The Apple Core Hardware Gift Guide 2013

Summary:My year end wrap-up of the best Apple hardware and accessories of the year.

23snaps & Pix-Star Frame – $149

The Pix-Star photo frame and 23snaps are a great way to share kids pics with relatives - Jason O'Grady

23snaps (which I included in my 2012 Gift Guide) is a social network and living journal for parents. 23snaps is a brilliant service that I've used it since it opened. Here's a video of how it works.

Instead of posting your children's pictures on Facebook or Instagram (where they might end up in a Budweiser ad one day) I post my kid's pictures on 23snaps, a modern "baby book" for parents to share pictures and videos with grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends that's both free and private.

Family that you've invited can see your photos and videos three ways: in the 23snaps app (free, App Store) which includes handy push notifications, on, or in a weekly email which is great for the less tech savvy. 

This year 23Snaps has partnered with Pix-Star, a digital picture frame that's a great gift for the grandparents. Pix-Star FotoConnect XD ($149, Amazon) is a gorgeous 10.4-inch photo frame that displays photos from a number of web albums including 23snaps accounts. Once connected to your 23snaps account and Wi-Fi the photo frame displays the photos from your current feed. It's a great gift that's automatically updated with the latest photos of your kids. 

Honorable mention: If $150 is to spendy, 23snaps has recently added printed photos books (starting at $24.95) which make great holiday presents. 

Topics: Apple, Hardware


Jason D. O'Grady developed an affinity for Apple computers after using the original Lisa, and this affinity turned into a bona-fide obsession when he got the original 128 KB Macintosh in 1984. He started writing one of the first Web sites about Apple (O'Grady's PowerPage) in 1995 and is considered to be one of the fathers of blogging.... Full Bio

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