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Gift guide: Tech toys and gadgets for kids

Tetris lovers of all ages will dig this stackable LED desk lamp, and its seven pieces -- like the video game -- can be stacked in nearly endless combinations. The light flicks on when the pieces are stacked together and stays off when they're dissembled. The whole thing plugs into a wall outlet and is available for $39.99 from <a href='http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/f034/#tabs'>ThinkGeek</a>. Tetris lovers of all ages will dig this stackable LED desk lamp, and its seven pieces -- like the video game -- can be stacked in nearly endless combinations. The light flicks on when the pieces are stacked together and stays off when they're dissembled. The whole thing plugs into a wall outlet and is available for $39.99 from ThinkGeek.
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Tetris stackable LED lamp
Experimental fuel cell car science kit
Atari Flashback 4 retro gaming console
Chemistry sets
Star Theater Pro
Model rockets
Starter telescope
LittleBits Kit
Nook HD tablet
GoGroove portable speaker
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Here are 10 suggested gadget gifts for kids (or youthful adults)
  • The list emphasizes gifts that are educational as well as fun

(CNN) -- Buying gadgets for kids these days seems simple: Just get them something with a glowing screen and they'll be satisfied.

But there's more fun -- and educational -- stuff out there than phones, tablets and portable gaming devices.

In compiling these suggestions we've sought to emphasize tech gifts that are -- horrors! -- educational as well as fun. Here are chemistry sets, model rockets and little renewable-energy cars you build yourself. (OK, we threw a tablet in there, too.)

Some of these require assembly and would make fun parent-child projects, if you have time for that.

What's topping Santa's wish list?

If you don't, we offer a portable speaker in the shape of a panda. Happy shopping!

Gift guide: Great gadgets for adults

Have any suggestions for great tech gifts? Let us know in the comments below.

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