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Gifts for teens & big boys from Find me a Gift

Published December 7, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Don’t you just love the novelty fun Christmas gifts, the ones that bring back memories from years gone by or perhaps something so silly but we can’t help but love it? Well Find me a Gift is full of those type of gift ideas.

We all know that teens and some of us grown up kids at heart love the retro gadgets. Well how about one of these in the stocking for just £12.99.

This being a plug and play retro TV game console. Yes it’s a console, it’s tiny and all I needed to do was plug it in. You do need a television with the correct connectors or an adaptor if it doesn’t have one .

For £12.99 I wasn’t expecting much at all, definitely nothing like the PS4 and Xbox of today. It does beat a few similarities to the old Atari system.

The main interface certainly resembles the old consoles of the 1980s, very basic and in menu form like the above. There are 200 games on this tiny system, some of them can be quite temperamental, again just like the old consoles.

This game here looks quite familiar!

Playing the games is done by the console. The plug in lead isn’t huge so it does mean sitting close to the screen to play (no witless here). I don’t think it would be much of a hit with teens as they all prefer the much faster consoles of today. I would say it’s more for the big boys, Dads, granddads who want to relive their memories of old style gaming.

I think this next product is perhaps much more suited to a teenager.

Keeping with the whole retro and gaming theme. This is of course a Tetris light based on the old highly addictive Tetris game. I’d spend ages dropping blocks, trying to get to higher levels back in the day.

The light comes as seven individual coloured plastic blocks. They can be built up in multiple ways to make different patterns. The blue block is the base block providing the main charge to the rest. It comes with a mains adaptor.

It’s quite impressive at how the light works. Only one block is connected to the mains, yet when other coloured blocks are built up, each one of them also lights up. Then as each block is removed, the light instantly goes off.

The one negative I have is that the light is very light and easily knocked over. It’s also tempting to play with it and constantly rearrange the lights. Tetris light costs £22.99.

Gifts for teens: Superloot

Published November 17, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Finding small gifts and stocking fillers for teenagers is no easy task, but if they are a bit on the geeky side and enjoy their gaming, computing, movies and superheroes then Superloot may just be up their street.

Superloot can be purchased as a subscription box service or as one off boxes . The boxes come filled with unusual geeky, nerdy type bits and pieces with changing themes each month. Superloot monthly boxes are divided into three choice categories being mystery, sweets and comic. The mystery speaks for itself, it’s a box full of surprise items. The sweet box comes with surprise world and USA sweets and chocolates and the comic box is surprisingly full of comics each month.

All the boxes including the one off purchase box will contain between 5-7 items each, all brand new products including t-shirts, toys, collectibles, key rings and much more.

To show an example of the type of products in the boxes; this is the box that I recently received.

This was the October mystery box and therefore themed around Halloween. A ghostbusters coaster, which I’m afraid to admit, I love it. I have a small collection of pop vinyl figures already so this was an unexpected surprise to add to my growing collection. Also a ghost keyring and a set of walking dead figures which look like the sort of thing that will be much sought after in many years (or so i hope! 😀) and finally the T-shirt. You can choose the size of t-shirt you want, kids, adults and sometimes between a male or female design too so you always get one that fits.

The subscription is cheaper than the one off box. The subscription cost £16.99 per month and the one off boxes are £24.99. Either way I’d say the products inside are worth what you pay. The pop vinyl figures alone start at £9.99 upwards.

Get your box here!

Gifts for teens: Marvin’s Magic

Published November 16, 2017 by Bizzimummy

If there’s one present I can guarantee my teenage son will like then it would be either a science kit or a magic set. He seems to love magic, his favourite magician being David Blaine.

Magic sets can be bought in most good toy stores but I often find that the selection is quite limited. Usually a choice of 3 sets, sometimes even less so very little variety. Head over to Marvin’s Magic and it’s a whole different story, a magicians paradise.

Marvin’s Magic have magic sets and kits for everyone young and old. From total beginners to hard core magicians they have sets to suit everyone to aid mastering the tricks and secrets of magic and performance.

This is just one of many sets, and out latest magic set. We have had a few of Marvin’s Magic sets and tins previously. This particular set contains all the bits and pieces to perform a massive 225 tricks; yup I had to read that twice myself – 225 tricks!

There is all sorts of stuff in this one box. A fair few different card packs for varying card type tricks, cups, balls, a few strange looking gadgets and of course the much needed magicians wand.

This is one of Marvin’s deluxe edition boxes meaning it contains more tricks than most.

Now being magic, it means I can’t reveal how any of the tricks are done. To be honest I actually have no idea as it’s not me who performs them either.

This is a set which beginners can use to get the hang of the more basic tricks. The recommended age guide on the box being age 6 to 106 so pretty much suitable for anyone.

