It's not that the older generation doesn't understand technology, it's that they often don't understand new technology. So when it comes to getting gifts for your parents (or grandparents) who like the idea of using cool new tech toys, but definitely aren't tech savvy enough for the toys to be super complicated, we've put together a list of gadgets we think they'll actually be able to use.
You might need to set this up for your parents, but it could open up a whole new world of TV and movie-viewing experiences for them. They'll instantly be able to enjoy more than 2,000 streaming channels, with access to over 250,000 movies and TV episodes.
The coolest part of the Roku 3, compared to previous versions, is the streaming box. It has voice control, so your parents can just tell the TV what to do instead of messing around with a remote.
Available on Amazon for $79.92.
The TrackR is the perfect gift for anyone who tends to misplace their keys, phone or anything else of importance. This tiny wireless device will keep track of anything they don't want to lose.
They'll need to download the accompanying app, sync it with the device, then attach the TrackR to whatever item they're trying to keep track of. They can then use the app to find their missing item. To be honest, we could all probably get good use out of the TrackR.
Available for $29.99 on the TrackR website.
Wemo Insight Smart Plug
The Wemo Insight Smart Plug allows for anything to be plugged into it — a lamp, curling iron, fan, etc. It connects to an app, so if your parents happen to forget to turn something off after they've gone to bed or left the house, they can easily turn it off through their phone.
They can also monitor energy consumption from the app — like, how much a space heater is costing or how much energy a particular room consumes.
You can buy it on Amazon for $49.99 at Belkin.
Philips Hue White Ambiance A19 Starter Kit
Using the Philips Hue app, your parents can easily design unique lighting settings to match how they're feeling. They can use Siri to turn on and off the lights or have them set to turn on or off automatically at specific times of the day or night.
This starter kit comes with two Hue white LED light bulbs, a dimmer switch, and a Hue bridge that wirelessly connects up to 50 lights. The bulbs use five times less power than traditional halogen lights, making them a great eco-friendly option.
Available at Apple for 129.95.
NIX Advance Digital Photo Frame
Chances are, your parents are super into having pictures of you and other family members all around the house. With the NIX Advance Digital Photo Frame, you can easily upload thousands of pictures for them (which might be overkill, but they probably won't complain), and continue adding new ones as family events happen.
The frame turns on when they enter the room and turns off when the room is empty, saving energy.
Get it on Amazon for $79.99.