Christmas gifts for the forensic science geek in your life

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It’s December already, have you done your shopping?  Nor me… So what do you buy the forensic science geek in your life? Here’s some top tips…


csi kit

A junior crime scene investigator’s dream – the ‘New Scotland Yard Forensic Set’, pictured above.  A kit with all that is needed to tell who has been sneaking off with your advent calendar chocolate, or for students to tell which house mate has been swigging from your spirit bottle!  Available from the science museum shop and others, priced £30.00.



For the cycling/sports drug testing fan, the new book by David Walsh (to be released on 13th December) looks like a must read.  Called ‘Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit of Lance Armstrong‘ the book reveals Walsh’s realisation that something more sinister lay behind the Tour de France victories of Lance Armstrong, and his dogged determination to bring those to the fore (including court cases and threats).  See my summary of the evidence presented so far here.



‘Body of Evidence’ by Patricia Cornwell is one of the early forensic blockbusters. This book bought Dr Kay Scarpetta to the publics attention in a big way!


Picture from the website


How about being able to carry your own, or a loved ones, fingerprints around with you at all times?  The fingerprint company sends you a kit to take an impression of a fingerprint, send it off to them and they make it into bespoke silver jewellery!

Dog tag shown – £85.

A ready comparison print in case you get caught in a crime scene!  Or a constant reminder of a loved one.




Fancy having a very personalised piece of art comissioned for your home?  How about your own DNA, sequenced and printed onto canvas and framed on your wall?  DNA-art produce some fantastic images to hang in your own home.   You can even get your whole family done and have the DNA on display in your dining room.  Hopefully nothing suspicious shows up if you have that done… The pic below is a photo taken from their blog showing a family arrangement. Prices seem to start at just under £300 for a single image.




Anything by ‘the xx‘ (DNA, XX, genetics, geddit?). Either 2009’s excellent album ‘xx‘ or 2012’s equally suberb ‘Coexist‘- available at all good record shops and online retailers (tax paying or not).

Here’s a clip of the single VCR from 2010.


stocking filler singles

Little Mix – DNA single (2012)

Stiff Little Fingers – Forensic Evidence (off the Get a Life album released in 2004)


dvd boxset


There can be only one – Dexter series 1-5 available now.

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Any requests before Santa stops taking orders?


PS, I’ll have the books, the boxset and the art please Santa. Hint hint. Please share it with others so they know what to buy you!


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About Dr Tom Bassindale

Dr Tom Bassindale is a forensic scientist, and the founder of We Are Forensic. He is currently the subject lead for chemistry and forensic science at Sheffield Hallam University. He's managed hundreds of forensic toxicology cases, and is an experienced court witness. He has specialist expertise in forensic toxicology and drug testing in sport. And yes... he watches CSI.