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Down to the difficult people on your list? Give a t-shirt

A funny shirt is an ideal holiday present for the person who is impossible to buy for or already has everything they want.

T-shirts are to jeans what comfortable clothes are to the new world of living at work, or working from home as some people describe it. Whether you need a holiday gift for a friend or colleague or just something funny to brighten your own day, this list of T-shirts can help with either goal. 

There are options for every individual for most of these T-shirts with sizes ranging from kids to 5XL to dozens of color choices to ordering the design on tank tops, fitted, traditional T-shirts, and even hoodies. Check out these holiday gift ideas that will please everyone from Marie Curie fans to retro gamers.

Words to live by


The Bitter Southerner publishes articles, books, podcasts, and videos to break stereotypes about the South and its people. You can support this work with an annual membership or by  shopping in its general store. There are lots of great T-shirts with Bitter Southerner mottos--Make More Biscuits and Mend More Fences--but Abide No Hatred is the best one for the new year. Every shirt sold will put $5 into the Better South Initiative, a fund that helps support organizations working on the front lines. 

$30 at Bitter Southerner

The Mandalorian


This is the way to keep up with the Star Wars universe. This series features a trained killer and a small green child known as Baby Yoda to fans and it just started a second season on Disney+. This shirt shows off some of the best characters in the show, including the Mandalorian, a warrior turned baby sitter, former soldier Cara Dune, and mechanic and blerg herder Kuill.

$24 at Shop Disney

Adaptability is intelligence


Designed by SimbaMerch, this T-shirt is a new twist on the "if u cAn r3aD th1s…" shirt that you may have in your closet already. 

$22 at Amazon

Bitcoin facts


This humorous roundup of bitcoin data points provides a little perspective on cryptocurrency. This shirt comes in multiple sizes and colors.

$29 at Spreadshirt

History lessons via hairstyles: Lovelace


The Hirsute History line on Amorphia Apparel honors scientists, writers, activists, and cool people from all walks of life by highlighting each person's hairstyle. You can pick the color and fit of each shirt. You also have the option to add a caption to identify the individual or use just the hairstyle image and make people guess. Mathematician Ada Lovelace, the world's first computer programmer, is one of many tech heroes you can pick from in this collection.

$19 at Amorphia Apparel

Hirsute hero Chien-Shiung


Another entry in the Hirsute Heroes series is Chien-Shiung Wu. This Chinese American physicist worked on the Manhattan Project and was an expert in the techniques of experimental physics and radioactivity.

$20 at Amorphia Apparel

Do you even crit?


If you need a gift for the D&D player in your life, this is it.

$22 at Red Bubble

You matter


This shirt is perfect for the scientist in your life or possibly the activist. This design also comes in kid sizes and or on a hoodie.

$20 at Snorg Tees

Open sourcerer


This design is the perfect combination for software developers who also are fans of fantasy.

$24 at JFWcreations on Etsy

Classically trained


This gift is for all the OG gamers who remember the days of game cartridges. These shirts are designed and printed in Gainesville, FL, and you can get the design on two styles of tank top or a hoodie.

$6 at 6 Dollar Shirts

Motivation from Marie Curie


This year has been full of uncertainty, change, and fear. Marie Curie's wisdom about how to move forward is a hopeful way to think about the new year that will be here soon: "Nothing in life is to be featured, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less."

$6 at 6 Dollar Designs

Never trust an atom…


Museums are struggling to make up revenue lost to the COVID-19 shutdown, so visiting online gift stores is one way to support these community institutions. The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago has lots of science and tech gift items as well as this funny shirt about atoms.

$19 at Museum of Science and Industry

Ask me about my scientific agenda


If you don't recognize these NASA pioneers, you are behind the times and need to add Hidden Figures to your "watch next" list.

$13 at Teepublic

Web designers unite


It takes a special set of skills to make a website user friendly. This T-shirt is a great recognition of your colleagues and friends who make that magic happen.

$29 at Spreadshirt