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Nest 2.0 ($250)
Although the Nest 2.0 digital, Internet-enabled thermostat seems pricey at $250, this home automation marvel could actually save you big bucks over the course of the year by intelligently managing your heat and air conditioning system. Nest automatically turns your HVAC off when you leave the home, and knows from learning and crowdsourcing and local weather conditions as well as when you're about to return home to adjust the system to an optimal and energy-saving temperature.
Google Nexus 7 16GB ($199)
While the $329 iPad Mini may be the Apple of everyone's eye this Christmas, the miserly choice is without question Google's Nexus 7 tablet, which runs on the Android 4.2 operating system, runs hundreds of thousands of applications from Google's Play Store, with access to massive amounts of content, and is loaded with a 720p HD screen, a powerful nVidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor and 16GB of onboard storage, for a whole $199.
iPod Nano 8GB 7th-Generation ($150)
If you're looking for just a way to listen to tunes while you are exercising or just lounging around, the Scroogy choice is without a doubt the 7th-generation iPod Nano. The basic $150 model now includes a 2.5" multi-touch video display and even an FM stereo tuner if you want to listen to the news or just your favorite broadcast pop music or talk radio shows. And the Bluetooth 4.0 transmitter allows you to go completely wireless with high-quality sound with a wireless headset.