5 Best Electronics for Kids That They'll Actually Want for Christmas
This year, make Christmas shopping easy by picking up one of the top electronics for kids. If you've got a future inventor, they will love a droid kit. If you have an avid reader, then Amazon's Fire Tablet is a must-have. And with everything under $150, these gift ideas are kid- and parent-approved.
Best Tablet: Amazon Fire HD 8
The popular Amazon kids' tablet just got an upgrade. Released October 4, 2018, the Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet includes the same streaming, reading, and gaming capabilities of the Fire 7 tablet, but it features double the storage and two additional hours of battery life. It is also backed with the same two-year worry-free guarantee so if something does happen, Amazon will replace it free of charge.
To Buy: $130; amazon.comSHOP THE FIRE HD KIDS EDITION TABLET
Best Camera: VTech Kidizoom Camera
Your budding photographer will love the VTech Kidizoom Camera. It snaps photos, records video, and edits photos right on the screen. It also includes a video editing feature so your child can learn to animate their images. Bonus: This kids' camera carries a few games for even more photography fun.
To Buy: $40; walmart.comSHOP THE VTECH KIDIZOOM CAMERA
Best Smart Device: Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition
The Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition brings together everything you love about the smart home device, but with content geared toward children. They can play music from kid-friendly stations, ask any questions to unleash their imaginations, and listen to stories about their favorite topics. With the parental controls and drop-in feature, you can set limits and pause play time to let them know when dinner is ready. It comes in a red, blue, or green protective cover and includes the same two-year warranty as the Fire Tablet—just in case.
To Buy: $70 (usually $80); amazon.comSHOP THE AMAZON ECHO DOT KIDS EDITION
Best Educational Toy: LittleBits Star Wars Droid Inventor Kit
Winner of 2018's Creative Toy of the Year, the Droid Inventor Kit brings the fun of inventing and coding to your little one. The Droid Inventor app lets them control it as well as create different missions. The kit comes with step-by-step instructions and everything they need to create their own R2. Plus, it features several drive modes, including one that lets your jedi "use the force." Tip: It may be marketed as a kids toy, but this kit also makes a great gift for any Star Wars-lover as it gives them their own personal R2-D2.
To Buy: $99; walmart.comSHOP THE STAR WARS DROID INVENTOR KIT
Best Robot: Wonder Workshop Dash Robot
Another award-winning toy, the Wonder Workshop Dash Robot is loved by teachers and kids. The robot teaches programming through hands-on play with its different modes and preloaded missions. Dash can dance, record voices, and even play hide and seek. Available in five bundles, you can choose whether you want just the robot, or a few add-ons like challenge cards and a launcher kit that inspire your child's imagination and creativity.
To Buy: $146; amazon.comSHOP THE DASH ROBOT