Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Disney Mix Sticks

One of my favorite 'big ticket' gifts with a little ticket price this year is the Disney Mix stick. Its a basic MP3 player, but your kids won't know it! And they'll love having their favorite characters on it!

A few years ago my parents decided to give our son, then turning 5, an MP3 player. At the time we thought it was a bit over the top for a 5 year old--but we soon grew to love it. It was a basic, low end model, and only lasted a few months.

Last year we bought him a Disney Cars Mix Stick to replace it, and have been really happy with it. We're getting one this year for our daughter.

The Disney Mix stick is a plug-and-play tool. It works as simply as a USB flash drive does. It plugs into your USB drive to update and to charge. That's right--a rechargeable battery! (If only more of my kids' toys had those!) My son's came with 512 mb of memory, more than enough to load all of his favorite songs.

My son listens to music all night to block out ambient noises, so we also bought him a speaker pillow. It plays quietly, but enough that he can hear it.

Amazon has a huge selection of Disney Mix Sticks, starting as low as $14 each. These make great stocking stuffers or inexpensive gifts for neices, nephews, grandkids, etc. They come in varying sizes of memory--and all of them can be upgraded easily with an inexpensive SD card. (Many stores are selling 1 gb and 2 gb SD cards for $10 or less this year!)

My son really loves his. He listens all night, gets up in the morning and plugs it into the USB port to recharge while he's at school. Its been dropped, stepped on, and generally abused--as anything belonging to an 8 year old will be--and its still going strong a year later!

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