3 Hot Christmas Gift Ideas To Put Under The Tree This Year

Dec 5, 2011, Reviews

You know very well that Christmas shopping for everyone on our list isn’t always the easiest thing to accomplish. Now I like to plan ahead and get my shopping done early…to avoid those crazy crowds the week right before Christmas where all the procrastinators come out of the woodwork! So, I have spent a lot of time searching the Internet, scouring through reviews, in order to find the best items out there, so I can give a gift and know I gave a good thing to somebody. Before settling on that lame picture frame, or a thoughtless gift card, here are 3 ideas that will make your loved ones light up with joy when they open their gifts!

The Kindle Family

The Amazon Kindle familyIt’s never a bad idea to encourage your friends and family to read and learn more. The Kindle is helping millions of people do just that. It’s an incredible option for a Christmas gift and seeing as you can nab one for as little at $79, you can’t go wrong! This is an awesome, hot, new electronic gift that won’t break the bank, unlike computers, TVs, iPads, etc.

If you haven’t read a book on a Kindle yet, you’ve really been missing out! Amazon, who produces the Kindle, is revolutionizing how content is consumed. And, they’re helping forests and landfills all at the same time, so they’re a great GREEN gift as well. I guess if you’re a bookstore owner, you may not like them, but other than that there really aren’t any downfalls to these electronic book readers.

Reading on a Kindle is easier on the eyes than a computer screen or a tablet (iPad), especially in highly lit environments, like sitting outside in the sunlight. I’ve also discovered that I read more with a Kindle than old-fashioned books, as it’s quicker than flipping through a real book, and it’s like being able to carry hundreds of books around with you in one little tablet.

There are 3 versions of the Kindle to choose from…each fitting different budgets perfectly.

Amazon KindleThe Kindle:

If you’re purchasing a device primarily for reading, an important consideration is the screen technology. Unlike devices with LCD screens, Kindle e-readers use the latest generation of Electronic Ink (“E Ink”) technology – E Ink Pearl – designed specifically to deliver clearer, sharper text that makes reading for extended periods of time more comfortable. Here are some of the advantages to reading on an E Ink device:

Reads Like Real Paper, Even in Bright Sunlight
E Ink screens look and read just like real paper. Kindle e-readers’ matte screens reflect light like ordinary paper and use no backlighting, so you can read as easily in bright sunlight as in your living room. Unlike LCD screens, E Ink screens have no glare.

Easy on the Eyes
E Ink uses actual ink particles to create crisp, print-like text similar to what you see in a physical book. And Kindle e-readers also use proprietary, hand-built fonts to take advantage of the special characteristics of the ink to make letters appear clear and sharp.

Here are some reviews…

“I can’t think of a single other gadget that costs less than $100 that I’d actually recommend, which makes the new Kindle just about the best Christmas gift out there.” – Popular Science

The basic Kindle e-reader from Amazon now starts at $79, a price point that’s very hard to resist. It seems that those of us late-adopters who have hung back will be nicely rewarded for our patience and circumspection.” – Chicago Tribune

Kindle TouchThe Kindle Touch:

Here are just a handful of reviews…

X-ray is a godsend when you have put a book down for a while and forget who the players are – even if the book includes a section for cast of characters, pop-up trumps look-up every time.” – Wired

“The Kindle Touch felt instantly intuitive to use, and I’m not even someone who’s great with gadgets. I definitely think EasyReach will make it more comfortable to read in bed, which is important to me.” –EW.com

“The Best Part: How easy it is to do anything that has to do with a book: shopping, borrowing,research, reference, skimming, note taking. You don’t have to supplement the Kindle Touch for anything book-related.” – Gizmodo

“The real feature to remember the Kindle Touch by is the new “X-ray” functionality that allows you to select a page and instantly have a Wikipedia page pop-up with all the info you could ever want on important words or subjects on any given page.” – Gadgetsteria

kindle fireThe Kindle Fire:

Dollar for dollar, the best Kindle on the market…

“The Kindle Fire is a 7-inch tablet that links seamlessly with Amazon’s impressive collection of digital music, video, magazine, and book services in one easy-to-use package. It boasts a great Web browser, and its curated Android app store includes most of the big must-have apps (such as Netflix, Pandora, and Hulu). The Fire has an ultra-affordable price tag, and the screen quality is exceptional for the price.” – CNET

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