With roughly 12 days left til Christmas day, if you haven’t finished your holiday shopping yet— Staples can help! As a teacher and now the mother of a kindergartner, I depend on Staples for school supplies. I knew they had computers and phones, but never realized how many top tech items they carried until I attended the Staples Holiday event last week, hosted by Audrey McClelland of MomGenerations.com. Audrey showed us some really cool items that Staples offers like the Kindle, Flip Video Recorder, Beats by Dr. Dre Headphones and many more. I liked that you can play with interactive displays to see if the items are going to work for the person you’re buying it for. Plus, Staples offers coupons, a price-match guarantee and a rewards program.
These are our top picks for tech items offered by Staples:
Amazon’s Kindle DX ($379.00) features a 9.7inch screen with a larger font size perfect for viewing full pages of PDF documents or reading materials like newspapers where users can see a full article on a single page in an amazingly sharp display. This can only be purchased in store, not at Staples.com.
OlympusŪ Stylus Tough 3000 ($199.99) is a digital camera that’s waterproof, freeze-proof and shockproof — you can literally toss it around! Exclusive for this holiday season, the red model comes with a free adventure kit, complete with a float strap and neoprene case (red available in-store and online, pink, blue and green available at Staples.com, ).
I’m a little obsessed with Flip Video cameras — because they’re so easy to use and the price isn’t out of this world. They combine pocket-size portability with a 2-inch viewing screen. At Staples, you’ll find the Flip UltraHD ($129 on sale)and pocket-sized Flip MinoHD ($179) both offering high quailty HD video.
Beats by Dr. Dre headphones features a built-in mic for hands-free talk on your music or iPhone. You also get playback control of your iPhone or iPod (including pause, next track and volume). It’s available in two models, the Beats Solo on-ear style (black or white, $179.99 in most stores and Staples.com) and iBeats in-ear buds (black or chrome, $99.99 in most stores and Staples.com).
If you’re budget’s a little smaller, consider Omnitech’s products. Omnitech Wireless Headphones ($30 in-store only) are perfect for listening to favorite TV shows or radio stations up to 50ft away while working throughout the house and without disturbing others. Omnitech Wired Noise-Cancelling Headphones ($20) are portable and perfect for the business traveler. But what I really liked was the Omnitech Sport MP3 Headset ($25) which lets users download MP3’s directly to their headphones and holds up to 2GB of storage. Omnitech also offers some stocking stuffers that are really cool — check out Omnitech’s Mini Speaker ($10). It plays music from any device equipped with a 3.5mm headphone jack; including MP3 players, notebooks, mobile phones, and gaming devices. The Speaker expands for better sound quality and it includes a built in rechargeable battery. It’s great to tote from room to room.
Disclosure: I received a gift card and the mini speaker for attending the Staples Holiday Event. All opinions expressed are my own.