Whether they're your boss, cubicle neighbor, IT guy / gal, assistant, consultant, or mail room clerk, they deserve a little something for the holidays. A touch of gift giving at year's end can perk up the dreariest of drones and put a smile on the face of the most tyrannical task-masters. And even if you don't really want to get them something, you might stumble upon that magical key of consumerism that unlocks the door to a promotion, pay-hike, new workstation, or just a little reduction in heat for a few months. Of course, you've gotta pay to play, so we present the Engadget Holiday Gift Guide for colleague -- treat it with respect, it could make 2008 a much smoother ride.
$0 - $100
$55 - Shop for Nano VX
$35 - Shop for wireless USB Missile Launcher
$27 - Shop for USB Ferris Wheel
$29.99 - Buy from ThinkGeek
Available pretty much everywhere on the cheap
Logitech MX Air wireless mouse - If someone you know at the office is a major control freak, The MX Air may be just the thing they need to maintain some order. Part wireless mouse, part remote control, part Wiimote -- 100% geek porn -- it makes use of embedded MEMS sensors to ensure tight tracking, and the touch sensitive scroll panel, pause / play, and volume buttons will guarantee full dominion over any playlist. Give someone special a chance to micro-manage in style.
$149.99 - Buy from Logitech
$199.99, $99.99 - Shop for Xbox 360 HD DVD player, Blade Runner box set
Wacom Bamboo Fun Medium pen tablet - Someone around your office hiding an inner artist? Notice any of your co-workers frantically doodling during meetings? Well, here's just the thing to soothe (or swell) their savage penchant for lewd cartooning -- the Wacom Bamboo Fun Medium tablet. The virtual drawing space comes in a variety of colors, and with four ExpressKeys, the "touch ring" zooming / scrolling controller, a surface akin to actual paper, and compatibility with Macs or PCs, those hilarious depictions of your boss in compromising situations should be getting a lot more detail.
$199 - Buy from Wacom
Noteworthy mention: Zune 80
$251 - $500
$351 - Buy from Sony Japan
Herman Miller C2 Climate Control -- You know that guy at the office who tends to sweat a lot and tends not to wear his deodorant, making for a lethal combo during summer months? Well instead of continuing to mock him on your coffee breaks, it would be much more productive to just shell out a few hundred bucks on Herman Miller's C2 Climate Control, a small desktop device that promises to cool, heat, and even filter the micro-climate that is his cubicle.
$300 - Locate dealers at Herman Miller
Sennheiser PXC-450 Noise-Canceling Headphones - The workplace can actually be a pretty rowdy environment, especially if you work for one of those fast-and-loose Web 2.0 companies, so the one or two people who actually do want to get something done are often foiled by the unruly mob. Well, you can help those diligent workers keep their sanity while also keeping them from tattling on you to the boss with Sennheiser's PXC-450 noise-canceling headphones, a pricey pair of cans that feature second-generation Noise Guard technology and a bundled airplane adapter so Danny Diligent may be inclined to beef up his road trip schedule. (Of course, if you'd rather just buy yourself something nice with that scratch, JVC makes some cheaper more giftable phones, too.)
$450 - Shop for Sennheiser PXC-450
$501 - $1000
$496 + cost of drives - Shop for Drobo
BenQ MP612 projector - The 800 x 600 resolution won't make for the greatest movie nights at the office, but the 2,000:1 contrast ratio and 2,500 ANSI lumens will do wonders for making your colleague's presentations pop. There's also a built-in speaker for blasting all that motivational music that no PowerPoint should be without.
$700-ish - Shop for BenQ MP612
$900 - Shop for HTC Advantage
$90,000.00 - Buy from Moller
$1,249.00 - Buy from Dell
Microsoft Roundtable - Since teleconference meetings are an absolute nightmare, and no one at your company seems interested in upgrading the experience, perhaps it's up to you to push everyone into the 21st Century. Sure it'll cost you a cool $3,000 to put Microsoft's 360-degree Roundtable camera in the conference room, but considering the accolades you'll get from your co-workers and your newfound ability to check out that hot account rep in the New York office, that's probably a small price to pay.
$3,000 - Buy from Microsoft