Christmas is right around the corner. It’s time to start thinking (if you haven’t already) about getting some shopping done for the family. Some people are exceptionally hard to shop for, so here are some gift ideas to give you a hand this holiday season.
If your dad is anything like mine, he’s stubborn. He has the atlas he bought when he got the first family van and refuses to buy a new one because this one “still works.” And when he gets lost going places he blames construction or “the idiots who designed this city.” Why not surprise him this Christmas with a portable GPS Navigator from Garmin?
The Garmin nuvi offers turn by turn directions, current and updated software, two and three dimensional views, and a rechargeable lithium ion battery. The nuvi would make the perfect trip companion for dad.
Now, my mom likes to read. But, she’s gotten away from it of late since she’s running out of space for all her books. A great mom gift this year would be Amazon’s Kindle.
The Kindle is lightweight, has a battery life of up to one month, offers storage for up to 3500 books, and has built-in wi-fi. It’s easy to carry on the go, takes up very little space, and would make any reader happy this Christmas.
When I was a teenager I loved music and taking pictures. With the advent of Facebook, more teens these days are sharing photos of themselves and their friends with each other. And, also via Facebook, kids are sharing songs and videos from their favorite artists. If you have a child like this, I suggest either an Apple iPod or maybe the 10 megapixel Polaroid I1036.
The iPod comes in various capacities so it’s easy to get the one that’s right for your teenage son or daughter. They also come in all sorts of colors. Some versions offer video capability which would make for a better bus trip to school.
The Polaroid I1036 offers 3x optical and 4x digital zooms. It has easy to use usb connection to transfer pictures to a computer and has an expandable SD card slot to allow for more pictures to be taken. The 2.7″ rear LCD monitor is really quite big and allows for image previews. No more shooting through rolls and rolls of film to be developed. Get instant gratification by going digital.
Some friends have a little boy who can’t get enough of Yo Gabba Gabba. I’d never heard of the show, but after watching it with them I kind of wish I had a show like that when I was a kid. It combines educational, entertaining programming for the youngster with popular stars and musicians for mom and dad.
If you go to Ty’s Toy Box, they carry a plethora of YGG items from clothes to CDs to toys. Really, you can’t go wrong here. You’re entertaining a child while enriching his or her life at the same time. Feels good, right?
For the movie buffs or tv show watchers in the family, keep an eye out for current new releases. Tuesday is generally the DVD release day. That’s not always the case, but I’d say about 99% of the time it is.
For the video gamers in the house, maybe try a Wii, PlayStation 3, or Xbox-360 game. Or, if they’re more of the Massive Multiplayer Online (MMO) gamer be sure to hit the stores for the December release of World of Warcraft: Cataclysm. This is the third installment of the WoW games and it looks exciting.
This stuff isn’t just going to magically appear under the tree itself. So, let’s go shopping. The mall? The mall would probably have almost everything on this list. But, it’ll also be pricy, you’d have to wander aisle after aisle to find it, and then you’d have to deal with all the other holiday shoppers as well as the cashiers who probably don’t want to be there any more than you do. Try shopping online.
The internet offers all of your favorite mall/department stores as well as sites like eBay and Amazon where you can find some things for significantly cheaper than you might at the store. There are also specialty sites online like Tigerdirect.com where you can find discount priced electronics.
Now, this isn’t to say you shouldn’t take advantage of Black Friday sales at department stores. Some of those sales are really too great to miss. Once again, you can usually find ads for the sales on the internet between a month and a week of Thanksgiving. So, you don’t have to wait for the day of to find a newspaper and then see what’s on sale. You can have the jump on the competition and make your way to what you really want.
I hope this article will help make your holiday shopping a little easier this year. Once you get the shopping out of the way you’ll have more time to spend with love ones. And that’s what the holiday season is all about.