Looking for something a bit more high-tech for that kid, grandkid, niece, nephew, or the child of a family friend? We have your back. We’ve taken the time to dig through some of the highest rating tech gadgets this season, as well as a few general items we recommend such as smartphones, tablets, and audio accessories.
Without further ado, let’s jump in and look at just a few recommended tech gifts for kids.
Getting a smartphone
Whether your kid is a pre-teen or a teenager, we live in a world that has gone increasingly mobile and giving your kid the gift of a smartphone is a great way to connect them to this modern world — not to mention its a great communication tool for better keeping track of the kiddos during after school events and other activities.
Best of all, there’s a phone available to fit into just about any kind of budget. And a number of great prepaid services, too.
Getting a tablet
Tablets make a great gift for kids. At the top of our recommendation list is the Amazon Fire or the Amazon Fire Kids Edition. These are great tablets, and even better this week as you can get the former for $33 and the later for $74.99. The Fire Kids is especially interesting as it comes with an extended warranty, a durable casing, special kids programming, and much more. If neither of these tablets are quite what you’re looking for, be sure to check out the guides below for even more great options.
Bluetooth speakers, headphones, and in-ear buds all make great gifts for kids — especially your older ones. As an added benefit, it means you don’t have to listen to the music and movies blaring from their favorite gadgets. Whether you have $20 or $200, there are a variety of gizmos in all sorts of price ranges.
For a closer look at some of the best options, be sure to check out the following guides:
Although a higher end drone probably doesn’t make much sense for kids, except maybe the older teenagers in your life, entry-level drones can be a lot of fun for pre-teens and above. One of our most recommended budget options for kids is the Husban X4 drone, which can be had for just $39. For other recommended options, be sure to check out the guides below:
View-Master Virtual Reality Starter Pack
The View-Master VR Starter Pack is a nice, kid-friendly, and affordable way to enter the world of virtual reality. The Starter Pack includes a preview reel that features short samples of 360-degree immersive environments including Space, Wildlife, and more, and Experience packs can be bought separately. The device also supports the Google Cardboard app that can be downloaded on your smartphone. The View-Master VR Starter Pack is priced at $16.99.
One of the standouts in Star Wars: The Force Awakens was BB-8, and if you dreamt about owning one, you can with the Sphero BB-8 Robot. This mini robot features a waterproof and durable polycarbonate shell, and can be controlled using an app on your smartphone or tablet. The Adaptive Personality feature means that it’ll learn the more you play with it, and you can do fun things like view holographic recordings, and more. The $127.99 is a touch steep, but if you are a Star Wars fan, this is the droid you are looking for.
Fisher-Price Think & Learn Code-a-pillar
Code-a-pillar is a fun toy that helps young children (ages 3 to 6) develop their cognitive abilities. As the name suggests, the toy takes on the look of a caterpillar with easy to connect direction segments that can be grouped to create endless combinations and set a path for it to reach a destination. It’s a lot of fun to play with, and helps kids develop skills like curiosity, experimentation, and problem solving. The Fisher-Price Code-a-pillar is priced at $49.99.
littleBits Rule Your Room Kit
The littleBits Rule Your Room kit features a modern twist to building blocks to help children develop their creative, design, critical-thinking, and engineering skills for today’s technology filled world. It is very kid-friendly, with no programming, soldering, or wiring required. You get step-by-step instructions for 8 inventions and 1 challenge, and inspirations for a whole lot more, allowing them to go on to build infinitely customizable inventions. The littleBits Rule Your Room kit is priced at $79.96.
SELFIE MIC Music Set
Microphone meets selfie stick with the Selfie Mic Music set, allowing you to record and share your videos easily while singing along to your favorite songs. The included partner app features a robust library of over 3 million songs, with more being added every day. The phone holder can accommodate most current gen smartphones, and of course, you can use any other apps as well. It’s a great gift for kids to help bring out their inner star. The Selfie Mic Music set is priced at at just $14.39.
The Anki Cozmo is a mini robot toy that comes with a one of a kind personality that evolves the more you play with it. It features real emotions, ranging from curious to playful, and can even get cranky if you ignore it. The free Cozmo app is packed with content and continues to be updated with new games and ways to play. The app is compatible with devices running iOS 8+ and Android 5.0 and above.
WowWee Coji Coding Robot
Coji is an educational robot toy for young children to help them develop basic problem-solving and programming skills. Ideally suited for pre-readers, Coji can be used to play games and perform tasks by utilizing emojis that are set with commands and can be strung together using the Coji app. Kids will have a lot of fun with Coji, and when it comes to similar products, this is also one of the more affordable options out there, being priced at just $36.71 right now.
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