Gadgets come in all shapes, sizes, and levels of usefulness, but if you’re keen to avoid the ‘use once and then let it gather dust’ scenario, check out this list. Packed with awesome gadgets for kids and adults alike, these fun, educational, and insanely clever gizmos are the gifts that every family needs (but didn’t know it until now!) Robots, electronics kits, and even cars that drive on the ceiling are all here; the hardest part is choosing which one to get.
Kids Digital Video Camera
Give your kid the means to take and make their own photos and videos with this amazing digital camera. A sure-fire way to foster an interest in photography, this camera comes equipped with a 32 GB SD card, and allows them to add frames, filters, and effects to their candid and posed shots and reels.
Soccer fans can have double the fun with these LED soccer balls, because there’s not one but two of these ‘balls’ in the pack. Fitted with flashing LED lights, these balls glide effortlessly across the indoor floor on a current of air, and are even cushioned to protect furniture, doors, and skirting boards.
Shape Shifting Box
Gadgets for kids don’t have to be electronic to be super cool, as the Shashibo Shape Shifting Box clearly shows. Fitted with 36 rare earth magnets, this colorful cube – that comes in loads of beautiful designs – can be transformed into more than 70 different sculptures, and even added to other sets to supersize the finished product.
Flying Orb Ball
Fully charged in just 25 minutes, this Mini Drone Flying Orb will hover in the air, work like a boomerang, and change direction when it senses an object in front of it. Great fun for all the family, this magical ball even lights up the darkness in a myriad of beautiful colors.
Ecerangus Big Pop Game Board
Help them relieve stress and boredom with this jumbo Big Pop Game Board. Brightly colored and made from food grade silicone, this 15.5 x 15.5-inch board features hundreds of satisfying bubbles to ‘pop’, and comes with the added bonus that it can be used with dice as a game for all the family.
Give them the coolest instrument in the world to play with the Otamatone, the instrument from Japan that puts others to shame. Simple to learn, the cute-looking Otamatone can be used to play incredible music by combining taps, slides, and squeezes to produce the different sounds.
Multi Voice Changer
Kids will have hours of fun with the Toysmith Multi Voice Changer, because it will allow them to change their voice whenever they like. With 8 different voice effects, flashing LEDs, and adjustable frequencies, this battery-operated voice changer can produce hundreds of different sounds from just one child’s voice.
When it gets so dark that they can’t see their hands in front of their faces, remedy the problem with a pair of LED gloves. These comfy gloves are fitted with colorful LED lights, and come with six different flashing modes, so they can customize their own lighting to suit any occasion.
Wannabe popstars will be able to belt out those ballads at home with this awesome Karaoke Microphone. Available in three different colors, this microphone has a powerful speaker as well as five voice-changing effects, and even comes with an in-built colorful LED light show. Compatible with smartphones via Bluetooth, cable, or TF card.
LED Lighted Pocket Microscope
Help them get up close and personal with nature with this superb pocket microscope. Complete with built-in UV and LED lights, this tiny microscope offers powerful 20x magnification, and can also be used as a flashlight, and attached to keys, straps, and bags with the handy chain included.
Kids Smart Watch
It’s not always practical to carry around a phone or tablet, but this amazing Smart Watch will keep them occupied with dozens of functions while fitting neatly on their wrist. With 26 educational games as well as a camera for stills and videos, this gadget also offers a pedometer, alarm, calculator, torch, and many more essential programs.
Crossed Signals Game
Test their reactions and ability to follow instructions with Crossed Signals, the electronic game that will have the whole family hooked. Suitable for solo play or as a team, this exciting game sees players moving the handset in any number of combinations, which they must successfully complete before leveling up.
Geode Magnetic Fidget Sphere
Available in 14 different colors, Speks Geode is the next generation of fidget toys that will keep users occupied for hours. The 12 flat pentagons included are fitted with rare earth magnets, which means the pieces can be manipulated into more than 100 boredom-busting combinations that will satisfy even the fidgetiest of fingers.
Magnetic Levitating Globe
The best gadgets for kids are the ones that provoke amazement, wonder, and a thirst for knowledge, and this levitating globe has all three in spades. Set in a C-shaped frame that’s fitted with pink, purple, and cyan LED lights, this globe of the world will float and spin in midair while picking up the myriad of colors.
