I am sure that for many parents thinking of the best gift for their kids this Christmas, walkie-talkies might not be at the top of the list.

But in actual fact, walkie-talkies might just be the best and most versatile gift that you can give your kids. In today’s world, it seems that kids spend more time stuck indoors with their attention firmly on some type of screen. This can have a detrimental effect on the emotional development of children.

Kids need a little freedom to build their independence and let their imaginations and minds develop. For the parent, this can be worrying; there are all sorts of imaginary, and unfortunately, some real dangers that kids could face.

This is why the walkie-talkie could just be the perfect gift. For starters, kids love them. Even in a smartphone-connected world where instant communication isn’t the novelty it once was, kids are still fascinated with the “touch of a button” communication that walkie-talkies offer.

But it’s great for the parents too! A set of walkie-talkies allows them to give their kids that little bit of essential freedom with the reassurance of knowing where they are at all times.

Here are some of the benefits that giving your kids walkie-talkies as a Christmas gift brings:

Reasons why walkie-talkies make fantastic gifts for kids

1. Durable

Let’s face it; kids don’t care if something is fragile or not. Present them with a smartphone, and it’s a safe bet there will be a bucketload of tears and a broken screen within a few days.

Walkie-talkies are built to be kid-proof! Far more durable than delicate smartphones, these are designed to withstand all the rigours of a game of chase and those first days riding without stabilisers.

2. Battery Life

Unlike smartphones that are going to have a flat battery after an hour or so of Angry Birds, walkie-talkies are a bit like the Duracell bunny; they just keep going and going, far longer than most kids will ever be outside playing with them.

3. No Other Costs

With walkie-talkies, you pay for the set and… well, that’s it really. There are no network charges, no data limits, no roaming fees, no contracts. Once you have your walkie-talkies, that is it.

4. They Work Anywhere

Walkie-talkies are great for when the kids are having a camp-out in the garden or simply playing in the street. But they are also fantastic for wild camping trips and long treks into the forest.

Often, in remote locations, there is limited or no mobile signal. Once again, walkie-talkies make light of this; with no reliance on mobile signals, walkie-talkies are perfect for those nature treks.

5. Simplicity Personified

Even the youngest kid can quickly master the functions of a walkie-talkie. Walkie-talkies are intuitive enough to use that anyone can master their use in just a couple of seconds.

A simple push-to-talk button is the basis of a walkie-talkie’s functions. Simply depress it to talk and release it when finished, it is as simple as that! This means that for parents who want to allow their kids a little freedom to explore, they can do so safe in the knowledge that a simple to use and effective communication method is in their hands.

6. Safety

Kids love to explore, it’s part of growing up. For the parents, this presents something of a conundrum; on the one hand, this independence is a crucial part of a child’s development. Whilst, on the other hand, parents are understandably concerned about letting their youngsters out into the big wide world all alone.

Walkie-talkies are the perfect solution.

These allow your kids to explore and develop and at the same time allow parents the peace of mind knowing that with one click, they can be sure their kids are safe and sound.

7. Walkie-talkies have a long-range

Even simple walkie-talkie sets that don’t cost the earth have a range that is long enough to make it difficult for even the most adventurous of kids to stray out of range.

Although the range can be affected by the terrain, in most instances, ranges of up to 4km can be expected with even basic walkie-talkies.

Best Walkie-talkie for Kids

There are quite a few criteria to consider when selecting the best walkie-talkie for kids, including:

  • Durability
  • Range
  • Ease of use
  • Looks
  • Performance
  • Battery life
  • It must be fun!

An excellent choice that ticks all the above boxes is the Motorola Talkabout T42. Motorola has a rich pedigree when it comes to producing quality products, and this shows in the Talkabout T42. Durable and robust enough to survive the best efforts of even the most ham-fisted kids, the Motorola T42 is our recommendation for kids and incorporates the following features:

  •     Lightweight – These are designed specifically with kids in mind so the weight has been kept to a minimum without compromising on durability
  •     Fun – Available in a range of bright colours, they also come with 24 personalisation stickers to allow your little ones to stamp their personality on their radios
  •     Great price –A triple pack of radios with belt clips is less than €70
  •     Long-range –In the right circumstances, these radios offer ranges of up to 4km
  •     Easy to use –These are simple to set up and even simpler to use; they use an easy pairing function to get you started, and then it is a simple push of the button for easy communication!
  •     16 Channels –Plenty of channels to keep everyone from talking over each other.

Over and Out

Walkie-talkies are perhaps the perfect gift for kids this Christmas. They are that rarest of things – A gift that both parents and kids love!

At Lynn Communications, we can supply the perfect gift that allows your kids the freedom to explore a little independence and still offer parents the peace of mind that comes from knowing they are always safe.