Archaeology, Art, History, and more gifts are also found at the Museum Store Company, where reproduction jewelry, sculptures, models, and all sorts of great items can be bought. Sorted by type of gift and by historic period (e.g., Pre-Columbian Maya). Find reproductions and artifacts from prehistoric through Art Deco.
The paleontologists in
your life might really dig the unusual stuff available at another related
Clones, which has some interesting ideas and resources, including T-shirts and
artifacts (see left).
For the hikers and lovers of the outdoors, as
well as for naturalists, botanists, and all sorts of scholars of
the wilds, several great gift places exist online.
The Ultimate Appalachian Trail Store is
the source for official Appalachian Trail guides and maps official
guidebooks and maps and many other Trail-related
products. They carry lots of new
items and gift ideas, including: belts, socks, bandannas, birdhouses, hats, craft and games, jewelry, keychains, magnets, mugs and coffee, ornaments, and more. A nice gift idea is the Hiker in a Bottle . You can also give someone a membership in
the Appalachian Trail Conference. ATC members receive a substantial discount while also helping to keep the Trail and the environment healthy. If you want something on the Adirondacks, go to the Adirondack Mountain Club gift site; you can also give someone ADK membership.
map and geography enthusiasts can find all sorts of great gifts at Cartographic Associates. They carry neckties and scarves of major world cities (shown as a fashion element at right), Christmas ornaments, Antique and Facsimile maps from notable time periods (Civil War, WW2), and of various places in the World, among many other
Trailhead Graphics produces wonderful maps for the Civil War enthusiast. Their series of battlefield maps combine current topography with plots of all monuments and important features of the key battles of the war. The maps are useful for hiking, siteseeing, and also for framing on the wall.
Benchmarks to Success. So you want to reward your favorite geologist or climber with a memorable item noting their expedition? MountainClimb produces reproduction USGS benchmarks (those plates that get fixed to spots across our country that correspond to the topo quads). They have paperweights, earrings, and other neat items, AND they do custom work at your request. Just choose a geographic region and enjoy.
Geography and cartography are not forgotten by a few other gift producers. In addition to the National Geographic and Canadian Geographic stores, a number of companies are producing map-related items, some custom-tailored to someone you care about. Want to serve up Europe on a platter? Well, maybe not a platter, but individual plates shaped like your favorite country. Available at several places, these may be purchased through Signals, where other map-gifts appear. Maybe you want to wear your state with a star showing where you live, or a Personalized Latitude and Longitude Bracelet. They have those too. Look too for customized traveler's maps and other cool stuff. My favorite is the Personalized Hometown Jigsaw Puzzle, which is a topographic map of whatever place in the US that you ask for.
T-Shirts for Cartographers (and GIS specialists, geographers, mappers)... Geo-Tees is the place to look for T-shirts and bumper stickers that pinpoint where your scholar is in relation to the rest of the World.
One great geographic-gift outlet is Zazzle. You can choose from T-shirts, hats, key-chains, mugs, posters, and more, in a variety of colors and tastes. There are many items that will suit any budget and interest.
Or want to get into the Medieval World? Take a look at the Renaissance
Store, or the Pillaged Village.
Find everything from armor to pirate pants, boots, chemises, gowns, helmets,
swords, music, jewelry, and a whole lot more. For jousting, visiting
on the holidays, or just laying around the castle, these gifts will make
a statement that says, "I'm living in the past, and I'm proud of
it." If you
want something simple, perhaps a tapestry for wall or floor, they have
You can find more than the usual T-shirts here, in fact,
some of the shirts are made of chainmail. There
are gift ideas for kids to grandparents. Be ready to fight
off those hordes of bill collectors with a complete medieval
If you are looking for an image-forming cape for that special man in
your life try the Alpaca serape, the senatorial robe or headmaster look
from Cloak & Daggar Creations
for that special woman,
you might want to think of classic Victorian look.
Acorn Naturalists has ideas for gifts that also boost
awareness to the Earth. Products
include something for everyone and everything from aprons to sweatshirts,
mugs, lunch boxes, clothing, and a wide array of items, all with environmental
themes or statements.
