Today’s tech craze shows no sign of abating. It seems like some new and exciting gadget hits the market just about every day. This holiday season, you can jump on the bandwagon and give the latest electronic gizmos. Here are some gift suggestions to make the holidays bright – with retina screens and LEDs, that is.
Mom & Dad
Did you know it costs an average of over $200,000 to raise a child? The least you can do to thank your parents is get them a cool tech gift this holiday season. If they don’t already have one, a digital picture frame is great gift. They can load it with pictures of friends, family, grandkids, family vacations, and be reminded of their beautiful children (that’s you!) no matter how far away the path of life has taken them. HP makes a nice digital picture frame, and you can make your mother proud by using a coupon code when you buy it.
Another option Mom and Dad will love is the Starbucks Verismo coffee brewer. With this glorious gadget, your parents won’t even have to venture out of the house to enjoy their favorite Starbucks beverages. Give it along with some coffee-pods for their drinks of choice, and you’ll hear a Venti-sized thank you from Ma and Pa.
Students and twentysomethings can be remarkably ungrateful creatures, but the right gift can coax a truly heartfelt “Thank you” out of them (and in hindsight, of course, they’ll be grateful). A Kindle Fire HD is a good gift choice for a student, because it provides just about everything they need – except pizza, which they can order for delivery – in one place. The Kindle Fire HD plays movies, TV shows, and music in high-definition clarity. The student on your list can also, of course, download books onto it, including textbooks. In fact, they’ll be able to save a lot of money every semester by downloading their required books on to an e-reader instead of buying them in the bookstore. Score!
A GoPro video camera is another great gift idea, especially for the more adventurous young people you know. Versatile, waterproof, and lightweight, these video cameras can be taken just about anywhere and are a favorite of extreme sports enthusiasts. Whether they want to record their parkour tricks or pool party, the student on your list will love using the GoPro.
When I think of kids and technology, all I imagine is greasy little fingers on my computer screen. Ugh. So why not get them their own gadgets to play with? The past few years have seen the development of some great tablets that are specially designed for kids, with parent-approved games and activities. The Nabi tablet or Vinci Learning Tablet are both good choices. Vinci tablets are especially great for kids whose parents want them to play games that actually have some learning benefits.
If you have a tech-savvy hubby, what better way to show your love than with a shiny new tech gadget? If he doesn’t already have a tablet, or if he’s been hinting that he wants a new one, go for a 2-in-1 instead. Toshiba, HP, and others have come out with innovative dual-function tablet/notebooks. All you have to do is click the keyboard portion on or off to switch between notebook computer and tablet. He’ll be able to take it to work and use it as a notebook, then take it home and play games or watch TV shows on his tablet. It’s a win-win.
Another option for techy guys is a Jam portable wireless bluetooth speaker. These little gizmos come in what looks like a jam jar (cute!), but don’t be fooled by their size. I personally know that a Jam speaker is loud enough for a house party, and the best part is that it’s wireless. Just connect it to your phone with Bluetooth and you’re in business.
The first thing you think of when considering what gift to get for your wife probably isn’t “electronics,” but maybe it should be. There are all kinds of gadgets out there that she would love. The iShower speaker is similar to a Jam speaker, but it’s waterproof. As the name suggests, it’s the perfect way for her to take her favorite tunes into the shower. Plus, this way if she likes to sing in the shower, at least you’ll get to hear some music along with her voice…
If your lady has never lost that inner teenage girl that wants to paste pictures and posters all over the walls, here is another perfect gift idea for her: the Polaroid Zinc GL10 Bluetooth Printer. This instant mobile photo printer can connect via Bluetooth to her smartphone. With this wonderful invention, she can print out all the Instagram photos her heart desires.