Clearly I’ve got you covered if you’re looking for great STEM gifts for the children in your lives, but what about YOU and your nerdy adult friends? And let’s not forget about the need for math and science teacher gifts. Well, in the name of Small Business Saturday, Brandie and I scoured Etsy and other parts of the World Wide Web to find some seriously cool STEM stuff just for grown-ups. Bonus: most of the artists below are women. Also, I’m an Etsy affiliate which means I receive 4% of the purchase price as a commission. So you can buy a thoughtful gift for someone you care about while supporting small businesses, women businesses, and this blog. I’d call that a win. So, in no particular order, I present The Maker Mom’s
STEM Gifts for Teachers and Other Adults
How about an Mini-Fab atomic clock for your makerspace? Well, more of a periodic clock, but still.
Rachel Ignotofsky, a designer and illustrator in Kansas City features unique, whimsical designs like the Grace Hopper print below. She offers prints and t-shirts and is available for custom work.
Smart Womyn Graphic t-shirts from Cupertino-based STEM womyn Sylvia Lowden. Her tees feature new as well as more familiar faces of important women in STEM. Her goal is to champion the “countless genius inventors, adventurers, and history-making icons who happen to be women.”
This Girls Tees Kris, a Cleveland-based graphic designer offers T-shirts to empower girls and women with slogans like “This girl asks why” or “This girl likes math.”
Megan Lee makes STEM-themed posters, magnets, t-shirts and other gift items from her North Carolina home. She also has artful science flashcards for the education-minded among you.
Artlogica has painting, scarves and ornaments inspired by science. I’m a big fan of painted silk and love items like this silk scarf with a mitosis design. Look for her at the 2015 DC Holiday Market.
Robynriker Designs features original graphics for stationary, fabric and more. Graphic designer Elishka Jepson supplements her design work with a day job as a (wait for it) rocket scientist! She welcomes custom orders for items you see in her shop. Math lesson fabric? Check. Periodic Shells fabric? Got it! (I just bought a sewing machine and can’t wait to hit up her shop once I know what I’m doing.)
Surly This shop features handmade ceramic jewelry and prints, some of which has STEM themes.
Mini Geek Boutique UK, a shop from across the pond, features science and geek-inspired clothing with a touch of whimsy. See their pencil case below.
Fabulous Cat Papers makes STEM-inspired notebooks like this one featuring the golden ratio.
Auberg Designs creates jewelry that is simple and chic for the classy geek. The designs are pretty enough to be enjoyed by all, yet subtle enough so that mostly only other geeks will know the true meaning behind your pieces. Auberg specializes in themes related to women in STEM, Star Trek and GoT.
Gwen Beads is your source for math-based beaded jewelry designs. The shop sells completed pieces as well as kits and tutorials for those who like to DIY.
And now something for the person who has everything:
A little something for the word nerd in your life–a word! You can literally adopt a word at Wordnik, the worldest largest online English dictionary.