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The London Gift Consultancy's 2006 Top Tech Xmas Gift List

This year, Christmas is a time of gadget giving. At least 68 per cent of Christmas shoppers will be buying some form of electronic gift this year. That's a huge proportion of the estimated £20bn that UK consumers will spend on presents this Yuletide.

Electronic equipment is expensive, so to stay geek chic and not gadget goofy, Lorraine Loughlin, professional gift consultant from The London Gift Consultancy has produced her recommendations of the year's groovy gizmos.

The London Gift Consultancy strives to stay at the head of fashions, new products and the latest ‘must haves'. If a gift's worth giving, whether it's from Halfords or Harvey Nichols, it will be on The London Gift Consultancy's comprehensive gift database.

The Slingbox, £200
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Lorraine says, "The Slingbox is incredible. It turns your Internet connected laptop, PDA or smart phone into your home TV. No kidding. Connecting the Slingbox to your home TV and an Internet connection enables you to see what is on your home TV from wherever you are in the world. Whether you're in another room or in another country there's no need to miss your favourite show as long as you can connect to the Internet."

Nike+ trainers and iPod sports kit, from £85 (kit and compatible trainers. iPod not included)
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Lorraine says, "If you know your partner is going to want to loose those holiday pounds, get them the ultimate in virtual coaching by buying them Nike+ trainers and the iPod sports kit. As they run or walk, the sensor from the iPod sports kit sends information to their iPod nano, tracking the time, distance, pace, and calories burned. If they choose, real-time, spoken feedback can even alert them to milestones throughout their workout. When they're back, they can log onto their computer, synch their iPod nano and track their performance."

USB Turntable, £130
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Lorraine says, "Music is all about MP3 players and iPods nowadays. This USB turntable is perfect for all those vinyl junkies that want to update their record collections of old 45s, 33s or even 78s to the new digital format."

Digital Photo Frame, from £260
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Lorraine says, "The thing about digital photography is that you generally only get to look at the photos you've taken on your laptop, but these digital photo frames get your pics off your desktop and onto your mantelpiece, bedside table, the wall, wherever. The LCD screen shows your snaps in a high-resolution slide show. The standard (5" x 7") frame will hold up to 50 images. The larger AX screen (10" x 8") will hold 80 images and lets you add sounds to the image, so if have a holiday beach shot, you can add the sound of breaking waves to play when that picture is shown."

Electric Espresso Pot, £40
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Lorraine says, "Coffee is a common ingredient in holiday season hangover cures, but rather than plumping for instant, why not have a perfect cappuccino in your own home, and at a fraction of the price of Starbucks. This miraculous plug-in cappuccino maker couldn't be easier to use. Simply add good coffee, milk and water and in a matter of minutes you'll have a frothy and steaming cappuccino at your lips. For committed coffee connoisseurs this is best thing since the home-use espresso maker. It even looks suave."

Golf Launchpad, £200
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Lorraine says, "If Dad can't get to the golf course, then bring the golf course to him. He can play on a variety of courses with his own clubs at home, in the office or wherever, and compete against the best players in the world. This remarkable gizmo connects to a PC or laptop and lets you play the EA Sports Tiger Woods PGA Tour Golf game, but in an ultra-realistic setting."

Mini Chocolatière, £20
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Lorraine says, "Hot chocolate - so comforting for the girls. But making a really top cuppa needs a really top Chocolatière, and this is it. Complete with a built in frother and a bag of top quality chocolate flakes, this Chocolatière will make up to three mugs of frothing bliss. Just add your chocolate and hot milk, froth away, then curl up in a big chair, wrap your hands around your steaming mug, and feel a Cheshire cat smile spread right through you. It's heaven!"

Wine Chiller, £65
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Lorraine says, "This gadget is really cool. This isn't meant for the super organised who plan ahead when chilling beers, wines and champagne. Us mere mortals need a bit of help. This sleek and stylish Wine Chiller chills drinks perfectly in minutes. It's forty times faster at cooling than a freezer, so the days of luke warm wine can be a thing of the past."

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