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Top 5 Gadget Gifts for Any Occassion

Updated on February 16, 2010

Gadgets and Technology

For the super savvy technology geek, you may want to find a gift that's something other than your average gift card, flowers, or dinner. A more appropriate gift would be that of a gadget of sorts. In today's society gadgets and technology are the key to making just about anyone smile.

Find the top digital picture frames, MP3 players, portable hard drives, digital cameras, and picture printers, for you best friend and beloved family member.

Digital Picture Frame

You can purchase a digital picture frame for your loved one as a special birthday gift, Valentine's day, Christmas, or just a special "just because" gift. Digital picture frames come in a variety of colors ranging from real-wood, black, clear, and a mix inbetween.

These digital picture frames tend to accept multiple formats.

You can find digital picture frames in various sizes ranging from 4"to 10".

The one great thing about digital picture frames is that unlike a normal picture frame, you and view a slideshow of photos versus one or two. Your friend, spouse, lover, of child, would be thrilled to open one of these frames.

Coby DP-102 10" Widescreen Digital Photo Frame with Built-In MP3 Player- image resolution up to 800x480 pixels; supports JPEG, BMP, MP3, WMA, MP4 and AVI files, as well as , MMC, xD-Picture Card and CompactFlash memory cards; plays MP3 and WMA audio files and most MP4 and AVI files; built in stereo speakers, USB port, AV output, interchangeable black and white faceplate

Matsunichi Photoblitz 7-Inch Digital Picture Frame- 16:9 LCD panel with 480x234 resolution; plays digital phots; supports MS, MSPro, SD, MMC, and XD media cards; includes a black frame.

Kodak Easyshare SV-710 7-Inch Digital Picture Frame- Play back video and MP3s; built in speakers; on-frame viewing and editing features; compatible with SD, MMC, Memory Stick, xD, CF, and MD media cards

Philips 6.5-Inch Digital Photo Frame- 720 x 480 resolution; photo manager plays slide show or individual pictures; supports SD, xD, MMC, Compact Flash and Memory Stick media cards; 16 MB built in memory that holds up to 30 pictures; Smart Album feature for easy management

MP3 Player

MP3 Players are great for the music lover in your life. They come in 1 BG and up. The higher the GB the more songs, pictures, and videos, they hold. MP3 Players are lighweight, so they're easy to carry around and to keep on hand.

MP3 Players are great for the friend or family member who runs, jogs, or walks, regularly. The exercising fanatic will love to listen to a little music while working out. It's a win-win for you.

Sansa is the top brand for MP3 Players, but Sony and Colby make great MP3 Players that rank top on the lists. I have added 4 of the best MP3 Players that should bring a smile to any friend or family member- loved one, spouse, anyone you care for.

Sony NWZS616FRED 4GB Walkman Video MP3 Player- High-quality video playbacks with 30 frames per second, up to 33 hours of battery life, 1.8" LCD screen, compatible with Secure Windows Media Audio, FM radio with 30 presets.

SanDisk Sansa Clip MP3 Player- 2 GB; supports MP3, WMA, and secure WMA music file playbacks; USB 2.0 connectivity; backlit screen; built-in voice-recording feature; comes in red, pink, and black.

SanDisk Sansa m240 MP3 Player- 1 GB lightweight memory digital audio player; holds up to 16 hours of MP3 hours or WMA audio; compatible with various online stores; integrated with FM radio with 20 presets; built-in microphone and voice recorder; comes in silver, pink, and black

Coby MP-C885- 1 GB; plays MP3 and WMA files; high contrast LCB backlight screen; includes professional earphones, USB connection cable, and 1 AAA battery; plays 16 hours of MP3 or 32 hours of WMA music

Portable Hard Drive

Portable hard drives are great for the friend of family member that is on the go. These tiny hard drives are lightweight but can store TONS of pictures, videos, and information.

The Iomega portable hard drive is probably one of the best portable hard drives that you can find to give as a give. They rank top in all aspects. Typically, they are of a larger GB.

33832 eGo Portable Hard Drive- has USB 2.0 connectivity and 160GB of storage with with an extremely sleek and stylish with a swooping design that comes in red, pink, blue, black and silver.

