The best gifts for kids and teens this Christmas

The world of gifts for kids and teens can be a minefield, but whether you're shopping for future scientists, racing car drivers or rock stars, we've got you covered

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With kids becoming increasingly technology-savvy, it can be tricky to know what the best gift is for the child or teenager in your life. The good news is that this means there are loads of truly awesome options out there, and T3 is on hand to help you choose the very best this Christmas.  

From smart watches and tablets designed especially for kids, to re-imagined classic toys such as remote control cars and drones, we've found the best kid-friendly tech gifts you can buy this Christmas.

For this year’s round-up we’ve cherry picked a selection of presents that are suitable for boys and girls from nursery age through to those hard-to-buy-for teens.

There are gifts to suit all budgets, too, so whatever you're looking to spend this year you've come to the right place. Everything here can be bought directly, which eliminates the stress of Christmas shopping for your kids when you've got them in tow. 

Be warned, though. Just because these are the best gifts for kids, we can't promise you won't want to keep some of these for yourself. 

Ready? Read on and let us help you to get them what they really want this Christmas. 

Best gifts for kids: Vodafone V-Kids Watch

Vodafone V-Kids Watch

Set your little adventurers free with a smart watch designed for kids

Reasons to buy
+GPS tracking for parental peace of mind+Looks just like a grown-up smart watch

The new V-kids Watch from Vodafone is the perfect gift for gadget-loving kids aged four to 12. 

We think this gift is a winner for parent's and kids alike. Built in games and voice messaging will entertain children and keep them in touch with their friends, whilst GPS tracking reassures parents that their kids are safe while out and about exploring.  

The safety features of the V-watch really excel thanks to the SOS button that allows kids to send alerts directly to their parent's smartphone should they need help, and it'll even give directions to each other's location using Google or Apple Maps. 

Parents can also set 'Safe Zones' so they’ll be notified if their child leaves a certain area. Release your kids to enjoy all the adventure the outdoors has to offer, knowing they are safe while they do. 

Smart-tech aside, the V-watch looks great in both pink and blue, and is water resistant so it can be worn whatever the weather. 

Best gifts for kids: Micro Sparrow Kids Electric Scooter

Micro Sparrow Kids Electric Scooter

A powerful electronic scooter for daring kids

Reasons to buy
+Top speed of 9MPH+Relatively quick re-charging time 
Reasons to avoid
-Only lasts 30 minutes at a time 

Scooters have been a Christmas gift list staple for years, but the Micro Sparrow Electronic Scooter offers a 2018 upgrade for the child or teenager who has outgrown their manual scooter. 

It's super light, weighing just 11 lbs, helping the scooter to reach a speed of 9 MPH. For this reason it's not recommend for children under eight, but is a gift that'll make you incredibly popular with your older child or teenager. Who knows, they might even let you have a go! 

The 3 hour recharge time isn't bad at all, but this does only give 30 minutes of riding time, which will run out fast when your child takes this scooter out for a spin with his or her friends and they all want a go. 

That said, the Micro Sparrow can of course be used like a conventional push scooter. To turn on "electric mode" there's a simple button and then the scooter becomes responsive to motion and speeds up accordingly. 

There's no throttle, which means kids can adjust their speed as they please, keeping them in control whether they're cruising, racing, or flying down a ramp at the local skate park.

Best gifts for kids: Amazon Fire 10 Kids Tablet

Amazon Fire 10 Kids Tablet

Unlock a world of fun and learning with this kids' tablet

Reasons to buy
+Up to 10 hours of battery life +Full HD display

There are many toy mobile phones and tablets out there for younger kids, but if you're buying for a child who's old enough for a real tablet, we think the Amazon Fire 10 is one of the best gifts for kids out there. 

Playing games, reading books and watching video are all easy and fun on the Amazon Fire 10 thanks to a brilliant 10.1" 1080p Full HD display, stereo speakers playing Dolby Audio, and 10 hours of battery life.

