There are plenty of holiday gifts you can give your favorite gadget guy or gadget gal, but clothes usually aren't among them. It's rare for those who love gadgets to genuinely gush after having just ripped the paper off a gift box to reveal a piece of ordinary clothing.

There are plenty of holiday gifts you can give your favorite gadget guy or gadget gal, but clothes usually aren't among them. It's rare for those who love gadgets to genuinely gush after having just ripped the paper off a gift box to reveal a piece of ordinary clothing.

While the average tie, sweater, pair of socks or shirt isn't likely to bring out any more than a forced smile, there are a few potential garment gifts that could work for your favorite gadget lover.

Make no mistake - all of these come in as a distant second fiddle to an iPhone, e-reader or Wii. However, if clothes are the gift you feel most comfortable giving, here are three offerings that should appeal to the "gadget mindset:"

Metal Detecting Sandals ($60 at hammacher.com): This is certainly something the average person wouldn't buy for themselves. Walk along a beach or a vacant lot wearing these puppies and you might just come across a valuable find.

Gadgetry built into the right sandal detects metal objects buried as deep as two feet. A battery pack strapped to the leg alerts its wearer (via a light, buzz or vibration) that a potential treasure may be underfoot. One 9-volt battery should last up to six hours.

Handerpants ($12 at handerpants.com): You wear pants under your pants to avoid chafing in places you don't need chafed. Why not afford that same protection for your hands? If you spend more than two hours a day at a computer keyboard or furiously texting on your phone, don't your poor palms deserve better?

Handerpants are made of breathable cotton, absorb sweat and cut down on chafing just like your unmentionables. While Handerpants may seem silly (and they definitely are), they're also one piece of clothing that will be appreciated by those who also value gadgets.

Flashback "Bubble Butt" Boxer ($27 at andrewchristianshop.com): Those of us who sit at computers or recline in La-Z-Boys for much of the day understand that sagging butts come with the territory. Hurrah for clothes designer Andrew Christian, who fashioned real underpants - both boxers and briefs - that feature invisible lifting support built into the seams to lift the buttocks, making them firm and round. A similar butt-lifting brief for women is currently on sale for $10.

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