Gift Guide for the Techy Tot

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Like it or not, the kids of today are far more tech savvy than we were at their age. From touchscreen operation to online navigation, techy tots have nearly mastered it all—which makes gifting during the holidays a little difficult. Seriously, what can you get the kid who’s already knee-deep in STEM? The answer is simple: here at B&H there are plenty of technical toys and gadgets that will cultivate a child’s interest. We’ve rounded down 10 items you’ll want to consider for those baby geniuses in your life.

1. Fitbit Ace Activity Tracker for Kids

Know a hyper youngster? “Hone” in on that ball of energy and encourage healthy habits with the Fitbit Ace Activity Tracker for Kids. This multifunctional wearable allows you and your child to monitor activity, set goals, track sleeping patterns, and more. The Fitbit Ace can be connected to an iOS or Android mobile device with the Fitbit app, which makes fitness feel less like a chore and more like a game. Step challenges can be assigned for a fun competition while friendly Reminders to Move notifications display on days when there’s lack of activity. Badges are awarded whenever the child wearer reaches a milestone, so you can rest easy knowing that they won’t be discouraged. Furthermore, this tracker is water resistant—meaning accidental spills and rain won’t stand a chance.

Fitbit Ace Activity Tracker for Kids

2. ExploreOne 300x-1200x Microscope Kit

Give your little scientist an introduction to magnification with the ExploreOne 300x-1200x Microscope Kit. This comprehensive kit is perfect for beginners, thanks to its numerous included accessories. The microscope itself is designed to be compact and ergonomic while it provides straight monocular viewing with its 7.5x, 15x, and 30x objectives. Additionally, this kit includes a 40x eyepiece that produces up to 1200x magnification power. The specimen stage’s two holding clips and a bottom LED/mirror illuminator ensure your kid will be able to keep their samples secure and viewable regardless of lighting condition. Other neat features this kit comes with are blank and prepared slides, cover plates and slips, empty vials, graduated cylinders, pipettes, a variety of biological specimens, an experiment book, and more.

ExploreOne 300x-1200x Microscope Kit

3. JBL JR300 Volume-Limited Kids On-Ear Headphones

Want your child to enjoy audio in a safe and responsible way? The JBL JR300 Volume-Limited Kids On-Ear Headphones have got you covered. These headphones are designed to provide full-range audio reproduction at a rate that never exceeds 85 dB SPL. The JBL JR300 also meets a frequency response range from 20 Hz to 20 kHz for versatile bass, mids, and treble. Moreover, these headphones are built with a lightweight and compact design that allows them to be folded and stowed. They’re also made to be ergonomic, with built-in padding, so your little one’s ears won’t feel pinched by the JR300’s on-ear form. They also come with an included set of stickers, so children can have fun decorating their colorful sound system.

JBL JR300 Volume-Limited Kids On-Ear Headphones

4. Sakar Hello Kitty Digital Video Recorder

The Sakar Hello Kitty Digital Video Recorder is meant for the diehard Hello Kitty fan. If this sounds like an accurate description of your kiddo, then grabbing this novelty point-and-shoot is worth some holiday cheer. Sakar has equipped this compact device with a 1.8" LCD preview screen that’s capable of flipping out at 180°. It also has 4x digital zoom capabilities, so objects from afar will be easier to make out when captured. Aside from shooting video, this camcorder can snap still shots with the included Snap N’ Share software, which allows your budding artist to add Hello Kitty special effects. Trust us, your gifting couldn’t get much cuter this year!

Sakar Hello Kitty Digital Video Recorder

5. EPIK LEARNING COMPANY HIGHQ 7" Learning Tab Jr.

Tired of sharing your iPad with the younglings at home? That’s where the EPIK LEARNING COMPANY HIGHQ 7" Learning Tab Jr. steps in to save the day. This kid-friendly slate is perfect for keeping little ones busy with educational game apps and access to the Internet. If you’d like to ensure your child’s safety and keep tabs on their usage, the HIGHQ has Kiddoware parental controls onboard to filter content and manage play time. This tablet is also designed to be rugged, with its included silicon gel case, which resists shock if accidentally dropped.

EPIK LEARNING COMPANY HIGHQ 7" Learning Tab Jr.

6. Abilix Robotics U Experimental Learning System

Engage your tike’s growing brain with computer programming and engineering with the Abilix Robotics U Experiential Learning System. This educational toy teaches the fundamentals of robotics, as well as the science behind self-driving cars, through fun video curricula, games, and activities. In addition to numerous projects, the Robotics U kit encourages innovation with its touchscreen computer brain, built-in gyroscope, compass, sensors, motors, and numerous component pieces. And of course, this system isn’t complete without Abilix’s 3D model building app.

Abilix Robotics U Experiential Learning System

7. SLR Magic 26mm f/1.4 Toy Lens for Micro Four Thirds

Give the gift of photography to the artsy tot with the SLR Magic 26mm f/1.4 Toy Lens for Micro Four Thirds. This educational and creative toy is capable of producing camera-like imagery with a Micro Four Thirds digital camera like the Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera. This multicolored kit contains a fast prime lens that has a 35mm equivalent focal length of 52mm, while also providing manual focus and aperture control—meaning your kid will be able to render sharp focus, gradual blurs, and noticeable vignettes. Furthermore, this kit’s focus and aperture ring bands vary in color for your child’s customized style.

SLR Magic 26mm f/1.4 Toy Lens for Micro Four Thirds

8. PowerUp Toys FPV Paper Airplane VR Drone Kit

If you know a kid who has their head in the clouds, the PowerUp Toys FPV Paper Airplane VR Drone Kit might just be what they need. This paper airplane is a serious throwback with a modern twist—because let’s be honest, we would’ve loved to have a toy airplane that was equipped with Wi-Fi and a wide angle rotating FPV camera that’s stream-ready. Moreover, with a carbon fiber, dual motor design, this plane can achieve up 10 minutes of flight time with a top speed of 20 mph. It also features intelligent flight modes, including autopilot stabilization on windy days, Google Cardboard VR compatibility for immersive pilot views, and automatic takeoff and crash detection. Your kid will be able to manage these fun controls from their iOS or Android device, and if they want some customization, they can change up their plane’s design with one of its eight printed templates.

PowerUp Toys FPV Paper Airplane VR Drone Kit

9. iHome iBT74 Color-Charging Rechargeable Bluetooth Speaker

Got a music lover in your household? Feed their jazzy soul with the iHome iBT74 Color-Changing Rechargeable Bluetooth Speaker. Not only is this speaker stylish, it’s also fun to look at, with its six color modes. Connect Bluetooth-enabled devices from up to 30' or use a 3.5mm auxiliary input jack to play the tunes that fit the speaker’s selected color scheme. If at all necessary, this flashy sound system can be used as a speakerphone, with its built-in microphone, digital voice echo cancellation, and button controls for answering or rejecting calls—this way you’ll be able to stay in communication with your little one even when they’re jamming out to their favorite playlist.

iHome iBT74 Color-Changing Rechargeable Bluetooth Speaker

10. Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 03 Vehicle Kit (Nintendo Switch)

Sure, the Nintendo Switch isn’t new, but that doesn’t make it any less fun. However, you can take that family-fun gaming session to new dimensions by gifting the Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 03 Vehicle Kit. With this kit, players get to combine DIY mechanics with the Nintendo Switch console. For your “vehicle,” the kit includes a steering wheel, pedal, flight stick, key, and submarine—all of which are made from cardboard. Additional cardboard sheets are provided in case you want to upgrade your ride.

Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 03 Vehicle Kit

What do you plan on getting for the kid who loves tech? Let us know in the Comments section, below.

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