‘The foundation of gift giving is reciprocity. You haven’t given me a gift. You’ve given me an obligation.’ – Sheldon Cooper, Season 2/Ep. 11
Dr Sheldon Cooper – he’s the cute and loveable guy who wants to be nothing but that. Since hitting our screens in 2007, Sheldon and his gang have made being a nerd cool again (if it ever was cool?!). While we might not want to take our nerdiness to a Sheldon level, there is certainly room for a bit of Sheldon’s signature style in our lives.
So if you’re looking for the perfect gift for the ultimate Big Bang Theory fan or simply want to recreate the fun the gang have, here are some ideas that even Sheldon would approve of:
Want Sheldon’s impeccable hygiene and refreshing antibacterial scent? It only costs you less than a cup of coffee, so is the perfect gift for people on a budget. But no, seriously – do not get this is a gift for anyone, unless you want to offend their personal hygiene.
This classic nerd-a-licious fantasy role-playing game is played/mentioned in six episodes of the Big Bang Theory – in seasons 3, 4, 5 and 6. What better way to spend a Friday night than slaying imaginary dragons?
The ultimate in nerd-chic, the Star Trek Tri-Dimensional Chess Board may be pricey, but it’s pretty damn cool! For a more budget friendly version, there’s always this one.
Whether you’re studying for a chemistry exam or simply want to know your Na’s from your Mg’s – the Periodic Table Shower Curtain is the perfect addition to a Sheldon-esque bathroom. Who said your relaxing shower time couldn’t also be educational?
Probably one of the most usable gadgets seen on the Big Bang Theory was the Miracle Fold Clothing Board. There’s no surprise that sales of these have since been through the roof – but it’s not just Sheldon’s admirable folding skills that sold it – it really is a pretty nifty gadget!
‘In Brightest Day, In Blackest Night, No Evil Shall Escape My Sight.’ In one of the most memorable episodes of the Big Bang Theory, Sheldon manages to get himself Raj’s Limited Edition Green Lantern Lantern in return for being his wingman (which surprisingly turned out quite well!). Any comic book buff will appreciate the value of this impractical item, but I don’t recommend using it as a pick-up technique, you probably won’t have the same success (but I’d love for you to prove me wrong!).
No thief will come near your precious valuables when they are encased within a Japanese Puzzle Box. Well, ok, they would probably just take the whole box. Or, in Penny’s case in Season 2, just smash it open with her foot! It might not be a sensible replacement for a safe, but it’s a pretty neat way to annoy the crap out of someone who wants to get inside!
8. The Doppler Effect Costume
Is he a barcode? Is he a zebra? Oh no, that’s way too mainstream for Dr Cooper! In one of many episodes of Big Bang where the gang don some pretty awesome – albeit nerdy – costumes, Sheldon’s doppler effect costume in Season 1/Ep. 6 was certainly one of the cleverest. Don’t know what to wear this halloween? Try on a Doppler Effect costume for size!
Never stumble for the right word in Klingon again. Although most people wouldn’t know a hija (yes) from a ghobe (no), you can feel personal satisfaction that you are fluent in two languages. Not something you want to put on a job application, though… unless you’re applying to work at a Star Trek convention.
Who can forget when the tables turned and Sheldon had to sing his favourite sweet lullaby to Penny in Season 3/Ep. 8? Soothe the soul of your gift recipient with this soft, warm kitty toy. Squeeze its paw and you’ll be treated to a beautiful rendition of ‘Soft Kitty’. While it will never be as nurturing as Sheldon being by your bedside (ha!), it’s (probably) the next best thing.
Anyway, that’s all I’ve got for now. GOOD NIGHT PUNY HUMAN!