With so many great toys out this season, it can be hard to choose the perfect gift for your kids. Toy Insider senior editor Ali Mierzejewski shared some of her top picks for fantastic holiday tech gifts with WDIV Detroit. With a variety of price points, you don’t have to break the bank to bring holiday cheer!


StikBot (Zing)

  • Create, animate, and share! StikBot turns kids into creative moviemakers.
  • These easy-to-pose figurines with strong suction cup hands and feet can stick to almost any flat surface.
  • With the free mobile app, StikBot Studios, available on iOS and Android, kids can shoot their own stop-motion movies starring StikBot. The app snaps individual photos and stitches them together into a film.
  • Everywhere becomes a stage, from the kitchen, the living room, and even the school bus!
  • Kids can upload their creatiosn and share on social media with #StikBot and see what kids from around the world are making!
  • The StikBot Studio Pack comes with 2 StikBots and a tripod.
  • Ages: 4+
  • MSRP: $9.99

Spit It Out! (R&R Games)RnRGames.SpitItOut

  • In this hilarious party game, give the wrong answers to easy questions is not as simple as it sounds.
  • Sometimes you have to give the right answers too, and a roll of the dice determines which questions you have to answer correctly.
  • Think you can retrain your brain to spit it out in 30 seconds?
  • Great fun for the whole family!
  • Ages: 10+
  • MSRP: $19.95

Nintendo.YoKaiWatchYo-Kai Watch (Nintendo)

  • YO-KAI WATCH is a video game phenomenon in Japan, and this is the first time it’s available in the United States.
  • This is one of the hottest games for kids for the holidays. It’s made exclusively for the portable Nintendo 3DS family of systems, including the New Nintendo 3DSXL.
  • Have you ever forgotten your keys or found yourself running late? Maybe a Yo-kai is why. Players must find and befriend these mischievous Yo-kai that inhabit the world and turn them into a team that battles other Yo-kai.
  • The game has more than 200 hidden Yo-kai for kids to find, and each one has its own unique skills and strengths.
  • Ages: 6+
  • MSRP: $39.99

Nintendo.New3DSXLNew Nintendo 3DS XL (Nintendo)

  • Nintendo’s newest portable video game system offers a number of new enhancements designed to offer the smoothest and most engrossing experience possible.
  • The system includes super-stable 3D via face-tracking technology and built-in NFC functionality that allows for communication with amiibo figures.
  • From brain-training games like Brain Age to the all-time favorites of Mario, Pokémon and Legend of Zelda adventures, this system plays hundreds of quality games from past, present and future.
  • Immerse yourself in games like never before with the super-stable, face-tracking 3D of the system. No special glasses needed – just start up a game and enjoy!
  • Gaming is most rewarding on Nintendo 3DS – this portable system is renowned for having some of the best game experiences anywhere, while still being accessible for all ages. Play solo adventures or team up with friends in multiplayer games.
  • Ages: 7+
  • MSRP: $199.99

About the author

Christopher Braun

Christopher Braun

Christopher Braun is the editorial assistant at Adventure Publishing Group. He is a recent transplant from Ohio, and spends the bulk of his free time reading, running and exploring his new home in New York. When he’s not at home or in the office, he’s on a park bench somewhere, enjoying fresh air with his nose deep in a novel or magazine. With a lifelong interest in literature and art, Christopher loves any toy that helps kids share their creativity and imagination with family and friends. He thinks coloring books and crayons are necessary for a fulfilling life and no home is too small for a craft closet. To keep up with Christopher, follow him on Twitter @chrisjamesbraun.