Besides our usual gift guide, to celebrate the holidays, we’re giving away the Impluse 4G Smartphone for AT&T. The Impulse 4G is a svelte Android smartphone that packs in a 3.8″ touchscreen, along with a 5MP with autofocus and LED flash.
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Now on-to 2011′s Holiday Gift Guide – Part II! This year we’ve divided the gift guide into different categories:
You have to give mom some love this holiday season. Who does more to keep the family running on an even keel? Here are some of the best ideas this year to make life a little easier on mom. After all, no one deserves to be pampered more!
Stem Innovation iZon Remote Room Monitor
Help mom watch over the newest member of the family with the iZon Remote Room Monitor. This useful camera records both audio and video, and streams it over your home’s wireless network. That stream can be accessed using any iOS device, no matter how far away from home mom is. Mom can even receive alerts and notifications, and can record video to a private YouTube account. Being a mom is stressful enough as it is. Lighten the load with the iZon, and give mom the gift of peace of mind for $130 this holiday season. She’ll be appreciative.
Epson MegaPlex MG-50 Projector
Mom loves embarrassing her kids. You know she only does it because she loves you, though. Help mom make those family slideshows shine with the Epson MegaPlex MG-50 Projector. You can connect smartphones, tablets, PCs, and gaming consoles to this projector/speaker combination device. The images produced by the projector pop with color and the speakers produce wonderful sound thanks to two 10-watt stereo speakers. You might not like seeing those baby pictures projected to life-size, but you know it’ll make mom happy, and that’s all that matters, right? The Epson MegaPlex MG-50 Projector doesn’t come cheap, though, coming in at $700. Mom better have been very, very good this year.
Kodak Holiday Photo Cards
So, you’ve finally managed to wrangle the kids into giving you one decent photo. Or, maybe you have that perfect shot from a family outing earlier in the year that you know will warm mom’s heart. How do you turn it into a holiday gift she’ll never forget? Check out Kodak’s Holiday Photo Card website. You can upload your own pictures, then choose between dozens of themes, sizes, colors, and styles to customize the perfect holiday card that will stay up on the mantle for years to come. You can create your own personalized messages, and add as many photos to your personalized card as you’d like. Personalized Kodak Holiday Photo Cards range from less than $1.00 each to about $2.50 each.
Roomba 700 Series
Give mom a little bit more time to relax this holiday season, with some of the smartest robot vacuums to hit stores yet. The Roomba 700 series continues to make improvements to automatic vacuum technology, thanks to iAdapt and the Persistent Pass Cleaning Pattern, which intelligently attack the dirtiest areas, while at the same time never failing to miss a spot. With longer, harder bristles, these new Roombas suck up even the most ingrained dirt, making the house not just clean, but mom clean. And, in case mom still doesn’t trust the robots just yet, she can use the included remote control to go over particularly dirty spots over and over (and over and over) again. The Roomba 700 series starts at $450. With twice the battery life as previous models, mom will be propping her feet up a little more often thanks to you.
Nespresso Pixie Espresso Maker
Help mom get herself and the whole family up and at ‘em with this speedy espresso and lungo maker, from Nespresso. In addition to being more efficient and better for the environment, the espresso maker cranks out cups of coffee in 25-30 seconds, though the serving sizes are fairly small. Even still, mom is bound to love the sleek, space efficient coffee maker that will make her mornings that much more bearable. You can get mom to wake up and smell the coffee for about $237 off Amazon.
Homedics Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier
Mom will be able to breathe a little easier once she gets this humidifier when the holidays come around. The 1-gallon tank on the Homedics Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier lasts for 48 hours of continuous operation, and automatically shuts off when the tank is empty. The Cool Mist Humidifier is so quiet, you’ll probably forget it’s even there once you turn around. Mom won’t even need to worry about cleaning the device – Clean Mist antimicrobial additive makes sure the tank stays clean, and the family stays healthy, breathing in clean, fresh air all day long. You can freshen up the home for mom’s sake for $80 off of Homedics’ website.
Kodak HERO All-in-one printers
Kodak’s HERO printers aren’t just wireless – but they also let you print from the cloud! That means you can email your printer something to print, even if you’re away from home! Kodak’s Cloud printers also have support for Google Cloud Print, and you can even use your tablet or smartphone to wirelessly and remotely send print jobs to your printer at home. Kodak’s Cloud supported printers range in price from $108.99 for the HERO 5.1 All-in-one to the premium HERO 9.1 All-in-one for $249.99 which sports a 4.3″ color touchscreen.
Gifts for Fashionistas
What’s a gadget without style? Help the resident fashionista in your home make geek cool for everyone with one of these hot items that are sure to turn heads on the street. Do your part to help make this holiday season the most fabulous ever for the people who need every part of their life to look its absolute best.
