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Gift Guide: Barnes & Noble Nook eBook Reader

Earth Lover, Best Under $500 Barnes & Noble Nook eBook Reader With the endless flow of eReaders hitting the streets every few hours now, the market has gotten thick real quick. The Kindle is obviously the iPod of the bunch so far, but we think Barnes & Noble's Nook is a real contender for the title. It's gorgeous, fun to use, extremely versatile, small enough for a big pocket (7.7 x...

Gift Guide: Wowwee Cinemin Swivel Projector

Wowwee Cinemin Swivel Pico Projector (Gadget Head, Under $500) Despite being a strong candidate for worst product name hall of fame, Wowwee (also a candidate for worst company name) did a swell job with the Cinemin Swivel ($300), a mini video projector that lets you plug in a video source -- iPod, iPhone, PSP, Flip Video, digital camera, netbook, whatever -- and then throw it up on a wall at...

Gift Guide: Dark Blade Mini Remote Control Helicopter

Dark Blade 3-Channel R/C Helicopter (Gadget Head, Under $50) A perennial winner for the holiday-gift satisfaction sweepstakes, remote control helicopters are the gift that says: "I know you're a textbook arrested development case, but everyone deserves to be happy -- so go fly your geek flag." Dark Blade's mini-chopper is a standout precisely because of its extreme mini-ness and excellent...

Gift Guide: NoPoPo Eco Water-Powered Flashlight Set

NoPoPo Eco Water-Powered Flashlight Set (Gadget Head, Under $100) Both eco-conscious and smartly-designed, the NoPoPo Eco Water-Powered Flashlight ($55) is a must-have for the gadget fiend. By sliding the cover, the unit works as both a regular flashlight and a unidirectional lantern. But what's most interesting about the flashlight are the NoPoPo batteries, which run on liquid (apparently...

Gift Guide: G-Robots G-Dog

G-Robots G-Dog (Gadget Head, Under $1,000) For the robot enthusiast, the nonpareil G-Dog by G-Robots ($949.99) satisfies both the creative brain (you have to build it from the included parts) and gadget obsession. The fully-functional robot comes programmed with 17 actions -- like walk, kick, hand stand, and even "go potty" -- but the user can play with the G-Dog motion editor software to...

Gift Guide: Leica M9 Digital Rangefinder Camera

Leica M9 Digital Rangefinder Camera (Gadget Head, Cost No Object) The Leica brand has represented the ne plus ultra of photographic excellence for nearly a century, and continues to burnish its impeccable rep with its new M9 ($7,000). As beautiful a piece of gadgetry as any we've come across, the M9 is somewhat of an oddity in the digital realm: it's a rangefinder camera (meaning you don't...

Gift Guide: Sony Vaio X

Sony Vaio X (Gadget Head, Under $2500 While seemingly every other company out there is scrambling to put out their latest low-power, low-feature, low-cost netbook, Sony opted instead to pull out all the stops for its newest Vaio X, a full-featured sub-notebook that also happens to be insanely, runway model tiny, thin and light. Like not much thicker than an iPhone (.55 inches to be exact)...

Gift Guide: Philips Wake-Up Dock Light

Philips HF3490 Wake-Up Light (Gadget Head, Under $200) The iPod docking functionality definitely takes a back seat here. Instead, the Philips' HF3490 Wake-up Light ($199) tries to make life a bit easier by gradually increasing in intensity to ease users out of their slumber, with 20 shades of light to push through those heavy eyelids. The alarm comes with four preset nature sounds, as well as...

Gift Guide: Panasonic GF1 Camera

Panasonic GF1 (Gadget Head, Under $1000) Gadget heads, take notice: the Panasonic GF1 ($800) is a ridiculously nice camera to shoot with. Because it uses the new Micro Four Thirds standard, it essentially allows for most of the benefits of a dSLR -- interchangeable lenses, and thereby excellent image quality -- without all the bulk. The solid, sturdy metal body is definitely too big for your...

Wacky Gifts Under $50

Sticking to a budget of $50 or less this year for gifts? Good news: Some of the wackiest, most unique gadgets usually cost about half that. And, until recently, some of the most uniquely daffy gizmos of all could only be found in Japan, where those kinds of products tend to sell well. Now, however, you can find all this stuff online at sites such as Gizmine.com, acgears.com, and...

A Toy Tank to Scare the Neighbors

Hey ladies! Looking to get that manbaby of a husband you married something he loves for the holidays? Look no further than a gigantic, radio-controlled tank that's powerful enough to actually pull a car. A company called Mark 1 Tanks, based in the UK, manufactures the six-foot long beast, which is essentially a 1/4 scale model of a German King Tiger from World War II. With all the available...

Gift Guide: Tom Bihn Checkpoint Flyer Laptop Bag

Tom Bihn Checkpoint Flyer Laptop Bag (Traveler, under $250) As if removing your coat, belt, shoes, and dignity weren't enough for the snoopy TSA guys protecting our nation's airports, you still gotta break out the laptop and put it in its own tub for a scan. Except now it turns out you don't? if you have the right gear. Tom Bihn, maker of fine luggables, worked with the TSA to develop a bag...

Gift Guide: Griffin Simplifi

Griffin Simplifi (Style Maven, Under $100) We've seen an explosion of USB cables, hubs, iPod docks, card readers, and other clutter as more and more digital devices work their way into the workplace and home. Even if you buy an all-in-one computer system, your desk is sure to be consumed in no time by a mess of wires as you hook up your printer, external hard drive, camera card reader, and the...

Gift Guide: Best Buy Insignia Internet GPS

Best Buy Insignia Internet GPS (Traveler, Under $500) As GPS devices have gone mainstream, so have most of their once-exclusive features?automatic rerouting, local points of interest, voice prompts, and so-on. What sets the Insignia apart is that it does all that, but it's also Internet-connected, bringing access to Google Local Search and Google Maps on-the-fly, up-to-the-minute gas prices,...

Gift Guide: Beats By Dr. Dre headphones

Beats By Dr. Dre headphones (Music Lover, Under $500) Noise-canceling cans have become the rage among frequent-traveler types, due to their ability to preserve one's sanity by blocking out the cacophony of the real world, at least for a little while. But they're also a great way to enjoy tunes in the best way possible by knocking out the interference of outside sound. High-end cable company...