Finding gifts for youngsters between the ages of ten and fourteen can present quite a problem for adults. Kids that age are at an in-between stage, when toys for young children no longer amuse–or if they do, they are embarrassed to admit it–but they are not yet old enough to truly appreciate more serious, practical-minded presents. Nope, they are still thinking toys; but finding one they will actually enjoy for more than a few outings can pose a real puzzler.
For so many parents, radio controlled toys have proven to be a perfect choice for kids in this age group, especially boys. Early RC toys were somewhat clunky, often cheaply made and frankly pretty boring, but today’s models are fast, sleek, powerful, maneuverable and more exciting than ever before. And never before has there been such a wide variety of radio controlled toys to choose from. RC cars, RC planes, RC helicopters, RC boats, RC tanks, RC motorcycles–even RC skunks, spiders, rats and bats–can be had for prices usually starting at well under $100.00. There are radio controlled toys to conquer any terrain, and mini RC aircraft capable of navigating any room in the house or apartment.
The technology informing these toys is simply amazing. Not too long ago, expensive, messy, nitro-powered models or bulky, heavy, inefficient and expensive electric machines were your only options. Now, most radio controlled toys run on non-polluting electric batteries and some even use solar-power. No one in his right mind would have thought of flying one of the old models inside; today, many electric RC toys are designed for indoor flight only.
RC toys make the perfect gift for any child reaching that hard-to-buy for age. They won’t stretch your wallet too thin, and should please any preteen or teenager, boy or girl. Stop stressing about what to get your in-betweener–go with a radio controlled toy, then sit back and enjoy the smile on that youngster’s face.