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12. 16. 2008

Holiday Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers

Looking for stocking stuffers that won't end up in the back of the closet by New Year's? Here are a few of our suggestions for quality gifts that won't break the bank.

For the fitness fanatic, Sony has the MDR-AS20J headphones, which conveniently fit around the outer ear with an earbud that sets inside the ear canal and because they feature a convertible ear hanger, you can transform them from over-the-ear headphones to a traditional earbud style. But take it from me, if you're running full-out on the treadmill, you're going to appreciate the over the ear function.In addition, all active style headphones have moisture-resistant features. Reasonably priced at approx $20.00. (Evan)

Tokidoki goes high tech? Well, not exactly but you can buy one of these dangerous looking mouse pads for only $16. I am a big fan of "Bastardino" but the others are pretty cool too. (Evan)

LOLcats have been the internet (sorry, "teh internets") hit of the decade, and what better way to celebrate than with these cute magnets, which will have you LOLzing every time you look at the fridge. (Diane)

If you're in the UK, you still have a few days to add some disembodied lego head earrings to someone's stocking (or your own ears) thanks to Plastic Bat. They're much cuter than they sound, look:

And speaking of retro objets, if you know someone who had to stop drumming after they downsized - I do), these Finger Drums could tide them over 'til they find a place to stash their bass. And if not, they're still just good fun. (Diane)

The KingMax 8GB Super Stick USB Drive is compatible with all Windows and Mac operating systems, is super small, and - get this - is washer/dryer safe! Buy it here
for $24.99. (Shelley)

Here's a great, affordable Christmas gift for anyone on Santa's list! Griffin's "Tune Buds" which come in 5 snappy colors (Silver, Light Blue, Purple, Light Green and Red). At $19.99, you're not going to expect the quality of your Shure earbuds, but they're surprisingly good, especially with the bass, which is always tricky. The secret is not only the neodymium dynamic drivers, it's the specially-engineered ear cushions, shaped to perfectly conform to the shape of the inside of your ears, which means enhanced audio isolation from outside distractions. Size matters, folks. With 3 sizes of interchangeable soft washable silicone ear cushions included in every package, there's a size for everyone, so no more "ear-fatigue." (Evan)

Here's a perfect stocking stuffer for anyone on your list.
GelaSkins are removable covers for protecting and customizing your portable devices, including BlackBerrys, iPods, iPhones, laptops, gaming consoles, etc. Patented 3M adhesive make GelaSkins easy to apply with no residue left behind and you can always reposition the skin so you can easily get a perfect fit. $14.95 for most BlackBerry cases; iPods, up to $29.95 for a 17" Mac Laptop. (Evan)

Want an inexpensive MP3 player for someone's stocking? The Nextar "Peanut" MP3 player is on sale at Amazon for a "Super Deal" price of $16.95. Supports MP3 and WMA; 12 hours of continuous playback on one AAA battery; has playlist suport; and comes in black , red and blue. But all you really need to know is that it was regularly $39.95 so you're saving a ton of green. (Evan)

It'll look like Santa was very generous this year, if he puts a Speck case in a certain someone's stocking. Get 75% OFF ALL iPhone (1st Gen), iPod nano (3rd gen), iPod touch (1st Gen) and iPod classic (1st/2nd Gen) cases. For instance, the lovely See Thru iPhone case pictured above is reduced from $29.95 to $7.95. Happy Holidays indeed! (Evan)


Tetromino Ice Blox
is a Tetris spin-off that's useful and ideal for any geek's Christmas party: use it to make Tetris ice blocks (add a little Kool Aid or food coloring so they're more like the real thing). (Diane)

Last year I got one of the Edelsweiss Swiss Army Knives in my stocking and now I don't know how I lived without it. Features: small blade, scissors, toothpick, tweezers. $20 at Victorinox Swiss Army and Amazon.(Evan)

No dad's stocking is complete without a handy tool of some kind, preferably this 11 function multi-tool gizmo from Lights and Knives. Includes pliers, wire cutter, small Phillips screwdriver, springless lever action scissors, 2 slotted screwdriver tips, knife blade with partial serration, saw blade, can opener/cap lifter, wire stripper. Only 4 inches closed and there's "liner lock" on the main and saw blades. Because you never know when you might need a saw blade. $29.99 at Coast Portland. (Evan)

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