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Welcome to Synaptic Surprises, a novel online store fueled by the passion for mental health. Our platform is a celebration of creativity and intellectual curiosity, offering a unique collection of brain-themed gifts and goods, some crafted by students, recent graduates, and professionals in the mental health and science fields. Our mission transcends beyond being just a store; we are a community committed to advancing mental health awareness and research. Every purchase you make directly contributes to scholarships and research grants that support mental health initiatives, enabling cutting-edge research and crucial community outreach programs. With Synaptic Surprises, your shopping is an investment in the future of mental health, making every purchase a gift back to mental health. Join us on this exciting journey as we strive to make a difference, one surprise at a time.

Our Story

Our journey began in the city of El Paso, Texas, where our founder, John Capps, combined his passion for mental health and creativity to bring you an engaging collection of brain-inspired gifts and goods.

John is not only a recent graduate from the University of Texas at El Paso with a Doctorate in Health Psychology, but also a technology enthusiast, a creative mind, and a proud father of two. His journey into 3D printing began during the COVID-19 pandemic when he found solace and excitement in design and 3D printing. John’s love for science and mind-themed decorations soon found a home at the psychiatric clinic he works at brightening the space and capturing the interest of many.

A Casual Conversation That Sparked a Revolution

It was a simple remark from a patient expressing interest in a 3D-printed Dopamine molecule that sparked the idea of Synaptic Surprises. As a recent graduate striving to pay off his student debt and fund mental health research, John saw an opportunity to not just support his own goals, but to also help other students, recent grads, and professionals facing similar challenges.

The Power of Creativity: Empowering Future Mental Health Advocates

At Synaptic Surprises, we believe in the power of creativity. We invite students in mental health and science to use their hobbies and creativity to create their own products for our website. This unique opportunity allows them to gain real-life experience, showcase their talent, and better their own financial circumstances. Each creator gets their own profile on our site, allowing you to connect with them, learn about their journey, and understand their unique contributions to bettering mental health in our community.


Our mission at Synaptic Surprises is to foster creativity, facilitate education, and fund mental health students, professionals, and research. We believe in supporting our community and advancing mental health awareness, one surprise at a time!


Every purchase from Synaptic Surprises contributes to the scholarships and research grants we provide. These funds play a crucial role in advancing mental health research and awareness. Investing in these scholarships and grants not only allows for cutting-edge research to be conducted, but it also supports community outreach programs. Such programs help to reduce stigma around mental health, improve access to mental health services, and promote mental health education. By shopping with us, you’re directly contributing to these initiatives and making a positive impact on mental health care.


By choosing Synaptic Surprises, you’re not just buying a product, you’re investing in the future of mental health research and support. Every purchase you make empowers students and recent grads to continue their mental health research, paving the way for advancements in the field and providing much-needed financial support. Join us in our mission to make a difference. 

Because at Synaptic Surprises, every gift you buy is a gift back to mental health.