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Pocket a Creative Vado camcorder for $39.99

Kids doing something cute? Whip out the teeny Vado, record the action, then plug it into your PC for fast and easy uploading to YouTube. It normally sells for more than $85.

You think your job is hard? I had to narrow down three potential deals for today. Three!'s refurbished 10.1-inch Acer netbook for $229.99 (plus $5 shipping) was a strong contender, but I know lots of you visit Woot already--and many more of you are sick of Netbooks. (Awesome, awesome deal, though.)

Then I considered the refurbished 2GB Sansa Clip MP3 player: $19.99 shipped at Mighty sweet.

Ultimately, I settled on the Creative Labs Vado pocket camcorder, which Dell has for $39.99 shipped.

Although this isn't the newer HD model, it's perfectly good for shooting YouTube-ready, VGA-quality video. And it can hold up to 60 minutes of it at the high-quality setting or 2 hours at "SP."

I love these little camcorders, which are easy to toss in a pocket, glove box, or wherever for capturing life's little moments.

CNET had mostly good things to say about the Vado, which is noteworthy for its built-in USB connector, onboard software, and one-touch uploading to YouTube.

This is a new unit, not a refurb, so it comes with a full one-year warranty. It regularly sells for at least $85, so $40 shipped is hard to beat. Great gift item!

Dell deals often expire or sell out without warning, so if this sounds good to you, act fast. (And if it does sell out, well, you've got the aforementioned runners-up. See? I'm always thinking ahead. Well, starting now, I am.)