Welcome to this year’s BIOtechNOW Gift Guide – our most loved biotechnology gift ideas from 2013 and beyond. Here you’ll find gifts that promote women in the sciences, interesting biotech books, and, of course, a few gifts inspired by some of our very first biotech inventions! So whether you’re looking for a last-minute gift idea or a way to blow part of that holiday bonus consider this your guide to yuletide biotech bliss!
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What is the best biotech holiday gift idea from 6000 BCE that is also the best holiday gift idea in 2013?
The U.S. Microbrewed Beer Club, from the Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club: $23.95/month
For $23.95 per month, you can get someone twelve 12-oz. beers from two different U.S. Microbreweries. Each shipment includes four different beer styles, three bottles of each style and a newsletter detailing tasting notes, beer specifications, brewery profiles and suggested food pairings.
Another classic, and we literally mean classic, biotech gift idea is cheese! We recommend pairing this gift with our previous one for best results.
Deluxe Cheese & Sausage Assortment, from Mars Cheese Castle: $44.95
Give someone a feast of sausage and cheese directly from the heart of America’s dairyland: Wisconsin. The giftbox includes: two 5 oz. all beef summer sausages, one 5 oz. all beef summer sausage with cranberries, 7oz. Wisconsin salami cheddar, 7oz. Wisconsin cheddar with onion and chives, 7 oz. Wisconsin cheddar, and 7oz. garden vegetable cheese.
Catch the Norovirus! Great for the Kids!
You may have seen Mr. Yeast Cell from the same toy line make an appearance at the 2013 BIO International Convention:
Norovirus, from Giant Microbes: $9.95
GIANTmicrobes are stuffed animals that look like tiny microbes — only a million times actual size! They’re humorous, educational, and fun! Each microbe comes with an image and information about the real microbe it represents. They make great learning tools, as well as amusing gifts for anyone with a sense of humor.
Keeping Things Crystal Clear
We heard Dolly had problems keeping this straight.
This is My Clone T-shirt from Unicorn Tees: $14.99
You have to keep the humans guessing. Cloning isn’t the way of the future, it is HERE! Remember the movie Multiplicity and how each clone got dumber and dumber every time he was copied? We’ve fixed that.
The Bio-chemistry of Cooking
Hosting a holiday party in your lab this year? We have the perfect hors d’oeuvres for you.
12 Cell Sugar Cookies from Periodic Cookies: $48
Get these unique, delicious, and peanut free cell sugar cookies. They are great as party favors, party platters on the dessert table, gifts or just for fun! Cookies are approximately 4 inches in diameter, and exquisitely detailed to reflect an accurate representation of an animal cell. If you happen to prefer plants to animals, this cookie can easily be redesigned as a plant cell!
Some people ❤ New York…
Like we ❤ biotechnology. Enough said. Great stocking stuffer!
I Love Biotechnology Fridge Magnet, from Zazzle: $4.10
Declare your love of biotechnology via magnet! Five sizes from 1.25 inches diameter, printed on 100 percent recycled paper, covered with scratch- and UV-resistent Mylar and there’s no minimum order.
As you’re toasting this holiday season, remember that your glass is literally filled with biotechnology.
DNA Etched Shot Glass Shooter from EpicEtching: $6.99
Show off your love for science with this tall shot glass with a double helix. Test your level of intoxication by reciting the names of the base pairs or teaching others about DNA. Remember to always drink responsibly.
The Humor Lab
Looking to bring a little humor to the lab? Purchase a comic print and frame it!
Biotechnology Cartoons and Comics from CSL Cartoonstock: $87.98
Hundreds of custom frames available, with three levels of mats/mounts. All framed prints come with Acrylic glazing. Prints range from basic posters to two types of canvas.
Something Very Personal
Art as unique as the Mona Lisa.
DNA Portrait from DNA 11: $199.00
DNA Portraits are the world’s most unique and personalized form of art. We’ll send you a collection kit with everything you need to capture a sample of your DNA. (Trust us, it’s painless and effortless: nothing more than swabbing the inside of your cheek.)
Look! I’m Getting Mugged!
Please, please, PLEASE do not confuse your new coffee mug with a conical flask from the lab.
Conical Flask Glass Laboratory Mug with Handle Graduated 500mL from American Scientific: $17.99
Great way for a chemist to start their day! Show your interests through your drink ware. What a great gift for a teacher, student, doctor or anyone interested in the sciences.