Tweens and teens are sometimes hard to buy for. They’re always looking for the next coolest thing, often what their friends have on their holiday wish list too. They like to think they are too old or too cool to play with toys but the reality is they’re still little kids at heart. As a mom, I look for that older kid toy that will get them just as excited as when they were little.
This year #HolidayGifts2014 has some exciting new ideas for your older kids; toys to keep them young at heart.
Ollie from Sphero
Ollie is the newest and hottest toy this season; it’s a nearly indestructible app-controlled robot built for speed and tricks that your kids can put to the test. Ollie spins, drifts and flips with app-powered tricks! Switch up the ride with custom tires and hubcaps.
Ollie rolls at speeds of up to 14 mph and connects instantly to your device via Bluetooth LE with a range of up to 100 feet. Turn on a dime with the included Nubby Tires or take them off to drift like a street racer. Powered by USB charging, Ollie glows in millions of colors and is ready to roll out.
- Experience: Speed, Tricks, Customization
- USB Charging (1 HR Drive Time)
- 4 Apps – Driving, Programming
- Drives Over 14 MPH (6M/S)
- iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Android
- Bluetooth LE (Instant Connect)
- Outruns Pets & Hates Water
Cloud-B Dreamz To Go Octo and Groovy Globe™
The dreamy lites collection is great décor for any bedroom, a charming on-the-go companion and a compact solution for soothing sleep no matter where bedtime lands. Based on the original Twilight TurtleTM, these ‘dreamy lites’ octopuses come in two fun colours that project stars and friendly little fish blowing bubbles, while illuminating in soothing shades, helping ease fear of the dark.
Light timer and other features:
- 45-minute auto shut-off ensures complete darkness during children’s deep sleep, as recommended by pediatricians
- Dreamz to Go OctoTM Pinkle projects in soothing blue and red colour options
- Dreamz to Go OctoTM Bluee projects in soothing blue and green colour options
- Recommended Age – 0+
HEXBUG® VEX® Robotics
The build-it-yourself line of VEX Robotics kits fosters creative STEM learning through hands-on play by allowing children to construct their very own jumbo-sized HEXBUG and customize its programming. With VEX Robotics, kids as young as 8 can jump right in and snap these colorful robots together using the intuitive, tool-less components.
The HEXBUG VEX Robotics Ant kit teaches kids that…
- Motors receive signals from the brain, spinning into action, kicking the wheels into gear.
- Dual sensors from the antenna and tail control the motors after bumping into objects.
- Interlocking gears animate the ant by transferring energy from the motor through the endoskeleton and out to the wheels as they roll into motion.
- The brain is the centralized computer that powers the ant, relaying signals from the remote control and activating the motors and sensors to bring the creature to life!
The HEXBUG VEX Robotics Ant (MSRP $49.99) includes more than 150 snap together pieces. Ages 8 years and up.
#HolidayGifts2014 Twitter Party
If you’re looking for Christmas gift ideas for more people on your list, make sure to check our the rest of our Holiday Gift Guide features and don’t forget to join us for the #HolidayGifts2014 Twitter Party on December 9th at 9pm EST where Ryobi will be giving away an amazing prize! RSVP HERE.
Enter to WIN Ollie
How cool would it be to win one of these feisty robots? It’s easy to enter, just tell us who you would give this guy to in the comments below and fill out the form below. Open to Canadians.
Disclosure: This post was sponsored. All opinions are 100% my own.
Maria @BOREDMommy says
I’d give it to both my kids and let them fight it out.
Victoria Ess says
I’d give this to my partner haha
That’s a hard question because I know that everyone is going to want one..might have to pick a name out of a hat..lol
Stephanie LaPlante says
Ii would totally gift this to my younger brother
Suzie M says
I would give this to one of my boys
I would get this for my nephew. Thanks for the giveaway
Elizabeth Matthiesen says
This would be for my son, he’s not a teenager any more but I’m sure he’d have a lot of fun with this including showing it off to his nephews and nieces too :-)
kathy downey says
My grandson would love this
i would give it to my kids
I would give this to my husband hes been eyeing it for a bit now.
Jennpup (@jennpup) says
I will give this to my 10 year old and she’ll use it to entertain my 4 year old :-)
Susanne Scheper says
I’d give this to my son.
Amy C says
I would give the Ollie Robot to my kids.
Judy Cowan says
I would give it to my hubby, I think he would have lots of fun with it!
