Stick It, Click It
Lego is advertised as being suitable for people aged 3 to 99, a fact that has 100-year-olds rightly upset. Regardless, as long as you’re young at heart, these adhesive strips will have you plugging and playing in no time.
When you're very young, all you need to entertain yourself and your friends is a ball and a stick. As one gets older, the games that interest you gradually get more complicated, though the spirit of friendly competition remains pretty much the same.
Whether you're looking for a fun activity that can involve the whole family or a craft project for someone alone, try to remember that they really don't need a phone to have fun. There are plenty of offline activities that can give someone pleasure, and many of the gifts here are a lot more rewarding than pushing buttons.
This classic, award-winning toy is now available in a tandem model. Challenge your siblings to see who can launch their rocket the highest, invite other kids at the park to try their hand, or take it along to a picnic and hold a rocket tournament.
An educational toy that’s no fun to play with is worse than useless, as it reinforces the idea that learning isn’t enjoyable. This is why we get so excited when we see a toy that excels at both, like this Rush Hour game teaching spatial reasoning and planning ahead.
We don’t always give kids credit for how much they like to think. This is an excellent habit to develop at a young age and can be helped along by supplying them with puzzles that are engaging, nice to look at and just challenging enough to keep them interested.
Simple games can be a lot of fun as long as they’re packed with action. Though each player uses only one finger, even the most competitive and physical child will find it hard to stop playing as long as they can find a willing challenger.
If you’re looking for a gift that’s a little out of the ordinary, or you’re creative enough to come up with your own unique games, you don’t have to settle for substandard stationary. Children, especially, will love the idea of creating their own deck of cards.
If precision and neatness are important to you, owning a coping gauge can make your whole day. It is possible to duplicate an irregular profile using scissors and a piece of paper, but using this tool is a great deal faster and more accurate.
It can be difficult to find a board game that people of nearly any age will enjoy. Scattergories hits the mark: although winning doesn’t depend on luck, children can compete with adults on an even footing. This game is also a great way to get to know others better.
Spatial logic tests are all around us: trying to find a route from A to B, playing squash or even trying to visualize abstract information. The best time to learn it is as a kid, but adults need to keep in practice too, and it never hurts if doing so is this much fun.
Everything you know about Monopoly has been reimagined through the lens of the Star Wars universe. This game features some absolutely lovely box art. The aim of the game is still to make all the money, but now it’s Galactic Credits.
Many people are turning towards the past. This is true of gamers, too. This little gadget is shaped like the arcade machines that ate so many of our childhood quarters and, at about six inches high, is small enough to sit in your hand.
Rockhounding, as it’s called, may seem like an unusual pastime, but rocks look really pretty and teach you a lot about science. This entry-level rock tumbler is a fun little machine that kids, crafters, science teachers, and fledgling geologists will all love.
Those good at math are almost certainly going to enjoy COGZ. The Steampunk aesthetic will find it to be a thing of beauty. Things get very hard very quickly with this game, but it also depends on how smart and experienced the opponents are.