There's also 32 GB of internal storage and the option to add up to 256 GB extra with a microSD card, meaning kids can be kept entertained on long car journeys to visit relatives or travelling to your summer holiday destination. 

What's more, every tablet comes with a free year of Fire for Kids Unlimited, which gives kids access to over 5,000 apps, games, books and educational content from the likes of Disney and Nickelodeon. We think this service is well worth the £1.99 it costs after that first year, but do remember to cancel the subscription if you don't want to keep it. 

Lastly, you're guaranteed a worry-free gift-giving experience with the Amazon Fire 10 thanks to its 2 year warranty. 

Best gifts for kids: Snuggly Rascal headphones

Snuggly Rascal headphones

Keep your little rascals entertained and looking adorable

Reasons to buy
+Snuggly, soft fleece material +Six cute designs to choose from+Machine washable 

Pair your child's new Amazon Fire 10 tablet with a pair of these adorable headphones from Snuggly Rascals.

Flat speakers are enclosed inside the fleece handband, so the band folds up compactly as well as being comfortable enough to wear on long journeys. 

There are six designs to choose from, all of which are size adjustable so you know you'll get the fit right. All you need to do is chose between the unicorn, the monster or the snuggly owl pictured above... it's harder than you think! 

Most importantly for adult relatives, these headphones have volume-limited speakers to ensure you don't have to listen to the music or film that your child is listening to. You're welcome! 

We recommend the fleece bands for a Christmas gift, but there is also a cotton option, perhaps if you've got a summer holiday planned in a hot destination? 

Best gifts for teens: UDI RC U27 Drone

UDI RC U27 Drone

Take flight this Christmas and perform tricks, flips and rolls

Reasons to buy
+Designed for beginner drone users +Flies upside down! 
Reasons to avoid
-No camera

For teens aged 14+, the UDI RC U27 Drone is a nifty quadcopter that will perform acrobatics at the push of a button. It will even fly upside down once inverted to 180°.  

Level up on coolness by using the colourful flashing lights to show off tricks and spins at nighttime.  

The Intelligent Orientation Control (IOC) System means that the drone will take off and fly from any position, which is ideal for beginners who are likely to flip the drone a lot (on purpose or not). 

As with any drone, the charge to flight time ratio is low, with a one-hour charge delivering up to six minutes of flight time. 

Note that this gift does come with a bit of homework as you  will need to swat up on UK recreational drone flight regulations before taking to the skies. Take a look at our best drone buying guide below for the key information. 

Best gifts for teens: Ultimate Ears Wonderboom

Ultimate Ears Wonderboom

A portable Bluetooth speaker with 360 sound and kid-proof durability

Reasons to buy
+Unbelievable value+Waterproof

Despite the fact it costs less than £70, the Ultimate Ears Wonderboom tops out list of the best portable Bluetooth speakers you can buy today. The sound quality is the best of any we've tried, so it's sure to please even the fussiest teenager. 

Designed to be used outdoors, whether that's a park or your back garden, this is the perfect gift for the teenager who is getting into music and wants to impress their friends.

360° audio means that everyone will be able to hear it without the need for blasting the neighbours (or you for that matter) senseless.

It's completely young-person proof: throw it at a wall or drop it in a swimming pool and it'll continue blasting out tunes in defiance. It's almost like it was built for teens. 

Best gifts for teens: Remington S3500 Ceramic Plates Hair Straighteners

Remington S3500 Ceramic Plates Hair Straighteners

Get hair that's silky smooth and straight in seconds

Reasons to buy
+Excellent value+10 temperature settings+15 second heat up time 

You've probably already noticed that teenagers have a skill for "borrowing" your stuff. If your straighteners keep wandering off and not finding their way home, why not buy your teenager their own pair this Christmas?

These Remington S3500 Ceramic Hair Straighteners are an absolute steal considering the features they've got packed in. There are 10 heat settings giving the user maximum control over styling, and the top temperature of 230° can be reached in just 15 seconds.

