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The Verizon Holiday Gift Guide



The Holiday season is here and tech gifts are at the top of everyone’s wish list. But that doesn’t mean a trip to a crowded mall or the nearest electronics superstore. Verizon Wireless has developed a Holiday Gift Guide that allows you to shop for great tech gifts from the comfort of your own home. Featuring tablets, toys, headphones and more, the Gift Guide has something for everyone – at prices that won’t break the bank. Here are some of our favorites:

Helo TC™ Touch-Controlled Helicopter

This amazing remote-controlled helicopter is operated from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Android device using the multi-touch display. Just download the free app, plug in the Flight Deck transmitter, and you’re ready to fly. The joystick-style controls allow you to move the helicopter forward, backward, side to side, and even bring it in for smooth landings. Safe for use indoors.

Price: $49.99

Crayola® ColorStudio™ HD

The Crayola iMarker combines with the ColorStudio HD app to turn your iPad into the best coloring book ever. The intelligent digital stylus works like a pen, crayon and paintbrush all rolled into one. The animated coloring book provides an unlimited number of backdrops, as well as a variety of musical accompaniments and other sound effects. Parents can print out their kids’ artwork or share it via e-mail and Facebook.

Price: $21.99

For more toy ideas, visit vzw.com/toys2012



FitBit Zip Wireless Activity Tracker

The FitBit Zip Activity Tracker monitors your steps, distance covered and calories burned as you go about your daily tasks, automatically syncing the information to your FitBit account.  Data can be accessed online or viewed via a free iPhone or Android app, so you can set goals and stay motivated. You can even share and compare data with family and friends. Sweatproof and rainproof, the FitBit Zip is small enough and light enough to be worn anywhere.

Price: $59.99

Looxcie LX2 Wearable Video Cam

The Looxcie Wearable Video Cam fits on your helmet, hat or behind your ear, allowing you to record exactly what you see. Great for bike rides or birthdays, the Looxcie’s powerful camera streams live over 3G, 4G or Wi-Fi networks using the LooxcieLive app for iPhone or Android. Or you can “go back in time” and save key moments to share later.

Price: $149.99

Sony Smart Watch

The Sony Smart Watch is like wearing a smartphone on your wrist. Syncing to your Android device via Bluetooth, the Smart Watch allows you to control key smartphone functions with just a tap, touch or swipe. Vibrations and screen alerts notify you of incoming calls and appointments, and the Smart Watch lets you read texts, play music, check Facebook updates and more. Wristbands are available in pink, green, white or blue.

Price: $149.99

For more information on lifestyle products, visit vzw.com/lifestyle2012



Beats Audio Headphones by Dr. Dre

These Dr. Dre wireless headphones give you the incredible Beats sound without that annoying chord that constantly gets in the way. The Bluetooth-enabled headphones can receive an audio stream from any enabled device within a 30 foot range, and the 10-hour battery life means you can listen to your music without interruption. Controls on the side of the headphones allow you to switch between music and incoming calls when paired to a smartphone.

Price: $279.99

Jawbone® BIG JAMBOX™ Bluetooth Speaker

This completely wireless Bluetooth speaker can fill any size room with its amazingly full audio sound. The built-in controls allow you to pause, play and skip, and the built-in speaker can be used for hands-free calls and video chats. The LiveAudio technology ensures a concert-style quality and Jawbone’s MyTALK web site offers exclusive content, apps and other software updates.

Price: $299.99

For more information on audio products, visit vzw.com/audio2012



Designer Phone Covers

Need a few stocking fillers? Verizon’s fun and stylish selection of custom phone and tablet covers from brand names such as Otterbox, Juicy Couture and Vera Bradley maybe just what you’re looking for!

Price: from $24.99

For more information on covers and cases, visit vzw.com/cases2012

Visit vzw.com/holiday2012 for more gift ideas and to download the complete Holiday Gift Guide.



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