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PERFECT BLENDOF GIFT IDEAS FOR GADGET FANS

Looking for a birthday present for your significant other?

Reach into the gizmo bag for some of these goodies that are sure to please the blessed recipient on your shopping list.

Party blender: Hey, bartender! Here's a great "party expeditor" for folks who like to hang out in the parking lot before concerts and sporting events, or who yearn to "upscale" their beach and camping adventures.

The Waring Pro Tailgater TG15 blender operates on 12-volt (car lighter) power to whip up festive fruit and frozen drinks and crush ice, too. Supplied with a 48-ounce, break-resistant polycarbonate carafe, a 15-foot cord and an AC converter for home use, the Tailgater goes for $160 at Sears stores.

Broadcast news: I've tried several FM transmitters -- small devices you connect to an audio source (like an MP3 player or satellite radio) to beam entertainment wirelessly around the house or to your car radio.

Best of the bunch is the C. Crane FM Transmitter, battery- or AC-powered, boasting excellent sound and tuning to any frequency on the FM band. It's available in three colors for $69 to $79 from www.ccrane.com or 800-522-8863.

Let there be light: Smarthome boasts that the Lightwave 4000 is the world's most energy-efficient and least costly flashlight to operate. Great for campers and handymen, this industrial grade, waterproof illuminator uses 10 ultra-bright, energy-efficient LEDs instead of a standard bulb. It continues glowing (though at half brightness) after a 24-hour cycle of operation with 3 D cells. It's $59.99 from Smarthome.com.

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