Thanksgiving is over but Christmas is peeking just around the corner, so it’s that time to go gift searching. Do you have friends and family who really dig science stuff?
Well, instead of chocolates or a dozen dinosaur toys, here are some geeky gift ideas for the science or tech loving people surrounding you (you can even pick up a few for yourself).
Heat-activated constellation mug (Amazon – $13.95)
The appreciation for the night sky can now be done indoors with this heat-changing constellation mug. When hot liquid is poured into the mug, Cassiopeia, Orion, Perseus, Ursa Major (Big Dipper), Ursa Minor (Little Dipper), plus six other constellations, magically appear. When the cup cools down, the outlines of the constellations disappear, and only the stars in the night sky are left. The heat-activated mug is microwave-safe, but requires hand washing to ensure that the stars don’t fade away.
Lightsaber selfie stick (Amazon – $15.62)
Do you have a family member or friend who’s really into Star Wars? While giving a selfie stick to this person may seem lame, but not when the selfie stick doubles as a lightsaber.
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Use the force to take better pictures with this gadget that features the hilt of Darth Vader’s lightsaber. The selfie stick can telescope out to about 40 inches or 1 meter when fully extended, meaning you can include your entire Rogue squad in the picture. And if you have an iPhone, you can take photos remotely by plugging a cable into your phone’s headphone jack that allows you to snap shots simply by pressing a button on the hilt of the lightsaber.
TARDIS Projection Alarm Clock (Amazon – $26.99)
Now here’s something every diehard Doctor Who fan would love. This TARDIS Projection Alarm Clock makes for the perfect gift. In addition to all the standard clock functions, this TARDIS timepiece can project the time and the “Doctor Who” logo onto the ceiling. And when the alarm goes off, it sets off flashing lights and TARDIS sounds. The clock measures about 4.5 inches tall and runs on four AAA batteries.
“Smart” bartending (Amazon)
Every cocktail chemist knows that the key to a great drink is using the right amount of every ingredient. But unless you have a lot of practice, the perfect pour is hard to master. Luckily, science and tech geeks now have an option for getting their drinks just right: the Perfect Drink App-Controlled Smart Bartending system. To use this super drink tool, you simply put your glass on a smart scale that connects to an app on your mobile device. The app tells you exactly how much of every ingredient to pour in real time.
Higgs boson watch (Amazon – $42.00)
The Higgs boson is thought to give all other particles mass, and this elusive particle also inspired artists to design a mesmerizing watch. You can see the second hand spin around on this Higgs boson watch, representing the Higgs decaying into other bosons.