Listen, some of us here at Shop TODAY are parents. We try to give our kids presents that will stimulate their brains and keep them busy for a good chunk of time. Usually, we fail miserably. However, brands are now going all out to deliver tech that are sure to dazzle kids of all ages.
Take a blast from the past with tech toys such as a Tamagotchi or a vinyl dance mat similar to the Dance Dance Revolution on which we all loved to bust a move in our childhood. Or, gift them with more educational-based technology, such as an electronic bookmark or a Kindle designed with children in mind.
Whatever their interests, it's easy to admit that children love tech, so gift them with the gadget that will keep them occupied for hours on end and earn their smiles.
Tech toys for kids
Why buy a night light when your kiddo can build his or her own? Yes, this is one cool (and practical) toy.
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!
The '90s called — they want their toys back! The era is officially back and better than ever, not only with fashion trends, but toys as well. All of the toys from your beloved childhood are making a comeback, and what perfect way to indulge in them again than gifting beloved toys like the original Tamagotchi to the children in your life. Available in 45 different casing designs from solid colors to retro patterns, gift them the one that matches their personality perfectly.
Blending classic artistry with video design, kids can draw their own pixelated pet (or come up with a completely new creature entirely!) and have them come to life on their smartphone or tablet.
Walkie-talkies are always a fun gift idea, and this pair with more than 11,000 verified five-star Amazon ratings 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!
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, and it's already proving to being a bestseller this season. Your little techie can swipe, shake, tilt and touch their pocket-sized digital pet, all while watching them grow up before their eyes.
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.
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.
For the parents who loved Dance Dance Revolution, pass on the fun with this dance mat, which has three different levels for your kiddos to dance their heart out. “I highly recommend this as a gift for children of multiple ages,” said one reviewer of the easy-to-store vinyl mat.
Designed to enhance your child’s memory, coordination and brain skills, this flashing cube makes for a great gift. Amazon shoppers love it, too: More than 6,100 verified reviewers gave it five 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.
With over 2,200 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.
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.
Making an appearance on Toy Insider's STEM 10 list this year, this VR activity set immerses kids in over 40 ferocious interactive experiences in various environments around the globe. Once they're done roaming with lions, tigers and bears (amongst other wildlife!), they can learn more about the animals they saw in the accompanying book.
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!
Previously described as "good old-fashioned fun but the 2022 way" by Shop TODAY editorial director Adrianna Brach, this high-tech 3D pen will have them doodling to their heart's content thanks to thoughtful features like multiple speed controls and enhanced durability.
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.
Also appearing on several hot holiday toy lists this season is this precious little robot dog. Despite its lack in fur, it's just as charming as a real pup. It even has its own unique personality courtesy of the "minting process" it undergoes as soon as it's unwrapped.
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.
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.
A lighter, sleeker version of the Nintendo Switch, this handheld gadget is perfect for long car rides, traveling or on-the-go days. With Bluetooth compatibility, your kids will be able to take their favorite games to go without distracting the entire family. "Got this for my son's birthday and he loves it! He is able to take it anywhere, and it’s not too bulky," said one reviewer.
Smart gadgets for kids
If your child loves to read (and if they have to keep track of their progress for school), gift them this digital bookmark that will help keep tabs on how long they've been reading. With different modes to set the bookmark on, it can count up or down, depending on the time span they want to read within. "This is very useful for making sure my child gets in the required amount of daily reading," said one reviewer, adding that "it's easy to use, durable and fun."
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, according to the brand.
Designed for kids ages 2 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 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.
This smartwatch is made for kids! They can take video and selfies, learn to tell time and feel like a grown-up.
Different from the remote-control cars that have been gifts in the past, gift them with this kid-friendly, durable drone. Minimal buttons allow for ease with operating and the option to control with their voice adds to the kid-friendly factor with this tech gadget. Reviewers raved about how this gift is “easy for kids to use and learn” and that the drone is sturdy.
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.
A previous Toy Insider Top 20 winner, kids will love snapping pictures with hundreds of fun borders, stickers and filters to choose from.
For your mini library frequenters or your child who's constantly packing one too many books on vacation, gift them with this Kindle, made specifically with children in mind. With the included parent dashboard, you can keep track of how often they're reading and for how long, set bedtimes and other time constraints, add books to their library and limit the books they can consume.