The clock is ticking; the pressure is on. It’s time to buy holiday gifts! The question is: what are you going to get your favorite geek?

As a scientific organization, IDRI is full of self-proclaimed geeks who have a few ideas to share in IDRI’s 6th annual “Gifts for Geeks” guide. Many of this year’s suggestions follow a food-related theme — perfect for the wanna-be chef in your life!

Bryan Berube suggests The Food Lab by J. Kenji Lopez-Alt. “If you are a scientist who doesn’t know how to cook, this book is for you,” said Berube, a postdoctoral scientist in IDRI’s Tuberculosis Discovery Research group. “The author performs scientifically controlled experiments to substantiate or debunk traditional kitchen lore. This cookbook goes into great detail about the science behind cooking and allows you to truly understand what you’re doing in the kitchen.”

For the chemist in your crowd, Eduard Melief, another IDRI postdoc, suggests the Chemist’s Spice Rack from the Think Geek web site, which is filled with lots of geeky gifts.

If you have a baker on your list, how about these “pretty awesome” custom-made cookie cutters, suggested by Zach Sagawa, Regulatory Affairs Manager. You’ll find everything from DNA to bacteria.

Using the science of fermentation, IDRI’s VP of Operations, Chris Antony, and his wife Cheryl are offering up gifts of homemade sauerkraut to their friends this year. When asked for the recipe Antony said: “It’s a secret but we modify this one just a bit.”

Tanya Parish, SVP of the TB Discovery Research group, believes that one of the best gifts is being a science advocate. “Become a force for science – give a subscription to AAAS (the American Association for the Advancement of Science),” she suggested. Or for the perfect stocking stuffer, she offers up the Microbiology Society’s Multicolored Microbiomes Coloring Book.

dnaThe gift of discovering yourself was suggested by Senior Molecular Biology Specialist Jake Archer – an ancestry DNA kit. “I did this a couple of years ago and it was pretty neat,” he said. “Plus you can usually find these on sale during the holidays.”

Need more ideas? Check out TechCrunch’s “13 Great Gifts for the Geek Guys and Gals in your Life” or the annual reading list put together by the ultimate geek, Bill Gates.