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Suggestions for Santa

Magazine article Sunset

Suggestions for Santa

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Smart ideas for a high-tech home

Odds are, the special people on your gift-giving list would appreciate electronic presents. Whether you shop at brick-and-mortar electronics stores like Circuit City or Good Guys, or on-line at sites such as www.amazon.com, www.800.com, or www.egghead.com, the choices are mind-boggling. Here's a selection to help you navigate the electronics gadget galaxy.

Less than $25

RCA Universal 3-Device Crystal Remote Control. Ever since the Apple iMac arrived in tangerine and blueberry, an explosion of color has hit consumer electronics. For $14.95, why not bring a little color into your living room with RCA s new threedevice universal remote control, available in blue, green, or purple? And, yes, batteries are included. www.rca.com.

Less than $50

Michael Graves Corded Desk Phone. Finally, a telephone that really speaks to you, with an appealing retro design and modern features. The stylish black or white of Target's phone by architect Michael Graves is set off with blue number buttons and yellow function keys for important features like hold, redial, volume, and flash. It's a gift almost anyone can use, at a price ($29.99) that won't break the bank. www.target.com.

$150 to $200

Rio 600 Digital Audio Player. Digital music players are portable devices that play back songs you've downloaded from the Internet in the popular MP3 or Windows Media format. Unlike CD players, which can skip if you're snowboarding or even walking, the moving parts of digital music players are encased in plastic to ensure smooth listening. …

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