Top Tech Gifts for the 2010 holidays | Your five best bets

Kindle E-Reader

A Kindle E-reader is proving one of the top tech gifts for the 2010 holidays. Image: Flickr / robertnelson / CC-BY

Tech gifts have always been popular,  for good reason. Top tech gifts are usually something that someone won’t buy for themselves or at least put off the purchase of. The top tech gifts for the 2010 holidays cover a wide price range and many of the people on your gift list.

Point-and-shoot cameras

Even though anyone you’re considering getting a top tech gift for probably has a nice camera, a point-and-shoot camera can still be a great 2010 holiday gift. There are times you don’t want to haul around a large SLR camera, and a point-and-shoot such as the Sony Cybershot or Canon PowerShot combines a great sensor with spur-of-the-moment flexibility.

TV for the 2010 holidays

A major top tech gift for the 2010 holidays will be TV boxes of various forms. Apple TV is popular and under $100, though selection is still low. The Roku box is less than $60, and connects to Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu Plus.

Electronic readers as a top tech gift

With expanding libraries and improved displays, e-readers are definitely a top tech gift for the 2010 holidays. Amazon’s Kindle offers a lightweight, easy-to-read screen with a $139 price point. Barnes and Noble Nook is $149, and the NookColor is $249. The Nook even offers a “lending” feature to allows readers to share their books.

Gift cards as top tech gift?

So you know you have someone on your list that would love a top tech gift. You have no idea though, what cell phone carrier they are on, what operating system they run, or what “operating system” even means. A gift card to their favorite tech store — Apple, Best Buy, or — can say “I know you want something from the top tech gift lists, but you know more than I do. It’s not a cop-out, it’s a way to give them exactly what’s wanted.

Connect the top tech gifts

One thing that has been around for a few years, but is still proving useful as a 2010 holiday top tech gift is a wireless hotspot. Be it Sprint, AT&T or Verizon, a MiFi device allows users to create their own wireless hotspot. Since most top tech gifts have wireless connection capability, a roving hotspot that works almost anywhere could be the perfect way to make a tech-gift recipient even happier.

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