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Top 10 Tech Gifts for the Holidays

For those not familiar with American-consumerist culture, this coming Friday (the day after Thanksgiving) is Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year in the states. I've put together a list of the top ten coolest gadgets for the holidays, some expensive and some rather cheap. They are in no particular order.

iPhone 3G

The iPhone (external link) has become the best selling handset in the US and would make a great, more expensive gift for a family member, particularly for teens and businessmen. Whilst the iPhone 3G isn't exactly cheap, it is probably something most people would want.

TiVo HD XL DVR

The TiVo (external link) is by far the best DVR box available on the market. Their latest stand-alone box can hold 150 hours of high-definition video thanks to a massive one terabyte hard drive! You also get the amazing TiVo interface. Again, an expensive gift, but perhaps a great gift for the whole family.

Canon PowerShot SD850 IS

A nice and affordable point-and-shoot camera (external link). It's not the best camera on the market, but it's excellent for its price.

DOTS Gloves

DOTS Gloves (external link) are probably the best stocking-stuffer for anyone with touchscreen devices.

Last.fm subscription

Subscriptions can make excellent Christmas gifts and a Last.fm subscription (external link) would make a great gift for any music lover on your Christmas list.

Moixa Energy USBCell AA NiMH batteries

The usefulness of these batteries (external link) is questionable, but their coolness factor makes them a good tech gift.

Apple TV (with Boxee)

Thanks to the Boxee service, Apple TVs (external link) make a great portal into tons of streaming content in addition to your own media collection. You also gain easy access to purchase iTunes content right from your couch.

Dell Inspiron Mini 9

Netbooks are becoming the latest rage here in the United States. In my opinion, the Dell Inspiron Mini 9 (external link) is one of the better netbooks on the market. These are great laptops for students who only need to browse the Internet and to do word processing. They aren't nearly as powerful as normal laptops, but they are significantly cheaper at the same time.

Amazon Kindle

Great for any avid readers on your list. The Kindle (external link) is severely overpriced for its functionality, but it is leaps forward compared to other eBook readers and is pretty cool.

Sling Media Slingbox Solo

I've always found the Slingbox (external link) to be the best gadget for TV-addicts, allowing you to access your TV virtually anywhere. This third-generation model doesn't provide really anything new in comparison to the last two models, so there is no reason to replace your old Slingbox if you happen to have one. Nonetheless, a Slingbox is a must-have for anyone media-oriented.

If you have a slightly large chunk of money to spend on someone for the holidays, then you might look into some of these neat items! If you have any other gadgets you think would be great holiday gifts, then feel free to post them in the comments below. Have a nice Thanksgiving for all those in the US!

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