2014 Holiday Gift Ideas

2014 Holiday Gift Ideas Northern Connection

The Hot Holiday Gift Guide for Students and Parents Alike

By Marianne Reid Anderson

Holiday time means shopping, shopping, shopping! Here’s a list of the gifts that are hot, hot, hot and they are on the wish lists of both students and parents.
iPhone® 6 and iPhone 6 Plus – the marketing team at Apple® never sleeps and so the newest iPhone tops the list for children of all ages

(despite questionable reviews and security issues). The main difference is screen size, 4.5 inch screen for the iPhone 6 and a 5.5 inch screen for the iPhone 6 Plus (the strange thing is that an iPad mini has a 7.4 inch screen so the iPhone 6 is only slightly smaller). The other main difference is price, the iPhone 6 starts at $199 with only16 GB of memory and goes up from there depending on how much additional memory you want and the iPhone 6 Plus starts at $299 for only 16 GB of memory and likewise goes up from there for additional memory. Go to store.apple.com for complete list of comparisons among Apple products.
Fitbit® – This fitness bracelet is much more than a gadget and is truly an awesome product. Whether you, or the student or parent you love, needs to get in shape or stay in shape, the Fitbit will help reach any fitness goal. The Fitbit tracks fitness, both day and night. It tracks your activities, including steps, stairs, distance, calories. It tracks how well you are sleeping and can wake you up through a silent alarm. It automatically syncs to your SMART phone and computer to track your health and fitness trends through easy-to-use online tools and mobile apps. These tools also enable you to do route mapping and food logging. You can even monitor your diet and weight goals with the Fitbit when used along with the Aria® wifi scale. There are even cool fashion accessories that turn your Fitbit into a stylish bracelet. The designers of the Fitbit know that you can reach your goals by having fun and feeling empowered. To learn more, visit www.fitbit.com.
Hunter Boots – for the fashionista in the family whether she be student or Mom. If we lived in jolly old England, these boots are known as Wellingtons (of Welli’s), and are not only fashionable but unbelievably weather resistant. No matter how rainy, slushy, or big the puddles, these boots will keep you dry and looking your best, inside and out. Visit http://us.hunterboots.com/shop/womens to pick out a pair (or two or three).
Designer Handbags – also for the fashionista (either student or Mom) are back in style and in a big way. These name-brand designs offer a stylish look and a pop of color that would make Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffany’s proud. Fortunately for Santa’s bank roll, some designers have created a few items in their collections that are cool, custom designs at slightly more affordable pricing. These designers include Kate Spade at www.katespade.com and Michael Kors at www.michaelkors.com, of course, both of these designers also have items that require some rather serious financing.
Lenovo® 2-in-1 Laptop or Microsoft® Surface Pro – are the laptops that every high-powered student or business professional should have. Highly affordable, each of these choices is both laptop and tablet combined, offer “inking” and handwriting with a stylus, have enough power to run all your applications and software downloads and can flip from laptop to tablet and flip for sharing presentations and collaborating on teams. Check out these cool, powerful machines at Best Buy or visit them online at www.bestbuy.com.
The key for obtaining these hot, hot items is to shop early or pre-order online. Remember, when shopping online, look for free-shipping options such as those available through Amazon Prime at www.Amazon.com, have any promotional codes close at hand for when you are checking out, and never pay via a Debit card or through a public wifi. The safest way to pay online is through a PayPal account at www.paypal.com.
Whether you are planning on hitting the crowds on Black Friday or hitting the Internet on Cyber Monday, may you have a happy and safe shopping season.

Happy Shopping!