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15 Best Gifts for Biology Teachers in 2022

7 min read

It’s no easy task to find the right gift for a biology teacher. They tend to want things that are practical yet unique and a little nerdy. So to help you along, I wanted to assemble what I think are the best gift ideas for a biology teacher. This collection will show them that you understand their love of biology and support them in their passions.

This list is a compilation of my favorites 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 external links in this page are from affiliates, 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 scientists on the planet!

1. Science Basics Word Magnets

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.

So far, we have sets for Chemistry, Physics, Engineering, Mathematics, Academia, Microbiology, Neuroscience, Ecology, PhD Balance (mental health in grad school) and Basic Science. Most people grab a 2, 3, or 4-pack that represents their unique experience in STEM. I would suggest the Science Basics, Microbiology and Ecology packs for a Biologist, and add an Academia pack if they are a professor or graduate student.

Science-Basic-Word-Magnets

2. Cytosis: A Cell Biology Game

Created with the stamp of approval of the Journal of Cell Science, the world finally has a board game about cell biology! The gameplay is similar to other fun and popular board games, using the "worker placement" style, but all of the content is meant to satisfy your love for cell biology!

Cytosis

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3. Science Mouse Pad

This mouse pad is another great way to add a little science nerd flair to your favorite biology teacher's day! It has dozens of science equations and figures that are printed on a silky textile surface with a rubber base to keep it in place.

Science-Mouse-Pad

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4. GIANTmicrobes Themed Box - Body Cells

Adult stuffed animals have been on trend lately so we bet they’ll be a fan of this Body Cells Plush by Giant Microbes. It may seem like a young child's toy, but we've seen many PhD's in biology purchase and love these to death. It's definitely a humorous gift that will be appreciated, but it's also informative! This amazing company makes a full line of plush microbes to choose from!

GIANTmicrobes-Themed-Box-Body-Cells

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5. Anatomical Body Parts Cookie Cutter

This anatomical body parts cookie cutter set is a whimsical gift for a biology teacher in your life who also loves to bake. It's made of food-grade stainless steel, so it'll last a long time! The set includes 4 biology-themed designs: lungs, kidney, heart, and brain! Now they can bake delicious science cookies and share them with their fellow teachers and students. It’s also perfect for school events and graduation parties!

Anatomical-Body-Parts-Cookie-Cutter

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6. Charles Darwin Finger Puppet and Refrigerator Magnet

Many students' love for biology was ignited by biology teachers. Just like Charles Darwin, the "Father of Evolution", one of the most prominent biologists in the world. That's why this Charles Darwin finger puppet makes a fun gift for your biology teacher. It's wonderful for classroom storytelling or mock discussions. The 4-inch tall puppet is also a magnet that can be go on a fridge or magnetic white board.

Charles-Darwin-Finger-Puppet-and-Refrigerator-Magnet

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7. The Biology Coloring Book

Coloring books aren’t just for kids anymore. This biology-themed coloring book is a creative way for biology teachers to de-stress, enhance creativity, or simply have fun while grading students' work. It's chock-full of amusing drawings and fundamental concepts of biology that your favorite biology teacher (and even their students) is sure to appreciate! Definitely a fun gift for a deserving teacher one who needs a little break from work.

The-Biology-Coloring-Book

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8. Rocketbook Matrix cloud-connected reusable paper notebook

This is my favorite clever invention. It was inevitable. Rocketbook finally solved the problem of merging your hand-written notes into your favorite digital services. You simply use their app to take a photo of your pages of notes and the QR code and marked symbols on each page trigger the app to send the digitized page to any of the 9 pre-set digital destinations you choose. This includes OneNote, Evernote, Google Drive, Dropbox and even specific emails. Want a shortcut to send notes via email straight to your colleague or boss? This is what you’re looking for.

The Rocketbook Matrix is my personal favorite because it's designed for more technical work. It's got 30 pages of graphing paper and one regular lined page for taking notes, plus a built-in ruler on the inside cover. Did I mention they are resuable? Use their "Pilot Frixion" pens and then wipe the page with a damp cloth after uploading your notes to use it all over again (and win one for the environment!). 

If it's sold out on their website (it's very popular) - you can also get it on Amazon.

Rocketbook-Matrix-cloud-connected-reusable-paper-notebook

9. Anatomical Heart Enamel Lapel Pin

This anatomical heart enamel lapel pin is a unique gift for your favorite biology teacher to showcase their passion for what they do. Made from metal with gold-colored brass plating, this pin lends a whimsical touch to lab coats, professional attire at conferences, and even everyday wear.

Anatomical-Heart-Enamel-Lapel-Pin

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10. Wingspan Board Game

Did you know there’s a board game about birding? Say hello to Wingspan by Stonemaier Games -- an award-winning strategy board game that makes an ideal gift for a biology teacher who loves the biological diversity that birds give us. As a biology teacher, their work revolves around teaching about all living organisms on Earth. This entertaining game challenges them to discover and attract the best birds to their aviary.

Wingspan-Board-Game

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11. DNA Earrings

These DNA double-helix earrings will resonate with a biology teacher and make a funny present. They're unique, adorable, and makes a stylish conversation starter. They’re made of gold, silver, or black plated stainless steel that is lead and nickel free and hypoallergenic. It’s a beautiful gift for a biology fan who wants to add some subtle nerdiness to their outfit.

DNA-Earrings

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12. Biology Necktie

This DNA necktie is the ideal finishing touch for a subtle nerdy work outfit, allowing your favorite biology teacher to sport the unique blend of biology and fashion that they've been dying for. This fun gift for biology geeks has a beautiful print of a DNA replication process and can be worn for nearly any occasion. Crafted in 100% premium microfiber, you can be certain that this DNA necktie will integrate well with any outfit.

Biology-Necktie

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13. Wild Animals of the World: 50 Postcards

Don't waste any more time on gift research; you've already squandered enough time in this internet jungle! If you're looking for a gift for an animal-loving biology teacher, trust us you can never go wrong with a print of colorful animals. To be more precise, the Wild Animals of the World: 50 Postcards by Dieter Braun. This lovely animal-filled set includes 50 distinct wild animal illustrations by artist Dieter Braun, each of which gives a scientifically accurate and beautifully illustrated postcard, featuring polar bears from the Arctic, pandas from Asia, llamas from South America, and more!

Wild-Animals-of-the-World

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14. The Biology Teacher's Survival Guide

Teachers, like students, are continually striving to improve and learn more. The Biology Teacher's Survival Guide is jam-packed with fresh and original ideas and activities that teachers can implement right away to enliven and enhance their biology teaching, streamline classroom management, and free up time for the many other chores that teachers must deal with on a daily basis. It's the perfect present for the new biology teacher in your life!

The-Biology-Teacher's-Survival-Guide

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15. The Selfish Gene: 40th Anniversary Edition

A foundational book for biology fans is The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins. Richard Dawkins is one of our generation's most well-known science communicators and writers. The landmark book helps build a better picture of humanity and nature through evolution and genetics and is an essential addition to a biologist fan’s bookshelf.

The-Selfish-Gene-40th-Anniversary-edition

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

What is the best gift for a biology teacher?

Anything that's practical yet unique and a little nerdy that can help them show their love for biology. Here are our favorites:

More gift collections for specific types of scientists:

We've further curated several collections of our own inventions depending on the type of scientist you're looking for. See these more niche collections below for more ideas!

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