Christmas gadget gift guide
Entering the realm of virtual reality is made easy with all-in-one Oculus Go. As a standalone device, the Oculus Go doesn’t need to pair with your computer or games console. Using the wireless control, scroll through your favourite shows on Netflix or play one of the many pre-installed games and apps. Portable and easy to use, this VR headset offers crystal-clear visuals and cinematic sound.
Take stunning high definition 4K images from the skies with Parrot’s ANAFI drone. This robust, weather-resistant drone boasts a flight time of around 25 minutes to capture the best moments of any adventure. ANAFI is the first drone to be equipped with a 180-degree tilt gimbal, allowing you to capture a range of images from both above and below.
Awaken the force with this coding kit from Kano. Using the Kano Star Wars sensor, swing lightsabers, levitate X-wings and pilot starships with a wave of your hand. With Kano’s simple building block programme, quickly become a coding master and send stormtroopers flying, or lift R2-D2 off the ground and create your own Stars Wars adventure.
Always dreamed of owning a Lamborghini? Airfix QUICK BUILD is an exciting range of simple, snap-together models suitable as an introduction to modelling for kids, or as a bit of construction fun for any Lamborghini lover. There is no paint or glue involved, so the model can be dismantled and rebuilt as many times as you like, or else you may choose to put your masterpiece on display. There are a wide range of QUICK BUILD models available, including aircraft, tanks, super cars and iconic VWs, all of which are compatible with other building-block brands.
Bring the laboratory to your front door with this excellent monthly science kit subscription. From carbon snake and lemon batteries, to creating a galaxy in a bottle, each monthly kit comes with a host of exciting experiments
for the whole family to enjoy. This amazing chemistry kit also comes with access to the MEL Chemistry app, filled with a whole host of information to enjoy, including the ability to turn your smartphone or tablet into a virtual reality microscope.
Zip across campus or sail along the coastline with the ACTON Blink S-R electric skateboard. Reaching a top speed of 15 miles per hour, this wirelessly controlled skateboard will get you from A to B in no time. The Blink S-R has a range of around 11 kilometres (seven miles), and with the board’s built-in lights, riders can travel at night safely.
How It Works gift box
How It Works finally has its own science kit, complete with a microscope, wildlife guide, bookazine, books and of course, a years subscription to the mag for a saving of nearly 50% on the individual items. You can pick one up here.
Christmas reading list
Author: Tim Peake and the ESA Publisher: Century Price: £12.99 (approx $15) Have you got what it takes to become an astronaut? Explore the 100 real astronaut tests and exercises from The European Space Agency (ESA) selection process to find out. From visual perception and mental arithmetic to psychological readiness, this book is jam-packed with fun puzzles and tests to get you ready to jet off into space.
Whether you’re looking for a main present or a stocking filler, Haynes has Christmas wrapped up. Haynes’ books cover a vast array of topics, from racing cars to samurai warriors, and bee hotels through to WW2 tanks, plus the hilarious parody range of Haynes Explains titles and a selection of fun new kid-friendly Pocket Manuals.
Sean Yeager Adventures
Enjoy the magic of Sean Yeager Adventures this Christmas. Treat your youngsters to a world full of surprises, where secret agents and robots run amok, and high-tech gizmos abound. Follow Sean and Emily as they evade their arch-enemy and search for clues about their missing fathers. Can they find a way to save humanity from an ancient and deadly threat?
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