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The holiday season is upon us, which means you’ve most likely got a few people you have to/get to buy presents for. At NICERC we’re all about cyber education, so we scoured Amazon (mostly) for some FUN yet educational gift ideas for all ages and budgets. We hope to keep expanding this list as we shop for our families and friends. We haven’t tested any of these products, but based on the descriptions and reviews, feel that they could make great gifts!

We should note we aren’t sponsored by any of these products, though we do have a partnership with Parallax in order to offer an educator discount on the NICERC Boe-Bot Kit.


  • $11.89 (Ages 4 - 8)
    Introduces kids to the fundamentals of computational thinking and the basic concepts of coding through fun playful exercises and activities that encourage exploration and creativity.
  • $13.63 (Ages 5 - 7)
    With innovative, interactive paper engineering, My First Coding Book is a playful, hands-on introduction to offline coding and programming that will give children ages 5 to 7 a head start.
  • $24.95 (Ages 3+)
    Code Hopper introduces your preschooler to computer coding in a hop, skip and a jump! Your young learner will hop through a sequence he or she creates after placing the bright foam mats one by one.
  • $19.50 (Ages 4 - 15)
    This game sneakily teaches preschoolers the fundamentals of programming, from coding to functions, while making silly turtle noises! Takes seconds to learn, minutes to play and provides endless learning opportunities.
  • $59.95
    The Variety Kit includes five different projects to Make, Play, and Discover. Included is the Toy-Con Garage, which uses a node-based programming, which is very accessible and requires no coding experience to use, aka a great introduction to coding!
  • $43.01 (Ages 2 - 6)
    This learning toy encourages experimentation while developing important skills like problem solving, planning & sequencing and critical thinking. Mix up the segments and put them back together to send Code-a-pillar in a different direction every time!
  • $39.00 (Ages 4 - 15)
    The race is on to build hands-on coding skills! Build your maze, and then use the coding cards to create a step-by-step path for Colby, the Programmable Robot Mouse. Program the sequence of steps, and then watch Colby race to find the cheese!
  • $52.46 (Ages 5 - 8)
    Botley the Coding Robot is here to introduce coding in an easy, friendly way. Children as young as 5 can learn to code with Botley, and with his advanced features, he can grow with them for many years to come.
  • $118.85 (Ages 6+)
    Dash is a real robot that responds to voice commands or any Wonder Workshop’s free downloadable apps to sing, draw, and move around. It’s more than learning to code. Dash lets kids explore loops, events, conditions, and sequences and see how they result in Dash’s real-life movements.
  • $179.00 (Ages 12+)
    A fully hands-on robotics kit provides students countless opportunities to explore and create meaningful projects. Boe-Bots are a great learning platform for exploring the world of cyber, electronics and entry-level programming.
  • $17.50 (Ages 10+)
    The micro:bit has quickly become a favorite tool for early discovery of physical computing by younger students.