Your son can be a picky little (or big) boy; if he's over the typical age of college-graduation you may want to look at our for him guide, but if he's still young enough to be in school you should probably click on. We've got some gift ideas that'll turn heads, and make his punk little friends green with envy.
See also: for him, for her.
$0 - $100
$20 (pack of two) - Buy from USBCELL
$90 - Shop for Guitar Hero II
$99 - Buy from Helmet MP3
Noteworthy mention: Mimoco Star Wars flash drives (sorry, pre-order only), WonkaZoid, Samsung SBH170 Bluetooth headset
$101 - $250Helio Drift - One to be appreciated by a slightly older, more discerning roamer, the Drift isn't just a featurephone with a 128MB of storage, a microSD slot, a 2 megapixel cam, A2DP, EV-DO and both true GPS and A-GPS. It actually makes use of that built-in positioning with Google Maps and Buddy Beacon, which means he'll know where he is (and where he's going) and where his friends are, but will never be further than a Beacon ping away.
$225 - Buy from Helio
Thanko MP4 watch - Looking for a gift for your boy that'll surely attract the attention of his friends (not to mention the ire of his teachers)? Check out the Thanko MP4 watch, which will play MP3 and WMA audio, and NXV video files on its 1.5-inch screen. Plus it's import only, meaning your mini-nerd will be the only dorkus in class with one. On second thought, we remember how traumatic being "different" was in school, so choose this one carefully.
$99 - Buy from Dynamism
Noteworthy mention: Gymkids Step2Play
$251 - $500
Xbox 360 Premium with Live subscription - This one's pretty much a no-brainer: if your boy doesn't have an Xbox 360 yet, he probably wants one (in addition to the PS3, the Wii, and every other gadget we write about). Considering the fact that those other next-gen boxes are going to be pretty scarce through the end of the year, it's a very safe bet, especially what with new games for the youngins like Viva Pinata, and titles for you like Gears of War. And, of course, Xbox Live is a must.
$450 - Shop for Xbox 360, Xbox Live subscription
LRG Sidekick 3 - If your kid has an urban streak to him, plus thumbs of lightning which yearn for a full QWERTY keyboard to blaze through email, IM and text messages, you can help him live the dream with a Lifted Research Group special edition Sidekick 3. Just make sure you add a hefty chunk of text messages to your plan before you let him go wild.
$349 - Buy LRG Sidekick 3 from T-Mobile
Lumenlab Evo Projector V1 - With projectors, if the up-front costs don't get you, the bulb replacements sure will. But there's hope on the horizon: the reining homebrew projector champ, Lumenlab, has busted out the $499 Evo Projector V1, with 1,000 lumens, a 600:1 contrast ratio and dirt-cheap $30 replacement bulbs. Perfect for a gaming-den that'll see plenty of use and abuse from that rambunctious scamp and all his little game-playing friends.
$499 - Purchase Lumenlab Evo V1 direct
QNAP TS-101 NAS with BitTorrent client - If you're not afraid of the RIAA, MPAA, MADD or FBI -- and really, why should you be? -- and are sick of springing a Jackson every time your son wants a new DVD or CD, then boy do we have the solution for you: just bust out the dollars for a QNAP TS-101 NAS, which features a built-in BitTorrent client for the convenient stealing acquisition of various media. You'll need to buy a hefty SATA Hard Drive to stick in this thing to hold all the treasures your son will amass, but just think of the savings in the long run.
$260 - Shop for QNAP TS-101 NAS
Noteworthy mention: Numark iDJ2 (pre-order only) with Technics RPDJ1200 headphones
$501 - $1000
~$900 - Shop for 2407WFP
$900 - Buy from Music 123
$4,499.99 - Buy from Costco
$3,695.95 - Buy from Shop.com
~$1,100 - Shop for Buffalo TeraStation
$19,500 - Buy the PimpStar from Custom Wheel
$8,000 - Custom build the D'Vinci Forgiato Radurra