This Father’s Day, consider giving your science-loving geek dad the gift of discovery! Science gifts are perfect for the perpetually curious thinking man, the type of dad who loves numbers and data and chemical reactions and esoteric Latin names for plants and animals. If this sounds like a Dad you know, and you’re having trouble coming up with something awesome to gift him this weekend, then worry no more – we have the gifts you seek! Here’s our list of awesome gifts to give your science-loving dad on Father’s Day.

Father’s Day Gifts for Dads Who Love Biology:

The best Father's Day gift for dads who love science

The Dino Pet

OK, let’s get this one out of the way, because OBVIOUSLY we think the Dino Pet is a pretty awesome gift for any science-loving biology geek out there. But it’s ESPECIALLY fun for dads who are looking for the coolest biological decoration to complete their work desk or home office. Our Dino Pet is filled with countless microscopic dinoflagellates that biouminesce (meaning they glow in the dark) when you shake up their habitat. Marine biologist dads will instantly recognize these phytoplankton as the same guys responsible for red tide – how cool is that, harnessing one of nature’s coolest displays in a cute dino-shaped aquarium? Our Dino Pet also comes in Dino Sphere form, if the dinosaur is a little too cutesy for dad’s taste, and Dino Pet Blue is also available if your dad wants his pet to have a little more color. Be sure to get the Gift Option linked in the title above, unless dad intends to open his gift right away – the standard option ships the dinoflagellates live, while the gift option ships the actual living creatures whenever your dad is ready for them.

Biology Dad Shirt

It’s Father’s Day, so you’re allowed to get him a cheeky gift that reminds him that, he can be a scientist all he wants, but at the end of the day, he’s your dad first – and you love him for it! Shirts can be a little tacky, but we think this one would make any biologist dad smile.

Father’s Day Gifts For Dads Who Are Out of This World:


Celestron NexStar Telescope

This absurdly strong telescope will fly your dad to the moon, without his feet leaving the ground. The telescope includes a finderscope to help with alignment, “SkyAlign” tech making it easy to align on any three bright celestial objects for improved tracking and resolution, and a built-in 40,000-object database with user-definable objects and controls.

Solar System in a Jar

The perfect desk decoration for busy astronomy-minded dads, this solar system in a jar maintains (as close as it can) the relative scale of all 8 planets at a 1:5,000,000,000 scale. Whew!

Nanoblock Space Shuttle Model

Combine dad’s love of NASA and his love of LEGO and what do you get? This nifty little model kit from Nanoblock! After your dad painstakingly assembles this intricate bock sculpture, he will surey want to exhibit it in the most obvious place in his den or office. Show it with pride, dad!

Father’s Day Gifts For Dads Who Love Programming:

The Arduino Uno is a great fathers day gift for programmer dads

Arduino Uno

Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform and singe-board microcontroller that utilizes versatile hardware and software to create interactive objects or digital devices. It can effect actuators like lights, fans, motors, and more. And if that all makes sense to your dad, then this is the PERFECT gift for him!

Father’s Day Gifts For Dads Who Love Physics:

This levitating planter uses magnetics to float above the base

The LYFE Levitating Plant Pot

Is it sorcery? Nope, it’s science! The LYFE levitating silicon planter is the coolest way for your physics-loving dad to showcase his greenthumb… in spectacular rotating, levitating fashion! The planter hovers over an oak base via magnetic levitation and naturally rotates to give dad’s plant maximum sun exposure. A reservoir mitigates over-watering, but the coolest part is the magnet itself, which features a unique shape that pushes up against the electromagnetic planter base to keep the pot stable and rotating gently day in, day out.

The Fizzics Draft Beer System

Ahhh science, always finding amazing ways to improve our lives with beer. This new Fizzics beer system gives any old botte or can of beer a “fresh from the tap” look and taste – without CO2 canisters! The science is the secret: the Fizzics system pulses ultrasonic waves into your beer of choice, giving it a gentle foam and fizz just like a drink poured straight from the tap. All it requires to work wonders is 4 AA batteries. After you’ve poured your beer, set the Fizzics system to the “top” function to get an extra layer of nice, creamy, thick foam. Perfection through Physics!

Father’s Day Gifts For Dads Who Love Chemistry:

The best fathers day pint glass for dads who love chemistry

Ethanol Pint Glass

The chemical structure of the ethanol moecule is proudly emblazoned across this fun and nerdy pint glass, perfect for dad to enjoy his favorite beer between lab assignments. Pair with the Fizzics beer system above for maximum awesomeness!

Radioactive Elements Glowing Coaster Set

I mean, your scientist dad probably likes beer more than neckties or macaroni picture frames, so yeah we’ve got a few beer-related things on here. But we’re capping it off with this swanky set of rad(ioactive) beer coasters that glow in the dark. A cool way to present your dad’s favorite beverage without staining the coffee table.

A Portable Hydrogen Reactor

A portable WHAT now? Don’t worry, it’s not that kind of hydrogen reactor. Well, sort of. But this may be one of the coolest items on this list for dad’s who would totally smile while telling people they’re toting this thing around. It’s great for charging cell phones, disaster readiness, battery charging, etc. It’s a portable fuel cell that is powered by water, so no toxic chemicals to worry about!

Father’s Day Gifts for Geologist Dads:

This amateur geologist kit is perfect for dads who dig earth sciences

Geologist’s Field Tools Kit

Get your earth science dad something he’ll really DIG (hyuk hyuk) with this cool ‘rockhound’ amateur geologist’s starter kit. This basic kit includes a high-quaity Estwing 220z rock hammer with sheath, safety goggles, and a world-class triplet loupe magnifier (like a magnifying glass, but conical and without a handle, used to get a really good look at the finest rocky details). The loupe comes with a lanyard so dad doesn’t drop it while going on a rock safari!

Father’s Day Gifts For Dads who Love Data:

A great fathers day gift for dads who love basketball and data

Shot Tracker

The Shot Tracker records, in detail, your dad’s basketball skills (or lack thereof, but we’d never tell him that of course). The Shot Tracker reports include data pertaining to your dad’s shot efficiency, and suggests areas in need of improvement. Perfect for your favorite data-loving basketball nerd dad!

LINK AKC Smart Dog Collar

We all know a dog is a man’s best friend, so get your dad a little something that let’s him devote even more time to his canine companion. The LINK is sort of like a FitBit for Fido – a dog collar that tracks canine movements, pace, current and tracked location, and all sorts of other data that will surely keep your dad busy for hours if he’s the type of guy to whom charts, graphs, and statistics are bread and butter.

Father’s Day Gifts For the Science Dad Who Has Everything:

The Geek Dad book is a perfect fathers day gift

The “Geek Dad” Book

The Geek Dad book is a gift you give your dad, that you ALSO give yourself. This excellent little book is filled with tons of neat science experiment ideas and projects to work on with dad. It’s the best gift of all: the gift of discovering the wonders of science, together!

Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Quarterly Maker Box

A true gift that keeps on giving for the science-loving dad in your life, this subscription box arrives on dad’s doorstop once per quarter and includes all sorts of cool science kits, books, projects, and a bunch more STEM-related things to do – all approved by Neil deGrasse Tyson. Much of the fun is the surprise of seeing just what awesome science-y things Mr. Tyson will pick out next!

June 13, 2017

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