Office parties are all around us, the news is filled with festive stories, and carolers are filling the streets with Christmas cheer... but many people are still wracking their brains as to what to buy for their nearest and dearest.

If you're that person, then fear not! The British Science Association have searched far and wide to put together a list of the 20 best science-related gifts that you can buy this Christmas. So if you're stuck for ideas as to what to get the science-lover in your life, then look no further. These gifts are so cool that we actually think they'd make great presents for anyone. 

Scroll down for our 20 best picks for Christmas 2016.

1. Set of 8 planet lollipops, £15, 

These lollipops are so beautiful and intricate that we don't think you'd ever actually want to eat them. But just in case you can't resist, each lollipop has been given its own unique and delicious flavour, which includes: Watermelon, Black Cherry, Banana, Chocolate, Cola, Cream Soda, Candy Floss and Bubble Gum.

Purchase them here.

2. Sterling silver double helix DNA earrings, £47.54,

These stunning, quirky earrings are made from non-tarnishing, Argentium sterling silver. Depicting the DNA double helix, an image that has become so iconic since it's discovery over 60 years ago, they will be adored by any self-respecting science fan.

Get them here.

3. Science leggings (various designs), from £33,

Do you know someone who loves to make a statement and isn't scared to flaunt their passion? Then these leggings are the perfect gift for them. Available in a variety of prints covering the whole science spectrum, you're bound to find their perfect fit.

Find them here.  

4. Mini T-Rex sculpture, £14.97,

This is an ornament with a difference. Make someone's living room more interesting with this wonderful T-Rex sculpture, great for dinosaur lovers. And as an added bonus, it's on sale - so get it quick before they sell out!

Get yours here.

5. Lion mane for cat, £14.99,

If Planet Earth II has inspired you this year, then we've found the perfect gift for any cat owners you know. Pimp up their feline friends with this cat lion mane. It's available in different colours and can also be used on dogs. Oh, and feel free to share pictures of the hilarious results...

Purchase it here (and don't forget to Tweet the pics)!

6. Albert Einstein soft toy, £16.95,

Give your kid a great role model to cuddle up to at night. Much better than your regular teddy bear, don't you think?

Get him here

7. Tim Peake: Hello, is this planet Earth? My view from the International Space Station, £14.99,

Tim Peake is arguably the biggest science hero of 2016, if not the whole decade. And to add to his legendary status, he will be donating all of the proceeds from his book to The Princes Trust. So treat your whole family to this gift, featuring 150 of the most stunning photograph taken during his time on the International Space Station. The title of the book is inspired by Tim's famous 'wrong number' dialled from space, when he accidentally misdialled a woman from the Space Station and inquired, "Hello, is this planet Earth?"

Purchase it here.

8. Six piece crystal soap set, £32.19, 

You may have to look twice at these beautiful soaps, as you'd be forgiven in thinking they were actually precious rocks. Handmade and containing gorgeous fragrances, these are an ideal gift for someone in your life who you think deserves a little pampering.

Buy them here.

9. 3Doodler, £49.99,

What a world we live in. No longer are we restrained to drawing on a flat piece of paper, now we can create drawings in three dimensions! Art- and science-lovers alike will have hours of fun with this 3Doodler essentials set, containing everything you need to get started on your creative, new hobby. It's suitable for ages 8 and above, doesn't contain any hot parts, and is completely eco-friendly.

Purchase it here.

10. Venn diagram, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy t-shirt, £17.52, 

Prove to the world that maths is cool with this Venn diagram t-shirt, referencing the groundbreaking science fiction series, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. A variety sizes and colours available.

Purchase it here

11. Oculus Rift VR headset, from $599, 

Let's face it, 2016 hasn't been great. So even at this fairly hefty price tag, we think some good old escapism into the virtual reality world is probably worth it.

Get it here

12. Freudian slippers, £19.60,

These Freudian slippers provide a pun to rival your Christmas cracker jokes. They're worth it just for that.

Purchase them here.

13. Global warming mug, £6.80,

Fill this clever mug with hot water and watch the sea levels rise, making the world's coastlines disappear. Remind your loved ones to take care of our planet while they drink their morning coffee!

Buy it here

14. Lazer maze game, £30,

Forget Monopoly, this is the game you want to be giving this Christmas. It's award-winning, fun and educational. What more could you want? The aim is to use mirrors, beam-splitters, a little science and brainpower to direct the laser through a series of mind-challenging mazes and light up the target. It really is fun for all the family.

Purchase it here.

15. GIANTmicrobes, £16.95,

GIANTmicrobes are plush organisms and cells, only a million times actual size! There are over 150 to choose from, but we've picked out the blood cells collection box as a personal favourite. Each comes with it's own printed card with facts about your GIANTmicrobe and they come in a variety of sizes.

Get them here.

16. Set of 6 syringe pens, £6.99, 

These should be a staple of every medic's stationary set. Perfect for a secret santa or stocking filler gift.

Purchase them here.

17. Astronaut phone stand, £2.50,

This astronaut phone stand will also make a great little stocking filler or secret santa gift, and it's cute as hell. 

Get it here.

18. Nuke lamp, £46.06, 

Light up the room with this LED nuke lamp. As if it wasn't cool enough already, it's even been 3D printed.

Buy it here


This is a small remote controlled helicopter. It weighs only 12g, it automatically rights itself when it crashes, and it has LED lights so it can be flown in the dark. This thing sells itself really.

Get it here

20. Zero gravity flight, from €6000,

Okay, so we've saved the best (and definitely most expensive) for last. But hey, we can all dream right? 

Book your reservation here