Tech Time – Tween Gift Guide
â€˜Tweens are easily insulted by gifts that seem childish; and toys are at the top of the kiddie list. Once your â€˜tween turns 10, gadgets and gizmos replace play things. Get in the game with the most inexpensive electronic options of the season.
Hands down, the Wii, Playstations 3 and Xbox 360 are the most popular tech items around. If your â€˜tween is lucky enough to own a system, he or she will love these three new games.
Have a â€˜tween that loves football? Madden 09 for Xbox360 is the perfect gift, whether for a beginner or a seasoned pro. The updated classic even boasts a Training Center, where you can sharpen your skills on and off the field.
Madden NFL â€™09 game for Xbox 360, $60, sears.com.
If your â€˜tween loves to perform, give the gift of music with the latest version of Guitar Hero or the popular karaoke game, Singstar.
Singstar game (including microphone) for Play Station 3, $60, Wal-Mart stores nationwide. You can download unlimited songs on Play Station 3â€™s Online â€œSingstore,â€ and perform them for friends and family!
Guitar Hero World Tour for Wii, $85, walmart.com.
There are tons of inexpensive gizmos this season, like ipod alarm clocks and camcorders, that will impress your â€˜tweens at the press of a button.
i-Dog, $30, target.com. i-Dog is sure to be a â€˜tween favorite. It lights up and moves around to the music you play!
iPod Alarm Clock, $50, ihomeaudio.com.
Apple iPod 3rd Generation 1GM Shuffle, $50, target.com.
Limited Too rhinestone phone with cord, $23, limitedtoo.com.
Boompod Audio Chair, $50, target.com. Perfect for a â€˜tween boyâ€™s room, this battery-powered chair links to your ipod, MP3 or CD-player.
ICarly digital camcorder, $80, toysrus.com.
Samsung 8.1MP Digital Camera S860, $100, target.com.
â€˜Tweens love to personalize their gadgets with stickers, crystals, pictures and more. While some crystal cases run up to $300, you can save a bundle by buying the Crystal Icing Kit and letting your â€˜tween do the decorating. Theyâ€™ll enjoy giving their ipod or cell phone that unique, personal touch.
Crystal Icing kit, $35, and stickers, $7 each, crystalicing.com.