If you’ve been following our recent posts, you already know that we have a new resolution for the holiday season this year. We’ve made it our goal to become the favourite parent/aunt/uncle of all the kids on our holiday shopping list by giving them the perfect present. To do that, we’ve teamed up with toy and gaming giants VTech and LeapFrog, brands that have been crafting intuitive, interactive and innovative toys, tablets, games and apps that are apt for the youngest and most tech-forward generation.
After having gathered some expert tips on how to choose the right toy from the folks behind these brands, we’ve now curated a list of 8 of the most “in” things to gift to the adorable little ones on your list that’ll make them super happy. Consider this your ultimate kids’ gift guide for 2021 for the hard-to-please Gen A.
For the kid who won’t leave your phone alone because selfies and pics are so important, this camera is the perfect gift. A revival of the vintage Polaroid, the PrintCam prints pictures in black and white instantly. But obviously, it does a lot more. The kids can take videos, play games and even get extra creative with filters and borders. Holiday scrapbook anyone?
Why should adults have all the fun, eh? Enter: The KidiZoom Smartwatch DX3. The smartwatch features dual cameras and a flash for selfies, pics and videos, reminders and single and multiplayer games. The clockfaces can be customized with one of the pictures that have been snapped or from the 50+ animated options. The best part: the smartwatch turns into a watch when switched to School mode.
This TV video game by LeapFrog makes it super simple and just as entertaining for kids to learn letters, shapes, colours, numbers and more. The levels are replayable and reward players each time, meaning kids can learn at their own pace without getting bored. The game uses an HDMI stick and USB cable, so you don’t need to worry about internet parental controls.
This is an apt gift for budding moviemakers. The digital video camera comes with a tabletop tripod, green screen and more than 20 animated backgrounds. Kids can let their creativity loose and create their own version of Jurassic Park and Star Trek.
Aptly named, this is a great way to prepare the little ones for school. It is a complete and flexible learning centre with an interactive desktop, projectors, music, LED writing pad and even a chalkboard. Plus, there are more than 200 learning spots that don’t just make it easy and enjoyable for the kid to learn letters, shapes, colours, etc. but also set the tone that learning is fun.
Holidays or not, some fun family time is always appreciated. And VTech’s Marble Rush Ultimate Set is the perfect way to get the whole family involved. Marble Rush basically is a build-your-own marble obstacle race. This 145-piece model comes with a Ferris Wheel, tracks and obstacles and easy-to-follow build instructions for 3 different levels- beginner to advanced. For the final step- send marbles rushing down and see who wins.
This is easily the safest way to teach toddlers to cook. The interactive pot comes with 5 follow-along recipes and pretend everything- veggies, chopping board, knife. Plus, you’ll hear the pot shout out encouragement to the kids. A fun learning pot indeed!
Technically speaking, Ivy is a robotic pet that will keep the kids thoroughly entertained. They can change the colour of her eyes, wings, hair and horn with the flick of a wand, they can make her sing and dance and even sing along with her tunes, accessorize her tail and blow kisses at her to make the flower in her hair blossom. But what it really does is foster the child’s imagination and teaches them to care for others.
That was the end of our list. One of these adorable gifts is sure to put a smile on the littles around you, even the ones with many, many gifts. Our suggestion: grab your gifts before the holiday rush kicks in and stuff starts to go out of stock.