The world is positively bursting with technology now, but sifting through all the gadgets for kids can be endless.
Seasoned parents who’ve been through holidays before wonder, will they play with this gadget a lot or will it be tossed aside ASAP? Parents of younger kids might wonder if there’s an educational twist. (STEM toys FTW!) And all of us want to know about affordability. If you’ve ever felt the pressure to find the latest gadget for the always evolving world of tech gifts, we can help. We’ve found the newest, brightest and best tech gifts for kids!
From babies to teens, find out what’s hot in kids’ tech gifts 2022.
Our favorite tech gifts for babies
Happiest Baby• $59.95
If you have a baby, you’ve probably heard about the SNOO sleep system that parents around the world swear by. But what a price tag, hello $1,700! SNOObear offers the same soothing technology with the comfort of a cuddly bear and the same white noise features that help little ones sleep.
With more than 41,000 positive reviews on Amazon, there’s a reason this classic toy is a hit with babies. Just move the puppy to activate music, words and other fun sounds while building gross motor skills. And with a nose that flashes, plus voice, sound and musical responses to your little one’s actions, learning responsive behavior is fun.
While not a gift for a baby, this baby monitor is a game changer for anyone who has a baby. Yes, you can see your baby from another room, but the Pixsee also plays music, offers Covered Face Detection and cues calming sounds when your baby cries. Every day you can review the half a dozen high quality images taken from a nanny cam, plus the 24-hour livestream. Oh, you can also run the whole thing through Alexa. Game. Changer.
Our favorite tech gifts for toddlers
Consider this a laptop for toddlers, one with over 60 storybooks, 20 singalongs and tons of animal friends who introduce colors, counting and more in a sweet and fun way. Bonus, parents get to watch the content get more sophisticated as your child’s skills increase. You also have controls to monitor screen time.
FurReal Friends• $126.58
Tyler reacts to noise by roaring back! He’s got dozens of sound-and-motion combinations: Watch him close his eyes when you pet his head, or move around when you pet his muzzle. But even with all his bells and whistles, this friendly little tiger can be hugged, petted and even comes with his own little chicken toy for maximum cuteness.
Does your toddler beg to use your phone? Here’s one of their own! Except it’s actually a kid-friendly music player with musical learning games and songs in styles from classical to hip-hop. Remix mode allows tiny DJs to add piano, sax and more, all while building fine motor skills. Plus this set includes kid-safe headphones to limit the volume and protect little ears.
Our favorite tech gifts for kids
Hot Wheels R/C Disney Pixar• $79.99
Think of the Buzz Lightyear RC flying spaceship as My First Drone with pre-programmed flight sequences. With fun lights and sounds, this ship flys on four propellers with extra stabilization and object avoidance detectors. Kids can play with the Buzz Lightyear action figure (who fits in the cockpit) and control the drone with a wrist communicator, all the way to infinity and beyond.
Screen time can get a bad rap, but there’s a huge difference between a YouTube binge and engaged learning. Osmo turns your little’s iPad or Kindle Fire into a fun tool—that requires no WiFi!—and bring imagination to life. There’s an ever-growing collection to choose from but right now we’re loving this interactive art, travel and adventure system. Kids solve story problems with drawing, visual thinking, and fine motor skills.
Fat Brain Toys• $39.95
Physics just got really fun! Players shoot foam darts at styrofoam balls hovering in the air, thanks to an electric fan blowing underneath. Challenging and fun for two players at once, this sharp-shooter game will be the indoor hit of the season.
For kids who want a phone but aren’t quite ready, TickTalk 4 is a smartwatch phone aimed at ages 5-12 that combines video and voice calling, in-app messaging and location tracking without the distractions of the internet, games, or social media. Bonus points for the free SIM card and affordable, pay-as-you-go, no-contract plan starting at $9.99 per month.
Our favorite tech gifts for teens
When it comes to tech gifts for teens, we’ve got to mention the top rated gaming headset on the market. With excellent writeups by outlets like PC Magazine and more than 9,000 positive reviews on Amazon, our money is on the Razer Blackshark V2 as the gift of the season for gamers. Users say this headset offers excellent audio and microphone quality, loads of software features and a light, comfortable fit.
All you need is an outlet to create the lush green herbs of an Italian marketplace, but do it from the comfort of a dorm room. This sweet little herb kit even waters itself, making it easy and manageable for busy students with even busier schedules.
Put the Christmas lights back on the tree because this whimsical set of twinkly lights is next-level, including 50 clips to add photos to your teen’s walls. Plus, the set comes with a remote to customize eight different modes of flash, fading, waves and more.