Horrible Science Annual 2014 (£5)
Tapping into children's fascination with all things grubby and gruesome, the Horrible Science Annual teaches all manner of curious facts and theories about the way we are and the world around us. The mix of comic strips, games and experiments should keep budding scientists enthralled until we put the clocks on again.
Space Boy Wall Stickers (£115)
This set of intergalactic stickers allows you or your little one to create a personalised mural by arranging the vinyls as you like to build up the scene. The pack contains aliens, asteroids, stars, planets, a space station and more.
Cubebot Wooden Puzzle (£20)
Depending on how much of a brainbox your recipient is, choose from the Guthrie or more perplexing Julien variants of this 3D puzzle. Both are rock hard actually. You might recall the Rubix Snake (or you might not), and this is along the same lines: a posable robot that starts as a cube and, fingers crossed, becomes a majestic android.
Klutz Gotcha Gadgets Book (£13)
This combo of an instruction book and a load of basic electronics components is more than just a "My First Gadget Kit" thanks to the creative and devilish uses suggested for the projects. With the emphasis on practical jokes, there's more than enough incentive for children to make like a mad scientist.