Josh Rubin's site reminded me of this today: the AmbientDevices' Ambient Weather Forecast Beacon, a block sculpture that glows the wireless weather forecast. It can be tuned to show you the pollen count.
Christmas lists this year should be all about the beautiful, clever, and gadgety, the well-designed ubicomp. This is on mine. It's almost a pity I'm skipping the whole thing to go snorkeling instead!