If you have a science geek in your life, gift ideas don't have to be limited to ant farms and chemistry sets. Over the past couple of years there have been many new inventions that are both educational and entertaining.

These are not just for children either, but really are not all science geeks always filled with child-like curiosity anyway?

These allow child and adult alike to enjoy the wonder of science in any room, and with the night vision goggle found below, possibly other people's rooms!

usb plasma ballUSB Plasma Ball

You've undoubtedly seen plasma balls before, at the science centers and museums you may have visited. Now mini one can sit right by the computer and provide hours of fun for some nerds free time while they are waiting for their programs to install.

How does the mini-plasma ball work? Just like the real deal does. A combination of interesting and fun gasses (like Argon) are first trapped inside a plastic sphere at relatively low pressures. An alternating current, at relatively high voltages (Hey, this is USB remember, so it can't get too crazy), are pumped into the sphere via an electrode in the center. This energy causes electrons to be stripped from the gasses, leaving in its wake some positively charged ions and a gorgeous gaseous and electrically conductive environment (aka Plasma).

This fun little toy is a great conversation piece, especially if you know how it works. It is a great way to flex your scientific muscle to other sciencey sort of people.

It is also the perfect decor to add to any mad scientists lab, just saying.

USB Plasma Ball
Amazon Price: $2.07 Buy Now
(price as of May 1, 2013)

plush bacteriaGiantmicrobes Heart Warming Gift Box

Germs and body fluids have never looked so cute!. These enlarged stuffed plushes of various diseases, germs, and various cells can be cuddly desk decorators or friendly learning tools for doctors or those that dream of entering the medical path.

It also serves as a fantastic gag gift when you give someone their own adorable Herpes plush.

The Giantmicrobes Heart Warming Gift Box is a collection of plushes to show your love. It contains the sperm cell, egg cell, kissing disease, Penicillin, and an exclusive pink Amoeba available only in this collection. Show your lovable geek how much you love them. Get them a box for loveable diseases and tell them you love them to death.

Giant Microbes - Heart Warming Mini Microbe Box (5 Mini Microbes)
Amazon Price: $27.39 $19.94 Buy Now
(price as of May 1, 2013)

night vision gogglesSpy Net Recording Goggles - Night Vision

I remember the days where the dream of owning a pair of night vision goggles was just that, a dream. They were reserved for Navy SEALs and other elite military personnel. Oh, and of course very rich geeks.

The wonders of science and technology, now a decent pair of night vision goggles are affordable to the public.

With these goggles, you can see up to fifty feet in complete darkness. Perfect for all the civilian personnels' covert nighttime activities. From spying on your neighbor, keeping a creepily close watch on your yard, or trying to find the fuse box when you blow a fuse, these are perfect and handy. Let's not neglect the fact that they are just so darn cool!

Spy Net Ultra Night Vision Goggles
Amazon Price: $49.99 $44.99 Buy Now
(price as of May 1, 2013)

h20 candlesH20 Instant Water Candle Kit

Wax candles are nice, but messy and dangerous. However thanks to science you can now make your own vibrantly colored candle that is mess free and safe. Yay Science! The colors come in blue, green, red, orange, pink and purple. Though the glass containers you make them in are not included.

But that is a good thing!

You can make these candles in any cool looking glass container you want. Just add the oil, water and wick. In 10 minutes you have your own beautiful candle! You can make them in test tubes and turn any lab rats den into a super sexy and romantic setting. Though if said lab rat experiments with deadly strains of bacteria or disease, you may want to take your romantic outing elsewhere.

H20 Instant Water Candle Kit
Amazon Price: $3.99 Buy Now
(price as of May 1, 2013)

terrarium(114630)DuneCraft Dome Terrariums - Carnivorous Plants

Have an insect problem from having you window open to keep your custom computer rig cool? This is just the thing. With this terrarium you can let your army of carnivorous plants take care of any stray insect that comes it's way.

These creepy little living plants are great little pest control experts. You know those flies that could land anywhere else in your house but choose to land on you? I do not think those flies will be much of a problem anymore. These make great little 'kind of' pets for kids that are allergic to everything too. Also a great learning tool for children as well, I can guarentee you they will have never even heard of a carnivouros plant before.

It's fun to look at, but personally I would be afraid to get my fingers anywhere near it. You never know when those plants will get a taste for people.