December 6th, 2011 at 5:00 am
I have a big list, including 6 birthdays in December. Every year I spend so much time poring over the list, browsing for ideas, and hoping, always, to find just the right gifts.
As for tech-gifts, it’s getting easier to give them now that so many of us have some sort of technology that can be enhanced or upgraded with a gadget or a gift card. While I would love to give everyone on my list something really cool like an iPad or a Kindle Fire, an XBox, or a big screen TV, I wasn’t one of the recent Powerball winners. So here’s a few ideas from the affordable aisle.
For the Traveler:
- Cocoon Grid-It gadget organizers are brilliant. Think of a tray with a grid of elastic bands to hold your stuff in place. One look and I immediately bought one for a frequent traveler friend. And I bought one for me too. I can tuck my chargers, earbuds, a lip balm, pens, flash drive, tissues, and business card holder under the elastic bands, slip the organizer in my messenger bag with my laptop and I’m ready to hit the road. No more rifling through every pocket of my bag to find what I need.
- The New Trent portable device charger. I wrote about this one during the power outage back in October. I love having this on hand and it will have a place of honor in my Grid-It organizer. Anyone with a smartphone would appreciate this.
For the Reader:
- I recently rediscovered the joy of listening to audio books, especially in the car. It’s a nice diversion from the non-stop Christmas music. A subscription to audible.com or audiobooks.com might be a good gift for someone who spends a lot of time driving or would just enjoy listening to a book for a change.
- And if they don’t have an MP3 jack in their car, get them an MP3/ipod transmitter.
- How about an e-reader? Kindle, Nook, and Kobo are just 3 of the e-readers on the market. And the pricing on them has dropped considerably, making them more affordable than ever. And gift cards for buying e-books are always a great idea.
For the Movie Lover:
- One of my favorite gifts last year was Roku box with a 6 month subscription to Netflix. This device allows me to watch movies on demand on my television, via the internet. I love it. There are multiple versions of the box and they start at just $49.99.
- Another really cool gadget is the mini capsule speakers for your iPod or MP3 players. They’re inexpensive, portable, cute and make a great gift.
- When in doubt, there’s always the gift card. Maybe you can’t afford to give the big gift, but you can help them towards it.
Hopefully this will give you a few ideas for those gadget lovers on your giving list. Without breaking the bank. Happy shopping!