Sometimes shopping for other people can be stressful. For parents who bought or thought about buying Hoverboards for their children but saw the recent reports of Hoverboards bursting into flames, you still have time to grab the perfect gift (that hopefully won’t catch on fire this time). Luckily for you, we have some great options from speakers to set-top boxes to robots, oh my, for both children and adults.
Drones are an immensely popular gift for children and adults alike. Although drones has a bit of negative rep, even being parodied on South Park, drone technology is allowing users to explore the world of unmanned flight from their backyards and out in nature. The Hubsan x4 model is perfect for beginners but some other models by Hubsan will also allow you to take photos. #win If you do decide to make the purchase, be sure to register with the FAA beginning December 21st.
This smart watch was one of first early successes on Kickstarter back in 2012 when the creators quickly passed their goal of raising $100,000 and actually raised $10.3M by nearly 70,000 backers. Although the Pebble watch doesn’t have a touch screen like some of its unnamed, more expensive competitors…Pebble has all the trappings of modern convenience. It gives you access to thousands of apps including fitness, weather, sports, but also notifications (email, calls, and texts).
This Amazon set-top box is the perfect gift for your millennial cord-cutters or cord nevers who refuse to subject themselves to the oppressive demands of broadband service providers. Amazon Fire TV allows you to watch your favorite shows from Amazon Video, Netflix, Hulu, and more.
If you do gift someone with an Amazon Fire TV set-top box and you’re looking for a cheap TV option, check out this Insignia 19” TV. It’s cheap and perfect for a dorm room or small apartment.
The JBL Flip 3 is a cheaper alternative to the Amazon Echo out on the market. The JBL Flip 3 is a splashproof Bluetooth speaker perfect for blasting tunes. Whether you want to listen to some Sam Cooke, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, or M.I.A. on max volume in your home or at the beach, this is a great mini speaker.
If I were a kid again, I would definitely put GoldieBlox on my list to Santa. GoldieBlox has made tremendous strides over the last few years after launching a notable campaign to inspire the next generation of girl builders. If you are a parent or someone looking to buy a gift for a child, GoldieBlox is not only educational, teaching your children about STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), you can encourage the child to build their own toys. #winwin
I remember getting my first VTech computer when I was in kindergarten and it changed my life. I literally played on that machine for HOURS from age 5 to 11/12. I learned how to read, spell, and became pretty great at math because of my VTech. If I was a kid right now, I would have asked for the KidiZoom Smart Watch. This camera watch is great for helping a young learner to play educational games for fun but to also learn how to tell time.
The Ozobot 2.0 is the perfect gift to help inspire your child to learn about robots, coding, and STEM all while going on fun adventures and playing games designed themselves. These tiny LED robots teaches your child about deductive reasoning and how to write simple coding language through Brain Teasers and challenges. You can pair your Ozobot with of course, an app, available on iOS and Android where you can program your Ozobot to change colors.
The 4M Doodling Robot is a yet another great gift that can be paired with another toy for a fun gift to inspire a child to get into tinkering and robotics. Similar to GoldieBlox, this robot is a build-it-yourself model. You can use the 4M Doodling Robot to create art and learn model building.
Similar to the Pebble watch, Robot Turtles also has its humble beginnings attributed to Kickstarter. Back in 2013, it was ranked the most-backed boardgame in Kickstarter history when Robot Turtles’ creator surpassed its $25,000 goal and actually raised $630,000. Created by a former Google programmer Dan Shapiro, it teaches the child how to think about programming by role-playing as a programmer while an adult plays a computer. The child directs the computer using coding techniques on paper to match turtles to specific color-coded jewels. Such a great concept to encourage deductive reasoning.
Annis Sands is passionate about media + tech + innovation + art + education. She is also the co-creator of Ivy Startup Magazine (ivystartupmag.com).
drone looks amazing…