Yikes! The holiday season is upon us and so is the pressure to find that perfect gift for the geek on your list. Once again, IDRI scientists have stepped into the fray to help fill your list with great suggestions.

blanketLinda Hawkins says, “For the scientist who periodically gets cold and is seeking protection from the elements, a periodic table blanket beats all other precious metal and electron-ic gifts.” All puns appreciated!

Jennifer Geist suggests a SnoValley culinary mushroom grow kit. “I received this as a present and it was so cool! I could see kids loving this as a fun in-home experiment.” According to Jenny, you can find these kits at all the Seattle farmers markets. “The mushroom “brick” (which is a specific organic mix with spores) comes in a plastic bag, and you can get shiitake or king oyster mushroom kits for $10. “All you do is open the bag and put it on a plate with the same bag over it and mist two times a day for three-five days. You get to watch the mushrooms grow and they are tasty,” she said.

Unsure what to do with all the mushrooms? “Make a stock in your crockpot overnight with other trimmings you have around! I made gravy and stock with my shiitake kit.”

If your favorite geek is a reader, Tanya Parish suggests “Lab Girl” by Hope Jahren and “Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong—and the New Research That’s Rewriting the Story” by Angela Saini.

And for the stylish geek, Tanya says to be sure and check out this clothing line from Svaha. After all, who doesn’t need a “Nuclear Fission Fit & Flare Dress” or a “Molecularly Happy Infinity Scarf”?

Need a few more suggestions? Let’s turn to what some of our favorite Seattle geeks are recommending. Bill Gates just published a list of his five fave books of 2018, which includes “Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup” by John Carryrou. “The story is even crazier than I expected, and I found myself unable to put it down once I started,” Bill said.

Finally, be sure to check out the gadgets and gizmos suggested by GeekWire’s Todd Bishop and Andru Edwards. The only gift they agreed upon? Check it out here!

Happy holiday shopping!