“I’ve got gadgets and gizmos aplenty; I’ve got whozits and whatzits galore!”

It’s that time of year again and you’re left wondering what to buy the person who has everything or at least give something besides that lame gift card. Here are 21 different gifts at every price point that are sure to be a delight to whoever receives them.

Open it!  $9.99

Did you know that each year an estimated 300,000 people visit the hospital as a result of a laceration incurred from packaging, mostly during the holiday season? To avoid having your own Larry David breakdown over a plastic wrapped gift, pull these out of the drawer before anyone starts unwrapping anything on Christmas morning to save your sanity and to avoid spiking the coffee.  This highly anticipated package opener now offers a five-in-one method to open everything under the Christmas tree safely and easily.  Open it! Allows you to cut it, snip it, slice it, unscrew it and pop it open.  It’s even lefty compatible.

Scosche: flipSYNC $19.99

Scosche’s flipSYNC is pretty damn awesome if you ask me. If you’re not home or near a car, how do you plan to charge your phone? The flipSYNC attaches to your keychain so you always have a way to charge and sync your phone or MP3 player. The flipSYNC features a USB 2.0 for fastest data transfer possible. Available for both Blackberry and iPhone/iPod with the data cable included.

Desk Pets: SKITTERBOT $19.99

Save the coffee mug full of peppermints for the coworkers you don’t like and buy your neighbor who always has your back one of these for when “doin’ work” ain’t on the schedule. Who needs the water cooler to have a joke when at your desk you can race these for endless bragging rights. The world’s fastest legged micro-robotic toy that travels one foot per second with 5 full-function remote control that allows you to go forward/back/left/right/stop and retractable USB charger for 15 minutes of play. While it sits on your desk begging you to ignore your TPS reports it the SKITTERBOT has red heartbeat eyes that pulse to egg you on. Available in red, blue, clear and green all operating on their own frequency for multi-player racing and battling.

EZ Grill $4.99 – 9.99 (depending on size)

Is there anything better than tailgating? Tailgating can be more fun than the actual event if you do it right but who wants to deal with messy grills you have to transport home later? Not I said the hostess. EZ Grill’s are ready-to-use recyclable, convenient and portable instant grills complete with foil pan, grill grate, stand and charcoal.  Instant all-natural charcoal included – NO additives, unnatural chemicals, fillers or lighter fluid.  Convenient clean-up means no mess. Lights with one match and cooks for at least 1 ½ hours and it’s approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). So encourage your diehard Dolphin fan, or whoever it is you root for to tailgate and gtfu out of your living room for a silent Sunday.

Hercules: XPS 2.0 35 USB Speakers $19.99

I confess, I do not own a stereo, an iPod or any other device to listen to music from other than my laptop. The speakers on my laptop just don’t cut it for when I get the urge to sing into my hairbrush either. The Hercules XPS 2.0 35 USB speakers provide that extra oomph. They are so easy to plug into your headphone jack so in you can listen to it wherever without needing an outlet to plug into. It comes equipped with a padded carrying case for portability.

IDAPT i3 Universal Desktop Charger $49.99

If you have a power strip devoted entirely to charging your gadgets, toss it. The i3 Universal Desktop charger simultaneously charge three different portable devices and clear cord clutter with one affordable system. Interchangeable “quick release” tip system allows for easy, customizable charging

System that is compatible with over 3,500 brands of mobile devices, including Apple, Nintendo, PSP,

Blackberry, Garmin, and more. Package includes either six of the most popularly used interchangeable tips, or you can custom chose 4 tips. Available in black, silver, white, and pink

iSkin: iPad Vu $64.99

If you just so happen to have an iPad on your holiday shopping list, a case cannot be forgot. The iPad Vu case is designed for fashion, functionality and protection with an environmentally friendly soft plastic with a beautifully patterned hard plastic back shield that entirely embedded Microban antimicrobial protection, which is exclusive to iSkin. Vu’s unique rear-bottom hatch that can be easily removed for docking it into the iPad keyboard or standard dock. Recessed volume and power button coverage, an integrated earphone port cover, and home button protection. Available in multiple colors: Pink, Aqua blue, Blue, Red, Orange, Purple and Black.

