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Holiday Gifts 2009

Still don't know what to get for the geek who seems to have everything?

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Holiday Gifts 2009




From a digital concert grand piano to a high-tech yo-yo, from a build-it-yourself Theremin to a crystal radio kit, we have a holiday gift for every age and budget.


grand piano

 The Hundred-Grand Grand
The Yamaha Avant­Grand digital piano packs a concert piano experience into an upright's size and price

build it

If You Build It, Santa Will Come
Kits for building musical pencils, Theremins, crystal radios, and shortwave radios with your kids


 A New Spin on An Old Toy
The humble yo-yo gets a high-tech makeover


Dam It!
A new science kit brings hydropower to the playroom


You don't have to putt like Tiger Woods to practice like him


Catch Scratch Fever
Digital DJs no longer lug dozens of vinyl discs to their gigs. Plus: How to get started DJing


T-Minus: The Race to the Moon
A behind-the-scenes look at the engineers and scientists who made the U.S./USSR space race happen

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