You can also rest assured that your teen and home are safe from heat damage thanks to a heat-proof pouch and an automatic safety shut-off after 60 minutes. 

Our favourite thing about these straighteners is how quick and easy they are to use, which is perfect for ensuring your teenager is ready for school on morning's when they've probably overslept. The slim barrel and extra-long plates mean you can take more hair, straight from the roots, with one effortless glide. 

Best gifts for kids: Natural History Museum NHM1005 Pocket Microscope

Natural History Museum NHM1005 Pocket Microscope

Help them see more of the world with this pocket microscope

Reasons to buy
+Pocket sized+Up to 40x magnification 
Reasons to avoid
-They might be ready to upgrade quickly 

If you're buying for a budding scientist this Christmas, then this pocket-sized microscope from the Natural History Museum is the perfect stocking filler.

As with any full-size microscope there's an adjustable focus wheel, as well as zoom magnification of up to 40x plus an ultra-bright LED light, all of which means your little genius can inspect flakes of skin and the like in incredible detail. 

The microscope comes with slides, cover slips and a lens cloth so they can get started straight away.

Best gifts for teens: SGILE Remote Control Car

SGILE Remote Control Car

Let the kids literally drive up walls, rather than driving you up them

Reasons to buy
+Drive on walls and ceilings+Intelligent lights give a realistic driving experience 
Reasons to avoid
-We can't guarantee you'll be able to give this up 

Remote control cars never go out of fashion, but that doesn't mean they don't keep getting cooler.

This SGILE remote control car not only whizzes along the floor, but also climbs walls. Yes, it's a car that climbs walls. 

In fact, thanks to the super absorption feature underneath the car, it can zoom along all small surfaces, including ceilings, windows, mirrors and smooth furniture. 

It's also got reactive, intelligent LED head and tail lights that change based on how the car is driven. Moving forward turns on two headlights, whilst moving backwards turns on two tail lights. Move left and the left front lights come on, or move right and the right front lights turn on.

We did warn you there would be gifts on this list you wanted for yourself. 

If that wasn't enough, this stunt car can spin 360° in both directions whilst moving forwards and backwards. 

Get ready for a crazy Christmas morning. 

Best gifts for teens: Beats Studio 3 Wireless

Beats Studio 3 Wireless

The kids will be thanking you for the music with these wireless heaphones

Reasons to buy
+Powered by Apple’s reliable Bluetooth W1 chip+Ergonomic pivoting delivers a custom fit+Up to 22 hours playback per charge 

If you’re buying for a teen who loves blasting their earholes with heavy bass, the new Beats Studio 3 Wireless will help you hit the right notes.  

Available in six colours, these Bluetooth Beats are the brand’s most stylish option yet – and the inclusion of Apple’s W1 chip makes them one of the most powerful, too. 

Noisy surroundings won’t be an issue for your teen either, as the Beats Studio 3 Wireless feature Pure Adaptive Noise Cancelling (Pure ANC). 

What does that mean? It means these headphones will continuously pinpoint and blocks external sounds while responding to the music played.  It doesn't get better than that. 

These ventilated, cushioned cans run for up to 22 hours per full charge. That’s a whole load of tuneage. 

How It Works magazine subscription

Full of fun and education

Reasons to buy
+Direct to their door every month+Builds interest in the world
Reasons to avoid
-Empty List

A subscription to How It Works is an out-of-this-world gift for kids of all ages with pressing questions they need answers to. Throughout the year they’ll receive 13 fact-filled issues, all loaded with engaging articles that young inquisitive minds will love. Do they wonder about the science behind the Doctor Who TV series? Or think about why salt flats so flat? How about how jellyfish are able to live without a brain? How It Works answers these questions and hundreds more in a year, covering everything from the human body to colliding galaxies, weird and wonderful plants and animals to futuristic super gadgets.