The most likely people to believe in Santa are also least likely to want what you thought they might have wanted. Parents rely on iPads as educational tools and sometimes, unfortunately, as babysitters. Thus children growing up now are digital natives, to whom manipulating a touch-screen device is more natural than reading a magazine. It can be difficult to shop for a generation that’s so seemingly satisfied by a single device, but fortunately, PSFK’s got a range of gifts available that help children explore their world and gain technical knowledge while engaging with the tablet they know best.
Two terrific offerings from Grand St. are as valuable and educational as they are cute. The robot-iPhone hybrid Romo will make the device seem to come to life, reminding kids that the most fun interactions are often the ones you don’t expect or control. Meanwhile, the i-H2Go places kids in a (hopeful) future of hydrogen-powered cars. This remote-control one, thanks to the power of sunlight and water, never runs out of batteries.
LittleBits Synth Kits are great for that curious ‘how does that thing work’” kid, or even an adult interested in electronic music. No engineering knowledge is needed to create their very own sound equipment. The Anki Drive app, meanwhile, is the perfect introduction to robotics, and its Hot Wheels-like appearance can transcend generations.