When it comes time to give gifts to kids, sometimes you want the gift to be more than just another toy. Giving something that sparks imagination and learning is a great way to give a gift that makes an impact.
With so many “STEM” toys and kits to choose from, what makes a good gift? Technology and gadgets can get pricey, so what are your options for affordable STEM gifts that are cool but won’t break the bank?
Here are a few of our top picks:
Legos & Building Bricks
We talked about Legos and magnetic tiles in our top toy picks, and both come in a variety of sets at various price points, making them easily gift-able. Pick up a starter set to introduce a child to a new learning toy, or add on to a toy they’re already passionate about for a guaranteed hit.
Our little guy is thrilled to have the Lego City Police Patrol Jet and Fire Truck sets here. He couldn’t wait to build and play! These are fun sets at an easily giftable price point.
And if you love Legos, be sure to check out our roundup of Space Lego Sets! Read more about Lego and STEM!
STEM Subscriptions Boxes are a great gift. Subscription boxes are curated projects and activities around a monthly theme. Pick a box, and your gift continues coming for the length of the subscription.
Spangler Science Club is great for science experiments. KiwiCo has age appropriate boxes for toddlers through high schoolers and is sure to have something gift worthy. Brick Loot is a subscription box for Legos and building bricks.
If you want to know more about monthly subscription boxes, check out our favorites in this article, and don’t miss our STEM Kit Buyer’s Guide.
Magazines for Kids
Magazine subscriptions also make a great gift, and provide enjoyment throughout the length of the subscription. Most child magazine subscriptions hover around the $30 mark, give or take a few dollars. Highlights and Ranger Rick are classics and make great choices (both have editions for younger kids too.) For tweens, try Muse for some STEM fun.
Gifts for Teachers
A great teacher can change a life. Small teacher appreciation gifts can let them know the impact they make every day. Here are a few of our favorite notebooks for teachers, which make a practical alternative to greeting cards.