It's not always easy to buy tech for your parents or someone who's slightly older than your usual friends. What do you get? You've probably heard the tech complaints already from your parents, so you might already know what they need. Here are our ideas.
Although I don't have one myself, and won't get one until they get some more decent hardware, it's hard to find faults with the iPad as a gift for your parents. It's perfect for someone who consumes media, checks their email, the iPad is the perfect computer. The touchscreen makes everything intuitive, allowing both the young and the old use this tablet easily.
2. Point-and-Shoot Camera
If there's one thing that parents like, it's taking photos. Depending on how technologically adept they are, you can either get a simple point-and-shoot camera or an entry-level DSLR.
3. Entry-Level DSLR
This is the perfect gift for dad. He probably has a point-and-shoot already and used to have a 35mm camera when he was younger, but never got around getting a DSLR. The entry-level DSLRs from both Canon and Nikon are good buys and take great photos.
I've used an iPod since 2004 and only got a newer model when my old one broke down. iPods are great to listen music. Depending on how tech savvy your parents are, you can get anything from the new Nano to the iPod Touch, but I'd probably stay with something simple, like an iPod Shuffle or an iPod Classic.
5. No Gadgets
Gadgets have a limited shelf life, so I'd stay away from most USB gadgets and gizmos. They'll probably end up in storage or in the rubbish bin after a while.