy store for availability).
 

10. Tesla Watch$69.99

ThinkGeek’s exclusive Tesla Watch honors the iconic inventor. It is designed with a “steampunk-style” aesthetic with a weathered-brass look on all the metal parts, as well as a leather strap. The analog watch also features two faux vacuum tubes with red LEDs inside that can be turned on and off with the flick of a switch. The watch has a 1” diameter face, and is 2.7” tall including the vacuum tubes. The strap is 1.2” wide and fits a wrist of 6.75” to 8”.

Disclaimer: The products in this gift guide were chosen at the discretion of the Laboratory Equipment editors, and no additional compensation was received. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider or party in question.

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