The 2008 geek gadget gift guide

You won't find these items for true techies at Best Buy or RadioShack

Whether waiting for the Thanksgiving meal or basking in its tryptophan-induced afterglow, the thoughts of your favorite geek (who could be you!) inevitably turn to gadgets, dancing like sugar plums in his or her thoughts. A real geek already has the obvious toys, such as Absolutely Mad: 50 Years of Mad Magazine on DVD, a Microsoft Xbox 360, an Apple MacBook Pro 2008 edition, a Garmin Nuvi 880, and one or more of the hot smartphones: the Apple iPhone 3G, Palm Treo Pro, RIM BlackBerry Storm, or T-Mobile G1.

What's really special this year for the techie in your life? InfoWorld's band of mad scientists -- a motley crew of software, networking, datacenter, and hardware experts that habituates the InfoWorld Test Center -- offers recommendations of what they lust after … and know other true geeks do, too.

[ Watch our geek gift guide slideshow and see our picks. | Looking for a high-tech collectible? Peruse David Margulius' collectible tech gift guide. | Curious about last year's geek gift guide recommendations? Check them out! ]

In alphabetical order, here are our 10 top picks:

* Apple Time Capsule

* Botanicalls DIY Plant Twitter Kit

* Cathode Corner Nixie Watch

* EVGA GTX 200 Waterblock

* Eye-Fi Explore

* 4th Motion Gyroxus Full-Motion Game Chair

* MvixUSA MvixBox

* Sky Factory SkyV

* SRS Labs iWow for iPod Adapter

* Yoggie Gatekeeper Pico

And delve into our guide to collectible tech.

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