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Christmas Presents for Curious Grown-ups

It’s not just kids who love science, so I’ve put together a list of great gifts for the grown-up science lovers in your life. And maybe a few hints about what I’m hoping Santa will bring me!

Books & DVDs

You can’t go wrong with a signed book from a top science author, and the Cosmic Shambles team have you covered whether the lucky recipient is interested in space, race, or why we embrace, there is something for everyone (including mine!):

For teenagers, Dean Burnett’s book, explaining the neuroscience of parents and why they think differently to adolescents, is a great option: Why Your Parents Are Driving You Up the Wall and What To Do About It by Dean Burnett | Waterstones

If you are looking for a laugh, a DVD or download from Festival of the Spoken Nerd will have all geeks giggling on Christmas afternoon. Made up of Stand-up mathematician Matt Parker, Geek songstress Helen Arney and experiments maestro Steve Mould, FOTSN shows are always fun, hilarious and, of course, packed with geekery!


It’s no secret that I love a bit of science fashion, so I’ve picked a few items- some I already have, and others from my current wish-list- these would be fab for anyone working in or teaching science, or who just wants to show off their passion in a stylish way!


If science clothes are a bit much, accessories can be a good way to inject some geekery into your wardrobe in a subtle way.

My first ever piece of science jewelry was from Made with Molecules, and they are still some of my favourites. There are all sorts of molecules available, from neurotransmitters to food components, so there is bound to be something for everyone!

I love an enamel pin, and there are lots of great ones out there, but two designers I love are Little Science Co and Jamie Gallagher - including this Women in STEM series.

Both feature pins celebrating diversity in science, and both donate at least part of their profits to great causes

If you are looking for something to keep you (or a loved one) safe but stylish, this mask could be just the thing- it features a visual representation of our changing climate, and can’t fail to make a statement.


Christmas cards can be pretty generic, but if you are looking for something a bit different we’ve got you covered- Hana Ayoob’s beautiful illustrated animals, topped with a santa hat, are sure to be a hit! Now you just have to choose who gets the Axolotl and who is more of a Great Tit!

Have a great holiday season and we look forward to seeing you at one of our sensational science shows for schools next year! And of course you can keep in touch with all our latest events and brain based tips to boost learning on our mailing list



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