ELMOPALOOZA: Earlier animatronic versions of the fuzzy red monster don't wrap arms around you or make snoozing sounds like 2013's hit, "Big Hugs Elmo" ($59.95). But there's lots of fun left in Playskool/Sesame Street's earlier "Let's Rock Elmo," seen online for as little as $32.99.
STREAMING DREAMS: The Wi-Fi Internet-connected Google Chromecast dongle that plugs into flat-panel TVs to stream Netflix, YouTube and more has earned love with its $35 price tag. Also consider latest-edition streaming video devices from Roku, starting at $49.95 (with remote control!) and delivering hundreds of more choices, many free, to your connected TV.
NO COMPETITION: Beats by Dr. Dre headphones are not worth feuding over. Better-sounding, more comfortable and reasonably priced headphones from Audio-Technica, Grado, Sony and Panasonic make a smarter gift and more discrete statement. GG's partial to the Sony MDR-10R, finely crafted and discounted 25 percent to $149 at store.sony.com.
FEELING BLUISH: Stuff a stocking with one of this year's mighty-mite Bluetooth wireless portable speakers. The palm-sized Divoom Bluetune-Bean ($29.99, divoomusa.com) is super cute, sonically sweet and comes in colors. A UE Mini Boom ($78-$100) cranks well and pairs up for stereo. Bose SoundLink Mini ($199.95) earns the "best of breed" ribbon.
OLD PHONES, NEW DEALS: An 8GB iPhone 4S was a super phone at $199 in 2011. Now it's even better, for free, with a two-year contract from AT&T, Sprint or Verizon. Gizmo Guy's also spotted deals on new, lower-profile smartphones like the Nokia Lumia 925, $49 at AT&T with contract. Boasts a very fine Zeiss lens camera and the Windows Mobile operating system - surprisingly fun and useful. Microsoft aims to buy your love with this bargain. Let it.