We've already given you two hardware-oriented buyer's guides: one aimed at the DiY'er building a new machine and another for the folks who'd rather not open up their boxes. But we're in a financial downturn, and a lot of those products were pretty pricey. That's why we've put together a little last-minute guide with gifts that won't break the bank. We tried to steer clear of junk and cheap mass-market goodies and looked more for interesting and unusual stuff with compelling looks or design features. Whether that means an all-wooden keyboard, a vacuum-tube clock, a miniature TV satellite dish, a fuel-cell powered vehicle, a chess computer, a classy alarm clock, a programmable robot, an LCD monitor, a record player for your PC, or a Ducati-themed USB drive, you’ll surely find something noteworthy in this list for any technophiles on your gift list.
It’s still not too late to go out and pick something up, as long as you get going right away!