It’s that time of the year when you are looking for Christmas gifts for the PCR-using scientist in your life. While of course, the best possible Christmas gift is the fastest and most accurate thermal PCR cycler, xxpress, we thought you might like some DNA-themed stocking filler ideas (in DNA socks of course), with some Christmas decorations, and a geeky Christmas card, too.
Start by giving your loved one a DNA kit for Christmas. 23andme‘s genetic health and ancestry kits reveal disease traits and risk factors, as well as information about your lineage. The kit is available in the UK but not the US, and does come with a ‘health warning’. Or join National Geographic‘s Genographic Project with the Geno 2.0 participation and DNA ancestry kit. For the younger genetic scientists, buy a Genetics & DNA Kit, or make your own budget kit with a kiwi fruit and some methylated spirit.
Want to spread DNA around the house?
- DNA in the kitchen? Get a DNA fridge magnet, drink your coffee out of a DNA mug or beaker, and give the dog a DNA dog chew
- DNA in the living room? Hang DNA art on your walls, light the room with a DNA lamp (with DNA bulbs) , put your coffee on a table based on a genetic map and put a vase on a DNA lamp table
- DNA in the office? Put your books on DNA shelves, have a Dolly the Sheep mouse mat on your desk, and write with a DNA fountain pen or ballpoint pen
- DNA in the wardrobe? Wear a DNA tie, wrap up in a DNA scarf, knit DNA-themed hats, jumpers and socks, and put the baby in a double helix bodysuit.
- DNA in the jewellery box? There is some amazing DNA jewellery available, from pendants to earrings, and from rings to cufflinks. And finish off with a DNA temporary tattoo.
And finally… enjoy the genealogist‘s Christmas lament.