The newest tech gifts for everyone on your list, from a digital coloring book for your young artist to a portable DJ station for your music-obsessed teen.
House Beautiful1. Fisheye, Macro, Wide Angle and Telephoto Phone Lenses
Even the best camera phones have limited abilities when it comes to snapping digital images. This set of three stick-on lenses provides fisheye (for warping effect), macro (for small details), wide angle (for panoramic nature) and 2x telephoto (for distance) capabilities. Just affix the removable magnetic ring over your camera, and the interchangeable glass lenses snap on and off. Even has a cutout for the flash on your new iPhone 4S.
Three for $49. photojojo.com.
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House Beautiful2. Griffin Crayola ColorStudio HD
Kids love to color, paint, draw, and scribble, but the detritus can be a handful. This app, the Crayola ColorStudio HD from Griffin, turns your iPad into a coloring book/sketch pad, complete with Crayola crayons, paints, pencils, and markers - all in a tidy, mess-free package. Children can spend hours interacting with backgrounds, sounds, and special effects on the animated pages. The iMarker is safe to use with the iPad's Multi-Touch display, and masterpieces can be downloaded/printed for proud refrigerator display.
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House Beautiful3. Pioneer Water-Resistant Earbud Headphones
For the truly active on your shopping list, these water-resistant earphones can take just about anything - from a long run in the rain or snow to the sweatiest gym workouts. They're ergonomically designed to be super comfortable, plus you get four pairs of different size tips for a custom fit. Best of all, give them a rinse after a hard workout and your songs will keep sounding sweet.
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House Beautiful4. Kodak Playful Waterproof Video Camera
For everything from family fun to adventure travel, this rugged, waterproof video camera has you covered. It boasts full 720p high-def resolution in a compact size - a little bigger than your ATM card. Shoots underwater, down to 10 feet, for up to 2 hours. The SD/SDHC card slot can hold up to 32 GB, which means about 10 hours of HD video, and a retractable USB arm makes downloading and sharing your movies easy.
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House Beautiful5. Numark DJ2GOFor your mixmaster teen or anyone who loves to throw a great dance party, this is the most portable DJ-ing solution ever. No crates of vinyl or bulky equipment to lug around - the slim, light unit works with the music stored on your computer. Includes essentials like crossfader, pitch and level controls, plus Virtual DJ software that synchs perfectly with the controller. It's basically ready to go out of the box.
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- Stephen Treffinger
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