Techy Toys for Christmas 2016

Techy toys are a great go-to gift this holiday season. Don't miss out on what's hot this Christmas.
Techy toys are a great go-to gift this holiday season. Don’t miss out on what’s hot this Christmas.

It can be stressful to find the perfect Christmas gift for a loved one, it can be even harder to find something of quality that doesn’t break the bank. In the world of tech startups, there is always some new toy on the market to try out and when Christmas hits, it’s hard to keep these things on the shelves. Don’t start pulling your hair out just yet, here’s a list of some great techy toys for a range of ages to consider this holiday season.

BB-8 App-Enabled Droid

For the Star Wars fan in your life, this techy toy from Sphero is a dream come true. The little droid is controlled by an interface that comes from a smartphone app and has the battery life of about an hour. BB-8 recognizes and reacts to your voice. It even has the capability to record and play holographic messages. The $130 price tag and size of the toy may mean you shouldn’t get this for your tot, but that doesn’t mean they can’t share in the fun!

littleBits Electronics Gizmos & Gadgets Kit

Spark a little imagination with this interactive building kit. With 15 electronic building blocks, detailed instructions for up to 12 different projects and all the accessories you could possibly need, encourage the inventor in your family to develop skills in science, tech, art and math! Everything comes together with this set. At almost $200, this isn’t for the faint of heart.

Misfit Flash

Forget the FitBit and go for the cheaper option, the Misfit Flash. This minimalistic watch automatically tracks steps, distance, calories and even your sleep. It is smart-button-enabled so it can control connected household devices and you don’t need to charge it for at least 6 months. It comes in multiple colors, and right now, it’s on sale.

Porkfolio

Maybe you’re trying to tell your kid to start pinching some pennies, make it easier with Porkfolio. This smart piggy bank wirelessly connects to mobile devices so you can track your balance wherever you are. No more having to dump everything out and losing quarters in your bed sheets. The cute design is a plus, too!

Osmo Coding

Osmo Coding is one of the coolest techy toys out there, it helps teach children logic skills and problem solving and helps children get acquainted with an increasingly digital world. Osmo is an application that goes on your tablet that is accompanied by building blocks of sorts that your child can manipulate in sequences to guide a character through a virtual world. Each code gives the character, Awbie a command, and you’re off.

Itty-Bitty Speaker

We know you or someone you love is guilty of always losing their keys. With this mini Bluetooth-enabled device, you can sync it with your phone and use it as a finder. Or if you are on-the-go, at a picnic, or what have you, it’s easy to play music to brighten the mood. The speaker is rechargeable and has a 2-hour battery life.

These of course are just a few of the hundreds to techy toys on the market. As always, we encourage you to seek out gifts from local businesses that make your community the great place it is. Happy shopping and happy holidays!