For kids today, cutting-edge technology is part of their lives. So if you buy them a lame gadget, they won't be impressed.
But we’re here to help! We’ve put together a desirable list of tech-related gifts that won’t cost you the earth, but will definitely make you the coolest parent in the neighbourhood.
Whether your child’s a tiny tot or a moody teenager, they’ll be impressed with your gift-giving skills this Christmas.
Amazon Fire 7 Kids Edition
The colourful, kid-proof rubber case (in blue, pink or yellow) should protect this tablet from whatever the little ones throw at it while watching Peppa Pig. And it comes with a two-year guarantee, so if it does break, Amazon promises to replace it for free.
Are your children a little older? Try the Amazon Fire 7 tablet from our under £50 gifts list.
Now TV Kids Pass
We're big fans of subscriptions - they're the gifts that keep on giving.
For £3 a month, you get a wealth of children's entertainment, with nearly a dozen TV channels showing Morph, My Little Pony, SpongeBob Squarepants, The Gruffalo, Adventure Time, Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries and more. That should keep the kids occupied for the New Year and beyond.
Tested at £100 / Best price £70 at Amazon
Are your kids reaching that age where headphones covered in glitter, neon colours or panda ears just aren’t cool any more? Get ’em these stylish wireless cans instead – they'll love the understated looks, robust build and smooth, engaging sound.
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littleBits Star Wars Droid Inventor Kit
A Star Wars fan, but don’t want to choose the obvious cuddly Porg toy? Inspire your child’s inner inventor with this R2-D2 that can be programmed to do loads of different actions by connecting a variety of chips together: make the droid light up, make noises, move around, and even use The Force to control it (sort of).
For ages eight and above, it's a great way to get into coding and engineering. Educational and fun.
Tested at £90 / Best price £69.99 at Amazon
Listen to it in the garden, at a muddy music festival, by the pool – this Wonderboom will endure all kinds of knocks and splashes. The funky design and punchy sound make this a fun portable Bluetooth speaker that's tough to destroy (that’s not a challenge).
Tested at £200 / Best price £199 at Argos
A 24in Full HD TV and Bluetooth speaker combo that looks and sounds good? Inconceivable. But Philips has done the impossible by bestowing above-average sound and HDMI/USB/Freeview HD features to this affordable TV – perfect for your kid/teen’s bedroom.
Women of NASA Lego set
The greatest gift of all is a four-letter word starting with L. It’s LEGO, obviously – what did you think?
Lego combines two of the greatest joys – learning about cool space and building things – into this great little set that will get your children acquainted with some of the pioneers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
You can even build mini versions of the Hubble Space Telescope and the Space Shuttle Challenger (with removable rockets!) – perfect for exploring space and planning that mission to Mars.
Tested at £120 / Best price £100 at Amazon
It’s never too soon to get your kids into vinyl, but that doesn’t mean you should let them loose on your precious Technics or Linn deck.
This Fisher Price-style Lenco L-85 is a great first turntable: it sounds decent, the plug-and-play operation makes it easy to use and it’s far kinder on your records than the Crosley alternatives.
Too soon to give your kid a fully-fledged smartphone but looking for something to play music, games and videos on? The iPod Touch is a good compromise – it’s slick, works just like an iPhone and most importantly, can store thousands of songs that your kid can carry around in their pocket.
Get them quick before they* become obsolete.
*The iPod, not kids.
Batman - The Complete TV Series
This Christmas, it’s time to introduce your little ones to the greatest Batman of all time – the 1960s Batman TV series with the wonderful Adam West.
Gloriously camp, bizarre, hilarious and full of adventure, West's Caped Crusader fought devious villains (The Joker and Penguin are marvellous here) and even found time to explain taxation to Robin.
A great boxset that the entire family can enjoy.