Going Hi-Tech for the Holidays: How to Spread Holiday Cheer One Gadget at a Time


Published: December 13, 2007

The holidays are upon us once again, and consumers are frantically trying to find the right gift for everyone on their lists.  This search can be even more overwhelming in the world of technology because of how difficult it can be to keep up with the latest gadgets. Fear not, for here is a list of the best gadget gifts to give this season.

Callpod Charge Pod

Starting at $50 at callpod.com

In today’s tech-savvy world, people rely on a variety of gadgets to take pictures, store personal information and call up their friends. All of these things need to be charged to function, but with an assortment of plugs to use, things can get messy. The makers of Charge Pod claim that the customizable cable can fit over a thousand gadgets. It can even work as a car charger. This is a great gift for anyone who has a bunch of gadgets that he or she cannot bear to be without.

iPod Touch

$300 for 8GB, $400 for 16GB
Apple Store (767 Fifth Ave. 212-336-1440)  apple.com

For anyone on your list who really deserves something nice, there’s the iPod Touch. The fanciest of the iPod family, this device not only plays music and videos, but also allows you to browse the Web, all with the touch of a finger. Instead of using traditional buttons, you touch the screen to select what you want. And with the addition of their wireless store, people can now buy and listen to music without even having to use a computer.

USB Drink
Chiller andWarmer

$25 at thinkgeek.com

Anyone who has had to pull an all-nighter in front of the computer can appreciate this gift. Just plug the device into your computer’s USB port, and that gadget will keep your energy drink cold or your coffee nice and hot. Though it’s not strong enough to actually heat up or cool down a drink, it will keep your beverage at its optimal temperature. It’s also a good way to make sure that Santa gets a cold glass of milk with his cookies.

Guitar Hero 3: Legends of Rock

$90 Wii and PS2, $100 Xbox360 and PS3
Best Buy (1880 Broadway, 212-246-9734) or guitarhero.com

This year, the makers of Guitar Hero, a fun game that lets you rock out on a guitar-shaped controller, have released a third installment of the game, with better graphics, new songs and an actual storyline. Not only is the game available for the Xbox 360 and PS2, but it is now also offered for the PS3 and Wii. Best of all, the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions offer additional downloadable songs online so the
multi-media fun doesn’t stop.

Flip Video camcorder

$120 30-Min. Recording, $150 60-Min. Recording
Best Buy (1880 Broadway, 212-246-9734) or theflip.com/store

If YouTube has taught our generation anything, it’s that videos of people falling down are funny and that anyone can become a minor celebrity via home movies. For the budding filmmaker, check out the Flip Video Camcorder. For less than $200, you get a cheap machine that will take about an hour of video and save it to an internal memory unit. Video quality won’t be the best, but who knows, maybe that movie you take of your buddy falling off his bike will shoot you to Internet stardom.