The wedding month is upon us and whether or not you’re going to take a chance and fly there, max your credit card out on gas to drive there, or just stay home, you’re going to need to buy a wedding gift. Retrevo has some recommendations for great gadget gifts in all price ranges that will make any newlywed’s life more fun and fulfilling.
Gadgets That Capture Memories
Camcorders and cameras make great wedding gifts. A new camcorder should last a newly married couple well into the child rearing years. The latest crop of camcorders include some reasonably priced handheld camcorders and some consumer-friendly high definition camcorders that can fill the wide screen of an HDTV set.
The Canon Vixia HF10 has a 12X optical zoom with image stabilization and records to a flash memory card in AVCHD format. It’s small and light weight and sells for $900. The Sony HDR-SR1 costs a little over $1,000, records 7 hours of 1080i video on a built-in hard disk and gets good ratings.
Flip Video’s $179 Ultra took the camcorder market by storm with their very user-friendly flash-based camcorder that holds 1 hour of very good quality video and fits in your pocket or pocket book. The latest version that became available on June 4, 2008 has rechargeable batteries and is smaller and lighter. This new Flip Mino lists for $179.
Creative Labs has just started selling a competitor to the Flip camcorder called the Vado Pocket Video Cam. It stores up to 2 hours of video and the built-in USB connector makes it super simple to transfer videos to your computer and then up to YouTube. The best part is it costs just under $100.
|Canon Vixia HF10||Sony HDR-SR1||Flip Mino||Vado Pocket Video Cam|
Point and Shoot Digital Cameras
There are so many compact digital cameras to choose from the task of selecting a good camera for newlyweds can be difficult. We recommend features like optical image stabilization and face technology that make it easier to take good pictures.
The $300, Sony DSC-W170, is a fun new camera that performs some very cool image editing right on the camera. The "Smile Shutter" works with the face technology to detect "smiling" faces. Software in the camera, called, "Happy Face Retouch," can turn a frown into a smile after a picture has been taken.
The Canon SD1100 fits easily in a pocket or pocket book, offers 8 MP resolution, image stabilization and new face technology. It comes in many colors and can be purchased for under $250.
The Kodak Easyshare V1253 gets some mixed reviews but has impressive specs and features for a small and light camera. This $300, 12.1 MP camera, has a very big 3.5 inch display, shoots 720p video and only weighs 5.5 ounces.
|Sony Cybershot DSC-W170||Canon Powershot SD1100||Kodak Easyshare V1253|
Digital Picture Frames
Just remember, you’re not losing a daughter or son….on second thought, just in case you do end up seeing less of them, there are a couple of ways you can stay in the picture and one of those is to literally put you and the rest of the family on a digital picture frame. Digital photo frames look great on a mantle or bookcase and won’t break the bank either.
The Kodak SV1011 is a 10 inch digital photo frame that has built-in WiFi that can be used to manage the photos. There’s also a remote control and MP3 support so you can add a sound track to the picture show. It costs around $200. The Pandigital PAN80-2 is an 8 inch 800 x 600 pixel frame that can store 128MB worth of images. You upload images using the card reader or USB connector. You can buy the Pandigital PAN80-2 at most major retailers or online for under $200. Pandigital frames get high marks from reviewers and come in many sizes all the way up to 15 inches. The Aluratek ADMPF110 is a 10.5 inch frame that offers 1024 X 768 resolution which is a lot for such a small screen. This $160 frame gets good reviews from users for both picture and sound quality.
|Kodak SV1011||Pandigital PAN80-2||Aluratek ADMPF110|
Personal Navigation Devices (GPS)
Helping the newlyweds find their way in life may be more than should be expected from you however, a GPS for their car or outdoor adventures might be just the thing to help point them in the right direction. The Garmin nuvi 260 has text-to-speech (TTS) and a large 3.5 inch display and sells for under $300. The TomTom Go 920 is a popular GPS that has Bluetooth built-in for hands-free phone calls. You can buy the TomTom Go 920 for about $450. The Magellan Maestro 4040 also has Bluetooth along with a large 4.3 inch display for a little over $300.
|Garmin nuvi 260||TomTom Go 920||Magellan Maestro 4040|
HDTV sets are not cheap but they can be a very sensible gift in times of high travel costs when taking a vacation at home becomes more common. Don’t forget how great the Summer Olympics are going to look in high definition. If you can’t swing an HDTV set by yourself, get a few other friends and relatives together and buy the newlyweds their first HDTV set.
The Syntax Olevia 747I is a 47 inch LCD TV that does 1080p and gets very high ratings and very good reviews. It can be purchased for a little over $1000. The 42 inch Vizio VU42LF, does 1080p and can be purchased for well under $1000. The LG 42LB5D is a 42 inch 1080p LCD TV that gets high ratings and sells for around $1000.
|Syntax Olevia 747I||Vizio VU42LF||LG 42LB5D|
|A good quality photo printer should be part of any home system. For a little over $100 you can get your newlyweds a highly rated, fast photo printer like the Epson PictureMate Dash that makes glossy prints for around $.25.|
Roomba Vacuum Cleaner
|Some people treat these little creatures like pets. The iRobot Roomba 4150 is the entry level Roomba vacuuming robot but for less than $200 it could go a long way toward matrimonial bliss.|
Gadget Gift Card
Why not let the newlyweds have the pleasure of selecting a gadget for themselves. Just get a gift card from your favorite gadget seller like amazon.com, Best Buy or Circuit City and let them pick out their own gadget.
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