Your last-minute 2012 holiday gift guide

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By Stephen Lega


With less than a week to go before Christmas, a few of you are probably still scrambling for gift ideas. Thankfully, for you I’ve finished my Christmas shopping (seriously, I’m just waiting on a few things to be shipped), and that means I have some time to help you out.

Keep in mind, however, that if you do order these fine recommendations, then you’ll probably need to pay for expedited shipping if you want to wrap them before Dec. 25.

For the Trekkie in your life, consider the Star Trek Electronic Door Chime.

The door chime is motion activated and is modeled on the communicator panels from the original Star Trek television series. Mount it by any door and let the person entering or exiting feel like they are about to “take the con”.  (Personally, I’d recommend it for the bathroom door, but that’s just me.)

Available here: http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/e9b8/?pfm=Holiday2012_Gifts_Featured_e9...

Price: $29.99 plus tax and shipping

For the Star Wars fan (not sure what they are called), you could consider a Death Star planetarium. Not only does this project a view of the night sky on Earth, it also projects a view of the Star Wars galaxy.

Available here: http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=4086351&CAWELAID=5636...

Price: $21.99 plus tax and shipping

For your friends with lips who also like to solve puzzles, you could consider Rubik’s Lip Balm.

This would be more of a stocking stuffer. Regardless, if you have a friend who complains that their lips get chapped while solving puzzles, or a friend who thinks the average lip balm tube is far too simple to operate, here is your solution.

Available here: http://www.neatoshop.com/product/Rubiks-Cube-Lip-Balm

Price: $4.95 plus tax and shipping.

Do you know a wanna-be James Bond or Jason Bourne? Maybe you should consider the HD Video Pen.

You can write with it. You can secretly or not so secretly record things in high-definition video. Sure, it’s pricier than the other items on this list, but for a spy gadget, it’s probably on the low end for spy stuff.

Available here: http://www.brookstone.com/hd-video-spy-pen?bkiid=SubCategory_Gifts_Gifts_For_Him_Gifts_for_Geeks|SubCategoryWidget|747003p&catId=

Price: $79.99 plus tax and shipping, have it gift wrapped for $6.95.

Do you know someone who decorates his or her walls? Apparently some people think this is a nice why to personalize their homes.

If they also hate painting and they like old video games, you could get them wall decals. They are available in a variety of old video games, including Asteroids, Centipede, Pac-Man, Super Mario Brothers, and a few others.

Available here: http://www.whatisblik.com

Price: Varies

And last, but not least, for the millionaire next door, even he or she probably doesn’t have a Suidobashi Heavy Industry robot. This is a drivable robot. Be sure to watch the video before ordering. You want to make sure this is something the recipient will enjoy using.

Available here: http://suidobashijuko.jp/#bto

Price: I think the base price is $1.35 million plus whatever you’d like to add for accessories, which cost between $50,000 and $1.5 million. It is available in a variety of colors and various interior options for the coqpit (leather, corduroy and cotton). You can even add a drink holder for $100.