OUR FRIEND BEHINDTHEBUY.COM SENIOR EDITOR DAVID GREGG JOINS US TO SHARE HIS PERSONAL PICKS OF THE HOTTEST HOLIDAY GIFT TRENDS OF 2012.
PRODUCT OVERVIEW: The TomTom VIA 1605 TM GPS delivers real time traffic information while providing lifelong map updates as it ensures that you will get from point A to point B in the safest, fastest most reliable way
QUESTION: HOW WILL THIS DEVICE HELP REDUCE THE STRESS IN EVERY MOTHER'S LIFE?
TomTom VIA 1605 TM
A great gift for the soccer mom, the TomTom VIA 1605 TM provides safe and easy navigation on the extra-large 6-inch screen, TomTom's biggest and sharpest screen yet. With bigger menus and buttons on the extra-large screen, the driver can keep their eyes focused on the road ahead. This device not only features world-class TomTom navigation, it comes with four free map updates a year, as well as daily map updates from the TomTom community, as well. And, of course, users will also receive access to real-time traffic to ensure that you always know what lies ahead. And, if you have a runner on your gift list, TomTom also has a great GPS SportWatch developed with Nike that is worth a look for $169. (TomTom VIA 1605 TM - $229; http://www.tomtom.com/en_us/products/car-navigation/via-1605-tm/)
Nike+ GPS SportWatch Powered by TomTom
And, if you have a runner on your gift list, TomTom also has a great GPS SportWatch developed with Nike that is worth a look. The Nike+ GPS SportWatch Powered by TomTom makes it easy to track your runs by measuring your time, distance, pace, calories burned and more. When connected to the computer, the watch connects you to Nike+, the world's largest running club, where you can see your progress, join challenges, set goals, map your routes and connect with friends. The watch is available in several colors: white, all black, black & volt, and black & blue. ($169; http://www.tomtom.com/en_us/products/gps-sportwatch/nikeplus-gps-sportwatch/)
PRODUCT OVERVIEW: The OfficeMax ImPress provides you the ability to create customized gifts to protect your tech (iPhones/laptops)
QUESTION: WHY ARE PERSONALIZED GIFTS THE BEST GIFTS?
OfficeMax ImPress products - Custom Smartphone Case and Custom Laptop Skin
This holiday season, it's all about the bling, and OfficeMax can make your tech gear - from smartphones to computers - really sparkle with its selection of custom, personalized gifts.
Custom smartphone cases from OfficeMax ImPress Print Center allow you to feature photos of the family on a tech product that rarely leaves your side. Want to personalize your laptop? Turn it into a work of art or portable photo frame with a custom laptop skin from OfficeMax ImPress, starting at $24.99. It's easy! Choose from more than 500 gift items to customize with your photos, including smartphone cases, laptop skins and more, available in OfficeMax stores nationwide and at officemaxphoto.com. These personalized tech accessories from OfficeMax ImPress Print Center make great holiday gifts for everyone on your list this season. (Smartphone cases start at $32.99, laptop skins start at $24.99; officemaxphoto.com).
PRODUCT OVERVIEW: Anybody shopping for holiday gifts MUST register at Upromise.com (for free) because you get between 5 and 10 percent cash back on all of your holiday purchases for your children's or grandchildren's college education.
QUESTION: IS IT REALLY TRUE THAT THIS WEBSITE-BASED SERVICE PROVIDES CASH BACK ON MOST OF YOUR HOLIDAY SHOPPING AND WILL APPLY IT TOWARD YOUR CHILD OR GRANDCHILD'S EDUCATION?
Families are expected to spend around $750 on holiday gifts this year. Simply starting that shopping at Upromise.com, you can get 5% of that spending back for college from hundreds of major online retailers such as Target, Kohl's and Toys R Us. No small change at approximately $37. Holiday shopping adds up fast, make this spending count towards you're child or grandchild's future by always checking Upromise.com first for savings. Upromise is free to join and every cent saved through Upromise.com helps inspire more savings and buying online saves time as well as money.
In addition, families who choose the new Upromise World Mastercard as their payment method of choice can save double-for a total of 10 percent or more cash back on those online purchases or $75 based on the average expected gift budget this year. Members can also earn cash for college with Upromise by Sallie Mae by dining out, booking travel, buying gas, shopping with the Upromise credit card and purchasing other services.
PRODUCT OVERVIEW: The Acer s7 combines the best features of a tablet along with the most productive features of a laptop while delivering a user experience that truly innovates the way people use computers as business tools and entertainment devices (and it's got a touchscreen too!).
QUESTION: IS IT TRUE THIS ULTRABOOK LAPTOP IS SO THIN YOU COULD SHAVE WITH IT?
Acer Aspire S7
Acer overcame incredible design challenges to create a touch Ultrabook nearly as thin as a tablet. It's the world's thinnest touch Ultrabook. Featuring an all-aluminum unibody design, the razor-thin Acer S7 Ultrabooks are exceptionally thin and light, yet resilient and durable. The Aspire S7 has a 13.3-inch full HD touch screen that is protected by a rigid lid made of white Gorilla Glass 2. Optimizing its touch capabilities, the lid on the S7-391 tilts back a full 180 degrees, allowing it to be used flat against a table or desk, much as one would use a tablet; a hotkey rotates the view 180 degrees making it easy to share the screen with others. In addition, a unique dual torque hinge design enables the display to stay upright and stable even when used for touch input.
The Acer Aspire S7 features Windows 8 and a 10-point touch screen, making navigating between applications natural and intuitive, for easier, faster and more convenient computing. Other key features include 3rd Generation Intel Core processors, solid state drives and up to 12 hours of battery life with second optional battery.
The Aspire S7 also features Acer's new innovative thermal design - TwinAir cooling (patent-pending) - which extends battery life and keeps the Ultrabook cool and comfortable to use and its light-sensing keyboard automatically detects changes in lighting conditions and adjusts the keyboard backlight brightness. ($1,399; www.acer.com)