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Great Gifts for Physics Students

Student gifts run the gamut from essentials to whimsical novelties. However, not all students were created equal. The physics student is a niche all of their own and a peculiar introverted bunch on top of that. So, no wonder the task of buying them a gift can become daunting.

Unless you’re into their interests it can be hard to know your Chopras from your Sagans or your Macros from your Micros.

But don’t worry. Gifts for physics students are here.

We have some fantastic gift ideas for you aimed at this difficult audience.

Gifts for Physics Students

How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems
You may, or may not, be familiar with the author Monroe from his other work on XKCD or the book ‘What if?’ (A good book to bundle with this). But whether you or even your physicist in making knows him is irrelevant.

Randall is a must read for all interested in STEM. His descriptions and explanations make what were interesting concepts, and messy ones, so much more approachable.

This isn’t a textbook. This is a fun read with real comedic value for readers of all expertise levels.
Sennheiser PXC 550 Noise Cancelling Headphones
I remember my university physics group spending our fleeting breaks trying to study in cramped and noisy spaces. Rarely are other students sympathetic to the plight of those currently busy.

And physics students will always be busy with something.

High quality noise cancelling headphones make any space more suitable for work. This means your student will be able to work more during peak hours and then actually rest during the night hours.

This is the gift that keeps on giving, because a rested student is a better student. On top of their work, on top of their health and on top of their class. A thoughtful gift.
Nerdy Travel Cups
Whether utilized for commuting in the cold, or just for hot coffee in back to back lectures, the travel mug is another ‘must have’. This one especially because it has a witty little science joke on it. The kind of thing physics students love.
A Stirling Engine
Ever wanted an engine that makes use of thermodynamics to produce mechanical work?

No, well a physics student has. This is one of those core foundational experiments we all learn. So like other firsts in education like the computer science ‘hello world’ we have a soft spot for the little thing.

And there is nothing cooler than simple turning heat into movement.
Gskyer Telescope
A very expensive, but worth the trouble gift.

Astrophysics is as much a branch of physics as anything else. However, the real trouble is the barrier to entry.
Some universities run rentals or simply give out equipment, but often not enough to meet demand from students.

How do you mitigate this? How do you encourage that young Astrophysicist to figure out their parallaxes and their standard candles?

Skip the middleman and get them a telescope.
Celestron Telescope
Did the above entry sound perfect, but just outside your price range? Well here is a budget option. Of course, less ‘snazzy’ than our previous entry it will still be a good jumping on point. However, with telescopes, you really do get what you pay for.

Just look how much Nasa, Cern and Easa pay for their lens.
Sagan’s Cosmos
An inspiration to many and a pathway for the armchair physicist. Sagan is a great watch for family to help understand their student a little. But also a fun watch for the physics student too.

Perhaps one of the more sentimental options, but there is a real charm to the idea of wanting to watch this with the physicist in your life. Perhaps so you can ask questions or just learn a little more about their passion and interests.
Asimov Collection
Sci fi and physicists go together about as well as cookies and cream or Sci fi and Asimov.

As closely tethered to the sci fi genre as Tolkien is fantasy, Asimov is a must read for anyone interested in the more speculative ideas of science.

So perhaps those idle moments on long commutes or lonely nights away from family can feel a lot shorter with these captivating reads.
Infra-Red Thermometer
There is something cool about heat and energy, but also something important. You have no idea what experiments or projects they make take on. However, with this you’ll at least know they will have an idea what sort of temperatures they are working with.

This is a fun toy for curious minds, but also a vital piece of equipment for safety and discovery.
4k DbPower Camera
Waterproof, rechargeable and high resolution. The reality is that sometimes you’re going to need a video camera. Most of the time you’re just going to want one.

I did so many projects, events and experiments at university that I have no record of. I would have killed to be able to show them to family and friends. And also to be able to review them now.

So many students embark to college with no camera. And while you may think, “phones all have cameras now,'' you'd be amazed how many teachers cling to the archaic notions of phones being against the rules.

So some labs won’t allow the phone calculator or the phone camera.
Raspberry Pi
Remember we said you have no idea what projects they might get up to? Neither does the raspberry pi. However, it’s a powerful tool.

Want an FM radio Station? A minecraft server? A weather balloon? Smart house features? Automated coffee pots?

Probably not. The thing is they might. They might want other things. This is a great way to encourage the experimental, innovative and creative mindset they will need in their education.
A Tabletop Whiteboard
Sometimes a note only needs to exist for two seconds. We call them back of the envelope calculations in physics. Just quick, dirty and to the point.

You need a quick place to write those down with out messing up your desks workflow. Secondary notepads or scribbling in the margins (you may lose marks from some tutors) are messy and overtime build up a lot of unwanted paper.

This is a clean and simple solution. Very workable.

Every math or physics student should have a whiteboard.
A Novelty Math Clock
A little more of a relaxed fun gift. A simple idea done well and executed to a high quality. This is a perfect clock to give to a physics student. They get the joy of both having a clock, a college necessity and of being reminded of their family and friends when they use it.

And they will be using it.
A Practical Pen
Spirit level? Measurements? Tools?

Once again the multipurpose and practical nature of something suits the random, chaotic and innovative nature of those getting into STEM. With this they don’t need to remember a whole bunch of other things.

All they need is their pen and then the rest is included within.
Spider Phone Holder
Sometimes you can’t use your phone. Other times you’ll have to and I’ve seen so many phones haphazardly arranged on pencil cases and books. Now they can have an elegant and effective solution to the problem.

Now they can really use their phone how they need to.

No more disruptive noises from it falling in the library, no more dangers from wobbling off the table.

A purpose built option for those who need their hands free from dealing with their phone.
Killer Sudoku
The physicist is a logical and problem solving mind. Something that needs a little warming up before tackling challenging work.

This is where killer sudokus are so good. They require a lot of thinking, effort and memory. They feel hard, but not exhausting.

Also much harder to ‘brute force’ that traditional Sudoku making them not a procrastinative option.
Plasma Lighter
Lighters are a vital tool. You never know when you’ll need one, but when you do you might as well opt for this.

This lighter is a windless, rechargeable, flameless electric lighter. It has a sleek design and auto on touch display. It feels perfect and flash.

Also due to the ability to both start fires and deliver an electric charge it potentially has other uses your physicist might figure out for it.

Once again the appeal of multipurpose items to the innovative mind.
Stress Ball
When it is all said and done though, they are going to have days where they need to vent. This stress ball is a healthy and safe way to let off that pressure that can build up.

Stress is not conducive to a healthy work-life balance or to productive work.

So this is a thoughtful gift that really will see more use than you may think.