1- VTech KidiBuzz 3
Does your kid want a smartphone but you just aren’t ready to buy them an iPhone yet? This smartphone toy from Vtech acts like a smartphone but is kid-friendly. It has features like a camera to take photos and add fun filters to, kid-friendly websites and 40+ interactive games that teach math, science and spelling, and the ability to share text messages over Wi-Fi with parent-approved contacts to other KidiBuzz devices and iPhone or Android smartphones with the free KidiCom Chat app.
2- Nintendo Switch Lite
The Nintendo Switch made headlines in 2020 for being the most popular handheld console ever, and the Switch Lite is the cheaper and less featured-packed console that still provides great fun for kids ages six and above. While it doesn’t have compatibility for TV or tabletop modes, it still has 32GB of storage, 3-7 hours of playtime, and is compatible with all Nintendo Switch games that support handheld mode. Plus, there are fun color options that kids will like more than the Switch’s generic blue and red Joy-Cons.
3- Hover-1 – Blast Electric Self-Balancing Scooter
For the kid who loves riding around on scooters or bicycles, gift them this high-tech transportation. This balancing scooter has dual 160W motors that go up to 7 mph with a maximum range of three miles. It also has light-up LED wheels. This is an entry-level hoverboard from Hover-1, so you don’t have to be an expert to ride it.
4- VTech KidiZoom Smartwatch DX3
If your little one is obsessed with taking photos on your phone, they’ll love the Vtech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX3. This watch has dual cameras that take pictures and videos and add effects like stamps, frames, and filters. Kids can set their clock face to a photo they took or choose from more than 50 animated ones. This smartwatch also lets kids share preset messages to friends or siblings that also have a Vtech watch, and they can play games with them as well. In addition, parental controls allow you to give your kid daily reminders like when it’s time to do chores or when they’ve reached their screen time limit.
5- KODAK Printomatic Digital Instant Print Camera
This instant camera from Kodak is fun for kids to make memories with. This camera prints 2×3-inch photos on sticky-backed paper, so kids can stick them anywhere they’d like. It also comes equipped with a light sensor that will automatically turn on the flash in low-light settings. You can print up to 25 photos on a single charge.
6- Fisher-Price Dj Bouncin’ Beats
Little ones will love this interactive tech toy from Fisher Price. The DJ Bouncin’ Beats has colorful lights, motorized spring action, and more than 75 songs, sounds, and phrases that teach the alphabet, counting, colors, and more. There is also a mic button that kids can press to record and play back with fun remix effects.
7- Mechanical Robot Coding Kit
This is a great STEM-focused gift idea for budding engineers. Ideal for kids ages 8 to 14, they have to program the robot to move forward, backward, right, left, spin and pause.
8- Tinkering Labs Robotics Engineering Kit
This kit is the perfect introduction to engineering — kids can build and rebuild endless variations of robot creations. The set includes over 50 parts and 10 challenge cards to help with inspiration!
9- Disney Frozen 2 Coding Kit
This toy combines coding and entertainment with “Frozen”-themed fun! Kids can build Elsa’s ice palace, throw snowballs and play with the beloved characters. No prior coding experience needed!
10- Newton’s Apple Tightrope-Walking Gyrobot
You’re never too young to learn about physics! This toy lets you learn about the science behind gyroscopes with five experiments and a cool apple robot capable of walking a tightrope.
11- Interactive Toy Digital Pet and Case
The Toy Insider’s Chief Toy Officer, as well as Walmart, predicted this being one of this season’s hottest holiday toys during the 3rd Hour of TODAY. Your little techie can swipe, shake, tilt and touch their pocket-sized digital pet, all while watching them grow up before their eyes.
12- Lite-Brite Touch
Introducing Lite-Brite for a brand new generation! The plaything is given a techie twist, replacing the classic pegs for light-up buttons that change color. Not only can you easily create, animate and save your masterpieces, you can also play three games solo or with a friend.
13- Creative Starter Kit for IPad
You’ll have to let your child borrow your iPad for this game system, but we promise it’ll be worth it when you see how happy it makes them. The Creative Starter Kit combines technology, creativity and problem-solving to create magical (and customized) animated adventures.
14- PlayShifu STEM Toy Math Game
With over 2,300 verified five-star ratings on Amazon, this STEM gaming kit will keep your child playing (and learning, shhh!) for hours. It’s recommended for kids ages 4 to 10 and features various story-based math games.
15- VTech® KidiStar DJ Mixer
Every budding DJ needs a quality turntable to properly spin their tunes. Equip your fave little music lover with this VTech pick with over 2,000 sound combinations, 15 included songs and the option to record a custom vocal tag to drop on their final product. It also has Bluetooth capabilities so they can easily share their sure-to-be viral mash-up.