Look, you shouldn't search for ugly sweater—you'll end up with one that's all obvious and funny about it. If the recipient knows you did it ironically, you've failed: the "prestige" moment is when they chuckle and say, "Haha! An ugly sweater!" and you respond with stone-faced silence. Just get one from this Etsy search; if they run low of good options, here's something at Amazon that's unlikely to sell out.
Behold, a truly fantastic gift for the cat in your life — catnip-filled soft toys shaped like amoebas, cyanobacteria, and (pictured above) giardia.
Giardia are microscopic parasites that can invade the guts of vertebrate animals, including cats and humans. Generally, you get it by ingesting giardia-infested feces. For humans, this mostly means contaminated drinking water, because giardia are harder to kill than you might think. They can survive quite happily outside of a host and are resistant to chlorine.
Blue giardia cat toy
Read more on giardia (and see pictures) at the CDC website
Faber Castell's Perfect Pencil is described by the ad copy as "the culmination of the history of the pencil", which somehow does not quite prepare one for the eye-watering $240 price tag—or that of the $500 gift set! Don't worry, though: refills are only $50. [via Uncrate]
Previously: The new Palomino Blackwing 602 pencil is a fine tribute to the Eberhard Faber Blackwing 602.
Katie from the Library Foundation of Los Angeles
sez, "The Library Store On Wheels, a mobile truck version of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles' beloved Central Library gift store (which LA Weekly named 'LA's Best Gift Shop'this year) hits the road December 10
. Over the next two weeks, we'll be taking the mobile store around to different Los Angeles Public Library branches, as well as Amoeba Music. Packed to the gills with the most lovingly-curated selection of lit-themed gifts and nostalgic library decor, all proceeds from the store will go to benefit the Los Angeles Public Library."
If yesterday's BoingBoing Gift Guide
didn't give you enough holiday ideas, Popular Science has a collection of gifts for aspiring rocket scientists
. Includes meteorite jewelry, a scarf printed with a pattern inspired by measurement systems, and some natty blazers designed by NASA. — Maggie
Welcome to this year’s Boing Boing Gift Guide, a piling-high of our most loved stuff from 2012 and beyond. There are books, comics, games, gadgets and much else besides: click the categories at the top to filter what you’re most interested in—and add your suggestions and links in the comments.
Read the rest
Now available on eBay: The naked archaeologists calendar you may or may not have been waiting for.
Via Kristina Killgrove
Check out this great series of laser-cut wood Christmas tree ornaments, decorated with the pictures of science heroes. That's Elizabeth Blackwell, the first female physician in the United States. You can also get Mary Leakey, Carl Linneaus, Rosalind Franklin, Charles Darwin, and more!
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The Gun Snuggler. "Because happiness is a warm gun." Comes in sizes to fit everything from handguns to assault rifles! This began as a funny internet joke, but so many people took it seriously that it is now being offered as an actual thing that you can really buy for real. (Thanks, Marque Cornblatt!)