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24 Last Minute Gift Ideas Under $150

24 Last Minute Gift Ideas Under $150
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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!

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    Anonymous , December 22, 2008 8:09 AM
    Most of this is overpriced trash.
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    cangelini , December 22, 2008 9:09 AM
    I'd take an alarm clock that takes off if I don't get out of bed :-P
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    LAN_deRf_HA , December 22, 2008 10:34 AM
    What kind of moron would down thumb the guy speaking undeniable truth? Probably the same kind that pays $65 for a 4 GB thumb drive or alarm clock, or maybe that really shitty quality Creature II speaker set. Yeah, no I totally prefer spending 3-10 times more money for a gimmick.
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    joebob2000 , December 22, 2008 12:44 PM
    IhadtosayitMost of this is overpriced trash.
    LAN_deRf_HAWhat kind of moron would down thumb the guy speaking undeniable truth? Probably the same kind that pays $65 for a 4 GB thumb drive or alarm clock, or maybe that really shitty quality Creature II speaker set. Yeah, no I totally prefer spending 3-10 times more money for a gimmick.


    Welcome to Christmas, you must be new here. The point of gift giving isn't what you got or even how much thought you put into it, it's how much you *overspent* on it that really shows your loved ones you care.
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    joebob2000 , December 22, 2008 12:45 PM
    Wow, TomCode backfires again. Let's try this:
    IhadtosayitMost of this is overpriced trash.

    LAN_deRf_HAWhat kind of moron would down thumb the guy speaking undeniable truth? Probably the same kind that pays $65 for a 4 GB thumb drive or alarm clock, or maybe that really shitty quality Creature II speaker set. Yeah, no I totally prefer spending 3-10 times more money for a gimmick.

    Welcome to Christmas, you must be new here. The point of gift giving isn't what you got or even how much thought you put into it, it's how much you *overspent* on it that really shows your loved ones you care.
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    Tindytim , December 22, 2008 1:25 PM
    joebob2000Welcome to Christmas, you must be new here. The point of gift giving isn't what you got or even how much thought you put into it, it's how much you *overspent* on it that really shows your loved ones you care.

    Maybe in your family. Having not started that well off in life, I much prefer someone put some thought into a gift, and pay less, then giving me some novelty garbage, and paying more.

    I'd much prefer a nice pair of thick woolen socks over, over a 4GB flash drive shaped like a lego block.

    And as such, if I really don't know what to get, I go with cash.
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    ERName , December 22, 2008 2:10 PM
    JoeBob was being sarcastic. No one really thinks that way, no matter how well off you are. At least I hope so.
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    ERName , December 22, 2008 2:10 PM
    It IS mostly overpriced junk, though :) 
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    ilovebarny , December 22, 2008 3:30 PM
    that is a cool keyboard! i doubt i would never get one, but it does look cool.
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    Anonymous , December 22, 2008 3:34 PM
    One man's junk is another man's treasure.
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    caamsa , December 22, 2008 3:38 PM
    Now here is a good deal.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102810&nm_mc=EMC-IGNEFL122308&cm_mmc=EMC-IGNEFL122308-_-DesktopGraphicsVideoCards-_-L1A-_-14102810
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    hellwig , December 22, 2008 3:56 PM
    caamsaNow here is a good deal. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] _-14102810

    Oh man, a 4870 for 180 bucks! I was about to say this is more of a Tom's Hardware item, but I forgot this is a Tom's Hardware list! With the items, I was thinking it was more of a Tom's Guide list. Clock radios? Come on Tom's hardware guys, you can do better.

    And as for everyone complaining about price, everyone knows you can get a really cheap USB thumb drive online. This is an article about novelty electronic gifts cheaper than a 60" LCD. This is NOT a review of USB thumb drives. Jeese. Get your mom a really cheap A-Data if you want, but otherwise don't complain, obviously there ARE people out there willing to pay $65 for an overpriced Ducati USB drive. It's cheaper than an actual Ducati bike.
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    orangedrink , December 22, 2008 4:13 PM
    cant we fit all of this stuff on 5 pages instead of having 25 pages dedicated to 1 thing. seriously...
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    jerreece , December 22, 2008 5:51 PM
    Yeah of those 24 items, I didn't see a darn thing I would want. Well, with exception perhaps of the LG Blu-Ray / HD-DVD player (internal drive).

    Otherwise, I have to agree that it's all overpriced junk. ;) 
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    caamsa , December 22, 2008 7:46 PM
    Here is a blueray for $79.99

    http://www.newegg.com/special/shellshocker.aspx?nm_mc=EMC-IGNEFL122308&cm_mmc=EMC-IGNEFL122308-_-MECH-_-EB2B-_-ShellShocker&cm_lm=acmallison3@verizon.net

    and for the 4870 that is $164.99 after promo code and $20.00 rebate.
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    TheEvolution , December 22, 2008 11:29 PM
    I would like to take alarm clock(the first one)!
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    Anonymous , December 23, 2008 12:43 AM
    Regift Gift cards, I do that frequently.
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    3lvis , December 23, 2008 4:18 AM
    TindytimAnd as such, if I really don't know what to get, I go with cash.


    Cash/Gift cards are the worst present. The message it sends is that you didn't care enough to ask what they really wanted.
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    randomizer , December 23, 2008 4:37 AM
    3lvisCash/Gift cards are the worst present. The message it sends is that you didn't care enough to ask what they really wanted.

    Unless the person prefers cash and says so, like myself :D 
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    Anonymous , December 23, 2008 2:03 PM
    Where can I find the Philips LivingColors LED Lamp? I'm unable to find a store, I would be ready to buy online or at a local store.
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