5 Great Last-Minute Tech Gifts

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) - Still looking for some last minute gift ideas for the tech aficionado in your family?

Here are 5 relatively inexpensive gifts that you can get at the last minute and make that special person happy on Christmas morning.

IDAPT Universal Charging Station

The person you're buying for most likely has a slew of electronic devices, perhaps an Apple iPhone, iPad, digital camera, and something else.

The increase in popularity of these products (Apple recently announced iPhone 4S sales exceeded 4 million units in the first weekend of availability) has led to an increase in chargers around the house, crowding the outlets and sucking up energy.

The IDAPT I4, which costs $60, can charge up to four devices at the same time and is compatible with more than 4,500 electronic products so there is no need for separate chargers anymore.

Speck Fitted Hard Shell iPad Case

Tablet computers, especially the iPad, have taken the world by storm, and Apple is largely responsible for creating this market. With 53.2% of the market share in the fourth quarter, according to Canaccord Genuity, tech lovers around the world have purchased iPads-a-plenty so chances are someone on your shopping list has one.

The Speck Fitted Hard Shell iPad Case costs $56.20 and allows users to protect their iPad in a hard plastic case that can be customized to feature a favorite design.

The product also allows access to all the sensors, ports, and controls on the iPad, so there's no need to remove it. The case is just 0.71 inches wide and weighs just 9.6 oz.

Pandora Subscription

Consider a subscription to Pandora One, the premium version of Pandora's music service, for the audiophile on your gift list.

Pandora allows a user to generate a playlist of songs based on algorithms to deliver personalized radio stations, as opposed to waiting for that one hit song to come on the radio. Listeners can enter a song, artist, or genre to start a station.

A one-year subscription to Pandora One runs $36, and allows the user to listen to ad-free music and enjoy a higher quality of audio than a free Pandora account.

Pandora went public back in June, and at current levels, shares have fallen more than 35% below their initial pricing at $16 each as the company has come under fire from competitors like Spotify and Rhapsody.

A Netflix Subscription

Your tech aficionado probably does not have time to watch all the movies and TV shows he or she wants. A subscription to Netflix can remedy this problem.

Netflix subscriptions start at as little as $7.99 per month, and the user can watch the content on a variety of devices, such as computers, TVs, Wii, Xbox, PS3, iPhone and iPad.

You can give a gift subscription for as little as one month or go all the way up to one year.

Netflix has come under pressure in 2011 after instituting a dramatic price hike and unveiling a plan to split off its DVD-by-mail operation into a separate business, Qwikster. CEO Reed Hastings later backed off on Qwikster but his credibility took a hit with both consumers and Wall Street.

Since hitting a high of around $300 per share back in July, shares have lost almost 75% of their value. Year-to-date, the stock is down about 60%.

Skullcandy G.I. Stereo Headphones

A good pair of headphones is a must for traveling or at work, and Skullcandy sells a wide variety of headphones and other audio accessories.

This pair of headphones comes with a travel bag and an adapter, and at a cost of around $40, it compares quite favorably to brands like Beats or Bose, which can be priced as high as a few hundred dollars.

At current levels, Skullcandy shares have lost 32.5% since going public back in July at $20 each.



 

--Written by Chris Ciaccia in New York

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