Tech Gifts to Fit Every Budget
Our picks for your gadget-gift-getters, from $1-$350+
Web2Carz Contributing Writer
Published: November 28th, 2012
ou've probably got a tech lover on your shopping list this holiday season. And regardless of your budget, we've got great ideas for what you can get the tech fiend in your life. Without further ado, here's our picks.
For your Instagram-loving friends, check out the Lomography Diana+ Camera with 75mm Lens. This camera, which retails for $39.95 uses 120 roll film and produces two image sizes, square and full-frame. If you've ever used the Hipstamatic app, this will look familiar to you. If not, this camera delivers soft-focus photos and its styling is reminiscent of vintage cameras.
The POP phone, which is $29.99, takes away the annoyance that comes with trying to rest a thin, flat smartphone between one's shoulder and chin. Styled to look like a retro phone, this accessory plugs into your phone's headphone jack and in addition to making it more comfortable to take calls, it eliminates 99 percent of radiation that you can absorb from holding the actual phone close to your brain.
The Polaroid Pogo Portable Printer instantly prints photos from a cell phone or a camera in less than a minute. It's perfect for parties, and retails for $74.95 on Amazon, but we've seen it for less before—sometimes around $59.99.
Amazon's Kindle retails for $69.00, and although it lacks some of the functionality that the Kindle Fire has, this one's perfect for the book lover who wants a little portability (and the option of having more than one book on them at a time, that is—books are already portable, but multiple books, not so much).
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At $149, the iPod Nano offers 16GB of music storage, and it also syncs with Nike+ Fitness software and has the capability to stream podcasts and videos. It's Bluetooth friendly, as well. The new Nano is basically an iPhone-lite, minus all the apps and cost that come with an iPod Touch. This one is for music lovers.
The Galaxy Tab 2 (the 7-inch version) retails for $249.99, and will satisfy tablet lovers. It has 8GB of storage capacity and a touch screen display (which you should already know if you're considering buying a tablet).
The Kindle Fire HD 8.9" sells for $299 for the 16GB model and hast fast wi-fi, an HD display, and popular apps like on the iPad, but for much less money.
While we could list just about anything here since many big-ticket tech toys are more than $350, we'll stick with the most-hyped gifts— the iPad and iPad mini. The mini 32GB model retails for $429, and the regular size-iPad's 16GB model sells for $499. If you're not yet familiar with what the iPad does, please pull yourself out from under the rock you've been living under (or take yourself to Apple.com and watch their promotional videos.