It’s less than 2 weeks until Christmas and we’ve got just what it takes to keep you occupied for hours! We’ve picked our top 10 favourite gifts that will challenge minds, inspire creativity and bring the family together. 

All of these are available in the Camera Obscura gift shop which is open from 10am-6pm every day until Christmas, with the exception of Christmas Eve (10am-5pm).


1)  Wooden Puzzles  |  £4.99 – £15.00

Follow the footsteps of the great explorers and inventors as you put your brain to the test with these beautifully crafted puzzles. Can you defeat Darwin, beat Brunel or match Marco Polo?!


2)  ‘Find It’ Books  |  £5.99 – £9.99

On your marks, get set, go! Race to find the Stig, save the Universe from Daleks by finding Doctor Who, or enjoy a classic game of ‘Where’s Wally?’


3)  Science Kits  |  £11.99 – £14.99

Guaranteed explosive fun and not with Brussel Sprouts! These gifts allow the kids to explore the Universe without even leaving the house.


4)  Make a Camera  |  £7.99 – £27.99

Why not capture your Christmas the old fashioned way? With our build your own Pinhole Camera or Camera Obscura kits, you can experience what the very first cameras were like, see how light is turned upside down, and even take a photograph of the view.


5)  Nail Puzzles  |  £3.99 – £7.99

Guaranteed to delight, frustrate, amaze and annoy, separating the pieces will challenge the whole family. You might be surprised by who completes the puzzle first!


6)  Magic Kits  |  £3.99

Where better to find the magic of Christmas than inside a magic kit? Stage a show with a mini guillotine, make some money disappear or separate the magic rings. (Warning…nail puzzles cannot be separated by magic!)


7)  Make a Sci-Fi Movie  |  £6.99

Lights…Camera…Action! Be story writer, cameraman, stunt coordinator and director all in one. Will humanity survive your alien invasion? Will Santa save the day (it is Christmas!)?


8)  Vintage Toys  |  £0.99 – 7.99

Skip the regular card games after Christmas lunch. Let the kids make that puppy they have been asking for – out of balloons! Enjoy a family game of pick-up sticks, or for the more adventurous – why not be a spy for the day?


9)  Timberkits  |  £12.99 – £36.99

Seriously skillful craftsmen will be able to build their very own band, locomotive, biplane or caterpillar with our mechanical timber kits. Kits can be manually or battery operated and painted with whatever colours you choose.


10)  Camera Obscura & World of Illusions Gift Vouchers  |  £8.75 – 11.95

Nothing will provide more fun filled hours than a trip to Camera Obscura and World of Illusions. A tour of the city in the Camera Obscura, more than 100 hands-on exhibits to play with and some of the funniest photo opportunities you will ever have. Plus, get your vouchers at 2013 prices before they go up in the New Year!



Written by: Alyce & Jen


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