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TMO Gift Guide - Gifts for People Who Love People who Love Their iPod

by , 7:00 AM EST, December 10th, 2004

Here are some great gift ideas for the iPod lover in your life:

Product: iPod
Manufacturer: Apple

If you love them a lot, nothing says it better than a brand new iPod. The most popular models this season are sure to be the amazing iPod photo with its luscious color display ($499-$599); the bold, red and black iPod U2 Special Edition ($349); and, of course, the ubiquitous and adorable iPod mini, available in five delicious colors ($249 each).

Prices and direct links:

Of course, you can also buy all those iPods at the Apple Store.


Apple iPod

For those you don't love quite that much, or can't afford to love quite that much, don't despair-there are plenty of great gifts that won't break the bank.


Product: iPod Socks
Manufacturer: Apple
Price: $29

Among the least expensive and cleverest are Apple's iPod Socks ($29 for a set of 6). I thought they were a joke at first, but having received a set as a gift, I assure you they are not only real, but much cooler than you think. The six sox-green, purple, grey, blue, orange, and pink-fit any iPod, keeping it safe from scratches and nicks. My wife and kids think theirs are adorable.


iPod Socks


Product: iDockCovers
Manufacturer: Westshore Craftworks
Price: $29.95 (and up)

Perhaps the most unique iPod accessory I've ever seen is Westshore Craftworks iDockCovers, beautiful custom made covers for iPod docks. They're crafted from the finest hardwoods and hand-finished in traditional wood tone and bright, glossy "electric guitar" finishes. Available for both Apple and HP (Hewlett Packard) iPods with a Dock, prices start at $29.95 plus $5.00 shipping and handling. This is one of the most elegant gift items I've seen this year-check them out.


iDockCovers


Product: SR60
Manufacturer: Grado
Price: $70

Product: EARS EM3
Manufacturer: Future Sonics
Price: $159 (On sale for $99)

Or, if your iPod fan has discriminating ears, consider some replacement headphones for their iPod. While the ear buds included with iPods are sufficient for most people, a great set of headphones make your iPod sound even better. I'm partial to my Grado SR60s, which are traditional-style headphones that sell for around $70, and the Future Sonics EARS EM3, a pair of in-ear monitors currently on sale for $99 (regularly $159). The Grados can't be beat if you don't mind bulky over-the-head style headphones; the Future Sonics EARS are great sounding, extremely comfortable, and a great value at the current sale price of $99.

Grado SR60 Future Sonics
EARS EM3


Product: HP Printable Tatoos
Manufacturer: HP
Price: $14.99

Last but not least, HP's Printable Tattoos for your iPod (10 for $14.99) are a clever, creative, inexpensive way to make any Click Wheel iPod stand out in a crowd and protect it from dings and scratches. Create your own design in any graphics program or download pre made tattoos from the HP web site, then print them on most inkjet printers. One package of tattoos should last a long time; each will stay affixed for about a month.


Printable Tatoos for your iPod


Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus is a leading authority on Mac OS and the author of 47 computer books, including Mac OS X Panther For Dummies and GarageBand For Dummies.


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