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How to Buy Gadget Gifts for Mother's Day & Father's Day

By Mia KimSHOP.COM Gadget Review Guru

For people who keep in touch with friends and family more through cell phones and computers, the dings of a text message or IM coming through are probably more familiar than the actual human voices of those senders. It's silly to say entire generations of people are frightened of learning about new technology, but just about everyone has an e-mail phobic family member who is sad to be out of the loop when all the family photos are online, and all the best conversations happen in a a chat room. Mother's Day and Father's Day are great opportunities to catch Mom and Dad up on the latest technology, especially because devices these days stress usability and simplicity over confusing and unnecessary bells and whistles. Today's best gadgets make the technology seamless- setup is easy and interfaces are intuitive. So instead of feeling guilty about not returning calls or sending letters- now is the perfect time to get all those tech resistors online.

The Basics

Step 1Peek Mobile E-mail Device: The Peek is a portable device for email, and only email. It's as thin and light as a smartphone, has its own high-speed Internet connection, and a splashproof qwerty keyboard. It works with virtually all email accounts and has a beautiful color screen.
Step 2Presto Printer: For the extreme computer-phobe- the Presto printer delivers emails, photos, and Internet content without the need for a computer. The Presto uses an ordinary phone line for delivering the documents and photos, so it's a standalone device that brings the Luddite in your life into the digital age.
Step 3Ceiva 8" Digital Photo Frame: The beautiful 8" LCD screen of the Ceiva digital frame isn't unusual, but it has added functionality that makes it unique: the Ceiva can be connected to a regular phone line and you can send photos to it from anywhere on the Internet or straight from a camera phone. The Ceiva frame can be set up in a home with no computer or Internet; the photos just appear with no intervention from the end user.
Step 4Jitterbug Cell Phone: The Jitterbug is a simple cell phone that makes and receives calls, and does nothing else, just like an old corded analog home phone. There's no contract, just pay-as-you-go, so it's perfect for the cell phone holdout.
Step 5Nintendo Wii with Wii Sports: Think your Mom or Dad would never use a game system? Give them a Wii with the Wii Sports pack and they'll be won over by the realistic, physical style of game play. Tennis and golf buffs will be addicted in no time.
Step 6Apple iPod Shuffle: The tiny new iPod Shuffle is the simplest ever- it basically operates with one button that's attached to the ear bud cord and while there's still no screen, holding down the play button turns on "voice-over" which uses a text-to-speech engine to tell you what song is playing. The Shuffle is smaller than ever, but at 4 GB, can hold up to 1000 songs.
Step 7Flip Mino HD Camcorder: The learning curve for mastering a digital video camera, particularly one with high-definition optics, is usually too high for the average user. Enter the Flip Mino HD which records in high-definition, but has an ultra-simple interface, built-in editing, and an attached USB connector for uploading finished video to sites like YouTube.

The Lingo

Mobile E-mail Device: The Peek is a portable device for email, and only email.
Presto Printer: For the extreme computer-phobe- the Presto printer delivers emails, photos, and Internet content without the need for a computer.
Digital Photo Frame: The Ceiva digital photo frame can be set up in a home with no computer or Internet; the photos just appear with no intervention from the end user.
Jitterbug Cell Phone: The Jitterbug is a simple cell phone that makes and receives calls, and does nothing else, just like an old corded analog home phone.

The Experts

CNET says about the Amazon Kindle 2 that "While it's still short of perfection--and has a price tag that's too high--the Amazon Kindle 2 offers a range of improvements that makes it the best overall e-book reader we've seen to date"

The Brands

Apple
Sony

The Price

$: iPod Shuffles are very affordable and great for moms and dads to use!

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