Gift Ideas for Techies

It's that time of year again. Time to shop for Christmas Gifts. If you are like me, you probably have one or two people on your list that are hard to buy for. If they are the kind of people that love all things high-tech, here are some gift ideas that might work.

Solar Charger - This is a great gift for someone who likes to camp, hike, attend sporting events or do other things where electrical connections may not be handy. You can use the solar energy of the sun to power cell phones, MP3 players,etc. There are several to choose from at Be sure you find one that has the right cable or power tip for the device you want to charge.

Beverage Chiller & Warmer - This one is pretty silly if you ask me, but it may just be the perfect gift for someone you know. You plug it into the USB port on your computer and turn it to heat or cool to keep your favorite drink at just the right temperature. You can find several different styles at

Alarm Clock - This is not just an ordinary alarm clock. Alarm clocks can be a pain to set. Not the "Moshi Voice Control Digital Alarm Clock." You set the time, alarm and other features by talking to it. You can even walk into a dark room and tell it to turn on it's night light. You can find the Moshi at

Power Inverter - A power inverter allows you to power 110V electronics using the cigarette lighter plug in your car. There are several different models available in a wide price range. Most will power a laptop or portable DVD player just fine, but do not expect to run a microwave or toaster from it. Many even have USB plugs for charging cell phones and MP3 players.

Fly Goodbye - Tired of that fly buzzing around your desk? Just cock this vacuum operated bug gun, then aim and fire. This gun sucks up the bug into a cartridge. You can catch and release if you want or choose some other method of disposing of the unfortunate creature. They are available at

I hope these suggestions help you in your quest for the perfect gift.