Incase Andy Warhol Cases and Sleeves
Andy Warhol was one of the defining artists of his day, practically creating pop culture for his generation. So, you know a clean, stylish collage of some of his best works will make for a case or sleeve that will get some attention anywhere your favorite fashionista goes. These black and white collages juxtapose Warhol’s consumerist themes with his many religious works, making for a jarring conversation piece. There are sleeves for the 15” and 13” MacBook Pro ($60), a sleeve for the 11” MacBook Air ($50), a jacket for iPads ($80), and a hard case for the iPhone 4 ($40). A little pricey, but looking good never comes cheap.
Case-Mate Smartphone Cases By Jessica Swift
These patterned smartphone cases from Case-Mate, designed by Jessica Swift, are bursting with color and are some of the most distinctive you’ll probably find anywhere. There are four choices ranging from geometric to floral to peacock, and best of all, are available for more phones than just the iPhone 4S. If your stylish someone has spurned the way of Apple, you can select a case for the BlackBerry Curve, BlackBerry Bold, or Samsung Galaxy S. The Case-Mate Jessica Swift cases cost $35 each from the Case-Mate website.
Who said earphones needed to be boring? If you have a girl in your family who practically never takes those earbuds out, get her looking cute on the go with these Harajuku headphones, from Monster. Each pair comes with five sets of tiny Harajuku Girl faces that can be clipped on to the wires. The clips are sturdy, so the wearer won’t lose her fashion statements all over the place. The wires themselves are designed to resist tangling, and the sound quality is surprisingly good. For $60 off Amazon, you can help that special girl in your family make gadgets cute to wear. That’s quite the accomplishment.
Whether you’re aiming to buy a purse, handbag, iPad jacket, or laptop sleeve, Knomo’s wide selection of premium leather products are sure to put stars in the eyes of anyone who gets one this holiday season. Each Knomo Bag features a sleek, professional design that won’t look out of place at home, in the office, or out on the town. Knomo’s website has dozens of styles and colors to choose from, so get to browsing and find the perfect bag for that special lady. Play your cards right, and this could be a home run gift this year.
The Nerd, From Jawbone
Jawbone has long made some the best-known Bluetooth headsets for mobile phones. Now, it’s doing the same for PCs, adding their sleek, minimalist style to computer audio. The Nerd is a small USB dongle that plugs in to any PC. That dongle will route all audio from the computer to the Jawbone headset, which will also still be capable of taking calls from the user’s mobile phone. For many, it’ll just be another excuse to wear their beloved Jawbone headsets around. Add in military-grade noise cancellation, and you have a winning gift for the fashion conscious this holiday season!
Touch Mouse Artist Edition
Surprise your favorite fashionista with a mouse that looks cool, and works smoother than any other PC mouse before it. The Touch Mouse Artist Edition features an elaborate black and white geometric design, but the real treat is how the mouse works. No more clicks and scrolls – just natural gestures that make for easier, more streamlined computing. This holiday season, you can get a soon to be very grateful person the gift of ease and comfort, with good looks to boot. The Touch Mouse Artist Edition is selling for $80 off of the Microsoft website.
For Pet Owners / Lovers
Dogs and cats need love during holiday time, too! Make sure there’s a present under the tree for your favorite four-legged friend. Or, you can get the perfect gift for your dog-sweater obsessed friend. Either way, someone’s going to be excited to see these gifts once the holidays roll around!
Hartz Angry Birds Pet Toys
Looks like the Angry Birds have moved on from the Pigs – they’re looking to conquer cats and dogs next! Hartz has a whole line of Angry Birds pet toys that your best friend is sure to go nuts over. There are squeaky toys, chew toys, bells, a catnip stick – something for every good little cat or dog this year! Plus, you can find out if Angry Birds are as addictive for animals as they are for humans. It’s science and holiday fun bundled together! Not a bad deal.
Tagg – the Pet Tracker
This one is a must-buy for any pet owner in your circle of friends this year. Pets are a beloved part of the family, and anyone who has ever lost one knows just how traumatic it can be. Tagg looks to prevent something like that from ever happening again. The Tagg is a collar you can put on your pet, which holds a GPS tracker inside. After pairing it with your smartphone, you can receive notifications if your pet ever wanders outside of a set zone. If all goes well, whoever uses Tagg will never have to worry about a lost pet again. It goes without saying that the recipient of this gift will be more than grateful. Tagg is available in multiple colors, and currently sells for $200, which includes the first year of service free. After the first year, the Tagg service will cost $60 per year, so make sure the person to whom you are giving the gift knows that.
