I’m sure you’ve seen your fair share of holiday tech gift guides – if not, go ahead and Google it. Kindles, iPads, cameras, Smartphones and video game consoles have all made multiple lists. But what about the non-tech person in your life? We’ve compiled a list for the people who think a gigabyte is something the orthodontist has to fix, has you on speed dial for every time their laptop freezes, and still can’t figure out how to sync their Blackberry with Outlook.
For Dad, proud owner of an extensive vinyl collection:
Pick up a turntable with a USB port – he can load his entire vinyl collection onto his PC or Mac, and it will give him a nice wintertime project to stay out of your mom’s hair. Besides, there’s bound to be some live albums, reissues and B-side rarities you can dig into for new iPod material.
For Mom, a first-time Smartphone owner:
She finally got rid of her Nokia candy bar and went straight to the big leagues with an iPhone. You’ve given her a few tutorials on installing updates and downloading apps. Now, she needs a fashionable way to protect and carry it about town. A Michael Kors wallet clutch is just the thing. Not quite her style? Get her beyond the basic news and weather apps – download the essential apps that fit her lifestyle. Babble.com has Top 50 iPhone Apps for Moms to get you started. (Just don’t forget to pay up when the bill comes!)
For Grandma, the family historian:
She’s been working for years on piecing together the family history – even learning how to use a word processor to record everything electronically. With a quality scanner, she can scan and preserve old photos and documents – bonus points for spending the extra dough on a scanner that can repair discoloration, folds and tears.
For Grandpa, road-tripper extraordinaire:
Give him the gift of never getting lost again. (Although part of me wonders if my grandpa gets lost on purpose – we once drove through miles of rose fields in Arizona in the middle of winter. Nothing was in bloom, and he loved it.) If he has a sense of humor, consider purchasing a TomTom, complete with a voice package. Who wouldn’t take directions from Darth Vader?
For your hipster-photographer little brother:
If you’re sick of having your Facebook feed flooded by his instagr.ams, pick him up a new camera. He may think he needs a $700 Digital SLR, but here’s a dirty little secret of the camera industry: most point and shoot digital cameras have enough features for your average amateur photographer, and with similar quality. We like Sony, but anything you can pick up at your local Best Buy will do. Your little bro will be snapping artsy photos of his wayfarer-wearing, indie-rock loving friends in no time.
For your fashionista cousin:
Help her store her hundreds of saved Sartorialist photos, Lady Gaga remixes and fashion school designs with a Swarovski-studded 4 GB USB stick. (Half the fun will be watching her squeal when you hand over the Swarovski bag.)
For your boss, a self-proclaimed “techie”:
Sure, you may be in his office every other day to help download apps onto his iPad, load another book onto his Kindle, sync his Blackberry to Outlook and install updates onto his MacBook – but you would never hint at his technical deficiencies because he’s the one who signs your paycheck. Put together a basket of the essential accessories he needs – an iPad cover, back-up chargers, batteries, even an iTunes gift card. Anything that helps his toys stay running smoothly will inevitably make your life easier.
For your best friend:
Whether he’s a techie or not, give him something decidedly non-techie. Tickets to the game, a beer-of-the-month membership, a gift certificate to a favorite burger joint – anything to help alleviate the information overload we’re all suffering from these days.