Adults aren’t always easy to shop for, unlike children. And some adults are tougher than others, like parents and grandparents who seem to have everything they need. So that’s why I came up with a list of ideas for some top gift ideas for those special (and sometimes difficult) people on your Christmas list.
NetFlix Players for Streaming Video
Netflix is an online subscription service for video rental. But rather than receive a DVD in the mail (which Netflix is moving away from), you can stream your videos directly to your TV – less hassle, less waiting.
There are a few different ways to receive streaming videos. Some newer TVs are set up with the capability as are some blue-ray players. You can even use your Xbox or Wii to connect with Netflix. But not everyone has a Netflix-compatible device or at least not one on every TV and this is where a dedicated video streaming player can come in handy.
Check out the Roku. HD video streaming from your subscriptions to Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Amazon Instant Video. Access to free and paid channels through Roku like news and sports.
Board Games for Adults
Board games are just for kids, many adults love board games also! While their are many board games that are great fun for the whole family there are also some games that require a little age and wisdom. Okay, maybe just age.
Adult board games are great for a Friday night get-together with friends or for group events like a church social. Sometimes you can really get to know people by how they play board games – the competitive ones are usually the most entertaining.
Lap Desk for Their Laptop or Netbook
One of the great things about using a laptop for the majority of your computer work is that you can sit anywhere in your house to use it. Some people like to sit on the couch and use their laptop and some people like to sit on their bed. But balancing a laptop on your legs, especially for extended periods of time, isn’t very comfortable or ergonomic. That is where having a lap desk comes in handy.
This small desk with a cushion on the bottom makes working on the couch, bed or elsewhere a lot more comfortable. Lap desks are particularly nice for teenagers and college students who often aren’t working at a desk.
Why Use a Laptop Desk?
Sitting with your laptop isn’t really good for you or your computer. First, the positioning of your arms and neck will cause fatigue over time. If you have ever worked for a very long period of time on your laptop you may have noticed a little soreness he next day. Second, your laptop can overheat as it rests on your legs. This isn’t good for the equipment.
A lap desk will help re-position your laptop so that it is in a bit more ergonomic position. This will help avoid strain on your shoulders and neck over time. It will also help your laptop to “breathe” a bit better although a lapdesk with a built-in fan will help even more.
Most of use don’t like getting up in the morning. So why not try to make it a little more fun? That’s where cool alarm clocks come in. It’s bad enough you have to be woken up each morning, you might as well do it with style and get yourself a cool alarm clock. Right?
And by cool I don’t necessarily mean stylish or funky, you could just get an alarm clock that does more that let off an annoying buzz each morning. There are also some neat alarm clocks for kids that can add a little spice to their rooms, or if they are very young, help get them interested in telling time.
Some have neat little features that make waking up a little easier. Others just look neat – a conversation piece. And others still have functions that wake up the dead (like a teenager) or gain the weary parent a few extra zzz’s (like the toddler clock).
Alarm clocks are a great gift idea. Pretty much everyone needs one but most people never think of buying something cool. That’s where you come in. Buy a gift that is fun, useful and a little different! And let’s not forget the travelers in the group! There are some great travel alarm clocks so you don’t embarrass yourself and show up late when you have a meeting away from home.
Okay, that was sort of a short list for now. But hopefully I gave you some new ideas. Sometimes with adults it is just good to think outside of the box a little before you start your holiday shopping.