14 cutting-edge tech gifts and gadgets for kids of all ages

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By Julie Loffredi

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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 2020.

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Bestselling tech gifts for kids

1. Echo Dot Kids Edition

Kids can now ask Alexa ANYTHING and parents can relax! This unit automatically filters explicit songs and enables mom and dad to set daily time limits and review activity.

2. Boxer Interactive A.I. Robot Toy

A lot of these robot toys require app downloads to play. Not this one. It actually responds to movements and interacts with your hand motions. Plus, it is on sale right now!

3. VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch

This smartwatch is made for kids! They can take video and selfies, learn to tell time and feel like a grown-up.

4. Owleez

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.

5. 3Doodler Start Essential Pen Set

Kids will learn how to bring ideas to life in 3D. This award-winning product comes with a 3D printing pen and creations are not hot to touch, making it kid-friendly.

Best gadgets and tech gifts for kids

1. Lego Boost Creative Toolbox

Love robots? Kids can program this guy for hours and rebuild it over and over again. Also, check out the new Lego Mindstorms EV3.

2. Sphero SPRK+

This is one of the bestsellers in Amazon's robotics category. Kids 5 and up can learn programming, complete activities and share their robot with family and friends.

3. Mario Party 9

Caveat: Skip this if you're not into screen time. 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.

4. FurReal Cubby

This interactive bear comes to life with over 100 sound-and-motion combinations.

5. My First Lab Duo-Scope Microscope

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!

6. LittleBits Hall of Fame Night Light Starter Kit

Why buy a nightlight when your kiddo can build his or her own? Yes, this is one cool (and practical) toy.

7. Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 04 VR Kit-Switch Kit

This newest kit lets kids experience the world of VR. It's DIY and hands-on!

8. smART Pixelator

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.

9. littleBits Electronic Music Inventor Kit

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.

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This gift guide was originally published on Dec. 19, 2017.