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11 Unique Microbiology Gifts (for 2024)

by Derek Miller 5 min read

The internet is not exactly overflowing with microbiology-specific gifts, but we've scoured several sources to find the most popular and high-quality gifts for microbiologists 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 microbiology 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. These are an exceptionally good gift because the recipient will see them daily and use them often! Pair these with the Biology set to make it complete!

Also now available on Amazon.

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2. Microbiologist Science On A Postcard Pin

You see a science pin. A stranger sees a conversation starter. Science On A Postcard was started by Heidi Gardner after a stranger in an airport told her "You don't look like a scientist." Wear this microbiologist enamel pin proudly and help us engage the public in a dialogue about the role of science and scientists in society. Show them what a microbiologist looks like! These pins are a perfect gift for their lab coat, conferences, outreach events or every-day wear!

We have these pins in stock in our store for sale in the USA only, which is up to a week faster than ordering from Heidi's office in the UK. 

 microbiologist science on a postcard enamel pin

3. GIANT Microbes plush toys

This next one may seem like a young child's toy, but we've seen many PhD's in microbiology purchase and love these to death. This amazing company makes a full line of plush microbes the size of a small stuffed animal! This set is blood-cell themed, but they make other sets like "COVID-19 Backpack", "Flu Vaccine Keychain" and "COVID Earrings". 


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4. Pipette Ninja Sticker

Microbiologists use pipettes daily with deft efficiency. Some might even say they are a "pipette ninja". This is a fun microbiology sticker for a laptop, thermos or notebook to officially award them this honorable title. Grab it for only $4.50 in our store!

pipette ninja microbiology sticker

5. Lab Coat Pocket Protector

From organizing their precision tools to adding a touch of style to their lab coats, this accessory will be appreciated and put to good use by any biologist. The venerable Pocket Protector became a cultural icon in the 1960's and 1970's, but somewhere along the way the newer generation of STEM researchers forgot about them.

Microbiologists need these back in their labs to stay organized, stay efficient, protect their work clothes, and finish their experiments without being late to lunch. So we researched and tested every type ever made to methodically solve each problem and come up with this refreshed design.

Available in spruce green, sapphire blue, and faded pink - the top 3 colors voted on by our fans! You can even get it from our Amazon page if that's easier.

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6. Cytosis: A Cell Biology Board 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! Rated for ages 10+ and is definitely enjoyable by any university student or professional. Also a great way to help you get younger students interested in microbiology!

 Cytosis microbiology board game

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7. Cellfies: A Cell Biology Coloring Book

For anyone with a love of microbiology and an artistic side, try this microbiology-focused coloring book. This fun book takes you through several kinds of cells (eye cells, brain cells, cancer cells and epithelia), explains some of the technical background and gives you a chance to color in each different part of the cells! Definitely a fun gift for a budding young microbiologist or even a professional one who needs a little break from work. 

Cellfies cell biology coloring book

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8. The Delighted Genius Gift Box with Microbiologist Pin

If you can't decide on just one thing, try one of our curated STEM gift boxes! The Delighted Genius Gift Box is our smallest gift box that aims to put a smile on the face of the recipient by packaging our best-selling items with a pair of chemical and solvent-proof Sakura Gelly Roll pens and an enamel pin of your choice (choose Microbiologist!) from Science on a Postcard. These are the items everyone posts on their social media about because they are so excited to receive them! It’s a fun gift set at an affordable price. 

9. Life at the Edge of Sight: A Photographic Exploration of the Microbial World

Because microbiologists have an unquenchable thirst for knowledge, a book makes a fantastic present. Life at the Edge of Sight is a visual tour of the microbial world that combines art and science. The authors not only impart a wealth of information, particularly about recent microbiological discoveries, but they also obviously appreciate the beauty of the world and microbiological life. Every page is chock-full of new information as well as stunning photography.


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10. Phage Tote Bag

Bacteriophages, also known as phages, are viruses that infect and replicate only in bacterial cells. This phage tote bag will surely be a big conversation starter for such a microscopic organism! It features a primary pocket and a little open pocket on the interior for lots of storage to meet different needs. It's a pretty little eco-friendly gift for your favorite microbiologist that's perfect for travel, work, and grocery shopping.


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10. Microbiology Gift Bundle

If you can't decide by now, I can still help! Consider this decision made. I put together a Microbiology Gift Bundle just to make it easy for you. It includes the Pocket tool and Word Magnets from above, plus a few fun science stickers. You'll save over 20% by bundling them together, so consider this decision made!

You can also add a custom logo to the pocket tool for events, networking, or promotional giveaways! Custom orders start at 100 pieces - just email us for more info.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

What is a good gift for a microbiologist?

Anything that's practical, functional or can help them show their love for microbiology. Here are our favorites:

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