Does Aunt Rita Really Want Another Silk Scarf? Give
a Gift That Matters. Not
need to be to family and friends. Sometimes giving includes giving to
charities or to groups that support projects to help us all. Many organizations
sell unique gifts and use the proceeds to help fund charitable
or in this case, beneficial programs on Earth. An example
is the Endangered Species Chocolate
Company, producers of something that everyone loves, whose sales help the Earth who loves us. So chocolate really is good for you! Be sure to read the company's message and
the efforts they are making to save us all. (They link to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
World Wildlife Fund Gifting Ideas That Make Sense. The WWF has a new gift catalog and philosophy about making a contribution to the critical nature of the world. Visit their Gift Shop where you can donate to "adopt" an endangered animal AND get a plush version of that animal to give as a gift. There are also ways to give gifts related to WWF activities and this is something that all sentient beings will appreciate. While you are there, view the various programs that WWF sponsors and see how your contributions are making a difference. This is the ultimate in gift-giving.
Oxfam America Gift ideas that will give a gift and help the World. "A card goes to
your friend... the gift goes to those
who need it most." Oxfam America.
Cloudy Skies Are Cool! Atmosphere is all around us and here is a place where meteorologists, climatologists, nature-lovers, and cloud fanatics can go to find their heart's desires. The Cloud Appreciation Society has not only a great visual database of cloud types and formations, plus unique identifying guide, it also has a gift section so you can wear your Altocumulus with pride.
Physicists and engineers might get a delight with a gift from Zero Toys. Check out their Hot New Items section for things like a T-shirt with a graphic equalizer that is sound-sensitive! These are toys that can be enjoyed by all ages and some items are available for under $10. For some thought-provoking (and fun) learning experiences--take a look and enjoy!
Science & Scientists Cool Stuff! There are an abundance of science-related gifts at the Science Mall where almost anything is available for that scientist who is hard to buy for, OR for someone who would just love to receive something scientific as a gift. Choose from jewelry, posters, necklaces that include pieces of coal from HMS Titanic, rare mineral samples, puzzles, games, replicas, biology & nature items, KIDS stuff, and more things than you can imagine. Educators in general will appreciate this web mall too as there are loads of items that would enhance the classroom and invite young scientists to get involved with their world.
This is a treasure trove of gift-giving delight for everyone (you don't need to tell them that it's SCIENCE).
Astronomers and Astronomy enthusiasts might like something from NASA
Tech Briefs and their gift store. Items include mugs, toys, star charts, astronomy and space exploration DVDs and software, posters, and science kits, among a list of other possibilities..
you T-shirt designs for mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles (herps),
fish, invertebrates, and plants. If looking for neckties, you will find
designs for the chemist, molecular biologist, physicist, science historian,
and book lover. There are a great number of categories on the site to provide scholarly gifts of all sorts. Make sure to see the page of pencil sharpeners.
the treasure chest of science-oriented T-shirts with categories
for geology, dinosaurs, chemistry, biology, computer-geekology, and other
..ologies, plus miscellaneous science topics.
Jim Morris designs
some of the worlds most recognized nature and environmental T-shirts. Now these are being produced with 100% organic cotton.
Looking for a creative way to express your academic interests with a VERY specialized disciplinary acknowledgement?
If you have a favorite book from your childhood, or a favorite text book
from your college years, or just a special book that has been near and
dear to you Rebound-Designs will convert your book into a unique tote or purse.
They are all made from real old hardback books, the pages are removed
and the cover is left intact. The spine becomes the bottom of the purse,
so the longer the book, the wider the purse.
The American Society for Cell Biology has some T-shirts
that add a new
definition of designer genes for those studying bioinformatics.
More Mathematics & Math-Enthusiasts T-shirts. Visit the Math T-shirts & sweatshirts index at Mathematicianspictures.com. Don't stop there; this site has all kinds of gifts for the in your life.
Geography and cartography-related T-shirts and other gift items are also available on this page.
are certain to bring holiday happiness to that special hacker in your life
by finding an appropriate Geek gift at Jinx Clothing. Another
interesting site to consider is ComputerGear IT.
Microbiologists, epidemiologists, and public health
officials would certainly enjoy a gift from Infectious
Awareables, providing unique science-based awareness and health promotion
products, such as neckties (West Nile virus shown at left), scarves,
scrubz, boxers and note cards all with infectious microbe as a theme.
