The Tech Check Holiday Gift Guide! What's Your Best Idea?

Black Friday
Black Friday

Is there a new Apple iPod or MacBook Air in your future? The new g1, Google-enabled phone from T-Mobile? How about a Bluetooth headset from Jawbone? Noise-canceling headphones? Mini-speakers? A 60-inch Pioneer plasma TV? Blu-ray DVD? Some iPhone accessories? A Nintendo Wii? Microsoft Xbox 360? A Sony Playstation or PSP? "World of Warcraft?" Digital camera?

Here we are just a little over two weeks away from Black Friday and what just about everyone agrees will be a horrific holiday shopping season. But will that slowdown affect tech? Or is there a perceived value there that makes it the best alternative for the cost-conscious shopper?

So here it goes: tech nuts, gadget freaks, gizmo gurus, lend me your ears. And your eyes. Over the next several weeks, I'll be featuring some of the devices getting a lot of attention, both good and bad, and rely on you to tell me what's hot, what's not, and why. Drop me a note and answer any or all of these four questions: What gadget do you want as a gift? What gadget are you planning to give as a gift? What gadget do you already own that you wouldn't dare give as a gift because it stinks? And what gadget might be getting a lot of attention but that you hope you don't get because you think it's silly?

If you're a company and you've got something neat, innovative, revolutionary, and it's available, drop me a note, we'll work out how you can send me a unit to play with, and I'll feature the quick review here, and then ask if anyone out there owns it and what they think of it. These are challenging times and everyone is looking for some kind of edge when it comes to parting with their hard-earned dollars, especially when it comes to new technology. What are people talking about? And why?

Let's get a dialogue going. Let's do some decidedly un-scientific market research about the key trends shaping up in tech this holiday shopping season and figure out what devices are worth our attention. And maybe even more importantly, based on that unscientific research, what stocks ought to get a second look based on it.

So far, I'm partial to the iPod Touch. It was my favorite product last year, and remains my favorite product this year, especially with more memory (32 Gigs), better operating system, that cool Apple Apps Store that essentially makes the Touch an ever-changing music, video and game-playing platform, and doesn't come with the pesky monthly fees that the iPhone has. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

Not every product will make it into the blog. But many will. And be aware: if you send me an email, I'm gonna use your name, unless you expressly tell me not to. But what's the point in that?!? Share with me your thoughts, and your name, and I'll share it all here.

Hurry. We're running out of time. There's only 43 more shopping days 'til Christmas.

Questions? Comments?