Holiday Buyers’ Guide

Fun, practical gifts for the kid in all of us

THE SOUND OF MUSIC KENSINGTON STEREO DOCK
Developed for the iPod, this wireless device combines two functions in one: It simultaneously recharges your iPod and turns your mobile system into a home stereo. With minimal setup and the click of the remote, play your favorite iPod tunes via any stereo system. ($89.99; www.kensington.com)

LOOK, NO HANDS! INVOCA HANDS-FREE VOICE-ACTIVATED REMOTE CONTROL
This remote is keeping us stationary — which we love! Not only does this device let you tell your television what to do but also your VCR, DVD, and cable box. Commands like “change channels,” “lower the volume,” and “record” may strain your voice but not your feet and fingertips. The remote recognizes up to four voices, can multitask with a single command, and remembers favorite stations. Need we say more? ($50; www.brookstone.com)

PUTT PUTT EXECUTIVE PUTTING SET: FOUR-PIECE PUTTER & AUTOMATIC BALL RETURN
No time to tee off on the green? Take it with you. This putting set offers you well over 18 holes of relaxation. The putter breaks down into four pieces and, along with three balls, fits neatly into its sleek aluminum travel case, allowing you to putt anywhere. No caddy? No problem! The target cup automatically returns the ball back to you, assuring nothing less than a hole in one for your aim. This time, you won’t be able to blame it on the sand traps. ($49.95; www.sharperimage.com)

KEEP ROLLING TIRE MINDER MAX KIT
Tired of eyeballing the air pressure in your tires? Well, the Tire Minder Max Kit will relieve the guesswork. In addition to a gauge, the kit comes with an innovative monitoring system of color-coded pressure measuring tire caps, giving you a more accurate visual to determine when and how much attention your tires need. ($12.97; www.sportsmansguide.com)

WHIP IT UP! CUISINART SMARTSTICK HAND BLENDER
Usher in the New Year by re-energizing your appetite. Create tasty blended fruit smoothies; fresh chopped guacamole; or whisk together sugar and spice for warm eggnog. This powerful yet petite product with a brushed stainless steel finish features attachments to blend, chop, and whisk your way to easy edibles. ($75; 800-726-0190)

MAIL TIME PERSONALIZED POSTAGE STAMPS
A picture is worth a thousand words but when it’s a stamp, standard postage rates apply. Use your computer and photos to order sheets of customized postage available in most common mail rates. It takes a few simple steps to complete and three to five days to deliver your U.S.-Postal-Service-approved stamp. With the right picture, celebrate and share your priceless portraits or memorable moments via mail. ($16.99 for a single sheet of 20 37 cents stamps; www.stamps.com)

PICTURE THIS! DIGITAL PICTURE KEY CHAIN
Can’t cram anymore pictures into your wallet? With the help of a computer, transfer your photos to this nifty key chain. Capable of storing more than 50 digital images, the one-inch LCD monitor displays your treasured photographs just like a photo album. This gadget would literally be the key to anyone’s heart. ($49.95; www.sharperimage.com)

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