Continuing on our journey through the world of geekdom and the gifts that would make us smile, let's now look at some gadgets for the home front.
At Home Gadgets
Slingbox -- OK, technically this could've been listed just as easily as a mobile gadget; but since the main device slaves to your home TV system, I opted to put it in this category. The Slingbox allows you to watch your TV/DVR/DVD/etc...from anywhere in the world. You connect the box to your home entertainment system, and then install software on your laptop or mobile device and VOILA!
Noise Cancelling Headphones -- Having a great pair of headphones to throw on while your playing video games or listening to a podcast; so that your family won't be bothered by the sonic dissonance is always a great idea. And it's a gift that makes the other members of the household as happy as the wearer. There are an enormous array of noise cancelling headphones out there, but for my money, Amazon is having a great deal on a solid mid-range pair: Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7 QuietPoint
Sonos Digital Music System -- Sometimes you don't want to keep your audio experiences to yourself, and Sonos has successfully emerged as THE affordable digital audio solution. Sonos allows you to stream your music collection anywhere in your home (well, up to 32 rooms for you big dogs out there). It also allows you to play different music in different rooms; all through an easy and intuitive hand held control. And the solution has evolved to where there are really no acceptable alternatives unless you're going to spend BIG dollars on a customized home networking setup.
R2-D2 -- Admittedly this might not be the best gift for me (I like Star Wars, but not THAT much); but I stumbled on this while scouring Amazon and, it's pretty darned cool. If your geek has a hankering for Storm Trooper costumes, realistic light sabers and a tattoo of George Lucas, this looks to be your holy grail.
Portable Vending Fridge -- Stock this with Diet Dr. Pepper and you'll save me about ten trips to the kitchen. This is geeky goodness and I NEED one of these in my home office.
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