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12 Days of Shopping: High Tech/Low Tech Gifts (Day 6)

High Tech and Low Tech Holiday Gifts

I am so not an early technology adopter that it’s ironic that I am doing the High Tech portion of this category. Capability:Mom is much more technologically savvy than I am, but she has been assigned Low Tech.  It’s a year to stretch ourselves!

Camera That Takes Candid Pictures by Itself All Night Long

The Sony DSC-TX1 Exmore R Digital Camera can be your party camera if you get the dock that rotates 360 degrees and takes candid photos all night long. I found the camera, usually $350 for $210. The dock, IPT-DS2  Party Shot Personal Photographer is $100.

Kindle Fire

The new  Kindle Fire at $200 is an affordable tablet computer and eReader. Read: it’s a less expensive version of the iPad! It’s getting great reviews too and is supposed to be the hot item this holiday season.

Kindle Case Options


Color Nook

If you want color, then the $250 color Nook is the eReader for you, especially if you plan to read picture books with your children.

Headphone Earmuffs

This makes total sense for someone who lives in cold climates. Ear muffs really do help a LOT to stay warm! From $14 to $35. Could be a good gift for a teen who walks to school (uphill, both ways, in the snow). Both girlie and manly options!

iPad Cases

 I have been saving this page on iPad cases from the New York Times Business section for three months now.  I have been using our iPad without a case, and it’s does make your hands go numb especially when you use it in bed.  My brother-in-law who is a gadget-y type as well as a fine photographer, went with the basic iPad case from the Apple store.  My Dad Friend, GreenCollarEconomy, went with the basic one as well.  When all is said and done, the basic one is pretty darn perfect:  lightweight, functional, and inexpensive at $40.  But, if you want more choices, here are a few ideas.

The Macally Book Stand. Normally $50 but discounted to $20.57.  Benefits:  folds in various directions to improve typing or allow lean-back viewing.

Macally book stand, 12 days of shopping pragmatic mom capbility mom

The Incase Convertible Book Jacket.  $40.  Benefits:  thick, padded material and acts as stand with several viewing positions.

Incase Convertible iPad cover case 12 days of shopping

The Marware Eco-Vue.  Was $55, now $22.  Benefits:  Eco-leather folio that opens like a book with elastic strap to keep the folio closed and the fold over tab to keep the iPad from slipping out. Great for a green gift.

eco green leather ipad case 12 days of shopping

The iLuv Sleeve.  $15.  Benefits:  a silicone rubber sleeve in bright colors.

iLuv silicone cases for iPad 12 days of shopping

The Apple iPad Case.  $40.  This is what I went with.

Apple iPad case 12 days of shopping pragmatic and capability moms


Capability:Mom found a great sleeve cover at Urban Outfitters from O’Hanlon Mills that is now half-price for $15.

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The 12 Days of Shopping

I will be posting The 12 Days of Shopping jointly with Capability:Mom. Please visit her blog to see the other half of each post.


Dec 1: Make Your Own Gifts GRANOLA, Amazing Granola from Nigella Lawson versus Amazing Granola Bars from The Barefoot Contessa

 Dec 2: Kids Make Gifts CRAFT (ModPodge versus Clove Fruit)

 Dec 3: Personalized Gifts (Fancy Address Stampers versus Pretty Papers Giveaway)

 Dec 4:  Father-in-Law/Dad and Mother-in-Law/Mom

 Dec 5Tutors/Teachers

 Dec 6High Tech/Low Tech

 Dec 7Hostess/Gifts That Give Back

 Dec 8: Sanitation Engineers, Mail Carriers, Hairdresser, Delivery People, Babysitter, Cleaning People, Dog Walker/Dog Trainer, etc. (a.k.a. who else did I forget?) and Emily Post’s Etiquette on this subject.

 Dec 9Husband, Me (Our Own Wacko List); Capability:Mom Husband/Wife

 Dec 10:  Dog/Cat

 Dec 11: Quick Gifts from Whole Foods versus Gourmet Food Store

 Dec 12: ‘Cause I Am So Together,  Last Minute Home Made Gifts:  Cookies & Personalized Holiday Tags

By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. You are tech-ier than you think and the Kobo does free up the suitcase from all of those books – I have seen how Pragmatic Mom packs – I mean over-packs, like me! Great tip to go basic – I also like the etch-a-sketch cover but don’t know if it is really practical.

  2. Kris

    Nook wins over Kobo–in color; you can download many library books for free! It is a bit pricier at $249.

  3. I like your new picks and the headphone earmuffs might be the perfect fusion of low and high tech!

  4. Drool,I want all of this stuff. I think the earmuff/headphones will be perfect for my Stepdaughter….thank you!

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