It seems like a tough gift-giving challenge: Finding a high-tech present for a recipient with an old-fashioned sense of style.
But relax: You've got options this season. Consider these gifts, which blend high tech features with retro style:
Polaroid Socialmatic – ($300)
Polaroid invented the social camera with its classic Instamatic cameras, but the new Socialmatic truly brings the concept to life. The 5-inch square camera – yes, with its curved edges it kind of looks like an app icon – has built-in Wi-Fi and runs Android software to instantly share photos to apps like Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest via its 4.5-inch LCD touchscreen. Being a Polaroid, it also prints 2-by-3 photos on Polaroid ZINK paper ($15/30-pack) for sharing photos the old-fashioned way.
Linksys WRT1900AC – ($300)
In the nascent days of Wi-Fi, there was a good chance your first wireless router was the Linksys WRT54G. The blue/black router, which sort of looks like a “Space Invaders” character with its antennae, went on to become the best-selling router of all time. Linksys resurrected the design style for its new WRT1900AC router, which features the latest wireless technology (802.11ac) and a slew of high-performance specs for the next generation networking.
Jensen JTA-410 Portable Turntable — ($120)
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You can play digital music anywhere, so why not analog music? The Jensen JTA-410 solves that problem. The suitcase-style turntable simply clasps shut and goes where you go. The three-speed (33/45/78) turntable can plug in or run on C batteries, and if you get tired of switching out LPs, there is an auxiliary jack so you can plug in a digital music source.
Ion Archive LP — ($160)
Ion has long been a leader in analog-to-digital USB turntables, and the Archive is no exception. The all-in-one turntable connects to your home computer via USB to convert coveted vinyl sound to digital files you can take with you on the go. Simply want to listen to records with no fuss? The Archive has built-in speakers for playing back all your favorite wax tracks.
Ion Cassette Adapter Bluetooth – ($30)
Know someone still driving a car with a tape deck? This is the gift for them! The Ion Cassette Adapter goes into the tape deck then streams digital music from their phone or other digital device that plays back through the car’s speakers. No cords or cigarette-lighter plug-ins necessary.
Crosley 24-inch Retro HDTV — ($230)
Who’d have ever thought you could watch your favorite high-def shows on one of those old-fashioned TV set with knobs and wood paneling? Crosley, that’s who. The longtime radio company continues its foray into vintage-inspired electronics with this LED TV that offers full 1080p HD in packaging that looks straight out of “Leave It To Beaver.”