$712. That's how much people plan to shell out on gifts this holiday season. It's a few dollars less than last year, so it's important to make each gift count.
We asked Geek Girl CEO and founder Leslie Fishlock about some top tech toys this season.
"I think the big thing right now is tablets, tablets, tablets," said Fishlock.
CNET reports the top tablets: the apple mini iPad, the Android Asus Transformer, Google Nexus 7, and the Amazon Kindle Fire HD.
Add a couple apps for some extra gift-giving points. Dinner Spinner allows you to input what you have in the fridge, and it comes up with a meal to make within seconds. You can also save and share recipes.
Avoid a bad credit score this shopping season with the app called mint.com. It tracks your spending, reminds you when bills are due and warns you of low funds and potential fees.
iBody turns your iPhone into your own personal trainer. It tracks your steps, jogs, runs, calories, cholesterol, blood pressure and allows you to team up with a buddy for motivation.
"Fitbit is a great way for women to get into shape. There's a scale that comes with it. It counts how many footprints you're taking," Fishlock said.
The Fitbit Ultra fits on your belt and tracks every step you take, every stair you climb, every chair you sit in. It even studies how often you toss and turn while you're sleeping.
But hi-tech doesn't have to mean high cost. Gift your own tech skills with a voucher. Offer computer maintenance such as updates and scans. Customize windows by installing templates, screensavers and wallpapers.
Pass on what you know. Offer a two-hour, one-on-one course on Photo Shop or Excel. Teach someone how to blog or share photos online. Wrap it up in a gift coupon book you can download and customize for free at kodak.com.
Another freebie that people love: create a flash drive full of your favorite songs and give them out as gifts. You can find free flash drives on freecycle.com or really cheap ones on eBay.
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