Updated: December 13, 2017
Tweens and tech go together like two birds of a feather. If you’re looking for a holiday gift for a tween or teen on your gift list, check out our top 5 ideas below.
Since tweens and teens are notorious for being early adopters to technology, they will absolutely LOVE finding a pair of Apple AirPods under the tree this Christmas. The new wireless headphones provide up to 5 hours of high quality audio time while the custom-designed case holds additional charges of more than 24 hours of listening time. Compatible with the iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad and Mac running the latest version iOS 10, watchOS 3 and macOS Sierra. Order online at Apple.com/ca. Delivery to customers and arriving at Apple Stores, Apple Authorized Resellers and select carriers starting the week of December 19th. $219 CAD
Xbox Customized Controller
What to get for the gamer that has everything? What about a customized controller? At the Xbox Design Lab, one can personalize an Xbox One wireless controller from more than 8 million possible colour combinations and add laser engraving too. $115 CAD
BB-8 App-Enabled Droid with Force Band
What’s better than a remote BB-8? A BB-8 that you control using the Force of course! Sphero has done it again, this time with the BB-8 App-Enabled Droid with Force Band that together with your Bluetooth smartphone, allows you to command BB-8 with a wave of your hand. And if BB-8 looks a bit dirty, that’s because this version has his battle scars to prove it. Force Band is also available for purchase separately. $249.99 CAD Best Buy
Pokemon Go Plus
If you thought Pokemom Go was a thing of the past, think again. Never miss a Pokemon again with the Pokemon Go Plus. The small device allows you the freedom of going about your merry way without looking down on your smartphone. The device connects to a smartphone via Bluetooth that will notify of nearby Pokemon via LED and a vibration. Warning, this won’t be easy to find.
iPad mini 4
Don’t let the name fool you. The iPad mini 4 is thinner and lighter yet still packs a powerful punch. As if you need another reason to get an iPad. Apple’s (free) Swift Playgrounds iPad app allows both young and old to learn and experiment with code in a fun, simple and interactive way. Starting from $499 CAD
2016 is the year of Virtual Reality (VR) going mainstream. Consumers can now bring home the VR experience. The PlayStation VR Bundle includes the HD PlayStation VR headset, PlayStation Camera, a pair of PlayStation Move controllers, and a copy of PlayStation VR Worlds game disc.$699.95 CAD Best Buy
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Without a doubt THE hottest toy for 2016 are the adorable Hatchimals. Your child’s love and affection will help the Hatchimal hatch from its egg. Teach it to walk, dance, play games and more. Hatchimals has been flying off the shelves. Consider yourself lucky if you got yours early.
About Wendy Morelli
Wendy loves her 2 kids and her iPhone, not necessarily always in that order. She is an app obsessed mom who loves everything tech and is (unfortunately) old enough to remember the brick Motorola cell phone and the Commodore computer. Her love for technology stems back to the 10+ years of working for technology based companies. Wendy's alter ego, "AppHipMom" has been featured in Canadian Family, iVillage, Women in Biz, EverythingMom, BlogHer and Savvy Mom.