The internet isn't exactly overflowing with biochemistry-themed gifts and they are hard to find if you aren't a biochemist yourself. This list helps get rid of the kitsch like printed chemistry mugs and periodic table joke t-shirts to narrow it down to items they will truly love and keep for a long time.
This list ties together our favorite gifts for scientists from around the internet. Some are our own Genius Lab Gear inventions and some we’re just jealous we didn’t think of first! Some links in this page contain affiliate links, which means that any purchase of the items after clicking the link will result in a small monetary referral fee paid back to Genius Lab Gear at no cost to you. We appreciate your support which allows us to continue inventing and testing the best tools for chemists on the planet!
1. The Pocket Chemist - Molecule Stencil and Chemistry Pocket Reference
If you've already spent hours looking for gifts for biochemists or biochemistry students, you can stop here.
"This would have made my life 10x easier!" - said one chemist during our first Instagram giveaway. The only solvent-proof and wallet-sized organic chemistry stencil available, this little tool will help your favorite biochemist draw beautiful chemical reactions and save them time referencing important physical constants.
Not sure? It was even featured in the 2019 Holiday Gift Guide from the authority Chemical & Engineering News magazine!
To see how it's used, check the 45-second video below:
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2. Chemistry and Microbiology Word Magnets for the fridge or fume hood
Science-themed gifts are rarely as entertaining and enduring as our science-themed word magnet sets! We recently launched these to encourage creativity and self-expression in labs, classrooms and offices. Each specialty pack comes with 144 tiles carefully designed by a PhD in that field for technical accuracy and tacit absurdity.
The Chemistry Word Magnet set was designed with help from professional chemists and chemistry teachers, who chose words to make it both science-y and humorous. Combine it with the Microbiology Word Magnet set for a customized creative experience for biochemists. These are just plain fun!
3. Covalence: A Molecule Building Chemistry Card Game
Did you know that chemistry card games exist? Of course they do! This nerdy game lets you build organic chemistry molecules using elements on the periodic table. But it's not as easy as it sounds. There's cooperative strategies that will engage and enrage adult players but it's easy enough for high school students to pick up and learn basic chemistry!
4. Cognitive Surplus Cellular Biology Notebook
Cognitive Surplus is a great small company run by a couple with a love for science and art. They've designed a series of gorgeous and high-quality notebooks for every field in science and engineering, including this one for cell biology. Biochemists focus specifically on the chemistry of cellular processes, so this one is perfect for them!
5. Pipette Ninja or Marie Curie stickers
Are they a pipette ninja? Someone who deftly transfers precise volumes of liquids to and from a chemical reaction? Designate them an official Pipette Ninja with our Pipette Ninja sticker!
Marie Curie was a Nobel prize-winning chemist (and physicist) who shattered the glass ceiling and stayed true to her passions for scientific discovery. This Marie Curie silhouette sticker coveys a cute but meaningful message - "Stay Curie-ous" in honor of her life and mission.
Both of these are perfect gifts under $5 for adding to a biochemistry student's laptop, thermos or notebook!
6. Louis Pasteur Wine Quote Canvas
Biochemists are some of the biggest sommeliers I know. Maybe because wine is made by fermentation, one of the first biochemistry reactions ever mastered by humans. This little 5x7 inch canvas by renowned biochemist Louis Pasteur is usually hung near a desk or is thick enough to stand upright on its own.
7. DIY Gin-making kit of Craft Beer kit
If wine isn't their first choice, biochemists also have a reputation for being fascinated by gins and homebrewing. Nearly every one I've known either wanted to open their own brewery or distillery, and some universities even often elective classes on alcohol production. It's a fun way to use their extensive training!
If your biochemist enjoys craft beverages, one of these kits is an excellent way to open a door to something they could one day turn into their life's passion. My favorite kits are this gin-making kit and this amber ale brew kit.
8. Biochemist pin by Science On A Postcard
This "Biochemist" pin is created by Science On A Postcard for scientists to proudly wear to "spark conversations between those who love science, and those who haven't discovered it yet." We have them available in our store for USA shipping, or you're in Europe you're better off grabbing it straight from their store.
9. Best books for biochemists to read for pleasure (not textbooks!)
Biochemists spend a ton of time reading textbooks and journal articles. It’s important to occasionally break that cycle and dive into a book for pleasure. Below are a few of our favorite science-related books that will be an enjoyable read for a biochemist.
Culinary Reactions: The Everyday Chemistry of Cooking
This book finally made cooking enjoyable for me. It's always been one of those imprecise arts where you just follow the directions and hope to get it about right. As a scientist, understanding what I'm doing is paramount. This cookbook walks you through the chemistry behind your every-day cooking recipes so you can make adjustments and improvements by logic, not guesswork! Any biochemist would love to have this book to apply their advanced knowledge of chemistry to something they do every day.
The Drunken Botanist
This is a favorite book of scientists who share a love for the diverse world of booze. It focuses on the sometimes exotic or mundane plants used to create the world's beverages and the biological and chemical processes involved in the transition. Any biochemist with an interest in this subject would love this book and be armed with fun facts and in-depth knowledge of everything they sip on.
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If the person you have in mind is also a graduate student, take a look at our new list of The Best Books to Make You a Better Grad Student.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):
What's a good gift for a biochemist?
Biochemists hard to buy gifts for. This list will help!
- The Pocket Chemist
- Chemistry and Microbiology Word Magnets
- Covalence Chemistry Card Game
- Cellular Biology Notebook
- DIY Gin Kit or Craft Beer Kit
- Chemistry of Cooking book
What should you get a biochemistry student?
Any biochemistry student is going through a challenging course load. The most appreciated gift would be The Pocket Chemist, which can help them get through homework faster and turn in spectacularly neat chemical reactions! It's basically a pocket tool for chemistry and biochemistry students.