Although a new computer is perhaps the personalized christmas gifts, lots of less expensive possibilities are out there for an 8-year-old boy attracted to technology. Interactive software programs of all sorts can provide hours of fun and learning on the family computer. In addition, handheld electronic games are popular, such as Thumb Warriors from Radica, which will delight an 8-year-old when he discovers the enemy's "trigger of doom" and hears his opponent cry in defeat. Skannerz Racerz, also by Radica, allows the player to create his own racer; kids also can link to another unit for head-to-head racing. Boys are already sophisticated consumers, excited by all things technological. So ripping open a package and finding some best christmas gifts most likely will make their day.