Three Tech Toys Under Our Tree This Year and One That Is Not
Just in time for Christmas, I’ve discovered Grand St. This new website is a thoughtful collection of new and interesting tech toys and gadgets.
What made shopping the Grand St. site a pleasure for me was – in addition to the creative inventory – the beautiful product photos, uncluttered site design, friendly customer service, and helpful gift guides. Guides are categorized by recipient – like Little Geniuses, Moms & Dads, and Photo Fanatics – and are not so long as to be overwhelming.
Here are three of the Grand St. tech toys that will be under our tree this year (and one that will not), chosen because Santa believes they will be either fun or useful.
Volta Racer Solar Car
$25 by ToyLabs
Brian and his dad enjoy building things together and this car kit has a twist – it’s solar powered! Good fun and inexpensive for your little engineer.
Tiggly Shapes for iPad
$30 by Tiggly
Avery loves animals, and I think she’ll really love constructing her own jungle, farm, and sea animals using these four shapes and a free iPad app. In addition to Tiggly Safari there’s Tiggly Stamp and Tiggly Draw. They all look like good creative fun.
Hiku Kitchen Scanner
Two things I dislike: running out of things, and forgetting something at the grocery store.
That’s why I really liked the electronic shopping list maker my mom gifted me a few years ago. The magnetic device stuck to the fridge and items were added by pressing a button and dictating to it: “milk,” “vanilla extract,” “cat food”. It was great for a while, but eventually both the paper and ink needed to be refilled. And the voice recognition wasn’t that great.
I’m hoping this Hiku Kitchen Scanner sidesteps both these problems. Instead of a printed list, your shopping list syncs to an app on your phone (of course it does). And instead of spotty voice recognition, Hiku uses a real linear imager similar to the one at the grocery store to read UPC codes. Dictate items without a barcode like produce.
Bonus: have your spouse install the app and sync the shopping list to their phone for my favorite time saver of all – delegation. Merry Christmas to me!
The, Uh, Eggminder Egg Tray
$70 by Quirky
This app-enabled, Internet connected tray wirelessly monitors the status of your eggs. Because this is such a problem for so many!
Now I know the organic cage-free eggs we’ve been buying are more expensive than the conventional, but really. This one was good for the laughs. Ho ho ho!