Knowing what to buy for your kids is never an easy task. After all, there’s a lot of stuff out there. And, if we’re honest, it all looks pretty fun. But as with all things, we must exercise our powers of discrimination. The following are the best sporty and gadgety gifts ideas you’ll find on the internet.
Do you remember going to a kid’s birthday party when you were young and doing laser quest? It was always one of the most exciting events in the calendar. And one of the most expensive too. But now, laser quest is coming into the home. Lazer Mad 2.0 is a laser system that lets kids do laser quest wherever they want. The set is able to operate at a range of 50 metres; so big enough for most gardens. And scoring a hit causes the visor to light up and the gun to make a sound. If your kid has got a lot of energy, this is definitely one to try.
Music is a big part of our kids’ lives. And so too are cuddly toys. So why not combine the two? That’s exactly what the folks over at Magic Music Monkey have done. The Magic Music Monkey is essentially a monkey shaped speaker, but with a twist. After you’ve hooked him up to your MP3 player, he’ll start moving and grooving to the music. The monkey is powered by a battery and genuinely feels like a soft, cuddly toy. You don’t get the impression that there’s a big speaker in there. And it certainly doesn’t feel as if he has swallowed a brick. You’ll need three AA batteries to get him working.
Quadcopters, or drones, are big news right now. And, given how they have the potential to revolutionise our lives, this should come as no surprise. They’re also a big item on kids’ wish lists. No, they’re not cheap. But they have an enormous amount of utility.
Take, for instance, the Hubsan X4 drone. This drone has a bunch of kid-friendly features that make it a great present. For starters, it comes with the “follow me” function. That means that kids can wander around the park or the garden, and the drone will automatically follow them. It works, thanks to some rather clever software technology. And it means that kids don’t actually have to control the quadcopter directly for it to follow them around and take videos.
The other cool thing about the X4 is that it has an altitude lock. As we all know, there’s been some controversy surrounding drones entering official airspace. But the X4 solves this problem by hardwiring an altitude limit into the drone itself.
The X4 also comes with a return home function. Inside the X4, there is a GPS sensor. And this is what the drone uses to go back to a user-defined home point. In addition, it’s got 1080p video. And it’s got a failsafe mode, where it will return to your home point if you lose connection.
All in all, these features make this drone ideal for old kids looking to pilot their first drone. It doesn’t come cheap at $500. But it certainly has the potential to generate a lot of fun.
Air Hockey Table
The summer is here, and the kids are off school. And so they need something that’s going to keep them occupied, active and having fun. What better than an air hockey table?
Air hockey is a staple of most arcades and bowling alleys. But, of course, you’re always limited in how much time you can spend playing. Getting your kids their own air hockey table solves this problem, providing hours of fun. Buy the best air hockey table you can for the best experience for your children.
Big tech companies have been saying for a while that the next big thing is going to be virtual and augmented reality. And with the rise of Pokemon Go, it certainly seems as if their predictions are coming true. Right now, the top end of the VR market is dominated by Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive. But there are cheaper alternatives that deliver a VR experience.
One such experience can be had through Vizor Glasses. If you’ve heard of Google Cardboard, the concept here is rather similar. You put your smartphone in the slot at the front of the visor first. And then you look through the headset, which contains lenses to adjust your focal length. Suddenly, your smartphone is providing a VR display that is immersive. It’s a cool technology. And it’s one that will allow your kids to experience VR roller coasters or travelling around the world.
Kids can also use it for consuming VR content and watching movies and playing games. Vizor Glasses come in at around £30.
There’s nothing wrong with getting your kids something with a bit of a retro feel. Lava lamps might be the preserve of the 1970s, but they’re back and in business. Lava lamps are fun for kids. There’s the endless mystery of how they actually work. And they provide some of the best mood lighting available. It’s a great way to transform a boring bedroom into a place that’s full of excitement and mystery. This is a great present for kids who love everything and anything spooky. You can pick up a decent lava lamp for £15.
Kids have loved remote control cars since they were first introduced four decades ago. Since then the market has exploded. Now RC car makers are innovating in all sorts of cool ways that dads, in general, will love.
Nano has made their new Vaporizr with kids in mind. This tough little remote controlled car isn’t just limited to the land. It can drive through puddles and even flowing water. Not bad, considering it’s powered by an electric motor. Nano also advertises that it’s great in all weather, including snow. And so that makes it very attractive to parents. We want our kids to have toys that actually last. You can pick up the Vaporizr for around £30.
Giant Floating Flamingo
Now that the summer is here, your kids are going to be going to the beach and hotel swimming pools. So, they’ll want something that they can just lounge away the hours on. What could be better than a giant, inflatable flamingo? It certainly beats out a boring old lilo.
Colour Changing Moon Lamp
It’s no secret that most kids love space. And space is what you get with a moon lamp. But that’s not all that’s up this moon lamp’s sleeve. The moon can also change colour, thanks to a handy RGB remote control. And that means that the moon can suddenly become not so moon-like.
Personalised Toy Crate
All parents know that the number of toys that children have can soon get out of control. The biggest problem is finding places to store them. Buying your kid a few plastic tubs might not sound like such a great birthday gift. But what about their very own personalised toy crate? Now that sounds a lot better, doesn’t it? You can pick up a personalised toy crate for around the £45 mark. And you can have written on it anything you like. I’d suggest including your kid’s name - but when it’s personalised, anything goes.
We all know how tough it can be to find kids things that are going to last. After all, they grow up so quickly. So wouldn’t it be great if the things that they wore grew with them? That was the idea that provoked Hersey Silversmiths to come up with the expanding bangle. This bangle has ratchet design that allows it to get bigger as kids grow. No more replacing jewellery every couple of years or so. This silver bangle is for life.
No, it might not be the most exciting of presents from our perspective. But for kids, time is a relatively new concept. And so a personalised kid’s clock might be just what they’re looking for. If anything, it can sit prettily in their bedroom. And it can prove to be an educational tool, helping them to learn how to tell the time.
Kako Computer Kit
The people behind Kako know how important computers are going to be in our collective future. And so that’s why they’ve taken it upon themselves to introduce computers to kids. Kids should know how to program a computer. And they should have some concept of how to put a computer together.
Some of the most successful people in the tech industry started playing around with computers when they were young. As a result, they built up logical thinking skills that have stuck with them for life. Usually, it’s because they had access to a home computer or one in their library. And the way that they learned was through play.
The Kako is potentially a gift for your kid’s future self, as well as the here and now. You can pick one up for £140.
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