As the holiday season approaches, the frantic rush to find gifts begins. While the sentimental aspect of a gift is always appreciated, this holiday season, try an educational gift instead. We spoke with parents, tutors, and the Private Prep team to hear what they recommend when shopping for that special student in your life.
Sometimes, the best gift is in your backyard. Gifting experiences create memories for a lifetime, along with learning. Look for memberships or events at your local learning hot-spots including the below. Wrap something small, like a stuffed animal or a seedling, from establishment so they have something to unwrap.
- National Park
Learning is best retained when having fun. These can be fun for the entire family and are great for travel or a low-tech day at home.
- SET, a top choice of numerous Private Prep math/science tutors
- Rush, a favorite childhood game of Private Prep founder Steve Feldman
- Hoot Owl Hoot!
- Spot It!
Always a classic, from our family to yours.
- Elements of Style, a classic manual of writing style
- Audible membership for books while commuting or working out (War & Peace & Squats)
- Book sets of your favorite series
- Holiday specific books
- National Geographic Junior Subscription for the adventurous and travel-minded
- Ranger Rick subscription
- Highlights Magazine
- Mad Libs, a sneakily-fun way to build grammar recognition skills
Monthly Subscriptions Crates
Subscription boxes have been growing in popularity, which means a plethora of new ideas for your favorite student. This is the gift that keeps on giving as you can sign up for one “crate” or a monthly subscription. Many subscriptions are STEM-focused and separated by age so you can find the perfect gift.
- Kiwi Crate, a Private Prep favorite as you can find the perfect gift for any age
- Sports Box Co
- My Book Box
- BitsBox, a fun subscription that teaches children to code
- Little Passports, “travel” to new places from the comfort of your home
Always a favorite. These toys have a twist of educational fun.
- Real Science – Real Fun
- Mark-My-Time Bookmark and Reading Timer to get your data-minded and Fitbit-loving young ones into competitive reading
- LEGO Gadgets for all the young engineers-to-be
- Squigz 2.0
The internet is the new frontier for learning and your gift can start that experience for a child.
For some out-of-the-box ideas, our team recommends looking outside your comfort zone. Providing older students with once-in-a-lifetime opportunities or challenging them to learn new skills can help set them up for success later in life. Options vary by location but here are some ideas:
High School Students
Students in High School or preparing for life beyond High School often have most items they need for their education. However, here are some items to enhance their routines or prepare them for their next step.
- Aaptiv membership, access to personal trainers and workouts anywhere
- Tile Mate, perfect for the student who can’t find their belongings
- Portable Phone Charger
- 4ocean Bracelet, give the gift that gives back, each product purchased removes trash from the ocean and coastlines one pound at a time
- Alarm Clock with Sunrise Stimulation or Sonic Bomb for sound sleepers
- Trendy Electric Toothbrush
- Lifeproof Phone Case
- Felix Grey Glasses, trendy glasses that help block the blue light from computer screens
- Herschel, Topo or ICON Lite Backpacks
- Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker
- Grafo Map, a custom map of your hometown perfect for seniors going away to college
- Wireless Headphones
- Hydroflask or Soma Sustainable Water Bottle
If you have any questions regarding our recommendations don’t hesitate to reach out to your director. Have a happy holiday from our family to yours.