The Sustainable Nano Guide to Holiday Gift Lists

It’s that time of year: the time when everyone starts publishing holiday gift guides!

I enjoy reading science-oriented gift lists, not only to get ideas for what to give other people (or what to ask for myself) but because they offer the opportunity to celebrate geeky creativity and ingenuity. If you’re buying things as gifts, they don’t have to be utilitarian or practical; they can be unapologetically luxurious, fun, or frivolous.

presents!  (image from Pexels)

So to help you shop for the science-lover in your life, here’s a meta-list to get you started:

You can always go straight to platforms like Etsy and Uncommon Goods as well, but prepare to be overwhelmed by the sheer volume of cool stuff that people are creating and selling. There are also a number of sites dedicated to geeky products, including ThinkGeek and Spectrum Scientifics, which can be another really fun source of ideas.

Whatever you do, and whether your budget is on the scale of nanometers or kilotons,  remember that it really is the thought that counts. Your science-loving friends and family will be thrilled that you took the time to think about their interests and passions and find something just right for them.

How your friends will act when they receive your holiday gifts (image by Robin Higgins)


Updated 12/15/17 to add: Mention of trade names or commercial products does not constitute endorsement or recommendation by the Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology or the National Science Foundation.