Ho, ho and ho again. Welcome to Christmas on Pocket-lint. Yes, we said it. It\u2019s a dirty word and to many is all about the stress of having to find the time, energy, cash and idea of what to buy before it\u2019s too late. Well don\u2019t you worry. We\u2019re going to be taking the sting out of all of that for you this year. The next 2 weeks is the 12 days of Christmas according to Pocket-lint. Each day we\u2019ll bring you a solid gold, killer gift and a matching 12 reasons of exactly why it\u2019s worth buying. Stick with us, trust our instincts and you\u2019ll have all your Christmas shopping done, dusted and gift-wrapped on arrival in under 2 weeks, and all without leaving the comfort of your own computer.Day 1 - Amazon Kindle 3G + Wi\nWhat is it?\nBargain ebook reader\n\nWho is it for?\nAlmost anyone - probably not your gran\n\nHow much is it?\n\u00a3149\n\nDelivery Speed?\nNext Day\nIt's a bargain\u00a3149 might not seem like the world's cheapest gift but, considering all the ebook reading competition, it\u2019s one of the best value devices out there. If \u00a3149 is too much for you, you can always knock it down to \u00a3109 for the Wi-Fi only version which, ultimately, will probably do your giftee just fine.It's lighter than a paperbackOne of the major conveniences of an ebook reader over a proper paperback is that you can store more than the one volume on it but, with the Kindle at 241g, it\u2019s now even lighter than a single book. It also happens to be thinner than a magazine as well. So, that's one less excuse for all the traditionalists out there.You almost never need to charge itThe third generation of the Amazon Kindle has got a battery life that smartphones can only dream of. With the Wi-Fi switched off, it will last 1 month on a single charge - otherwise known as an age. So, you can stick this thing in your backpack and it\u2019ll last most of your travels with just one socket required to keep it going each time there\u2019s a new moon. Should you wish to use the Wi-Fi, and are careless enough to leave it on, it\u2019ll still last you 10 days. Switch it on and off as you need is probably the sensible option here.Ebooks cost lessWithout all the printing and materials costs involved, a digital copy of a book will, of course, mean you have to part with less cash for the privilege. For example, the Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest is \u00a37.79 in paperback on Amazon and only \u00a32.68 for the Kindle. There\u2019s even over 1 million free titles to enjoy as well.You can download books anywhereYou can access the Amazon Kindle book store on the Kindle device wherever you are and download books almost instantly whenever you want them. The Wi-Fi only version, as the name suggests, will let you do that either at home over Wi-Fi, at a public hotspot or wherever you can get onto a network. With the 3G version you can download books using the mobile phone network and that\u2019s without paying any kind of contract or anything at all. That means full choice of what you want to read whenever you want to read it. So, no added cost to the person you give this present to. You can surf the web on itThe Kindle has some browser software on it based on WebKit, meaning that you can go onto the Internet whenever you\u2019re on a Wi-Fi network. In practice, of course, it\u2019s no substitute for your laptop or tablet at home, but having a drink in a cafe or out and about on a public hotspot, it\u2019s an excellent little addition. The pages aren\u2019t in colour and there\u2019s no touchscreen but the QWERTY keyboard\u2019s certainly useful and that 6-inch screen is some decent real-estate for browsing on the move.You can read it in the sunshineBecause it uses E-Ink rather than a backlit screen, it also means that you can still read you books on the Kindle when you\u2019re outside in the sunshine. That might not seem like a big deal but, given that one of the most enjoyable places to read is on holiday, on the beach or by the pool, it\u2019s a serious edge that it offers over a laptop, tablet or mobile phone with an LCD display. You still get a libraryYou might not be able to stack your digital books on shelves in your house to show guests how well read you are, but you still get to keep all the books that you buy on the Amazon Kindle system. Everything you choose to download is backed up on the Kindle network and you can re-download any of them for free any time you like, be that in 2 weeks or 2 years. In other words you can re-read or re-try any title you like.You can get your newspaper on itIt\u2019ll cost you a subscription of some kind, but you can use the Kindle as a platform to read the newspapers and magazines that you like. Naturally, there\u2019s no colour but you won\u2019t get the ink rubbing off on your fingers either. You can read your downloads on any deviceJust because you bought and downloaded a book onto your Kindle, it doesn\u2019t mean that that\u2019s where you have to read it. You can get the Kindle app for smartphones as well as your laptop and each of them syncs with your Amazon Whispernet books account, meaning that you\u2019ll be able to download and read for free wherever you are and regardless of whether you accidentally left you Kindle at home. You can download books abroad for freeSo you got through the Northern Lights trilogy a little faster than you anticipated. With a Kindle, that\u2019s no problem wherever you are as there are agreements in place with mobile networks in over 100 countries of the world meaning that you can download more books for free even when you\u2019re on holiday. No roaming issues at all.It\u2019s easy to useWe could mention the fact that it plays MP3s and podcasts and it\u2019ll also read you the books with its text to speech function but, if this is a gift for someone else for Christmas, the big question is whether they\u2019ll actually use it. The great thing about the Kindle is that the answer to that is yes. It\u2019s not a gadget designed for the geek elite. It\u2019s a piece of family consumer electronics and it\u2019s more or less idiot proof. It\u2019s middle-aged technophobe friendly. You can buy it for your parents - maybe not your nan, but definitely for anyone else.Share you thoughts on hot gift tips for Christmas 2010 in the comments below and stayed tuned for the other 11 days of Pocket-lint Christmas.