Last minute tech gifts for under $100
loves games and gadgets but you’re just not ready to fork over $500 for
an iPad. However, that doesn’t mean it has to be a tech-free holiday.
There are plenty of other affordable tech-toys out there for the
Here are 7 last-minute gift suggestions for younger techies that won’t break the bank!
Polaroid 300 Instant Camera
Polaroid is still around and their new 300 Instant Camera is everything
you loved about instant photography. Comes with four different lighting
settings and auto-flash. Produces instant full-color, business
card-size photos – perfect for scrapbooking or for starting that first
album. Choice of blue, red or black.
Price: $89.99 at Polaroid.com
the perfect starter digital music player for the younger set. With 2GB
of storage space and up to 15 hours of battery life, the iPod Shuffle
can store and play hundreds of songs. Can also hold multiple playlists,
podcasts, and audiobooks. The clip-on polished aluminum body is sleek
and durable and there is no screen to crack! Comes in a choice of
silver, blue, green, orange, or pink.
Price: $49 at any Apple Store
for slightly older kids: This fascinating game harnesses brainwave
activity to help you move a ball through an obstacle course. The more
you concentrate, the more the ball responds! Mindflex comes with a
headset, a game console, and four foam balls. You can set up dozens of
different challenges, and there are a variety of mind games that can be
played solo or with up to four players.
Price: From $71.00 at Amazon.com, Walmart, Target, Best Buy and others.
you already own a PlayStation 3 gaming console, you can open up a whole
new world of active gaming for younger kids with the revolutionary new
Move controller. The Move lets you become part of the action and
creative new game titles make sure everyone in the family can join in.
The starter bundle includes a Move motion controller, a PlayStation Eye
Camera, and the Sports Champions Blu-ray disc.
Price: $99.99 at Amazon.com
UrbanEars Plattan Headphones
great looking headphones combine innovative technology with a stylish
design that will appeal to kids of all ages. The full-size headphones
can be folded down to the size of your fist for maximum portability.
They also come with a very cool “zound plug”, which allows a friend to
plug in and share the music! A large number of colors are available.
Price: $59.99 from Amazon.com
iXL 6-in-1 Learning System
sturdy Fisher-Price toy is the closest thing to an iPad for
pre-schoolers that you are likely to see. Designed for children aged 3
to 7, the iXL has six different ways for kids to play and learn: a
digital reader, game player, notepad, art studio, MP3 player, and photo
viewer. When not in use, the iXL folds shut and will easily slip into a
purse or bag. Requires a PC or Mac with CD drive and USB port to upload
and manage content.
Price: $80 at Fisher-Price.com, Amazon.com, Target. Walmart
LEGO MP3 Player
has partnered with Digital Blue to develop a whole line of building
block-based electronics, including a digital camera, walkie talkies, and
these MP3 players. They may look cute but they also pack a serious
punch – 2GB of storage space, which can hold up to 1,000 songs. Of
course, like true LEGO blocks, they are also stackable top and bottom!
Price: $39.99 at Best Buy, JC Penney, Target, Toys R Us
Comment by Milcah, posted 12/20/2010, 7:30 PM:
What cute and neat ideas!