13 Christmas Presents for Big Geeks

by Deb on December 16, 2010


So far my Christmas Presents for Geeks series has been about the little ones, either for them or presents they can make for others.  This list is for all ages and includes books, music and jewellery that might amuse the older geeks in your life or be good to leave out as hints.  It’s mostly too late for online ordering or Etsy, but they are ones to keep in mind for the rest of the year and many are available in bricks and mortar stores.  All the links are Australian, but most of these are available internationally.  Thanks to Podblack Cat for pointing me to some of them.

  1. Tim Minchin– Most definitely not safe for work!  But hilarious DVDs for any adult skeptical geeks in your lives.  Check out his YouTube channel, my current favourite is White Wine in the Sun.Dr Karl
  2. They Might Be Giants – An adult band (Remember Birdhouse in Your Soul?) but they have released some great albums for little geeks, including Here Comes Science.
  3. Dr Karl – The sleek geek has 30 books and now a game available at ABC shops.  Good for any ages for a quirky present.
  4. Digital Cuttlefish – The Digital Cuttlefish is an amazing poet, always thought-provoking as he writes on scientific and skeptical issues.  He has now collected his wonderful verses and published them, you can get a downloadable version or hard copy.
  5. Tribal Science This is one I’ve asked for, it’s brand new from Australian science educator Michael McRae.  A historical look at what science is, how we think and some of the arguments and mistakes.
  6. Does Anything Eat Wasps? The Last Word is a long running column in New Scientist magazine where people send in questions and readers answer.  Many of them have been collected in an entertaining series of books beginning with Does Anything Eat Wasps?
  7. Why People Believe Weird Things by Michael Shermer – An entertaining look at the search for meaning and spiritual fulfillment.  Currently sitting under my bed.
  8. The Demon Haunted World – it’s been suggested that all geeky book lists are legally required to begin with this one.  It’s one of the foundations of modern skepticism by the much lamented Carl Sagan and looks at all sorts of pseudo-science including alien abduction and faith healing.
  9. Jewellery –  Store these away for a birthday, geeky Mums.
    • Molecular Muse on Etsy makes lovely necklaces and earrings in the shape of molecules – fancy a theobromine (chocolate) heart? steampunk cuttlefish necklace
    • Morphologica is on Etsy but also has their own store, an Australian artist creating laser-cut acrylic jewellery with a science/geek theme.
    • Noadi’s Art is inspired by marine creatures, especially squids and their allies.  For amazing and very distinctive necklaces made of polymer clay.
  10. T-shirts – They don’t have to just come in black with sometimes-witty slogans, they can be geekily humorous too.
    • Yellow Ibis have both adult and children’s t-shirts.  Is your little one as sweet as glucose?
    • Teach the Controversy was the slogan of creationists in the US trying to get creation into science classes.  So why don’t we teach other controversies as well – storks bringing babies or the 5 elements of the periodic table?  Probably only humorous to actual scientists or people trying to work them all out.
  11. Nerdy Baby – B is for binary numbers, C is for cell membrane – doesn’t every little girl need a poster of the inverse square law?  It’s quirky and I Mr Methanelove it.
  12. Plushies – Do you prefer organs, molecules, or giant microbes?  They do have a use as a teaching tool I suppose, but look at the cute little smile on the crocheted methane!
  13. Your Organ Grinder – I don’t know if I would do this as a present myself but I came across it while researching this post and wanted to share.  Feel the urge for a felted brain necklace?  Or lungs appliqued in cute quilting cotton?  This is your store.

What geeky present do you want for Christmas?

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Marianne Arkins December 16, 2010 at 8:49 pm

B is for binary numbers, C is for cell membrane – doesn’t every little girl need a poster of the inverse square law?

HAHAHAHA!!!! Love it! 😀
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CountryDew December 16, 2010 at 9:05 pm

Items 7 and 8 look very interesting. I will have to add those to my “to read” list. Thanks for enlightening my world this morning.
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Caridad Pineiro December 16, 2010 at 10:46 pm

Actually, still not sure what I want this year, if anything at all. But one of my favorite Christmas presents ever was a chemistry kit. Spent the holiday making snow in test tubes and lots of other fun things.


Adelle Laudan December 16, 2010 at 10:57 pm

Science was my worst grades in school. I wish I had seen the Morphologica link a few weeks ago. Some of those would make the perfect gift for my daughter. Maybe I can tuck one away for her Bday in March.


colleen December 16, 2010 at 11:30 pm

A wasp once flew into my young son’s mouth. Took a while for us to understand why he was screaming. I think you should be Science Santa and leave these probing gifts for kids.


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Virginia Cavanaugh December 17, 2010 at 12:47 am

Very interesting list. 🙂
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A Redhead Named Sam December 17, 2010 at 6:20 am

I love Giant Microbes. In fact, I bought the Christmas Edition microbes and they are adorning my tree as we speak.

Thanks for the Etsy links – I can’t wait to explore them.
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Xakara December 17, 2010 at 8:35 am

They Might Be Giants and plushie organs. Best. List. Ever. 🙂

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Laura December 18, 2010 at 5:29 pm

I like the nerdy baby site. My two children’s names are inspired from the periodic table. 🙂
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Annie December 20, 2010 at 5:19 am

I LOVE They Might Be Giants – I think that Science Album may need to be coming to live at our house (Thanks for reminding me that just because I don’t have much time to listen to my favourite bands doesn’t mean they aren’t out there producing new music – and kids music as a bonus!)


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