What will you get your favourite data scientist this Christmas?
If you find it hard to find an awesome gift for a data scientist or statistician you know, we thought we'd help you with a list of the best gifts for data scientists and the best Christmas gifts for geeks.
There are some big presents and also some great stocking fillers so you have plenty of choices to delight your data lover friend.
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Most Popular Gifts For Data Scientists and Other Data Geeks
We've put together a list of gift ideas for Data Scientists for you to choose from or perhaps a treat for yourself.
But just in case you want to know, here are our top 5 favourite gifts for Data Scientists.
You can find more details for these lower down.
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The Coolest Gifts for Data Scientists
If you're looking for the coolest gift ideas for Data Scientists, then you're sure to find something awesome amongst these.
The Galton Board is a great Data Science gift - it's the biggest seller in this list!
The Tap Strap is also a great idea for a Data Science gift. It's really cool...
Tap Strap Bluetooth Enabled Wearable Keyboard & Mouse, Cross Platform Controller for Smartphone, Tablet, PC, Laptop & SmartTV
Tap is a virtual input device that uses chords to register text so you can type without a keyboard. The Tap Strap has accelerometers built into each finger-ring, which collect motion and acceleration information from your fingers. That information is analyzed by a small computer chip, which is built into the thumb ring. The output character is then transmitted via Bluetooth to the paired device.
The Galton Board is a probability machine.
As you rotate the Galton Board on its axis, you set into motion a flow of steel beads that bounce with equal probability to the left or right through several rows of pegs. As the beads accumulate in the bins, they approximate the bell curve, as shown by the yellow line on the front of the Galton board. This hands-on Galton Board allows you to visualize the order embedded in the chaos of randomness.
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More Gifts for Data Analysts
Ideas for cool Data Science gifts come in all shapes and sizes - and they're great as gifts for geeks of all types too.
The dual-screen laptop monitor in this next selection is a great gift for a data analyst - it's so much quicker working on 2 monitors!
*Interesting fact - the late, great Terry Pratchett was once asked why he had 6 monitors. His retort? "Because I don't have room for 8!"
Duex Pro Portable Monitor, The On-The-Go Dual-Screen Laptop Monitor
Who said data scientists can't multi-task?
This completely portable dual-screen laptop accessory boosts your productivity by up to 50% and allows for efficient multitasking.
DUEX Pro is simple to use and provides flexible rotation & dual-sided sliding with 270° rotation, and the option for a 180° presentation mode, in 1080p display. DUEX Pro is also lightweight (1.6 lbs), energy efficient, and incredibly durable.
Mionix Alioth Large Gaming Mousepad
It's for gaming but if you want a large mousepad this is a good one.
With upgraded microfiber matrix for improved tracking performance.
Stitched edges for extended durability. Water repellent surface. Size: L - 46 x 40 cm.
Want a much bigger matt? Check out this one!
Stand Up Desk Converter
This stand up desk has plenty of room for two monitors or a monitor and there's also a shelf for a keyboard and mouse.
You can set it on top of your desk and easily lift it so you can go from sitting (it's flat when it's at the lowest setting) to standing and have everything at the right height.
And don't forget to get a wobble wobble board to go with it.
Magnetic Fidget Sphere
Isn't this the coolest fidget toy?
With 100+ possible combinations, it's a great way to give your brain a little break when you get stuck.
We think anybody who loves Rubik's cubes will love it.
Eco Show 10 3rd Gen
If you love Amazon's Echo Dot, you're going to love the Echo Show 10.
It is perfect for watching video calls, but also for playing music, playing games and streaming your favorite TV programs.
It can also connect to many smart home compatible devices.
And it comes with a built-in shutter for the camera, in case you're worried about privacy.
More Christmas Gifts For Geeks
Finding the best Christmas gifts for geeks and nerds can be tricky at times (I know - I'm one and I'm notoriously difficult to buy gifts for), so any little help you can get is invaluable.
This next selection should help with that - especially the ergonomic keyboard.
I've had my eye on this one for a while and I'm putting it on my Christmas list - it's my pick of the top gifts for geeks who have everything!
