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Scroogey souls forget the true meaning of Chrimbo: gadgets. Giving gadgets and getting gadgets. But what to give and what to get? This handy flow chart will help.

Globetrotter

So they can't stay in the same time zone for longer than a week at a time? Must be confusing. Gift them some globe friendly tech and maybe they'll send you a postcard

Asus Transformer Pad 300

Price: $600

Website: www.asus.com

Asus Transformer Pad 300

The Transformer Pad rocks a 10.1in screen and the latest quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, but it’s attachable keyboard is the real star. It gives the Transformer Pad an extra eight hours of battery life, along with microSD, microHDMI and USB ports, too. Ideal if you want to get things done on the go.

Pure One Flow

Price: $175

Website: www.pure.com

Pure One Flow

Going on tour? Then you'll need a travel speaker that doesn't break the bank or your back. The One Flow is Pure's dinkiest music system yet, giving you radio, DAB and music streaming (via Pure Music subscription).

Herb Lester's American Vacation

Price: $25

Website: www.herblester.com

Herb Lester's American Vacation

Kerouac-esque travel maps that uncover the places you won't find on Yelp. A five-book collection covers locals-only spots in New York, Chicago and Austin.

Sennheiser MM 450-X

Price: $460

Website: www.senheiser.com

Sennheiser MM 450-X

A light, foldable pair of Bluetooth cans is just what's needed on a busy flight, and if they pack noise- cancelling tech like these MM 450-Xs from Sennheiser, all the better.

Hobbyist

Some people like to think outside the box. So you can't just give them a cardboard box containing a black box. No - they need a box containing the bits to build another box

Roland iModela

Price: $900

Website: www.rolanddga.com

Roland iModela

The iModela is basically a small, consumer-friendly milling machine for making 2D or 3D CNC models. It works with materials including foam, wax, balsa wood and plastic, arrives fully assembled and comes with all of the software you need to design your models. Alternatively, have you considered making cheese jewellery? Please do.

Litiholo Hologram Kit

Price: $105

Website: www.litiholo.com

Litiholo Hologram Kit

Holograms. You're so over them. But do you know how they're made? And did you know that you could make them? You can! And so can your lucky friend, with this cunningly titled hologram kit.

Tech Will Save Us DIY Speakers

Price: $60

Website: www.technologywillsaveus.org

Tech Will Save Us DIY Speakers

There are myriad speakers in the world, costing anything from US$10 to US$10,000. But you don't want them. You want to design your own and now that power is yours.

Toshiba U840W

Price: $1,175

Website: www.toshiba.com

Toshiba U840W

Let's face it. You can hardly put together some Lego without referring to a CAD file these days. Research your tech hobbies with the Tosh's latest U840, with a proper elongated 21:9 widescreen display.

The Listener

For them, their whole life is one music video, soundtracked at all times, in all climes, hardwired to headphones unless in the proximity of speakers...

Pure Sensia 200D Connect

Price: $490

Website: www.pure.com

Pure Sensia 200D Connect

Take charge of the airways with Pure’s Sensia 200D Connect an internet, digital and FM radio with a 5.7in touchscreen. The 2200D features timed or one touch recording straight to any USB stick, as well as the option to stream your own music library from your PC when you’re bored of DJ ramblings.

Monster Inspiration

Price: $380

Website: www.monstercable.com

Monster Inspiration

They're big, Balsy And built to withstand even the most frenzied head banging, Monster's new Inspiration head cans offer impressive sound with good detail and punchy bass.

Apple iPod Touch

Price: $300

Website: www.apple.com/ae

Apple iPod Touch

Now in its 5th generation, Apple's multimedia machine is edging even closer to its Retina Display toting iPhone 5 sibling, while still managing to carve out its own multimedia niche. We dig the new colours, too.

Jabra Solemate

Price: $200

Website: www.jabra.com

Jabra Solemate

No one wants a pair of kicks for Christmas, but a shoe-inspired speaker? That's different. Jabra's Solemate rocks a built in sub, dual tweeters and a 3.5mm audio cable designed to look like laces.

They’re getting an Apple iPad Mini

So they're getting a teeny tablet in their stocking? Apple's own Lightning-to-30-pin Adapter (US$30) might come in handy, but it's hardly full of Chrimbo cheer. Check out these short slate super accessories...

HighPad mini: iSuper Helicopter

Price: $75

Website: www.expansys.com

iSuper Helicopter

Download the free iSuper Heli App to your iPad and you’ve all the control you need to make this little heli do its thing. Range is about 60ft, and Record and Play functions allow you to set up pre-selected flying patterns in-app.

Apple Wedge: BlueLounge Nest

Price: $22

Website: www.bluelounge.com

Apple Wedge: BlueLounge Nest

Sometimes simple is best. This basic plastic wedge has rubber lining cushions which will gently support your iPad Mini, while a little pull-out tray hooks on to your slate for when you’re vertically inclined. It’ll also hold your foreign coins.

Mini mic: iRig MIC Cast

Price: $40

Website: www.ikmultimedia.com

Mini mic: iRig MIC Cast

This plug-in microphone suits most any recording need, from interviews and podcasts to lectures, music performances, or celebrities’ voicemails. A unidirectional pickup pattern helps to cut down on background noise, too.

Speaker's Corners: Braven 625s

Price: $240

Website: www.braven.eu

Speaker's Corners: Braven 625s

With a shock and water-resistant rubber casing and built-in LED flashlight for that reassuringly doughty feel, this compact speaker is an outdoor-oriented device. A rechargeable battery offers 16 hours of Bluetooth-connected tunes.

Sit and Swivel: Speck iGuy case

Price: $30

Website: www.speckproducts.com

Sit and Swivel: Speck iGuy case

If you have little’ uns scampering about the Christmas Tree, it won’t be long before they want a go on your still pristine iPad Mini. Stick it in this child­safe iGuy case and its cushy foam will protect your iTablet from harm.

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