As I begin to focus on my shopping list for the holidays, I also listed items I would recommend as gifts to anyone who is seeking inspiration and ideas. Although these ideas may not be exactly what you are looking for, sometimes it can lead to other ideas.
Today, I thought I'd start with electronics. In our household, it seems to be the number one genre of gift-giving.
The Bose Soundlink Wireless Music System: From what I've read about this piece of equipment, you can plug the link into the USB of your computer and play music from your iTunes account, internet radio, satellite radio from your online account. And it's wireless and requires no software.
I'm honestly considering putting this system on my wish list.
Amazon Kindle: Any novel-reader would appreciate a piece of electronics such as this. My friends rave about it and we recently gave one as a gift to my 2nd mother. You do not have to link it to your computer. Simply set-up an Amazon account and order your books directly from the Kindle using the 3G network, just like a cell phone. You can change the size of the font and it even offers an audio version of the book in most cases.
I've often thought about purchasing a Kindle just to house a collection of cookbooks in order to eliminate some of the clutter in our kitchen. Hmmmm.....
The Epson Picturemate Charm Personal Photo Lab Inkjet Printer: There are two features that stick out on this personal printer. One is it has bluetooth capability so I can print from my laptop without having to use a USB cable. And two, it is battery operated with an optional rechargeable battery.
Where were you when I needed you? I purchased a portable printer by another reputable company but it lacks these features. For the scrapbooker such as myself, this is the ideal printer for weekend getaways with friends spent scrapbooking.
Anyone who requires a portable photo printer, this Epson sure is a charm!
iPod Touch: If you don't want to switch to AT&T just for an iPhone, the iPod Touch is the next best thing to it. Last year, our nieces and nephew received one for Christmas which helped to alleviate computer-time when the family shares one computer.
My guy, the PC-user, is now wishing for a Mac.
Visit an Apple Store if you have one nearby and talk to a sales rep. And if you do purchase a new Mac, be sure to sign-up for the one-on-one training for $99. It includes an hour of training each week for a year and they will help transfer your files from your existing computer to a new mac. This could involve leaving your equipment at the store for a day or two. And with the holidays almost here, I'm not sure what their turnaround time will be.
This is not to say you can't transfer the files yourself. Fortunately, I didn't have much to transfer from my PC. Basically I filed off my photos onto DVDs and started fresh with my Mac.
I've got a list in the works related to food and wine. And I hope to share that tomorrow. May your week be a productive one.