Christmas is upon us, it is that wonderful time of year when carols are sung, mince pies are eaten and presents given and received. To help you with that last part here’s our ultimate holiday gift guide for young scientists (and adults too!):
1. Newtons Cradle
Sir Isaac Newton was a genius before his time. Not only did he discover gravity, the laws of motion, and unravel the mysteries of physics, he also knew how to make a cracking office desk toy! Ok maybe not. The Newtons Cradle was actually introduced in 1968 (and not the 17th century) and this is an exact replica of the original design. The swinging metal balls are a brilliant demonstration of the laws of conservation of momentum and energy.
www.red5.co.uk – £12.95
2. Human Body Mug
This is part of a range of informative mugs that will educate and astound you with unusual facts and figures. Look at them whenever you have your hot drink and simply absorb all those facts!
www.temptationgifts.com – £16.16
3. Arduino Starter Kit
A great kit that walks you through the basics of electronics with the Arduino in a hands-on way. You’ll learn through building several creative projects. The kit includes a selection of the most common and useful electronic components with a book of 15 projects. Starting the basics of electronics, to more complex projects, the kit will help you control the physical world with sensors and actuators.
www.amazon.co.uk – £84.95
4. Lunar Mission One
Reserve your place on the moon with a gift of space in the Lunar Mission One capsule. Your photos, work, video, even DNA can be immortalised in this unique time capsule on the moon. And in buying this gift, you are also directly helping to facilitate the mission to the moon which will allow more science to be carried out on our only natural satellite.
www.kickstarter.com – £60
5. Test Tube Tea Infuser
For all chemistry lovers, this is an absolute must. Brew your favourite blend of tea with this elegant test tube tea infuser.
www.presentprovider.com – £12.50
6. Equation Clock
Indulge your inner geek and accept a new challenge with this clock. Each numerical hour of the day is spelled out with a different mathematical notation, giving you a new mathematical boost with each time check.
www.uncommongoods.com – £20.28
Beam the glorious night-sky onto the ceiling of your home! It shows real constellations and mimics celestial movements even with the occasional meteor shower.
www.firebox.com – £109.99
8. Pi Bracelet
Show off your love for Science & Maths by strutting around this beautiful bracelet with the first 480 numbers of Pi etched onto it.
www.etsy.com – £39.50
9. Makerbot 3D Printer
Unleash creativity with an educational, entertaining and useful 3D printer. Your imagination is the only limit to the fun you can have with this!
www.unlimited.com – £999
10. Omg T-Shirt
Periodic Table fun, amuse your science pals with this T-Shirt – OMg the element of surprise!
www.ebay.co.uk – £8.95
11. Mushroom Box
You can grow a whole different kingdom with this oyster mushroom box. Just open the box, mist the mushrooms, and harvest them 10 days later.
12. MaKey MaKey
MaKey MaKey is an invention kit for the 21st century, allowing your mind to think creatively and have a great deal of fun. Turn everyday objects into touchpads and combine them with the internet. It’s a simple Invention Kit for Beginners and Experts doing art, engineering, and everything in between.
www.amazon.co.uk – £42.99
13. Chem C2000/C3000
This is the ultimate chemistry set. The Chem 3000, has over 300 experiments you can do safely at home, keeping you busy for the rest of your Christmas break! The Chem 2000 is great if you’re on a tighter budget, with over 200 facinating experiments for you to get your teeth into (although you probably should’t do that literally)
www.sciencemuseumshop.co.uk – £90-£160
14. Lab Book
These delightful notebooks would be suited to any lab and great for anyone with big genius ideas, a variety of motifs from the Brain to Coffee are available.
www.notonthehighstreet.com – £3.95
15. Celestron Telescope
Perhaps the ultimate science Christmas gift. Get lost in space as you clearly observe Cassini’s Division in Saturn’s rings, the cloud bands on Jupiter, and the Great Red Spot. Beyond the solar system, your 8SE will show you hundreds of pinpoint stars in the Hercules Globular Cluster, the spiral arms of the Whirlpool Galaxy, and more. And don’t forget the Moon—you’ll see craters and geographic features like never before.
www.jessops.com – £1149