Tech Gift Giving Ideas for the Holidays

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In Cyber Monday: Tech Gifts and Shopping Tips, I already announced that I think this is the year of the tablet. Good heavens, people, there are so many tablets for adults and kids available – give somebody one! Give everybody one!

Happy Holidays by Maria Ly via Flickr

If you want to play Santa with a tech gift other than a tablet, or in addition to a tablet, I've rounded up some advice from around the blogosphere for your inspiration.

For Your Elders

At Aging in Place Technology Watch they have ideas for older folks. They start off with iPad and Kindle Fire, but quickly head into other categories such as phones:

A senior safety home telephone system -- like VTech’s CareLine phone -- could be useful. It has large buttons, photo speed dial, visual ring, an integrated pendant and it's at Radio Shack. Take a look at a new two-way video system from VideoCare. Bet you didn’t know that 34% of the 65+ are texting on their phones. So maybe it is time for a smart phone like the Jitterbug Touch or even the "designed for humans" – once it is set up properly – Samsung Galaxy S III. For iPhone aficionados, there is the terrific for seniors iPhone 5 or, ya gotta love it, even a book about overcoming its mysteries.

In case the elder in your life already has the smart phone, Aging in Place recommends a few apps to help with things like managing medications and physical activity.

For Gamers and SciFi Fans

Think Geek recommends Doctor Who Monopoly. It promises 50 years of Doctor Who in one game.

Gaming Angels like PrankPacks. Gaming Angels is using Pinterest to suggest great holiday gifts this year. They have a board for Holiday Wants. You can also see a list of suggestions for gamers in Gaming Angels Holiday Gift Guide.

I cannot neglect the fabulous and fantastical Holiday Gift Guide from The Mary Sue. Here you will learn about personalized letters to Hogwarts, Women of Science laser cut wooden ornaments, The Unofficial Game of Thrones Cookbook, PopCycled comic book themed jewelry, geeky tee shirts from Threadless, and countless other gift ideas that are different but would be loved by the recipient.

For Camera Buffs

Geek Sugar suggests some cutting-edge cameras and modern day Polaroids. Among them: the WiFi-enabled Alpha NEX-5R, the Canon Powershot SX50 (which has a 50X zoom – wow) and the Lytro camera. I was so impressed by the Lytro when it first came out, BlogHer spotlighted this post from Cool Mom Tech about it: Light Field Camera: Shiny, Shiny New Toy.

Speaking of Cool Mom Tech, they cannot sing the praises of the Samsung Galaxy Camera enough. They mention several innovative features, and this:

But what really makes this camera so innovative is that it connects via 3G/4G and Wi-Fi networks. So, you have the image quality of a 16 megapixel camera plus the convenience of being able to share your professional-looking pictures instantly. No more downloads or wires--not even a wireless memory card is needed.

Clickin Moms have plenty of ideas about cameras, but the lensbaby lens featured here looks great for photographers, too.

If you’ve never used a lensbaby before, they almost seem like a mysterious kind of secret, something unique and totally different. This is how I felt before I joined in on the fun about nine months ago. Lately I’ve found more and more people experimenting with them, and loving them. They bring something fresh and new to images and they are not expensive compared to most lenses.

For the Athletic Techie

There's a bike mount called GoRide that attaches your iPhone to your bike frame. Last time I checked, they were sold out. Hopefully more are on the way.

The Nike+Fuelband is meant to help you track your daily activity and help you do more.

For the Web Designers

Seems like everyone in the world has a blog, and everyone in the world works on the blog's design. Maybe you know someone who would love one of the gifts suggested in .net Magazines list of gifts for web designers. Many items web designers mention coveting would be good stocking stuffers, too. For example, the Powergen Juice Pack and the Logitech Performance Mouse MX. The coolest item in this list is the Oakley Airwave goggles suggested by Shane Mielke:

"You don’t need to be an alpine enthusiast to want these amazing goggles with a built-in heads up display that integrates GPS, maps, music playlist control, buddy tracking and Smartphone connectivity to view your text messages and caller id. Onboard sensors give you instant access to performance analytics that show max speed, distance, height and airtime of your jumps."

It isn't just a web designer thing. Geeky gadget lovers everywhere would go crazy for these goggles.

Stocking Stuffers

Think Geek has a section of stocking stuffer ideas. Things like cans of unicorn meat, The Hunger Games Mockingjay pins, gyroscopes and Star Wars crew socks. If you want something kind of funny, check their ideas.

Scraps of My Geek Life put together a great list of Tech Stocking Stuffers for 2012. Included are items like an Xbox LIVE 12 Month Gold Membership, Amazon and iTunes gift cards, and my personal special request to Santa this year – the HMDX Audio HX-P230PU JAM Bluetooth Wireless Speaker. I think I whispered my wish in the right ear.

What else?

Oh, yeah, if you have $20,000 to spare, don't forget to give that Super-High-Def 4K TV to someone on your list. Or keep it in mind for next year, when the price may be lower.

Did I forget the favorite tech item on your wish list? Please share what it is.

Virginia DeBolt, BlogHer Section Editor for Tech
Virginia blogs at Web Teacher and First 50 Words.

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