Holiday Tech Gift Ideas for Girls
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With the holidays upon us, I’m often asked by parents for recommendations on tech-related gifts for girls. I love that parents are interested in feeding their girls’ interests in technology at home. We love that 70% of the girls that took our recent survey feel encouraged at home to pursue their passion for tech.
I could not find research showing a direct link between tech toys and interest in tech. However, I think anything that helps fan the flame of this interest is a positive step on the Path to a career in a STEM field.
To help generate some ideas for great gifts, we recently hosted a Twitter chat (#techtoyz) to crowdsource suggestions from the TechGirlz community. Here are a few that will hopefully help you buy for the tech-lover on your list.
These are already at the top of most kids’ holiday lists. While I know many parents are concerned about too much video game time or some game content, a responsible approach can help nurture girls’ interest in tech. In fact, a recent survey showed that 48% of all gamers are women. Minecraft is always a great option. A few parents on our chat suggested Roblox and Animal Crossing as others. And Dr. Frank Lee, head of the gaming department of Drexel University, likes the Nintendo Switch Console.
Construction oriented toys are another good option to spark creativity. Traditional ones like Lincoln Logs, K’nex, and Legos (the Women of NASA is a great addition to their line) are great. New additions to the scene include Qubits and Eblox. The most girl “focused” building toy is GoldieBlox.
LittleBits and Jewelbots are kits that guide kids in building tech related creations. Like GoldieBlox, these toys were founded by women who were either engineers or programmers. SmartGurlz is a robot doll that was designed by a mom for her daughter and was recently featured on Shark Tank.
A tried and true gift. Books act as great resources for girls interested in a wide range of tech topics. A friend who is an editor at Penguin Books suggested these three: Women in Science by Rachel Ignotofsky, Girls Think of Everything by Catherine Thimmesh, and Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli.
If none of these gifts tickle your fancy, you can find some reasonably priced tech toys at AC Moore. A Five and Below location is another great store. We have heard talk of drones and DIY robots at both for as little as five dollars.
Let me know if you have other good ideas to share with the TechGirlz community using our @TechGirlzorg handle on Twitter. Happy Holidays!