Chemistry is a most excellent discipline full of colourful chemicals, of peering into a world of unknown forces, and of creating new materials that have never before existed ever. To show the chemist in your life how much you appreciate their saving the world on your behalf (yes, Chemists are superheroes. You didn’t know?) here are some chemical gift ideas.
Wines of Substance
Not only is their website super sexy, they have very handsome bottles of wine to boot. I would be buying these for my old highschool chem teacher who first got me excited about science, but they don’t ship to Aus. If you’re in the US, these are made in Washington. Maybe you could send me some!
Little Chemistry Man Made of Metal
Technically he’s a chemical engineer, but look at him mixing metal stuffs and chugging away at his comp. This would be the perfect present for someone in metal chem, or who works with metal catalysts a lot.
Caffeine… Is there anything we need more on a long night in teh lab? The only trouble with this is you may end up ingesting your latest experiment by accident. The same site has cool salt and pepper shakers with chemical signs on them.
Dr Karl’s Fact or Fishy Boardgame
The science version of Fact or Crap. The question-master reads out a statement like “Bacteria have no sense of smell” and you have to decide if it’s Fact or Fishy (It’s Fishy, all living things have a system to sniff out molecules in the environment to find food or threats.) You play for tokens, and the game ends when you’ve used them all up. It’s totally THE BEST SCIENCE GAME EVER! I played it with a bunch of other Science Communicators at the RiAus and it was a blast, and I’ve got it at home as well. It’s most fun to play with other scientists, because you get really into answering as fast as possible and complaining about the phrasing and the level of scientific rigorousness. The bad news is that it’s only in Australia so far (you can get them at toy stores and some bookstores in the science section), but if you Direct Message Dr Karl on Twitter he might could airmail you one. Or you can e-mail me (Requests click here), and I’ll see what I can do to get you a copy.
I’ve posted on the awesome jewelry of Molecular Muse before, but if you STILL haven’t bought yourself or someone near you a serotonin necklace or a dopamine pair of earrings you’re letting down the team. The Molecular Muse also does an endorphin choker, caffeine necklace, capsaicin (chili) necklace, theobromine (chocolate) earrings, zingerone (ginger) necklaces, DNA earrings… the list goes on! Great for someone who’s into natural product extractions or biologically significant molecules. Her full range is here.
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