Click Chick’s Christmas Gift Guide
December 15, 2010
Merry Christmas, all! It’s that time of year again, and for those who still need to do some shopping, here are a few of my favorite gift ideas for 2010:
Vtech Kidizoom Plus Camera
This is the perfect keiki camera. It has a good, solid-resistant body coated with rubber, and it takes pictures - that’s about all you need when you hand over a camera to a kid. But really, it does much more than that with its affordable $60 price tag. Your keiki can become the family photographer with Kidizoom Plus’s capability to take 2.0 megapixel photos (not that kids care about megapixels) and videos, and edit them right on the camera.
The camera has 256MB of built-in memory (stores 500-plus photos or 10 minutes of video), and supports SD/SDHC memory cards 32MB to 16GB (not included). The screen is fairly small at only 1.8-inches, with very few button controls (good idea for a keiki camera). The fun feature is the ability to add or take pictures with goofy eyes, pirate hat, crown, etc. This will surely entertain your young one for at least a little while.
For more information or to purchase the Kidizoom Plus, visit Vtechkids.com or Amazon.com.
Recommended for ages 3-9, it comes in pink, blue and orange. If you want to save a little money, I saw the Kidizoom (not the Plus model) on my last visit to Target for $35.
Time Crisis: Razing Storm with PS3 Move Gun Attachment
As you may have seen in my column last week, Time Crisis: Razing Storm with the PS3 Move Gun Adapter is a great gift for the favorite gamer in your life. This will surely bring the arcade to his/her living room and keep them occupied for hours.
Razing Storm will cost you $60, the PS3 Move bundle $100 and the Move’s gun attachment for $20, bringing the total price tag to about $180. Easiest place to find all three is at Amazon.com.
Earlier this year I wrote about the AR.Drone, and at the time it was not available for sale. Since then, it officially hit the market with a $300 price tag, so now you can buy this present for the kids in your life (especially the grown-up ones).
Just in case you don’t know, this is a quadricopter with built-in cameras and Wi-Fi streaming, and you can control it with your iPhone/iPad. You can even fly it inside your house safely. For more information and to purchase, visit ardrone.parrot.com and Amazon.com.
I haven’t met anyone yet who doesn’t know what Apple’s iPad is, so I won’t go into all that. The past few months I’ve been receiving countless questions as to what it can do and what can be done with it. My response is always what do I not do on my iPad. I’ve even gone so far as to write my columns on it.
So if it’s between the Kindle and the iPad - iPad. Nook or iPad - iPad. Touchscreen DVD player or iPad - iPad. You get the picture. Seriously, don’t waste your time thinking about it, just buy an iPad.
I think the biggest bang for the buck is the 32GB Wi-Fi version for $599. The 16GB is $499 (too small for me) or the 64GB is $699 (don’t need that much storage). But if you do need the data plan, the prices range from $629 to $829 for the same storage size options. I suggest buying it from Apple.com since you can have free personal engraving.
Correction: MiMedia does not yet have apps for BlackBerry and Android, but they are currently in development. Sorry for the misinformation.
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