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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Just look how much Nasa, Cern and Easa pay for their lens.
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.
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.
This is a fun toy for curious minds, but also a vital piece of equipment for safety and discovery.
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.
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.
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.
And they will be using it.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.