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1. iPhone 5
It’s considered a tech faux-pax to gift an unsuspecting loved one with a smartphone. Saddling them with a substantial monthly data bill is just plain uncouth. However, if you think that family member is ready to take the financial plunge or is ready for an upgrade, give the new hotness by gift card. $200 bucks at Apple, Best Buy, Walmart or Target should do the trick.
2. Pebble Smart Watch
Everyone’s got a geek in the family. This watch will not only light up their eyes, but when paired with their bluetooth Android or iOS phone, it will also light up with emails, caller ID and (on Android) text messages. Some apps will even communicate with the watch.
3. Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale
After you’ve gained your holiday 10 and swear to lose it on January 1, put this smart scale to work via a wireless connection to your smartphone. A custom app keeps track of your goals, so you can see how your New Year’s resolution is playing out in excruciating detail.
4. Kindle Fire HD
When the iPod debuted in 2001, it cost $399 and boasted the ability to play 1,000 songs. That’s all it COULD do. The modern-day 7″ tablet priced at about $200 is like alien technology by comparison. Give one to anybody in your family, and they’ll think you’re out of this world. Try the Amazon Kindle Fire HD.
5. Griffin Blue Trip Aux
Can’t stomach the cost of a fancy new bluetooth car stereo for Uncle Bubba? If he’s got an AUX IN jack on the front of his current radio, then this gizmo is the missing link when it comes to wirelessly streaming music to his ride.
6. New iPod Nano
Past iterations of the Nano have been many things to many people: a music player, video camera or watch. This year’s model, for the first time, features a multi-touch big screen, bluetooth connectivity and a home button reminiscent of its more intelligent iSiblings, the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. Where portability is king, Nano reigns supreme.
7. Ceiva Digital Photo Receiver
If grandma and grandpa aren’t keen on the idea of an internet service bill, then take matters into your own hands. This photo frame has its own email address and connects to the internet over an old-fashioned phone line, pulling down sent photos for display. The cost is all on your end, and grandpa and grandpa get those priceless pictures.
8. Samsung Galaxy 5 MP3 Player
At 5″ the Galaxy 5 Player packs some serious pocketable power. It’s like a sweet Android phone without the phone (and without the phone bill).
If you know someone who dreams of cutting the cord, AKA ditching their cable or satellite service, then consider this device the necessary pair of scissors. Attach a hard drive (for DVR functionality) and HDTV antenna to this device and watch free, over-the-air local stations via your PC, iPad or Roku box.
10. Polaroid Z2300
The Z2300 features an integrated printer with ZINK® Technology, enabling users to instantly capture, edit and in less than a minute print full color, 2×3 prints. This camera has the ability to upload images to any social media platform.