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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Millions of gadgets and gizmos will be exchanged over the holidays as electronics continue to be one of the most sought-after gifts of the season.

There’s a good chance some high-tech items were on your Christmas list too.

Spending on items like Blu-ray players and high-definition televisions continues to increase as they become more affordable.

However, depending on what you’re giving, you may need the right accessories to make them work on Christmas.

The last-minute rush is on, but judging by the rush, Blu-ray players are a hot gift this Christmas.

“It plays HD movies, as well as being Internet connectible so you can stream your movies to them,” Dan Murphy with the Geek Squad said.

With prices much lower on high-end electronics this year, some under $100, Best Buy is selling plenty.

“Anyone can almost set it up, it’s about getting the most of it. Getting it connected, getting everything together, getting it into your audio system,” Murphy said.

Whether it’s a Blu-ray or a new 3D television, it’s about having the right accessories on hand.

“Pretty much nothing comes with HDMI cables. You need specific ones for specific things, like 3D or Blu-ray,” Murphy said.

While quality does vary, if you’re in a pinch, you can find basic ones as low as $5 at some stores.

In addition to those HDMI cables for Blu-ray or DVD players, you’ll need things like memory cards for new digital cameras. Without them, you’ll only be able to snap a few dozen pictures at the most.

If you bought a Nintendo Wii, extra controllers will keep you from passing one around on Christmas.

Of course, batteries are another oft-forgotten item on Christmas morning.

Stores like Best Buy will be closed on Christmas, but if you’re in a pinch, check out Walgreens or other 24-hour stores.

If you’re still stuck the day after Christmas, there’s no shame in asking for a little help at geeksquad.com.

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