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Listen, I'm a mom. I try to give my kids presents that will stimulate their brains and keep them busy for a good chunk of time. Usually, I fail miserably. But this year brands are going all out to deliver tech toys that are sure to dazzle kids of all ages.
Here are some of the hottest gadgets and tech gifts for kids.
Don’t forget to check out Shop TODAY’s Gift Guide to find the perfect present for everyone on your list!
This toy made Toy Insider's 2021 Top 20 list, making it one of the hottest gifts for kids this year. They'll love snapping pictures with hundreds of fun borders, stickers and filters to choose from.
Take a trip into the future with this virtual Ping-Pong game. Hit a simulated light back and forth with an opponent or by yourself. The best part is, you can play this right in the living room, since there are no actual balls involved.
This gift set features a glammed-out smartwatch with matching headphones. Great for kids ages 3 and up, this set offers a swivel camera, MP3 player and 20 learning games.
Dawning over 3,800 5-star reviews on Amazon, your kids will not want to put this gift down. It comes equipped with a remote controller and a USB charging cable, so the fun never ends.
Add a pop of color and sound to your child's life with this highly-rated speaker from JBL. It's completely waterproof and extremely durable. The strap on the speaker is perfectly sized for little hands, too.
Designed to enhance your memory, coordination and brain skills, this flashing cube makes for a great gift or stocking stuffer. Amazon shoppers love it, too: More than 2,800 people gave it 5 stars.
This educational robot makes for a great STEM gift. Kids simply design and program the code, and Artie takes the coding and draws accordingly. Artie comes with four washable markers, a start guide and activity cards.
This gift is truly a blast from the past! This arcade game was originally released in 1992 but now has been reimagined in a miniature way. Kids can face off between 12 different characters in 78 different matches.
Designed for kids ages two and up, little ones will love mimicking the work-from-home lifestyle with their very own computer. It can be used as a standalone tablet or with an attachable keyboard. A great tool for teaching your child about numbers, colors and animals.
This is another great STEM-focused gift idea. Kids have to program the robot to move forward, backward, right, left, spin and pause. Ideal for kids ages 8 to 14.
Equipped with a user-friendly remote control and built-in wheels, this is another yet another adorable STEM-friendly gift. This dino is also portable; it stands at just 5 inches tall.
If they're obsessed with L.O.L. Surprise!, look no further for the perfect gift. Your child will love jamming out with these fashionable earbuds that have 3D stereo sound and 25 hours of battery life.
Walkie-talkies are always a fun gift idea, and this pair with more than 10,000 5-star Amazon reviews are loved and trusted by shoppers all over the globe. It's also a great way to keep in contact with your children as they play outside!
This LCD drawing and writing tablet is a great gift for the tiny artist. Let their imagination run wild without interruption, as this tablet can be reused up to 100,000 times.
Bestselling tech gifts for kids
Dawning over 1,500 5-star reviews 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.
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 Set combines technology, creativity and problem-solving to create magical (and customized) animated adventures.
Kids of all ages will love this modern take on the classic train set. Built using smart technology, these toy trains are controlled with a mobile app and comes with 40 color snap tiles designed to control its steering and speed.
Party like a rock star with this next-level toy. You build it yourself and then customize how you want to play it. Best of all, as with Legos, the system is modular, meaning you can redo it as much as you want.
This smart watch is made for kids! They can take video and selfies, learn to tell time and feel like a grown-up.
Best electronic and tech gifts for kids
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!
Caveat: Skip this if you're not into your kids taking over your living space. But if you are, this game is a winner. It's lively, vibrant and totally engaging — plus, it can be played in solo or multiplayer modes on the Nintendo Switch.
Bring a bit of enchantment into your kid's life with this mythical-inspired UnicornBot from UBTECH. Just download the free app to get started on building and coding your mini creature.
You're never too young to learn about physics! This Toy of the Year Award finalist lets you learn about the science behind gyroscopes with eight experiences and a cool robot capable of walking a tightrope.
This coding toy for preschoolers will have kids learning and problem-solving from a young age. Kids can program the caterpillar's path while playing with the light-up eyes and light effects.
This interactive koala comes to life with over 60 sound-and-motion combinations.
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!
Kids can program this fun-loving robot to dance, drum, light up and more with the easy-to-use companion app. The robot also comes with 30 interactive augmented reality puzzles for even more fun and learning!
Kids love looking at things close up, and the grosser the item, the better. This microscope is sturdy, it's easy to use, and just wait until your kid can see a dead bug up close. Score!
Why buy a night-light when your kiddo can build his or her own? Yes, this is one cool (and practical) toy.
The smART Pixelator allows kids to pixelate any design and build 2D and 3D projects by using Bluetooth connectivity, easy-to-follow lights and a variety of creativity tools.
At first glance I wasn't sure this would be a winner. But my 8-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son loved teaching this itty-bitty owl to fly.
Kids will learn about magnetic forces from this interactive science kit that involves exciting hands-on experiments. Kids will get to float a pencil, levitate a screw and more!
Still looking for the perfect gift? Be sure to check out Shop TODAY’s Gift Guide to shop for everyone on your list, including:
- From creative kits to active toys, these are gifts 4-year-olds will love
- Interactive gifts the 5-year-old in your life won’t want to put down
- Toys and games that'll make your 6-year-old smile
- Shopping for mom? Here are gifts she'll actually love
This gift guide was originally published on Dec. 19, 2017.