December 03, 2013 10:22 ET

Hi-Tech Family Gifts for the Holidays

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Dec 3, 2013) - With the new Xbox One and Playstation 4 launching this holiday season, hi-tech gifts are going to be topping lots wish lists, but parents are concerned about the blood and guts that so many games bring into the home. Today Show Contributor James Oppenheim has suggestions for hi-tech gifting that maximize fun without the heavy violence associated with so much of video gaming:

Sonic Lost World for the Nintendo 3DS and WiiU mashes up retro and 3D-levels for fast, exciting family fun! Sonic is still fast, but now he has new moves, new powers, and new worlds. He flies, runs on the sides of walls, and even digs underground! Great family fun!

LeapPad 2 Power is a rugged touch screen tablet with rechargeable batteries and cameras, built for kids from the ground up with hundreds of available educator-tested titles. You can't make a better investment in your 3 to 9 year old child than LeapFrog Leap Pad 2 Power.

With RockSmith 2014 you can learn to play a real electric guitar or bass while having fun on your game console or PC. Using videos, lessons and games, practice has never been so addicting. Best of all even as you learn it always makes you sound like a star.

Bestselling Skylanders SWAPForce lets kids combine the top and bottom of real action figures to create hundreds of characters to use in the video game, encouraging creativity and strategic thinking. This is a great game to play with your kids. Think of the action figures as 21st Century chess pieces. I love that kids can play on-and off the computer and use the action figures in open-ended play.

Piccolo.IS is a subscription photo service for your Instagram and Facebook accounts. It automatically sends prints of your favorite Facebook shots to you (or your loved one) once a month in the mail. You get 4x4 pics from Instagram or 4x6 for your Facebook photos. It's great to have printouts to share with your non-computer family members. Subscribe at Piccolo.IS

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