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Philips Wake-up Light, $169.99 (philips.com)

WHAT IT IS: A new, chicly designed alarm clock that won't jolt you out of bed. HOW IT WORKS: A faint light grows more intense over the course of 30 minutes, like a sunrise—after which you'll be wakened by nature sounds or (with the premium model that'll cost you an extra 30 bucks) songs from your iPod. YOU, WITHTHIS CLOCK: More energized, less cranky.

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