STEM Gift Guide for Tweens and Teens for Under $30

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This is an awesome gift guide for tweens and teens that totally focuses on STEM (STEAM) gift ideas that are so affordable--everything is under $20!

I am always, ALWAYS, hunting for great gift ideas that will keep my son’s brain (and hands) occupied. He’s so smart (way smarter than he thinks he is, but we won’t get into that), that we can’t just buy any old stuffed animal and expect him to be actually occupied (because there is a difference). He needs things that will engage him, keep him thinking and that will give him a sense of accomplishment when he’s built something or done a cool task. So, I seek out STEM (or STEAM) projects and toys all year long, dole them out when we need to, or just hide them throughout the house so I can surprise him on Christmas morning with a ton of new things to get him thinking. This year, I’ve got a list of 25 STEM activities, games and toys that I’ve been stocking up on all year that I’ve put into a hand STEM Gift Guide for Tweens and Teens for Under $30. Because, you know, we can be all “science, math, tech, art, and math” but still be thrifty-frugal-money-wise.

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STEM Gift Guide for Tweens and Teens for Under $30

So, I pulled together this list, but I’d also like to hear from you. If you have any ideas that I could add to this list or recommendations for rounding it out a little more, please comment below and let me know. I still need to get a few more gifts…

To see the gift ideas for teens and tweens that I put together, just use the arrows to click through and see all 25 Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Gifts I’m getting my teen this Christmas.

Build Your Own Tin Can Robot

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4M Tin Can Robot

Clumsy Thief Math Game

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Clumsy Thief Game

Backyard Science Experiments

Smartlab Toys Smartphone Science Lab

Building with Magnets

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Magformers Inspire 14-piece set (girls)

Build Entire Cities and Neighborhoods

Mag Genius Magnetic Building Block Set

LCD Writing Tablet for Ages 3-6

Bravokids LCD Writing Tablet

14-in-1 Solar Robot Kit

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OWI 14-in-one Solar Robot

Physics Experiments

Awesome Physics Experiments for Kids

Build Gear Sets with Magformers

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Magnets in Motion Gears and Gadgets Magformers Accessory Set

Growing a Crystal Garden that Glows in the Dark

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Glow in the Dark Crystal Growing Kit

It IS Rocket Science!

Rocket Science Kit for Kids

Suspend Balance Game

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Melissa and Doug Suspend

Magic Tricks – with Math

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Math Magic Puzzles and Games

Build Your Own Ballista

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Pitsco Laser-Cut Basswood Torsion Ballista Kit

Build Your Own Zoob Robot

Zoob Bot

3-D Night Sight Goggles

SpyX Night Ranger Set

Rubik’s Cube – Classic STEM

Ribik’s Apprentice – Beginner Cube

Rubik’s Original and 100% Recycled Plastic

Build Your Own FM Radio Kit

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Elenco FM Radio Kit

Have Your Own Duck Pond Matching Game

Duck Pond Matching Came

Model Building Set

K’NEX – 35 Model Building Set

Build Your Own Robot Spider

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Smithsonian Science Activities Robo Spider Kit

Grow Some Bacteria and Look at It – Ewww

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Amazing Bacteria Science Kit

Solar Robo Kit for Recycling Stuff

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OWI Super Solar Recycler

Make Your Own Snow and Experiment with It

Blizzard In a Box

And if you want to really show get out there with STEM on your own, or just have fun because you know…watching them make these STEM kits can be blegh…then try testing your IQ and tackle some STEM for your own brain’s sake!

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