Here is our top 10 list of Brilliant Stocking Stuffers for this holiday season! Want to give Smartest Stocking Stuffers and save Christmas from being super lame this year? Check out the following items!
Baby Beads – Okay. Technically, Baby Beads is for babies—just like the name suggests. And while it’s a brilliant toy for keeping infants engaged while exercising fine motor skills, we happen to think it’s a smart toy for grown-ups, too. That’s because Baby Beads gives fidgety hands something to do, which can relieve stress and help wandering minds stay focused.
Pepastars – A deer. An alligator. Or a ball and dice. Take your pick with these recycled paper construction sets. But don’t stop there. Because although Pepastars include detailed instructions for making a predetermined shape, these little paper craft beauties also provide hours of creative free play. Just let your imagination run wild while connecting different star pieces to create three-dimensional shapes.
Piperoids – Robots take us back to days spent battling it out with our friends over the future of the universe. Whether you’re a kid out to have fun or a grown-up trying to reclaim the lost days of feuding robot warriors, Piperoids will inspire your imagination, build dexterity and exercise visual perception skills as you create insanely cool and posable robots with movable joints.
Tavern Puzzles – Did you know that Blacksmiths require their apprentices to create a tavern puzzle in order to graduate? We didn’t either until we added these beautiful and challenging puzzles to our brain-building assortment. Our puzzles are a series of mind-boggling brainteasers from Museum-trained blacksmith Dennis Sucilsky.
Marbles Mind Putty – Magnetic Matter Mind Putty is Marbles’ very own brainchild. So you’ll have to excuse us for a moment while we brag, as every proud parent should. What makes our putty smarter than all the other putties on the playground? Well, it has magnetic properties inside, which makes for some pretty nifty tricks with paper clips. To top it off, this fun, non-toxic substance can actually boost brainpower by strengthening dexterity and letting fidgety folks release nervous energy and keep their minds focused.
Bunny Hop – Don’t let the cute bunnies and sleek game board designed by Umbra fool you. Bunny Hop is a challenging version of the golf tee jumping game that drives you (almost!) mad while waiting for your dinner to arrive at your local Cracker Barrel restaurant. Here’s how it works: You start with one space open and then jump a white rubber bunny into the open spaces one at a time, removing every bunny you jump.
Marbles Good Thinking Kit – We review thousands of brain training products in search of the very brightest for our virtual and physical shelves. So, naturally, we were thrilled to partner with Dr. Cynthia Green—the founder and director of The Memory Enhancement Program at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York—to create the Good Thinking Kit. This portable kit boasts over 100 activities to help improve your memory, critical thinking, coordination, visual perception and word skills.
Eni Puzzle - The Eni Puzzle is a colorful and stylish little workout for the mind. The little buttons can move up or down and each layer can be twisted which creates many different ways to send it into disarray before you decide to put it back the way it started – with all eight colors lining up nicely.
Tangoes – You can’t go wrong with a 4,000-year history of brain cell stimulation. That’s just one of the reasons we love this clever learning tool based on the ancient Chinese Tangram puzzles. Classic Tangoes includes two sets of seven Tangram pieces and 27 cards with 54 puzzles and solutions.
Blink Card Game – Blink is a great game for those looking to think fast and have fun doing it. Decision time is critical for winning against your opponent. A little like UNO and slap jack all rolled in one. I would recommend this game to people of all ages who want to increase their thinking speed.