The internet is not exactly overflowing with immunology-specific gifts, but we've scoured several sources to find the most popular and high-quality gifts for immunologists and immunology researchers that will definitely win a smile.
Whether it’s a graduation gift for a student, birthday present or Christmas gift, I hope this gift guide helps you finish your shopping faster than ever. Show them you understand their passion for immunology and relish the moment when they geek out over your perfect gift.
This list is a compilation of our 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. Microbiology 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.
The Microbiology word magnet set was designed by Dr. Susanna L Harris, who chose words to make it both science-y and humorous. Microbiology has a lot of overlap with Immunology, and this set includes key words like “coronavirus”, “vaccine”, “mutate” and “RNA”.
2. Immune: A Journey into the Mysterious System That Keeps You Alive
Immune is a beautifully designed book that takes a thorough look at the immune system. Philipp Dettmer, the man behind YouTube's most popular science channel, takes readers on a journey through the human body's castle and fortifications. The book expresses the immune system's complicated, beautiful symphony with vivid illustrations, precise explanations, captivating metaphors, and a splash of comedy. It’s a perfect gift for anyone who’s interested in the complex inner workings of the human body.
3. How Immunologists Swear Coloring Book: A Funny Immunology Doctor Specialist Gift
For anyone with a love of immunology and an artistic side, try this immunology-focused coloring book. This irreverent and sweary coloring book offers innovative and hilarious illustrations that are ideal for de-stressing from work and all the other stresses that life can throw at you. It features 40+ high-quality coloring pages that will surely bring out the creativeness and inner child in any immunologist.
This next one may seem like a young child's toy, but we've seen many PhD's purchase and love these to death. This amazing company makes a full line of plush microbes, cells and organs the size of a small stuffed animal! The best one for immunology enthusiasts is the Antibody Plush, which includes a nice sheet explaining what antibodies are and how we use them in a common laboratory setting.
Have you ever imagined what life as a virus might be like? Virulence: An Infectious Card Game is a simple and engaging card game that's perfect for the immunologist in your life! It’s a virus-themed blind bidding card game that tries to put you in the shoes of malicious viruses. It has enough strategy to hold the attention of an adult gamer while being simple enough to play at home or in the classroom for younger students interested in immunology!
6. Rocketbook Matrix cloud-connected reusable paper notebook
Immunologists and immunology researchers do a lot of work both on paper and with software. 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 reusable? 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!).
This spleen lapel pin is a unique gift for your favorite immunologist to showcase their passion for what they do. Made from high-quality metal, this pin lends a whimsical touch to lab coats, professional attire at conferences, and even everyday wear.
8. Vaccinated: One Man's Quest to Defeat the World's Deadliest Diseases
Vaccinated provides a detailed yet concise overview of the development of most key vaccinations, focusing primarily on the twentieth century. It centers on Maurice Hilleman, the father of nine vaccines, including measles, mumps, and rubella, that practically every child receives. It's a fascinating, well-researched, and enjoyable book that's perfect for immunologists.
9. Lab Journal Notebook with 96 well plate templates and sample grids
The next gift on this list is practical and useful for immunology researchers who work in a lab with culture plates and PCR tubes. This lab journal notebook is designed to help your favorite immunology researcher keep track of their microplate samples quickly, accurately, and easily without having to print each individual well plate template. It’s a huge time-saver!
Working in the medical field can be stressful at times, especially in the midst of a pandemic. This funny COVID-19 Stress Balls is here to support your favorite immunologist when life gives them that crazy urge to shout and destroy. It can endure THROWS, SLAMS, and WHACKS! It’s engineered to absorb all of that bad energy so that your immunologist can reclaim their happiness.
11. Immunologist Dr. Anthony Fauci Collectible Action Figure
Dr. Anthony Stephen Fauci is a famous American physician and immunologist. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he has been protecting the health of Americans for more than 30 years and has served as an advisor to 6 presidents. This 6-inch tall Dr. Fauci Real Life Action Figure is perfect for an immunologist's desk as a source of inspiration!
Made with high-quality archival and acid-free fine art textured paper, this poster wall art print showcases T cell or T lymphocyte, an essential part of the immune system. The artwork shows T cells attacking a cancer cell and is a great addition to any house, office, lounge, or other places where your favorite immunologist or immunology researcher wishes to display their passion for their profession.
For young immunology students, Janeway's Immunobiology is a fantastic resource. It provides excellent explanations, a comprehensive overview of the topics, and the authors know how to weave a story into each chapter. The illustrations and explanations are simple to follow and understand, making this a must-have book for budding immunologists!
Pandemic Board Game is another fun game for the gamer immunologist in your life. In light of COVID-19, this could appear to be a gloomy addition to the list, but Pandemic has long been a favorite among board game enthusiasts. This is a cooperative game in which players must collaborate to save the world from four deadly diseases. This is a game where either everyone wins or everyone loses, so work together!
When you want to say "thank you" to an inspiring chemistry educator, an apple just won't do. This list steers clear of bad chemistry joke t-shirts and finds high-quality but affordable items from $4-$65 that will leave a lasting impression.
If you just try searching "PhD Graduation Gifts" on Amazon, you'll get a page full of mugs, shirts and keychains. They deserve better. I’ve been through grad school, got my PhD, and have a good idea of what they would truly appreciate as a thank-you gift. Here’s my hand-picked list below.