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The Coffee Talkie is the unique tech gift of the season -- just one problem

Coffeehero What do you get for the tech geek who has everything?

How about the Coffee Talkie, a travel thermos mug with built-in digital, two-way radio for conversations on the way to the office?

Or maybe, if the recipient is into golf, the wearable Birdie Belt, which is a GPS range finder that not only gives the exact yardage to the next hole, it also has random text tips from pros and a storage rack for tees.

Or for mornings, there is the Wake & Bake, a bedside, digital alarm-equipped griddle that starts breakfast in the morning and then wakes you up.

Just one problem. All of these gifts are fakes.  

Dreamgriddle_1 They come from Prank Pack, a company that makes boxes that show the nonexistent items. You simply insert a real gift into one of the boxes, and then hopefully you're there when the recipient takes off the wrapping and tries coming up with something nice to say about a Motorized Rolling Pin (another of the company's fake presents).

The boxes are highly realistic, with photos, color graphics and text that looks legit. The Coffee Talkie box shows shows people happily walking down the street in different cities in the world while talking into the side of a genuine-looking thermos mug with small antenna extended. It shows close-ups of features, including "coffee resistant keypad," digital channel selector and automobile charger. 

The Birdie Belt shows "Hall of Famer Mark Rydelo" making an iron shot while wearing the device that has a digital screen. And Wake & Bake comes with a "snooze/preheat button" and "night light feature."

The boxes each cost $8. Just make sure you insert into it a gift more enticing than the one depicted on the box, or there will be serious disappointment.

That Wake & Bake looks really cool.

-- David Colker

Photos: They look real, but the Coffee Talkie and Wake & Bake are, unfortunately, fakes that are just empty boxes. Credit: PrankPack.com

 
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