"Digital" 2009 Holiday Gift Guide
It’s that time of year again - shopping season! We have scoured the web for the hottest high-tech digital products for the techie in your household. I’ve already added some of them to my wish list.
|HP Dream Screen
The Dream Screen from HP is a great gift for the entire family. Share you holiday photos with friends, connect and stay up-to-date with Facebook, or listen to Pandora Radio from any room in the house. This PC companion connects easily to your wireless or wired network.
Available in a 10.2-inch size for $249 or a 13.3 inch size for $299.
|Sonos S5 Home Music System
Sonos S5 is another great gift for a music-loving family. Entertain guests or just enjoy a quiet evening at home with this completely wireless home music system. The Sonos connects itself to your home wi-fi network to play music from your iTunes library and from digital music sources like Pandora or last.fm. Enjoy room-filling sound with the 5 on-board speakers. The Sonos can easily move from the bedroom to the office with ease. You can either purchase the Sonos Controller or download the free iPhone app.
Available from $349.00 to $499.00.
|Samsung DualView TL225 Digital Camera
Every mom will love the new Samsung DualView TL225 digital camera. The DualView features an LCD screen on the front and on the back of the camera. The camera also has a “child mode,” which displays an animation to hold a fidgety child’s attention, helping mom capture the perfect photo every time. The DualView is a 12.2 magapixel camera. You can also capture those holiday moments in HD video with the Samsung DualView TL225. The camera is available now for $369.00.
|Disney Netpal ASUS
The Disney Netpal Asus is the perfect gift for young future techies. This netbook was developed with kids and parents in mind, with a reinforced mechanical design; it should withstand the occasional slips and fumbles. Features include several robust parental control options, an 8.9-inch LCD display, Wi-Fi capabilities, Windows XP Home, and kid-friendly software featuring Disney characters and icons in stunning visual environments. Browsers and email have extra filters to assure that parents are able to control online safety and content for their children, and can easily select with whom their children can correspond via email. The Disney Desktop "gadget tray" offers a creatively designed 2D menu with several display icons, including a Disney-themed browser. And when the kids aren’t using it, you can easily switch back to the basic Windows XP mode.
|iMo Foto Frame Printer
During the holidays we take a lot of photos, so being able to display them in a digital frame is great; letting people print the pictures they love is even better. Now you can, with the iMo Foto Frame Printer by mimomonitors.com. A great gift for any family, it will be available just in time for the holidays. Priced at $229.99 the iMo Foto Frame Printer is available at mimomonitors.com.
If you have a photog on your wish list then the Lightscoop is a must-have gift this holiday season. The Lighscoop transforms the awful light from your pop-up flash into pro-quality light. By redirecting the light from the pop-up flash to a ceiling or wall, Lightscoop creates a broad, natural light that eliminates unattractive shadows and red-eye, minimizes reflections off shiny surfaces, and also lights a group of people evenly, so those farthest from the camera are not lost in darkness. The result is soft, flattering, natural light — and photos that capture a scene the way you see it. The Lightscoop is available at lightscoop.com for $34.95.
|Ultimate Game Card
The Ultimate Game Card is the perfect gift for the gamer on your list. It allows you to pay for over 1000 games and applications easily, including online games from PBS Kids Play!, virtual worlds such as Nickelodeion Kids’ Neopets, and popular MMOs. For more information, or to find out where Ultimate Game Card is available for purchase, visit ulitmategamecard.com
|Apple iPhone 3Gs
A great gift for the busy digital mom, the Apple iPhone 3Gs is the fastest, most powerful iPhone yet. It features video recording, voice control and 16 or 32 GB of storage. The iPhone 3G lets moms stay connected while on the go. It is available starting from $199.00.
A great gift for the entire family. Entertain the kids during your drive home after the holidays with the Zune HD. The Zune HD player is a sleek touch device that supports real HD files, has an Internet browser, and lets you do more to enjoy the content you want. Combined with the Zune Pass subscription, which gives you instant access to millions of available songs for about the price of one CD per month ($14.99), and 10 MP3s to keep permanently, Zune is the gift kids and parents can enjoy all year long. Available now from $219 to $289.
|Vado HD Video Camera
Capture all of those holiday moments with the Vado HD Pocket Video Camera. The thin, lightweight Vado HD is small enough to fit easily in a pocket, purse or the palm of your hand, and it captures video in 720P high-definition quality with just the touch of a button.
Price Range $179.99 to $199.99