FurCode Pet ID Tags
Pet ID tags have reached the 21st century. Forget those old dog tags – how much information could you really fit onto one of them? Instead, consider a FurCode pet ID tag. The tag features a QR code that anyone with a smartphone and a barcode scanner can check to view vital information about the pet, including name, address, and medical conditions. It’s a priceless aid in trying to return a lost pet home. But, what if the other person doesn’t have a barcode scanner or a smartphone? No problems. The other side of the tag has an alphanumeric code that can be entered into any web browser, displaying your pet’s profile. You’ll have the eternal gratitude of any pet owner you gift this to come December.
DJ Cat Scratch
DJ Santa Claws is going to be packing the house this holiday season thanks to the DJ Cat Scratch. It’s a scratching post with a design incredibly loyal to an actual turntable. Anyone’s cat (and, by extension, anyone watching) will get a kick out of the funky feline beats coursing through the house thanks to this cat toy. OK, so maybe there won’t actually be any beats, but seeing a cat do its best Deadmau5 impersonation has to count for something, right? It’ll probably even live up to the name better. Kitty can start breaking it down for $35 off Perpetual Kid.
Gifts for Students
Winter break – the perfect time for students to restock, reload, and prepare to take on the second half of the school year. Make sure your student has the tools they need for success with one of these great tech gifts, all of which will look great in any dorm room!
HP dm1z Laptop Series
Students need portability. Students need lots of functionality. Students need to watch movies when they should be studying for finals. Students need one laptop that fits all of those requirements, and luckily for them, there’s a perfect one out now on the market for an impressively low price. The HP dm1z series of laptops crams an HD display, support for 8 GB of RAM and 640 GB of storage, a dual-core AMD E300 processor, and 1080p support into a tiny, lightweight 11.6” frame. It’s the perfect student laptop – it does everything, and weighs next to nothing. Best of all, you can set your student up for success for as low as $400 now, off of HP’s website. That should make for some happy holidays all around.
Idea Dancing Animal Speakers
You’re never too old for cute. Whether you have a tech-savvy middle schooler or an all-grown-up college student, these Idea Dancing Animal Speakers will be a beloved addition to any entertainment set-up this holiday season. There’s an elephant, lion, frog, penguin (a guaranteed hit), and a rabbit, all of which are just stuffed animals – until you plug them in to an iPod or computer. Once the tunes start playing, the animals will start dancing and moving their mouths to the music. They can also be set to react to external noises, instead. Get ready for a cuteness overload, and one very happy student, come December. Each Idea Dancing Animal Speaker sells for $70 off Gizmine.
USB Animal Warm Cushions
Winter is coming. The holidays will bring with them the biting cold, and it’s hard to stay warm sometimes when you’re on the computer. Blankets slip off, portable heaters sometimes don’t work well. It’s a problem. Now, it’s a problem that can be solved thanks to one of these adorable USB warm cushions. Your student can grab one of these little guys on a cold night, plug it into any USB port, and feel the cold melt away as the cushion warms up almost instantly. These guys are bound to warm the heart of any student this year, in more ways than one! They’re selling now for $52.70 per cushion.
iMM155 Vibro II Alarm Clock
Students aren’t really known for their prowess at getting out of bed in the morning. Send them a subtle hint, and help a college student away from home out (because they don’t know how important of an alarm clock mom is until they leave the nest) with the iMM155 Vibro II Alarm Clock. This alarm clock is an iPhone/iPod Touch dock that will wake students up to music, an alarm, or any FM radio station. Of course, some students need a little extra to wake up – the ones that tend to sleep through fire alarms and earthquakes. They’ll benefit from the Shaker, a small vibrating box that will jolt just about any deep sleeper out of their slumber. Send your student a wake-up call this December for $70, off of iLuv’s website.
If you want to be the cool aunt or uncle reviled by the parents of every college student, look no further than the iBottleOpeners. Not even close to every college is represented here, but if you know a student headed to one of these institutes of higher intoxication, you can gently encourage a little irresponsibility, and show some school pride along the way! Oh, and their iPhones will be protected from all of the spills and falls it will no doubt suffer during those Thursday night parties. How can you not gift something that useful? The iBottleOpeners sell for $25 now right here.
Perfect for those students who are dorming, FitBit will keep their nutrition and fitness in check, when it is often replaced with a six-pack of beer and sleeping. This handsome device will make getting in shape addictive. It’s trendy and discrete to wear, but robust when it comes to counting and keeping track of your daily activity. Using the Fitbit device along with the Fitbit mobile app, will be sure to keep the student in your household in shape. The FitBit Ultra tracker retails for $99.95.
Most students are cash strapped, sometimes they are even too cash strapped to pay for iTunes music! Fortunately, Spotify has just recently arrived on U.S. shores and it has already spread like wildfire, and for good reason. The popular music streaming service offers free instant, on-demand access to more than 15 million tunes. But take things a step further by giving them a Spotify Premium membership which will let them take their Spotify music with them on their iPhone, Android, and other smartphones – even when their phone is offline. Spotify Premium membership costs $10 a month.
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