Who doesn’t love ripping off wrapping paper to discover a much-desired gadget underneath? Pick up one — or several — of these seven tech toys for those on your “nice” Christmas shopping list this year. If you need help finding the best places to shop, DexKnows listings will point you in the right direction.
1. Fitbit Zip
This gadget tracks the user’s steps, distance and calories burned each day and transmits the data to a computer or select smartphones. This gift will help the recipient stay motivated when striving to reach fitness goals. It comes in five colors and costs around $60, making it the least expensive item on this holiday shopping 2012 list of tech gifts.
2. Logitech Harmony Touch
Looking for ideas for Christmas gifts for the TV lover in your life? This universal remote features a touch screen that can control up to 15 devices, including Logitech cameras to easily make Skype calls on your TV. It costs around $250.
3. Apple iPad (4th generation)
Tech media website cnet.com ranks this tablet as the best of the best. More affordable tablets exist — the iPad ranges from $499 to $829, depending on GBs and whether you opt for cellular connectivity — but this latest-generation model ups the speed and adds retina display, which Apple says eliminates pixilation to the human eye.
4. Tagg GPS Pet Tracker
Any pet parent would appreciate this thoughtful gift, which provides GPS tracking for dogs, should they wander. The device, in the form of a collar, sends notification via text message and email if a beloved pup strays from an established zone. The system costs $99.95 and does require a $7.95 monthly fee. (If you want to “keep giving,” you could take on that monthly cost, as well.)
5. TomTom GO Live 1535M
Is there someone on your holiday shopping list who likes to take road trips? Then this gadget will surely please. Not only does it get drivers where they need to go effortlessly, but the accompanying travel apps also include one that automatically feeds Twitter to let friends and family know the driver is on the road. It will run you $229.95.
6. Sennheiser HD 598
Another favorite of cnet.com editors, these headphones offer precision sound quality. Plus, they are seriously cool-looking cans, as the kids say. They cost around $240, and they will be worth every penny to the audiophile who gets this gift.
7. Xelsis Digital ID Coffee Maker
If cost doesn’t concern you and that someone special suffers from coffee snobbery, then this gift will more than impress. The high-tech coffee maker makes delicious drinks, including espresso, and features an integrated fingerprint reader that allows different users to save customized drink orders. It costs $3,199, making it the most expensive item on this Christmas shopping 2012 list of tech gifts.
If you need help finding the best places to shop for any of the above gifts, use DexKnows listings to find stores, both brick-and-mortar and Christmas online shopping retailers.