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Do you know what to get your favorite person for Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Festivus, or whatever holiday you’re celebrating this season? If you’re buying on a budget, you’ve seen our Top Ten Cool Holiday Gifts Under $50 For 2011.

If you’re shopping for that someone special and have a few more dollars to spend, here’s a few great suggestions that everyone will love?

1. Apple iPad 2 and Apple TV

The iPad 2 is STILL the most desired tablet on the market, and for good reason. It’s the easiest to use, perfect for video chatting and web surfing, not to mention the hundreds of thousands of apps available for almost everything, sheer speed, long battery life, clear screen and available accessories. Add that to Apple TV, the tiny streaming device that can even show what you’re doing on your iPad, wirelessly, in real time on your HDTV. The simplicity and integration are incredible, and Apple keeps adding useful features between the two. You know you want them, and everyone on your list does, too. Apple TV is $95, the iPad 2 is $450-740 depending on options.

For more information or to purchase an Apple iPad 2 and an Apple TV, visit


2. LED Lenser 880052 M1 LED Flashlight

This small-enough for a pocket flashlight has a 170 Lumen LED light and is powered by an easy-to-find, high capacity CR123 lithium battery that gives it a very long life. It’s very rugged and always ready. Those batteries have a 10-year shelf life. $63.

For more information or to purchase an LED Lenser 880052 M1 LED Flashlight, visit

3. Apple iPhone 4s

Apple has perfected the iPhone 4 with the 4s. It has the same dual-core processor as the iPad 2, a higher resolution rear-facing camera with a redesigned lens that’s even sharper than its predecessor, hundreds of thousands of apps, Siri for incredible control of your phone by just your voice, plus the front facing camera that works perfectly with Apple’s FaceTime. The iPhone 4s is available for Sprint, AT&T or Verizon in the U.S. and starts at $199.

For more information or to purchase an Apple iPhone 4s, visit

4. HP Envy 110 printer

One of the coolest all-in-one printers we’ve yet used, it can print and scan wirelessly. You also get an email address so anyone who knows it can send you photos (imagine getting new printed photos of your grandkids daily!). It also works great independently of a computer, being able to scan, fax, print from your media card or flash drive, print maps from Mapquest, coloring pages and projects from Disney and more. $195.

For more information or to purchase an HP Envy 110 Printer, visit

5. Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1

This cool point-and-shoot has stereo lenses and stereo sensors. It can shoot 3D stills and HD video, OR it can shoot 2D HD video AND simultaneously shoot really clean 12 megapixel stills. Great for shooting birthday parties, holidays, kids’ sports, etc. The versatility is truly amazing.


For more information or to purchase a Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1, visit

6. Amazon Kindle Fire or Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet

Amazon finally offers a full-color, backlit eReader that also plays movies that you can rent and stream directly from Amazon, surfs the web, plays games and more. Barnes & Noble’s Nook Tablet competes with full web browsing capabilities and Android tablet functionality. Either is a good choice for an inexpensive Android tablet/eReader. If you or the person you’re buying it for already has an account with Amazon or B&N, you’ll know which one to get them. That account information also makes setup incredibly simple. There’s also free book lending between owners of Nooks or Kindles, but not cross-platform, so if you and they have the same, you can share books. Of the two, the Fire is cheaper and can play Amazon Instant Video, and it does it easily and well. $189-249.

For more information or to purchase an Amazon Kindle Fire or Barnes and Noble Nook Color, visit

7. Roku 2 XS Streaming Player

Roku’s streaming player can stream content from Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, Crackle, Pandora and more. The setup couldn’t be easier, plug it into the wall, your TV (via HDMI or composite cable), and the simple menu helps you hook it up to your home network and gets you going in about five minutes or less. The top of the line player is still only $89, plays full 1080p HD movies plus games, and it comes with Angry Birds pre-installed.

For more information or to purchase a Roku 2 XS Streaming Player, visit

8. Panasonic VIERA TC-P65VT30 1080p 3D Plasma HDTV

Panasonic’s big 65-inch 3D HDTV is stunning. It works really well with streamed content directly from your home Wi-Fi network, including Netflix, etc. It can do 3D conversion of existing 2D content with controllable depth, and does an amazing job. It’s beautiful! $3000.

For more information or to purchase a Panasonic VIERA TC-P65VT30 1080p 3D HDTV, visit

9. Jabra SPORT Bluetooth Stereo Headset

Bluetooth headsets are a necessity to use for phone calls in some states, more are following. These stereo headphones play music clearly and integrate with your phone for clear calls, have touch controls and are very comfortable with three different sizes of eargels for the perfect fit. The fact that they are stereo also makes phone calls easier to hear, and the yellow connecting cord makes them hard to lose. $92.

For more information or to purchase a Jabra SPORT Bluetooth Stereo Headset, visit

10. CBTL Americano Coffeemaker

Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf offer a new, smaller single-serving coffee maker called the Americano. It makes coffee, espresso or tea using CBTL’s capsules. There are a lot of flavors, a very easy way to make yourself a cup of fresh coffee any time. There’s virtually no cleanup, either. $149.99 at Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.




Happy holidays to you and yours from all of us at!


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