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The holidays are here, and the SIGGRAPH 2022 Committee has put together a list of the perfect gifts to help little ones (and more) embrace new technologies. After another long year, the holiday season and coming together has become more important than ever. Read on for the annual SIGGRAPH gift guide to serve last-minute shoppers.
Lets start with the basics. Between games, music, and online school, headphones are an important part of a child’s day… and a great gift for kids of all ages. Apple headphones range from simple EarPods to AirPods to AirPods Max, allowing you to gift the right type of pair to the right person. Don’t doubt the greatness of a practical gift, headphones will inevitably be a staple item in their daily life.
Solar Robot Toys
Solar Robot Toys are perfect for the young engineer. These robots allow the next generation of STEM enthusiasts to begin to understand solar power. And, the 12-in-1 Education Solar Robot Toy kits encourage players to build and use their imagination. A child can choose between 1 of 12 different robots that can crawl, roll, and float under direct sunlight. This is a fun, interactive way to enhance the concepts of green technologies and renewable resources. Plus, due to the nature of its assembly, both parent and child can work together, making it the perfect bonding activity!
Nintendo Switch OLED
A classic introduction to the gaming world. We all had Nintendo’s growing up, but those were nothing like the new Nintendo Switch OLED. The switch is a versatile system that allows kids and families to play together. Whether you connect it to the television for traditional gaming or use its handheld feature, your child is sure to be entertained. As a first gaming system, this option is family friendly, age appropriate, and easy-to-use. Gift a curious mind in your family the perfect family-favorite gaming system: the Nintendo Switch.
Do you know a kid who’s already immersed into the gaming world? Metroid Dread is a new action-adventure game, released in October 2021 on the Nintendo Switch. Parkour over obstacles, slide through tight spaces, counter enemies, and battle your way through the planet. The game speaks for itself as it won the Best Action/Adventure Game Award from The Game Awards this year. Get gaming!
The Analogue Pocket is a handheld retro gaming device released in early December that’s designed to play games from fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-generation video game consoles. Give your child the gift of playing the games you grew up playing. From Pikachu to Mario, your Game Boy dreams are coming true in the modern world. That’s not all! Analogue also has a digital audio workstation called Nanoloop that allows players to use the device as a synthesizer and sequencer in the process of making music. Whether you have a music protégé or video game enthusiast, the Analogue Pocket is a gift worth giving.
Sphero Specdrums are app-enabled music rings that make the world your instrument, turning colors into sounds. Whatever you tap creates a different sound, encouraging musical creativity. This gift allows children and adults alike to discover music creation without spending money on a singular instrument. Watch your giftee go from being a curious mind to a seasoned musician before your very eyes.
No matter what your holidays look like this year, there’s never a bad time to give a gift to someone you love. Looking for even more recommendations? Check out our 2020 and 2019 gift guides for timeless gift-giving ideas.