While it’s not snowing here in Berkeley, the holiday season has officially begun. Granted there are still exams to take, end of term grading to do, and gels to run, but here at BSR we feel it is high time to ring in the start of the season, even if that just means secretly munching on some gelt at your desk. To get you in the mood, take a peek at today’s list of gifts for the scientist in your life. And don’t worry, we won’t tell if you feel like snagging one for yourself.

 Subatomic Particle Plushies: You may have heard of giant microbes or stuffed organs, but do you know about Particle Zoo? My lab mate and I discovered these the other day and got a serious case of particle envy. Let me break it down: We’re talking about hand-sewn plushies of quarks, neutrinos, photons, and more with little eyes and smiley mouths, stuffed in accordance to particle weight. They may be a little pricey but even Higgs is on board with hanging out with these toys! They’re at particlezoo.net.


Berkelium T-shirt: Celebrate being at Berkeley with an Element 97 t-shirt.  You can snag one of these in the blink of an eye at one of the gear shops on the south-side or on University for a quick gift that’s bound to make any scientist smile.

Molecular Mixology Kit: Whatever your opinion is on molecular gastronomy may be, I can guarantee you that this cocktail kit is well worth trying out and a fantastic gift for anyone scientifically inclined. I got this as a good-bye present from my old lab and it is definitely a big upgrade from making skittles vodka or drunk gummy bears. I will say that a little bit of a learning curve is involved and you need to take the instructions seriously but once you get the hang of things, it’s fantastic. For an alcohol-free alternative, I also would highly recommend the sister “Cuisine E-Revolution” kit. You can find the kit at molecule-r.com.