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Family tech shopping

Of course, retail news is everywhere right now, so I’ll presume to link to the best for people with kids at heart. First the breaking news: The iPod and the Xbox 360 are Nos. 1 and 3 on this year’s “top 10 list of desired gifts compiled by the Consumer Electronics Association,” the New York Times reports. Last year, game consoles were in 9th place and portable music players didn’t even make the list. The Cincinnati Enquirer attempts to explain the iPod phenom. As for the content on those consoles, check out FamilyFun.com’s kid-tested “Video Game of the Year” winners for kids 6-9 and 10-12 and USATODAY’s videogame gift guide in four categories: Kids, Preteens, Teens, and Adults. The Washington Post categorizes too, but creatively zooms in on recipients as much as products. For example, it took 4th-grader Aneya months to start playing with the Nintendo DS her dad got her last Christmas, the but now she’s finally using it to play games like “Lizzie McGuire: On the Go” (have things like that happened with kid-tech at your house too)? Then there’s Nicholas the teenage gamer; a “road warrior”; a cool grandmother (who’s “on her 5th or 6th computer”); and a 30-something “multimedia junkie” whose daughter Gemma isn’t that much bigger than his iPod. The Associated Press and Wall Street Journal both look at this widespread parental challenge of 8- and 9-year-olds preferring tech to toys. [If any of you have dealt with bad guesses on tech gifts for kids and figured out what to do when that happens, other parents would love to hear about it – email me anytime, or post just below.]

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