But these days, no-one need be left out of the frenzy of paper-ripping and box-opening. There are plenty of techie gifts for even the most hard-nosed of business-people - as MT's selection of cool gear with guaranteed ROI shows. Whether you're keen to schmooze a client, impress your boss or want to top up your own Christmas stocking, let our list, compiled by Tom Dunmore, editor-in-chief of Stuff, be your guide.
FOR THE TERMINALLY HIP
Apple MacBook Pro, from £1,349
The latest professional Mac laptop isn't just the most powerful, most gorgeous Apple notebook ever, it's also the first to run on Intel chips - cutting-edge Core 2 Duo chips, in fact. So you can now run Windows XP on the MacBook, alongside the Mac OS. And every Mac laptop now has a built-in videocamera and free iChat software, allowing four-way videoconferencing over the web. The £800 i-Book has most of the same features, but in iPod white rather than aluminium.