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EfstonScience is Canada's largest retailer of scientific products

EfstonScience is Canada’s largest retailer of scientific products, with thousands of unique products to inspire the scientist in everyone.

A Geek Gift isn’t something that gets played with Christmas morning then collects dust at the bottom of a toy box for the rest of the year

EfstonScience, Canada’s largest retailer of science and astronomy products, predicts Geek Gifts will be popular items under the Christmas tree this season, and are responding with a unique range of gift choices for Canadian consumers.

A vast array of educational toys, games and science-related products are on store shelves this year that will tantalize the inquiring mind, pique curiosity and foster experimentation. Best of all, in these budget-conscious times there are plenty of experiment kits, science kits, science fair supplies, puzzles, brain teasers, mind benders, discovery kits and unique, one-of-a-kind items that can be had for less than $80.

“A Geek Gift isn’t something that gets played with Christmas morning then collects dust at the bottom of a toy box for the rest of the year,” says Nick Efston, president of EfstonScience. “A Geek Gift stimulates the mind, but does so in a way that is entertaining. What’s more, they are often unique. Buying a Geek Gift greatly reduces the risk you will be giving a gift the person already has.”

Consider the following gifts under $80:

  •     The H-Racer and Hydrogen Station Kit: The H-Racer is a mini version of what scientists have been working towards for years: using hydrogen to power an electric car motor. The futuristic car with a patented miniature hydrogen fuel cell is an amazing way to demonstrate the use of alternative energies and automotive technologies. The refueling station generates its own hydrogen using electrolysis from water. $79.95
  •     Spy Pen Camera: This device has the capability to take high quality photos, video and audio recordings with an integrated camera and recorder, supported by 2GB of flash memory. $69.20
  •     iBotz Tribotz Robot Kit: Give an early lesson in robotics with this easy-to-assemble and educational robot kit. Tribotz is three robots in one: Avoider Mode, which uses sensors to avoid obstacles, Sound Operating Mode, where sound impulses cause it to change direction, and Line Trace Mode, where sensors enable it to follow a predetermined track made by a marker or tape. $64.95
  •     Thames and Kosmos Solar Power PLUS Kit: Inspire young minds by giving them the ability to harness the awesome power of solar energy to drive their creations. Choose from 22 mobile models which can be powered by three solar cells that can generate three volts of power or the equivalent of an AA battery. $59.95
  •     Nightwatch: A Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe: Wake up the inner astronomer with the top-selling stargazing guide over the past 20 years; complete with star charts that are cherished by backyard astronomers everywhere, how-to instructions for astronomical photography and tables of upcoming celestial events. $34.95
  •     Leonardo Da Vinci’s Catapult: Mix science and history with this wooden model of one of Da Vinci’s more famous designs. Hurl small objects up to 15 feet with this design that uses the tension stored in bent wood. Da Vinci’s Catapult is perfect for introducing kids to graphing, for those with an interest in history or beginner siege builders. $14.95

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About EfstonScience
Family owned since 1970, EfstonScience is Canada’s largest retailer of scientific products. Its Toronto superstore at 3350 Dufferin St. is packed with thousands of hard-to-find consumer and industrial science products and has the largest hands-on display of telescopes in North America. The EfstonScience Solar & Wind Power Resource Centre showcases the latest innovations in renewable power, including demonstration installations that showcase the latest in solar and wind technology. EfstonScience also offers more than 10,000 scientific products, kits, supplies and unique gift ideas at its website.


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