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It's almost Christmas and maybe you've been too busy watching LCD prices fall, trying to figure out the best time to grab one, and you forgot to pick up a gift for that special someone in your life. Or maybe you're just one of those crazy people who likes to do all their shopping last minute. Whatever your circumstance, we have some tips for you. These are gift suggestions for that special someone in your life. The person who maybe doesn't share your passion for all things Home Theater.

Last Minute Shopping Guide
For the Special Someone on Any Home Theater Enthusiast's List

Top Five Gift Suggestions

5. Gift certificates
Lets be honest, for the most part we have no idea what to buy for our wives, girlfriends, significant others, but we do know where they like to shop. You don't have to get in trouble for not knowing what size she wears or what colors she likes. Give her the gift of "freedom" to buy something that she'll love.

4. A vacation
Everybody loves to travel. Book a vacation, even if it's only for a couple days, but plan the whole thing. Give her a romantic trip for two, if you're lucky she'll choose you as the person she decides to take along on the trip. We know the economy is a little tight, but there's got to be a nice little getaway within driving distance.

3. Chores
That's right, we said it. Give the gift of honey-dos. The list shouldn't include recalibrating the HDTV or setting the proper level in your 7.1 speaker system. If you're anything like us, you wife has a couple things she's been asking you to do that you're just been way "too busy" to get to. Buy her a gift that lets her know you'll get those jobs done. This can be a tiny gift, but if she gets the idea, you'll be a hero. The tough part will be the follow through.

2. Spa treatments
Heck, if you want to send the HT Guys some massage certificates, there's a Burke Williams just down the street...Who doesn't need a little "me" time. After having to put up with listening to you ramble on about 1080p, motion artifacts and discrete vs. matrix surround sound, she deserves some time to recharge. A little goes a long way with this one.

1. Jewelry
You can't go wrong with jewelry. It's the easiest choice in the world. And with the slow down in the economy, there are some really good deals to be had. You might be the only guy in the store, so they'll be desperate to sell you something. If you buy the right piece of jewelry, you could even give it to her a couple days late and she wouldn't care.

Top Five Gifts to Avoid

5. A new "gadget"
She knows as well as you do that it's really more for you then it is for her. Sure, the new Harmony remote will make things much easier for her. She'll love how cool the new iPod touch is. You aren't fooling anyone ... especially her. Braden's wife has a simple rule: "If you have to plug it in, I don't want it."

4. A Blu-ray player
We know a few of you have already justified this in your minds. You think, "we need to spend more time together, we can do that watching movies. And if we're going to watch movies together, I want them to be the absolute best money can buy; nothing but the best for my special someone." Nice try. If you already bought it, good luck with that.

3. A toaster
OK, so honestly you want to stay away from any kitchen appliance. This would include a George Foreman grill, a juicer, you name it. Nothing says "I love you" like "get back in the kitchen and make me a sandwich." There may be exceptions to this rule, like a gourmet coffee maker for the coffee aficionado, but you're on think ice with this one.

2. A gym membership
You're taking your life in your own hands with this one. Don't need to spend too much time here. Your heart may be in the right place, but you'll be resting your head on the couch for many lonely nights with this one.

1. A vacuum
To be perfectly honest, you want to avoid anything used for cleaning. Stay away from Vacuums - even if it is the coolest new Dyson that pivots on a ball. A new mop or an awesome new chamois so she can help you wash your Mustang also fall into this category. Maybe the Roomba vacuum robot, so she doesn't actually have to vacuum. Then again, refer to #5 in the list.

Posted by The HT Guys, December 22, 2008 11:43 PM

About The HT Guys

The HT Guys, Ara Derderian and Braden Russell, are Engineers who formerly worked for the Advanced Digital Systems Group (ADSG) of Sony Pictures Entertainment. ADSG was the R&D unit of the sound department producing products for movie theaters and movie studios.

Two of the products they worked on include the DCP-1000 and DADR-5000. The DCP is a digital cinema processor used in movie theaters around the world. The DADR-5000 is a disk-based audio dubber used on Hollywood sound stages.

ADSG was awarded a Technical Academy Award by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2000 for the development of the DADR-5000. Ara holds three patents for his development work in Digital Cinema and Digital Audio Recording.

Every week they put together a podcast about High Definition TV and Home Theater. Each episode brings news from the A/V world, helpful product reviews and insights and help in demystifying and simplifying HDTV and home theater.