(ARA) – Long gone are the days of a holiday wish list filled with toys and board games. Nowadays, the best gifts are those that incorporate the latest in technology and innovation. With such amazing items available, like tablet PCs, e-readers or even digital showers, it’s time to bring your wish list into the 21st century. Instead of asking for standard stocking stuffers, spice up your holiday with all that the digital world has to offer.
Personal gadgets on the go
In today’s connected world, you can find a device that lets you take any hobby on the go. If you love reading, but hate lugging around books, an e-reader is the perfect gift. With the Kindle from Amazon.com, you can download books and magazines and start reading in less than 60 seconds. It features built in Wi-Fi, a battery that lasts up to one month and is only 1/3-inch thick, making it lighter than a paperback and thinner than a magazine. And with more than 725,000 titles to choose from, you’re sure to find more than a few digital page turners that suit your reading tastes.
Looking for something that does everything, from music to movies to games and books? Then a tablet, like the Apple iPad, is the gadget for you. Not only is this one of the hottest items this holiday season, but it’s slim, portable and makes it simple to experience the Web, e-mail, photos and videos. The iPad lets you sync your bookmarks from your computer and create icons on the home screen that let you access them with a single tap.
Tech at home
This holiday, it’s time to seriously upgrade the technology in your home, especially in your living room. Nowadays, there are so many ways to take your viewing experience to the next dimension, but the best is with a new 3D television and Blu-ray player. Images will be so realistic, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported right into the action of your favorite TV shows, movies, sporting events or video games. Look for plasma models from Panasonic, LG or Samsung to get the best quality. But don’t forget to add 3D glasses to your list, to complete your system.
Technology in your home can extend well beyond TVs and computers. It’s easy to bring your bathroom into the 21st Century with a high-definition showering experience. Digital shower systems, like ioDIGITAL from Moen, are truly unique and like having your own personal digital "butler." You can program your shower to deliver personalized, precise temperature and flow; or even top off your bath with warm water with the touch of a button. Once you’ve found your perfect combination, it’s simple to save it as a pre-set and forget about fiddling with the temperature every time you step in the shower. Best of all, you can turn ioDIGITAL on with a remote from across the room or while still in bed. With intuitive controls and simple operation, ioDIGITAL is as easy as it is innovative, and effortlessly transforms the bathroom into the most high-definition and tech-savvy room in the house.
Are you a whiz in the kitchen and love learning the latest cooking techniques? Be sure to stay on the "nice" list in order to get the new Media Chef from Belling. This eight-inch screen is actually a digital cookbook that comes with 48 built-in cooking lessons and exclusive content featuring British celebrity chef Brian Turner. The remote control lets you play, pause and rewind recipes, allowing you to work at your own speed. Best of all, it can double as an MP3 player, digital photo frame and calendar, to help keep your family in-sync and entertained.
Digital fun for everyone
The best thing about getting any digital gift this holiday is that they’re fun. Motion sensor video games are always an entertaining way to spend time with friends and family. The new PlayStation Move, compatible with the PlayStation 3 system, uses a handheld controller to capture a full range of motion. Prefer playing on the Wii? Try one of this season’s hottest games, "Just Dance 2." You can dance along to today’s hottest songs, as well as some classic hits, with moves choreographed by real experts. It also doubles as a workout in disguise, keeping you energized and motivated as you dance the calories away.
It’s never too early to get your wish list in order. With so many great devices and gadgets available for both you and your home, it’s easy to dream about "teching" the halls this holiday season.
For more information about the ioDIGITAL system from Moen, visit www.moen.com.
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