Low-tech & Affordable Electronic Gadget
Consumer products such as mobile phones, computers, cameras and gaming machines see tremendous improvements with every new product launch that we sometime wonder if we should wait for the next version.
Based on research, 15% of the consumers says that they will buy new model irrespective of whether the current model is still in good working condition or otherwise.
Seoul-based Samsung Electronics relied on this mentality when they launched their Galaxy S3 and Notes 2 to compete with Apple iPhone5, which at that time had not launched yet. (Update: Samsung has now launched sales for Galaxy 4, ahead of Apple's new update to iPhone 5)
New model means you have to pay more. If you are not so geeky about the specifications and additional apps, then save money and buy the older model.
When you are on a tight budget and you have a long list of people to buy Christmas gifts, I suggest you buy electronic gadgets that are not 'so hi-tech' and will not see many model changes for the next two years. This will at least keep the recipient happy knowing that they get the 'latest model'.
Best Electronic Present to give to Parents
It is a lot easier to find gadgets for kids, but it can be a hassle for parents. Hopefully, the following suggestions for low-tech electronic gadgets that will be useful for a long while, will help you out.
1. Electronic Gifts for the Elderly
Some of us have parents who insist on staying in their own homes. Their wish for independence and privacy is understandable and perfectly natural.
This may get you worried that they forget to take their medications or they may fall and need assistance.
There are many services and devices that can help monitor these 'worries' for you and the followings are some examples that you may want to consider giving as a gift.
Electronic Gift Ideas For Grandparents, Seniors and the Elderly
Robotic Domestic Helper?
iRobot Roomba 780
If your parents lives alone with a pet, the fine hair on the carpet and any cereal spills can be cleaned using the Robotic Vacuum Cleaner, iRobot Roomba 780. This will at least help keep the house neat and tidy in between visits from the cleaner.
iRobot is relatively small when compared to most vacuum cleaners. It measures 1.6 feet (50 cm) in diameter and 0.3 feet (10 cm) high. This model was launched last year and has the next generation Roomba technology with dual HEPA filters. It is capable of doing the back and forth cleaning pattern and has a new touch-sensitive control.
It also comes with the new iAdapt Responsive Cleaning Technology that help Roomba to navigate the room better, and have an improved dirt-spotting sensor.
Roomba 780 is easy to use and your parents do not have to be a gadget geek to use this cleaner.
The other model, Scooba 230 Floor Washing Robot, will wash floors on its own. This is useful for bathroom cleaning as elderly people may have a problem in keeping themselves steady on wet floors.
Reminder to take Medication
Automatic Pill Reminders
This is not a high-tech electronic gadget, but useful if you worry about parents forgetting to take their medications and worse, taking the wrong one.
There are many options and models available and this Automatic Pill Dispenser with Alarm by Med-E-Alert is just one example.
2. Electronic Gifts for Teenagers
There are thousands of electronic gadgets for teenagers from mobile phones to computer game gadgets. The list is endless.
The followings are gadgets that may excite them.
Gift Ideas for Teenagers
Print that Photo as You Snap along
Instant Digital Camera
Everyone has a digital camera from the $25 digital camera to the sophisticated $1000+ camera. However, not everyone has the PoGo Digital Polaroid Camera.
PoGo was developed by Polaroid, the company that invented the first instant film camera. This model is a digital camera that will instantly prints the picture that you took. The built-in printer will give you a 2" x 3" borderless color photographs and this is done without using any ink!
It uses a patented paper that is embedded with colored dye crystals. These crystals will be activated through thermal pulses when the paper passes through the integrated printer. The photo that you get is dry to the touch and is smudge-proof.
PoGo is a small gadget that you can take anywhere you go and shot, and it will deliver the print instantaneously. This is cool, and something that teenagers will like. In fact, adults will appreciate it too!
iWatchz Timepiece Watchband for 6th-Generation Apple iPod nano
This gadget will convert the 6th generation Apple iPod Nano into a wristwatch. It uses the strap's built-in clip to secure the iPod.
The watchband design allows easy access to the iPod's buttons and connectors, which make it easy to use. It comes with a lather band, stainless steel clip and buckle, and blends well with your iPod Nano.
3. Electronic Gifts for Kids
Not many parents are keen to give kids at young age electronic gadgets as there is a tendency for kids to be carried away and tune everything out. They get isolated and may not develop healthy face-to-face communication skills.
However, parents cannot deny the fact that electronic world is here to stay and when deciding on what to buy, choose a gadget that are educational in content. Set clear time limits on the amount of time kids are allowed to play with the gadgets.
