Gift Guide: Hot Tech for Kids

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Published December 02, 2013

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Gift Guide: Hot Tech for Kids

Gift Guide: Hot Tech for Kids

Gadgets are likely topping the list for tech-savvy kids this holiday season. Here are a few favorites from PC Mag's Eric Griffith.

Nintendo 2DS

Price: $129.99

Like its 3D counterpart, the Nintendo 2DS is a portable gaming system. The 2D capabilities help lower the price point, he says.

"It's cheaper, but runs all of the same games," Griffith says. "If a parent buys this, they won't feel as bad if a kid breaks it."

LEGO Mindstorms EV3

Price: $350

In Griffiths' words, this is the "coolest toy" this holiday season.

"PC Mag gave it a five out of five review, which we never do," he says. "This is a LEGO robotics kid and can be programmed to do just about anything. It's a simple way to put to gather robots for more advanced kids, ages six to about 15."

Super Mario 3D World for Wii U

Price: $60 for game

Griffith says this is the culmination of the iconic Mario games that have come before it.

"This is Mario in 3D and feels like everything from the past has been crammed into the latest game, and made as awesome as it possibly could be," he says.

Disney Infinity Starter Pack

Price: $54.99

This is a game system for the XBox 360, Playstation 3 and Nintendo systems, which allows players to create character statues based off of Disney (NYSE: DIS) characters from movies like "The Incredibles" and "Pirates of the Carribbean."

"You can also create new characters and mash them together to have experiences and play in the movie themselves," he says.

Leapfrof Leap Pad Ultra

Price: $150

This is a tablet that is for the crowd who is not quite ready for an iPad, Griffith says.

"This is for younger kids, ages 4-to-8," Griffith says. "It has a 7-inch touch screen, wifi and a rechargeable battery. It's also safer for super young kids to play with rather than a $500 iPad."

Zoomer Robot Dog

Price: $99

"This is a semi-programable robot dog for younger kids-- very cute," Griffith says. "It won't necessarily teach kids about robotics, but it is a fun toy to have at home."

SpyNet Ultra Night vision Goggles

Price: $60

"We also gave this a five-star review," Griffith says of PC Mag. "These are built just for kids and are good for any age. It's what I would have wanted as a kid."

Parrot AR.Drone

Price: $300

It may be pricey, but Griffith guarantees the fun is worth it.  This quad helicopter can be controlled with a remote or via app on your smartphone or tablet.

"You can send it out to roam the neighborhood with a camera on it, and can watch from your iPhone or tablet," he says. "Its teaching kids to be the future drone pilots of the world. But at $300, if it gets stuck on a roof or in a tree, you will feel the pain."

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