Holiday Gift Ideas

Holiday Gift Ideas

The holidays are fast approaching and the Christmas tunes are chiming through the malls. Electronics have been at the top of the shopping list for many years and this year is no different.

Tablets

Tablets have taken the market by storm and no item more than the Apple iPad and now the iPad mini, a smaller, fits-in-your-hand version. The price tags on these are quite high, ranging from $399 - $829 for an iPad and from $329-$659 for an iPad mini.

For a slightly budget-friendlier tablet, Amazon's Kindle Fire is a recommendation. Other tablets to look out for are the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, Google Nexus 7, and the Motorola Xoom. There are many others that fit a variety of budgets.

E-Readers

For those who want less "stuff" in their electronics, e-readers can be a great option to tablets. The two most popular brand options are the Amazon Kindle or the Kobo, which is sold at Chapters book stores. You can choose from e-ink readers, which resemble a book or you can select full-colour models that are really more tablets than just e-readers.

Smartphones

The Apple iPhone 5 still dominates the market and there aren't many people who would scoff at getting one for a gift. For the Android fans, the Samsung Galaxy S3 is voted the best choice right now. Keep in mind that different service providers may carry different models of Smartphones. Make sure you know the cell phone provider of the gift recipient before making a purchase.

DIY

Not everyone wants gadgets and in many situations, it's just not realistic. To add a personal touch, try creating unique "Do It Yourself" gifts. These can range from making your own gift basket, to customized cards. Cookie tins are often quite popular. You can buy tins or jars at your local Dollar Store and fill them with cookies of your choice. Homemade cookies are also a nice touch.

Safe, Last Minute Gifts

For the Christmas Eve shoppers, there are a number of things that are usually safe bets. Scarves, spa kits and gift cards to the gift recipient's favourite store are pretty safe for most; so are socks and sweaters.

The Olympic mittens by the Bay are back this year as well. For $10, they make great stocking stuffers.

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