The Aurora History Boutique has replicas, maps, and all sorts of history-related gift ideas, sorted by century, geographical location, and other search themes. Historian Gifts (Surprise.com) "From ancient to modern, we have cool gifts for every history buff." History Gifts for Kids! Books, crafts, and other gift ideas for kids who love history. Military History Gifts, Collectibles,Office Items, more. Excellent selection of military history giftsespecially for the Napoleonic Wars. Cover illustrations. Buttons, lapel pins, other reproductions of artifacts for use today. Got a favorite history teacher? History Teaching Gifts has cartoons and humor that teachers will enjoy.
Are people always stealing your lunch, or kids grabbing favorite leftovers that you hoped to grab yourself? Here's the answer. Food storage with a warning that will make them think twice!
TeacherGifts provides a number of creative scarves depicting great scientists and science themes.
Another great site for teachers is: THE
Collection of science, technology, math neckties and scarves, jewelry, and
other gifts that anyone in the sciences, especially teachers would
Calligraphy combines literary
themes (Shakespeare, Browning, Emerson, Thoreau) and colored art
primarily with botanical themes into high-quality framed or unframed
renderings. In addition to the prints (matting/framing available) are
stationery items that would be perfect for that person with a classics flair.
There are also a number of items for the Biblical scholar or student.
good source of gifts for poets and other literary-minded individuals the Poetry
Club and Literary Angels Publishing. They provide an assortment of
items that recipients will just
want to write home about!
Washington Observatory has a supply of gifts for the budding meteorologists out
there. Go to their online
store for a selection. Be
sure to listen to the observatorys NPR broadcast of The Weather
Notebook heard in Buffalo on WBFO 88.7 FM at 5:49 a.m. and 8:49 a.m.
daily Monday-Friday. Additional weather gifts can be found at Wind & Weather.
Library studies faculty, their students and university librarians are
sure to retrieve a host of resources from the American Library Association's ALA
Online Store. Bibliophiles will findan assortment of books,
library resources, clothing, posters, and other ephemera at this site. If your librarian has a "weird" sense of humor or wants to make a statement, try Unshelved.com for a selection of posters, T-shirts, hats, bags, and other stuff, including a "Library Raid Security jacket."
For Kids Big and Small. San Francisco's science museum, The Exploratorium, has an incredible
inventory of science toys for kids of all ages from the kindergartener to
the Emeriata Professor. If you have ever seen their "bubble show" you can
replicate it here!
The San Diego Zoo
shop also has an eclectic collection of gifts for all ages and tastes, from aesthetic to fun, games, and learning. A perfect spot for lots of things that are a little different.
Good Scholarship is Not All Work. The academic world can appear dry and boring to some, but even academics know how to enjoy themselves. Here is a site for the art lover, the math major, or adament puzzler. Maxton's Art Gallery provides some interesting tabletop sculpture-puzzles.
Chemists will delight at beakers and mugs for coffee or tea or whatever.
Scroll to the glassware through an array of rather interesting
science-oriented favorites, including the deluxe Ben Franklin and Albert Einstein action figures (they even talk!).
want to display a number of designs of their favorite biochemical or pathway
on a T-shirt
At Purely Akademic, look for your favorite molecule/substance, such as: the Alcohol
Cycle, Adrenaline, and Serotonin.
Or go for one of your favorites: capsaicin or
DNA was "The
Chemical of the Year" in 2003, celebrating the 50th anniversary of its
chemical structure. Science Things provides a nice supply of mugs, shirts,
and magnets. Other science designs are also available from their Science
Store. You should also take a careful look at The
DNA Store for a rather comprehensive inventory of DNA memorabilia, including Waston and Crick bobbleheads, DNA earrings and jewelry, desk items, mousepads, and more (see their DNA Trophy). DNA
Ephemera is another incredible gift site of memorabilia devoted to this
of chemistry, there is a branch of the field that has been around for centuries
and we wouldn't want to forget these dedicated researchers when giving
gifts. For the amateur brew master (mankind has been doing this
since the Syrians started the first batch-biotechnology R&D a few thousand
years ago), there are a variety of ties and other gifts to celebrate one
very practical mastery of biochemistry. Go to Mr.
Want to hang chemicals on the wall? Serotonin to help you relax? Click here to solve this gift-giving mystery.
