Finding just the right gift for Christmas can be hard, but fortunately technology can bail us all out. There are technology-based gifts for just about anyone. Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift for your 75-year-old grandpa who does crossword puzzles, your 50-year-old father who “bah-humbugs” anything made by Playstation or Nintendo, or your teenage daughter who seems to never be impressed by anything. Electronic gifts can be great because they don’t have to be necessary to be enjoyed. Here are some of the most creative (and universal!) electronic gifts you can give.
A tablet makes a great gift for almost anyone— even someone who barely knows how to turn on a computer, let alone send an email or look up the news, can figure out a tablet computer. The easy-to-use interface makes it easy to surf the web, play downloadable games, read news, watch videos and movies, check email and do just about anything you could do on a computer— although in a much smaller package.
That’s right, Pong is coming back. Some people aren’t huge fans of the newer gaming systems that have come out, and prefer a throw back to their childhood. Pong can be a perfect gift for that anachronism in your life who shuns the Wii or Playstation. So pick up the new version of this classic, wrap it in some vintage paper, put it under the Christmas tree and enjoy the throw back to Christmas 1972.
3M makes a pocket projector that is small, but that also creates a quality image that can be up to 60 inches big. Now all that a business person needs to project images for a meeting is a smart phone and this attachment. No more wheeling a laptop and a bulky, whirring projector around on business trips. This small projector also makes it easy and fun to project PowerPoints, emails, videos and cute pictures for business partners, friends and family to enjoy.
Shure makes headphones to keep any audiophile happy. Sometimes people forget how awesome audio can be because they get so used to little ear buds that make it hard to get the full effect of the music they’re listening to. The Shure SRH 440 headphones will remind anyone lucky enough to have them exactly how rich music really can sound.
Sanyo makes a battery charger for AA and AAA batteries that connects to the USB port of a computer. At around $15, it doesn’t take long for the Sanyo Eneloop batteries and USB charger to pay for itself – it may seem boring as you buy it, but the techie in your life will be thrilled when he finds it under the Christmas tree.
The Yamaha Tenori-On is an LED lighted musical toy. The Tenori-On is a new instrument that creates sound and lights which combine to make beautiful music that will stimulate anyone who is creative.
The MyLight HugLight is a flexible flashlight that can be wrapped around a wrist, or wrapped around a ladder to free up the use of hands. This makes a great gift for mom and dad or for children who love to read with a night light too. A book light that can worn as a convenient necklace or flashy bracelet? What could make a child happier?
The perfect way to travel with all of these gadgets is to put them in the Waterfield Designs Cargo Bag, which protects electronics, allows room for other necessities, and looks good too. This bag is the perfect way to take electronics on the go.
Whether it is something pragmatic that anyone can use, or a game or gadget that is addictive, tech gifts are reliably perfect for just about anyone and can often range from under $15, they also don’t have to bankrupt the giver.