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So simple, yet so addictive. Yes, it's a toy ball, but it's a robotic, programmable, iPhone/iPad/Android-controlled toy ball that you can use for gaming, playing with your dog, or just rolling around your floor for fun (trust us, our eyes were locked on it). The deceptively simple gadget has a ton of uses; see it in action in this video.
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During Superstorm Sandy’s downtown blackout, this editor walked 40 blocks uptown to charge her iPhone at a drugstore. She won’t be doing that again thanks to this handy invention. A minute of hand cranking allows for a quick call or a few texts, and when it’s fully charged, it provides a smartphone with hours of battery life.
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BULL STAPLER & BEAR STAPLE REMOVER
We wouldn't normally call basic office supplies cool gadgets, but this pewter set is the exception. Get them for a workaholic friend and he'll almost wish he had more paperwork to push at his job.
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THERMACELL HEATED INSOLES
The weather outside may be frightful, but the recipient’s toes will feel so delightful with a pair of these remote-controlled foot warmers. They can be recharged (charger included) up to 500 times. That comes out to a cost-per-wear of about a quarter, a small price to pay for cozy tootsies during a day of skiing, sledding or snowman-making.
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POLARTEC TOUCH SCREEN GLOVES
Give these gloves (with a forefinger and thumb that work on touch screen devices) to any guy on your list who lives in a chilly climate, and you're sure to get a very genuine THANK U! text from him. (Check out the gloves in action in this video!)
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The most fun we've had playing video games since Duck Hunt, the Wii U console updates the Wii experience with a handheld controller that makes the games even more interactive. It also connects to instant video services (like Netflix) and the internet, ideal for spending cold winter days lazing on the couch.
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GEOMETRIC BANGLE WATCH
We love a gadget that doesn't look like a gadget. And this water-resistant watch, disguised as a funky bangle (in one of our fave colors, no less!), is just that. Wear it solo or stacked with a few golden bracelets.