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Listen, I'm a mom. I try to give my kids presents that will stimulate their brains and keep them busy for a good chunk of time. Usually, I fail miserably. But this year, brands are going all out to deliver tech toys that are sure to dazzle kids of all ages.
Here are some of the hottest gadgets and tech gifts for kids 2020.
Don’t forget to check out Shop TODAY’s 2020 Gift Guide to find the perfect present for everyone on your list!
Bestselling tech gifts for kids
1. Sphero SPRK+
Sphero SPRK+ $96.99 at Target
Kids ages 5 and up can learn programming, complete activities and share their robot with family and friends.
Osmo Creative Game Kit for iPad
You'll have to let your child borrow your iPad for this game system, but we promise it'll be worth it when you see how happy it makes him or her. The Creative Set combines technology, creativity, and problem solving to create magical (and customized) animated adventures.
Intelino Smart Train Starter Set
Intelino Smart Train Starter Set $86.45 at Amazon
Kids of all ages will love this modern take on the classic train set. Built using smart technology, these toy trains are controlled with a mobile app and comes with 40 color snap tiles designed to control its steering and speed.
littleBits Electronic Music Inventor Kit
littleBits Electronic Music Inventor Kit $66.48 at Walmart
littleBits Electronic Music Inventor Kit $28.07 at Amazon
Party like a rock star with this next-level toy. You build it yourself and then customize how you want to play it. Best of all, as with Legos, the system is modular, meaning you can redo it as much as you want.
VTech KidiZoom Smartwatch
This smart watch is made for kids! They can take video and selfies, learn to tell time and feel like a grown-up.
Best gadgets and tech gifts for kids
Kano Disney Frozen 2 Coding Kit
This toy combines coding and entertainment with "Frozen" themed fun! Kids can build Elsa's ice palace, throw snowballs and play with the beloved characters. No prior coding experience needed!
Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit
Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit $99.99 at Game Stop
Caveat: Skip this if you're not into your kids taking over your living space. But if you are, this game is a winner. It's lively, vibrant and totally engaging — plus, it can be played in solo or multiplayer modes on the Nintendo Switch.
UBTECH Jimu Robot Mythical UnicornBot Kit
UBTECH Jimu Robot Mythical UnicornBot Kit $79.99 at Target
Bring a bit of enchantment into your kid's life with this mythical-inspired UnicornBot from UBTECH. Just download the free app to get started on building and coding your mini creature.
Thames & Kosmos Amazing Tightrope Walking Gyrobot Science Kit
Thames & Kosmos Amazing Tightrope Walking Gyrobot Science Kit $30.99 at Target
Thames & Kosmos Amazing Tightrope Walking Gyrobot Science Kit $30.99 at Amazon
You're never too young to learn about physics! This Toy of the Year Award finalist lets you learn about the science behind gyroscopes with eight experiences and a cool robot capable of walking a tightrope.
Fisher-Price Think & Learn Code-a-pillar Twist
Fisher-Price Think & Learn Code-a-pillar Twist $34.99 at Amazon
This coding toy for preschoolers will have kids learning and problem-solving from a young age. Kids can program the caterpillar's path while playing with the light up eyes and light effects.
furReal Koala $29.99 at Target
This interactive koala comes to life with over 60 sound-and-motion combinations.
Tinkering Labs Electric Motors Catalyst
Tinkering Labs Electric Motors Catalyst $59.00 at Amazon
This kit is the perfect introduction to engineering - kids can build and rebuild endless variations of robot creations. The set includes over 50 parts and 10 challenge cards to help with inspiration!
BOTZEES AR Coding Robot for Kids
BOTZEES AR Coding Robot for Kids $99.99 at Amazon
Kids can program this fun-loving robot to dance, drum, light up and more with the easy-to-use companion app. The robot also comes with 30 interactive augmented reality puzzles for even more fun and learning!
My First Lab Duo-Scope Microscope
My First Lab Duo-Scope Microscope $75.00 at Amazon
Kids love looking at things close-up, and the grosser the item, the better. This microscope is sturdy, it's easy to use and just wait until your kid can see a dead bug up close. Score!
LittleBits Hall of Fame Night Light Starter Kit
LittleBits Hall of Fame Night Light Starter Kit $12.25 at Amazon
Why buy a nightlight when your kiddo can build his or her own? Yes, this is one cool (and practical) toy.
11. smART Pixelator
smART Pixelator allows kids to pixelate any design and build 2D and 3D projects by using Bluetooth connectivity, easy-to-follow lights and a variety of creativity tools.
Owleez Interactive Pet
Owleez Interactive Pet $25.99 at Target
At first glance, I wasn't sure this would be a winner. But, my 8-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son loved teaching this itty bitty owl to fly.
3Doodler Start Essential Pen Set
3Doodler Start Essential Pen Set $44.99 at Target
Your youngster will learn how to bring ideas to life in 3D. This award-winning product comes with a 3D printing pen and creations are not hot to touch, making it kid-friendly.
4M Kidzlabs Anti Gravity Magnetic Levitation Science Kit
4M Kidzlabs Anti Gravity Magnetic Levitation Science Kit $16.77 at Amazon
4M Kidzlabs Anti Gravity Magnetic Levitation Science Kit $16.77 at Walmart
Kids will learn about magnetic forces from this interactive science kit that involves exciting hands-on experiments. Kids will get to float a pencil, levitate a screw and more!
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This gift guide was originally published on Dec. 19, 2017.