These are adorable stocking stuffers. C-3PO, Darth Vader, Yoda, and the entire cast of characters is here. Each one stores up to four gigabytes, so the force will always be with them.
($25-$30 at ThinkGeek.com)
Wings of Liberty is a military sci-fi strategy thriller. StarCraft II is widely recognized as one of the best PC video games of all time. ESRB content rating: Teen (13+)
Maybe the coolest gaming console on the planet, the Nintendo 3DS features real 3-D graphics without the need for special glasses. The gameplay is incredible!
For a daughter:
Does she tap out 20 texts for every voice call? Then a more finger-friendly phone will brighten up Christmas morning. The T-Mobile Sidekick 4G is a high-performance, Android-powered smart phone with a five-row QWERTY keyboard and much more.
(From $79.99 with a T-Mobile service plan)
My daughter is a voracious reader, so she’ll love her own Kindle Touch, which features an easy-to-read E Ink and a touchscreen display. But what I love about the Kindle is the content! There are more than a million books, newspapers, and magazines now available.
Does your daughter have an artist’s eye that’s outgrown her cell phone camera? Give her a bigger pixel palette this holiday season. The Canon PowerShot ELPH 100 HS captures incredibly high resolution images and its lens can zoom up to 16 times for picture-perfect detail.
For a husband:
What will those elves think of next? This digital camera/camcorder takes 12 megapixel stills and full 1080 movies. It even has a built-in swivel tripod plus a touchscreen display. Maybe he’ll even remember to bring it to special events!
How can you go wrong with the most popular tablet? Unlike St. Nick, the Apple iPad 2 is super, super thin. Plus it has front and rear cameras and an awesome battery life. You can even get it engraved for free if you buy directly from Apple.
3-D TV is so last year. If your man has been as good as mine, he deserves the Sony Internet TV. My husband Bill can watch the bowl games in one window while searching player stats and taunting his college buds in another. Be forewarned: it’s better than mistletoe!
I just bought the one called Pink Sparrow for my laptop. These are excellent gifts for girlfriends too!
My fave is the DMP-BDT210. It’s got full HD 3-D technology, built-in Wi-Fi, a simple user interface, and an excellent suite of streaming-media services. Perfect for watching It’s a Wonderful Life on Christmas eve, of course.
This year I might splurge on something really special. At only 2.43 pounds, the new ASUS Zenbook is light as a feather, but has a powerful 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor that gives it true heavyweight performance. This is one of my favorite Intel technology introductions of the year.
For anyone, anytime:
The best gift you can give is your smile and caring thoughts, and you can send them around the world on a beautiful e-card. These cards from Macmillan Cancer Support in the U.K. are my faces.
(Yours for a donation)
What’s on your holiday shopping list this year?
Alejandra Carvallo is currently Manager of Shopping Marketing with responsibility for demand generation in the US. Alex joined Intel Americas in 2005, as Manager of the Consumer Marketing Campaign for Hispanics in the USA. She has over 15 years of hi-tech marketing experience creating successful campaigns for a electronic products. She has worked in both South America and the US for Alcatel, Stanford Telecom and Bell Canada. A native Venezuelan, she earned her bachelor’s degree in Electronic Engineering from the Simon Bolivar University, Caracas, and obtained her MBA from Regis University, Denver. Alex spends her days being a marketing expert for intel and being a wife and mom of two for her family, always striking the work/life balance – trying to, at least. You can follow her at @AlexAtIntel.