Gift Guide stories

 
You may have noticed that our earlier post, 15 3D gadgets that are actually worth a look, had a fancy banner on it that you could click. If you did? Well, you were taken to a magical dreamworld of gadget gift ideas, and one that's only going to get better and better. Here's how to get the most out of it.
 
This year tech companies went over the top to shove 3D into everybody's homes, offices and pockets. We're not going to lie: we covered a lot of 3D tech. While we mostly complained about cumbersome 3D glasses and converted 3D content, 3D's not really terrible. It has its flaws, but it's getting better with every month. Leading the 3D revolution are obviously Sony, Nintendo and Toshiba. No other consumer electronics companies have bet as much on 3D as these, so don't be surprised to see more than a few of their products make our list of 15 3D gadgets that are worth your money this year.
 
To wrap up this year's holiday guide, we decided to share some incredibly awesome gifts from the future. True, they aren't available yet, but these concepts are so great we just couldn't resist. If you do see one that catches your fancy, don't fret — they might be coming to a store near you…eventually.
 
Money is tight out there, especially around the holidays. So, how do you share the magic of Christmas with the technophiles in your life without breaking the bank? One option to keep in mind is a present crafted with your own hands. But what if you are one of those unfortunate people who lack the patience and/or basic scissor-skills it takes to make the perfect homespun gift? What are those people to do? Thankfully, there's an Internet full of crafty entrepreneurs selling their wares for all price points. Here's 10 clever tech accessories that are made by hand, but won't break the bank.
 
Apple may be the most valuable technology company in the world, but that doesn't mean you're dumb enough to fall into Steve Jobs' distortion field when he announces the next iThing. Not everyone drinks the Apple "Kool-Aid." For those who absolutely despise Apple, this gift guide is just for you. We scoured the web for the 14 best alternatives to Apple's range of gadgets. (If your face is already turning Apple-red, we also got a guide for all the lovers out there.)
 
Science comes up with a lot of awesome stuff, and you don't need a Ph.D, a secret lab, or government funding to get your hands on some of the coolest discoveries. We've got a list of 11 mostly affordable gifts that are guaranteed to blow your mind, whether or not you're a science geek.
 
Given the state of the economy and the likely number of tech-savvy receipients on your gift or Secret Santa list, spending a lot on gifts this season isn't in the Christmas cards. Yeah, you could be lazy and just get gift cards, a DVD or a video game as stocking stuffers, but what fun is that — especially since any movie buff or gamer is likely to have the DVD or game you think they don't have. Here are a half dozen groovy gifts for less than a Grant.
 
When you think of pimping out your car, your mind probably conjures up images of spinning chrome rims and more lights on the thing than a night club. Well, it's time to give your car a little more love of the techy variety. We're talking gadgets that won't break the bank yet will still add many layers of comfort to your drive. Check out seven tech toys for gadget-loving car-nuts after the jump.

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