Like the Livescribe Pulse before it, the new Livescribe Echo Smartpen ($150-$200) is the perfect gift for the compulsive note-taker. Available in 4GB or 8GB versions, the Echo works with a special notebook to record audio while you take notes, letting you tap on the written sections to hear the audio recorded when the writing took place. Other features include app compatibility, easily replaceable ink cartridges, an OLED display, soft rubber grip, a rechargeable battery, and the ability to draw strange looks when other coffee house-goers realize you're talking to a pen.
For those of you who are planning a trip into outer space, you'll want to make sure you have a pen in order to jot down you memorable events. The Fisher Space Pen ($22) works in zero gravity as well as in extreme temperatures from -30 to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. It also writes in at every angle, even upside down, and comes in four galatic colors.