Night Mission Spy Goggles
Wannabe spies can start their training early with the SpyXNight Vision Goggles. Suitable for ages 6+, these high-quality goggles offer twin LED lights that shine beams into the dark, giving wearers up to 25 feet of vision, so they can scope out their targets while remaining completely hands-free. Compatible with other SpyX toys.
Glow in The Dark Basketball
There’s nothing worse than having to end a day’s game early because of fading light, but with the GlowCity basketball, they won’t have to. Fitted with two super bright LED lights, this size 7 basketball will start to glow automatically when the ball is in play, and go out after a few seconds of inaction.
Echo Dot Kids Edition
Designed for kids and with the coolest rainbow colors, this Echo Dot has even better sound quality than the previous Gen 2. Allowing kids to call approved family and friends, hear stories, and listen to music, their parents can relax knowing any unsuitable media has been blocked.
Kids who like to keep their eyes to the skies will love this augmented reality viewer. Giving them their own personal planetarium, this viewer works with their smartphone to present constellations, galaxies, planets and more across the night sky, and comes with built-in audio information, too.
This robot might look like fun – and it really is – but it’s also a serious piece of kit for any child who wants to learn more about coding, science, and math. With six programmable AI modules, and gameplay modes, the DJI RoboMaster S1 will bring out the curiosity in any kid.
Blipblox Kids Synthesizer
Ideal for musos from the age of 5 and over, this Blipblox kids’ synthesizer will let them make music in a way they’ve never been able to before. With synching lights, 100s of tunes, and even a built-in drum machine, this little deck will have them jamming all day long.
Tinker Crate Subscription Box
With crates available for ages 0 to 104, the KiwiCo Tinker Crate will give them hands-on experience in engineering. From kits to introduce babies to the world of exploration to more complex projects for teenage scientists, each month will bring a new and exciting task to build on their skills.
Sphero Specdrums App-Enabled Musical Rings
Now they can hear colors and see sounds with the incredible Sphero Specdrums. These rings can be worn on the hand, and when tapped on a colored surface, will produce a corresponding sound so the user can literally make music wherever they are or whatever they are doing.
Light Up Drawing Tees
Creative kids can turn themselves into works of art or walking message boards thanks to this awesome tee. The white panel on the front can be drawn on with any concentrated light source, which in turn creates a glowing, temporary design that slowly fades so they can use it again.
POWERUP Paper Airplane Conversion Kit
This may be the smallest engine you’ve ever seen, but it is definitely one of the coolest. Made to fit onto an ordinary paper airplane, this engine will allow planes to fly and soar before coming in for a safe landing. Charging takes just 20 seconds for a 30 second flight.
Force of Nature Natural Cleaner Gadget
Teach kids the importance of using natural resources and saving the planet with Force of Nature. Normal tap water can be turned into a powerful cleaning product that works to eliminate SARS-CoV-2 (the cause of COVID-19), using the salt and vinegar capsule included, meaning no chemicals and toxins are used.
littleBits Electronic Music Inventor Kit
If your child is showing an interest in learning to play the guitar, why not go one step further and have them build it before they can jam? This incredible kit comes with everything they will need to build and customize their own awesome instrument that works just like a real one.
Kids Sleep Training Alarm Clock
Kids respond to robots, so help them get their times straight with this adorable sleep training alarm clock. Teaching kids the right time to get up in the morning, this clock uses a range of facial expressions to show them when they should be sleeping, having quiet time, and getting up.
VTech KidiZoom Smartwatch DX2
With 55 digital and analog faces included, this watch can be totally customized to suit your child. Featuring two built-in cameras, kids can take selfies and videos that they can use as new watch faces, and play games and stay fit via the included challenges and augmented reality technology.
Turing Tumble Marble-Powered Computer Kits
This kit comes with all the components needed to build a marble-powered computer, and discover how it works and what it does in a fun and practical way. Going back to basics, this computer needs no electronics, no syntax, and no abstraction – just good old hands-on discovery.
Piper Computer Kit
This kit could be the first step towards a rewarding and lucrative career for any child aged 8+. With all the parts needed to complete the project, this kit builds into a real, working computer that can then be used to learn all about coding, programming, gaming and more.
Molekule Air Purifier
Kids with allergies will particularly welcome the MoleKule air purifier. Drawing air in from 360 degrees, the whisper-quiet MoleKule not only traps allergens along with viruses, bacteria, and mold, but it also destroys them, meaning they can’t be recirculated to cause problems again.
