Not to stress you out or anything — but it’s ALMOST CHRISTMAS! Are you finished with your holiday shopping? Do you have all the perfect gifts for everyone on your list? If your answer is no to any of those questions, here are a handful of easy picks in every price range, and for everyone in the family.
Kindle Paperwhite Kids
The Kindle Paperwhite Kids is a popular pick for parents and young ones alike. It’s a super lightweight, small but mighty gadget, that holds thousands of books. It’s like a doorway to stories and adventures that engage, educate, and entertain. This one’s all about encouraging kids to spend more quality time reading — distraction-free — no apps, videos, or games! Interesting stat: Kids with Kindles read — on average — more than an hour a day, according to the company. It’s waterproof, comes with a year of Amazon Kids+, a kid-friendly cover, and a 2-year guarantee.
Kodak Printomatic Instant Print Camera
This one’s a real crowd-favorite. It’s fast, fun, and easy to use. Anyone in the family (even kids!) can point, shoot, and print high-quality full-color photos. It prints 2 x 3″ images on sticky-backed Photo Paper, so you don’t need any ink cartridges or toners, but you might want to pick up extra Photo Paper with it too. It comes with a built-in flash and a MicroSD card — in six different colors — for around $50.
For anyone who prefers experience gifts, I just signed up for language lessons with Rosetta Stone. Of all the language learning apps and tech tools out there, this is my pick because it’s more practical and immersive than most others I’ve reviewed. It actually teaches you the language and how to use it, in real-life situations, delivering bite-sized lessons, and real-life scenarios, and their “TruAccent pronunciation engine.” That’s it instantly compares your voice to native and non-native speakers, so you get real-time feedback for the most accurate pronunciation.
Kids always want the gadgets their parents have, and this is a hot new wearable from Garmin with a great name: Bounce. It’s an LTE-connected kids smartwatch featuring two-way text, voice messaging, and real-time location tracking via the Garmin Jr. app. Tap the app and see where your kids are and get notified when they leave predefined areas, such as school, sports practice, or home. Garmin’s known for health metrics, and those are all here too: Sleep, steps, active minutes, and fitness activity like walking, running, biking, and even time in a swimming pool shows up in the app. It’s also on sale right now for just under $140, with a $10/month subscription for the LTE service.
After all the gadget testing I’ve done, a screen with the sole purpose of making you feel better is one of my all-time favorite things: It’s called the Presence “Inspiration” Display — using the science-based power of daily affirmations to deliver a personalized and carefully curated playlist of inspirational quotes and words of wisdom from movie stars and luminaries — from Jennifer Lawrence and Drake — to Oprah and Albert Einstein. This is a great way to surround yourself with an always-on and visible feel-good bit of tech. And it’s half off right now too!
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