FINIS: Lap Track $74.99

An avid swimmer would appreciate the ability to easily keep track of the number of laps they have swam, lap times, lap chrono function, split times, calories burned as well as the date and time on a clear 6” by 6” display. With four ways to mount the device for different size tiles.

Sony 8GB E Series Walkman Video MP3 $79.99

For those nonconformists like myself, there are some MP3 players out there that do not reflect a certain piece of fruit in order to be of quality or easy to use not to mention for a lesser price. The Sony E series Walkman has a long lasting battery with up 50 hours of music or up to10 hours of video playback, FM turner, drag-and-drop file transfer, Clear Audio technologies, headphones and a 2.0” LCD. Available in black, red or blue.

Jorno: Bluetooth Keyboard $99.99

My dear Dad will be receiving one of these for Christmas for his beloved EVO with hopes my days as his typist will become a thing of the past. This pocket-sized, foldable Bluetooth keyboard turns your iPhone, iPad or Android device into a full functioning laptop that condenses down to the size of a deck of cards to easily fit in your pocket or bag to connect to your mobile device and place the keyboard anywhere you like that with its rigid design allows it to be used either in your lap or any other nearby surface. Includes a compact, detachable cradle that also adjusts to any viewing angle and features a kickstand for stand-alone use plus it’s able to hold device in either portrait or landscape orientation.

Speakal: iPom $99.99

How freaking cute is this? The iPom floral-themed speaker gives your music colorful fun and style that included in the unique design is an apple-shaped subwoofer and removable flower speakers.  Humanized touch controls for effortless changing of tracks and volume.  Plays music from USB drives, SD cards and anything with a 3.5mm output

Swann: PenCam Mini Video Camera & Recorder $99.99

For all you wannabe CSI/Nancy Drew/CHEATERS investigators, here’s your new best friend. This real working pen conceals color camera and DVR shoots AVI vides in a 640 x 480 & still images in 1280 x 960 resolutions.  Footage recorded on 2GB internal memory; 1 hour of video & 9,000 still images with an integrated USB connector allows for easy video/image back-up and a rechargeable Lithium-ion battery lasts 90 minutes on a full charge.

Tunebug: Shake $99.99

Technically, you shouldn’t ride your bike, skate or ski with ear plugs in because you can run the risk of not hearing what is going on around you. When you think Shake think that giant boom box from 80’s on your handlebars, except this one is small enough to clip to your helmet by providing portable, “surfacesound”. Shake enables users to enjoy their music while still being aware of their surroundings. It can be connected to iPods, MP3 players, mobile devices, and mobile phones wireless via Bluetooth technology. Shake comes with a LiPoly battery with about 5 hours of playtime and charges via the included USB cord.

Elgato: EyeTV Hybrid $149.95

Long gone are the days where you needed a card to watch TV on your pc, the EyeTV Hybrid TV tuner stick turns Mac or PC into a HDTV & digital video recorder so you can watch, pause & record live TV on a Mac or PC that receives both digital and analog, including HDTV channels. It can also capture video from sources such as a set-top box or VCR. On your MAC, you can edit recordings and export to iTunes for viewing on an iPhone/iPad/iPod with an optional App available for you to view live TV too.  EyeTV comes with infrared remote, EyeTV3 software & video input cable for S-Video & RCA. One year free of TV Guide data, with option to renew for only $19.95/year

FINIS: SwiMP3.1G $149.95

Would you swim faster if you had your own playlist to pump you up? A waterproof MP3 player with bone-conduction sound transfer technology that vibrates inner ear creating high quality music underwater with a sleek design with strap clip allows unit to be attached to swim goggle or snorkeling mask. Integrated MP3 panel incorporates on/off, volume, next/previous track, pause and shuffle functions. 10-Hour rechargeable lithium-ion battery charges directly from a USB port, 1GB of Storage – approximately 240 songs and compatible with Windows and MAC Mp3 or WMA files.

iLuv: iMM183 $149.99

This multitasking Hi-Fi dual alarm clock radio with NOAA / S.A.M.E weather hazard alert includes weather band radio with alert system, FM Stereo for two iPhone and/or iPod docks let you charge and play at the same time. The iMM183 includes a digital clock display with dual alarms and LCD 8 level dimmer control.

