What makes a great gift in 2020, the year that just wouldn’t let up? It needs to fill the endless time at home, feel nothing like remote learning, be pretty easy for kids to use on their own, bonus if it’s fun for grown-ups, and, um, let’s be real: We don’t want to pay a lot.
No sweat. [Insert wan smile.] In past years, this annual STEM gift guide has practically written itself (check out the 2018 and 2019 lists – there are evergreen gems in both). But this year, nothing seemed quite right. Which is why this article, which should have come out in time for Black Friday, and definitely by Cyber Monday, is coming out today.
I considered dozens of options before recommending these 12 STEM-inspired gifts. In this year of austerity, all the gifts do at least double duty: Not only will your kids love them, but they will either (a) be able to entertain themselves while you catch a minute to yourself or (b) promise to be fun for the grown-ups, too. Some are even designed so you can play together (virtually) at a distance. And for the first time since I started writing these gift guides, this year’s includes a practically effortless way to thank your teachers.
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