Got your Santa hat on and the kids can’t wait for their gifts…but you’re low on inspiration?
We know how hyperactive and easily bored kids can be, so we looked everywhere to find the best tech toys to keep them engaged and learning new things.
From STEM toys to fascinating gadgets, you will definitely find a great gift in this list.
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If you’re looking for STEM toys, for us Sphero is the undisputed king, with gadgets that fascinate kids of all ages.
The Sphero Mini is the cheapest Sphero and the “teeny tiny tech” tagline doesn’t do it enough justice.
This ball is a fully programmable robot the size of a ping pong ball.
It can be used to race around the house and even as a game controller for the games in the Sphero Play App.
For the kids who are more fascinated by art and sounds, the Sphero Specdrums are truly the best tech toy available on the market.
It’s so fun, the grown-ups will want their turn too!
These cute little rings let you tap colors to make actual music and record it. Touch any colored surface with them and a new sound will emerge!
They can replace drums, keyboards and MIDI pads, and even connect to popular music recording apps like Ableton Live and GarageBand.
4M Table Top Robot Kit
And on the topic of robots and DIY, why not let kids build their own robot?
This 4M Table Top Robot lets kids make their own robotic crab, introducing them to the basics of robotics in a fun, engaging way. Plus, it’s also one of the cheapest robotics kits you can find!
The kit contains everything you need to build the robotic crab and watch it scuttle or avoid obstacles. You just need one AAA battery to activate it.
The Powerup 3.0 Smartphone Controlled Paper Airplane Kit
Just as fascinating as the robotic crab but much more of a nostalgia trip for the parents is this tech gift.
The Powerup 3.0 smartphone controlled paper airplane kit takes a classic childhood toy and makes it that much more fun via an app.
This kit lets you turn any paper airplane into a smartphone-controlled toy that can go as far as 180 feet!
All you have to do is build a paper airplane, fit it with the Powerup 3.0, then use your phone to control it.
Forgot how to make paper airplanes?
No problem, the kit has special template paper for two models and very easy to follow instructions.
Osmo Genius Starter Kit
Want to make sure the kid genius grows up to be even more brilliant?
STEM toys are a great way to encourage a child’s creative, critical and mathematical thinking, and Osmo makes truly brilliant kits.
The Osmo Genius Starter Kit has a lot of award winning games and combines actual hand held pieces with any tablet or iPad you might have at home for a truly interactive learning experience.
Kids aged 6-10 can arrange puzzle pieces with their hands to match what’s on the tablet, play with tiles to pop number bubbles and even solve physics-based puzzles.
The Osmo Genius Starter Kit is available in multiple options, depending on the tablet you already have.
3Doodler Create Plus 3D Printing Pen
For older kids, teens and even adult creators, the 3Doodler remains one of the best tech gifts you can buy.
One of the latest models, the 3Doodler Create Plus printing pen can go on a lot longer and prints a lot better than previous models.
It uses 3mm PLA, ABS and Flexy Plastic, and comes with 15 colors of refills – plenty to create lots of awesome 3D drawings.
For those who need a bit of inspiration, the 3Doodler app has lots of stencils and step by step instructions for new and cool projects.
Little Tikes Tobi Robot Smartwatch
Your kid loves robots but doesn’t want to actually build them?
Put this little adorable robot to work!
The Little Tikes Tobi Robot smartwatch is more than simply adorable – it’s also actually very smart.
Kids might love it for the movable hands and hundreds of funny expressions and games.
Parents will love it for the alarm clock and reminder features, plus the pedometer that unlocks more games for kids the more active they are.
Plus, this smartwatch also comes with two cameras for selfies and even lets kids add stickers when editing those pictures.
KiiPix Printer for Smartphones
If you want to be a great Santa for older kids or teens, you’re going to need to find a much more specialized tech toy.
We think this KiiPix printer is a fantastic tech gift for a teen, as it makes it very easy and fun to print the photos from their phone.
It’s one of the cheapest portable photo printers and works with any smartphone, without extra cables, wires or batteries needed.
Simply put the phone down on the printer and it will create an Instax photo on glossy paper.
It also has filters and color corrections, so kids can discover the magic of Instax and Polaroid, without giving up the fun tools from social media apps like Instagram or Snapchat.
Blue Snowball iCE Microphone
For the kids dreaming to be content creators, this USB mic for recording can help them follow their passion and learn a lot more.
It’s one of the cheapest yet closest things to a professional microphone, offering crystal clear audio perfect for recording vocals or making podcasts. That design and the adjustable stand will definitely make the kids feel like the pros they follow on YouTube!
It works as plug-and-play, with no software required, on both PC and Mac.
Asus TUF Mechanical Keyboard for Gaming
And, if you’re looking for a tech toy for the gamer in your life, look no further than the mechanical keyboard.
These tech gifts are usually very expensive but the Asus TUF line starts at just $49.99 and has everything a PC dreamer might dream of.
The mechanical key switches make for a great experience when gaming but are also silent enough to not disturb others in the house with the “clicky sounds”.
These keyboards feature fully programmable keys with easy macros, audio volume buttons, spill-resistant coating and…of course…flashy RGB lighting that can be controlled with an app.