14 awesome science gift ideas to smarten up your Christmas list
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From hand-made musical instruments and photo collections of insects, this Christmas gift guide will help you find a present for the science fan in your life. With suggested gifts from £5 to £200, there’s something to suit most budgets.
1. Periodic table washbagAny recipient will be in their element (groan) with this washbag from the dotcomgiftshop, available for £14.95.
2. Aurora Borealis Heat Change Mug
As the mug is filled with a hot liquid, the drinker is treated to a view of the Aurora Borealis. It costs $14.99 (£11.20) from Thinkgeek.
3. City lights globe lightThe cities of the world are illuminated on this globe which stands on a stainless steel base and is powered by a USB cable with a mains plug. Get it for £99.99 from Menkind.
4. Chemistry TerrariumFor those looking to perform some experimental gardening, Firebox has this Chemistry Terrarium for £29.99.
5. Science stationery setA grateful recipient will surely be able to pen an extraordinary thank-you note with this science stationery set from Thinkgeek for $19.99 (£15).
6. Personalised Periodic Table CoasterAdd a personalised touch with a coaster of your recipient’s initials in the style of an element from the periodic table, with a hint of Breaking Bad. Available from Not On The High Street for £7.50.
7. Flyte Levitating Light Bulb Walnut & Copper
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8. DNA Personalised KeychainVisit Personally Charmed UK on Etsy for this £5 keyring which includes a double helix, personalised birthstone and initial letter.
9. Earth and Space Adult Colouring BookColour your way through the Nasa archives with this Earth And Space Adult Colouring Book. Alongside the blank versions, there are full-colour photos from Nasa to inspire you. Buy it for $14.99 (£11.30) from Thinkgeek.
10. Camera Patent PrintsThese museum quality art prints show the inner workings of a traditional camera. Available via Stanley Print House on Etsy for £6.14.
11. Curiscope Virtuali-Tee £25This Virtuali-tee works with a smartphone app to let you see inside the body on a guided tour using augmented reality. It’s available from a child’s extra small to an adult XXL direct from Curiscope.
12. Chemist’s Spice RackMerge cookery and chemistry with this Chemist’s Spice Rack from Thinkgeek, priced at $49.99 (£37.50).
13. Hurdy-Gurdy – build your own fully fledged musical instrumentFor when building towers out of blocks is a bit too boring, step up the handmade credentials by creating a musical instrument of your own. The Hurdy Gurdy is available from UGears for £69.99.
14. Microsculpture Portraits of Insects by Levon BissThis talking-point book shows insects in “mind-blowing magnification”. Something to delight and fascinate people on Christmas Day – and beyond. Available from Abrams for £30.
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