Welcome to Babble,
Sign Out

Get the Babble Newsletter!

Already have an account? .

Holiday Tech Gadget Shopping for Kids: A Good Investment? Or Waste of Dollars?

Yesterday a message came across my mother’s group email listserve:

Anyone have any experience with DS handheld game systems?  We’re thinking of getting them for our daughters (first grade; soon to be seven).  Are they a big hit or a one and done (ie, play with them for one minute then they’re done)?

I immediately replied with my oldest daughter’s experience — it was definitely a “one and done” situation.  She had begged us for a Nintendo DS for months and months and we bit the bullet and gave her one for Christmas when she was 5 1/2; I did think she was a bit young, but she was so deadset on wanting one that we decided to give it a try.  Fast forward 2 years and I can honestly say that she was more in love with idea of owning a DS than actually playing with the gaming system. So when gifting your kids with a tech gadget, how do you know it won’t be another expensive addition to the toy landfill in their playrooms?

Last year that same daughter of mine desperately wanted a laptop. Santa Claus granted her wish (of course), and she (and her siblings) have used it almost daily since — for homework, games, music, Skype-ing with Grandma, you name it.  We consider that a great investment.  Now, with Christmas 2011 around the corner and the Xbox360 at the top of the wishlist, I am not persuaded that Santa should deliver another pricey gaming system for fear that it will end up collecting dust.  The question that I need to get to the bottom of is: Does she want an Xbox simply because that’s what the kids at school are talking about? In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever seen her even play on one.

Yes, it appears that even Santa Claus has moral dilemmas.

Tagged as:

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, profile photo and other personal information you make public on Facebook (e.g., school, work, current city, age) will appear with your comment. Learn More.