It’s that time of year again, when every blog on the planet has gift guides for the generic _____ in your life. Here at TVM, though, we (and by we I mean the cats and I) are far too discerning for that. Instead, we’re going to show you the very finest in nerdy gifts for some extremely specific people! So grab your right-click-open-in-new-tab, because we’re going on a scienterrific ride!
1. For the bioinformatician who specializes in bacterial evolution and keeps coming to your desk with her laptop to show you her latest network phylogeny, seriously, look at this recombination(!!!), a gorgeous Sandra Culliton original watercolour
2. For the microbiologist who can never find a drink coaster when he needs one, ProtonPaperie has you covered with fun and funky petri dish coasters
3. For your favourite programmer whose cactus collection is second-to-none, keznr offers cute generative 3D-printed cactus pots
4. For your doctor, whose office is always on the chilly side, a gloriously vivid cellular portrait of humanity, in scarf form, from Artologica
5. For your neighbourhood entomologist who always wanted to be an engineer until that parasite hijacked his brain and told him to study bugs instead, crazy-beautiful articulated insects by MetalCakes
6. For your friend the astronomy nut who will definitely end up a crazy cat lady in 20 years, OXHIP put some CATS INNN SPAAAAAAAAACE
7. For the kid with the magnetic personality who is often found turning over rotting logs and poking through dirt, Nicole Edmond has beautiful silkscreen print chanterelle magnets
8. For the virologist who can barely wait until Thanksgiving is over to whip into a Christmas-decorating frenzy, funky 3D-printed virus ornaments by craftgeeks – they come with an information sheet, complete with references!
9. For your oddball cousin the philosopher who still has imaginary friends, Minouette has the perfect hand-pulled prints
10. I saved the best for last. This one is for you, the one who believes that kids should have books that inspire and delight, who thinks that kids of every colour and gender should see themselves in their heroes, who loves science and wants to show the next generation that science is fun and engaging and most of all a thing that they can do. This amazing children’s book by Sean Reed does all that, and it’s got great art, too :)
Plus, one of the perk levels includes an exclusive charm bracelet made by yours truly! Here’s a sneak peek at the prototype: