12 of the best tech Christmas gifts for kids

2018 is coming to a close. That means we’re rounding out (hopefully) a great year and it’s now the holiday season. We’re just two weeks away from Christmas day which means you need to get a move on your shopping if you’re not done already. If you have kids in your life that you need to get gifts for, then you have come to the right place. We’ve rounded up our top 12 favorite tech gifts for kids to make you a popular parent, uncle, auntie, cousin, grandparent, or friend. 

Walkie-Talkies – $20.99 at Amazon

Every kid, girl or boy, as soon as they can start talking would love to keep in touch with their besties. These walkie-talkies from Amazon are an affordable pair at just $20.99 and are great for kids of all ages. They’re highly rated by over a thousand reviewers and have even made our own personal gifting list. They’re lightweight, easy to use, and are durable to keep the kids talking no matter how rough they are on them. These do require three AA batteries each, which are not included. You can add a set of AA batteries from Amazon as well. 

VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX – $39.99 at Amazon and Walmart

VTsech Kidizoom

Every child wants to be like an adult. The Kidizoom smartwatch from VTech will allow kids to be just like their tech-savvy parents. The smartwatch provides a safe and fun environment to play educational games, keep track of the time, stay active with a motion tracker, and take pictures for those budding photographers. This gift is perfect for boys and girls ages 4-9. It’s chargeable via micro USB so no other batteries are required. 

Osmo Genius Kit for iPad – $99.99 at Amazon, Target, and Play Osmo

Osmo Play Kit

One of the hottest games in 2018 is the Osmo. Instead of letting your kids zone out on YouTube (which you don’t always know what they’re watching) or playing mindless games, the Osmo helps the little ones develop their brains.  It turns spelling and math into fun games for kids in the age range of 5-12. What they’ll learn:

  • Number sense and math confidence
  • Spatial sense and visual acuity
  • Reading and vocabulary
  • Creativity and problem solving
  • Hand-eye coordination and self expression

Kano Harry Potter Coding Kit – $79.99 at Amazon, Target, Best Buy, and Kano Computing

Harry Potter Coding Kit

Coding is a skill every child should have before they reach adulthood. It’s essentially a language to make computers work the way you want and it’s a skill set that is in high demand today with unlimited growth potential. The Harry Potter Coding Kit combines learning with modern fun by teaching kids to program magical spells that they can use on their iPads. They can make feathers fly, pumpkins grow, fire flow, and more with over 70 reusable lessons. It’s for kids six and up with no previous coding knowledge required. 

LeapFrog My Own Leaptop – $21.99 at Amazon

LeapFrog is well known for making high-quality educational toys. The My Own Laptop is a great toy for kids ages 2-4 where they can learn the alphabet, write pretend emails, and sing along to 16 songs. It’s cute, durable, and a great toy for all toddlers.

Nintendo Switch – $299 at Best Buy, Target, Game Stop, and Amazon

The Nintendo Switch is deTeched’s favorite gaming console this holiday season. It can run as a home console, and also as a portable system for when your kids are on the go. The Joy-Con controllers are built into the tablet and can be removed for fun two player action on the go. This game is definitely a splurge at $299, but they’ll get good use out of it. It’s the only console that can play Nintendo only titles like Mario Party, Mario Kart, and The Legend of Zelda.

Educational Insights GeoSafari Jr. Talking Globe Featuring Bindi Irwin Learning Toy – $93.99 at Amazon

Geography is a skill that is slowly diminishing among today’s youth. It makes sense – it’s all too easy to locate a place on the map with a simple app on smartphones and tablets. That doesn’t mean kids shouldn’t learn geography as it’s a valuable tool for understanding where they’re from and where they might want to go in the future. The GeoSafari Globe is an interactive toy that builds geography skills by allowing kids to visualize where everything is on a fun to learn the map. There are over 10 hours of interactive content built-in with a stylus that helps pinpoint precise locations. The globe does require two AAA batteries which are not included. Ages 4 -10

Anki Overdrive: Fast & Furious Edition – $97.01 on Amazon

The Anki Overdrive is an app connected racing kit for kids of all ages including adults. The tracks are customizable and expandable and allow for super trucks and racing cars to battle it out all controlled by your iOS or Android devices. The cars aren’t tied down to a physical track. The cars and trucks have the smarts to stay on the road for Fast and Furious racing. 

Echo Dot Kids Edition – $49.99 at Amazon

A kid friendly smart speaker is a great way for children to listen to music, answer questions, read stories, tell jokes, and more all with young kids in mind. Your child will get one year of access to FreeTime Unlimited with thousands of hours of stories, educational content, audible books, and kid skills. It also comes with a free carrying case and a kid proof two-year warranty that protects it from anything, including accidents. 

Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet – $89.99 at Amazon

There’s a high chance your kids are constantly borrowing your smartphone or tablet. Christmas is a perfect opportunity to give them a tablet of their own with the Fire HD 8 Kids Edition from Amazon. On sale now for just $89.99, The Fire HD comes with an HD 8″ display, 32GB of memory, a quad-core processor, 1.5GB of RAM, dual stereo speakers, a built-in microphone, and 10 hours of battery life. It also comes with a child-proof case that helps protect the tablet from drops and other accidents. And, in case your kids are just a little too rough, Amazon supplies the Fire HD with a worry free 2-year warranty. In addition to your purchase, you will also get a one-year subscription to FreeTime which offers access to more than 20,000 kid-friendly books, videos, educational apps and games. 

littleBits Electronic Music Inventor Kit – $67.67 at Amazon, $69.99 at littleBits

Build, customize, and play an electric guitar. Customize it too by building other instruments through other configurations. This is the perfect gift for musically inclined kids who want to learn how to program and play. It connects to iOS devices and is recommended for kids ages 8 and up.

DBPOWER X400W FPV RC Drone – $69.99 at Amazon

The dbpower quadcopter drone is a great entry level tech toy at a reasonable price. It has high-end features like live WiFi camera streaming, long-range flying, 8-9 minute flying time, and auto-stabilization. It can do flips as well. Three AA batteries are required for the remote control and are included in the box. 

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