Zoomer Consumer: Gift Guide
Your guide to the coolest gifts for your kids and grand-kids this holiday season.
For ages 6 and under:
Find the Sweet Spot
EA Sports’ new line of ‘Sweet Spot’ sports equipment reinforces proper technique with encouraging noises. Score a basket, spike a touchdow n or connect with a pitch in the sweet spot of the bat, and hear the crowd roar. Great for improving accuracy and hand-eye coordination. Prices range from approx. $14.99-$19.99, EA Sports.
Cure the Common Cold
Help Baby Ah-Choo get over the sniffles with an interactive thermometer, medicine and her box of tissues. Or just squeeze her belly and watch her sneeze. Approx. $42.99, Little Mommy.
Teach kids the basics of saving with Sebastian Socks It Away, written by Lori Mockson and Shirley Chewick, and illustrated by Claire MacDonald. The book even comes with its own sock bank, the perfect place to store holiday coins. Book and sock $19.95, sock only $6.95. The Original Sock Bank Company Inc.
For ages 6-12:
Muscle Car Makeover
Quickly change the colour of your favourite car with hot or cold water. The two-in-one pack allows you and a partner to race right out of the box. Color Shifters 2-Pack, approx. $7, Hot Wheels.
The Colour Explosion Glow Dome allows kids to make their own glow-in-the-dark animations. Draw on the inside templates or right on the dome and watch your drawings come to life as the dome glows and spins. $32.99, Crayola.
The newest Snap Circuits kit invites kids to experiment with green sources of power, including hydro, wind, solar chemical and mechanical. The 130 electronic projects included in the kit are easy to build and demonstrate the latest in alternative energy. Alternative Energy Kit, $79.95, Snap Circuits Green, Mastermind Toys.
Teachers will come to despise the constant tapping, but your child or grandkid will certainly hone their budding drum skills with these drumstick pencils – and they’ll do it outside of the home! How come no one thought of this before?
Share your teenage favourites with your teenagers. Apple Corps Ltd. and EMI are releasing the entire Beatles catalogue on a special apple shaped, 16GB USB drive. Don’t miss out, only 30,000 will be made available.
Touch is definitely. HP jumps on touch technology big-time with their new line of printers. HP’s Photosmart A640 photo printer lets you view, edit and personliaze photos on it’s 3.45-inch touch screen – all without a computer. Plus print and share pics from Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones. Printing has never been this fun.
For ages 19+:
Sharp’s Aquos BD-HP22U Blu-Ray player will bring your movies to life with full 1080p hi-def picture quality and high fidelity audio. And if you still have a host of DVDs lying around, the player will upscale the playback signals to optimize the picture. Plus, hook it up to an Aquos LCD TV to take advantage of Aquos Link – seamless operation between both products with one control.
TV on the go
Your small screen now has some meaning.
While Slingbox, as revolutionary as it was when it came out, begins to lose some of its novelty with the proliferation of TV networks offering free streaming content online, it’s SlingPlayer Mobile is still at the top of our “useful and cool” list.
With a Slingbox hooked up to your home television, you can watch live TV on your mobile (BlackBerry, iPhone, Windows Mobile, Palm OS or Symbian) ensuring you don’t miss a minute of, well, anything!
The Cinemin Swivel places the big screen in your hands. Hook up the multimedia projector to other handheld devices, such as an iPod, to display video or images anywhere – on the ceiling, wall and floor with out a tripod or stand. And the Swivel can display a 60-inch image from over eight feet away. Now that’s big.