Now we're talking. For a truly special person in your life, we've pulled together a truly spectacular list of the latest and greatest in the $250 to $500 range. We can't guarantee that whoever you buy one of the items below for will want to hang out with you forever because of it, but they'll probably at least stop talking about you behind your back.

  • iPad 2
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    Priced at $499

    Apple iPad 2

    It's simple: the iPad 2 is the premiere tablet in a growing market, able to run tens of thousands of iOS apps from Apple's App Store, and lasts all day on a charge.



  • Canon PowerShot S95

    The Canon S95 features a top-end sensor (the same as the G12) in a compact camera size. There are manual controls for shutterbugs, 720p HD video capabilities, and a wide-angle f/2.0 lens with 3.8x optical zoom functionality.

  • Xbox 360 with Kinect Bundle
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    Priced at $299.99

    Xbox 360 with Kinect Bundle

    Just because the Kinect was one of the fastest selling pieces of consumer electronics ever doesn't mean everybody has one yet. This bundle includes a baseline Xbox, Kinect motion sensor, and and one game. You might consider the R2-D2 stylings of the Star Wars bundle, but that would have to be an IOU gift.

  • Sonos Play:3

    The Play:3 wireless home speaker is part of the family of wireless audio products from Sonos. It's the least expensive way to get into the Sonos system, but that doesn't mean it has bad sound — it's actually quite good.


  • TiVo Premiere Elite
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    Priced at $499.99

    TiVo Premiere Elite

    The TiVo Premiere Elite supports up to four simultaneously recorded TV shows from digital cable, HD cable, and FiOS, with CableCARD and coax connections around back. It stores up to 300 hours of HD on a 2TB hard drive and features TiVo's famous interface for finding your content. If you are looking for a gift for a hardcore television lover, there's nothing better than this on the market.