The 10 Greatest Gadget Gifts of 2010

Shoppers won’t be shocked to know Amazon’s Kindle eBook reader and Apple’s iPad tablet computer are still among the most popular tech gifts again this year, but they might be surprised that there are gadgets for every member of the family, young and old, and in a variety of price ranges.

In today’s always-online, electronic world, gadgets make for extremely popular gifts, but it can be hard to pick them out when they’re always changing, improving and being replaced with the newest model. But shoppers should feel confident gifting any of these great gadgets this holiday.

JoeShopping’s 10 Greatest Gadget Gifts of 2010:

LooxcieLooxcie ($199.99 MSRP) 

It may look like a Bluetooth headset, but this little earpiece is actually a video recorder! Instead of holding it with your hand, the Looxcie hooks onto your ear and records everything that you’re looking at.

Nikon Coolpix S1100 ($349.99 MSRP) 

There are many digital cameras around, but only this Coolpix has a projector built into it. It’s like carrying a miniature slideshow projector wherever you go.

Infrared Laser Barbecue Thermometer ($59.99 MSRP) 

Is your chef tired of sticking his hands in the heat and fooling with meat thermometers? Then he’ll love this gizmo that measures meat temps with a simple squeeze of a trigger. It’s the perfect gift for the gadgety gastronome in your life.

Amazon KindleAmazon Kindle ($139.99+ MSRP) 

 Amazon’s super-popular eBook reader seems to have perfected itself; the new version is even easier to read (even in bright sunlight), it’s lighter, has incredible battery life, and it can download electronic books wirelessly! It’s the most popular of all eBook readers, and deservedly so.

Flip Cameras ($149.99+ MSRP)

With everyone using camera phones, it’s possible to capture much of your offline life and display it online, but camera phones aren’t known for their video quality and ease of use. That’s what the Flip Camera does best! These compact video cameras have big memory, they’re easy to use, and for the price, you get way more than your money’s worth.

3-D TVs3-D TVs 

Admittedly, these aren’t inexpensive, but given how many movies are coming out in 3-D these days, they’re very popular this holiday season. Both Samsung and Sony have 50-inch-plus models for around $3,000.

Microsoft Kinect ($149.99 MSRP) 

Microsoft’s Kinect for the Xbox 360 is already a huge hit this holiday season, and it’s been selling out both online and in stores. Adding it to an Xbox 360 console allows you play games using motion control, like the Nintendo Wii — except the Kinect turns you into the controller! It’s like you’re really in the game!

Keurig Gourmet Single-Cup Home-Brewing System ($119.99 MSRP+)  

Easy to use, easy to clean — everyone digs these single-serving coffee makers. Pick your “K-cup” coffee container from many blends and flavors, hit the button, and voila, the perfect single-serving cup of joe.

 You can even get a reusable container to make coffee using your own grinds.

Krups BeerTenderKrups BeerTender ($149.99 MSRP) 

Want perfect draft beer at home? You’ll need the Beertender. It’s easy to use, easy to clean and keeps beer fresh for up to 30 days. While it primarily works with Heineken’s home kegs, Newcastle Brown Ale just released their own compatible keg, available at most grocery stores.

iPadiPad ($499.99+ MSRP)  

A portable video player, eBook reader, Internet portal, gaming machine — the Apple iPad doesn’t do everything, but it comes pretty darned close. No wonder it’s entering its second year as a must-have holiday gadget! 

13 thoughts on “The 10 Greatest Gadget Gifts of 2010

  1. I’m not a big New Castle lover, but I do enjoy a good Heineken. And for that matter, it could be the worst beer ever, but coming out of my own Beertender would make it extra delicious!

  2. Those are pretty cool, MJ! And we can certainly put together a “gifts under $50″ post. Obviously not in time for the holidays, but we should get some good general guides going for everyday use!

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