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Holiday gift ideas for the kids who love tech and science

Dan Riskin breaks down the hottest STEM toys this holiday season.
December 14, 2021 10:05 a.m. EST

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Looking for the perfect tech gift for a kid in your life? From telescopes to creator cameras, science and technology specialist Dan Riskin shared his top science and tech gifts designed to make kids smarter and happier with their holiday haul.

DJI Mini 2 Quadcopter Drone Fly More Combo 

Blur the lines between a beginner and a professional pilot with the DJI Mini 2 quadcopter drone. With a 31-minute maximum flight time, 10km video transmission, and a 4K-capable camera stabilized on a three-axis gimbal, it makes it fun to fly around and take photos and videos from the sky. The Fly More Combo includes three batteries, a charging hub, an 18W USB charger, a shoulder bag, and more.

SHOP: DJI Mini 2 Quadcopter Drone Fly More Combo; $729.99 at Best Buy

Celestron Powerseeker Telescope 

The Celestron PowerSeeker series of telescopes is designed to give the first-time buyer the perfect combination of quality, value, features, and power. Offering exceptional value, these telescopes feature portable yet powerful designs with ample optical performance to excite any newcomer to the world of amateur astronomy. It's easy to set up with no tools required and features slow-motion controls for smooth tracking, fully coated glass optical components with high transmission coatings for enhanced image brightness and clarity, and more! 

SHOP: Celestron Powerseeker Telescope; $99.99 at Mastermind Toys

Tobbie the Robot 

This is no ordinary robot—traveling throughout the galaxy has taught Tobbie to use his infrared sensor while detecting and obstacle exploring capabilities to survive alone. He's ready to make friends with those willing partners while providing fun for the whole family. A slight motion in front of his eyes with your hand will equate to a new best friend. He will follow you around for as long as you are willing to guide him. The explore mode is meant to try and challenge this world traveler. His six legs and 360-degree turn radius allow for seamless maneuvering around obstacles. The numerous sounds and lighting effects emitted reflect that he is developing his own special set of emotions as well as gestures. 

SHOP: Tobbie the Robot; $99.99 at Mastermind Toys

Ravensburger GraviTrax Starter Set

With over 100 pieces and 18 different construction elements, the GraviTrax Starter Set offers everything you need to begin building your own action-packed track systems. Discover how the laws of physics affect the journey your marble takes with curves, junctions, freefalls, and even a cannon. Experiment using different heights and angles to control the speed of the marble to get it to the finish.

SHOP: Ravensburger Gravitrax Starter Set; $79.99 at Toys R Us Canada

KiwiCo Crates 

Hands-on fun STEM projects that will spark learning and discovery for all ages, KiwiCo Crates include everything needed for all ages to explore, play, and learn.

SHOP: Mechanical Sweeper; $34.54 at KiwiCo | Walking Robot, Tinker Crate; $34.09 at KiwiCo | Headphones, Eureka Crate; $50.51 at KiwiCo

Friendship Lamp 

Friendship Lamps help you stay connected with your loved ones! When you see your lamp light up it indicates that your loved one is thinking of you. 

SHOP: Friendship Lamp set of 2; $199 at Luvlink        

VTECH Kidizoom Creator Cam 

Be a kid creator with the KidiZoom Creator Cam! Create awesome videos with this high-definition video camera kit. Use the included green screen and 20+ animated backgrounds to get chased by a T-Rex, go to outer space or make yourself disappear! Set up your shot with the tabletop tripod/selfie stick and built-in microphone, then use the easy on-screen editing and creativity tools to create trick shots and time-lapse video. 

SHOP: VTECH Kidizoom Creator Cam; $84.99 at Toys R Us