Black Friday has come and gone, and you may find yourself still in need of some great children’s gifts for the holidays. The most popular gifts this year are those that involve technology. Whether they move, shriek or flash, toys that children can use rather than just play with are more popular than ever. If you’re stuck for gift ideas, check out this list of the most popular toys of the season!
LeapFrog LeapPad Explorer Learning Tablet
If a young child you know is in love with apps but isn’t quite old enough for their own iPad, this toddler appropriate ‘computer’ is the perfect gift. With a camera, video recorder and touch screen, you can tailor this machine to any child with the more than 100 games available for purchase. After the child creates a stunning work of art on the LeapPad, download it onto your personal computer and show it off to the whole family!
Air Swimmers are incredibly popular this year. Just beware! Your older children may end up wanting one of their own. Choose from a remote control clownfish or shark, and watch them ‘swim’ through the air. Simply take the fish to your local florist or balloon shop and have it filled with helium and it’s ready to use.
Whether you choose a foot powered or electric scooter, these toys are all the rage again this year. Younger children should spend a summer pushing around on a non-motorized scooter before stepping up to a more advanced electric model. Be sure to purchase the proper helmet and pads to protect your children from accidental spills!
Peg Perego Polaris Outlaw
The mini-ATV lets children ride like grown-ups! The ATV comes in multiple colors, has a 12-volt rechargeable battery, and two speeds. Children can ride over grass, gravel and pavement with ease.
The Nook Tablet and Kindle Fire are the two most-wanted eReaders this holiday season. Both double as tablets and are a more cost-effective option than the pricey iPad. Both units have pre-loaded and downloadable apps, plenty of room for books and magazines, and Wi-Fi capability. Which eReader you choose is simply a matter of personal preference. Nook is sold by Barnes and Noble, and the Kindle can be found on Amazon.com.
You can safely buy just about any teenager on your list a gift that starts with an ‘i’. iPad, iPod and iPhone are sold by Apple and are hugely popular among teenagers. The gifts can be pricey so it may be best to speak with the parents and make sure they approve of the gift before you shell out your money. Apple also offers simple mP3 players like the Nano and Shuffle. Think of the love you had for your Walkman when you were a kid; mP3 players are today’s Walkman!
Stacy Greene has two young boys, and for Christmas this year, they want gas scooters. She is on the hunt to make their Christmas wish true this year.