Kinesis Advantage2 Ergonomic Keyboard (KB600)
Doesn't this ergonomic keyboard look cool?
But we haven't put it here just cos it looks awesome. It has an All-New Smart Set Programming Engine That Allows Users To Customise The Keyboard for increased productivity.
So you could get your data scientist to code faster! Wouldn't that be great?
A cheaper alternative to this keyboard is this other one, also by the same brand.
Light Therapy Light
Do your Data Scientist friends feel a bit meh and are lacking in energy during the winter months?
You could try the coffee machine we mentioned above, or you could try giving them one of these Therapy Lights, proven to ease winter blues, jet lag and low energy during the dark days of the fall and winter seasons.
If you want a cheaper alternative, try this one.
A Rocketbook Notebook
Data Scientists also need to write things on paper, but using a Rocketbook is a lot better.
Rocketbook notebooks are reusable, they work with Frixion pens and you can wipe them clean with a microfibre cloth.
But the best thing is that you can upload your notes to the cloud, so you keep your notes and it's good for the environment.
Not finding the right gift so far?
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Books for Statisticians and Data Scientists
There are lots of books for statisticians out there - a quick search on Amazon will bring up 70,000 results! Ah yes, but how many of these are classic books for statisticians? Not many, but there are some to be found - and most experienced (and inexperienced) statisticians will just love them.
Most people will shrug their shoulders, but trust me - these really are great gifts for data analysts!
This first two include works by stats legends Edward Tufte and Karl Pearson.
We are not worthy!
Karl Pearson : The Scientific Life in a Statistical Age by Theodore M Porter
In this original and engaging book, a leading historian of modern science investigates the interior experience of one man's scientific life while placing it in a rich tapestry of social, political, and intellectual movements.
More Books for Statisticians and Data Scientists
This next couple of classic books for statisticians and Data Scientists should really get the blood pumping.
Even if you've already got the statistician in your life a gift, these are truly excellent stocking fillers for data lovers.
These two include works by Gods of the stats world John Tukey and RA Fisher.
Exploratory Data Analysis by John Tukey
The approach in this introductory book is that of informal study of the data. Methods range from plotting picture-drawing techniques to rather elaborate numerical summaries. Several of the methods are the original creations of the author, and all can be carried out either with pencil or aided by hand-held calculator.
Statistical Methods Experimental Design and Scientific Inference by R. A Fisher
Ronald Fisher is the "genius who almost single-handedly created the foundations for modern statistical science". Get three of his seminal works in this book.
It includes Statistical Methods for Research Workers, Statistical Methods and Scientific Inference, and The Design of Experiments, all republished in their entirety, with only minor corrections.
Maths, Science and Stats Data Science Art and Home Decor
Math Walls Clock
Another Maths Wall Clock
STATISTICS - THE BIG PICTURE POSTER
STATISTICAL HYPOTHESIS TESTING WHEEL POSTER
Stocking Fillers for Data Lovers
T-Shirts for Data Scientists
Cos they're always a great present for the people that have it all.
These are not your cup of tea? Check out these ones from Data Moves Me.
And if you still can't find anything...
Amazon comes to the rescue again with some ideas for when you really can't find anything they'd like.
Here are a couple of gift ideas you probably wouldn't consider.
Amazon Prime as a Gift
The first one is Prime. Did you know you could give it as a gift? Well, it turns out that you can.
What are you giving when you give the Gift of Prime?
- FREE Two-Day Shipping on millions of items.
- No minimum order size
- Instant stream of thousands of movies and TV shows
- Unlimited, ad-free access to over a million songs and hundreds of playlists
Amazon Audible as a Gift
Did you know you can also g
ive Audible as a gift?
You have 4 choices, depending on which membership option you want to get: 3 months, 6 months, 9 months or 12 months.
What are you giving when you give the Gift of Audible to your favourite data scientist?
- The Plus Catalog, including thousands of books, podcasts and originals
- 1 credit a month good for any title in the app FREE forever
- FREE and easy exchanges for titles purchased with a credit
- All the best audio entertainment in one app
Other subscriptions you might want to consider:
And here you have 4 different gift cards you could choose from