Iomega 33721 Black Series- Hi-Speed USB 2.0 and FireWire connection with 120GB, 5400 RPM, and 8MB. Small, sleek, and easily transportable for mobile professionals.

But, there are other great portable hard drives that you can purchase. Toshiba and Aegis have its top portable hard drive, as well.

Aegis 2.5" Portable Hard Drive- 120 GB capacity for Mac and PC, 5400 RPM, up to 480 Mbps transfer rate. Includes integrated FireWire cable, data protection software, extension cable, travel pouch, and quick start guide.

Toshiba Portable External Hard Drive- 120 GB, USB 2.0, Hi Speed interface with transfer rate of 480 Mbps, Backups start automatically, continuous monitoring backup of date.

Digital Camera

The new more innovative digital cameras on the market today are made with amore sleek design and feel. The ones that are rated top on the market but that won't break the bank are my personal favorites. You friend or family member would be surprised to find one of these in a specially wrapped box with his/her name written on the tag.

Why not even go BIG! A new digital camera, digital picture frame, and a picture printer. Start capturing the photos of your life. Make memories with these clear, crisp photos.

Sony Cybershot DSCW55- 7.2MP, 3x optical zoom, 2.5" LCD screen, High-sensitivity shooting mode increases ISO to maximum of 1,000, capture MPEG VX video with audio, Stores images on Memory Stick DUO or MS Pro DUO memory cards, comes in silver, black, pink, and blue

Kodak EasyShare M753- 7MP, 3x optical zoom, 5x continuous zoom, View your pictures in high-definition on an HDTV or other HD device, uses an SD Memory card, colors include silver, black pink, purple.

Norcent DCC-725- 7.0 MP, 3x optical zoom and 4x digital zoom, red-eye reduction mode, 2.5" LCD scratch-resistan panel display, SD memory card

Canon PowerShot A570IS- 7.1 MP CCD capture, red-eye correction, 2.5" LCD screen, ISO 1600 and High ISO Auto to reduce image blur and expand low-light shooting capability, Print/Share Button for easy direct printing and downloading

Top Picture Printers

Picture Printer

Why spend the extra money getting pictures printed at Wal-Mart, Target, and the various pharmacies? You can start printing your own 4x6" pictures at your very own home!

Plus, a new picture printer is the perfect gift to go along-side the wrapped digital camera.

Epson PictureMate Express Printer- with 5760x1440 dpi, borderless 4x6" pictures that print in about 80 seconds, this Epson printer connects to your PC via a USB port or directly from compatible digital cameras and memory cards; print pictures in color, black and white, or sepia toned.

Epson PictureMate Personal Photo Printer- with 1-touch 4x6" pictures that print at lab-quality printing; 5,760 x 1440 dpi maximum resolution, 2.5-picoliter drops; 6-color pigment inks that resists fading for up to 200 years in archival sleeves; USB, memory card slots, optional Bluetooth, works with both PC and Mac

HP PhotoSmart 375B Compact Photo Printer with Battery- Up to 4,800 x 1,200 optimized dpi resolution; 2.5-inch color LCD preview monitor; PhotoREt III technology and HP internal battery; Direct printing, PictBridge, optional Bluetooth; video printing; 1 USB port, 4 memory card slots; PC/Mac compatible

Sony Picture Station DPP-FP50 Digital Photo Printer- prints with high-speed; borderless 4x6" and 3.5x5" pictures that prints in about 1 minute; built-in LCD preview panel; compact, lightweight design; USB, PictBridge, memory card ports; prints with or without a computer; rich, long lasting colors


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      11 years ago from Cotswolds, UK

      Very good breakdown. Just the sort of thing that many people are looking for.

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      Stephanie Hicks 

      11 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Great, thorough information! Nice work.

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      11 years ago from USA

      Sweet! Sounds good to me!

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      11 years ago from Australia

      I'll take one of each!

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      Bug Mee 

      11 years ago from Great Midwest

      Great info!!

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      Bug Mee 

      11 years ago from Great Midwest

      Excellent ideas!!


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