Tips On Family-Friendly Gifts

Published 6:44 am Saturday, June 2, 2012

(NAPSI)—It may come as a surprise to some, but digital devices can be a handy way to bring your family together. Here’s how:

A family that jams together…

Share your playlists with the family and let your kids be guest deejays with a customizable, multidevice music system that can easily be operated from an iPhone, iPad or Android device. The Sonos Wireless Hi-Fi Music System (PLAY:3 $299.99, PLAY:5 $399.99 at Target) is simple to install and a great speaker solution for digital households looking to be cord-free.

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This year’s hottest video games cater to multiplayer audiences. One of the top-selling games, “Just Dance 3” ($39.99 for Nintendo Wii or Xbox 360 Kinect), creates an instant dance party with 40 sound tracks and new party-ready multiplayer modes that can appeal to people of any age. Target even offers an exclusive version with additional tracks for more dancing fun.

A family that plays together…

The new version of “Call of Duty (Modern Warfare 3)” was released just in time for the holidays, complete with new modes and zones to attract the big kids to your game room. Your family can even reunite remotely with Xbox LIVE connectivity. Think about teaming up for a long-distance co-op match between home and the college dorm, or competing against other players with global leaderboards.

Xbox LIVE’s streaming capabilities (for services including Netflix and Hulu) also ensure movie night can be all about the family. Make pizza or popcorn and get comfortable at home with your kids. Microsoft’s Xbox 360 is a popular gift idea with unique, age-appropriate choices.

Another option for streaming entertainment is Sony Internet TV powered by Google TV ($799.99 at Target). It’s the Internet, on your TV. If your digital lifestyle is all about convenience, this makes a marvelous gift. Instead of each person browsing alone on mobile devices, your family can share the latest YouTube sensations, games, music and more. Because it uses Sony hardware, you can be sure of an easy setup process.

A family that saves together…

Just because high-tech toys are on your family’s wish lists, it doesn’t mean you have to ignore your holiday gift budget. Trade-in programs are popping up in unexpected places, making it easy and cost effective to upgrade your gadgets and games for new ones. At Target, for example, there’s a program that lets you trade in new or used iPods, iPads, mobile devices, video games, cameras, calculators, Blu-ray discs and more for a store gift card.

Bringing your family together through technology this holiday may help you please just about everyone. As you create your gift list, think about things the whole family can enjoy together.

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