Kinect for Xbox 360 $149.99

Kinect for XBOX brings a new way to play video games and GASP get off the couch by bringing games and entertainment to life in extraordinary new ways—no controller required. Easy to use and instantly fun, the Kinect sensor uses revolutionary full-body tracking to put you in the center of the fun by allowing you to control your XBOX 360 with a single gesture, body movement or wave of the hand. Connect with friends and family with easy and interactive gameplay, video chat, and more. Includes Kinect Adventures game, in which you are the controller as you jump, dodge and kick your way through exciting adventures set in a variety of exotic locations.

Aperion Audio: Home Audio Link (HAL) $149.99

A simple and reliable way to wirelessly stream sound from any source to any sound system inside or outside your home by wirelessly send sound from your computer, home theater, MP3 player, or other audio source to any audio-video receiver or audio system – within 100 ft. Connect your powered subwoofer and speaker systems wirelessly to eliminate wire clutter. You can use multiple receivers so you can stream a single audio source to three listening zones, even outside. Plug in and play into audio input via computer’s USB or the Audio-In Jack

Grace Digital Audio: Grace Wi-Fi Internet Radio featuring Pandora $169.99

Add a little vintage charm to your nightstand with this Grace Wi-Fi Internet Radio featuring Pandora. The world’s first Pandora radio featuring “thumbs up, thumbs down” song selection & play/pause functions. Ability to play and pause live stream from front panel or full feature remote with 5 remote presets and 100+ stations stored in “my stations folder”.  Access to personal Pandora stations or 17,000+ stations including NPR, FOX News, CNN, BBC, CBS, iheartradio, NOAA Weather Reports, Live365, KROQ and Sirius.

Warpia: Wireless USB A/V Adapter $169.99

There are times when we want to view something on our laptop but on TV but we don’t need 37 cables between the two or several remotes to switch back and forth with. Enter Warpia with its clever Wireless USB A/V adapter that allows you to wirelessly stream media from your laptop/PC to your flat screen TV for the ultimate Internet TV experience. Watch downloaded movies, presentations, photo slideshows or any internet content (from Hulu, Netflix, YouTube, ESPN3, etc) on your TV or projector while  achieves 32-bit True Color depth for high quality images, 720P HD resolution and 16-bit stereo sound with a range up to 30 feet . Compatible with Windows Vista/XP/7.0 OS and connected via HDMI or VGA (cable not included).

Z-Base 550 $349

Big price drop. So your significant other wants the total home theater experience but you don’t want 15 different speakers scattered around your 11 x 15 living room not to mention the damn wires running everywhere. What do you do? You buy this, Z-Base 550, a complete home theater system built conveniently into a base platform for stand-mounted flat-panel TV sets. The entire system–speakers, amplifier, virtual surround technology and powered subwoofer–fits into a super-slim cabinet engineered to accommodate the heft of virtually a flat-panel TV up to 47”. The Z-Base is hand-lacquered high-glass black that is rugged, scratch-resistant vinyl so your TV won’t ever mar the surface so not only does it look good but Z-Base is also Energy Star efficient. The best part is that in order to set up the Z-Base 550 is simply placing the unit in its desired location, place your TV on top of it, plug one cable into your TV the other into the outlet and you’re done. Sit back and enjoy big, realistic sound including thunderous bass from the built-in powered subwoofer. The Z-Base 550 uses the ZVOX PhaseCue virtual surround system to create wide, three-dimensional sound, as if you are listening to speakers eight feet apart from each other, with movie sound effects that literally surround you.

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Sarah Mullins is Blast's Automotive Editor

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