Did you upgrade to the iPhone 5, or are you planning an upgrade? For whatever reason Apple decided to from a 30-pin connector to an 8-pin connector, which isn’t exactly compatible with most of the accessories you’ve probably built up over the years.
Instead of letting those old accessories and appliances go to waste, consider getting yourself an adapter, so you can get the best of both worlds: fab new phone and accessories you’ve loved for years. Apple is selling an adapter for $29, but right now Tipper is selling an adapter and a 3 foot USB cable for just $15 – and that includes shipping!
(BTW – if someone on your shopping list is getting an iPhone 5 for Christmas, this would be a great accessory to go along with it!)