I thought we'd have a gentle run up to the traditional gadget frenzy this year. Let's start with a category that's tax-deductible, you can claim the VAT back, and you'll use it all year - yes, a printer.
And what a great time this is to treat yourself to a new printer. You can have a standalone printer or an all-singing multi-function device, inkjet or laser, mono or colour, desktop or workgroup, and now wireless too. We did a lot of work researching what's available this year, and readers gave us their recommendations too - for more details of our in-depth coverage of printers this year, go to our Printer page or download one of our Business Buyer's Guides to Printers.
Don't forget to add an ink or toner cartridge to your Christmas list though, the cartridge provided with your new printer will almost certainly be a cut-down, reduced capacity version. If you're on a tight budget and only want a desktop printer your best bet is probably to buy your own printer and ask Santa for the replacement cartridges – many printers still cost less than the ink to keep them going!
Do you think something as unexciting as a printer deserves the Gadget of the Year accolade? And if so, which model? The prize will be awarded on the basis of popular acclaim via comments posted below and on our Christmas Gadget Countdown news item. As with previous years, similar polls will be running on other Sift Media communities including Finance Week, Business Zone, UK Business Forums and Training Zone. In addition to each community nomination, we will pool all the feedback to select a Sift Media Gadget of the Year winner.