For the gadget-lover or music aficionado on your list, there's no better choice than an iPod. And in a case of near-perfect timing, Apple recently came out with its second generation iPod Touch and fourth generation iPod Nano. With solid reviews and a more forgiving $149 price tag, the new Nano should be heavy hitter among mp3 devices this season. Because stores are giving the item a big promotional push, and you could run into problems with getting your paws on one if you hold out too long.
So why is the revamped Nano such a hot commodity this year? For starters, it comes in a rainbow of colors, so it can match a girly-girl, teenage boy or low-key college student just fine. Whoever's on your gift list can pack a lot of music into these players as well, whether you choose the 8GB or 16GB model. A snazzy motion sensor feature allows users to convert to shuffle mode by shaking the player. If you don't want to take the time to compile playlists, the Nano's "genius" feature can do the work for you. To top it off, you can play games, upload photos and watch video on the Nano's screen. That's a lot of bang -- for not a lot of buck. And because it's pretty compact, you'll also spare yourself the turmoil of a complicated gift-wrapping job!