We love the holiday season at Chesapeake Family Life Magazine! We know how busy this season is, so we brought you ideas for gifts for everyone in your family this month!
This holiday season we’ve covered everyone in your faimly—dads, moms, teens, little ones, and pets! Here are our favorite gifts for teens and tweens that aren’t gift cards. Click the pictures to shop the items through our affiliate links.
This STEM-tastic kit from Boolean Girl includes everything your young coders and makers need to make their very own computer. It’s main component is a Raspberry Pi—a tiny, but mighty computer—that is ready to let your coder girl’s mind build, invent and animate anything she wants. It’s preloaded with Scratch, EduBlocks, Python, and Java—all simple, easy-to-learn programming languages. There’s also a keyboard and mouse, and the set connects to any HDMI-ready monitor. Coders can get ideas for projects, coding lessons and other help free at booleangirltech.com. $149.99.
Heated Narwhal Slippers
Two narwhal friends to keep you company and your feet warm! Choose from two heated slippers, one wireless ($49.95) and one USB powered ($29.99), or a light-up version to show off your unique personality. Available with LED lights in the horn, the light-up slippers are a powdery blue color. The gray heated versions are powered by either an internal, rechargeable battery pack or with extra long USB plugs.
Harry Potter Golden Snitch Heliball
This magical golden snitch drone uses three small rotors to hover about, zigging and zagging away from quidditch players and anyone else trying to snatch it from the air from below. You can customize the award-winner’s flight pattern to make it easier for the littlest seeker in your house, and when it’s not in use, enjoy feeling like Harry Potter while you admire it in its stand. $35.
Custom T-shirt quilts
Great for kids heading off to college, these quilts let them take their favorite childhood tees with them. $75.
This backlit keyboard from Tecknet is perfect for gaming kids who want to keep their systems moving fast. It’s non-slip, ergonomic and spill-resistant ($28). Pair it with a new wireless gaming mouse, like this one from VicTsing ($17), which is programmable, features ergonomic grips, seven buttons and silent click technology.
My teenage niece loves to sketch, so I always get her cute little notebooks.
This game can be played with anyone from kids on up through a full-on adult party. Play in teams and combat in rounds of charades, physical challenges and hilarious stunts using the sets of tiny hands. We played it at the Chesapeake Family Life office and had a ball! We’re guessing this would be a great family game, grown-up party game or could even bridge the gap. $15.
This handheld pattern and color memorization game challenges players to twist and slide the colored blocks around the center screen so that each brightly-colored cube matches with the corresponding center lights. Four different modes of play, ages 8 and up. $15.
Klutz Maker Lab: Circuit Games
Using real circuits, LED lights, and buzzers, kids can wire up five different games, including a DIY Operation game, a quiz game and compete in a Space Loop race. Our seven-year-old tester loves it, and though she required a little hand holding, she absorbed the science and enjoyed the games. The games are a great start to learning circuitry and once completed, they can be played repeatedly or disassembled for kids to create new games of their own. $21.
Avengers Hero Inventor Kit
Build tech with Iron Man, train with Avengers using coding skills. $149.99 (On sale for $89.99 right now!)
Custom Cinema Box
Create your own personalized signs, perfect for any teen room. $29.99