Are you still looking for a belated holiday gift? Or perhaps thinking ahead to the next holiday or birthday right around the corner? We’re here to help! Below are some fun ideas for STEM-related gifts for the girls (and guys) in your life. Links are below the gift descriptions; happy shopping!
Toddler to Primary (between 2-6 years old)
The My First Microscope from Educational Insights GeoSafari Jr. would be a great gift for any young, budding scientist. Whether they enjoy collecting small household items (such as stamps) or rocks from their outdoor explorations, this microscope would be a wonderful gift to introduce younger children to scientific investigation and discovery! Click here to snag this fun item!
Going off the discovery theme, Take Apart Toys by Kidtastic will give your little one an early edge when it comes to day-to-day resourcefulness and problem solving. The kit contains two child safe screwdrivers that allow kids to take apart and reassemble different, interlocking pieces to form a fun toy. This is especially ideal for a child who likes animals and building. A two in one win-win! Check it out here!
Let me start off by saying that I love this Magnetic Block Kit by Soyee! I had something very similar when I was younger and remember the countless hours of fun constructing different creations. These kits are very easy to store and clean up (a plus)! Most importantly, they help develop a good sense of spatial reasoning and development in youngsters. Click here for this product!
Elementary (between 6-10 years old)
This is another fun gift you can buy from National Geographic! Is anyone on your list interested in crystals or gemstones? Look no further with the Crystal Growing Lab! This fun set includes a growing guide, display and 5-piece starter for a beautiful gemstone collection. This would surely provide many weekends of fun! Click here to get the product!
Other really cool items to check out include the Gemstone Dig Mine, and the Mega Fossil Dig kit on Amazon.
Price: $49.99 with Amazon Prime
This Orboot Globe by Shifu would be an interesting gift for any young world traveler! This technologically unique globe takes children on an augmented reality tour around the world to teach them about different cultures. Do take note that this is an app-based product that requires a compatible device. Buy at Amazon!
Here’s a ‘sweet’ gift from the brand Playtz! This Food Science Chemistry Kit allows children the opportunity to make their own edible candy while being exposed to principles of food chemistry. It’s a neat gift for a hands-on child (or even teenager) who is hungry (quite literally) for knowledge! Click here for the product!
Preteen to Teen (between 11-16 years old)
Price: $79.99 from Amazon Prime
One of the more expensive gifts on this list, the Kano Harry Potter Kit would be an awesome gift for a person of any age! The package helps one to build a ‘wand’ while learning to code via creative challenges such as making feathers fly or creating potions. This is a perfect gift for the Harry Potter fan that is considering a bright future in engineering. Click here to snag!
This perfume science kit would be a great present for any younger girl with an interest in both beauty and science. Fun with Fragrence by Playz allows girls to test their chemistry skills by formulating various perfumes and bath bombs. Click for product!
These fun novelty STEM items would make fun, smaller gifts for older teen girls! Links for the mug and popsocket!
College to Graduate
These jewelry pieces would be keepsake gifts for any science fashionista on your shopping list! Each item is customizable, which would surely make for a unique present.
Here are the links to the Etsy store for Microscope bracelet and Serotonin stretch bracelet!
This surface pen by Ciscle is an excellent gift for students! It gives easy access to digital note taking and opens a wide variety of options for creative expression. An excellent choice for any student! Link for the product.
When entering college or graduate school, young scientists are often faced with the question of what to wear to laboratories or research conferences. Therefore, professional attire or handbags would be a thoughtful gift for young women in STEM! Consider buying based on their personal style or sending a gift card to their favorite store.
As you do your last minute shopping or are looking to purchase some items with Christmas money, I hope these suggestions give you worthwhile options to spend your money on! Thanks for reading and happy shopping!
Amy Massack recently completed her BS in Chemistry at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania. Her area of research primarily focused on molecular cell regulation and she hopes to further explore the cancer research field in the future. Amy enjoys teaching, knitting, exploring the outdoors, and anything that pertains to science as well as wildlife.