Digital Life's gift ideas for Christmas

Digital Life's gift ideas for Christmas

Hunting for the perfect Christmas present for your loved ones? Here are gift ideas for children, teens, seniors, significant others, home-makers, and even bargain hunters:

FOR KIDS

Leapfrog LeapPad Ultra XDi
$260, available from Toys "R" Us

The LeapPad Ultra XDi has a 7-inch screen with a resolution of 1,024 x 600 pixels, a pair of 2-megapixel cameras, Wi-Fi connectivity and a battery that lasts for more than six hours - all packed into a sturdy body designed to withstand rough handling.

With its kid-safe Web browser, search engine and educational games and apps, the LeapPad Ultra makes a great first tablet for young children.

Nerf N-Strike Demolisher 2-in-1
$79.90

This blaster differs from ordinary ones with its ability to fire two types of projectiles: darts, as well as larger, but slower, missiles.

It does not matter if your kid is holding the fort or spearheading an assault, the blaster's 27m range, 10-dart magazine and secondary missile launcher will give him an advantage on the battlefield.

Parrot Jumping Sumo
$228, available at toy stores and from www.parrotshopping.com

Here is a cool gift you can buy for your kids if they have been drooling over remote-controlled toys.

The Jumping Sumo is a small two-wheeled drone that can perform a repertoire of amusing acrobatic tricks. It also has a camera, allowing you to drive it to places that are out of sight.

It also adds a new twist to how remote-controlled toys are manoeuvred. Instead of using a classic controller that is usually bundled with the toy, you use a smartphone or tablet.

Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes Starter Pack
$109

The original Disney Infinity video game was well-received for its wide variety of game modes, along with its unique "toys-to-life" concept. This year's sequel adds superheroes from the Marvel universe into the mix.

The game crosses into the real world with its use of physical toys. The starter pack also comes with a set of figurines that you can bring into the game when placed on a special stand that is included.


FOR TEENS

ProLink Energiepak Xtra
$79

Young people spend plenty of time on their smartphones. The Energiepak Xtra boasts a 12,000mAh capacity - enough to completely recharge an Apple iPhone 6 Plus more than three times.

It is also equipped with a pair of USB ports, allowing two devices to be charged simultaneously.

Jabra Solemate Mini
$149

The boombox is dead. Long live the boombox.

The Jabra Solemate Mini may not offer street cred in the way of old-school boomboxes, but this portable speaker system will let you blast your tunes loud and clear at the skate park or dance meet.

Get this to accompany your breakdancing. Parents, get this lightweight sound rig for your kids to help lighten their bags.

GoPro Hero
$190

The GoPro Hero action camera should make a great gift for the sporty teenager. This budget model, although stripped-back compared with the company's higher-end Hero4, should be more than adequate to record anything from concerts to first-person views of sporting action.

The camera is capable of capturing 1,080p video at 30fps (frames per second) or 720p at 60fps. It is also waterproof up to 40m.

Twelve South Bookbook case for MacBook Air / MacBook Pro
$119, available online on the Apple Store

Have you bought an Apple MacBook for your teenager recently? The perfect accompanying gift could be a rugged laptop case to protect it against the many knocks you can expect it to take. As its name suggests, this handmade leather case looks just like a hardcover book. It has a rustic feel that should go down well with the hip young crowd.


 

FOR SENIORS

MyRepublic/ViewQwest VPN with Netflix/Hulu Plus subscription
Fiber plans from $49.99 a month

Show your appreciation to dad and mum who always find the time to be with the children at home. When everyone is off to school or work, let them indulge in their favourite movies and TV shows from United States streaming content services, such as Netflix.

The easiest way to get such content is to subscribe to a MyRepublic or ViewQwest fibre service that gives you direct VPN access, which is needed to access US streaming services from here.

After that, sign up for a Netflix service for as low as US$7.99 (S$10) a month.

If they prefer to keep up with the latest TV series from Hollywood, check out Hulu Plus for US$7.99 a month.

Xbox One with Kinect
$739

The latest Kinect for the new Xbox One game console has a better camera than its predecessor, allowing it to detect more people and a better range of motion.

Let your parents learn some new dance moves from Dance Central Spotlight, or play some sports in Kinect Sports Rivals. It is also a good way to encourage mum and dad to get some exercise in the comfort of their home. Just pick up a copy of Shape Up.

The Xbox One also has the Netflix and Hulu Plus apps running on it, which means you can also use the console as a media-streaming device.

Smart Bidet SM-100
$40, from www.qoo10.sg

Any traveller to Japan would be aware of the amazing electrical toilets there that warm up the seats and have an auto-wash feature that shoots a stream of water.

The non-electrical Smart Bidet SM-100 lets you recreate some of those niceties on the cheap.

Installation is easy. No wiring is required and everything works using water pressure. Simply place the spray unit of the bidet on the toilet bowl and connect the water tubing unit to a water point in your toilet.

Control of the water spray is done using a manual controller that can be placed on either side of the toilet bowl.

Philips Avance Collection Noodle Maker
$329

Sure, instant or refrigerated noodles are convenient but they are unlikely to trump freshly made ones in terms of nutritional value. The Philips Noodle Maker can be a good start to healthier meals for all at home.

Simply add flour, water and eggs to this nifty machine and fresh noodles are ready for cooking in less than 10 minutes.

The included recipe book provides instructions on how to make speciality noodles such as spinach and carrot, and the different moulds allow you to whip up a range of noodles from mee kia to penne.

AC Ryan Veolo 4K
$229

Just signed up with Netflix or Hulu Plus? The fastest way to access such content on the big screen TV is with an Android media player such as the Veolo 4K.

Simply download the Netflix or Hulu Plus Android app and you are all set to serve content to the TV.

It also comes with the ability to play the latest wave of ultra high-definition 4K movies. Of course, you will need a 4K TV to do so.

If not, the Veolo 4K is more than equipped to handle normal 1,080p high-definition movies.

An Android device also makes for easier networking to connected hard drives, as there are many Android apps that can do the job.

gofresh.com.sg

These days, there is no need to make tiring trips just to get groceries. To save your parents the hassle of daily treks to the supermarket or wet market, point them to the website of local start-up GoFresh.

The online service specialises in fresh fruit, vegetables, meats and seafood, and offers free delivery for orders above $60.

Or you can shop online on your parent's behalf and have the items delivered to them with the click of a button.

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