Looking for that perfect present for the nerdy skeptic in your life? Look no further! Here are some of our favorite things for this holiday season. It’s just like that annual Oprah episode only we don’t promote bullshit and none of you are getting anything for free. Sorry.
We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the merch of our favorite pals. You’ll never have to wear an un-skeptical t-shirt again!
3. Retro Atom Ring
You knew Surly Amy made awesome necklaces, but did you also know she made rings? Check out her many skeptical, sciencey designs!
For when your own personal Cute Animal Friday turns into Vomiting Hellbeast Saturday, Elyse recommends this handy vacuum. I haven’t tried it myself but I assume you just point it at the pet in question and this high-tech suction and disposal device takes care of the rest.
Is modern life too convenient for you? Are you very wealthy? Daniela recommends you spend a lot of money to turn your iPad or computer into a typewriter. Why not?
Is modern life not futuristic enough for you? Are you in a median income bracket? Daniela recommends you spend a little money on this fun little fellow.
Jacqueline has the solution for those of you who want a weird keyboard but can’t quite afford a USB typewriter: a virtual keyboard! Be the envy of everyone else at Starbucks as you fill out online applications with laser-assisted aplomb.
Like a pick-up artist’s guide for nature, this book will teach you all about creating a bee- (and other invertebrate-) friendly environment that will help conservation efforts in your area. Bug_Girl gives it two antennae up!
Apple, it seems, prefers a different, more boring name for this product but Bug_Girl has informed us of its true title. Perfect for klutzes like me, or people with cats. Also like me.
Elyse points out a whole bunch of science kits that are geared toward girls. We all agree that they sound fun and who couldn’t use more lip gloss? But we hate all the pink, the reinforcement of gender stereotypes, the fact that even the blob slime has to be pretty, and the lack of shit blowing up. We recommend you get the nerdy science girl or boy in your life a kit that suits her or him, whether the company thinks it’s “girl science” or “boy science.”
11. LEGO Bible!
Looking for something edgy, yet accessible? Kammy suggests you reach for the LEGO Bible, which was apparently banned from CostCo for being vulgar and violent.
Learn about how fuel cells work while making your own hamster-sized vehicle! You don’t need to put a hamster in it if you don’t want. We just think that would be cute.
Our friends at Mad Art Lab have been building and testing their own Thing-o-Matic and the results are super cool! Join in on the fun and be the coolest nerd on your block.
Remember, buying and giving nothing is always an option! As nonbelieving heathens, we get to pick and choose which holiday traditions to uphold. Go forth and have a very Happy Monkey!