Offbeat Techie Gift ideas

Odd, expensive or unique and silly tech gifts pitched to us

We get lots of pitches for holiday tech gift ideas when we put together our annual guide. Here's a bunch of oddball, offbeat or just plain unique products that were either sent to us or suggested to us.

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Gunnar Digital Optical Eyewear

Gunnar Digital Optical Eyewear

These glasses aim to "protect your eyes from the strain caused by playing video games for extended periods of time." If you stare at a computer screen all day, these glasses can also help reduce eyestrain. Prescription eyewear is also available.
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Moshi Lifestyle Voice Control Alarm Clock

Moshi Lifestyle Voice Control Alarm Clock

We're intrigued by yelling at our alarm clock instead of hitting the snooze button. The Moshi responds to 12 voice-activated commands, including telling you the time, temperature, date and turning on and off the alarm. It's a bit weird saying "Hello Moshi" every time you want to do something, but could be useful for visually impaired individuals.
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Bird call Ringtones

Bird call Ringtones

Wildtones has teamed with the Peterson bird call collection to provide more than 80 unique bird calls to be used as ring tones for your cell phone, including the iPhone . Birds include the Canada Goose, the common loon, Eastern Meadowlark, and Northern Cardinal, among others.
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Ariel Atom

Ariel Atom

Pitched as a gift "for the man who has everything," the Ariel Atom 3 can go from 0 to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds, and cater to a new culture of "trackday racers."
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Swarovski Crystal Fireplace

Swarovski Crystal Fireplace

The limited edition LHD50 Swarovski fireplace "makes staying home feel like a glamorous red-carpet affair." The fireplace is filled with authentic Swarovski crystals "that captivate and glisten in the flames." The product is designed for "residential or commercial spaces that want to make a definite statement."
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Seed Orbs

Seed Orbs

Created by naturalist artist Richard Soloman, these 3.25-inch glass orbs include the head of a goat's beard plant and "captures the usually short-lived moments of a blooming bud to create a timeless snapshot of the natural world forever."
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Sure Fit Transit Cover

Sure Fit Transit Cover

Aimed at the germaphobe mobile traveler, this cover "keeps a barrier between you and your seat, making you feel protected every time you board a plane or bus." The cover is made from stretch suede, and comes with a pillow pocket.
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Victorinox Special Edition Airstream trailer

Victorinox Special Edition Airstream trailer

Built to celebrate the 125th anniversary of Victorinox Swiss Army, only 125 of these units have been made. Each trailer includes solid surface countertops, cutting-edge cabinets and hardware, and are fully equipped with a collection of Swiss Army timepieces, kitchen cutlery, Swiss Army Knives and accessories.
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Brondell Swash 800 Advanced Toilet Seat

Brondell Swash 800 Advanced Toilet Seat

The Swash 800 includes an "endless warm water wash that brings you a limitless stream of filtered, heated water for comfortable, hygienic warm-water washes." The system includes water and seat temperature settings, a wireless remote control, a warm air dryer and a "gentle-closing seat and lid."
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Personalized Romance Novels

Personalized Romance Novels

The site Yournovel.com lets you create a personalized romance novel with more than 25 details about the "starring couple" compiled from an online questionnaire (such as names, hometown, eye and hair color, favorite perfume, etc.). Versions can be made "mild" or "wild", with the option of adding the couple's photos to the book cover.
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Adding Speed Trap Alerts to your GPS

Adding Speed Trap Alerts to your GPS

PhantomAlert works with many of the top GPS units and can alert drivers when they are about to approach a red light camera, speed camera, photo-enforced intersections, school zones and other manned radar locations. Also available for cell phones and an iPhone app is coming.
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Socks Subscription

Socks Subscription

The "sockscription" from Blacksocks.com gives recipients three pairs of socks every four months (total of nine pairs). You can choose from calf socks, knee socks, athletic socks, ski socks or cashmere silk socks. Yes, the pitch called them the perfect "Socking Stuffer". The subscription is nine pairs of socks for $89 (three pairs delivered three times over the year); single pair costs $10 Web site.

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