Most parents would agrees that their kids are already all charged up before they even reach the tree on Christmas morning. That is a good thing, because with electronic gifts so popular for everyone, kids included, having one less thing to get charged on Christmas Eve is a blessing. What is hot in the world of electronic gifts for kid this holiday season? Here are a few of my picks for the cool kids on your shopping list. Check out www.gifts.com for a look at all of these great electronic gifts.
VTech Smarky Pets
Has your little one been hoping to find a puppy under the tree? Consider a VTech Smarty Pet instead. With voice recognition technology, your child’s Smarty Pet will obey commands–can you say the same thing about the child? This virtual puppy has 5 activities to entertain, plus it says words, phrases, and has cute little facial expressions. It even moves! Available in pink or blue, the VTech Smarty Pet is a cleaner, safer way to see if your child is ready for a real puppy. The prices is a mere $29,95, which is a lot less than the cost of carpet cleaning.
Mimobot Collectible Flash Drives
This is a geeky, yet great gift. With computers everywhere, and kids needing to tote homework from home computer to school computer, why not give them a designer USB flash drive? The Mimobot Pink Meletta flash drive is adorable and has an 8 GB capacity. The flash drive also comes pre-loaded with wallpapers, avatars, and other things that I didn’t know you could get on a flash drive. These little gadget come in a wide variety of styles, such as an owl, rasta domo, and a little fairy. Available in 1 GB through 8 GB, these super cute flash drives range in price from $19.95 to 49.95. Your child will be a big hit at school with one of these practical, yet whimsical doodads.
Cube World Interactive Mini Pixel Pals
A mere $29.95 will buy you two cubes, each with an neat interactive character. With LCD motion display, these cubes people will play with each other, bother each other, and protect each other. Other cube characters can be bought, so that a cube world of 16 interactive cube people can be built. Imagine all of the hours that your child, or you, can spend peeping at these little people’s every move. Motion sensors allow your child to interact with these little stick people too, so you can not only stare, but play along. Amuse your child, and keep them from eavesdropping on your conversations, with a little Cube World of their very own.
Kids First Digital Camera
This is a gift that 5 year old would love for Christmas. Then he can stop bothering his brothers and sisters to use their digital cameras. This is a kid tough, digital camera for preschool aged children. The camera has an “instant gratification” LCD screen so they can see the pictures that they have taken right away, plus they can drop it, or whatever, and it will keep on working. I got a new digital camera about a month ago. I used it for 3 days, then I had it in my hand, bent over to pick something up off of the grass, and the camera took a very small tumble onto the lawn. Yup–broken just like that. I should get one of these cameras for myself. Made by Fisher-Price, this digital camera will cost you $49.95.
iPod Mixing Console
For the budding DJ, or the young music lover, the Numark Ipod two channel mixer will allow you child to turn his or her iPod into a sound mixer. Their music library can be integrated with other music and sounds, and also acts as a playback device. Frankly, this looks a little too complicated for me, but I am sure any 13 year old with an iPod would have no trouble enjoying it endlessly. With a $399 price tag, this is a terrific gift for an older child with an ear for music.
Multimedia Desktop Speakers with an Attitude
These funky, little animal shaped speakers are not only neat to look at but can be hooked up to a computer, Mp3 player or a iPod so that they can fill their rooms with music. These speakers will jazz up your child’s room, and jazz up their musical enjoyment. They cost $125, and they are a gift that is useful as well as fun. Pump up the volume!
Electronic gifts for kids continue to be the rage. I don’t suspect that will be changing any time soon. You like your electronic toys, don’t you? Let the kids have their own electronic gadgetry this Christmas–just make sure that their toys are not cooler than yours.