Sound-Activated Light Blocks
They might start out as a pile of bricks, but these building blocks are super cool. Compatible with other same size bricks, this set includes a rechargeable power base that literally lights up their creation in a choice of 4 modes, from gently fading to sound activated.
3Doodler 3D Printing Pen
There’s no end to the things they can create with this incredible 3Doodler pen. Using plastic filament, this gadget for kids can draw in the air as well as on a surface and their creations will hold their shape as they go, providing them with images that literally come off the paper.
Anki Vector Robot
Vector will become your child’s new best friend as they hang out together and do cool things. Capable of answering questions, checking the weather, and even taking photos, this incredible voice-activated robot is also compatible with Alexa for even more awesome features like controlling smart home devices.
Fitbit Ace Activity Tracker for Kids
The Fitbit Ace has been made especially for children aged 8+ to monitor their activity levels and sleep patterns. Encouraging kid to strive to beat their own personal bests, the Ace will reward them with fun, congratulatory messages and badges, and even allows them to compete against each other.
Cardboard Electric Guitar Kit
This kit is incredible, and will make their music so much sweeter when they finally get to play. Made from cardboard (with some electronics), the pieces in this kit build together to form a real playable guitar, along with a DIY pick up, amp, and speaker, and even lets them record themselves.
Coding can be a lot of fun, especially when you’re learning with Sphero SPRK+. With a scratch resistant, durable shell, this ball can help kids to grasp the concepts of computer programming with features such as a gyroscope, accelerometer, motor encoders, colorful LED lights, and a community they can share with.
SEGWAY Ninebot Electric Kick Scooter
Kick scooters have been a firm favorite for decades, but this one comes with a huge difference. With just one kick, this scooter will keep on going up to 10MPH without the need for a throttle, and has a range of 6.2 miles before needing to be charged again.
Retro Pixel Art Game Bluetooth Speaker
Divoom Ditoo is a fun gadget for kids that will give them so much to do. They can use their smartphone to draw pixelated art on the Divoom’s screen, listen to music with synchronized lighting, play awesome retro-style games, and even sleep better thanks to the soothing white noise facility.
Water Powered Watches
These water watches are such a curiosity, and they actually work which makes them even better! Powered by water, the negative and positive ions react to the special metal plates in the watch; this in turn creates the electricity needed to keep the watch going. Available in 8 funky colors.
Makeblock mBot Robot Kit
Kids can follow the instruction for building the Makeblock mBot Robot Kit, or they can design and create one of their own. Either way, this incredible robot can begin to use simple coding skills to train their friend to avoid obstacles, follow lines, and do many other activities.
Mechanical Music Box Set
They can write their own music with this amazing old fashioned music box. With blank paper strips, a hole punch, and instructions, they can create their own tunes on the paper before feeding it through the mechanical box to hear exactly what they’ve come up with. Refill strips also available.
Air Hogs Laser-Guided Wall Climbing Race Car
This. Is. Awesome! The Air Hogs zero gravity racing car can drive up walls, across ceilings, and along floors by following the laser controlled by your child, putting him or her firmly in the driver’s seat. And it’s not just straight lines – the car can spin and take sharp turns, too.
STEM learning has never been so much fun. Packed with 49 pieces, this set will allow budding engineers to build cool gadgets and games using the lights, sensors, tilt switch and more. With 50 awesome projects to work their way through, they’ll learn about electricity in a safe and stimulating way.
Anatomy Virtual Reali-Tee
This tee takes learning to new heights, because once it’s on, the wearer can learn all about anatomy with the included smartphone app. Explaining circulatory, digestive, and respiratory systems with the help of 360 videos, the shirt literally comes to life before their eyes with cool views inside the human body.
The ONE Smart Piano
Learning to play the keyboard just got easier with the ONE smart electric piano. With LED lighted keys, the ONE keyboard links to a device like a tablet or phone so users can follow the sequences they see, have lessons, play fun games, and access sheet music so they can practice.
FurReal Cubby will become your child’s new best friend from the moment they wake up to the moment they go to sleep. With a day and night-time mode, Cubby will interact with your child through 100 sound and motion combinations, and then play sleepy sounds when it’s time to go to bed.