Electronics for Kids
WikiReader Pocket Wikipedia
WikiReader is a pocketsize portable encyclopedia that provides tons of information from Wikipedia, even without internet connection.
Wikipedia has over 3 million entries and will provide hours of edutainment for your kids.
The monochrome screen has a simple tap/touch interface and runs on two AAA batteries, which will last for couple of months.
Discovery Exclusive Electronic Gadget Lab
This is for kids who love to toy around with gadgets. Discovery Channel's Exclusive Electronic Gadget Lab comes with 30 real circuitry components that are color-coded. It will provide them with endless hours of fun and discovery as it has 101 do-it-yourself projects for your kids to choose.
The gadget is easy to use with a snap-together component. This is a perfect introduction for young kids to explore the electronic world on their own or with a friend.
The project allows them to create their own design and working circuits to play music and visual games. These are new discoveries for the young mind.
4. Electronic Gifts for Men
This is the difficult department to handle. There are several gadgets in the market and most likely they have already owned one, including the latest model.
Low-tech gadgets do not interest them and they might just put it away, unless it is useful for their daily needs. Then again, this is very subjective.
I hope the suggestions below will get their approval.
Electronic Gadget for Men
Great Gift for Golfers
Garmin Approach S3 GPS Golf Watch
If your man plays golf, he will love you for this. Garmin Approach S3 GPS Golf Watch is preloaded with golf courses in USA or Canada and is golf's first high sensitivity GPS and a sport watch all in one.
This allow golfer to measure the shot distance and keep track of how far they had walked.
Garmin allows you to upload the Canadian or US's version online free when you travel to these countries.
Garmin Approach S3 GPS Golf Watch Review
NAlcoHawk Pro: Professional Edition Digital Alcohol Detector
Driving under the influence of alcohol is dangerous and illegal. It can cost the life of others as well as your life.
Buy a portable Breathalyzer Alcohol Tester and you can save life!
NAlcoHawk Pro: Professional Edition Digital Alcohol Detector is a premium and probably the most accurate breathalyzer available. Police department, hospitals and even schools use this high accuracy gadget.
4. Electronic Gifts for Women
Electronic gadget may not excite that many women, but the following selections will keep them happy.
Gadget for Women
Indoor Light Therapy to Sleep Better
Phillips goLITE BLU
Phillips light therapy, goLITE BLU work on the premise that when you are exposed to light, the right type of light that is, then your daily rhythm will be in-sync.
This will help you sleep better and hence, wake up easily. It can also boost the energy level and curb your craving for sweet and carbo foods.
This could be the perfect gift for her.
Philips goLITE BLU Energy Light
Perfect to Keep You Motivated
NIKE+ Sport watch GPS
If men can have Garmin Approach S3 GPS Golf Watch, then the women can have NIKE+Sport watch GPS.
This sport watch does not just tell time, but have loads of stuff to keep you motivated, if you enjoy jogging.
It has features that will automatically remind you of your next jogging schedule; keep track of your location, calories burned, and distances and laps covered. It has a built-in Polar Wearlink+ that will measure your heart rate.
It will store all the records and keep track of your progress. It will also help set goals for you and connect to other joggers.
iPod Nano Nike GPS
Alternatively, you can consider this gadget that let you listen to your favorite music on the iPod and get audio feedback on your distance traveled and calories burnt while you run.
Mazlan (author) from Malaysia on October 04, 2012:
@teaches12345 , it is always good to see you here. Thanks for dropping by and commenting.
Dianna Mendez on October 02, 2012:
Like the women's gift ideas, especially the watch. Great ideas!
Mazlan (author) from Malaysia on October 01, 2012:
@CassyLu1981, Your daughter reminded me of my friend in boarding school. He spend hours reading dictionaries and I though he will be taking up law and be a lawyer, but instead is a chemist.
Hope she will have fun and enjoy the Christmas gift. Lucky her.
Thanks for the visit and Share.
CassyLu1981 from Spring Lake, NC on October 01, 2012:
Excellent ideas! I will be getting my 7 year old daughter a WikiReader Pocket Wikipedia for sure. She doesn't like fairy tales because they aren't real and would rather sit and read the dictionary for hours!!! This way it will all be at her finger tips. Thanks for the idea :) Voted up and shared!
Mazlan (author) from Malaysia on October 01, 2012:
@Jill, I am glad I have past that stage. My youngest is 18 years old and the other three are already working. Therefore, it is not too bad for me. Hold on there & wait for a few more years!
Jill Kostowskie from Pennsylvania on September 30, 2012:
You provided a lot of good advice in this hub. I know I am dreading the items my children will have on their lists this year. It can be expensive when 4 children ask for their own electronics.