This list is sure to delight. Each of these items have been handpicked for their ease of use, fun factor and how much I’m lusting after them myself.
The Fuji X-A2 is a light weight and easy-to-use interchangeable lens mirrorless camera that is perfect for the emerging or proficient photographer. Whether you want to take your photography to the next level or want great photos of family and events, the Fuji X-A2 will help you capture great shots that you will cherish for years to come. With an easy to use Selfie Mode and auto settings even great-uncle Bob can take great pictures. Wireless transfer and the Fuji companion app make this camera perfect for the social media butterfly on your list too.
The X-A2 is available in brown, white or black
Kidizoom Smartwatch DX from VTech
VTech® has outdone itself again with the next generation of its award-winning Kidizoom® Smartwatch, the coolest wearable gadget for kids to date! Incorporating feedback from moms and kids, the new Kidizoom Smartwatch DX gives them even more of what they’re looking for in a smartwatch, as it is ideal for play and entertainment on-the-go for kids that want multifunctional tech, just like their parents. The Kidizoom Smartwatch DX is affordable, comes with a sleek, durable design, and offers rich, engaging, age-appropriate content kids crave, as well as a higher performance than the original Kidizoom Smartwatch with hours of entertainment and educational features that help sharpen classroom skills.
Recommended for ages 4-9 years
Available at Walmart, Toys R Us, Sears, Best Buy, Indigo, Amazon.ca
Sphero Ollie Darkside
Ollie Darkside is the remote-controlled racer that we’ve all been waiting for. It connects to your IOS or Android devices with bluetooth, and can last up to an hour after being fully charged. No need to worry about crashing: its cylindrical shape and tough shell protects your precious robot. Ollie can speak with your device from 30 feet away so you can let it wander, but not so far as to lose it permanently.
Ollie is incredibly fast and can move up to speeds of 14 miles per hour. It keeps up with commands and can execute tricks, spins and hundreds of combos, as well as spin on a dime. You can bring him to the skate-park or on a walk, but unfortunately he doesn’t move so well in grass. Ollie is a strange concoction of tank, robot and something new altogether. He was engineered for speed, durability and fun
Picke Ollie up for $149.95
The Instax camera is all that my oldest daughter could talk about last year. When she opened her gifts Christmas morning she couldn’t hide her glee. That’s why the Instax camera makes our list this year. But we’ve done one better for the Hello Kitty lovers on your list. This Instax takes instant pictures to the next adorable level.
The Instax Hello Kitty features limited edition Hello Kitty accessories, automatically adjusting brightness settings, a mirror for taking the perfect selfies, a special setting for taking high-key photos, and has a close-up lens for shots up taken 35 cm away from the subject for great macroish shots. This gift would be sure to delight the kidtographer, or kittyographer on your list.
Available exclusively at Best Buy and Staples.
Jaybird X2 Headphones
Micro-sized sweat-proof sport Bluetooth buds delivering superior audio performance (music & calls) rivaling the best in wired headphones. Patented Secure fit for ultra comfort, ready for anything you can dish out on the trail, in the gym or on the slopes. Breakthrough exclusive super-capacity Battery HD technology doubles Jaybird X2’s playtime to a solid 8 hours, offering a full week of workouts, or a full day of listening. Use your music device on your left or right side, above or below the waist, it doesn’t matter with SignalPlus, for skip-free music outdoors.
Available online and at the new Southgate Mall Telus Store