There are a few small parts and loose bits with this one which is probably one of the reasons it’s given the minimum 6 year age. I do find this one of the downsides with sets such as this as it does mean certain parts could and usually do end up lost. And as it’s a big set we do have to keep the box really.

This particular set costs between £15-£20. If this isn’t your thing or a little too easy then browse Marvin’s Magic as your sure to find a set that suits both ability and budget.

Gifts for teens: wall racer

Published November 16, 2017 by Bizzimummy

So teens are probably the hardest people to buy for and most definitely the teenage boy; mine being no exception. I thought it may be a good idea to list a few gifts that many teens (and boys in particular) may just be happy with.

I’m beginning with one from one of my favourite gift store – Hawkins Bazaar.

This is the wall racer and a gift that I expect to be popular with most males, whether young or old. Of course it’s a car, of some sort and so instantly a big hit with the men. There will of course be a few females who like this sort of thing too. I didn’t want to seem one sided by saying it’s just for the lads.

It actually looks more like some sort of space craft or a car of the distant future than an everyday car. And it’s no normal RC car either as this beauty literally climbs the walls. Yes it’s fast and rapid and glides the walls and moves along the ceilings. How? I have no idea, tho I can only assume it’s all to do with some sort of gravity technology.

Well I guess it’s not classed as the “gravity defying car” for nothing. Oh it moves along the floor too, just like any other RC car would, but you’d find it hard to find a similar priced vehicle that moves like this one. It has some sort of powerful suction that enables it to stick to walls and ceilings whilst still being able to move at speed. I’m baffled by it, we all are. However I put down strict rules whilst playing with this. No playing in newly decorated rooms, it may wreck the wallpaper (untested), no playing whilst pets are about and careful around Izebella and younger children in the house as it’s so fast.

With this space style car, you do get a choice of red or blue. You need 6 AA batteries to power it. The stronger batteries are highly recommended here. For £15 I don’t think anyone can grumble when you take into account what this can do and how much normal RC vehicles can cost. It’s a small car but comes with so much power.

Mel Chemistry subscription

Published March 11, 2016 by Bizzimummy

Yes you read that title correctly and this is possibly one of the most surprising subscription sets I have so far come across. Now don’t get any silly ideas. I am certainly not donning white overalls and risking blowing my house up; No! These kits are aimed towards the younger generation meaning teens and pre teens 12 and over. It does help to have a young science boffin in the home (AKA Ryan) who is almost 12. Science and especially so chemistry is one of his favourite subjects plus he has had various science home kits too over the years. 

Mel Chemistry is a monthly subscription service and each month brings 3 new boxed kits to do at home. It costs just less than £30 a month so less than £10 per kit. The first month is higher as you also need the starter kit. 
 
This starter kit contains the main equipment to use with all the monthly kits. Beakers, glasses, lenses, syringes and even a solid fuel stove all come with the starter kit.  Plus a full guide on what everything is for along with useful chemistry information.

 
As well as the starter kit, your also sent a reagent pack on firsr subscription. Now I was a little baffled by this one as its a box containing some pretty serious chemicals all in large bottles and probably not the sort of thing I’d want to hand to a teenager. 

 
Also the monthly kits already come with the necessary chemicals so still unsure on why these are needed. I am thinking they may be sent to make up other solutions once the kits run out but I am awaiting clearer guidance on these and of course I make sure they are stored way out of reach.

The monthly kits come in smaller boxes with the chemicals and parts needed for each experiment. Most kits come with 2 or 3 experiments each and are designed to keep teens busy at weekends.  

 
They are all different and with different themes such as seasons, monsters, Christmas, colours etc.

The boxes all come with cover labels and these labels explain what is needed from the starter kit. Some of them may require the odd basic item that most people have in the home such as soap or salt etc but nothing more is needed. 

 
The experiments all come with difficulty levels – easy, medium and hard, an approximate time each one should take and any dangers or hazards. Safety goggles are provided with the starter kit and gloves come with the monthly kits. Children obviously need parental supervision as they are dealing with real chemicals and hazardous substances. My main worry is having a 3 year old around whilst experiments are being done so I make sure Ryan does his in the kitchen and Izebella does not go in.

Ryan was really excited to receive 4 kits along with the starter kit. He was very eager to try some out straight away. 

 
He has so far made some metallics and snow in a cup and a candle. 

Some of the experiments even involve photography and are very simple. There is also an app for phones to assist with the kits.

 
  

Ryan knows he has to wear gloves and goggles, he reads the instructions carefully and ensures he tidies it all away once done. Some of the experiments require an open flame on the included stove. I have not allowed Ryan to do these just yet. I have visions of my house burning down but I’m thinking once the weather gets better it may be something to help him with outside. Plus I would need to be sure he could be trusted to work with the flame experiments properly.  

 
These kits seem a great idea for teenagers. They are certainly keeping Ryan busy and it is perhaps something I would consider subscribing too in the future. 

More information at Mel Science.

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