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The clock is ticking. Valentine’s Day is less than two weeks away.

If you are flying solo this Valentine’s Day, I give you permission to stop reading here. (But it may be worth your while to stick around a little longer; remember the trend of single women buying diamond rings for themselves?)

Valentine’s Day, despite its attachment to all things commercial, can be a lovely day. But we all know there is also pressure to orchestrate the best date, book the best restaurant and produce the best gift. If you fail at any of these, obviously your love is weak, insufficient and your relationship is headed for disaster.

In the interests of keeping your relationship strong and healthy, I’d like to suggest some gift ideas for that scientist in your life – or if you’re the scientist, feel free to drop hints to your partner so you won’t be disappointed!

Disclaimer: I have no connection to any of these products or companies, just a passion for keeping lovebirds together ? ?

The site that makes my heart beat a little faster is Nervous System. The designers create beautiful and unique jewelry, puzzles, lighting and more “at the intersection of science, art, and technology” all inspired by nature. At CCRM, we like this site so much, we gave Dr. Molly Shoichet a gift certificate to Nervous System when she won the 2016 Till & McCulloch Award. Here are a couple of ideas.

Dendrite earrings

Stem cell puzzle

Perhaps crushing on a favourite icon of science is his or her thing. If that’s the case, you can purchase a Marie Curie, Albert Einstein or Ada Lovelace pint glass, to name a few, by clicking here.

If you or your partner are craving some creativity in your life, here’s a 3D pen to facilitate a 3D printing hobby.

Finally, my gift to you is “The Mad Scientist Ruins Valentine’s Day.”


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Stacey Johnson

Stacey Johnson

For almost 20 years, Stacey has been providing strategic communications counsel to government, corporate, technology and health organizations. Prior to that, Stacey was at the CTV Television Network, first as a researcher, then as a story producer for “Goldhawk Fights Back,” a special ombudsman segment that aired weekly on the National News and Canada AM. Before joining CCRM as the Director, Communications and Marketing, Stacey was the Director of Communications for the Canadian Arthritis Network. Stacey is editor of Signals. You can follow Stacey on Twitter @msstaceyerin.