Though it’s still not considered acceptable to buy a toaster for your wife or girlfriend–even if could wheel itself down the hall to her bedroom and eject perfectly crisp, golden brown pre-buttered toast into her hands-an increasing number of women want to receive electronic gifts for the holidays. In fact, a survey by Oxygen Network revealed that three times as many women would prefer a flat screen TV to a diamond solitaire necklace.
As with any gift, however, selecting the right electronic gift for that special woman in your life depends largely on her interests and habits-as well as your bank account. If a plasma TV is not in the cards for this year’s holiday gift, consider some of these other popular electronics gifts for that special woman in your life.
Electronic Gift Idea for Women #1:
Amazon Kindle electronic book reader
If your special woman is a reader, she probably has at least a small case of Kindle envy, that secret desire to own Amazon’s lightweight portable book reader that would allow her to download virtually any book or magazine she wants to read. For an avid reader like me, who is usually in the middle of five books at a time, the advantage of the Kindle is that you can move from book to book like a literary channel surfer. Even better, she can access the exact spot at which she left off in each book every time she turns on your Kindle. Almost all books can be downloaded for only $10 each, even pricey hardcover new releases, and unfamiliar words can be looked up in the Kindle’s built-in dictionary. When she’s too tired to read, the Kindle will even read your woman’s book to her! The Kindle is available here from Amazon.com for about $279.
Electronic Gift Idea for Women #2:
Have you ever met a woman who didn’t want to look younger than her years? The secret to younger looking skin is to resurface (or exfoliate) dead skin, but that process can cost hundreds or thousands of dollars a year if performed by an aesthetician at a fancy health spa or dermatologist’s office. Your special woman can now exfoliate her skin at home and secretly enjoy having people assume she is ten years younger than her actual age. Most microdermabrasion kits can be purchased for less than $100, an investment that more than pays for itself in one or two months. You can find the popular Youthful Essence micro dermabrasion kit here from HSN for about $29.95..
Electronic Gift Idea for Women #3:
Ecco Personal Pocket GPS Locator
Remember that Seinfeld episode in which Jerry and the gang wander aimlessly through a mall parking garage in search of Kramer’s car? If something similar has ever happened to the woman in your life, she’ll be thrilled to receive an Ecco Personal Pocket GPS which will literally retrace her steps wherever she goes, whether a local shopping mall or the British countryside. This tiny electronic gift is so dainty it fits on a standard key chain, yet its usefullness is infinite, helping to ensure your special woman never gets lost again. The Ecco Personal Pocket GPS Locator can be purchased here from Amazon for about $99.99.
Electronic Gift Idea for Women #4:
Portable waterproof digital camera
They say the best camera is the one that you have with you, which is why every woman needs a purse camera to capture unexpected Kodak moments.. A lightweight digital camera may not take the world’s best pictures, but it can capture memories far better than the expensive heavy-weight camera that your woman always leaves at home. The waterproof feature will enable her to even take picture at the beach-on the sand or even underwater-and survive being dropped in puddles… or worse. You can purchase a Fujifilm FinePix Z33WP waterproof digital camera in shocking pink here from BuyDig.com for about $139.95.
Electronic Gift Idea for Women #5:
Nintendo DS or Nintendo DS Lite
If your girl just wants to have fun, chances are she wants to receive a Nintendo DS this holiday season, perhaps the most popular gaming system for women. Maybe it is the pen-like stylus or female friendly applications–from fun puzzles and brain games, to Yoga and French coaching, to cooking and fashion simulations-that makes the Nintendo DS such a highly desired electronic gift for women (Or perhaps it’s just that the Nintendo DS allow women to enjoy gaming without having to kill anyone.) The Nintendo DS even comes in a rainbow of pretty colors and is, well…. inexplicably cute. You can purchase a Nintendo DSi here from BestBuy.com for about $169.95.
Electronic Gift Idea for Women #6:
Digital photo frame
If your woman is not that techie (e.g., she thinks a mouse is something you set traps for), there is one electronic gift that she is still virtually guaranteed to treasure: a digital photo frame. This electronic gift is perfect for older women, including mothers and grandmas. Just preload the digital photo frame with pictures of the kids or grandkids, as my brother did for my 80-year-old mother, and your special woman will have a rotating display of her adorable progeny for all of her visiting friends to admire long after the holidays are over. You can find a Smartparts digital photo frame here from Target.com at about 149.99.