Gadgets, once exclusively the domain of teenage boys now has an appeal to both boys and girls alike. Chances are, these Christmas ideas are items that will feature on many a teenager's top 10 wish list, if they do not already have them all.
Nintendo Wii is specifically desired because it takes gaming to a whole new level being that body movement becomes a key component in playing many of the games.
Wii Fit. If your teenager already has a Wii, the Wii Fit is a must have. As the name suggests it Promotes fitness. As such it involves the use of a platform on which you will twist and turn and shift your weight to achieve the objectives of the games, and lose some calories in the process. This is great fun for all the family.
PlayStation 3 and X-Box 360 remain the other two strong contenders in the market. All three consoles are Christmas ideas that will make great presents. However, with the Wii bringing with it greater interactivity and being pitched as not only a multiplayer console but also as a family friendly multiplayer console, Nintendo has cleverly and successfully created a new niche in the games console market that has made it all the rage and brought families that end up playing together, closer together.
iPod or iPhone
Since the iPod first arrived on the market, it has been a must have. The latest incarnation, the iPod Touch and its mobile phone expanded big brother – the iPhone, ensured this demand is still going strong. If the budget fits, either these are Christmas ideas that you can be sure are high up in the gadget loving teen's wish list if they have not got an iPod or iPhone already. And even if they do already have the iPod, they most likely are wanting to upgrade to an iPhone.
When it comes to mp3 players, the iPod leads the pack. Many competitors have entered the market, but iPod remains the King of mp3 players. With the latest incarnation, rather than using physical controls, the controls on the iPod Touch are activated by using the touch screen interface of the iPod.
The iPhone takes the iPod touch, and propels it into the mobile phone market. As well as having phone functionality, it also obviously has a built in microphone for speaking and recording. There is also a built in 2.0 megapixel camera – great for taking pictures of special moments while on the move and emailing them off to your contacts.
Handheld Games Consoles
The Nintendo DS Lite and the PlayStation Portable (PSP) are the youngger siblings to the "grown up" home game consoles. The main reason these are desired and are also great Christmas ideas for presents, is that you can take them wherever you go. Fantastic for use when on the move, especially during long cycling journeys.
The Nintendo DS Lite is particularly popular as it has a wide choice of games. It also boasts a touch screen interface, bringing with it a whole new element to entertainment and gaming. The main feature PSP has as a standard feature that DS Lite does not, is built in media capability – but unless there is a really strong desire to buy movies to watch on the go, this feature probably does not really matter.
Games for Above Consoles
To be lighter on the pocket, and assuming that the teenager in question already has one of the above consoles, you can simply buy them a game for that console. Before purchasing a game, you might want to try to find out what type of game they like first, or if they have been talking about their desire for a new game recently. This should enable you to be discreet, yet ensure that you gift them a game that they will really appreciate.
So there you have it, 3 gadgets and games. Christmas ideas that make fantastic gifts for the technology and gadget loving teenage or girl that are sure to put a smile on their face.