Just about everyone has a senior friend or relative who is nearly impossible to shop for…so what do you buy aging-in-placers who have acquired almost everything throughout their many years? A recent article by Tony Donaldson for ElderGadget.com suggests 10 gadgets that pretty much anyone would want—but may especially be great holiday gift ideas for those special seniors in your life!
1. Samsung Galaxy Tab from T-Mobile
The Galaxy Tab boasts a 7-inch multi-touch display, 1GHz processor, 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, and connectivity options that include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0 and 3G. It also has access to the entire realm of Android apps. Combining the best of smartphone and tablet features, the Samsung Galaxy Tab is one of the greatest devices out there this holiday season. Priced from $399 with contract or $599 without.
2. Apple TV
The possibilities are endless with Apple TV. You can browse the web, watch TV shows live or online, listen to internet radio, and stream music or photo slideshows from your iTunes and iPhoto libraries. The Apple TV user interface is pure Apple, just plain easy and intuitive. Priced from $95.
3. Sprint HTC EVO
Who wouldn’t want to receive the fastest smartphone on the market? The 4G, Android-powered EVO is lightning-fast online, outpacing all its competitors. The EVO has a large, 4.3-inch screen and a front-facing video camera that’s useful for video chatting. It also plays HD movies, can support Adobe Flash content and can utilize any of the more than 100,000 available Android apps. Priced from $149 with contract.
4. Cisco Flip UltraHD
What records HD video with image stabilization and at 60 frames-per-second for great slow motion? It’s Cisco’s new UltraHD Flip camera, of course. This camera has a built-in USB connector to make transferring movie files even easier and more convenient. Priced from $170.
5. Microsoft Kinect
The Nintendo Wii may have started the motion controller video game craze, but Microsoft’s Kinect for Xbox 360 takes this technology to a whole new level. It’s a motion-sensing camera that allows you to control the game with only your body—no controller required. Priced from $150 (without console) and from $379 (with console).
6. The NOOKcolor
Barnes & Noble brought their eReader, the Nook, to market with solid technology and a few innovative features, like book sharing and free access to any eBook while you’re physically inside any Barnes & Noble store. The bookstore giant is now one of the first to market with a full-color eReader on an easy-to-read, 7-inch screen. Priced from $249.
7. Panasonic Viera Plasma 3D TV
Plasma displays make for some of the best 3D TV viewing. Panasonic’s Viera is just one example of this. The Viera offers fast refresh rates and all the best technology to make 3D, or even just regular HD, look incredible. Its sophisticated technology should also result in far less eye strain. Priced from $1099.
8. HP TouchSmart Desktop computer
The HP TouchSmart 600 not only contains a fast processor, large hard drive, and small stature, but it also boasts a multi-touch touchscreen monitor. All around, this is just a great computer that’s very user-friendly. The HD display also makes Blu-ray movies look incredible. Priced from $995.
9. Canon Rebel T2i SLR Camera
The Canon EOS Rebel T2i adds to the digital Rebel legacy with unbelievable features for the price. It has an 18-megapixel sensor that works well even in low light, full HD movies, SDXC card support, and a wonderful autofocus. This Canon also comes with Eye-fi support, which means you can transmit photos wirelessly to your computer with a few clicks. This much camera, paired with a great lens, is a steal! Priced from $799.
10. CBTL (Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf) Kaldi
This is the first single-serving coffee, tea, and espresso machine from Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf’s coffee machine line. This sleek, compact machine accommodates a variety of cup sizes, comes with automatic proportioning to ensure consistency in taste and aroma, and twin pressure systems for espresso or coffee and tea. It is available in metallic red/silver, blue/silver, and white/silver. Priced from $149 and is available at CBTL.com.
Unless otherwise stated, most of these gadgets are available at Amazon.com.