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Posted on November 1, 2017 by Christine Crosby in 

Fun With Toys & Tech for the Holidays

Fun with toys and tech for the holidays

By Dan Nessel – Dad Does

The holidays are here and that means time to search for gifts for loved ones. Here are four wonderful tech toys that will make kids of all ages (and grownups) have a fun-filled holiday season. 

Cuddly robots now come as twins!

Hatchimals were THE hot toy of 2016. Now Spin Master is trying to recreate that magic with Hatchimals Surprise. The grandkids will watch in amazement as the egg hatches and not one, but two Hatchimals come out. Kids cuddle, teach and play with the Hatchimal twins as they evolve from babies to more interactive robotic kids. Robots have never been so cute and playful.


Hatchimals Surprise by Spin Master | $69

Full review & demo of Hatchimals Surprise



Don’t tell the kids…this robot is educational


The brand new Cozmo Collector’s Edition Robot from Anki will quickly become a willing pint-sized friend and playmate for the grandkids. Cozmo has incredible Artificial Intelligence and a playful personality that will keep the whole family laughing for hours. Now with the 2.0 version of the Cozmo software, the kids can fully program Cozmo and learn programming and logic skills. Just don’t tell the grandkids they are actually learning by playing with Cozmo, that will be our little secret.

Cozmo Collector’s Edition Robot from Anki  | $179

Full review & demo of the Cozmo Collector’s Edition


This is the droid you have been looking for

toysIf you have a Star Wars fan in your house, the Hero Droid BB-8 from Spin Master will make them very happy. Standing 16 inches tall this interactive droid feels like it popped off the movie screen and landed in your living room. BB-8 will follow the kids around, talk, interact, play games and even guard you. With authentic lights, sounds and a very detailed paint job, even the most discerning Star Wars fan will be very impressed with this droid.

Star Wars Hero Droid BB-8 from Spin Master   | $229

Full review & demo of Star Wars Hero Droid BB-8


The lava lamp for the next generation?


All hail the modern day lava lamp! The JBL Pulse 3 is a powerful, waterproof Bluetooth speaker with wonderful sound, but it is the lightshow that it puts on while blasting out the tunes that make it such a perfect gift. Glowing LEDS allow you to put on a 360 degree lightshow that will leave you mesmerized. With a 12 hour battery, you can keep the party going all night.



JBL Pulse 3 Speaker | $199

Full review & demo of the JBL Pulse 3



toysDan Nessel is Director of Product Reviews at DadDoes. Join Dad Does for real world, brutally honest product reviews, geared toward parents and grandparents.



Christine Crosby

About the author

Christine is the co-founder and editorial director for GRAND Magazine. She is the grandmother of five and great-grandmom (aka Grandmere) to one. She makes her home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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