Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Tech Age Stocking Fillers for Tweens and Teens

It looks like we are set for the most tech-inspired Holiday season yet. However many of the robots, gadgets and gizmos can be very expensive. 

We've searched around the web, to find geeky tech age stocking fillers for your tween or teen that won't break the bank.

Whether your tween or teen loves music, is a Lego fan, enjoys making with electronics, add the wow factor to their Christmas Stocking this year.


Zipper Style Tangle Free Earphones

I have a teen of my own, and we go through A LOT of earphones. These zip earphones, will definitely put a smile on any tween or teen's face. They are cheap, so probably not top quality, but a perfect gap filler for the stocking. The earphones have a 3.5mm jack, built in Mic for phone use and a start/stop button for music. The cable is approximately 120cm long.

Shower / Outdoor Speaker

Omaker is a bluetooth speaker made for the outdoors. Being fully waterproof, its a perfect gift for any teen, that can't be away from their music even in the shower. We're sure this little gadget will be a winner in a teen's stocking this Christmas.


Build On Brick Mug

The build on bricks mug is a collectable and fan favourite mug which be an awesome stocking filler for a LEGO crazy tween or teen. You can actually build bricks onto the mug. Why not more than one and have a family competition on Christmas day who has the best designed build on brick mug?

Creative Super Magnetic Strong Magnet Putty

The magnetic putty is NOT recommended for kids under 14 years old. You used the strong Neodymuin magnet included to create mesmerising things with the magnetic putty. The putty contains ferrous fibres which react with the strong magnetic field which allows you to stretch the putty and create different shapes. This is definitely a very cool and geeky stocking filler for a older teen.


Nanoblock LED Plate

Find Nanoblock Kitsfor tween and teen construction enthusiasts. The micro-sized blocks (4 x 4 x 5mm) are made of long lasting materials and help with three dimensional thinking. The Nanoblock LED Plate lights up models built upon it.

Power-up Paper Plane

Upgrade your paper planes to a powered flying machine with propeller shaft and propeller using the PowerUp Gen 2 kit. You'll need 3 AA batteries too, which is not included. it comes with ideas to make 4 different planes, but the idea is to make more and experiment with aeronautical design. These's a newer PowerUp 3.0 version which can be controlled via bluetooth connection on your smartphone.


Raspberry Pi Zero 1.3

Pi Zero is a super-small and super-affordable measuring only 65mm x 30mm board. The latest version of the Pi Zero (aka 1.3) has a camera port. Note if you don't already have electronics, you'll need some extra kit to get started with the Pi Zero. Read our review.


Bare Conductive Electric Paint

Bare Conductive’s Electric Paint is just like any other water-based paint, except that it conducts electricity! This means that you can paint wires or sensors directly onto almost any material around you, including paper, wood, plastic and glass. A perfect gift for a tween or teen interested in exploring with circuits and design.

Sugru Rebel Tech Kit

Sugru is like playdough that can glue everything (well nearly everything) together. The mouldable glue comes in a variety of colours, in 8 packs or 3 packs. They have a number of kits, which make great gifts. The new Tech Rebel Kit from Sugru is a perfect little stocking filler or office party gift. Everyone has something they need to fix. And the booklet with ideas included is well worth a read (it's so funny). Review

NPW Gifts Beat Bot Flat 3D Electronic Speaker Toy

This is a great gap filler for a tween or teen. A novelity, portable speaker, which you construct yourself. The speaker has a 3.5mm jack, which is compatible with most MP3 players. The robot is made of silver pop-out cardboard and folded into shape.

Pocket Games

Robocycle Playing Cards

Family card games over the Christmas holiday season is very popular in our house. If you're looking for a cool, tech age inspired pack, then this Robocycle playing cards pack is perfect.

IQ Blox by Smart Games

Smart Games make puzzle games, which is really important in developing logic thinking. The latest puzzle, IQ-Blox uses walls to help you find solutions. Use the walls as guides as you fill the game board with colourful puzzle pieces. From easy to expert, IQ-Blox includes 120 challenges that are easy to set up…but hard to put down! There are other puzzle available, and make perfect time fillers for long dark nights, that will actually develop critical thinking skills.

Nano Challenge

The Nano Challenge is an electronic version of the old "Simon Says..." game. It's pocket size and on a keychain. You follow the sequence on the keypad and every time a new game is generated. We think this makes a great stocking filler for a techie tween or teen.

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