Monday, December 10, 2012

2012 Gift Guides: Tech

Getting the perfect gift for the technophiles in your life can be a tough row to hoe. Most fans of technology have the best available already. Here are 10 suggestions for gifts that are sure to keep the “techie” in your life enthralled until next Christmas and also won’t break the bank.

10. Subscription to — More and more people are getting their news straight from a computer these days, but one of the things left out with that is comic strips. This is the perfect gift for those that live on the ’net, yet can’t go without, “Garfield,” “Calvin and Hobbes,” “Peanuts” or dozens of others. And at just 99 cents a month, the subscription won’t break the bank.

9. Desktop Robot Vacuum — Available at, this little helper will clean up after anybody who spends time eating at their desk. It also works well for small tiled rooms. Only $14.95 at press time for this gift.

8. Finger Mouse — From Logisys, the finger mouse takes a regular old computer mouse and brings it into the 21st century, allowing users to operate it with just one finger. Available on Pick it up for under $20.

7. Portable USB Turntable — This little thing from ION Audio is available all over the Internet. It plugs into the USB port on a computer and allows the user to play records. Great for the music lover, or anyone who wants to edit audio and needs to digitize it from a record first. The best price I found was at for $84.99.

6. Oakley Split THUMP sunglasses — That’s right, both a stylish pair of sunglasses and an MP3 player. These shades can be picked up at for under $200.

5. Virtual Laser Keyboard — Much like the name reveals, this is a keyboard made up entirely of a laser grid. Using both infrared and laser technologies to create this fully functional accessory. Available for $199.99 at

4. iCade Jr. Mini Arcade Cabinet — Only available for people with an iPhone, this replica miniature arcade turns cellphone gaming up to another level. Available for $39.99 on

3. Roku LT — It won’t play in 1080p but this machine is still a neat little media hub. This box will connect your TV to netflix, HBO Go, Hulu Plus and many other streaming-media services. The best part is that it allows you to link in your mobile devices, laptops and other gear for viewing on the go.

2. Tech Cufflinks — offers a variety of “tech” cufflinks that plug into a computer and store at least 2GB of memory. Perfect for the Techie who saw the recently released James Bond movie “Skyfall” and wants to try a little spy action of his or her own.

1. Wii U — The next generation of console gaming, the controller includes an LED screen that can be used either as a second screen or to play from after the main TV is turned off. Already hard to find, the console retails for $299.99 for the basic package.

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