Take those white iPod earbuds and use them as emergency shoelaces, because they aren't worth a lick as headphones. My pair of Bose noise-canceling headphones is the best Christmas gift my parents have given me in years. These suckers might draw a few laughs from the locals, but damned if they don't erase the sound of screaming propellers on a 30-year-old twin-otter aircraft and make Mark Knopfler's guitar licks sound as if they're coming from the seat next to me. The hard case keeps the headphones secure, doubles as an iPod carrier and comes with adapters for airplane jacks. Don't even think about it: Buy these.