Do you have a teen who loves to tinker? Are they always pulling things apart? Building and creating? Perhaps they are a budding engineer? Here are gift ideas for teens who love to tinker!
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As the holidays draw near I’ve realized that my son is no longer interested in toys. He’s past the age where a day at the toy store could finish off my shopping list. I’ve spent many hours curating a list of unique and special gift ideas for teens that love to tinker, make and create. From aspiring blacksmiths to artists to engineers. I have a little something for everyone.
Aspiring Electrical Engineer
We are big fans of Creation Crate. It’s a fantastic subscription box program that teaches circuitry by working with breadboards, jumper wires, resisters and more. The best part is that each box builds on the knowledge taught in the previous box. My tween loves doing these boxes with my help, but teens and adults would find this box program a wonderful challenge they can do themselves.
Another program I’m really excited to try out is littleBits. They have some amazing build kits and they are getting great reviews. littleBits is definitely on our list this year.
We love electrical engineering and have so many more great ideas for young electrical engineers.
Many kids love to tinker and learn in the kitchen. With the boom of companies like Blue Apron in major urban centers, you can get all the ingredients along with instructions on how to cook a meal in one easy box. For those not in an urban center Baketivity offers some great solutions for those that want to tinker in the kitchen.
For the aspiring blacksmith and Forged in Fire fan, this series of books is an essential library for all blacksmiths. As blacksmiths ourselves we hear constantly from parents of tween and teens that their kids are all about blacksmithing and dream about being on the hit show Forged in Fire. Stoke those dreams with these books, and let’s keep these ancient arts alive!
Aspiring Film Maker
My son loves to create films. Building sets, planning scenes, editing them together. For my tinkering tween, this is his favourite way to spend the day. There are lots of different tools and gifts I could get him, from stop motion to film editing tools. I’ve picked a few from his wish list this holiday season.
Do you have a teen that would rather create their own Minecraft Mod than play the game? Do they like tinkering with code or dream of creating their own app? The world of programming and coding is wide open for our youth and encouraging them to learn this new second language will only empower them in their future professional careers. This year it’s all about virtual reality, if you have a teen it is almost certain they would love to get their hands on some of this new VR technology.
Aspiring Mechanical Engineer
From cars to robots to machines, mechanical engineers build some of the most amazing things. These gifts will help your teen fine tune those mechanical skills as they tinker their way to some complex and functional creations.
Aspiring Designer and Artist
Let’s face it, if a tween or teen is an aspiring artist they probably already have clear ideas of what mediums they prefer, which paints they love, and what tools they want. But why not take their art to a new dimension and surprise them with a 3D Pen?
Architects love to build and create. I’ve found some really amazing gifts ideas for our young builders and architects. Sure to keep them creating, tinkering, designing and building for their future.
The Teen Who Loves To Tinker
Still stuck for ideas? Head down to your local tool store and load up! Teens who love to tinker also love their tools. A great gift idea is to provide them with a variety of tools to aide them on their tinkering adventures. Build A Tinker Tool Kit! They will love you for it!
Think outside the box! Why not grab them a copy of my brand new co-authored book STEAM Kids Christmas and use the handy shopping list to buy them all the supplies they need to work through all the awesome STEAM activities
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And even more great ideas for teen and tweens!