While Moon Pies might not be the staple of that aeronautical engineer
on your list, these Astromits might provide that NASA-bound person a
little comfort when handling hot things in the kitchen or around the
Other items are available at the Kennedy Space Center shop. Also drop in the Space Science and Technology section of the Computer Gear site for stuff to make computer geeks, math whizes, and scientists happy all year long.
Now physicists can
get their very own Albert Einstein huggable Plush figure from Educational Innovations, along with all sorts of gift ideas for scholars and the thinking mind (see the Tie-Dyed Lab Coat).
(The Einstein action figure is now harder to find.)
one of the more comprehensive sites for a variety
of science garb.
Store has a variety of interesting gifts (hats, towels, mugs, shirts)
for those studying or appreciating coral reefs. Proceeds of
purchases are used for the study and preservation of coral reefs.
For all-around gift items in many disciplines,
point your browser to the Discovery Channel's Online
Store. You will find a wide assortment of books, DVDs, videos, telescopes,
toys, games, and all sorts of gadgets.
every description. Neckties and bow ties from animals to historic
events. Want a tie on the U.S. Constitution? The Mona Lisa? Perhaps a
little Monet? Or just cats and dogs. Take a visit to WildTies.com and
view their illustrated catalog.
Some of these ties support charitable organizations too.
unusual ties with a variety of themes are also found at Ties.com. Or, if you want geography-related stuff, try this: The American Geographical Society Library and the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Libraries offer a new geographic note card, along with early map reprints and other items.
and Went provides an interesting twist to the traditional T-shirt
images of great thinkers, scientists, artists, musicians, writers,
historical figures and events: only the years of the persons' birth
and death are provided as a parenthetic statement, e.g., (1596-1650)
for Rene Descartes, (1480-1819) Spanish Inquisition. Keep the observer
guessing as to the meaning of your T-shirt's message.
Unemployed Philosopher has one of the most eclectic arrays
of gift ideas for the practioners of the arts and humanities, providing
soft dolls of your favorite poet or philosopher, a pillow of your
most desired artistic work, a Dali watch, compact mirrors, magnetic
personalities, scarves and ties, and much more!
A new item is the Global Warming Mug. See global warming as you fill this with a hot bevarage and believe.
EcoMall. For those
seeking to add a socially responsible flair
to their holiday gift giving, the EcoMall may be your one-stop shopping
center. Many aspects of the holidays can be overshadowed by excess consumption,
wastefulness and an increased strains on the environment. The EcoMall provides
us with some hope, where "a
little innovation and commitment, this holiday season can become an opportunity
to create new holiday traditions that help protect the environment not
only for this holiday season, but for generations to come." Locate
gifts of every type imaginable, from companies that care for the environment.
These are FREE!!! Seattle-based band Science Groove, has an eclectic variety of catchy songs for the lab rat who thought he or she had everything. Now they can hear tunes like Hooray for NMR Spectroscopy
from one of their two CDs, "My Dissertation" (2002) and "Muscles &
Magnets" (2004). Sadly, as of August 2005, both albums are "out of print"
and thus no longer available for purchase. However, individual songs may
be downloaded free of charge from their Website.
For all Academics, or for those who want to look like one...
Bow Ties! Why? Because bow ties say academic, they're in fashion, and because bow ties are cool!
Otis James of Tennessee sells beautiful bow ties that anyone can wear to improve their appearance and perceived IQ.
Quiz Bowl Games Gift Ideas
Many college students participate in the intercollegiate Quiz Bowl games and tournaments. Quiz Bowl competitions are governed by the Academic Competition Federation and the National Academic Quiz Tournaments.
The format and content of Quiz Bowl is that ofpop-culture and trivia from a number of academic disciplines. Their "Trash Tournaments" are exclusivelydevoted to pop culture. There are a number of academically-inclined sites for Quiz Bowlafficianados.
The more formal and better known College Bowl players have been at their academic pursuits of quick response since 1953. They will find their rewards in all of the above gift sites, and specifically in the following:
Quiz Bowl Goddess Shirt for that special young lady with all of the answers (at Zazzle); or get that smart guy something from T-shirts (Cafe Press), Buy-Tees, or
Pop Culture T-Shirts.
And, a free gift from us! Links to some of the best Quiz Bowl sites: