Gift Guide: Gadgets Go Retro

Some self-described early adopters out there find themselves lost the days of simpler technology. Whether he’s poring over records and cassette tapes or she’s staring longingly at used book stores using a Kindle within her handbag, odds are you know somebody who enjoys the designs of yesteryear. Here’s a roundup of 20 holiday gifts that are fantastic for the nostalgic techie in your lifetime.


iCADE – iPad Arcade Cabinet – $99.99

Before there was Farmville, Angry Birds or Call of Duty, there was the arcade game. This is a great present for an iPad-toting buddy who still speaks about that high score on Super Mario Brothers.


JOYSTICK-IT iPad Arcade Stick – $24.99

Have a buddy who still gets stuck playing Pac-Man in the pizza parlor? Run any game in an iPad, stick the JOYSTICK-IT on and get a second ’80s flashback.


iPhone 4 Gameboy Cover – $4.85

Who did not enjoy the Gameboy? Permit your friends that are game-loving relive their glory days with this iPhone 4 insure.

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For the friend who had been first to get a car phone, let him channel his inner Gordon Gekko with this flashback phone case.

Hint: Inform him to utilize Siri when using this case and provide passers-by a double take.


POP! Handset – $36

For the chatty buddy who enjoys long phone conversations, try forcing her to change things up a little and provide her iPhone a landline-style handset such as this …

Handset Dock Stand for iPhone 4 – $39.90

… or like this! These receivers can be much more comfortable than using the iPhone for extended discussions. Plus, there is no need to wipe the ick off the screen when you’re done chatting.


MP3 Alarm Clock Docking Station and Speakers – $59.95

A modern spin on an old-school alarm clock, that this dock serves as a clock, iPod speaker and charger. It is a great present for a music-loving adolescent using a propensity to sleep in.


Alarm Dock – $40

Give this alarm dock to Mad Men-obsessed family or friends with a flair for Don Draper’s mid-century style.


RetroFit TV Box – $6.95

If you understand a TV lover who has been made to catch up on displays via an iPhone or iPod touch, then the RetroFit TV Box might be the perfect present. Just slip a phone or iPod signature into this smart small cardboard contraption for a minute miniature retro TV.


Give one of those quirky and classic novel cover iPhone cases to some literary lover who has become a reluctant eBook writer.


Pride & Prejudice E-reader case – $50

Know someone who enjoys the Kindle or Nook, but dominates the smell and texture of a fantastic novel? Slip a favourite e-reader into this smart situation for the best of both worlds.

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BookBook Case for iPad – BookBook Case for iPad – Twelve South – $69.99

Get the same feeling of a fantastic novel in your hands with this stunning vintage inspired iPad situation from TwelveSouth.

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Ipad Newspaper Printing Cover – $85

If you know someone who’s been sad about the fighting newspaper industry, cheer him up with a Kate Spade iPad cover coated with brightly classified ads.

Moleskine Tablet Cover & Volant Notebook (iPad) – $89.95

Give this luxurious Moleskine tablet cover into the author on your life. The inside is coated in soft faux-suede, along with the inside back cover includes a sleeve to hold a Volant notebook. The notebook could be reversed to accommodate left-handers.


Giant Pencil Touchscreen Stylus – $9.99

In case you’ve got a buddy who misses the days of pens and notepads, this giant pen stylus can help her get a better grip on texting and gambling.

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Etch-A-Sketch iPad Cover – $42

Do you understand an early adopter who recalls when the Etch-A-Sketch was the most high-tech thing that he possessed? Let him have his cake and eat it too with this particular unique Etch-A-Sketch iPad case.

Urban Outfitters

Boombox iHome iPod/iPhone Docking System – $199

This iPod dock and speaker system is a fantastic gift for the ’80s and ’90s music enthusiast on your life. Plug a phone into the pier at the next holiday party and burst out all of the best monitors.

FunkyFonic Cassette Tape Speaker – $17.99

This one’s perfect for a buddy who would like to relive the days of the tape with no piles tied tape. This speaker amplifies music in a iPhone or iPod Touch.


Cassette e-Reader and iPad pouch – $40

If your cassette-nostalgic friends have an iPad or an e-Reader, provide them this simple and soft carrying pouch.


So it might not be retro, but this keyboard is a fantastic modern-day version of the flip-out keyboards we’ve all known and loved. Give this to the extreme texter on your life to save some seriously embarrassing auto-correct errors.

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