2021 2e Gift Guide For Bright & Quirky Kids

With the holidays quickly approaching it can be difficult to find the ideal gift for your twice exceptional child. This 2021 2e gift guide will help you find the right holiday gift for the bright and quirky children in your life.

This list was curated by literacy expert Susannah Richards.

Books for Young Readers:

Books for Middle Readers:

Other Gift Ideas:

  • Magazines
  • Science Comics
  • DIY Kits
  • Puzzles
  • An Experience
  • I.O.U - Something for later
  • Provide a Service - Do something for them
  • Cook a Special Meal Together
  • Find A Mentor
  • A Kit To Make Something - Either pre-made or homemade
  • Bedroom Update 
  • Piece of Art
  • Education or Class - Join our Catalyst Class Waitlist (New Classes Starting Soon)
  • An App
  • Family Games
  • Online Music or Movie Subscription
  • Something in the Future 

What gifts have you given to the bright and quirky kids in your life? Let us know in the comments section below.


  1. Patricia Gipe on November 20, 2021 at 4:34 am

    The Turing Tumbler
    A 3-D pen

  2. Valerie hadeed on November 20, 2021 at 5:34 am

    Subscription. To surprise boxes!
    Collector character figures

  3. Laura on November 20, 2021 at 5:44 am

    Subscription to “Curiosity Box.”

    • Kris on November 21, 2021 at 5:50 pm

      Thank you for this suggestion. I just ordered one for my son for Christmas! Looks really fun.

  4. Melissa on November 20, 2021 at 11:56 am

    Tape! Washi tape, electrical tape, painters tape. A whole ball of brown string “is this all for me!! I didn’t know I could have one of these!!!” (Aged 5.5), Lego of course. A tent kit made of army surplus camo net, a gas mask bag to carry it in, para cord, glow sticks, (could include tent pegs and a rubber mallet but we didn’t need it as they tie to trees). A whittling knife. A flashlight.

    • Jennifer on November 22, 2021 at 6:51 am

      I’m so glad I’m not alone on tape! Santa gave her a roll of masking tape in her stocking last year and she actually remembered and made mention that she’d like to receive another roll of it! And yes, string (yaen in our case) is also a must have! 😀

    • kathryn on November 23, 2021 at 9:15 am

      yes, my son would love this!

  5. Desiree Irwin on November 21, 2021 at 4:21 am

    Quilting Classes, Flower Seed packets, Cake decorating tools, Board Games, – requested Pandemic!

  6. Samantha Cassioppi on November 21, 2021 at 11:03 am

    We have tons of magnatiles given by multiple givers over multiple years. They are easy for our kiddo lacking fine motor planning to build with. They are always in use.

    The big gifts we’ve given have been the most loved and used – our outdoor trampoline and the LoveSac.

  7. Kerri S on November 21, 2021 at 6:05 pm

    We haven’t tried this yet, but I recently read about The Brooklyn Art Library on a local listserv. They maintain a library – physical and digital – of artist sketchbooks which you can contribute your own sketchbook to. Seems like a great gift idea for an artistic child. From their website:

    “Order a sketchbook, fill it up, and send it back to us to be a part of the world’s largest collection of artist sketchbooks! Every participant is sent the same 5×7” blank custom sketchbook. Each book will be given a unique six-digit barcode so we can easily catalog it into Brooklyn Art Library’s system.

    Once we catalog it, you’ll be able to track where your book travels and how often it is viewed – we want to make sure you can stay connected with your sketchbook!

    Anyone – from anywhere in the world – can be a part of the project.”

  8. Allison on November 25, 2021 at 12:07 pm

    Subscription to Aquila magazine, or Kerbal Space Program.

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