If your kid’s birthday is coming up, chances are they already have a birthday wish list a mile long full of brand-name clothing and technology and gadgets that their favorite YouTuber or influencer has been pushing on them. But how do you sort the truly useful tech from the influencer-marketed fluff? Here are our picks for the best ideas for tech-related presents you can get for your kid on their birthday.
A Computer Upgrade
If you have a budding computer fanatic in your house, or if your kids use a computer for their video games, upgrading it for their birthday is a great idea because it benefits them when it comes to learning about using a computer too. A quick and easy upgrade is to add more storage space by looking at gaming PC hard drives. Opting for a solid-state drive to replace the old mechanical style drive will also offer a significant boost to the computer’s speed.
The best tech presents are those that are both educational and fun, and an e-reader perfectly fits that description. Making use of specialized display technology called e-ink, it can run on very little battery and offer readers less eye strain than your phone or tablet. It’s a palm-sized device made popular by brands like Amazon’s Kindle and Barnes and Noble’s Nook that can be loaded with digital copies of almost any book in print in an instant. These digital copies are not only usually cheaper, but they take up less space too since an e-reader is capable of storing thousands of books on its built-in storage. They’re available with a backlight too if that’s a feature your kid will find useful.
A Smart Watch
A smartwatch aimed at kids is a great device because it can offer some pretty significant safety features too. It’ll help you keep in touch with them, and some offer location tracking so you can keep an eye on where they are when they’re not around. Your teenagers might not appreciate that so much, but for younger kids, it’s a wonderful safety feature. Many manufacturers offer smartwatches designed specifically for kids and they’re not expensive for what they offer.
True Wireless Earbuds
True wireless earbuds, thanks to Apple’s Airpods, are very much in at the moment. Many of us choose these convenient miniature earbuds to consume music and podcasts and even make calls while on the go, in the office, at the gym or outdoors. Kids love them too because they’re a bit of a novelty still. While the Apple Airpods might be the most wish-listed option for iPhone users, they’re a bit on the pricey side to entrust with kids who are prone to misplacing things, and there are many other quality alternatives available for very reasonable prices.
Kids love gadgets and technology and finding something that is both useful and cool for a birthday present without spending a fortune can be tricky. Hopefully, these few options have given you something to think about for your kid’s next birthday present!