Today’s kids are more technologically oriented than ever. Gadgets are not the dominion of grown-ups alone anymore, and toy stores are full of clever electronic gadgets for every age. Talking swords with sensors, password-protected audio diaries, automated robots, electronic board games… with so much choice, these tips can help you choose the perfect gift.
Durability and Reliability –
Electronic gadgets are easily broken, almost by definition. They are built from fragile components that do not normally take well to youthful treatment. Good manufacturers of gadgets for kids make a point of creating sturdy cases and more robust interiors.
Similarly, reliability is an issue with these gadgets. Nothing is more frustrating for a kid then a nifty new toy that stops working. Make sure it’s a reliable high-end gadget, and that does not necessarily mean paying a whole lot more. Stick to good quality brand name, and spare the kid the disappointment of a cool Superman gadget that doesn’t always work.
Make sure the product comes with a good warranty policy, that parents have access to that warranty and that it’s easy to follow through with repair.
Design Issues –
Gadgets for kids need to look hip too. A metallic design that may appeal to adults isn’t likely to impress young children. Your best bet is a colorful design, with lots of buttons in different colors and shades. Speaking of Buttons, make sure the instrument is designed for those small hands and can easily be operated by the child. A gadget that follows a popular TV shows and movies can mean a whole lot fun for the kid, so try to find out which superhero or princess captures his or her heart.
As with all toys for kids, safety comes first. Your best bet is to go with a familiar brand name manufacturer and check the label to make sure you’re buying the right gift for the right age range. When it comes to electronic gadgets, take extra care with the ones that require electrical appliances, such as a battery charger. Make sure that any use of electric equipment is always monitored by adults, as suitable for the child’s age range.
By their nature, electronic gadgets need a source of power to operate. That almost always means batteries. Make sure that the batteries are easy to recharge or replace and that similar batteries are readily available, should the parents require an extra set in the future. Gadgets that come with unique batteries that can only be provided by the manufacturer can mean a longer downtime should they ever need to be replaced. Make sure that the batteries last for a long while, and don’t need recharging within minutes of game play. This usually isn’t an issue with electronic games, but when it comes to mobile toys with remote controls, the engines may require stronger batteries.