Christmas is only a few weeks away, so you’re probably wondering what to get your son this year. Well if your kid happens to like tech, then we have a few recommendations for you. Don’t worry, child-friendly tech devices aren’t super expensive and most of them offer an educational component too, so your tech-loving son you’ll be able to learn something while playing with his/her new gizmo.
Yeah, tablets aren’t what they used to be. But children still love them, especially since they can be used for games. And parents like them due to the educational apps that can be found of them. So it’s a win-win situation.
For a kiddie tablet, the Verizon GizmoTab features some unusually good specs, so after you send your kid to bed you might be tempted to use the device yourself. The slate has 8-inch display with 720p resolution and a Snapdragon 617 with 3GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage.
The tablet bundles a large 5,100 mAh battery which means the device will enjoy a long life cycle. The GizmoTab is encased in a bumper which protects it against accidental damages.
The tablet can be bought for $249.99 outright or for $79.99 with 2 year activation plan.
Star Wars Portable Charger
Is your boy a fan of Star Wars? If the answer is yes, consider buying him a Star Wars portable charger. Given that most children today have access to a smartphone or tablet, the accessory is just what he needs to keep his device all juiced up for when mommy or daddy call.
The cute charger gives up to 3 hours of extra use time and is only $9.99. You can get it in several variants including Stormtrooper, Darth Vader and Minis Bob Fett.
VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX
Is your son waiting for you to leave the room, so he can play with your Samsung Gear S3? Then why not get him a smartwatch of his own? The VTech Kidizoom smartwatch from Toys R Us is the perfect gift for children aged 3 to 10.
The wearable includes eight games children can play, plus the ability to download more via the Learning Lodge. The watch features alarm, timer and a stopwatch function plus a calendar and calculator features. Your son will also be able to take pics and shoot videos using the device. The motion sensor embedded within the wearable, will allow children to explore three action challenges.
The colorful kiddie-friendly wearable is available in a range of colors for $59.99.
Holy Stone HS170 Predator Mini RC Helicopter Drone
For boys fascinated by drones, the Holy Stone Helicopter Drone could make the best tech gift ever. It’s an affordable drone which doesn’t come equipped with a camera. However it’s light and small, so you don’t have to worry your child will get hurt playing with it.
The flying little robot features a setting that can help users adjust the remote’s responsiveness to three different levels. The drone has good performance of wind-resistant control range (about 30-50 meters) and can fly for about 6 to 8 minute before it needs to be popped in for a recharge. The colorful LED lights onboard make flying the drone at night a lot of fun.
The gizmo costs only $42.99 if you pick it up from Amazon.
Minecraft Diamond Sword
Maybe your son is infatuated with Minecraft and likes to roleplay. Well then the Minecraft Foam Diamond Sword could be the right gift choice for him.
It’s a full size replica from the online Minecraft game made of heavy EVA foam, so that it feels like a real weapon. The toy costs $19.99.
Pokemon GO Plus
Pokemon GO has captured the hearts of so many children and adults alike this year. If your son is also a fan of the game, why not consider buying him the Pokemon Go Plus wearable.
The wristband connects the phone over Bluetooth and then alerts gamers to new creatures and points of interest. The wearable has proved extremely popular with Pokemon Go players and so it’s quite hard to find a place that’s still selling it.
Luckily at Walmart, the Pokemon Go Plus is still available for $217. It’s a bit expensive given that the pre-order price was set for $39.99, but if you really want to make Pokemon Go loving kid happy, you won’t hesitate.
Doctor Who Tardis Mousepad
Etsy is home to some of the most creative craftsmen out there. If your child watches Doctor Who and your Christmas present budget is not so big this year, we suggest you look into this personalized mouse mat. It’s hand-made and one of a kind and will only cost you $7.99 plus shipping.
Adventure Time: BMO Mimobot Flash Drive
What if your boy is a fan of Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time? Well how about getting him this BMO Mimobot USB flash drive. It’s a limited edition USB stick and you can get it only with a few retailers. It offers 8GB of storage and can be bought for $19.00.
Spiderman Molded Bluetooth Speakers
Every boy has a favorite superhero and if your child loves Spiderman, then you can buy him a super cool Spiderman Bluetooth speaker.
This one costs $29.40 and features a built in rechargeable battery that can play up to 8 hours of music on one charge. The device can connect to mp3/media devices via Bluetooth.
Tech Will Save US – Mover Kit
We conclude this list with an educational tech gift for your son. Tech Will Saves us has number of project kits that aim to teach kids about tech.
This one will allow nerdy sons to create their own wrist wearable. If you know your son is interested in how things are built, skip the VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch and get him the Kit instead.
Packed with sensors and lights, children can learn how to develop their own apps for the device via an intuitive coding interface walking them through the process. The Kit costs $75.