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Skepchick Holiday Gift Guide!

Run Away!Merry Christmas, happy solstice, a lovely Kwanzaa, joyful Hannukah, and a peaceful Festivus to all! It’s the time of year when thoughts turn to helping your fellow man — particularly, helping your fellow critical thinker get new loot he or she will love all year long! But what material possession does one get for the materialist who has everything?


small ox tee

Rebecca found these totally rad t-shirts on Etsy (via Fashionista). Each one is hand screen printed with an illustration from a Japanese science text book, like little anthropomorphized molecules. Soooo cute and only $15 each. We can’t decide which one we want! Contact the seller to get a tee in a girly size.



Surlyramics are the jewelry of choice here at Skepchick! Beautiful handmade ceramic pieces that get noticed wherever you go. E-mail Amy to get something custom made, like the way-cool science gear she made for the Mr. Wizard contest.


Mr. Wizard

Speaking of the Mr. Wizard contest, how about picking up a set of DVDs for your favorite science fan? Remember fondly the days when you could buy a chemistry set that could actually blow stuff up!


New Encyclopedia of Unbelief

Donna (writerdd) recommends The New Encyclopedia of Unbelief, edited by Tom Flynn. Containing over 500 entries written by over 100 contributors, this updarted edition to the highly acclaimed Encyclopedia of Unbelief (1985), is a great addition to any skeptic’s library. Check out Prometheus books for more titles on philosophy, popular science, and critical thinking.


Flying Spaghetti Monster Tree Topper

For those unbelievers among us who love Christmas, what better way to top off the season — and your tree — than with this cuddly Flying Spaghetti Monster tree topper? If it’s too pricey for you, the matching ornament also makes a wonderfully sarcastic holiday statement.


Not ashamed to be related to a monkey shirt logo

Not ashamed to be related to a monkey? If you support evolution, say it out loud with this hysterical t-shirt from Cafe Press. They have a huge selection of gifts for freethinkers, atheists, agnostics, and more…. all from a variety of small vendors.


Run away!

What Monty Python geek could possibly wander around in winter without these slippers? Run Away!!!!


Book Light

Bug_girl also recommends you pick up a LightWedge for reading when your partner is asleep–you don’t have to turn on a light!



If you’ve ever grown “sea monkeys”, you’ll love their bigger, badder cousins, Triops! Watching them swim with undulating appendages is the Zen experience you’ve been looking for. Great pets for kids or adults. Even better–Triops are considered to be “living fossils” since they appear to be about the same as they were 220 million years ago.



For the Chemistry geek, check out madewithmolecules for neurotransmitters in silver and gold. Or, testosterone boxers!

They also have the only holiday cards that don’t make bug_girl nauseous.


Ball Pit

For the 5-year old trapped in your adult friend’s body, why not get him or her a ball pit? Randall Munroe at XKCD blogged about his experience creating a pit in his living room, inspired by his own comic on the same subject.


Shower Curtain

You already know how much we love the periodic table shower curtain. Now check out some of the other options over at Simple Memory Art, like this sweet Solar System version!



For the skeptic with a good sense of irony — carry a little pseudoscience wherever you go with this Ouiga Board pendant! Summon very tiny ghosts with your portable power. Only five bucks!


Co-evolve Shirt

And of course, don’t forget that we still have all your favorite pick-up line t-shirts in the Skepchick store!


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What cool, geeky gifts are you giving (or requesting) this year? Leave your thoughts in the comments . . .Run away!

Rebecca Watson

Rebecca is a writer, speaker, YouTube personality, and unrepentant science nerd. In addition to founding and continuing to run Skepchick, she hosts Quiz-o-Tron, a monthly science-themed quiz show and podcast that pits comedians against nerds. There is an asteroid named in her honor. Twitter @rebeccawatson Mastodon mstdn.social/@rebeccawatson Instagram @actuallyrebeccawatson TikTok @actuallyrebeccawatson YouTube @rebeccawatson BlueSky @rebeccawatson.bsky.social

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  1. Regarding the New Encyclopedia of Unbelief:

    …, this updarted edition to the to the highly acclaimed …

    Also, I was going to comment that the Mr Wizard DVD's are kinda expensive, especially if you want to buy the whole set (which of course, you do), and then I suddenly realised that they're really cheap once you convert to Euros.

  2. Bummer! Green Jappanese Science T-shirts are sold out.

    Thanks for all the great and timely ideas though.

    Yay! Christmas! Pressies!

  3. Damn you exarch and you're strong currency. Also another great site is ThinkGeek.com they have all kinds of cool geeky toys, plus a Cthullu plush.

  4. Awwwwwww! I can’t find that pendant with the wings, the atom, and “logic” scrawled on it!

  5. I heart Rebecca! Thanks for putting up some of my Surly Skeptical Jewelry! I’m more than happy to custom make em for the Holidays…in fact I’m in my studio all week working on custom orders so now is the perfect time!

  6. I adore you!! Not only do I want to buy things, but I have finally figured out the tattoo that I want to get to represent finally finishing school (this May!) and my not-so-distant teaching career!

    Upon looking around Made with Molecules, I saw Acetylcholine — the molecular representation of the neurotransmitter involved with learning and memory is the perfect thing!

    You rock!

  7. You know Amy, “I heart rebecca” should be available at surlyramics. It might be a hot-selling item. Or possibly a more generic “I heart skepchicks”.

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