Chances are you have at least one person in your life who is also a lover of shiny new gadgets and technologically-advanced toys. Maybe you are even one of those people. In that case, you most likely don’t need this idea guide. But if you’re not so in-the-loop in these kinds of matters, then this top ten list should be all that you need.
10. Speaker Docking System for iPod
This 10-watt sound speaker docking station lets you play the music you have stored on your iPod, recharge, and download more music all at the same time. It’s intended for iPod use, but will work with any audio device (including MP3 players, CD and DVD players, and computers) as long as it has a 3.5mm mini output jack.
9. Executive USB Drive Pen
Not only a high-quality pen, but this nifty item also comes with a laser pointer and a 512 MB flash drive that you can easily put into your computer’s USB port to store or transfer files.
8. SIRIUS STILETTO 100 SL100 Satellite radio
Satellite radio has slowly been making its way up over the past few years, but is usually only available in the car or in the home. With the Stiletto portable satellite radio, you can take it anywhere you go. Connect to commercial-free music and radio over a WiFi network. You can also store up to 2 GB of SIRIUS radio programming, schedule and record up to 6-hour segments of music, talk or news, bookmark your favorite songs and even download and manage MP3/WMA files with the included My SIRIUS Studio software.
7. Galileo FS-720 Astronomical/Terrestrial Refractor Telescope
The perfect but not-too-pricey gift for any stargazer who lacks a telescope, this one comes with a built-in 2x flip Barlow lens and a Mars Eye finderscope.
6. Lego Mindstorms NXT Programmable Robot
This is a gift for both older kids and adults alike – an easy way to build your own robot full with your own programming preferences. Bluetooth technology lets you command your robot from your computer, cell phone or PDA.
5. Apple 80 GB iPod with Video
It’s very likely that the person you’re shopping for already has an iPod. If they don’t, why not give them the top of the line with the option to hold movies and video? There’s more than enough space for more than music. Even if they already do have one, giving them an upgrade to this would make an awesome gift. If they don’t happen to be a video type of person, then at least they’ll probably have enough space for their music to never run out.
4. Magellan RoadMate 300+
Definitely not one of the best GPS systems out there, but a decently-priced one that more than gets the job done. It comes preloaded with a detailed map of the entire US, Puerto Rico and Canada. You can get to exactly where you want to go without even having to download additional information like some other GPS systems require. With a touch to the screen, you can enter an exact address or just choose from almost 2 million points of interest.
3. SideKick 3
This just may be one of the most expensive (and hard-to-get-your-hands-on) cell phones out there – but it’s so much more than that. Its e-mail and IM interfaces are probably its best features yet. Sure, you can get those options on regular cell phones for a lot less. But the speed and screen size in the SideKick 3 tops nearly any other phone out there. It also supports three different IM formats – AIM, Yahoo and MSN. Aside from those basics, this phone comes with a light-up trackball that you can use to navigate with.
2. Sony DCR-DVD105 DVD Handycam Camcorder
From one of the top-of-the-line brands out there comes this sleek little camcorder – for a very decent price. The feature that stands out to me the most on this thing is its easy-to-use interface; no matter if you’re a beginner or an advanced user when it comes to such things, it shouldn’t be a problem. With this you have the option to shoot and record directly onto DVD so you can choose when you want to share your videos. Smoother video comes more natural than other cameras, with the Super SteadyShot Image technology that prevents and lessens “camera shake”. That and the 800x digital zoom is what makes this camera so technologically advanced for beginners and experts alike.
1. Olympus Evolt E-330 7.5MP Digital Camera Kit
Don’t mind the hefty pricetag on this one. It’s well worth it, especially if you have the money and want to impress. Any digital photographer would probably drool just by holding this camera in their hands. It comes with a Zuiko 14-45mm zoom lens, with interchangeable capability. There are more options for lighting and zoom than one will know what to do with – such as taking closeup shots, wide angles, or quicker pictures. Also included is a Li-ion rechargeable battery with the charger, a USB 2.0 cable, a video-out cable, strap, lens caps, lens hood and the Olympus Master software.