Princeton Insider: Geek Gifts
Gift your favorite geek these delightfully nerdy products from Uncommon Goods. Now please excuse us while we purchase that Bubble Wrap Calendar for all of our friends…
Bubble Wrap Calendar, $27
This clever, poster-size bubble calendar lets you pop your way through an entire year.
Planet Lollipops, $30
Using a classic candy making process, Heather Kelly creates edible works of art in these planetary lollipops. A 2D image is encapsulated in ten distinct pops and flavors that are visually out of this world: Each planet and the sun gets its own flavor: blackberry, cherry, cotton candy, guava, marshmallow, pear, key lime, strawberry/kiwi, mango, and tropical punch. Gift to your favorite science geek or treat yourself to your very own taste of the galaxy. Handmade in Clarendon Hills, Illinois.
Due to the handmade nature of this item, each is unique and will vary.
Einstein Pi Portrait, $35
As if Einstein didn’t do enough for the world of mathematics and physics, he was also born on March 14th, the day we now celebrate as Pi Day. Artist Izzie Brown drew these parallels into a unique giclee print, showcasing the man himself made up of the first 222 numbers in Pi. The numbers curve and stretch around his iconic hair, creating a portrait that brings art, math, and science together. Printed in Portland, Oregon.
Da Vinci Table Lamp, $299
Whether it’s a room dedicated to equation solving or serial television watching, this functional piece of art evokes the creativity, craftsmanship, and sheer genius of the original Renaissance man. More than merely functional, the design of this lamp is illuminated by the sketches and ideas of Leonardo Da Vinci. Its antiqued brass form rises from Italianate legs up to an intricate, architectural system of joints and locking pivots that make the light fully adjustable. The imaginative on/off switch is cast from an 18th century, Italian clock winding key. Made in India.
Molecular Gastronomy Kit, $49-65
What do you get when you combine food, chemistry and art? You get to deconstruct any dish, to change the look and feel of any ingredient, to impress dinner guests, and to take your tastebuds on an adventure–also known as molecular gastronomy!
Turn your kitchen into a food laboratory with this how-to kit that teaches you how to transform liquids, like honey, into jelly-like cubes, gelify chopped produce into flavor-packed beads, or even morph melted chocolate into a delicate powder or spaghetti-like strands. You’re only limited by your imagination! So go ahead, play with your food!
Includes instructional DVD. Click here to see a complete list of the included tools and ingredients. Materials come from Canada, the USA, Belgium and China. Assembled in Canada.
HTML Beer Glasses – Set of 2, $25
Give your favorite coder a happy hour inspired by HTML tags with this geek-approved glassware and a beer bottle imprinted with HTML tags (perhaps with the help of an online beer label designer). Simply pour in your beer and watch it fill the < body >, then (as long as you go easy on the foam), see the < head > find its rightful spot. Glasses made in New Jersey and printed in Edina, Minnesota.
Check out our Gift Lab to see our team use the HTML Beer Glasses to decode the perfect pour!
Novel Teas, $12.50
The idea of “tea time” is a luxurious concept, but it needn’t take an hour or be accompanied by a fox hunt. Treat yourself to a daily dose of antiquity with this literary set of 25 teabags. Each English Breakfast teabag is individually tagged with beloved quotes from your favorite authors. You may not have time for cucumber sandwiches, but you can certainly bring CS Lewis into the boardroom. Tea is grown and packed in Sri Lanka.
Laser Projection Keyboard, $150
We may not have flying cars but we’ve certainly stepped it up since cell phones were the size of bricks. Welcome to the future, friends, and say hello to your new favorite gadget: the Laser Projection Keyboard. This pocket-sized device connects with Bluetooth to project a fixed keyboard pattern onto any surface, turning any flat space into a workspace. The motion-sense lasers also double as a mouse, detecting your hand movement as you click, double-click, or scroll on your big shiny tablet whooziwhutzits. Made in South Korea. Side note: If your geeky giftee still loves old-school keyboards, then mechanical keyboard keycaps could also be a great gift to consider. Don’t forget to nudge them towards more technologically advanced options though, like this laser keyboard!
Latitude Longitude Pendant, $175
Picture for a moment that perfect place?your childhood home, a summertime retreat, or some dreamlike spot you may never see again but cannot forget. Now, imagine being able to carry that place with you always.
This keepsake necklace by Ana Talukder will help to keep you grounded in the magic of your special place. Suspended from a sterling silver chain is a hand-forged, solid recycled sterling silver pendant. It pinpoints the place of your choosing with hand-stamped geographic coordinates in latitude and longitude. The reverse side of the pendant is impressed with the image of an elaborate, vintage-inspired compass rose, reminding you to always remain true to yourself. Comes with silver polishing cloth. Handmade in Seattle, Washington.
Personalized Blue Book Pillow, $36
The blue written exam book has given freshmen English students nightmares for generations, but this one’s sure to only bring sweet dreams. Designer Rebecca Rodriguez has studied this booklet well, and she reproduces it with hand-silkscreened lettering on a blue canvas pillowcase. She even lets you fill in your own blanks, with the student name (up to 12 characters), letter grade, and teacher’s note (up to 2 lines, 12 characters each). Inside is a cushy, removable poly fill insert. Use it to add some nostalgic fun to your home or office, or make it a gift for a special student, educator, or alum-or all of the above. Handmade in Somerset, New Jersey.
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