By Jennifer Bergen, PCMag.com
Sugar and spice, and everything nice. That's what little girls are made of.
That nursery rhyme dates back to the early nineteenth century, and although girls are still sweet today, they have little in common with the girls of the 1800s. Nowadays, kids aren't playing with the 'ol
. Even younger kids are playing with video games, and older kids are getting their first cell phones. With the holidays coming up, it may be hard to know what to buy for that little girl on your list.
Do you buy her more nail polish, or a subscription to
, or do you get her something she could
use, like an MP3 player or a digital camera? Growing up in an age of technology means that your daughter or niece's holiday list might look a lot different from how yours did or really what any girl's list would have looked like 20 years ago. Kids these days are growing up in a time where they don't know a world without iPods, Facebook, and Google, so it may be time to rethink that shopping list.
Our editors handpicked a list of the best products we've seen this year that are sure to make any girl happy. If you want to really be hip with the times, you might want to put down the journal from the Barnes & Noble shelf and head over to where the Nook e-readers are located. Girls are now tech-savvy from an early age, and it's time to get them the best tools to cultivate their growing knowledge. Take our advice; one of the products below will surely excite any girl.
TOP PICKS FOR GIRLS:
The Asus U56E-BBL6 budget laptop has all the desired features, including a fast Core i5 processor, cutting-edge features, and best-in-class battery life, sold for a price few can pass up.
The big, beautiful, Android-based myTouch 4G Slide is T-Mobile's most powerful handset to date, so it's our latest Editors' Choice for keyboarded smartphones on T-Mobile. The zippy phone also has an excellent camera – a feature your daughter or niece will love when they want to catch spur of the moment events.
$199 to $399
Aside from a new white version, the best-in-class iPod touch remains physically the same, but gets new features, like iMessage, via the iOS 5 update. iMessage allows for virtual texting between iOS devices over Wi-Fi, so your daughter can text to her heart's content without having to sign up for a texting plan. It also shoots HD video and takes awesome photos.
If the camera of the iPod touch or the T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide aren't up to your standards, you might want to try a point-and-shoot camera like the Panasonic Lumix DMC-S3. A capable compact camera with a high-quality LCD, the DMC-S3 has a rechargeable battery, and a wide-angle 4x zoom lens. It doesn't produce the sharpest images in its class, but, overall, it leads the pack in the under-$150 cameras we've tested.
$99 to $119
At just around $100, the Shure SE215 has no business sounding this good—and its replaceable cable means it should last longer than typical hard-wired models. The earphones boast solid clarity and bass without over-boosting. Though these headphones aren't necessarily "girly looking," they'll provide such excellent sound that the girl on your list will be too busy rocking out to notice.
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