DRIVEN UP THE WALL
Zero Gravity Micro R/C Car, www.firebox.com, £29.95
Do you live in a four foot by three foot cube without enough floor space to drive a remote controlled car? Do you have ceilings that are inexplicably 100 metres high? Then this 'zero gravity' remote controlled car is your friend, because it can drive on the vertical surfaces that are closing in around you - or even upside down! It's like the Delorean, only it drives on walls instead of going back in time.
Star Wars Force FX Lightsaber, www.firebox.com, £59.95
This is the weapon of a Sith Lord (also comes in blue, for Jedi Knights). Not as clumsy or random as a blaster; an elegant weapon for a more civilised age. More accurately, it's like a big fluorescent light with a handle on it, that makes vwing-vwom sound effects when you swing it and has proper in and out animations when turned on or off. We really, really hope Firebox don't ask for it back.
Cordless desktop MX5500 Revolution keyboard/mouse, snipurl.com/4mspz, £88
Gaming keyboards are too often encumbered by extraneous buttons and irregular layouts, so we instead recommend this great, standard, wireless keyboard. It's got a huge range - up to 30 feet - a customisable LCD screen and one of those fancy scroll wheels you can flick to send spinning for minutes on end.
SAVE EVERY ONE
32Gb Corsair USB Stick, snipurl.com/4mrd5, £70
Usually such grand titles as 'Flash Voyager' are left for space shuttles or Star Trek series, but Corsair aren't afraid to big-up their memory stick. This 32Gb mini-behemoth is perfect for transporting large files, be it saved games, entire games or that suspiciously large folder of miscellaneous video files left for no particular reason nine-levels deep within your install of America's Army.
RAM YOUR STOCKING
Corsair 2Gb XMS2 6400DHX, snipurl.com/4ms43, £34
Sticks of DDR2 RAM are insanely cheap at the moment, which is why you can get this 2Gb pack (two sticks of 1Gb) for the price of a game.
The spiky heat-spreader along the top lets the sticks run at high speeds without overheating, and if you want an even greater bump in speed there's a 4Gb pack available for £57. If you need to upgrade your PC to play the Christmas releases, ask a loved one for this.
Asus LS221H 22" widescreen, snipurl.com/4qoyy, £235
This is a classy vessel for containing your interactive moving pictures of death, destruction and elves. It's billed as the world's thinnest LCD screen - which is good, we guess - but it's also got a leather strip along the bottom, a base with a ring of light that changes colour based on your activity, and it's easily wall-mountable in case your desk is already covered with socks and chocolate digestives. Plus, for those who care about practical, useful features, it's got a 2ms response time, making it perfect for fast-paced action games. More and more releases are supporting widescreen formats now, so if you're ready to make the switch, try asking Santa for this.
GAMES FOR LESS
Eidos Everything Pack, snipurl.com/4mtb4, £99
We normally try to avoid plain old games in the Christmas gift guide, because we recommend games to you elsewhere in every single issue. But this is just too good a deal: 20 Eidos games for $99, which is roughly £60, on Steam. That buys you every Commandos game, Deus Ex 1 and 2, every Hitman, Just Cause, Tomb Raider Anniversary and Legend and eight more games.