What to get for the guy who loves tech, sports, art, pop culture, food and music.
Bargain: Not wind, nor cold, nor sleet can keep him from his tunes. 180s gloves see to that, with their brilliant Tec Touch pods that help him operate his music device without having to remove his gloves. No matter how low the temperature drops, these lightweight, moisture resistant gloves will keep him plugged in and comfortable. ($40, 180s.com)
Mid-Range: Give your wannabe DJ a chance to strut his stuff. This home DJ Mixer comes complete with all the effect he'll need to rock his next house party, from a cross-fader to scratch sound effects. ($119, 100milligrams.com)
Luxury: Yes, you're seeing correctly. The name of this season's music player does not begin with "i." Meet the Zune HD. The sleek all-in-one touch screen media player has high definition picture and sound, and grants him access to some fantastic local HD Radio stations. The wireless function makes for easy streaming and downloading of music, and, because you never know when he might be in the mood for that obscure song buried on his computer, he can wirelessly sync to his home network. But the best part is the Zune Pass, an all-you-can-eat buffet of music for just $14.99 a month. The real music nut will appreciate that even the iPod doesn't do all that. ($289.99, zunestore.net)
When we say "it's the thought that counts," the "thought" implies more than just remembering to buy any gift at all. Let's admit that as much as we love our guys and say we'll value any gifts they get us, there's a little disappointment when the pretty package under the tree actually contains a scarf or gift card. Same goes for him, instead of a generic tie, lead buy example and buy a gift that actually suits him. We've done the dirty work for you: here are great finds for every type of guy, and for every budget. Here you'll find gifts for the tech guy, the sports guy, the artsy guy, the pop culture guy, the foodie guy and the rocker guy.
The Tech Guy
Bargain: He's got more gadgets than he knows what to do with, which means keeping them all charged is likely to crash a circuit. This streamlined charging station not only accounts for the dearth of outlets; it solves the problem of all those cords as well. A great decoration for his desk or dresser, it's form meets function with a cool look and all the charging he'll need, plus storage for all the gadgets that go with his gadgets. ($29.99, thinkgeek.com)
Mid-Range: Microsoft's LifeCam is so smart you'd never know it's the first HD webcam for home use. It's got acoustic noise cancellation for the clearest of sound, face-tracking software to ensure he never goes off-screen and specialized low-light adjustments for optimum taping even in less than optimal conditions (ahem). Whether he's chatting with you from the road or filming his very own YouTube masterpiece, this is the gadget he wants. ($79.95, microsoft.com)
Luxury: Let's be honest, the Rovio Mobile Webcam is a toy, but it's a toy that any grown geek guy will thrill to play with. It looks like some sort of futuristic robotic pet, but instead of fetching and barking it roams the house capturing video and audio that he can see and hear from his laptop, PDA or video game console. An LED headlight means even dark corners aren't off limits, and two way audio/video means he can use it for messaging as well as surveying his domain. Bizarre? Only to you... ($229.99, wowwee.com)