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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.


Go Local

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.

  • Museum
  • Aquarium
  • Zoo
  • National Park
  • Theatre



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.

game set


Always a classic, from our family to yours.

harry potter

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.



Always a favorite. These toys have a twist of educational fun.



The internet is the new frontier for learning and your gift can start that experience for a child.


Get Outdoors

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:

SPace camp

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.

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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.

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