You could always get someone a copy of Armed America for Christmas! I have a few copies sitting on the shelf here; if you want an autographed copy, they are $26.99 plus shipping. There's still enough time.
I was wandering through eBay and found what looks like a pretty impressive bargain (at least at the current bid) here. It's the Celestron 102mm achromatic refractor on a CG-4 mount. If as described, this would be a decent deal for $250, much less at this price. If you know someone who is interested in astronomy--but not sure whether to go hog-wild and pig-crazy quite yet--this is a good start.