Holiday Gift Guide 2012: 15 Tech Ideas For Women10:00 AM EST Fri. Dec. 07, 2012
Finding the perfect gift for a woman isn't always easy, but having her unwrap one of these 15 must-have gadgets will surely be a win this holiday season. With CRN's compiled list of female-friendly gifts ranging from smartphones to tablets to work out technology-- there's something for women of all ages. Get your wallets ready and take a look.
For more ideas, check out our 2012 Holiday Gift Guide for all of the techies in your life.
Fitbit aims to help people live healthier and more active lives and takes a common-sense approach to fitness by making small changes to one's daily routine. As busy as women are today, this device helps them become aware of their daily routine and urges women to set goals and challenge friends and coworkers. The Zip Wireless Activity Tracker tracks steps, distance walked and calories burned. To top it off, it is able to sync those stats to a computer and smartphone.
At $59.95, it comes in five vibrant colors and includes a clip, USB dongle, battery tool and battery.
When the weather is freezing outside and a businesswoman needs to answer an urgent text, a mom needs to call the babysitter or a gal just needs to call her girlfriend, the last thing she wants to do is take off her gloves to do so. With Digits, mini conductive pins that attach to the fingertips of any pair of gloves, users can post pictures, search the Web, make a call and more on any touchscreen device without having to take off the gloves.
You can get a four-pack of Digits for just $12.
The Mophie Juice Pack Plus smartphone case is the answer to the age-old issue of a phone dying at an inconvenient time for recharging. Currently serving the iPhone 4, 4S and the Samsung Galaxy S III, this battery case more than doubles a phone's battery life, making it perfect for women on the go.
The Juice Pack Plus also offers the complete protection of a dual-injected hard-shell case with a protective shockproof rubberized band that comes in various bright colors. It also includes a standby switch that allows users to choose when they want their juice pack to charge, and the included micro USB cable allows it to charge and sync to iTunes.
The only downside to the product is the fact that Mophie doesn't offer a style case for the iPhone 5 just yet, but rumor has it that production is in the works. However, in the meantime, all of Mophie's external battery packs are compatible with the iPhone 5. The Mophie Juice Pack Plus costs $99.95.
Two great gift ideas that women will absolutely love are digital photo frames and portable photo printers, and this great gadget allows you to get the best of both worlds. It completely changes the way she prints and shares photos as its ingenious 2-in-1 design will enable her to print extremely high-quality borderless photos, while also displaying her favorite images on a high-resolution, 7-inch, LCD widescreen, digital photo frame. And, she can do all of this without a laptop, PC or tablet! It sounds too good to be true, right?
All she will have to do is either insert the camera's memory card into the appropriate slot or connect it using a USB. That's it. The digital photo frame will also allow her to fix red eye, choose color effects, view and crop images and more. She can also choose her print size and customize the settings before printing, personalize the display, and produce smudge, fade, and water resistant prints in seconds. This item is priced at $299.99 on Epson's website.
Apple's new iPad mini provides all the same features that most women love about the iPad just in a smaller and more easily portable package.
Perfect for businesswomen, frequent travelers or moms on the go, the iPad mini measures 7.87 inches (full-sized iPads, by comparison, measure 9.5 inches) and is just 0.68 pounds. Its smaller frame lets the iPad mini easily slide into purses, totes or diaper bags, and users can hold the tablet with just one hand.
Although the display is a bit of a downgrade compared to bigger iPads, the other specs, such as battery life and camera are alike. The iPad mini ranges from $329 to $659, depending on the model.
With all of the iPad cases on the market, it's sometimes still hard to find one that's truly your own, but the personalized iPad case by Plum Paper, which fits all three generations of the iPad, allows you to get your name embroidered on the front with a stylish zigzag tribal print. This hardcover case is waterproof, stain-resistant and tear-resistant, which makes it perfect for moms. This case is $50 on www.etsy.com, plus a $10 shipping fee within the U.S.
Many women need a glass of wine with dinner to relax after a long day, so why not make that glass be absolutely perfect? The Vinturi wine aerators instantly aerate a glass of red wine for better bouquet, enhanced flavors and a smoother finish. Simply pour wine through an aerator into a glass, and the Vinturi allows the wine to breathe properly in no more time than it takes to pour a glass. It's also easy to clean and includes a no-drip stand.
This gadget goes for $39.99 on www.brookstone.com and $39.95 on www.williams-sonoma.com.
Amazon's Kindle Fire HD delivers a 7-inch screen and costs nearly $130 less than Apple's iPad mini.
