The Top 10 Gadget Gifts for 2009

By Craig Buckler

Christmas geek giftsIt’s that time of year again. Despite continual advertising since mid-June, most of us leave our frantic gift buying until December 24.

If you’re still wondering what to buy the gadget-obsessed geek in your life, Amazon has published a useful top 10 of electronic gifts from the US, UK, Germany and France. These lists have been compiled from shoppers using Amazon’s wishlist system (although they’ve removed their Kindle ebook reader from the results so the lists are unbiased).


The US wishlist is dominated by high-end Canon cameras and accessories. It looks like an expensive season for US buyers…

  1. Canon EOS 7D 18MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera — $1,683
  2. Epson MovieMate 60 V11H319220 Home Theater — $580
  3. Apple iPod touch 32 GB — $275
  4. Apple iPod touch 8 GB — $182
  5. Canon EOS Rebel T1i 15.1 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera — $720
  6. Canon Digital Rebel XSi 12.2 MP Digital SLR Camera — $570
  7. Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS Telephoto Zoom Lens — $217
  8. Flip UltraHD Camcorder — $150
  9. Canon Speedlite 580EX II Flash — $395
  10. Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM 1-to-1 Macro Lens — $1,050


Gift requests are a little more modest in the UK, with prices ranging from just £2. It looks as though you can’t go wrong with an Apple iPod…

  1. Apple iPod touch 8GB — £139
  2. Apple iPod touch 32GB — £209
  3. Western Digital Elements 1TB USB 2.0 External Hard Drive — £65
  4. SanDisk 8GB SDHC Secure Digital Card — £12
  5. Sony BDPS360B Profile 2.0 Blu-ray Player — £132
  6. Toshiba Regza 32AV615DB 32-inch Widescreen TV — £300
  7. Integral USB 2.0 Single Slot SD Card Reader — £2
  8. Apple iPod classic 160GB — £196
  9. Seagate Expansions 1TB External Hard Drive — £62
  10. LG 22LH2000 22-inch Widescreen LCD TV — £216


TVs and netbooks are high on the typical German geek list…

  1. Samsung S5230 Star Smartphone — €132
  2. Samsung N130@nynet-N270BN 10.1″ Netbook — €305
  3. Western Digital WDE1UBK10000E Elements External Hard Drive — €92
  4. LG Electronics 32LH2000 32″ LCD TV — €392
  5. Toshiba REGZA 42″ LCD TV — €609
  6. Samsung LE 40 B 650 40″ LCD TV — €779
  7. Samsung P2450H 24″ LCD TV — €209
  8. Canon PowerShot SX200 IS 12MP Digital Camera — €255
  9. SanDisk Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Memory Card — €35
  10. Apple Magic Mouse — €99


There’s a little more variety in France, but media players appear to be your best bet…

  1. Western Digital Elements Desktop WDE1UBK10000 Hard Drive — €86
  2. Apple iPod Nano 8GB Violet — €90
  3. Gold-plated 2M HDMI cable — €5
  4. Western Digital WDAVP00BE TV Media Player — €102
  5. Samsung NC10 10.2″ Netbook — €284
  6. Western Digital 320GB Portable Hard Disk — €84
  7. Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ7EF-K 10 MP Compact Digital Camera — €279
  8. Philips SA1VBE04K Media Player — €59
  9. Apple iPod Touch 32GB — €263
  10. Garmin Forerunner 305 GPS Watch — €154

Have you been especially good this year? What are you hoping to find in your stocking?

  • Gargamel

    this would be far better if pictures were in the article!

  • Is this a post filler ? As opposed to a stocking filler. Doesn’t really have anything worth reading !

  • I actually thought this was kind of interesting to see a list of gifts vary from country to country. Not every article has to be some life-changing read. =p

  • I agree, pictures would have really jazzed up this post.

  • NetNerd85

    How much did you get from Amazon?

  • How much did you get from Amazon?

    I should have mentioned that … Amazon didn’t pay for this article or approach SitePoint about publishing it.

    As samanime mentioned, I considered it to be interesting — especially the differences between the countries. Why is Canon dominating in the US? Why are netbooks more popular in France and Germany than the UK?

    Sorry about the lack of pictures!

  • JP

    Pretty good suggestions. Here are a few more:

  • Joe

    I found this interesting that they had different country stuff BUT in the US’s economic decline a $1600 camera? Why do no lists ever have real life budget things that are actually reasonably priced instead of just wishlists of things I wish I could afford or is everyone actually just that rich???

  • Galen

    I actually thought this was kind of interesting to see a list of gifts vary from country to country. Not every article has to be some life-changing read. =p

    I agree w/ you – this was a good article.

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