Best gifts for the family this Christmas – TVNZ Breakfast

Wednesday November 26th 2008

Breakfast’s Inspector Gadget John Buckley shares his recommendations for “gadgety” gifts for all the family.   Click the image below to see the full interview with Paul Henry.


Best Gift for Dad

Leatherman Multi-tools are ideal accessories for hunting, outdoor, fishing, gardening and general purposes.

The Wave: the most popular full-size Leatherman tool, has a knife, strong pliers, wire cutters and locking blades. 19 functions in total.

Recommended retail price: $324.00

Skeletool: has 9 different functions but is essentially a quality knife, strong pliers and a screwdriver.

Recommended retail price: $244.00

Available from: Sporting, fishing and outdoors stores nationwide such as Bivouac Outdoor.

Product website

Rating 5 out of 5

Best Gift for Mum

Nokia N96 mobile phone

It may look just like a very stylish mobile phone but Nokia are pitching the N96 as the latest mobile multimedia computer. When it’s released on December 1 buyers will be able to download a free BBC series to view on the phone (The Catherine Tate Show and Little Britain are amongst the choices available). Add to this 5 megapixel photo and video capability, a satellite navigation system with Nokia Maps, an internet browser and arcade games for the kids and you can see what Nokia are getting at.

Recommended retail price: $1699.00

Available from Vodafone dealers from December 1 2008.

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Rating 5 out of 5

Best Gift for Older Brother or Sister

Apple Ipod Nano (4th generation)

The new Nano comes in 9 different colours and 8 GB or 16 GB sizes (meaning the larger one can hold up to 4,000 songs or 16 hours of video). If you know someone who is looking to upgrade their mp3 player this would be a great choice this Christmas.

Recommended retail price: $329.00 for 16 GB, $249.00 for 8 GB

Available from the apple store online and at most electronics retailers such as JB HiFi

and Bond & Bond.

Product website

Rating 5 out of 5

Best Gift for Little Brother

Kawasaki iSoundz Audi Pro Digital Guitar

Let little brother realise his inner rock star with this toy guitar. Not only can he strum along to the pre-loaded songs, he can plug in an mp3 player and play air guitar to his own favourites. This guitar has 16 guitar power chords, eight instrument sounds, five rhythms, whammy bar, and special effects button.

Suitable for children age 5+.

Recommended retail price: $69.99

Available from Toyworld stores nationwide

Rating 4 out of 5

Best gift for Little Sister

Fisher Price Kid-Tough® Digital Camera.

This durable little camera is perfect for pre-schoolers. It is waterproof; has two-eye viewing making it easy for kids to look through the viewfinder; dual hand grips to help them steady their shot and big buttons which are easy for little hands to press.  It stores up to 500 small pictures which can be copied to a computer with a simple USB connection.

Suitable for children aged 3+

Recommended retail price: $169.00

Available from Toyworld stores nationwide

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Rating 4 out of 5