Give the Gift of Gab: Tech to Help Stay In Touch This Holiday Season

Traditionally, the holidays are a time of happiness and good cheer with friends and family. Unfortunately sometimes your loved ones can't be near you to join in celebration. Fortunately, communication technology has progressed far enough, now you can turn to several devices to virtually and almost be together even thousands of miles apart.
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Skype Gift Card Send a Skype Credit stocking stuffer (well, e-mail stuffer) to mom and dad, the kids, or friend and family abroad and they'll be happy to chat it up with you. Long distance calls have never been so cheap (and easy - who else remembers those confusing and very expensive long distance dialing cards?).
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HD Webcam Even better than hearing a loved one's voice is to see their face live and in action as well. Upgrade to an HD webcam to better hear and see just what you're missing during the holiday season.
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Hands-Free Headset Give your friends and family reason to pick up the phone and chat when they're otherwise preoccupied and unable to hold the phone in their hands. Now they can't say they're unable to pickup the phone anymore! • Super Tiny Bluetooth Headsets For Your SmartphoneA Headset for Busy People: BlueAnt Q2
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Logitech TV Cam HD for Skype You've got those Skype gift credits, now it's time to put them to good use. If you've got a penchant for connecting via video chat, you'll want your friends and family to see you as clearly as possible (and vice versa). The Logitech TV Cam HD was designed specifically for any HDMI-equipped HDTV display, and equally important features a wide-angle lens (to capture more of the family), improved microphone sound, zoom capabilities, and low light lens.
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Handsets For the Home As if everyone's smartphone wasn't already attached to their hip, make it easy and fun to use the phone at home with creative and imaginative handsets. This way the phone can stay in the pocket or on the entry way tray and you can still use the phone throughout the house. • Give Your iPhone a Hand...a HandsetStunning Native Union Skype and iPhone HandsetsThe Swissvoice ePure: Bluetooth Handset For Your Mobile DevicesPansonic Link-to-Cell Bluetooth Cordless Phone


Robotic Stand-In
If you can't be there in person but have got the cash, the $2,500 Double puts a motorized iPad with FaceTime to stand in your place at gatherings and events. Controlled remotely from your iPhone, you can interact with far away fans in crazy tech style.

(Images: Skype, KZenon/Shutterstock)

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