Economic drone? Fender compatible with applications? Mario walks in your living room? This nifty edition of tech toys will keep kids, teens and just about everyone busy this winter. We featured a mix of toys and play gift ideas for under 10s and young adults with 90% fun and maybe a little education for good measure. Scroll through WIRED’s Christmas gift guide for the best tech toys of 2020.
Build your own telescope
When it comes to kids’ crafts, no glue, no mess and no fuss is the perfect promise, and this Build Your Own Telescope delivers just that. Made from durable cardboard with minimal plastic, this STEM-focused kit includes everything you need to make a fully functional refractor telescope. It is equipped with a focus tube that extends up to 72cm and a specialized glass optical lens that gives 16x magnification for an awe-inspiring look at the night sky. Perfect for ages eight and up, the slit construction features some pretty impressive components including a degree finder, sliding focus tube, real glass lens, and eyepiece.
Studio Creator Video Creation Kit
This video kit makes a great gift for aspiring YouTubers, TikTok stars, and any tweens or teens who love to share stuff on social media – whether it’s makeup tutorials, music videos, news on games, fitness goals or just general Monday afternoon chats. It has a range of tools that can help upgrade video to give it a professional shine that will stand out online. Inside the box you’ll find a one-meter green screen for a bright background that can be personalized with a range of scenes. There’s also an adjustable tripod, an iOS and Android compatible smartphone mount, and a 180-degree tilting LED ring with three light modes to give you studio-style lighting come rain or shine, whatever time of day.