The Kindle Fire HD comes equipped with a 1,280-by-800 HD display, dual-driver stereo speakers and dual-antenna Wi-Fi that, according to Amazon, lets it download content 40 percent faster than the third-generation iPad. Plus, it comes with a free month of Amazon Prime, which lets users stream unlimited movies and TV shows and borrow books from the Kindle library.
The 7-inch Kindle Fire HD comes in a 16-GB model for $199 and a 32-GB model for $249.
Thinking about buying her a MacBook Pro with Retina display this holiday season? Well, you know she will need a new beautiful carry case for it. Marc Jacobs' Pretty Nylon Computer Commuter, which comes in both 13-inch and 15-inch models, has all of the elements of a perfect laptop carrying case. And, it's just what she'll need for work, travel or storage.
It's 100 percent nylon (which also makes it water resistant and easily cleanable), has two top handles and a detachable shoulder strap. Even better, it comes in several different patterns, prints and colors for a truly unique style.
The 13-inch is listed at $118, and the 15-inch is listed as $128 on the Marc Jacobs website.
The HoMedics Ultra Plush Shiatsu pillow offers a deep-kneading massage for your neck, shoulders, back or anywhere else you may need it, and it can be taken on the go. It provides a relaxing shiatsu massage, which can be combined with heat, in a soft and smooth quilted pillow that is easily used in the car, at a desk, on the couch or on a plane.
At $49.99, this pillow offers the perfect massage after a long day without the high cost of an in-person massage -- and for that, she'll thank you.
Moms are always looking for a moment to themselves during a hectic day, and most of the time, that moment happens to be in the shower. Well, now that moment can be even better. iShower's wireless speakers allow any woman to jam out to their favorite song while enjoying that much needed "me" time.
The iShower speakers are waterproof, easy-to-install and connect via Bluetooth to iPhones, iPods and Android smartphones, providing up to 15 hours of music streaming for up to a 200-foot range.
This device, which is priced at $100 on iShower's website, is easily detachable, so it can also be used by the beach or pool, without having to worry about water damage.
Pictures of our families and friends are what keep our memories alive, and this holiday season there's a camera that brings those photos to a professional–quality level without the extremely high cost. The Sony Alpha NEX-7 with 18-55 mm lens creates the perfect combination of the portability of a point and shoot and the image quality of a DSLR.
This camera, which was rated "best camera of the year" in 2011 by Popular Photography, contains a mirror-less system and comes with 24.3MP, up to 10 fps shooting, AVCHD HD movies with up to 1080 quality, APS-C size HD image sensor, Sweep Panorama, Auto HDR, Tru-Finder OLED electronic viewfinder and an E-mount 18-55mm lens. The best part about this camera is that the lenses are interchangeable. It costs around $1,249.99 at most retail stores, including the Sony website, but if that is still a little too costly for you, there are other NEX models that are just as good and cost less: the NEX-6 is $849.99 and the NEX-5R, which is the new predecessor to the NEX-5N that was released in August, is $599.99.
Picking out a phone case for a woman can be difficult because you want something unique that represents her and that is distinguishable. Well, Skinit is the perfect option for that. It allows you to fully customize a case to depict her life, style and personality. You can choose from a large variety of pre-made images including sports team or college logos, movie images and several other image and design categories, or you can take one of her favorite personal photos and create your own to make it truly personalized. And it won't just keep her phone looking great; it will also keep it safe.
The Skinit Cargo phone case is available for $34.99 for the iPhone 4/4S, iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S III.
Let's face it ladies, sometimes (especially when we have kids) we can get a little discombobulated -- receipts, business cards and documents are all over the place. Well, the NeatDesk is the answer to that problem. NeatDesk is a high-speed, duplex desktop scanner and Digital Filing System that scans everything in one batch while the software identifies, extracts and organizes key information right on your computer.
Offering options for both Mac and PC, the NeatDesk is listed on the company's website at $399.95. To take your newfound organization even further, NeatDesk will give you a 30-day free trial of NeatCloud, which allows you to even lose the paper that you scanned. Life has gotten that simple.
Whether she is trying to relax, needs a soundtrack for her workout or is looking for something to entertain her mind while traveling, Beats By Dre Solo Headphones brings some added style to the music-listening experience. Coming in 11 dynamic colors, these lightweight headphones are compact enough to fit into a purse. Running at $199.99, they are $100 cheaper than the studio style but still carry the same great sound quality that Beats By Dre offers.