Fear not. Far from it.
It may be too late to get the absolute hottest items, but there are still plenty you can find easily that are plenty entertaining, says BestStuff.com Senior Editor David Gregg. He stopped by The Early Show Friday with lots of possibilities.
The descriptions below are provided by Gregg.
Second Generation iPod Shuffle
Apple has created a second generation iPod Shuffle of an almost impossibly small size. Only slightly bigger than a quarter, this lilliputian device packs 1GB of storage space. Enough for up to 250 of your favorite songs! Apple also attached a clip to the back of the Shuffle, so you can wear it anywhere for skip-free music playback. Perfect for working out or just walking down the street. Unit Dimensions - 1.62 x 1.07 x 0.41 (inc. clip) Unit Weight - a mere 0.55 ounces!
PRICE: $79; www.apple.com
HP Photosmart M527 6MP (with Slimming Feature)
They say cameras add ten pounds, but this HP digital camera can help reverse that effect. The slimming feature is a subtle effect that can instantly trim off pounds from the subjects in your photos! The effect is subtle-subjects still look like themselves. The slimming feature can be adjusted for a more dramatic effect. See a before and after version of the photo and then, through the magic of digital photography, decide which picture is a keeper. The Photosmart M527 offers lots of other features to make this digital-camera a smart choice for the no-nonsense photographer. Delivering 6 megapixel resolution makes it easy to take beautiful, 4x6-inch prints and to make enlargements up to poster size. Remove red-eye, using HP Real Life technologies. Frame and view photos on a large, 2-inch image display that's bright enough to see indoors and out. Plus, zoom in using a 21x total zoom (3x optical, 7x digital). Record video clips with sound. Add a dock to recharge in-camera batteries and email, save and print photos. Save photos, using 16 MB internal memory or save even more by adding a larger capacity SD memory card (optional).
PRICE:$134.99 (after instant rebate); www.hp.com
Pandigital Digital Photo Frames
Pandigital has a new line of digital photo frames that - unlike other photo frames on the market - come with 64-128MB of internal memory, multiple USB ports, and a 6-in-1 media card reader. The new digital photo frames let customers quickly (and easily) copy digital images from a memory card, digital camera or PC directly into the frames' internal memory. Simply insert flash media into the frame, copy photos, video and music and then return the card to the electronic device. Customers can also download photos onto the frames by directly connecting via mini USB to a digital camera or by standard USB to a computer. The frames showcase photos in high resolutions on their Active Matrix TFT displays in both dedicated and slideshow modes. All of the new digital photo frame products from Pandigital come with two interchangeable frames - wood and acrylic - to fit into a range of décors. In addition, Pandigital photo frames can play back MPEG 1, MPEG 2, MPEG 4 & AVI video, while MP3 audio files can be stored on the on-board memory and then enjoyed via the built-in speakers or headphone jack. The frames' USB port enables them to be connected to a computer network. The digital photo frames also come with a remote control that fits in a slot at the back of the frame for safe keeping.
Pandigital photo frame sizes:
• Pandigital 5.6-inch photo frame (DPF56-2) = $ 129.99
• Pandigital 7.0-inch photo frame (DPF70-1) = $ 149.99
• Pandigital 8.0-inch photo frame (DPF80-2) = $ 199.99
• Pandigital 9.2-inch photo frame (DPF90-2) = $ 249.99
For more information visit www.pandigital.net
Presto/HP Printing Mailbox
Keeping people connected is so important as we get close to the holidays. If you have someone in your family who hasn't embraced technology, keeping in touch can be difficult. Believe it or not, 65 million adults ARE NOT online. Presto helps reconnect by allowing you to send photos or emails to those who don't have a computer or internet connection. Presto and the HP Printing Mailbox is a way of allowing people w/o computers to receive and print color photos from family and friends. The Presto Service and the HP Printing Mailbox work together; you simply plug the printing mailbox into a phone line, and then you can receive photos from relatives and friends, and even emails. You can also print photo calendars, and sign up for a newstand feature which sends free articles to your printing box each day. PERFECT gift for grandparents/nontech savvy person on your list.
PRICE: $149 for the HP Printing Mailbox, and $99.99 for a 1 year subscription for the Presto service. Carried at www.bestbuy.com or www.presto.com
LG enV Cell Phone
The enV was designed to represent the ultimate convergence of advanced wireless capabilities and the latest developments in mobile entertainment. This handset is a complete multimedia experience, offering music, video, data and all the latest mobile handset innovations, including a beautiful large internal color screen, integrated QWERTY keypad and dual stereo sound. The enV is equipped with 2 megapixel camera to snap photos and shoot videos while you are on the go. Simple operation is possible thanks to an autofocus feature combined with a built in flash. Music lovers can take their music experience to the next level by utilizing Bluetooth Stereo capability. When paired with a Bluetooth Stereo device, users can enjoy the full stereo sound of their favorite MP3s with no wires
MSRP: $179.99; www.lgusa.com
Sirius Stiletto 100 Satellite Radio Receiver/Recorder
The Sirius Stiletto SL100-PK1 portable receiver for Sirius Satellite Radio is one of the most advanced Sirius Receivers. The SL100-PK1 will have a built-in antenna that allows reception of Sirius signal without the need for an external car or home docking station. Best of all, this receiver will have up to 100 hours of storage capacity and can handle MP3 and WMA files, enabling you to mix Sirius content with your own personal collection. It will also have WiFi capabilities, enabling you to stream Sirius content from a wireless hotspot. Included are: headphones with built-in transmitter, two batteries (one small and sleek, one with extended life) and an indoor AC adapter for charging the batteries. The extended life rechargeable battery delivers up to 4 hours of live Sirius programming, 4 hours in WiFi mode, and 20 hours of stored-content playback. A built-in wireless transmitter broadcasts sound over any FM stereo when used with a car kit and home kit. PRICE: $349.99; www.sirius.com
Philips PET-320 Portable DVD Player
The Philips Portable DVD player is made to look like a retro CD player. 3.5 inch screen embedded in the player. Portable and perfect for road trips, plane flights, even working out at the gym.
MSRP: $129; www.philips.com
Panasonic 42" Plasma HDTV
Panasonic's 42" High Definition Plasma TV (TH-42PX6OU) with built-in ATSC/QAM/NTSC Tuners and SD Memory Card Slot features an integrated speaker system with HDMI connections for superior audio/video and a high contrast ratio of up to 10,000:1. Such a wide range from black to white means great depth and dimensionality with vibrant colors and this plasma can display an incredible 29 billion colors for a superior picture. Deep blacks provide excellent shadow detail during dark scenes, while brilliant whites allow our plasmas to render bright scenes with vivid realism. This set is equipped with a Photo Viewer delivered by built-in SD card slots so you to enjoy photo slide shows on the big screen. Includes Plasma TV, Pedestal stand, Remote control and manual.
MSRP: $1799.95, but seen on web sites for as low as $1300; www.panasonic.com