Andrea Amy says
My 17 year old wants an Ollie! I would give it to him. Thanks for the chance!
I think my husband would love this!
My 3 kids would love Ollie.
Doris Calvert says
My nephew would love this!
Carol Denny says
My grandson would love it!
Lynda Cook says
I would like to gift this to my daughter and her boyfriend, they would have a ton of fun with this!!
Suzanne G says
I would give this Ollie to my grandson.
ivy pluchinsky says
my niece would love this
I would give it to my husband, but my kids would play with it.
Angie Andrews says
My nephew would love this!
Kristine Ewald says
I think I would give it to my hubby or my nephew
Chandra Christine O'Connor says
my 7 yr old niece
masood anjum says
Juliee Fitze says
I would give it to my grand son.
Erin W says
I’d give this to my husband, he would love to play with this with my daughter.
For my wonderful step son
Lisa H says
I would give Ollie to my son.
Give it to my nephew
Alayne Langford says
The Ollie Robot will go to my teen daughter if I am lucky enough! I think hubs would love it too! :)
Lori Bazan says
I would give this to my son! He would love it!
lori b says
Rebecca okeefe says
I saw this the other day at the store. My kids will love this.
Jennifer P. says
I would give this to my niece.
My husband would love this.
Wendy hutton says
I think my son would have a lot of fun with this
Silvia D says
i would give it to my daughter, though I think the whole family would love to play with it!
My son, Finn. FUN, thanks for the contest.
Christine Harrison says
I would gift this to my daughter Alyssa. She would love an Ollie Robot. Thank you Sober Julie for the chance to win!
Good luck everyone & Happy holidays!
Lori JB says
I won gift this to my daughters.
I would give this to my husband!
I would give this awesome prize to……ME!
My nephew would love it!
angela m says
I would give this to my oldest daughter
DARLENE W says
I will give it to my grandson, Sebastian
I think my middle child would get the most out of this Ollie. :)
Aneta Alaei says
My husband would get this lol
I would give it to my son, he would go nuts over it
Erika Belanger says
I would give it to my nephew!
Laurie B says
I would give the Ollie to my son. He has a music obsession! He has down syndrome and had surgery on his ear and refuses to wear anything around his ears but has a hard time hearing his tunes pumping out of his player. This would be great for him… and WIRELESS :)
Jeff Skidmore says
This will go to one of my lucky grandkids!
Brandee H says
I would give this to my son. Ever since he saw a video of Ollie he has been dreaming about taking it to the skateboard park!!
Darrah Bailey says
My 9 year old daughter
April Vaughan says
I’m thinking my BFF’s son, he’s always looking for the new stuff.
Dee Schwark says
I would give it to my nephews…they’d love it :)
jennifer capin says
I would keep it for myself… or give it to my Son!
Jo-Anne Pfoh says
not gonna lie i would use it first to give the 4 cats some payback lol then my nephews
Doris H says
I would give this to my nephew.
melia whyte says
to my kids for sure
Sherry K says
My son would have a lot of fun with this.
I would give this to my nephew!
Lana Hood says
My stepson would love it!
I would give this to my son!
Tracy D says
My niece would scream out loud to see this under her tree!
M Gibb says
My son would love this
Janet Miller says
That is so cute. My little girl would love this
Amber Y says
i’d tuck this away for my boyfriend. He loves tech gadgets like this and would have a ton of fun playing with it.
Randa @ TBK says
My son would have a blast with this prize. Thanks Julie.
william fraser says
Nina Murray says
my daughter would just love this!
Aneta Alaei says
The kids would get this although I will not lie and me and hubby will be playing when they are asleep
Elnaz S says
I would give this to my goddaughter!
Monica H says
Katie C says
Catherine Kelly says
This would go to my very mature and serious husband. Okay, maybe he isn’t as serious as I let on. :-)
Stephanie Campbell says
I’d give it to my daughter. She’s 11 and so tech savvy. I think she would love this!
Amanda Neilson says
I’d give it to my stepson – under conditions that he shares with my hubby lol.
Taylor Closet says
I would give this to my son.
l p says
a friend. thanks
I would give this to my 2 sons….last week, we lost our 19 year old kitty. His name was Ollie….this would be perfect for them.
Laura Grace Andry says
I would love to give this to myhusband and my children. I know the boys would LOVE it!!!!! Thanks for the opportunity.
Definitely for my daughters — they would love it!
Lisa Smith says
I would give this to my son