Being an adult is hard work. And for some of us, that means we like to unwind and unleash our inner kid every once in a while. If you know someone who falls into that line of thinking, then the holidays are the perfect time to help give them a hand in their anti-grown-up endeavors.
Of course, it’s not quite as simple as going out and buying a basketball or a video game and calling it a day — not at least if you want to do it right. If you really want to impress this giving season, you’re going to want to put a little more thought into it and pick up something a bit more unique. But that’s where we come in; we’ve scoured the web for some of the coolest toys, games, trinkets, and gizmos perfect for the dude who refuses to grow up. These are the 20 best gifts for the big kid in your life.
GoPro MAX 360-Degree Action Camera
Perhaps the most user-friendly, feature-packed 360-degree action camera on the market right now, GoPro’s MAX is like three cameras in one: a single lens HERO camera, a dual-lens spherical camera, and the ultimate vlogging camera. It also boasts unrivaled Max HyperSmooth image stabilization (which pairs beautifully with MAX’s in-camera horizon leveling for steady, cinematic shots), Max TimeWarp time lapse, and a bevy of onboard digital lenses — including Max SuperView, the brand’s widest ever. On top of that, MAX can also capture 6K footage, has six built-in microphones for 360-degree sound, a PowerPano mode for unbelievable 270° panoramic shots, and is even waterproof down to 16ft without any additional housing.
Ravensburger Krypt Black Jigsaw Puzzle
Regular jigsaw puzzles pose a fairly decent challenge. But if you know someone who is an expert problem-solver, you can make them really scratch their heads with this sinister, blacked-out puzzle. Measuring up at 20″ x 27″ and comprised of 736 pieces, this is the perfect gift for the puzzler in your life.
The iconic tool of choice for fictional troublemakers Bart Simpson and Dennis the Menace, the slingshot actually has an interesting history that dates back for centuries. And that makes it both a unique oddity and a fun plaything for the big kid in your life. This one is made in the USA from genuine forked tree branches and slips nicely into any back pocket.
Elastic Precision 9MM Rubber Band Gun
If modern firepower is more your thing, then the Elastic Precision 9MM Rubber Band Gun might be a better fit. It can fire up to seven bands before reloading, is built from beautiful solid maple wood, has a semi-automatic action, and was crafted here in the USA.
Nerf Ultra One Motorized Blaster
Ascending the firepower ladder once more, you’ll find the Nerf Ultra One Motorized Blaster at the top of the toy pile, as it’s actually Hasbro’s farthest-firing blaster — boasting distances of up to 120 feet. As if that’s not enough, it can also hold up to 25 darts — so reloads are few and far between — and it’s battery-powered so you don’t have to manually cock it between shots.
WD_Black Gaming Hard Drive
Video games have become more realistic and detailed than ever before. But that also means they take up far more room on your hard drive. That’s where Western Digital comes in; they’ve crafted a lineup of external hard drives specifically geared towards video games. That means they have blazing-fast transfer speeds, plenty of onboard storage, and they look spectacular for a computer peripheral.
Craighill Venn Puzzle
Many puzzles and desktop toys are fairly childish — or at least not designed with beauty in mind. Luckily that’s not the case with Craighill’s Venn Puzzle. This desktop oddity is so handsome you’ll want to put it on display all the time. But it’s also a cleverly-designed device that can get your brain working. Not to mention it’s made in the USA from solid stainless steel.
Razer Junglecat Mobile Gaming Controller
Mobile gaming is actually the most popular form of gaming right now. But if you’re an even halfway serious gamer, you know that smartphones are pretty terrible when it comes to controls. However, if you own an Android-based device, it just got a whole lot easier thanks to Razer’s Junglecat controller. Simply plug your phone into it and it turns into a fully-fledged handheld gaming console.
Spyra One Watergun
While Nerf guns are fun all-year-round, we prefer squirt guns when the weather gets a little warmer. They’re just much more refreshing, fun-in-the-sun devices, in our opinion. And they don’t get much better than the Spyra One. Not only can it fire “liquid bullets” at up to 40 feet, but it also has an auto-refill mechanism that can suck up a tank’s worth of water in just 14 seconds.
