Dyson Air Multiplier Desk Fan (£186)
The Dyson hand-dryer is possibly the coolest Dyson product ever, but as you're unlikely to get one of those installed at home - especially as they cost £600 - the desk fan is the next best thing. It's compact, stylish and utterly baffling.
There's just one point of the blade-less circular design that's open to the air, but with this it manages to pull in and push out air just as effectively as any high-powered standard fan. It achieves this using design elements borrowed from jet engines. The Air Multiplier circle can be angled upwards and set to move left and right. The power of the fan is also cusomisable, using a dial on the front.
Grado PS1000 (£1800)
We'd forgive you for accusing any prospective Grado PS1000 buyers of having a screw or two loose - you could get a car for that price - but having tested them first-hand we can confirm that, yes, you can hear the difference. These headphones sound incredible, with an amazingly detailed sound that doesn't trade off bass for high-end insight. That's a rarity, even in expensive sets.
Made from metal, wood, leather and foam, these headphones are heavy-duty and built to last. Put them on your pop and he will look a bit like a 50s Sci-Fi movie's take on a man from the future though. But boy, are the sonic rewards worth it.
JVC Everio GS-TD1 (£1499)
3D is yet to convince the masses, either in camcorders, gaming or the cinema. But it has edged towards the norm thanks to the JVC Everio GS-TD1. It's the first consumer-grade 3D camcorder to offer an optical zoom. And it's pretty darn good.
It will record 3D footage in full 1080p resolution and uses twin CMOS sensors and lenses to give that real 3D effect. There are no shortcuts taken here. It's not cheap, but the cost of being an early adopter is often high.
LiveScribe Echo Smartpen (£170)
The LiveScribe pen sounds like something ripped straight out of a science fiction movie. It's a standard ballpoint pen in the most basic sense - it writes with ink. But it also remembers what was said during every word you write. It records ambient noise using an internal microphone, so you can play back the audio of lectures, conversations and interviews just by putting the pen on words you wrote at the time.
The only downside is that you have to use special paper, which is how this "magic" works. We still live in the present, not the future, folks. But we're sure you'll agree it's a damn nifty gadget.
Arcam rCube (£499)
Audiophile-grade sound and iPod docks don't usually go together well. The all-in-one design of a dock makes it very tricky to create a good stereo image and too often they try and impress by being brash and bassy, which won't impress us.
The Arcam rCube is different. It sound light and refined, and makes the Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin seem positively bullish. It's not a dock for those desperate to impress all houseguests - it looks understated and simple. But if it's sound you care about, you can't go wrong.
Asus Eee Slate (£999)
Two tablets have already featured in our list, the iPad 2 and the Asus Eee Pad Transformer. But this one, the Eee Slate, is a bit different. It's powered by Windows 7, but the really interesting addition is the Wacom Digitizer, which turns the Slate into a graphics tablet.
Windows 7 still feels a little clumsy to use in its tablet form, but for creating artwork no other current tablet comes close. The Slate also comes bundled with a Bluetooth keyboard, so it can be used as a small PC too.