For shoppers like myself that procrastinate - here are some great gifts that won't break the bank and will make you appear to have planned in advance.
GADGETS FOR THE TECHIE
Vers Wood Speakers for iPhone or iPod (shown above). For iPhone fanatics like myself - this hand-crafted wood sound system is a great addition to the home or office. Listen to tunes while the device charges. My finish pick is walnut. Available at nothingbutipod for $180.
Sony Party Shot (L) acts as a personal photographer. So when your hosting a party you can actually be in the pictures. The dock swivels and pans automatically taking photos by reading smiles in the room. Available at Amazon for $150
Samsung HMX-RIO (R) This high def camcorder is compact and easy on the eyes. Perfect if you and someone special are going on a vacation. Available at ecost for $405
FOR THE GREEN GEEKS
Espresso Maker from Presso (L) This sleek espresso maker made from recycled aluminum enables you to use the perfect amount of pressure every time (no electricity required). Available at Home Tone for $140.
Power Smart Wall (R) gauges how much energy you are using and comes with four outlets to hold all your electricity guzzlers. Two shut down automatically when you turn off your device and two stay on all the time for your must-have appliances. It is a great way to save energy! Available at iGo for $30.
FOR THE SENTIMENTAL
Blurb Books Create a coffee table book with photos from a special occasion. You choose the layout, the binding and the fonts. Not design savvy, no worries - the site is extremely user friendly. Holiday shipping dates are available on the site to help you get it in time. Gift cards are also available. Available at Blurb, pricing starts at $15.
FOR THE KIDS
Kids are usually pretty vocal about what they want but here are a couple that can surprise those savvy suckers.
Frank Lloyd Wright Collection Lego Set (L) For the future architect or designer. Frank Lloyd Wright and other architectural landmarks available are available at Lego. Guggenheim Museum shown is $40. Can I get one of these?
Twist Together Lamp (R) Ideal for the teens. These LED light blocks can be assembled into a variety of different combinations. Available at Uncommon Goods for $100.
Ping Pong Set (left) Great for traveling and also would make a great gift for an adult. This Brodmann Blades Ping Pong set is excellently designed including paddles that slips over your hand and improves accuracy, control, and swing. Available at aplusrstore for $100.