I can’t believe I’m saying this, but: I sort of miss the days when every birthday and holiday gift was LEGO. Now that my kids are too grown up for all that, I kinda miss it, is all.
If you’ve got big(ger) kids or even adults who love to build, Amazon’s just done a bunch of price drops on Robotime kits. It’s not LEGO, but it looks really cool.
Bonus: the parts probably won’t hurt nearly as much as LEGO when you step on ’em.