Nintendo Switch Lite Handheld Gaming Console
Probably the most exciting gaming-related device to come out this year, the Nintendo Switch Lite packs all the power of the full-sized Switch console into a small, packable, handheld edition. And that makes it a superb gift for any traveling gamers who happen to have an undying love for the Mario, Zelda, Smash Bros, Mario Kart, and/or Mario Party franchises.
Sphero RVR Programmable Robot
A revolutionary take on the programmable robot, Sphero’s RVR is actually ready to drive right out of the box. Of course, once you’ve played around a bit and are interested in taking things to the next level, you can start to learn STEM skills with what might be the most versatile platform in small-scale automation. And that makes this an interesting prospect for all ages and skill levels.
LEGO DC Batman 1989 Batmobile
Rendered in 3,306 plastic building blocks and measuring up, when built, at 23″ in length, this LEGO edition of Tim Burton’s 1989 Batmobile is one of the brand’s best kits to come out in recent years. It even includes some of our favorite gizmos from the film — including a functional sliding cockpit cover, pop-up machine guns, and more.
Roli Seaboard Block Keyboard
Providing both a near-infinite level of versatility and one of the most portable formats — even amongst already-compact synthesizers — the Roli Seaboard Block “Super Keyboard” is a pretty impressive piece of music tech. It’s also compatible with Roli’s other modular attachments (like their drum machine), has intuitive haptic touch controls, is completely wireless, and is compatible with both Windows and iOS systems.
Monopoly Shinola Detroit Edition
While touted as one of the best ways to ruin friendships, Monopoly is still inarguably one of the best board games of all time. And while the standard edition is all well and good, Shinola’s Detroit-inspired take is a good deal classier — making it an excellent gift for the design-minded game-player in your life. This is one board game you won’t want to tuck away in a closet somewhere.
DJI Mavic Mini Drone
DJI found the magic loophole in drone laws by creating the Mavic Mini — a flying drone that’s so small and lightweight you don’t have to register it with the FAA. On top of its size, it also houses an HD camera that can capture 12MP stills, it has a range of up to 2.5 miles from the controller, and it flys for up to 30 minutes.
Traxxas Mercedes-Benz G 63 AMG 6×6 RC Car
A micro-sized take on one of the most capable luxury off-roaders of all time, the Traxxas Mercedes-Benz G 63 AMG 6×6 might be one of the coolest RC cars ever built. And while it’s not one you can climb into, it’s still plenty capable of taking on questionable terrain that other RC cars simply can’t handle.
Segway Ninebot Electric GoKart Kit
Say what you will about Segways, but this Ninebot kit does away with all of their perceived downsides by transforming them into a road-ready all-electric go-kart. Once transformed, it can travel up to nine miles per charge at up to 15mph — the only thing you need besides the kit is an existing Segway MiniPRO S to make the upgrade complete.
Onewheel Pint Electric Board
There are few if any last-mile vehicles that are as interesting and unique as those made by Onewheel. And their catalog got even more enticing with their Pint — an ultralight take on their all-electric board. Along with being lighter and more compact, it’s also got a range of up to eight miles per charge, a top speed of 16mph, and there is a trio of bundles that add even more value to the prospect.
Microsoft Hololens 2 AR Goggles
Virtual reality headsets seem like they’re kind of a dime-a-dozen at this point. And while they’re plenty interesting for entertainment purposes — like video gaming — they’re not super practical in the real world. Microsoft’s Hololens 2, by contrast, is an augmented reality rig — kind of like your own HUD that can show you important information at a glance (like video calls or calendar alerts) without impeding your ability to interact with the real world.
Jet Surf Sport 2019 Electric Wakeboard
The biggest downside to picking up wakeboarding as a hobby is that you need a boat to tow you around. Or at least you used to before the Jet Surf Sport 2019 electric wakeboard. This standalone one-person watercraft houses its own 90cc engine that can get it blitzing over the water at up to 30mph — all via the simple hand controls.
The 15 Best Nerf Guns
Virtually no toy is as fun for grown-ups as it is for kids as the legendary foam dart blaster. And that means they’re a great gift idea for the guy in your life that just won’t grow up. Find the perfect one on our list of the best Nerf guns.