This month, we’re putting together a series of feminist gift guides. They're a way to highlight fun stuff we love and creators we're excited to support. I'm kicking it off with a gift guide for science nerds—the STEM-fan in your life could use some love, after all.
Cute Constellation Dress
Lovely Mineral Gems Shirt
I was a rockhound as a teenager, spending my summers in Eastern Oregon looking for fossils and thundereggs. This shirt speaks to me, even though wearing it will be a liability since I'm sure it will give rise to endless puns about how my shirt “rocks” or people “dig” it.
The Dignifying Science Comic Book
This 143-page collection tells the stories of women in a bunch of different scientific fields, including well-known people like Marie Curie and DNA researcher Rosalind Franklin to lesser-known figures like biologist Barbara McClintock. I read this in college and it blew my mind—I lent it to a couple people over the years and lost track of it somewhere along the way. Lesson learned: Get two copies so you can lend it out.
A Copy of Ada's Algorithm
This new book about the life and impact of mathematician and science pioneer Ada Lovelace looks great. The biography contains just the kind of moments of triumph I like to read about: Ada overcoming obstacles to get an education and make genius contributions to science. While reading the book, I will consume beverages exclusively out of Bitch's Ada Lovelace mug.
My Very Own Bat House
Bats get a bad rap. But on a warm night last summer, I saw a backyard lecture about the importance of bats to our ecosystem and their awesomeness in general (bats make up 20 percent of mammal species worldwide! 20 percent!). I would now like to install a bat house in my backyard, to give local bats a nice place to roost while they eat all the summer mosquitos. However, I don't want to build it myself, so it would be great if a friend would follow these DIY bat house instructions and present me with a cozy bat home on Christmas day. (photo from Buildapedia)
A Bat Detector
Essential for optimal use of the aforementioned bat house. It makes a cool beeping noise whenever bats fly close by.
A Geodesic Dome Kit
This thing is $300, but look how much fun these kids are having with it! I hope the kit comes with that Sonic shirt. Since this idea seems impractical, I will accept this “Glass Half Fuller” print as a punny substitute.
All of Planet Earth on DVD
Let's face it, I could watch this forever. I am jealous of people who have never watched the BBC's epic documentary series about nature because they get to see “Caves” and “Shallow Seas” for the first time.
Japanese Periodic Table of the Elements Mug
San Francisco-based Japanese ceramics and kitchenwear company Kotobuki imports adorable stuff (like cat and panda mugs) and this periodic table is no exception. It's beautiful, well-made, and maybe I'll finally memorize the periodic table just by staring at it while I'm at work. I can't for the life of me figure out how to order these online—I saw them at a Portland grocery store where I snapped the blurry photo above—but here's a PDF of the catalogue and maybe you can decipher it.
The Bletchley Circle
All year, I've been watching TV shows about hard-hitting women solving crimes. First, I got into Top of the Lake, then the Danish series The Killing. Now, Bitch commenters tell me that there's a British series about WWII mathematicians and codebreakers who use their skills to crack uncrackable cases? Sign me up, please.
These cool little kits let you make cyanotype-style prints with only air, water, and sunshine. I would buy these for a kid with the noble goal of instilling them with a love of science, then never actually gift it and instead steal it for myself. So, I should have a couple on hand as a backup.
Read the rest of our gift guides here.