As a mother of two, I know there are some basic needs for teen tech survival – a smartphone, WiFi, Netflix, to name a few. When it comes to shopping for your active teen, finding gadgets to fit their lifestyle and interests can be a challenge.
We've put together some items that your teen or tween will enjoy no matter what chores they're refusing to do. Not even a teenager could eye roll at these gadgets.
For the teen who enjoys video games, these thumbsticks are designed to improved performance, accuracy and comfort. The Call of Duty Revive is for younger gamers with smaller hands and the Call of Duty Modern Warfare is a high-rise thumbstick designed for first-person shooters and increases accuracy and aim. Both versions work well with other games to help thumbs grip the buttons. PS4 and Xbox One compatible ($18)
Polaroid Snap Touch Instant Print Digital Camera
Polaroid has made a comeback with their line of new products and teens are loving the option to print something instantly and share with their friends. Their Snap Touch lets you capture, edit, share and print your photos. The touchscreen 3.5″ display is great for capturing still photos, HD videos & selfies, and has easy navigation, PhotoBooth and burst modes.
Harman Kardon Esquire Mini
What teen doesn't want to take their music on the go? This Bluetooth speaker by Harman Kardon can fit easily in their pocket. The device has a dual microphone, a battery that can last up to 8 hours, an aluminum finish, scratch-resistant surface, ceramic coated speaker grill, extended bass functions, and it comes in 6 colors. ($150)
Air Hogs Connect: Mission Drone with Augmented Reality
This award-winning augmented reality game features a physical drone in an interactive 3D universe and it will certainly entertain your teen. To play the game, the drone flies over an AR tracking mat which you see on your smartphone or tablet. Players become immersed into this 3D world and fly through challenges and save the world from aliens. ($150)
Vivitar Air Defender X Camera Drone w/ Wi-Fi
For teens interested in capturing the world around them in reality, this entry level Vivitar Air Defender drone has an easy-to-use radio transmitter with multidirectional controls and it can hover, flip, and fly upside down while capturing HD video in real time. The battery life is 5 to 7 minutes and the drone can reach 200 meters. ($100)