More potential gifts…

December 1, 2010 § 1 Comment

Since a lot of people seemed to like my suggestions for science-related gifts, here are a few more — most of which were deleted from the original list because they’re not sufficiently connected to science, but maybe you’ll like them anyway.  (These are just suggestions, not recommendations.  I’m not Consumer Reports.) Here goes:

Science cheat sheet for time travellers — poster (to hang up in your time machine) and t-shirt

Cat lady pride t-shirt — OK.  Not about science.  Ask the DePace lab.

Raptor Bandit t-shirt — dinosaurs are always science, right?  And there’s the Raptor Polo shirt from xkcd.

Beard spotting guide.  Ask the Silver lab.

Does correlation imply causation?

Stand back: I’m going to try science.

Vampire pacifier.  Not to pacify vampires but to make your baby look like a vampire while he/she is being pacified. There’s no accounting for taste.

Gyroscopic bowl for toddlers — said to be almost impossible to spill.  We like a challenge.

Baby’s first remote control robot.

Cool toys I missed last time include Tegu: wooden blocks with magnets inside; the Perplexus maze game; and the Olgobild constructible ball toy

Check out, home of the demotivational poster.  And mouse pad.  And coffee mug.  Themes include: “Blogging: Never before have so many people with so little to say said so much to so few”; “Consulting: If you’re not part of the solution, there’s good money to be made in prolonging the problem”; and “Economics:The science of explaining tomorrow why the predictions you made yesterday didn’t come true today.”

Science, see?

And then there are the Despair t-shirts.  Like this BP one.

I feel like the Flying Spaghetti Monster is kind of over, but I still like this Pirate Fish tree ornament.  Arrr.  More Pirate Fish merch here.

It has recently come to my attention that some fans of H2G2 (the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) aren’t aware that before it was a movie, a TV program or a book, it was a radio series.  The BBC has made the original sound tracks available on CD.

Talking of the BBC, series 5 of Dr. Who is finally out in the US.  If you’re new to the time-traveling Doctor, start with series 1, or you will never understand.  (I’m not guaranteeing that you’ll understand wherever you start, mind you.)

§ One Response to More potential gifts…

  • Jeremy Purvis says:

    I highly recommend the demotivational calendars from These have made excellent gifts for my beloved and cynical relatives.
    “Despair: it’s always darkest just before it goes pitch black.”

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