While we have the lists for the kids which will be coming later in the week, I wanted to start off for a guide that will appeal to both parents and children alike. Some of the present will be good for the parent trying to preserve memories, parents trying to make new memories for their kids, and parents trying to stay in shape to be able to do more with their kids. So I introduce you to the Technology Parent Christmas Gift Guide 2012.
Zumba Fitness CoreThe key component is working out is actually finding the time to work out with kids. Well Zumba Fitness Core (with Xbox 360 Kinect) does a great job at keeping you in shape, at anytime of the day or night in the comfort of your own home. You can read our full review of Zumba Fitness Core, but we give it the thumbs up for the busy parent.
Sports Radar Tracer SRA3000 Sport Radar Gun w/ Trigger / Continuous / Average Modes,We have found that the kids always want to know how fast they are, how fast that pitch was, how fast they can kick that soccer ball and we wanted to find a way to measure that with them. While I have not used this specific unit, it will be the one that I will be purchasing for my kids. For a radar gun, we needed to find something with a good price point that still accomplished what we wanted.
Synology Budget-Friendly 4-Bay NAS Server for Small Offices and Home Users (DS413J)For all those precious memories, remember they can be gone in an instant if you do not have a good backup system. I have seen SD Cards, backup hard drives (single ones), all go bad when you go to get your backup of data. Well worry no more with the Synology NAS you can add 4 drives in a setup where if one drive goes back you will not lose any data. Add to the fact that the NAS has a bunch of different software for you to access that data while at home it makes it a winner. I like the fact that I don’t have to boot up an extra machine to back up all of the videos of I have taken of the kids, and if I want to show a visitor, no problem, I can do that in a multitude of ways.
Ipad With Retina Display: Pretty easy one here, we have an Ipad Gen 1 and it is time to upgrade. The Ipad is used in our house more than any product from parents to children so getting a newer and faster model just makes sense.
27 Inch Monitor: No need to skimp here, but a multitude of brands will fit the bill. The key thing is if you are a desktop user that does video or photographs of the kids, bigger is better.
NETGEAR Wireless Router – N900 Dual Band Gigabit (WNDR4500)You have all these wireless devices but when you go to the bedroom you loose your internet? That Apple TV or printer is at the end of your range? Well even if your internet provider gave you wireless, you probably want to get better coverage in your area. Well the Netgear router can do that for you, as well as adding the ability to max our your wireless speeds with two separate bands.
Kingston Wi-Drive 32 GB USB 2.0 Pocket-sized Portable Storage WID/32GBZ Need to add a little storage space to a device that does not allow you to add a memory card (think Ipad)? How about putting some movies on a device and allowing all of your children to watch it on separate devices? The Kingston Wi-Drive has your covered.
Kingston Digital DataTraveler SE9 (DTSE9H/16GBZ)You should always have a few pictures of your kids attached to your keychain in digital form. Well the Kingston DigitalData Traveler fits right on your keychain and is a lot more solid than the key shaped alternatives. I have sat on this device many times and it is still working. The fact that it is a very small size, makes it feel right on my keychain. You never know when you are going to need to transfer files, like what is someone on vacation want to give you some pictures they took of your kids?
Anker® Astro3 10000mAh Multi-voltage 5V / 9V / 12V 2A External Battery Pack: Sometimes you will need a bit of extra juice for your electronic devices. It might be on the plane, or on the beach, or even in the car if all the other adapters are full. This device allows you to get that extra power to continue using your devices.
Nintendo Wii U: We did a whole piece on why we think the Wii U will be a hit this holiday season.
Apple TV: If you are going to get the new Ipad, at some point you are going to want to use AirPlay so you may as well purchase the Apple TV at the same time.
Belkin F8Z492TTP Bluetooth Music Receiver You have a stereo system or small speaker system and want to have the ability for multiple family members to stream music to it? Well look no further as the Belkin Bluetooth Music Receiver can handle that job for multiple devices.
So if you are looking to buy some presents for yourself, your significant other, or for that relative that seems to love electronics, We should have you covered. For the parent that needs to keep on the cutting edge we offer you exercise, backup options, electronic extension, and music among other things. These gifts could even apply to some of the older kids as well! Let us know what else you think could be added to the Technology Parent Christmas Gift Guide – 2012 Edition.