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Must-have Gadgets for the 2012 Holiday Season
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Boxes containing the iPad mini. Who on your holiday list wouldn't love one of these?

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Here's the good news on the topic of gift giving: Nobody has everything -- especially when it comes to technology. That's why high-tech gadgets can make ideal holiday gifts. Many fall into the category of something a person would love to have but might not need, which makes them seem like luxuries. And what makes a better gift than something you really want, but wouldn't buy yourself?

Gadgets also make ideal gifts because there's virtually no end to the possibilities. Every year, brand new products or updated models provide different and exciting options. Keep in mind, though, that if you're going to go for the most sought-after gadgets, you might want to shop early. Popular tech items can sell out long before the holidays arrive. To get jump on that shopping competition, though, you first need to know what you're in the market for. Read on to check out some of the coolest, must-have gadgets of 2012.

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