Sometimes, the little ones really are the hardest to shop for. Good thing we’re on top of the hottest gifts and gadgets made just for the younger crowd available this holiday season. Brighten up those faces with holiday cheer with the perfect tech gifts for the kids in your family, from the budding engineer to the future Picasso to the soon-to-be computer genius.
The world isn’t going to get any less dependent on computers any time soon, so you might as well get your little one ready now. The Toshiba Satellite L635 Kids’ PC is the perfect starter laptop for smaller children, to help them learn the ins and outs of the computer world in a safe, user-friendly environment. The laptop comes preloaded with entertainment and education software geared toward children ages 5 to 10, along with KidZui, a kid-friendly Internet browser that comes with Net Nanny, which provides parental control. Since kids have a unique ability to make things horribly dirty in no time at all, smudges and smears on the keyboard can be wiped away easily. You can get your kid started on exploring the world of computers for $499. The Satellite L365 is available only from Best Buy.
Everything tastes better when it’s homemade, and kid (and adult) favorite cotton candy is no exception. Check out this cotton candy maker from Nostalgia Electrics, which takes hard and sugar-free candy and turns it into fluffy, delicious, and a little safer to eat cotton candy. Kids will get a kick out of being able to see each batch being made within the machine, and the whole kit is very easy to take apart and clean. You can grab it off Best Buy right now for $49.99.
Encourage your computer wiz in training with this Barbie computer engineer doll. Barbie’s becoming quite the positive role model these days, and this might be one of her best offerings yet. Here, she’s exuding the coolness of all things tech right now, with accessories like a laptop, headset, laptop bag and even an iPhone looking device! She also comes with an online code, which provides more tech career-themed content online. You can buy one from Mattel’s website for $12.99, while it’s going for as much as $39.99 on Amazon.
Stinky might be the most versatile toy truck ever created. Once you turn this little guy on, he can crack jokes, sing, chomp on some trash, or raise a wheel for a high five. He responds to movement, touch and noise, or lack thereof, when he falls asleep and starts snoring when no one is around. You can always turn him off and use him as a regular toy truck, too. Fortunately, this guy is stinky in name only. Get this interactive buddy for your child off of Mattel’s website for $59.99 or on Amazon. And don’t forget to check out our Stinky the Garbage Truck Review.
Especially now, in a world inundated with electronic entertainment, it can be near impossible to get kids to read, let alone get them to have fun while doing it. The VTech VReader does just that, though. This animated e-reader is great for kids’ stories, which come with text and narration. The related games are fun and keep kids’ attention. You can buy cartridges for the VReader, or connect it to the Internet and use the VTech website to download more stories and games. The VTech VReader is for sale on Amazon, starting at $74.00. Read our VTech VReader review.
Your kids can rock out to their digital tunes using these stylish, colorful earbuds or headphones. You get both in the bundle, so your child can take their pick. They work with all major electronic media players, and the young ones will love the bright, vibrant designs. The Skullcandy Icon 2/Smoking Buds Bundle is available for $29.99 from Overstock.com.
For $67.99 on Amazon, your child can see the world through Barbie’s eyes. The Barbie Video Girl Doll is a functioning video recorder, using simple to use controls on the back of the doll. She can record up to 256 MB of data, and hooks up easily to both Macs and PCs using a USB connection. You can even use Barbie’s video editing software, available from the Barbie Video Girl website, though the software only works with PCs. In keeping with the times, all videos can easily be shared via just about any social network site. Just don’t forget the (four AAA) batteries! Check out our Barbie Video Girl Doll review.
Why should humans have all the social networking fun? Get the family pet into the holiday tradition, and give your four-legged friend the gift of Twitter this year. Using the USB dongle provided and the Puppy Tweets website, you can set up the software needed and a Twitter account for your dog. Your furry pal can wear a transmitter around their neck that will generate Twitter messages and send them to the USB dongle whenever they move around or start barking at that pesky squirrel in the yard. Buy one from Amazon for $14.99, and find out what your dog’s been thinking this whole time! Check out our Puppy Tweets Review.