We hate to be the ones to break it to you, but Christmas really isn’t that far away now. If you’ve got kids who are 16 years old or over, we feel your pain: buying toys for them is so much harder than the younger age groups!
While all kids of this age are all different, they do have one simple thing in common: they don’t think they’re still kids! That means presents which are age-appropriate, but adult enough to satisfy their newfound maturity. We’ve done our best to created a selection of toys for your 16+ year old(s) which is varied enough that you can nail their present first time, without the trial of scouring the web for days.
What’s here: Everything from science kits to cheeky boardgames with more curse words than regular ones! All the toys are aimed at kids of 16 or over, some of which would be perfect for youngsters in their 20s!
Lightening Reaction Reloaded will have your kids pitting themselves against their friends (or possibly yourselves!) and it’s a game of reactions: if you’ve got a quick kid, this gift could backfire! Great fun, and the shocks aren’t remotely harmless so there’s nothing to worry about there.
You can create countless complex, intricate structure with these set of magically-magnetic balls – the only limit is your own creativity…and patience! The pieces are surprisingly hard to lose (being magnetic), and you can easily while away hours on end as you try to form new, unique shapes.
I give it twenty minutes before it becomes pure competition in the Christmas household!
If you live near water – or your kid can bike themselves to a lake, pond or swimming pool – then the Venom remote control boat is a must-buy. It has hit over 15 mph, has superb balance and can be controlled in all directions, including reverse. You can send the Venom over a hundred meters without losing control, so you’re not limited to small spaces – that calls for real outdoor exploration!
With Elon Musk’s Space X dominating the headlines in recent months, rockets have become more popular than ever before. The Estes Tandem-X can soar a crazy 1,200+ feet in the air and can be assembled in just one day – a bit more if your kid is easily distracted!
Standing at nearly 3 ft tall, it would make an impressive and enviable present.
Drones are the the toys of the moment for all kids around this age, but cutting-edge models from the likes of DJI will put you back thousands of dollars – the Force1 is a great alternative. With an HD camera, intuitive controls and a stylish design, what’s not to like? Incredibly, you can even use a VR mode for a totally unique drone experience.
We know that 16 year olds “aren’t kids anymore, mum!”, but are really kids out there who don’t want to transform plain old white Ts into brilliant, colorful and creative masterpieces? Didn’t think so. These can fill a bunch of afternoon, and you can guarantee they’ll keep the t-shirts into their 30’s, filled as they’ll be with memories.
It’s a simple card game where you try to beat your opponents with whatever you have in your hand – but the cards themselves are ludicrous. As this is the NSFW (Not Safe For Work) edition, you might want to avoid playing with Grandma or the village priest. It’s weird and a bit gross, but it guarantees hilarity and fits of compulsive laughter.
Combining high-quality acrylic paints with wafer-thin paintbrushes, your child can create a 20×14″ masterpiece without any training or particular skill in painting! The instructions are easy to follow, and the results are breathtaking – the whole family will be proud of the results of a Needlecrafts piece!
Kids have always loved the idea of spies and intrigue – Codenamesgives them the chance to put their cunning to the test!
It’s an extremely simple premise, but linking all your characters together with a single word will never be an easy task! This game is great for small crowds, particularly friends and family who know each other well-enough to follow each other’s lateral thinking! Very original, very easy to learn and very addictive!
More and more boys and girls are looking to become engineers, learning code and practical electronics so that they can create the next iPhone, Google Glass or supercomputer! Give them a head-start over their rivals when they get to college with this soldering kit from Elenco. Soldering is a key skill of engineers, and brings an immense satisfaction when you get your first perfectly smooth binding!