TiVo is one of those luxuries that you simply can't live without once you've grown accustomed to it. If you don't like commercials but love TV it will make you feel like you've won the entertainment lottery. You can keep up with shows you like, ignore ads and boring scenes and spend less time looking for something to watch.
I hate to say there is a downfall to TiVo, but if there is one, it's the fact that the boxes are relatively cheap, but you have to pay a monthly service charge (it ranges from $12.95 a month to $299 for three years). Here's the good news: TiVo is offering a special for its current customers. For a limited time you can give a friend the gift of a TiVo HD with Lifetime Service. The deal comes with the TiVo DVR, a wireless adapter and a TiVo product Lifetime Service card. It costs about $700, but you'll be covered for a "lifetime." While pricey, it's honestly the best gift ever and is a great gift to yourself if you were thinking of upgrading.