For those techie folk on your shopping list, here are some ideas in the $20-$80 range. To keep things interesting, we avoided the obvious list of Apple iPods and peripherals (although those never fail to please). The extravagant gift in this list includes a nice twist to spread your generous spirit a little further.

Tech Gift #1 — The Ultimate Hardware Geek’s Swiss Army Knife.

Gift07-SwissKnife.png Swiss Army CyberTool 41

How many pocket knives come with a DIP switch setter and torx bits? Very few indeed. This unique Swiss Army knife contains a specially selected set of tools to fit the daily needs of computer hardware techs. This is a great tool for making computer repairs. It includes 4 double-head hex bits, as well as various sizes of Philips and regular slotted screwdrivers. A total of 41 different functions in a single tool – amazing!

Tech Gift #2 — Subscription to MAKE: Magazine.

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Packed full of projects, each issue of MAKE: provides hours of hands-on projects for that tinkerer in your life. Where else can you find step-by-step instructions for building such things as a solar-powered xylophone, remote control bird feeder, or hundreds of other MacGyver-worthy projects

(via RedHat Geek Guide)

Tech Gift #3 — Tiny Remote Control Helicopters.

Gift07-RChelicopter.jpg Air Hogs Havoc Helicopter

I’d seen these tiny RC Helicopters on TV commercials, but it wasn’t until I actually flew one at a client’s studio that I realized how much fun they are. The helicopters themselves are made out of a light, durable foam body. The remote controls are basic, but they definitely takes some time to learn. Get a couple of these for a studio and you can say goodbye to productive work for about a week.

(via Chase Jarvis studios)

Extravagant Tech Gift — XO Laptop. Give One & Get One.

Give One Get One
Gift07-XOLaptop.jpgYou may have heard about the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) project whose mission is to empower the children of developing countries by providing one connected laptop to every school-age child. With the first version being the ingeniously designed XO laptop (also known as the $100 laptop).

From now through Dec 31, 2007, OLPC is offering a Give One Get One program in the United States and Canada. This is the first time the XO laptop has been available to the general public.

For a donation of $399, one XO laptop will be sent to a child in a developing nation and one will be sent to the child (or techie) in your life in recognition of your contribution. As an added bonus up to $200 of your donation may be tax-deductible.