On top of all the other things that make gift giving hard (cost, availability, etc.), sometimes you simply have a recipient in mind but no clue what might work. Often, that recipient is, well, a kid.
Ars doesn't do much in terms of kid-oriented (or even parent-oriented) reviews, but we're all human around the Orbital HQ and do a fair amount of interacting with the youths. Anyone can tell you a Nintendo Switch or a souped-up vintage Gameboy might do the trick, but we want to encourage an Ars-y approach. Regardless of where the science ultimately comes down on screentime, gifts that encourage a little critical thought and experimental tinkering instead feel both fun and functional.
So for this week's Orbital Transmission, we're sharing a few of the gift ideas we've been tossing around for the future Ars readers in our lives. While no one at any age will complain about a sleek and stylish hoodie, we think there's room for improvement.