2023 BioTechniques holiday gift guide

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Annie Coulson

It’s the festive season, which means it’s time to share our favorite science-themed holiday gift ideas. This guide is a perfect resource for finding a gift for your lab’s Secret Santa, your nerdy friend or your curious kids, so be sure to scroll through the assorted gifts and bookmark your favorites.

Jellyfish Age Backwards: Nature’s Secrets to Longevity by Nicklas Brendborg

In this book, molecular biologist Nicklas Brendborg delves into nature to share what it can teach us about longevity. Brendborg highlights the cutting-edge research that is being used to uncover the mechanisms underlying aging and the various stories, experiments and myths surrounding the search for immortality.


Ecologies card game

Now here’s one for the coffee table! Build your own ecosystems in this card game illustrated with beautiful vintage art, suitable for ages 12+. Be careful though, other players may be more interested in disrupting your ecosystem than cultivating their own…

Beetle temporary tattoos

I know that you want an accessory to show off at your lab’s holiday party. How about some new ink? Whether you’re rocking a metopodontus savagei or a rosalia alpina, these beetle tattoos will be sure to put you in the festive mood*.

*festive mood not guaranteed.


Magnetic stir plate | cocktail mixer & wine aerator

Here’s a contraption straight out of Bonnie Garmus’ Lessons in Chemistry. Wow all your science-y friends at your next dinner party by mixing their cocktails with this magnetic stir plate.

Plus, this item comes in sleek black, cool turquoise and pretty pink!

Colorful chemistry pin set

Looking for something to spice up your PI’s lab coat? Look no further. These pins will provide that pop of color that so many lab coats lack! And they’re just super cute.



Lab beaker candle gift set

Set the mood with one of these candles in a beaker! Choose from a range of vibrant colors, each accompanied by a scrumptious scent. From parma violets to pear drops, you can’t go wrong with an eco-friendly soy wax candle.

Made by a research scientist, these candles have been carefully concocted to have a high scent throw and perfect burn rate.

Custom DNA acrylic ornament

You can never have too many Christmas tree decorations. Especially not when they’re personalized with a fun strand of DNA on.



Tiny neuron stud earrings

Wondering what to get that special neuroscientist in your life? These little neuron earrings are just the thing. Handmade in the UK, these earrings are sure to boost the receiver’s serotonin.

Virus planter T4 bacteriophage science plant pot

This Etsy shop, called MyMiniLaboratory, has a whole host of science-themed gifts, from pipette badges to periodic-table coasters; but our favorites are these little T4 bacteriophage plant pots.



RNA magnetic bookmark

A Beyoncé science pun on a magnetic bookmark?! That’s going straight in my basket.

DNA lamp

Give the gift of light this Christmas with this stunning 2D DNA lamp. Complete with vibrant colors and personalization options, this lamp is sure to brighten up any home, lab or office.




If you’re looking to go down a gift guide rabbit hole, take a look at our 2022 and 2021 gift guides!

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