What kind of gift to give a physicist or physics major? It’s not an easy question to answer. Many of the scientific minded people live in part in their own little world of subatomic particles and numbers. Here are some ideas that are out of the ordinary. Need something unique or different? You may find some good ideas here.
Scientific American Cruise

One or two cruises are offered in conjunction with Scientific American each year. Each cruise features lectures on a variety of topics. The upcoming fall 2010 cruise even includes a tour of the large hadron collider in CERN. What better gift could you give a physics geek than this?

“The Big Bang Theory” TV series on DVD.

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The character of Sheldon Cooper, uber geek physicist, Leonard, Penny and their friends are hilarious. Sheldon is a geek trapped in a world he never made and can barely understand. This is truly a unique show and your physics geek is sure to get hours of laughs. Must viewing for geeks.

The Richard Feynman Lectures on Physics

Legendary physicist Richard Feynman produced a series of famous lectures coring nearly every aspect of physics. These lectures are available on a series of separate CDs. You could get them all or focus just on specific topics of interest to your physicist.

Science Humor Gifts from Cafepress.com

Cafepress is a print on demand website where independent designers offer their designs on gifts and clothing. Literally thousands of designs are available for physicists and other scientists. Since these items are not mass marketed you can get your physics geek something fairly unique. Items range from custom underwear to t-shirts to mugs and posters.

A Subscription to Physics Today Magazine

Published by The American Institute of Physics this is a gift that will continue giving all year long. Your physicist will be able to keep abreast of developments in many areas of physics.

The Quantum Tarot

Here’s a unique gift: a tarot deck that incorporates the principles of relativity and quantum mechanics into a tarot deck. New Agers claim that physics has been proving their beliefs in higher planes of existence and such. Now, with this deck, your physicist can give new age scrying a try.