Need to drag that technophobe on your list into the 21st century? Try giving him one of these ultra-simple, easy-to-use gizmos, each one designed to solve a common electro-skeptic's complaint.
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KangaRoom Bamboo 3 Pod Charging Station ($45)
Problem: "Every outlet in the house is filled with charging gadgets — sometimes I can't even remember where I plugged in my cell phone!"
Solution: A charging station can accommodate three items at a time, keeping wires organized while concealing unsightly power cords.
Pantech breEZe Cell Phone
(29.99 with a two-year contract)
Problem: "I guess a cell phone would be good to have, but as I get older it gets harder and harder to push those little buttons and see those tiny numbers."
Solution: A simplified phone with easy quick-call keys, large font and oversized number pad is a great choice for first-time mobile phone users. $29.99 with a two-year contract and rebate.
(Starting at $29.95)
Problem: "I like the idea of music on the go — but those i-thingies seem so complicated!"
Solution: The Samsung Pebble holds up to 13 hours of audio and fits in the palm of your hand.
USB Can Cooler and Warmer
Problem: "I always drink my morning coffee while I check out the news online, but by the time I'm through, the brew is ice cold."
Solution: This clever gadget plugs directly into your computer and can keep drinks warm or cool while you browse the Web.
Round LED Clock
(Starting at $35)
Problem: "In my sleepy stupor, I can't make out the numbers on my bedside alarm clock."
Solution: This clock's bright blue, easy-to-read digits can be deciphered by the tiredest eyes.
(Starting at $4.99)
Problem: "That darn remote control always vanishes between the couch cushions!"
Solution: Measuring 5" by 11", this maxed-out remote is just about impossible to lose.
Chocolate Bar Calculator
Problem: "Calculators all look so boxy and ugly -- I'd rather just use a paper and pen!"
Solution: This calorie-free calculator — which only looks like chocolate — makes paying the bills just a touch more palatable.
Reprinted with permission from Hearst Communications, Inc.