Whether you are still getting ready for Thanksgiving, or have already started making your list – and checking it twice – the big holiday shopping season is upon us. Are you looking for STEM-inspired gifts this year? If you are, you are in luck, because retailers across the globe are responding to an increased interest in gifts that are related to science, technology, engineering and math!
Not sure where to start? Here are some ideas to get you started:
The website Modern Parents Messy Kids offers up a brilliant list that not only includes price ranges and target age groups, but real life input from parents on what kids like about these toys. It goes one step further by breaking the list down into categories to really help you pick a top notch gift:
- Robotics & Technology
- Chemistry & Life Sciences
- Single-Player Math & Logic Games
- Multi-Player Math & Logic Games
Internet Retail King Amazon.com has joined the ranks by offering a S.T.E.M list of toys to help encourage an interest in science and math while kids play, focusing on toys that excel at being both fun and educational.
“I’ve always been interested in science and math. These toys spark a child’s curiosity about how things work, generating an organic and engaging learning experience.” (Mike G. Amazon Editor)
Girls on your list? Check out the Holiday Gift Guide from Mighty Girl. Broken down by age, this guide really takes the guesswork out of it when shopping for kids. Might Girl has “the world’s largest collections of books, toys and movies for smart, confident, and courageous girls” (www.mightygirl.com). Just as STEM is not just for boys, this list is not just for girls! Plenty of ideas for ALL kids to be found here.
Embrace your inner geek with this incredible collection of gift ideas from Uncommon Goods. You’ll find something for everyone here, even the hard-to-buy-for teens on your list!
If you are looking for a gift that will last well beyond the holiday season, check out some of the new subscription services that have hit the market. Tinker Crate is one such service, that parent company Kiwi Crate, Inc., describes as “a laboratory for hands-on experiments delivered every month.” With subscriptions that range from 3 months to 1 year+ the tinkering fun will continue well into the new year.
If you are not into the Black Friday mob scene, the great thing about these lists is that they focus on items that are easily found online, from the comfort of your own home. Of course, if crowds are your thing, print off the lists or load into your smart phone and off you go.
If you are taking part in Small Business Saturday, many of the small independent bookstores and toy shoppes have innovative and unique gifts that are also STEM related.
So, What’s on your shopping list this year?