In my family, “nerd” is a compliment. A couple of years ago, I got really frustrated trying to find a good gift for my Mars obsessed toddler. Now her fifth birthday is just around the corner and I’m in the same conundrum. In case any other parents or people who love kids are also struggling to find awesome gift ideas for nerdy kids, I’ve made a list of ten ideas that I’m considering for my Arbor girl. By the way, this post contains affiliate links.

1. Bill Nye the Science Guy Plush

You simply cannot beat the classics. I can hear my kids yelling, “Bill! Bill! Bill! Bill! Bill!” Wait… they’re actually yelling… BRB.

2. Microscope for Kids

At this price point, I seriously wonder why my science teachers were such pains in the butt about how we handled the classroom microscopes. But I digress…


3. The Magic School Bus Books

Like literally any of them. And just in time for the new Netflix series. As if I didn’t love Kate McKinnon enough already…

4. Glowing Terrarium

Nerdy, meet magical. Magical, meet nerdy. I take my terrariums with a side of awe, if you don’t mind.

5. Star Projector Kit

While we’re talking about glow-y stuff, let’s go ahead and build our own home planetarium.

6.  100% Star Dust Tee Shirt

Not sure if I’m trying to keep the kids humble or inspire them to their potential for greatness. Either way, this shirt will be well loved before it’s handed down to little brother and eventually turned into a throw pillow or play baby carrier.

7. Solar System Kit

So let’s just say that her last solar system kit failed to impress me so it got left behind in the move. And let’s also say that Arbor noticed really quickly and still holds it against me. I probably need to replace it sooner rather than later.

8. Solar Rover

Did you know the Mars rover sings itself happy birthday every year? Arbor does. And she’s super sad that he’s alone. So maybe her own solar powered rover will help her feel better about it.

9. Girls Think of Everything

Last month, I heard a story on NPR about how girls don’t think girls should be super smart. We’re not having that in this house. Inspire greatness with this book reminding the littles of how awesome women really are.

10. Gemstone Kit

Arbor has been really into collecting rocks of the playground. Time to level up. [Insert obvious birthday card pun].

Have any other suggestions I missed? Drop them in the comments!