8 Unique Gift Ideas for Kids | KiwiCo Holiday Gift Guide

Looking for an awesome gift for a creative kid? In a world of endless options, it can be a challenge to find a unique present that encourages innovation, exploration, and delight. That’s why we created our Holiday Gift Guide which features enriching STEAM projects that help kids learn while having serious fun. 

Our goal is to inspire kids to see themselves as scientists, artists, and makers and every gift in our guide is designed by experts with learning in mind. We spend over 1,000 hours inventing and testing every project to ensure that these gifts spark curiosity, build confidence and are deeply engaging. Below, we’ve featured a few of our most exciting gift suggestions for multiple interests and ages. Share the joy of innovation and creativity with your family this holiday season.

Unique Gift Ideas for Kids Ages 2-4

Little ones learn through play. These gifts are designed to engage kids, parents (and grandparents) to have fun and make discoveries together.

Colorful Chemistry

Unique STEM Gifts for Kids 2-4 Year Olds: Colorful Chemistry

In Colorful Chemistry, kids play with color and a learn whole lot of science! Eager learners will create bubbly reactions in their own chemistry lab. The pack includes different colors, so creative youngsters can add their own artistic flair!

Doctor’s Visit

STEM Gifts for Kids 2-4 Year Olds: Doctor's Visit

Explore empathy through pretend play! With Doctor’s Visit, kids assemble and decorate an entire medical kit, which includes a thermometer, stethoscope, and plenty of felt bandages. Using these medical tools and a handy doctor’s checklist, kids check their patients’ ears, throat, heart, and more. Then, with the help of some felt bandages (and maybe a hug), they can make their patients feel better again!

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Gift Ideas for Ages 5-8

Bridge the gap between learning and fun with these STEAM kits that teach valuable lessons about science, math, art, and more! In addition to hands-on projects the kits include awesome comics that educate and entertain.

Pinball Machine

STEM Gifts for Kids 5-8 Year Olds: Pinball Machine

With the Pinball Machine crate, kids design their own pinball board and learn the physics behind the game. They’ll play with angles and momentum and dive into fun, hands-on activities in Play & Learn magazine! Plus young creators will enjoy decorating the game board with bright geometric art.

Crystal Chemistry Garden

STEM Gifts for Kids 5-8 Year Olds: Crystal Chemistry Garden

Craft a colorful chemis-tree and garden using felt shapes and liquid watercolors. Then eager learners can concoct a chemical solution that’ll make their garden grow fun and funky crystals over two days. They’ll learn about the science behind crystals, too: how they’re formed, and how they make up all sorts of things, like salt, snow, and sapphires!

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Gift Ideas for Ages 9-11

These kits blend of science and art and are designed to accelerate natural curiosity and growing creativity. All of the materials and guidance are included to create something unique, practical, and fun!

Hydraulic Claw

STEM Gifts for Kids 9-11 Year Olds: Hydraulic Claw

Explore engineering with this hydraulic claw! Hydraulics are the use of liquids for mechanical force or control. They’re used all over, from airplanes to factories to theme parks, and this project dives into the mechanics and science behind the topic. Kids learn about hydraulics, mechanical force, and other fundamentals while they experiment with interactions between gas and liquids, and learn about robotics!

Walking Robot

STEM Gifts for Kids 9-11 Year Olds: Walking Robot

Build a walking robot with this robotics kit! The fun doesn’t stop there. They’ll learn about mechanical motion, friction, and even experiment with the robot’s design.  The kit includes a step-by-step video, illustrated blueprint instructions, all necessary materials, and a special edition magazine!

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Gift Ideas for Ages 12+

Struggling to find a gift for a creative tween or teen? Don’t worry! These hands-on gifts are designed to engage inquisitive kids with awesome art, engineering and science projects that teach STEM principles. With these kits, teens can learn, have fun, and create something practical all at the same time.

Light-up Speaker

STEM Gifts for Kids Ages 12+: LED Speaker

Explore the science of sound by building a personal speaker! With this kit, teens can create an amplification circuit to power a speaker, set up a glowing LED, and learn about transistors and electromagnetism . It’s a journey into hands-on electronics with a sonic result!

Fire Lab

STEM Gifts for Kids Ages 12+: Fire Lab

Give the gift of Fire Lab and ignite a passion for science! Teens will learn about combustion, oxidation, capillary action, and more!  With this kit, teens will have everything they need to make a colorful flame lamp and play with fire!

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