Gift Guide #1: A Plugged In Wishlist

November 2, 2012

This post is sponsored by Best Buy. What will your gift do?

Oh my goodness. Are you ready to think gifts yet? Is it too early? I confess, I already started making lists! Shipping between France and the U.S. can be tricky as far as timing goes, so I’m trying to stay ahead of the game. I’ll be writing several gift guides this month and thought it would be fun to start with gadgets. I remember hearing a friend say: it’s not a real gift unless it plugs in. Hah! I don’t really believe that, but I do crave my fair share of plugged in goods. : ) My picks range from $20 to $230, so hopefully, there’s something perfect for your budget.

For Dads, I’m thinking a totally legit waffle iron for making weekend morning memories. Or how about a turntable? (Then dust off his box of records from the attic and leave them under the tree with a big bow!) And for the dad who likes toys, I was thinking a desk-ready remote control car. They are a hit every time!

For Moms, I’d pick a tripod. You know she’s addicted to her camera and this is an affordable way to up her game! Or, how about a classic Kitchen Aid mixer? (I’ve never owned one, but have always wanted to.) Another idea is to replace her cheap-y version with a really good hair dryer.

For teens, you can’t go wrong with a GoPro Camera! It attaches to your head so you can film snow skiing, skateboarding, mountain biking… Or maybe an iPod Touch. Load it up with their favorite movies for the big holiday drive to Grandma’s house. This pick is pricey, but I’ve heard 3 different nieces and nephews mention it: Beats by Dr. Dre. And if you have any big talkers at your house, I love these old school telephone handles that plug into any headphone jack. Pretty cool!

Here’s one more bonus pick for the whole family. This little adaptor has changed our life! It connects an iPhone or iPad to your TV. Now we can watch anything that’s on our iPad screen together on the family TV. We use this a ton!!

I’d love to hear, what sort of plugged in goods are on your wishlist this year?

P.S. — Watch for more gift guides this month. The next one will be all about books!

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1 Katherine November 2, 2012 at 9:45 am

Never too early to start, especially when shipping overseas. A friend ordered a kitchen set for her girls that she had to ship from the states (she ordered in November) and it didn’t arrive it time! Love the turntable idea – I gave one to my husband a few years ago. He loves it and now has a rapidly growing record collection.

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2 Design Mom November 2, 2012 at 12:40 pm

I love seeing a comeback in record players. So cool!

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3 Veronika November 2, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Thank you for this post! Lots of good ideas for me…I can’t wait for all your other gift guides to come!

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4 Veronika November 2, 2012 at 1:13 pm

Also, I’m sure you’re aware but in case you’re not, http://littlebits.cc/. My husband desperately wants a starter kit!

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5 Design Mom November 4, 2012 at 8:21 am

Thanks for the tip, Veronika!

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6 Vanessa November 2, 2012 at 5:45 pm

Love the gift lists, thank you!

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7 Julie November 3, 2012 at 5:50 pm

For all you expats, if you don’t know about http://www.bookdepository.com, you should! Free shipping anywhere!

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8 Design Mom November 4, 2012 at 8:22 am

I’m a free shipping junkie. Any time free shipping is involved, I’m tempted.

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9 Angela November 3, 2012 at 8:09 pm

Seriously, I could just KISS you! :> I ordered that adaptor 60 seconds ago. We travel a lot (definitely NOT as glamourous as it may sound) with the kids, and I have tried to connect the iphone or ipad to the ginormous hotel tv approximately 8 billion times (with no success). THANK YOU! (for finding the item I was clearly not smart enough to find on my own!)

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10 Design Mom November 4, 2012 at 8:23 am

Hooray! I hope it’s as life-changing for you as it has been for us. FYI: There are 2 TVs here at the farmhouse we’re renting. It works with the newest TV. but not with the older one. So if you’re in a modern hotel, hopefully you’ll be good to go!

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11 Nora November 4, 2012 at 9:14 am

Couple of items that we already own that have been invaluable for travel:

Portable Wireless Router: http://www.amazon.com/D-Link-All-in-One-Mobile-Companion-DIR-505/dp/B0081TXIQA/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1352045488&sr=1-2&keywords=dlink+portable+router

Zagg Portable Charger: http://www.zagg.com/accessories/zaggsparq.php?default=6000 (This has also come in handy with Hurricane Sandy!)

Happy Holidays and thanks for sharing your finds! :)

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12 The New Diplomats Wife November 5, 2012 at 9:37 am

love the adaptor idea.

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13 Stella November 5, 2012 at 4:52 pm

I didn’t think I would ever get a KitchenAid, but someone gave us one for our wedding, and I actually love it! I don’t use it all the time (there is something so therapeutic about mixing the cookie dough myself when I have the time…) but when I do I am so glad I have it.

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