Unique Christmas Gift Idea for the Hard to Impress Techie
We’ve all got that person who just seems to have everything. Well, don’t worry, you can still leave smiles all over their faces with these awesome holiday gift ideas that are sure to surprise and impress – even them.
The Nook Color takes eReaders past being a one-use tool. In addition to having all of your favorite books, you can check out droves of magazines and newspapers in full color. It comes with Wi-Fi, too, so you can use it for web browsing and email, plus there are plenty of apps available for the device – making it essentially a tablet too. You can even sync up your reading selections with your favorite social media sites, to let everyone know your recommendations, likes, and dislikes. The Nook Color retails for $249.
It’s pretty hard to make speakers that live up to the promise of higher quality sound, but somehow, Philips has succeeded with its Fidelio iPod Dock. The docking station processes all of the music on your iPod or iPhone bit by bit, and translates each note into the highest possible quality that can be managed, which then comes through the speakers. Believe me, it’ll be music to your ears. It has an ultra-simple interface (no buttons), as it is controlled purely through the app that is downloaded automatically upon docking your iPod or iPhone. It’s a great gift for the audiophile in your life, and comes in at $199.
The dilemma of the digital camera has been solved. Everyone wants the convenience of a small digital camera, but loves the amazing quality that is provided by bulky SLR and DSLR cameras. Now, you can have the best of both worlds in the Sony NEX-5. It’s got all of the high definition specs of a DSLR, packed into the size and simplicity of your standard point and shoot. The option of having high-definition picture taking capability on the go is a tantalizing one indeed, and can make a holiday gift that will come as a complete surprise and will be used less than five minutes after the wrapping paper comes off, guaranteed. The Sony NEX-5 retails for $699.99.
For the discriminating techie, you can look into buying a solid state drive, and the OCZ Vertex Series SATA II 2.5” SSD is one of the best available on the market. Solid state drives store data just as well as any other hard drive, but rely on microchips, and do not contain moving parts. Your friend or family member will love the peace of mind of the stability and hardiness of this drive. No moving parts means less breakdown, and less cost for everyone. You make this solid investment for someone for less than $400, for capacities ranging from 32GB to 256GB.
Add a little unexpected flair to your iPhone with this portable amplifier horn stand. The stand has a dock for iPhones, and adds 13 decibels of sound to the speakers using good old-fashioned acoustics, and not a bit more battery power. The speaker horn itself looks great, and also allows the iPhone to be propped up on it’s side, for better viewing. It’ll make a fun stocking stuffer for the fans of the retro style, and is available off the website linked above for just $24.95.
This sleek, and (finally) silent printer is amazingly useful, and doesn’t even require a PC to measure up to the best of the best. You can print directly from the web by using a host of different apps with the high-resolution touch screen. It’s fully functional as a printer, scanner and copier, as well. Throw in amazingly detailed print quality, and you’ve got quite a useful machine on your hands, or in the hands of your favorite snapshot aficionado. You can buy one straight from HP for as low as $219.99.
When the Droid line of smartphones came out, you had to figure this was inevitable. Motorola, Verizon and LucasArts have teamed up to create the Droid R2D2 smartphone. The back of the phone resembles the iconic droid from the Star Wars universe, and the phone itself is a fully functional Droid 2 machine. It also comes with an assortment of Star Wars wallpapers and themed apps to play with. The force can be with your Star Wars fanatic for $249.99.