Still looking for gifts for those hard to please kids, teens, boomers and seniors in your life? Stress no more. We’ve done the homework and come up with 14 perfect knock-their- socks-off, hug-worthy presents to put under the Christmas tree. And speaking of surprises: Nobody’s going to expect you to give them a supercool techie gift like the ones below. (Plus, see more techie gifts on the Senior Planet Pinterest page.
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For your favorite geek
The Internet T-Shirt
We love this handprinted T-Shirt from the Fourth Floor Print Shop in Brooklyn. To get it in time for the holidays, order now and include a note to the shop’s owner, who says “we’ll do our best to accommodate you.” Shirts are Unisex and come in sizes extra-small to extra-large.
For incurable hipsters
Lomography Actionsampler Camera, $32
From the MoMA Store website: “The Actionsampler camera produces its unique images by taking four separate images sequentially over a one second period which print quadrant-style on the final photograph.” Sweet! Technicalities aside, Lomography appeals to hipster types because of the image’s handmade look – it’s the photo equivalent of Brooklyn artisanal chocolate. Recommended by Senior Planet Director Melissa Sigmond.
For mini digital photographers
LEGO 3MP Digital Camera, $39.99
Another tip from Senior Planet’s Melissa Sigmond: This camera, for kids age seven and up, might look like a toy but boasts built-in flash, three megapixel resolution and a 1.5mm screen for viewing images on the camera’s back.
For senior bookworms
Kindle Paperwhite, $119-$179
E-readers are great for anyone who likes to read but doesn’t like carrying heavy books; and especially for seniors, the Paperwhite is the best one on the market. Its superior resolution and backlighting make text crisp and bright, even in sunlight, and the screen is glare-free. The cheaper wi-fi version requires connection to wireless Internet in order to download books; the 3G lets you connect wherever there’s cell phone service (but you have to pay for a monthly 3G plan).
For chronic cord-twisters
Applecore Wrap Stocking Stuffer, $3.49
This is the perfect stocking stuffer for kids who like to talk on their phones 24/7 and are always getting their earbud cords in a twist. You’ll please the parents, too – they’ll have to pay for fewer replacement earbuds.
For app-obsessed preschoolers
Ubooly iPhone and iPod Interactive Pet, $34.95
Ubooly is the happy toy for young ones who want to play, play, play on mom’s iPhone or iPod Touch. It protects the device from falls as well as gnawing teeth; and once Mom loads the Ubooly app on her phone, this toy functions as a learning tool, imagination booster and entertainment hub. Old-fashioned toys might be better, but when it comes to techy toys for tots, this one’s not bad.
For members of the iTunes crowd
Bose SoundLink® Bluetooth Mobile Speaker II, $299
About the size of a brick, this speaker connects wirelessly to handheld devices like smartphones, iPods and iPads. Senior Planet’s director Melissa Sigmond says, “This is a cool gift for a tech obsessed teen or even for a younger child’s room. It’s portable and lightweight.” And of course, it has that great Bose sound.
For the hipper than hip tween (or senior!)
Mimobot Pantera 4gb Flash Drive by Tokidoki, $24
Senior Planet’s Melissa Sigmond says: “Any uberhip tweens and teens will love a flash drive, headphones or other accessories from Yoyamart in the West Village.”
For music lovers, radio geeks and audiophiles
Grado Prestige Series SR-60i Padded Headphones, $79
Older Adults Technology Services executive director Tom Kamber gave us the heads-up about these: “I’ve been listening to Grado’s for ten years and I still get a little smile every time I put them on. The sound is just so rich and nuanced – it’s a whole different level of quality from other headphones I’ve tried. I own two pairs – one for home and one for the office!”
The Photojojo Phone Lens Series, $49
iPhone cameras have come a long way, but serious iPhoneographers will get a lot of use of this series of special lenses that turns a good phone camera into a superior picture-taking device. The set includes fisheye, telephoto, wide angle and macro, and it’s sold by the coolest photo store on the web.
For workout junkies
Omron HR-100C Heart Rate Monitor, $34.99
OATS Executive Director Tom Kamber says: “I’m totally addicted to this heart rate monitor. I use it for cycling and jogging so I can keep track of how hard I’m working. The unit seems pretty indestructible, and it’s a lot of fun to be able to see if my heart rate is in my target zone while I work out.”
Note: This heart monitor can interfere with a Pacemaker.
For multi-taskers and the vision impaired
Audible Subscription, $45-$150
Senior sexpert and author of “Naked at Our Age” Joan Price told us: “I love listening to books wherever I am. You join on your computer, then download the app and you can listen on any device. So cool.” Audible offers three gift subscription options – from three months to one year – all of which include concierge setup for people who need help downloading. There’s a huge choice of titles; actors – and sometimes the authors themselves – read aloud. Storytime for grown-ups.
For iPhone, Laptop and iPad owners of every stripe
Laptop & iPad Skins, $25, and cases, $35
(Zhu by Jamie Mitchell; RIP Steve Jobs by Chris Piascik; Lego NY by JR Schmidt)
Society6 is a hub for artists worldwide who want to slap their paper, T-shirts, cushions, totes, and iPad/iPhone cases and skins. The site offers a huge variety of designs for a range of devices.
Do you have last-minute gift recommendations? Share them in the comments box below!