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2012 Holiday Gift Guide for Kids

Great gift ideas for the tech-savvy kids on your list
Jamie Pearson. and work as an Freelance writer, a mother of two, and the publisher of two popular-ish websites: Best Kids Apps and Travel Savvy Mom. at BestKidsApps.

We’re very happy to present our first annual holiday gift guide for gadget-loving kids.  It’s chock full of tech-y goodness and there isn’t a thing on it that we wouldn’t love to see under our own tree!  There’s something here for every person on your list, not to mention every budget.

>>See our 2012 Holiday Gift Guide for Men and Women

FOR ITTY BITTY KIDS

1.  A tablet

Tired of holding your breath every time you hand your iPad to your toddler?   Why not get him a kid-friendly tablet that’s a little sturdier?  We like the Nabi 2, but we’ve got other recommendations too.

Read more about the Nabi 2.
Read our full tablet review post.

2.  Wii with Wii Sports Resort

Sure, it’s fun to play on a phone or tablet, but if you’ve got a group of people, you can’t do better than the Nintendo Wii.  Even very young kids can get in on the action… dancing… bowling… beating their parents at doubles tennis.

Once you’ve mastered the basics, it’s time to pick up a copy of Just Dance Kids (trust me on this).

Read more about the Wii with Wii Sports Resort

3.  Fisher-Price Kid-Tough See Yourself Camera

No matter how much you need silence or cooperation, it is never a good idea to hand a very young child your camera or phone.

Even in a padded room full of marshmallows and feather duvets, kids can find a way to bork our expensive devices (trust me, I speak from personal experience here).  There are many cameras designed just for the short set, this one is by far the best of the bunch.

Read more about the Fisher-Price Kid-Tough See Yourself Camera.

FOR KIDS WHO ALREADY HAVE EVERYTHING

1.  iPod Touch

It is an axiom of technology gift-giving that once you have a smartphone, you no longer need an iPhone touch.  Unfortunately, it is also true that most very young children (1st and 2nd graders for sure, and probably 3rd through 5th too) don’t yet need phones.

Do you see where I’m going with this?

Yes, the iPod Touch continues to be one of the most coveted devices of all time.  If you’ve got a grandparent who is dying to splurge, this is the idea I’d recommend passing along.

Read more about the iPod Touch.

2.  Boogie Board 8.5-Inch LCD Writing Tablet

Any time you take a regular activity and add tech, kids like it.  For example: I have a “learn the states and capitals” app for my iPad.  Guess how long it took my 5th grader to master the subject?  That’s right.  About 10 minutes.  Which is why the Boogie Board (basically an LCD chalkboard) is so fun for kids.  Plus, there’s the eco-angle… drawing without wasting paper!

Don’t like pink?  Don’t worry.  It comes in five other crave-able colors too.

Want to save your kids’ masterpieces?  Take a digital photo!

Read more about the Boogie Board 8.5-Inch LCD Writing Tablet.

3.  Kidz Gear Wired Headphones

Okay, this is really a gift for you.  Forget peace on earth, give yourself peace of mind! You’re a parent, so of course you worry about everything.  Now you can check hearing loss off that list.

Protect those sweet little ears while protecting yourself from hours and hours of listening to those laughing pigs in Angry Birds.  You can thank us later.

Now if we could only get our teenagers to use these.

Read more about the Kidz Gear Wired Headphones.

FOR TEENS

1.  Sonos PLAY:3 All-in-One Wireless Music Player

As much as we love all things Apple around here, we do NOT love buying music.  We especially do not love buying music for kids, because their tastes change so much from day to day (and thank God for that, see also: Carly Rae Jepsen).

We got our kids Sonos wireless music players and a family Rhapsody account instead.  With the magic of the internet, we can play any music we want.  And when we outgrow it?  We can move on.  It’s like renting vs. owning.

Read more about the Sonos PLAY:3.

2.  Fujifilm Instax MINI 25 Instant Film Camera

A stylish, retro camera (not to mention the world’s best party accessory!) that takes photos and instantly prints them on 2×3″ paper. Let’s face it: we all miss Polaroid cameras — at least in theory.  But with this little cutie, we don’t have to anymore!

Film is a tad expensive for teens, so be sure to order a few extra packs to get them started.

Read more about the Fujifilm Instax MINI 25 Instant Film Camera.

3.  iPad Mini

The smaller rendition of Apple’s most hyped product of all time, the iPad Mini is sized just right to slip into backpacks and purses (and under pillows too, so beware of bedtime).  Teens will thrill to find this under their tree, or even in their stocking.

Come to think of it, anyone would thrill to get this.

Read more about the iPad Mini.

>>See our 2012 Holiday Gift Guide for Men and Women

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