Consumer electronics are a hot gift segment for the 2010 holiday season. Here are a few ideas that run the gamut of prices but are unique in what they deliver.
Vizit Frames are digital photo frames with a cellular connection and a website for you to upload photos so that you can SHARE those photos with others in your personal network that you create. Imagine being able to upload photos from special events or holidays (Christmas morning) to loved ones across the country so that they can share the fun and have a virtual slideshow! Check the site for prices and details about network sharing.
I can honestly say that one of my biggest pet peeves about the iPhone was that I was constantly tapping on the screen and scratching it up. I love keyboards – they're what I use daily. Why Apple made the iPhone touch-screen-only is beyond me. Now users of the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 can finally have a physical QWERTY keyboard that rotates out when needed and hides behind the phone wen no longer needed. ThinkGeek's TK-421 sturdy case includes a built-in keyboard that connects to the device via Bluetooth. The keyboard powers up with its own built-in, rechargeable battery. The magnetic clasp keeps the keyboard securely in place when not in use. The keyboard works with all native iPhone apps that support keyboard input, like email, notes and the Safari web browser – and you can use it to text-message. The TK-421 iPhone case is available now on ThinkGeek.com for $49.95.
Sculpted Hand/Objet d'Art iPhone/iPod Charger
GIMME POWER has finally matched up form with function in this elegant balance of high tech and high touch. A functional yet decorative iPhone charger is a bold design statement. (Love that chrome finish! It also comes in white.) This device transforms the utilitarian charger into an art object – and this is the first of a series of design-centric devices. Designed originally by Linda Zelenko, principal, York Street Studio, the innovative charging concept was brought to life by her teenage daughter, Ana Piscuskas. York Street Studio is an entrepreneurial interior design firm known for their luxurious yet practical and comfortable ergonomic designs.
$265 for silver, $180 for white from www.yorkstreet.com.
This is the first of a series of gift guides I'll be posting on assorted topics for Holiday 2010. Stay tuned!