There’s little doubt that tweens will be hoping for technology gifts under the tree this Christmas. If you’re looking for a technology related gift, check out our top tech gifts for tweens. There are suggestions for tween boys and girls at various price points.
Microsoft has called this the “all in one” entertainment system and it’s easy to see why as the Xbox One fully integrates with your tv. With the built-in Kinect, you can play games, watch tv, movies, listen to music, Skype chat and more. Future Shop, $499.99.
If your tween is ready for their first mobile device, the iPhone 5C makes for the perfect starter phone. Available in 5 fun colours featuring iOS 7, Siri, iMessage, FaceTime and 8MP camera, the iPhone 5C will be a hot item this holiday. Available in 16 GB or 32 GB. Apple starting at $599 or Rogers, Bell, Telus at $129.99 on a 2-year plan.
Stats don’t lie. This regulation size basketball is unique in that it has built-in sensors that analyze player strengths, weaknesses and muscle activity. View instant results via the free 94Fifty iOS app and choose from hundreds of options for skill development. Apple exclusive, $299.95
Younger tweens will love to stay in touch with the iPod Touch available in 16GB, 32GB or 64GB capacity. This 5th generation device features iOS 7, Siri, iMessage, FacetTime, front-facing camera and rear-facing camera (32 & 64GB only). Apple, starting at $229.
Tweens are in love with their Beats for their crisp clear sound and comfortable wear. The Beats Solo headphones have a smaller frame (perfect for tweens) and comes in a multitude of vibrant colours to please tween boys and girls alike. Future Shop $219
Nintendo has the market with young gamers and the Nintendo 3DS remains a popular handheld choice for tweens. With favourites like Mario, Zelda, Pokemon and Kirby, there’s no shortage of games for the device. Future Shop $169.99
The Sphero robotic ball is back bigger and better than ever. Control the Sphero ball using an iOS or Android app and let the fun times roll (no pun intended). This second generation ball comes with a variety of free iOS and Android apps for even more clever ways to play. Be sure to check out the Sphero Draw N’ Drive, Sphero Cam and the Rolling Dead apps. Future Shop $130
The Vtech Innotab 3S is the perfect tablet for kids 3-9 years of age. Kids love to imitate their parents and the Innotab 3S lets them do just that. The tablet comes with a child friendly browser, secure Wi-Fi connectivity, 2.0MP camera and the ability to send text, photos and voice messaging to mom or dad’s iOS or Android devices. Toys R Us $109.99
This adorable pup responds to your voice commands. Zoomer will come when you call his name, even follow you around, just like a real pup. Teach Zoomer to sit, roll over and play. Walmart, $88.77
Tweens are too old for toy cameras, which makes the Nikon Coolpix the perfect starter camera for the budding photographer. Captures top quality photos and videos. Made to be rugged and durable, resistant to dirt and water, even when dropped or submerged in water. Future Shop, $79.99
The ION Piano Apprentice is a wonderful way to get kids started in playing the piano and foster their love for music. The lightweight, 25-note keyboard connects to your iPhone, iPod or iPad and together with the free Piano Apprentice app, the keyboard responds to touch and lights up to teach kids proper hand placement and movement. Future Shop, $59.99
Gifts Under $50
No more paper as this portable lightweight “tablet” is perfect for playing tic tac toe or hangman for those long drives or for solving math problems with mom and dad. Mastermind Toys, $29.95
These little toy race cars are cute and fast and tweens will love being able to control them via mobile phone or tablet. With 4 colours available, race against friends for even more fun. Mastermind Toys, $29.95
LEGO fans will love to put this case on their 5th generation iPod Touch. Not only will it protect the device, but the base plate on the back means kids can actually put LEGO bricks to it and build as inspiration strikes. Future Shop, $29.99
Tweens love their music and the mini speakers from PB Teen are functional, fashionable and won’t break the bank. Available in styles for guys and gals. PBTeen.com, $26.11
Together with the free iPad app, these toys interact with the tablet for hours of fun. For example, Fruit Ninja becomes a two-player game as one player launches fruit from the conveyor belt with the Sensei Apptivity figure while the second player uses their finger to slice up the fruit. The line up of toys include popular franchises of Hot Wheels, Angry Birds, Cut the Rope, Monster High, WWE Rumblers and Batman. Future Shop $14.99-$19.99
iTunes Gift Cards
If all else fails, iTunes Gift Cards make the ideal gift for tweens with iDevices. Let them decide what to download, whether it be apps, music, movies or books (all parent approved of course). Available in denominations starting at $25.
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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.