While tech gifts tend to be the big-ticket items during the holidays, there are plenty of great, inexpensive gadgets and accessories that will delight the recipients on your gift list:
Aero Wine Aerator
Often, bottles of red wine need decanting before you can enjoy them properly. With the Aero Wine Aerator, there’s virtually no wait.
You simply insert the stem into the bottle or wine glass and press the button twice to begin the aeration. The whole process takes 30 seconds.
Price: Price: $49.99 on brookstone.com and amazon.com
HMDX Jam Bluetooth speaker
For those that like listening to music with friends, the HMDX Jam Bluetooth speaker provides a truly enjoyable music experience.
The tiny Bluetooth speaker pairs with smartphones or can be connected an audio source through its 3.5mm line-in jack.
Available in six fun colors: Red, green, purple, orange, blue and gray.
Price: $38.99 on amazon.com, $49.99 on jamspeaker.com
Belkin Chef Stand + Stylus
If you cook with a tablet as your recipe book, you’re bound to get a little grease on it.
With the Belkin Chef Stand + Stylus, the chef on your list will be able to operate any tablet without getting it dirty.
The stand supports tablets in a nearly flat or upright position.
Price: $26.79 on amazon.com, 39.99 on belkin.com
Moleskine Evernote Smart Notebook
Is your gift recipient an old-fashioned note taker? Take her into the digital age with the Moleskine Evernote Smart Notebook.
She can still take notes with pen and paper, but then she can easily digitize them by taking a photo of the pages with the Evernote app (free on iTunes) and even perform handwriting recognition.
Price: Starts at $29.95 for a 5-by-8 notebook on moleskineus.com
Klipsch Image S4 earphones
The Klipsch Image S4 earphones have been a long-standing favorite of mine for their great sound.
And now that the next gen Klipsch Image S4 IIs have come out, you can get the original S4s at a bargain price.
You also get a carrying case and different-sized eartips to ensure a proper fit.
Price: $49.99 on amazon.com, $79.99 on klipsch.com
Roku LT Streaming Player
If your loved one is looking to upgrade his or her TV-watching experience, consider the Roku LT Streaming Player with its 600 channels of movies, music and sports content, plus games — some in 720p HD.
There’s Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video and NBA Game Time on the video front and Pandora, MOG and Slacker Radio for music. Games include Angry Birds, Mah Jongg and Video Poker.
Price: $49.99 on roku.com and amazon.com
Apple iPod Shuffle
The iPod Shuffle is a great choice for music lovers. The 2GB of storage delivers 15 hours of music, a handy clip easily affixes to jackets and bags and the VoiceOver feature delivers information on the current track with the push of a button.
Pick from seven stylish colors — green, yellow, purple, pink, blue, silver or black.
Price: $49 on apple.com and amazon.com
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First published December 8 2012, 8:22 AM