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Holiday Gift Ideas

by Bethany Halford
December 2, 2013 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 91, ISSUE 48

Pour yourself a beaker full of eggnog. It’s time to get the holiday shopping under way. The Newscripts gang has sifted through a plethora of Internet offerings to help you find geeky gifts for the chemistry lover in your life. Here are a few of our favorites. Visit the Newscripts blog (cenblog.org/newscripts) for our complete holiday gift guide.

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You want to add some molecular gastronomy flair to your holiday meal, but you’re having a tough time finding sodium alginate at the supermarket? Take a shortcut and use Christine Le Tennier Flavor Pearls. Modernist Pantry stocks several flavors, including vinegar and shallots (shown here), passion fruit, yuzu, and maple syrup. A 200-g jar will set you back $35, but it will serve up to 50 people. For more intimate gatherings, a 50-g jar serves up to 12 for $15.
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You want to add some molecular gastronomy flair to your holiday meal, but you’re having a tough time finding sodium alginate at the supermarket? Take a shortcut and use Christine Le Tennier Flavor Pearls. Modernist Pantry stocks several flavors, including vinegar and shallots (shown here), passion fruit, yuzu, and maple syrup. A 200-g jar will set you back $35, but it will serve up to 50 people. For more intimate gatherings, a 50-g jar serves up to 12 for $15.
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Credit: Unemployed Philosophers Guild
You just don’t see much puppetry in the world of science these days. Good thing the Great Scientists Finger Puppets set is here to fill the void. Entertain your kids or lab mates with tiny likenesses of Marie Curie, Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton, and Charles Darwin. The foursome costs $23 from their creators, the Unemployed Philosophers Guild.
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You just don’t see much puppetry in the world of science these days. Good thing the Great Scientists Finger Puppets set is here to fill the void. Entertain your kids or lab mates with tiny likenesses of Marie Curie, Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton, and Charles Darwin. The foursome costs $23 from their creators, the Unemployed Philosophers Guild.
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Whether you’re grading exams or sending thank-you notes, let your students and loved ones know that they measure up with these glassware-themed stamps. From the WeTheSciencey shop on Etsy.com, the set costs $18 and features three rubber stamps, roughly 1.5 to 2 cm tall, mounted on maple hardwood with a cotton carrying bag.
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Whether you’re grading exams or sending thank-you notes, let your students and loved ones know that they measure up with these glassware-themed stamps. From the WeTheSciencey shop on Etsy.com, the set costs $18 and features three rubber stamps, roughly 1.5 to 2 cm tall, mounted on maple hardwood with a cotton carrying bag.
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Is there an element missing from your house parties? The whizzes at ThinkGeek think it might be a radioactive one. They’ve come up with a Radioactive Elements Glowing Coaster Set to light up your nights and protect your furniture for just $20. Place a drink upon these pressure-sensitive coasters emblazoned with the atomic symbols for radium, plutonium, uranium, and thorium and they’ll glow. Batteries included.
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Is there an element missing from your house parties? The whizzes at ThinkGeek think it might be a radioactive one. They’ve come up with a Radioactive Elements Glowing Coaster Set to light up your nights and protect your furniture for just $20. Place a drink upon these pressure-sensitive coasters emblazoned with the atomic symbols for radium, plutonium, uranium, and thorium and they’ll glow. Batteries included.
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Credit: LEGO
Your search for the perfect stocking stuffer is over. The 11th series of Lego’s minifigures features a little scientist that lab geeks will love. Wearing a lab coat, safety glasses, and gloves, this little lady is a steal at around $3.00. But be forewarned: Minifigs come in mystery packs, so you’ll have to do a little analysis of your own by feeling around for the Erlenmeyer flasks she carries.
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Your search for the perfect stocking stuffer is over. The 11th series of Lego’s minifigures features a little scientist that lab geeks will love. Wearing a lab coat, safety glasses, and gloves, this little lady is a steal at around $3.00. But be forewarned: Minifigs come in mystery packs, so you’ll have to do a little analysis of your own by feeling around for the Erlenmeyer flasks she carries.

 

Bethany Halford wrote this week’s column. Please send comments and suggestions to newscripts@acs.org.

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