Tech goes out of date, often soon after you've bought it. That's just the way of things, as all embittered Betamax owners remember.
Indeed, as those who bought an iPad II last Christmas only to see the new model released in March know, it's still a bitter blow when it happens to you.
But it doesn't have to be that way - there are some gadgets which will still be in date even if they've superseded by new models. Some have a retro style which can't go out of date. Others do one task so well that there's nothing that could really beat them.
To help you navigate the tricky waters of the Obsolete Ocean, here's our list of gadgets that you won't regret buying in six months time - either because they're so new you can rest easy about an upgrade, or they're so solid you won't really care.
Take a look at our picks for tech that won't date in 2013.
Cameras are always improving, but the <a href="http://www.fujifilm.com/products/digital_cameras/x/fujifilm_x10/">Fujifilm X10 </a>has a bold, historic and timeless look that will never get old. Combined with a relatively low price, an excellent zoom lens and super macro mode and the same software powering the much-more pricey X100, and you've got a camera which shouldn't look out of date in a decade. (£319, <a href="http://www.jessops.com/online.store/categories/Compact%20Digital%20Cameras/products/Fujifilm/X10%20Digital%20Compact%20Camera-82651/Show.html?cm_mmc=GoogleBase-_-CompactDigitalCameras-_-all-_-all&ovc=&gclid=CLrqjtCtzLMCFYZM4AodHmUA3A">Jessops</a>)
This classic Mondaine watch will never go out of style. In fact it's just come back in, thanks to Apple, who reportedly paid more than $20m to use the design of the Mondaine clock face in its new date and time app in iOS 6. (£139, <a href="http://designmuseumshop.com/christmas/gifts-for-him/mens-swiss-railway-watch">Design Store</a>)
The iPad Mini has just been released, so you've got at least 12 months (ahem, probably...) until the new model comes out - which should have (among other things) a better screen. That said, if you buy one now you're still getting our favourite tablet on the market, with a stunning design, excellent range of apps and 50% less heft than the full-screen iPad. (£269, <a href="http://store.apple.com/uk">Apple</a>)
Google Nexus 7
The Google Nexus 7 is a bold, cheap, useful Android 4.2 tablet with a 7-inch screen, which is both more current than competitors thanks to its stock operating system, and is timeless in design. If you just want a basic tablet, this will see you in good stead for at least 12 months, if not much longer. (£159, <a href="https://play.google.com/store/devices/details?id=nexus_7_16gb&feature=nexus7_campaign">Google</a>)
This desktop space modifier (ie a giant clip) can't go out of style, because it's a giant clip. It's also wonderful, sturdy and useful in design with a touch of humour. About £15 from <a href="https://www.momastore.org/museum/moma/ProductDisplay_DrinKlip%20Holder_10451_10001_137134_-1_26674_11526_137231">MOMA.</a>
The Moleskine Evernote is a hybrid between the popular, multi-platform to-do list app and a basic notebook. It's future-proof not only because as a physical item it's made of paper, but because Evernote has proven itself able to adapt to any platform that comes around. (About £20, <a href="http://evernote.com/moleskine/">Moleskine</a>)
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/10/19/kindle-paperwhite-review_n_1986727.html">We gave the Kindle Paperwhite - here pictured in its luminous form - a great review</a>, and you'd be safe buying it just because it's pretty new and current in tech. But in truth it feels more like a classic watch than a gadget, because in form and function it's close to perfect. The screen is beautiful, the backlight is bright, and it's otherwise a basic and simple design. (£109 from <a href="http://api.viglink.com/api/click?format=go&key=b057a0c538f3356fa4383d50d05abcbf&loc=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.huffingtonpost.co.uk%2F2012%2F10%2F19%2Fkindle-paperwhite-review_n_1986727.html&v=1&libid=1352823510759&out=http%3A%2F%2Fgo.redirectingat.com%2F%3Fid%3D23150X907170%26site%3Dhuffingtonpost.co.uk%26xs%3D1%26url%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Famazon.co.uk%252F%26xguid%3D2d0c53da7862961a41905db324aee57b%26xcreo%3D0%26sref%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.huffingtonpost.co.uk%252F2012%252F10%252F19%252Fkindle-paperwhite-review_n_1986727.html%26pref%3D&title=Kindle%20Paperwhite%20Review%3A%20An%20Insane%20Millionaire's%20Minimalist%20Reading%20Salon%2C%20In%20Your%20Hand&txt=Kindle%20Paperwhite&jsonp=vglnk_jsonp_13528235846972">Amazon</a>)